London-based Bloomsbury Publishing launches new digital global publisher Bloomsbury Reader incorporating selection of e-books, print-on-demand; titles include works previously out of print

LONDON , September 28, 2011 (press release) – Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is delighted to announce the launch - on Wednesday 28thSeptember 2011 - of a new digital global publisher, Bloomsbury Reader.

The Bloomsbury Reader range incorporates an expansive and growing selection of titles in ebook (and print on demand) for the first time: many titles, previously unavailable in print for some years, are now being made available to a new generation of readers through this digital initiative. New works by leading contemporary writers will also receive digital publication through Bloomsbury Reader.

The Bloomsbury Reader range incorporates every genre; its selection including romance, crime, children’s stories, science-fiction, politics, travel writing, biographies, prose and poetry.

Authors whose works have been out-of-print and are now being revived include Charles Dickens’ great granddaughter Monica Dickens, politicians Alan Clark and Ted Heath, poet Edith Sitwell (and her younger brother Sacheverell Sitwell), HRF Keating and V.S. Pritchett.

Contemporary writers include Ministry of Sound founder and entrepreneur James Palumbo, who is releasing his second novel Tancredi with Bloomsbury Reader, as well as digitising his first book, Tomas.

The list includes a selection of authors and estates represented by The Rights House and other literary agencies. The digital imprint will be run out of London and New York, and will publish books currently unavailable in print where all English-language rights have already reverted to the author or the author’s Estate and where there is no edition currently in print. Bloomsbury Reader actively welcomes approaches from other Estates keen to see an author’s work returned to circulation.

Stephanie Duncan, Digital Media Director Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, and Publisher of Bloomsbury Reader commented: “I’m delighted to be reconnecting this extraordinary selection of authors and books with their original fans, and bringing them into the lives of a new generation of readers. This is a significant time for digital publishing, and the Bloomsbury Reader initiative introduces a new dimension to its development.”

Bloomsbury Reader’s authors whose works are being made available from September 2011

Other authors whose works are being transported into the 21st Century by Bloomsbury Reader include: Ruby Ayres; travel and fiction writer Hilaire Belloc; British writers E. M. Delafield, Rose Macaulay, Matt Chisholm (real name Peter Watts), L. A. G Strong, Margaret Potter, Edward Crankshaw, John Moore, Eric Linklater, Margaret Irwin, Bernice Rubens, Phyllis Bentley, Maggie Makepeace, Storm Jameson, Angela Lambert; Chaim Bermant; Liam O'Flaherty; purveyors of supernatural fiction Gerald Bullet, and Anthony Masters.

Politician Fitzroy MacLean; biographers Roy Jenkins, Ronald Clark, and Frances Donaldson; writer and one of the men behind the creation of ITV, Norman Collins; and novelist, Ivy Compton-Burnett.

British officer and writer David Fraser; elder brother of Evelyn, Alec Waugh; actor Dirk Bogarde; poet Cecil Day-Lewis; crime and espionage writers Edmund Crispin, Adrian Alington, Gavin Lyall, Rupert Croft-Cooke, HRF Keating, Margery Allingham, Nicholas Freeling, Harry Carmichael and Hartley Howard (both pen names for Leo Ognall). Non-fiction writers Prof F W J Hemmings, Guy Chapman, Arthur Marwick, Russell Miller, and children’s fiction writer Bill Naughton.

Other authors include fiction writers Martin Armstrong, Pamela Haines, David Lytton, Dion Henderson, Graham Masterton, Angela Huth, Ann Bridge; novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Ray Connolly; and biographer Russell Miller.

Expanded information on a selection of Bloomsbury Reader authors whose works are being restored to mainstream availability

ALEC WAUGH - The elder brother of Evelyn, Alec Waugh’s first, semi-autobiographical novel The Loom of Youth reflects on his schooldays at Sherborne School in Dorset, and was so controversial when it was published (due to its mentions of homosexual relationships between the boys) that he remains the only former pupil expelled from the old boy’s society. It was, however, a bestseller, as were his other novels Island in the Sun and The Fatal Gift.

MONICA DICKENS - The great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens published over fifty books in her lifetime, inspired both by her own experiences and her humanitarian interests (she wrote Kate and Emma and No More Meadows, which deals with the issue of child abuse, after working with the NSPCC). She was equally well known for children’s books; her four-part World’s End series follows a group of children living in an old inn with their rescued animals while their parents sail around the world.

CHAIM BERMANT - Chaim Bermant was an Orthodox Jew and supporter of Israel, but was critical of the latter. He contributed regularly to The Jewish Chronicle and both his non-fiction works and his novels, such as Berl Make Tea, Ben Preserve Us and Jericho Sleep Alone deal with the quirks of British Jewish society.

IVY COMPTON-BURNETT - Ivy was one of twelve children and suffered severe family tragedies over the course of her life. The focus of her fiction is clear from the titles Elders and Betters, Parents and Children and A Family and a Fortune. In these she deals with domestic situations in large households with dysfunctional families, and the complete control parents had over their children in the nineteenth century; she said of her work, “I write of power being destructive”.

STORM JAMESON - Storm, born Margaret Ethel, demonstrated her strong political views with her contribution to the new Marxist journal of 1934. Her fictional writing reflects the twentieth-century transformation of Europe, engaging with the rise of socialism and fascism, as well as key historical events including the General Strike and the two World Wars. Cloudless May, published in 1943, is set in a small French village and deals with the struggles of living with German occupation.

HRF KEATING - Keating began writing as a journalist and reviewed crime books for The Times for fifteen years. Despite being most famous for his Inspector Ghote series, Keating wrote many other works of crime fiction; his female heroine DCI Harriet Martens stars in her own series, which include The Governess and The Man of Gold, and his work of the 1990s deals with detectives whose human weaknesses affected their work (such as The Bad Detective and The Soft Detective).

EDITH SITWELL - Despite being primarily known for her poetry collections, such as The Outcasts and Gardeners and Astronomers, Edith Sitwell also wrote several books of prose (and always claimed they were purely money-motivated), including two biographies of Queen Elizabeth I, Fanfare for Elizabeth and The Queens and the Hive. Her autobiography Taken Care Of tells her extraordinary life story, from her unhappy childhood in Yorkshire to her last years battling Marfan syndrome.

SACHEVERELL SITWELL - Unlike his elder brother and sister, Sacheverell did not pursue publicity and refused to publish his poetry for many years. His many works of travel writing, such as Roumanian Journey and The Netherlands, demonstrate his life of high-class tourism, travelling often on a limited budget, with his wife and two sons.

V S PRITCHETT - Pritchett (known by V S as he hated his first name ‘Victor’) is most famous for his compilations of short stories, such as The Lady from Guatemala. However, he also published novels (such as Dead Man Leading), non-fiction (George Meredith and English Comedy) and travel writing (including Dublin and The Spanish Temper).

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