The Robson Press opened its doors for business in April 2011 and we hit the ground running, launching our debut list in August: some eighteen titles, over a wide spectrum of subjects. These included biographies of Jane Fonda, Joseph Heller and Dennis Hopper; the memoirs of Dyan Cannon, wife of Cary Grant; and books by Michael Winner, Steven Berkoff and Esther Rantzen – Esther’s important book tying in with the 25th anniversary of ChildLine. We published two particularly successful titles in association with The Times – one by their political cartoonist, Peter Brookes, the other by their parliamentary sketch writer, Ann Treneman. Brian Hoey’s Not in Front of The Corgis also brought the Royal Family into the list!
As an imprint still in its infancy, we are particularly fortunate to have a stable of loyal authors, agents and US publishers, and have already created a strong record with regard to serialisation, publicity and reviews.
Our list mixes – as always – the popular with the literary and the culturally relevant. It includes several discoveries – from The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker to the memoir of Gerald Hughes, Ted and I. In addition, singer Elkie Brooks, violinist Viktoria Mullova, actor Ryan O’Neal and national treasures Barry Cryer and Sandi Toksvig are all names seen in print on our list in recent months … along with many others.
Humour, biography, sport, history, music of all kinds, history, self-help, natural history, books of Jewish interest – the Robson Press is home to any book with character and personality (though not necessarily by personalities), whatever its subject. And, like Biteback, we’re hoping to grow swiftly and strongly in the years to come … and to keep running.
Jeremy is Publisher of The Robson Press. After a short spell in journalism, Jeremy cut his teeth as an editor with Aldus Books, working with such figures as David Ben-Gurion, Marc Chagall, and Carl Jung. Then, after a spell with Vallentine, Mitchell and the Woburn press, where he published the Goons Show Scripts, a massive bestseller, he launched his own company, Robson Books, publishing a great variety of high-profile authors and personalities across a wide range of subjects – music, biography, sport, humour, politics, current affairs, self-help, travel, military, etc. He has a strong personal interest in poetry, and his own work has been widely published. He set up The Robson Press, as an imprint of Biteback, in May 2011.
Iain Dale is one of Britain’s leading political commentators and bloggers and a presenter on LBC Radio. He is contributing editor for GQ Magazine, writes for the Daily Telegraph, and pens a fortnightly diary for the Eastern Daily Press. He presents Radio 4’s What the Papers Say and is Managing Director of TOTAL POLITICS magazine and Biteback Publishing. Iain has written or edited more than twenty books including Margaret Thatcher: A Tribute in Words & Pictures, the Little Book of Boris, 500 of the Most Acerbic, Witty & Erudite Things Ever Said About Politics and Memories of the Falklands.
James is the Sales and Marketing Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. He has been with Biteback Publishing since it began in July 2009, and has been extremely gratified to watch and participate in its growth, from humble beginnings, into the publishing behemoth it is today. He has worked in publishing for the last eleven years, prior to which he spent far too long in higher education in England and Italy. He supports Arsenal Football Club and is often kept awake with nightmares about running into Michael Smith in a dark alley.
Suzanne is Publicity Director at Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. She has worked in publishing for over 20 years, most recently for DK. She has also run a successful freelance business. Suzanne has worked with numerous authors over the years including Robert Lindsay, Stef Penney, Louise Rennison, Sir Peter Blake, Duncan Hamilton and Mike Atherton. She has also worked on a number of high profile book industry events, including the Galaxy British Book Awards and The London Book Fair. In her spare time Suzanne loves reading, cooking and socializing. As a mother of three teenagers, she enjoys coming to work to maintain her sanity!
Sam is Editorial Director of Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. Born in London, he spent most of his childhood in East Sussex. He read Modern History at University College, Oxford, and has enjoyed a career in London publishing, tinkering with fiction and non-fiction of all genres, after a happy decision to call time on a law career. He joined Biteback as a commissioning editor in 2010 with a brief to establish our reputation as one of Britain’s premier political publishers and to expand the list beyond the political niche. He is interested in narrative non fiction, history, big think books and biographies. He is an obsessive cricketer and member of the newly revived Authors XI, and contributed a chapter to Bloomsbury’s book of the project The Authors XI: A Season of Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon, published in 2013. He is a keen cook, bridge player and adores all things Italian.
Michael is Editor-at-Large and the editor of our Dialogue Espionage Classics list. Michael is a number-one-bestselling author in his own right and an award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He commissions books on a wide range of subjects but is most interested in history, crime, reportage and, of course, books on intelligence and spies. He is also one of the judges for the prestigious St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year prize. Michael’s own books include Six: A History of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1939 and The Secrets of Station X: How the Bletchley Park Codebreakers Helped Win the War. Michael is also a successful screenwriter and an Arsenal supporter but we don’t hold that against him!
Hollie is Managing Editor at Biteback Publishing and the Robson Press. Originally a Devon dweller, she studied politics at Cardiff University before trotting the globe with her backpack for many, many months. She arrived in London – and began life as part of Biteback Publishing’s editorial team – in 2010 and now spends her days immersed in a world of manuscripts, red pens and spreadsheets. A self-confessed geek, she likes superheroes, wizards and time-travellers.
Katy is Marketing Manager of Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. She studied Politics, IR and American Studies at the University of Nottingham before moving to the West Bank to learn Arabic and volunteer for various organisations. In early 2009 Katy began work in London with sister company, Total Politics Magazine, before moving over to Biteback Publishing in 2010. She likes reading political biographies, literary non-fiction, classics and poetry. Katy has, on separate occasions, shared a room with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Lana Del Rey, although they may not have known that at the time and, granted, some of the rooms had many thousands of other people in them.
Namkwan is Designer for Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. Namkwan loves book covers and has been designing them for the past 5 years. He studied graphic design at Falmouth College of Arts, where he discovered his love for book design, and then went on to work for SMITH design, London, where he helped design and illustrate the critically acclaimed books 'Infidel' and 'The Sound of Two Songs'. Namkwan joined Biteback Publishing in 2011 as head of design. His main interests are instrumental music, the art of Shepard Fairey and military non-fiction.
Olivia is Publishing Assistant at Biteback Publishing and
the Robson Press. Olivia grew up in Scotland and read English Literature at the
University of Glasgow, where she specialised in the work of Joyce, Beckett and
Pinter. She then ventured south for a Master’s at Balliol College, Oxford,
where she specialised in shoehorning tenuously related topics into her thesis. Olivia
is the newest member of the Biteback team, having been signed up in June 2012.
When she’s not assisting with publishing she enjoys Johnny Cash dance-offs and
HBO boxsets, and aspires to membership of the Sublime Society of Beefsteaks.
Sarah is Marketing & Sales Assistant at Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. Having abandoned home comforts in Suffolk in 2009, she studied English Literature at University College London. Delving through Romantic women’s travel diaries as well as postmodern plays, she could often be found in North London flats surrounded by tea, cake and copious notepads. Now a fully-fledged member of the working world, Sarah manages the websites, social media & book orders. Out-of-work activities include making pastry, theatre-going and trying to convert people to Sylvia Townsend Warner.