A Smattering of Monsters: A Kind of Memoir

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Camden House, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 309 pages
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Uncomfortable in his thick demob suit, George Greenfield was contemplating what to do with his six months' paid leave when he bumped into a friend outside Hatchards, the booksellers in Piccadilly. The year was 1946, and the friend's father, who owned the Hatchards Group, had recently acquired a small publishing house called T. Werner Laurie and needed someone to run it. Was George interested?
Indeed he was. Suddenly life on civvy street was beginning to take shape, and within a few short months George found himself puzzling over book trade jargon and trying to get used to the idea of being the publisher of Upton Sinclair, Colette and Guy de Maupassant. Flourishing under the mercurial wing of Hatchards' chief, Clarence Hatry, George quickly found his feet in the post-war publishing scene and inevitably came into contact with the acknowledged sharks of the book pond - Literary Agents.
Now, exactly fifty years after the publication of his first book, George Greenfield looks back over a memorable half-century in the book world. With humour and insight he comments on the businesses of publishing and agenting, and delightfully recalls many of the anecdotes and incidents accumulated during a distinguished career.
 

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Contents

A Smattering of Monsters
1
The Sorcerer
43
The Apprentice
73
From the Air to the Page
89
Citing Shakespeare
99
The Famous One
110
Pole Position
139
A Brush with the Special Branch
161
Home from the Sea
197
Exiles
230
Pulling Rank in the Himalayas
242
In Pursuit of Rudolf Hess
251
Youve Got to Make Me Look Good
267
Late Cuts
274
Index
301
Copyright

The Moon and the Empty Horses
173

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