U.K. agent attacks chain booksellers

From Nicholas Clee’s weekly roundup of British publishing news:

One of the frustrations of editing a book industry paper is that industry figures are increasingly reluctant to be outspoken. The politics of conglomerate life demand conformity; relationships between publisher and booksellers are too consequential to jeopardise.

The late, lamented Giles Gordon was an exception to the general cautiousness, and now Jonny Geller, his colleague at the Curtis Brown literary agency, has taken on his mantle. In an interview this week, Geller – whose clients include John Llewellyn Rhys prize refusenik Hari Kunzru and current bestseller Kathleen Tessaro – attacks the bookselling chains, accusing them of unadventurousness and arrogance.

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