Welcome to BookBlast® a catalyst for publishing

BookBlast® is a London-based agency for editors and translators. As a collective of editors and translators with decades of experience working in the publishing industry, we pool skills and share a passion for good writing to provide the best possible service.

The online journal The BookBlast® Diary showcases independent trade publishing, French book news and writing from around the world.

BookBlast® also manages three literary estates.

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The BookBlast® 10x10 Tour in association with Waterstones

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Ten risk-taking, innovative publishers and their authors, poets and translators visited nine major cities across England over ten weeks in Autumn 2018. The tour inspired readers to sample writing and ideas from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. More HERE

@LisaAppignanesi — “Congratulations from @RSLiterature on your great tour.”

Visibility for the publishers and their authors-translators was enhanced, with their books displayed in participating Waterstones flagship stores, and reviewed or included in round ups in the quality broadsheets including Sunday Times Culture, Telegraph Review, Observer and i-newspaper among others.

Browse the BookBlast® 10×10 Tour catalogue


BookBlast® Translation & Editing


We can evaluate and/or translate French-language texts, troubleshoot issues, copy edit translations.

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We can help publishers, authors, agents & literary executors solve editorial issues.

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The BookBlast® Diary | indulgent reads for independent minds

bookblast_shadow_banner Online journal The BookBlast® Diary was launched in 2015 and our celebration of indie trade publishers in 2016.

The independent sector brings variety and value to our cultural landscape — find out why HERE

At BookBlast® we are unashamedly Francophone, bringing you Gallic flair and literary #FCUK

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A selection of titles by 1950s bohemian beauties Gael Elton Mayo & Lesley Blanch are available from BookBlast® ePublishing.

Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places (Quartet Books) is the companion volume to Lesley Blanch's posthumous memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life (Virago).

The French edition, translated by Lucien d'Azay is published by La Table Ronde, Paris, under the title Croquis d'une vie de bohème. Figaro Littéraire — "Fine, perceptive writing."

An earlier memoir is now available in the US. “Written in 1968 and reprinted by NYRB Classics this past July, Journey Into the Mind’s Eye, Blanch’s hybrid work of memoir, travelogue, history, and literary criticism is startlingly ahead of its time . . . idiosyncratic and sparklingly entertaining” — Nina Renata Aron, Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Mad Mosaic by Gael Elton Mayo is her first-hand account of World War Two and the fight for freedom against authoritarian populism. It is ominously relevant to Western democracies today. Kindle & POD paperback