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Staff exodus at Hesperus Press

All four members of staff at indie publisher Hesperus have resigned their roles at the company. The company exhibited at the London Book Fair, but staff were absent.

The Bookseller understands all four employees of Hesperus Press, including head of publishing Nikki Griffiths, handed their notices in to the owners several weeks ago, with Griffiths and two others leaving last Friday (17th April) and a fourth employee set to leave at the end of this week.

Cox to cover Skipper's leave at Waterstones

Waterstones' director of buying Kate Skipper will take maternity leave at the end of the month. In her absence, Melissa Cox, head of range and children's, will assume responsibility for the new titles and publisher liaison teams, while Caroline McNulty, category manager for related products, will take on full responsibility for the RP (related product) team.

Watersones. managing director James Daunt said: "We are very fortunate to have in place such able deputies".

Mantle wins auction for Paulson-Ellis début

Mantle has acquired two books by début writer Mary Paulson-Ellis in a “hotly contested auction”.

Publisher Maria Rejt bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to The Other Mrs Walker and one other book from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander.

Non-fiction book club for Radio 2

A new non-fiction book club on Claudia Winkleman's weekly BBC Radio 2 "Arts Show" is to launch this autumn, as part of The Reading Agency partnership with the station.

The book club follows on from the Radio 2 Book Club on Simon Mayo's show, and a children's writing competition called 500 Words which ran on Chris Evans' programme. 

Brontë-inspired short stories to Borough

The Borough Press has acquired a collection of short stories inspired by Charlotte Brontë, edited by Tracy Chevalier.

Authors contributing stories for the collection, Reader, I Married Him, include Helen Dunmore, Susan Hill and Emma Donoghue. Each will use Brontë's famous line from Jane Eyre as a starting point for an original story.

Katie Espiner, publisher of The Borough Press, signed world rights in the anthology in a deal with Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown.


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