About BookBlast® a catalyst for publishing

BookBlast® is a London-based agency for editors and translators which grew out of BookBlast® originally being an authors’ agency.
Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for change in publishing, breaking innovative ideas and good writing into the mainstream.
BookBlast® has always had a cosmopolitan ethos and discovers the best independent-spirited and diverse writing from around the world.
We are inspired by the philosophy of Elton Mayo whose contribution to management theory helped pave the way for modern human relations management methods.
We take a long-term view in our decisions rather than focusing on short-term financial gains thereby creating mutual benefits for clients, employees, the firm and the community as a whole.
We work together for a common goal to help authors, translators, literary agents and publishers to advance life-changing writing and ideas. We have reported on submissions and edited and translated books for clients on both sides of the Channel, and the Atlantic Ocean, including: Amazon Kindle & Createspace, Eland Publishing, Grub Street Books, Harpercollins, Harvill Secker, Maclehose Press, Mulcahy Conway Associates, New York Review of Books Classics, Orion, Rider, Simon & Schuster, Serpent’s Tail, Verso Ltd, Vermillion, Virago, Quartet Books Ltd. In Paris: Anne Carrière, éditions Flammarion, éditions Gallimard, Grasset & Fasquelle, éditions Florent Massot, éditions L’Iconoclaste, La Table Ronde.


Grasset & Fasquelle, Paris — "The text which you edited for us is perfect. You've done a great job and can be proud of yourself."
Christopher MacLehose, MacLehose Press — "Excellent and eloquent."
Boyd Tonkin, Independent — “Louis Saha is now published in English thanks to a flavourful, idiomatic translation by Georgia de Chamberet … Packed with frankness, insight and self-knowledge … The book shines with candour, modesty and intelligence."
Claire Armitstead, The Guardian — "Excellent work."

Special thanks to BookBlast's friends and supporters. We would like to express our appreciation of and gratitude to Ben Fiagbe for his unparalleled technical expertise and support as BookBlast® has evolved over the years; to Alan Williams for his legal brilliance; to Stefano Arata at Good Company for creating the BookBlast® logo; to Ian Hughes at Mousemat Design Ltd for his epublishing digital know-how; and to all our friends in the book trade.


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BookBlast® — the backstory

bookblast launch 1997

1997: BookBlast® literary agency is founded by Georgia de Chamberet, dubbed "L'enfant terrible of British publishing" by Le Figaro newspaper.
1998: Landmark publication, Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain, ed. Onyekachi Wambu. The Literary Review — "A fascinating and informative panorama of the experiences of the people who came to England in 1948, and who paved the way for their many descendants. Here are examples of the best of Caribbean and black literature … always perceptive and frequently brilliant." Read More
1999: Landmark publication, XCiTés: the Flamingo Book of New French Writing, showcasing a new generation of French writers unpublished and unknown in English at the time — Frédéric Beigbeder, Tonino Benacquista, Virginie Despentes, Michel Houellebecq, Abdourahman Waberi among them. Scotsman — "The insularism of British publishers and readers is perhaps unsurpassed. The result is an entire generation of European authors who go untranslated, unpublished, unnoticed here … XCiTés is a haven of enlightenment." Read More
2000: Landmark publication, Le Foot: The Legends of French Football, featuring an extraordinary range of contributors from both sides of the Channel united by their passion for the most popular sport on the planet — David Baddiel, Will Buckley, Tam Dean Burn, Marcel Desailly, Michel Platini, Salman Rushdie & Irvine Welsh among them.
2000: The first BookBlast® web site goes live.
2005: Georgia was a founding committee member of English PEN's Writers in Translation programme.
2009: BookBlast® becomes a registered trademark in the UK (Reg.No: 2504188) & the USA (Reg.No: 3,714,430).
Her writing has been published in Prospect, Times Literary Supplement, Independent, Guardian, The Lady, BANIPAL, 3ammagazine.com, words without borders.org.
2015: bookblast.com is selected by the curators of Electronic Archives and Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, as being of lasting research value and is catalogued in their digital archives.
2016: The BookBlast® Diary launches a celebration of independent publishing.

About the Founder Director

Formerly a senior editor at Quartet Books collaborating with editorial director, Stephen Pickles, and editor-at-large, the late Anthony Blond, Georgia de Chamberet was responsible for publishing Tahar Ben Jelloun, Daniel Pennac, Annie Ernaux, Hervé Guibert, Per Olov Enquist, Juan Goytisolo, The Voice of the Turtle: an anthology of Cuban Short Stories Peter Bush (ed.), Blond's Roman Emperors, and Simon Leys (The Death of Napoleon won the 1992 Independent Award for Foreign Fiction).
She was commissioning editor at Robin Clark, reprinting Emanuel Litvinoff, Alethea Heyter, Steven Berkoff, Diana Athill.
She was also managing editor of the Quartet Encounters series, publishing the best of world writing in translation, including titles by Aharon Appelfeld, E. M. Cioran, Stig Dagerman, Per Olov Enquist, Giorgio Bassani.