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
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.Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen is a poet, broadcaster, former Children’s Laureate and a recipient of one of France’s top honours: Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has presented BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth since 1996.