I am a gambler and publishing is all about taking risks. I am fascinated by the business of publishing – submitting ideas and creativity to the discipline of commercial scrutiny. And I enjoy doing work with a real purpose – books really do help to change people’s lives. I have also been extremely fortunate to have got to know an extraordinary range of authors who have taken me into many different worlds: a good publisher can and should be an impresario across the whole of culture.
A book that's left a deep impression on me: A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White
My literary hero: William Stoner
A book I'd recommend to everyone: The Story of Art by EH Gombrich