About BookBlast® a catalyst for publishing

BookBlast® has always had a cosmopolitan ethos, discovering the best independent-spirited and diverse writing from around the world.
Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for growth and innovation in publishing, breaking creative ideas and good writing into the mainstream.

The BookBlast® portfolio of literary businesses – written and digital – has evolved over the years and includes Francophone translation & editing services for publishers and authors; and the rights management of various literary estates. The imprint, BookBlast® ePublishing, produces ebook and POD editions of titles by certain clients.

The online journal The BookBlast® Diary and the BookBlast® 10x10 Tour of live nationwide events showcase showcase independent trade publishing and world writing in translation with a focus on France.

Founded by Georgia de Chamberet in 1997, the agency is supported by a freelance team of highly experienced specialist advisors, including Ben Fiagbe as IT & business development director; Jemma Jupp as creative project development; Alan Williams as legal advisor; Sue Amaradivakara at the PR Collective; Ian Hughes at Mousemat Design Ltd digital publishing consultancy; Stefano Arata at the Good Company for the logo design.

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, our freelance team, the firm and the community as a whole.
We are collaborative in spirit, working with authors, translators, literary agents and publishers to develop and complete professional writing projects. We have reported on submissions and edited and translated books for clients on both sides of the Channel, and the Atlantic Ocean, including: MacLehose Press, New York Review of Books Classics, Verso Ltd, Rider, Virago, La Table Ronde, Eland Publishing, Grub Street Books, Amazon Kindle & Createspace; éditions Gallimard, Grasset & Fasquelle, L'Iconoclaste.


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."
Grasset & Fasquelle, Paris — "The text which you edited for us is perfect. You've done a great job and can be proud of yourself."


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BookBlast® — the backstory

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.

bookblast launch 1997