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BookBlast

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BookBlast Limited, a writing agency based in West London and Tonbridge, was founded in 1997 to showcase new or neglected writers and world writing.

Description[edit]

The agency numbers three directors: Georgia de Chamberet, Ben Fiagbe and Jemma Jupp; company secretary M. N. Jenks; legal advisor Alan Williams; and three editorial freelancers. The agency offers Franco-British translation services.

The online journal The BookBlast Diary showcases independent trade publishing with a focus on world literature and writing from France. The inaugural 10x10 Tour in association with Waterstones visited 9 major cities across England, 11 September-15 November 2018, celebrating small risk-taking publishers who fill a unique niche in discovering talent.

Estates: Lesley Blanch (1904-2007) in association with United Agents and ILA, Professor George Elton Mayo (1880–1949) and Gael Elton Mayo (1923-1992).[1][2][3]

Clients include Jamika Ajalon (Zenzile), Rupert Bogarde, M. V. Diboll, Philip Mann, Mounsi and Onyekachi Wambu, editor of Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain. The Bookseller referred to the anthology as being "ground-breaking, tracking how black men and women have made Britain their own".[4][5][6]

XCiTés: the Flamingo Book of New French Writing, edited by Chamberet, features writing by 15 writers under 40 who were unknown in English when the book was published in 2000 — Frédéric Beigbeder, Tonino Benacquista, Virginie Despentes, Michel Houellebecq, Abdourahman Waberi among them.

Chamberet has written for 3:AM Magazine and Words Without Borders, The Lady, Prospect, Independent, Times Literary Supplement, Banipal. She was a member of the Judging Panel of the 2018 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation with publisher and translator Pete Ayrton (chair), Jordanian author Fadia Faqir and university lecturer and translator, Sophia Vasalou.

Awards[edit]

  • Abdourahmann Waberi's The Gallery of the Insane published in XCiTés: the Flamingo Book of New French Writing, was shortlisted for The Caine Prize in 2000.
  • Mounsi's The Demented Dance (La noce des fous) was awarded the 2004 Inaugural 3:AM Good Sex Prize.
  • In 2015 the agency's website bookblast.com (first online in 2000) was selected by the curators of Bodleian Electronic Archives and Manuscripts, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, as being of lasting research value and worthy of permanent preservation in the Web Archive of the Bodleian Libraries.[7]

References[edit]

  1. Chamberet, Georgia de (24 January 2017). "Georgia de Chamberet: 'Lesley Blanch never apologised for who she was'". The Guardian.
  2. Lesley Blanch BBC Radio 4.
  3. Georgia de Chamberet profile[permanent dead link]. The London Book Fair.
  4. BookBlast Ltd Archived December 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine at Writer Services.
  5. "Links".
  6. Mounsi interview by Harriett Gilbert for The Word, BBC World Service.
  7. "Archive-It - Bodleian Libraries".

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