‘We are living through rather more history at the present time than most of us would ideally choose to do,’ says Wolfson jury chair David Cannadine in the digital prize announcement.
An international publisher, Oxford University Press is ‘managing employees and navigating markets at different stages with the crisis,’ says Nigel Portwood.
‘Rights departments of publishing houses invariably seem the poor relation of the sales team,’ says Richard Charkin. The pandemic is a prompt to reconsider.
‘Walking past former offices brings back fond—and sometimes not so fond—recollections,’ Richard Charkin writes, ‘of old times.’
In decluttering his library, Richard Charkin is reminded of unexpected returns in publishing.
‘We should never underestimate the role of unanticipated good fortune’ in publishing success, writes book publisher Richard Charkin.
The late George Richardson was ‘a quiet man, aware of his own shortcomings but with that instinctive knack of being a good leader.’
‘What can we deduce from these hardy perennials?’ asks Richard Charkin. He looks at some of the leading reference works for clues to lasting sales success.
Richard Charkin looks back at his four decades with the UK’s Publishers Association and the many book publishing issues the PA dealt with.
The Wolfson History Prize 2019 shortlist includes biographies of Wilde and Victoria, and studies in archeology, ornithology, seagoing wartime commerce, and ‘legacies of Nazi persecution.’