Packed restaurant, 17 years after publisher's launch
Seventeen years ago, Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter held the launch party for their new imprint, Short Books. "Some of the guests were wondering why they haven't been invited to another party since then," Nicolson said yesterday. "It's because we haven't had any parties since then." She was addressing the occasion that put right the matter, held at Moro restaurant in Clerkenwell.
Guests at the party included fellow Independent Alliance publishers Stephen Page (Faber), Will Atkinson (Atlantic) and Diana Brocardo (Profile); Penguin Random House ceo Tom Weldon; agents Andrew Nurnberg, Sam Edenborough and Sarah Lutyens; former Faber sales and marketing director and now British museum deputy director Joanna Mackle; publicist and consultant Angela Martin; and authors and journalists Craig Brown, Tristram Hunt, Geraldine Bedell, Charles Leadbetter, Anna Vaux, Betsy Tobin (also of Ink@84 bookshop), John Mullan, Andrew Martin, and Ferdinand Mount.
Photo: Rebecca Nicolson addresses the guests; Aurea Carpenter is front row (white blouse).