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BookBlast® is an online platform that celebrates and promotes literature. A creative company founded by industry insiders, its mission is to foster cultural understanding by breaking new writing and diverse voices from around the world into the mainstream by any means necessary.

If you are someone who does not read many books, BookBlast® can be a great way to explore the world of literature and discover new books that might interest you by attending one of our events, or reading some of our articles to learn more about books and the people who write and publish them. Who knows, you might just find a book that will change your life!

The BookBlast® Diary


Indulgent Reads for Independent Minds

BookBlast® is a community of people who love reading and writing. It provides a space for authors, translators, publishers, and readers to connect with each other in a variety of ways.

Think of the BookBlast® Diary as a virtual book club, where readers can discover new and emerging authors, and explore different genres, from fiction to non-fiction, poetry, memoirs, young adult and more.

A unique voice in the literary world, the magazine’s main focus is on independent publishers, small presses and books in translation. Its eclectic mix of recommended unconventional reads, in-depth interviews with authors and translators, 'Spotlight' features focusing on different aspects of the publishing industry, and news about book trade events, offer indulgent reads for independent minds. Subscribers include well-established journalists who review books, university-based educators, book bloggers and avid readers.

Featured Writers | Featured Translators

Featured Indie Publishers | The French Connection

Spotlight | Podcast


MacLehose Press – “Brilliant work. And what work. Huge salutes”
Maggie Gee, novelist & Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University – “A true lover of writing and writers”
Starhaven Press — "Enterprising. Dedicated. Tireless”
Claire Armitstead, The Guardian – “Excellent work”

If you love books, and are looking for stimulating reads and an alternative to mainstream book culture, we’d love to hear from you. Join more than 5000 BookBlasters and subscribe today!

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The BookBlast® Podcast

Our response to enforced confinement because of the unprecedented Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic was to create and release a special 15-part podcast series, Bridging the Divide: Translation & The Art of Empathy.

Hosted by editor, Georgia de Chamberet, and journalist, Lucy Popescu, the podcast line-up features award-winning authors from across Europe, including Lars Mytting, J.S. Margot, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Tommy Wieringa, as well as interviews with their publishers Adam Freudenheim, Philip Gwyn Jones and the publisher behind Nordic Noir, Christopher MacLehose.

Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk – “A great line-up – congratulations!”


The series follows on from the success of the first BookBlast® 10x10 Tour, in association with Waterstones, around the regions of England, held in 2018.

Translation & Editing

We are familiar with publishing standards and conventions, and are skilled at translating ideas into engaging content.

  • We can evaluate and/or translate French-language texts;
  • Troubleshoot problematic manuscripts;
  • Ghostwrite or mentor translation projects;
  • Identify and eliminate repetition, inaccuracies and improve word choice;
  • Copy edit your translation for accurate English usage.

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Literary Estates

We manage the literary estates of distinguished writers and thinkers Lesley Blanch, Professor George Elton Mayo and Gael Elton Mayo.

A selection of titles by 1950s bohemian beauties Gael Elton Mayo & Lesley Blanch are available from our ebookshop.

Please read the Society of Authors' Guide on Copyright and Permissions before making your enquiry.


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New Society | December 1980 The Three Faces of Elton Mayo by the late J H Smith, Professor of Sociology, Co-Founder of New Technology Research Group, University of Southampton: “Towards the end of his life, through his association with the Harvard Business School and the Hawthorne Studies, Elton Mayo enjoyed a public acclaim granted to few social scientists of his day. None however would have envied him the fall from grace which was to follow his death.

A selection of the books by Lesley Blanch, Gael Elton Mayo and Professor George Elton Mayo are available from BookBlast® ePublishing and/or from various trade publishers in the UK, US, Europe and Asia.