Esther Menell, Jeremy Lewis
Esther Menell, author of Loose Connections – a counterpoint to her friend and colleague Diana Athill’s publishing memoir Stet – joins forces with fellow-publisher Jeremy Lewis to throw light on the endlessly fascinating world of publishing. They recall larger-than-life characters, such as publishers, Andre Deutsch and Anthony Blond, and writers, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul and Edmund White. Jeremy Lewis’s biography of David Astor is out imminently. Guardian journalist Michele Hanson chairs.
Esther Menell arrived in England from Estonia at the outbreak of war. After boarding school and Oxford came a long career in publishing.
Jeremy Lewis spent the first half of his career in book publishing and was an editorial director of Chatto & Windus for ten years. His books include memoirs, biographies of figures including Cyril Connolly and Allen Lane, and an account of Graham Greene’s family, Shades of Greene.
Michele Hanson is the author of a memoir What the Grown Ups Were Doing. Age of Dissent, Treasure and What Treasure Did Next were all originally published as a column in The Guardian. She has also written the poignant, often very funny, book of recollections: Living With Mother.