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thebookseller.com THURSDAY 12 10.2017 At the Frankfurt Book Fair


Brexit will open Europe, says Reidy T


WORDS Katherine Cowdrey


HE ADVANTAGE UK publish- ing companies have in terms of exclusive rights in the European market will be over when the country leaves the European Union, according to Simon & Schuster president and chief executive officer Carolyn Reidy pictured, who called the issue “a principle thing”. Speaking at an interview at the “C.e.o. Panel” at the Frank- furt Book Fair yesterday (11th October) with members of the trade press, including The Book- seller editor Philip Jones, Reidy said the arguments used by UK publishers to gain exclusive rights to publish in Europe will be redundant aſter the UK exits the EU. The statement is the clear- est indication yet of how terri- torial rights could come under strain for British publishers in the years ahead, and follows agent Andrew Wylie’s criticism of those publishers atempting to buy global rights, as reported in The Bookseller Daily yesterday.


“You asked me about Brexit: I will say, to my mind at least, the argument the British have used to grab Europe as an exclusive market will then be over,” said Reidy. “They will try [to make other arguments],” she contin- ued. “There are a lot of differ- ent issues as to the question of competitiveness in Europe and I don’t think there is necessar- ily a case to be made. If some- one made a case that they could do beter if they had it exclu- sively than if it’s an open market, agents will listen to them. If they can’t make the argument, they won’t. So, we’ll have our argu- ments too.”


She added: “It’s a principle thing rather than a financial one. I still don’t understand why the British think they have India.” The Bookseller understands


Reidy has privately made the same statements to agents in New York. But the opin- ion will raise concern among UK publishers, who have long benefited from being able to supply English-language


Great Schott! New Jeeves title to Hutchinson


Ben Schot pictured, creator of Schott’s Origi- nal Miscellany, is switching to fiction to write a new title in P G Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series for Hutchinson. Publish- ing director Jocasta Hamilton bought world rights to Schot’s Jeeves and the King of Clubs from Natasha Fairweather at Rogers, Coleridge & White in a six-figure deal. The novel, writen with approval of the


Wodehouse Estate, sees the foppish Bertie Wooster and his impeccable valet Reginald Jeeves become spies in the interwar period. Schot said it was an honour to “follow in


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editions of their titles into Euro- pean markets under exclusive arrangements with agents. The comment has echoes of the so-called turf war arguments of Frankfurt Book Fairs in the mid- Noughties, during which Reidy was a vocal proponent of an open Europe. She was eventu- ally forced to back down because of EU rules that would have meant US editions would have had to be made legally available in the UK in addition to other European territories.


During the panel discus- sion, Reidy also warned that calls to censor authors that were “bubbling up from the public” were becoming danger- ous. Following the social media storm over Simon & Schuster’s since-scrapped publishing deal with controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopou- los, Reidy said there was still a place for “books that don’t make us so comfortable”, arguing that it was “essential we defend the right of expression against mob rule”.


the patent-leather footsteps” of Wodehouse, who “opened up an empire of comic writing on which the sun has never set”. The book follows Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebas- tian Faulks, which Hutchinson published in 2013. Hutchinson published Wodehouse’s later works, and since 2008 all titles owned by the Wodehouse Estate have been issued by Hutch- inson’s fellow Random House imprint Arrow. Hutchison and Arrow recently renewed their licences with the estate for a further 10 years. In November, Arrow will launch Wodehouse Pick-Me-Ups, a series of small-format paper- backs each containing three short stories.


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