Charkin and Kennaway launch at White Cube

People - Books Thursday, 07 February 2019

Gallery party to celebrate Time To Go, first title from Richard Charkin's Mensch Publishing

Mensch Publishing, the boutique imprint set up by Richard Charkin on stepping down as executive director of Bloomsbury (see BookBrunch story here), launched its first title, Guy Kennaway's Time To Go, at the White Cube gallery in St James's.

White Cube proprietor Jay Jopling has known Kennaway since they were students in Edinburgh. Time To Go was the author's "funniest, most irreverent book", Jopling told the crammed room, while adding to Kennaway: "Thank you for making me laugh for so many years." Kennaway thanked his family, friends ("all incredibly tolerant and forgiving"), and of course Richard Charkin, with a special mention for Charkin's wife Sue, whose expected retirement he had "stolen" and who had entertained him while Richard "was Googling 'How to publish a book' on his laptop."

Among the guests at the party were Bloomsbury colleagues including ceo Nigel Newton, editor in chief Alexandra Pringle, and digital media director Stephanie Duncan; journalist Lynn Barber (yellow top in the photo); and biographer Adam Sisman, connected to both publisher and author: he had been a colleague of Charkin's at OUP, and had written about Susan Kennaway, the formidable character at the centre of Time To Go, in his biography of John le Carre.

Photo from left: Richard Charkin, Guy Kennaway, Jay Jopling

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