Archive for January, 2004

Jane Friedman: The powerhouse

Jane Friedman, the only woman head of a global book publishing business, is keen to spend more time in the UK . “I am going to come to London three or four times a year now,” says the c.e.o. of HarperCollins Worldwide, who was in London in June. “I feel that, running a global company, I want to experience living in the different parts of the company. This quick trip has been wonderful.”

The husler: Jonny Geller

Literary agents, according to agent Andrew Wylie, fall into two categories: those who loftily wait for clients to approach them, and hustlers. By that definition Jonny Geller, joint m.d. of Curtis Brown’s book department, is a hustler of the highest order. In the 10 years since joining Curtis Brown as an assistant, he has developed a reputation for cutting big deals on books by the bright young hopes of Brit Lit–Hari Kunzru, Jake Arnott, Martyn Bedford. At one point in the late 1990s, Geller’s name attached to a manuscript seemed to guarantee a six-figure advance.