Celebration at One Marylebone for Transworld imprint
Marianne Velmans has been publisher of Doubleday since parent company Transworld launched the list 30 years ago, but has never been one for making speeches, so it was Transworld MD Larry Finlay - who has been at the company even longer - who toasted the authors at the imprint's birthday bash at One Marylebone last night. And of course he toasted her, and other colleagues including Jane Lawson (24 years at Doubleday), Susanna Wadeson (who last year was the editor of the winner of the Science Book Prize as well as of two of the other six shortlisted titles), and newest arrival Kirsty Dunseath.
An even more delicate job than picking out colleagues is picking out authors, but Finlay did not duck it: among those he mentioned were Patrick Robinson and Daniel Topolski, whose True Blue was both Doubleday's first title and first number 1; and Kate Atkinson, John O'Farrell, Armistead Maupin, Terry Pratchett, and Bill Bryson; and he neatly imposed a restriction on the list by picking out novelists such as Joanne Harris and Paula Hawkins whose works had been filmed.
A publisher who on no occasion has undersold his firm's titles, Finlay told the audience: "I've never been quite as excited - I promise you! - as I am about our forthcoming list." Celebrating success but always looking to the next big things - that has been the Transworld way, for the life of Doubleday and longer.
Photo above from left: Sally Wray (Transworld), Kate Atkinson, Marianne Velmans
Paula Hawkins and Larry Finlay
Joseph Knox and Renee Knight
Hallie Rubenhold and John O'Farrell
Emily Hauser and Simon Taylor (Transworld)
The guests listening to Larry Finlay's speech