Rayner Unwin, George Allen & Unwin: A Remembrancer

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Merlin Unwin Books, 2021. Hardback.

George Allen & Unwin as a publishing imprint reflected a cross-section of the intellectual achievement of the Twentieth Century.

In his Remembrancer, former Chairman Rayner Unwin traces the vicissitudes of his own time with the Company. It is a digressive and personal history, with reflections on the delights as well as the dangers of a style of publishing that is now fast vanishing.

He particularly focusses on his memories of publishing famous authors including

* JRR Tolkien
* Thor Heyerdahl
* Bertrand Russell
* Roald Dahl

This frank and elegant publishing memoir covers the eventual take-over of the Company. A Remembrancer brings to life this sequence of events which led to the winding up of a distinguished firm.