Blog: Fair and loathing

Fair and loathing

In the first of a series of blogs, Jamie Byng, Managing Director of the independent publisher Canongate Books, offers some insights into why he´s here in Frankfurt for the annual Book Fair.


"If you are tired of Frankfurt, you are tired of life"

I love Frankfurt with a passion but one of the best things about it is that it does end! This year I decided to fly back home on Saturday morning so I’m writing this from the relative calm of London … Mehr 18.10.2009, 06:42 Uhr von Jamie Byng 0 0 0

"How can I know what I think until I see what I say"

Ever since first hearing this line, i’ve been intrigued by its paradoxical wisdom and multiple meanings. It’s rattled around my brain and helped me understand why, amongst other things, the written word is so important. The very act of writing, that moment of … Mehr 16.10.2009, 19:39 Uhr von Jamie Byng 0 0 0

Friday – The Three Nicks

Day three and am struggling. Struggling with time, wishing it would stand still for 12 hours so I could have a quick nap, read one manuscript, eat something and generally chill. Right now I’m in a calm cab, on my own, en route … Mehr 15.10.2009, 22:39 Uhr von Jamie Byng 0 0 0


Basically I am an optimist because the great myth of the person who tells another person a story won’t disappear that quickly. There will always be someone who feels the need to tell a friend one of his ideas or one of his … Mehr 14.10.2009, 18:14 Uhr von Jamie Byng 0 0 0


I can’t believe I have agreed to this.  I even said to my commissioning editor Thomas that I was going to regret agreeing to this before I had agreed.  And he did what all commissioning editors do – sweet-talked me … Mehr 13.10.2009, 15:34 Uhr von Jamie Byng 0 0 0

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