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Blurbs: Fact or Fiction?

By Anthony Anderson

18 October 2017

Promotional blurbs have become part of the standard marketing of not only books, but music, films and other media. However, they are fairly recent in the publishing industry. The first blurb is thought to have appeared in 1865, in the …

The Worzel Gummidge Audiobooks – Children’s Fiction for All Ages

By Anthony Anderson

18 August 2017

Worzel Gummidge is one of those characters in children’s fiction who is probably better known through his manifestation on the screen than from the original books. For a while it seemed that the character would never see the light of …

18 July 2017 – Jane Austen’s Bicentenary

By Anthony Anderson

7 July 2017

‘During that half hour was her struggle, pour soul! She said she could not tell us what she suffered, tho’ she complained of little fixed pain. When I asked her if there was anything she wanted, her answer was she …

The History of the Audiobook

By Anthony Anderson

25 May 2017

Audiobooks is currently the fastest growing segment of publishing, with its current value being estimated at $3.5 billion on the back of sharp increases over the past few years. The number of new titles being released into the market has …

A Matter of Translation

By Anthony Anderson

23 March 2017

Frequently at Naxos AudioBooks we record great works of literature from non-Anglophone countries, in English translation. There is a ready market for these, whether it be the towering (in several senses of the word) novels of the nineteenth-century Russian Masters, …

Leading and Reading: Favourite Presidential Books

By Anthony Anderson

1 February 2017

Shortly before leaving office a list of books which helped Barack Obama over his eight years in the White House was made public. The list included Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem and V.S. Naipaul’s A …

Behind the Scenes at Naxos AudioBooks

By Anthony Anderson

17 November 2016

left to right: Samuel Howard (Publishing Executive), Genevieve Helsby (Publishing Manager), Anthony Anderson (Managing Director) One of the more gratifying things about my job is that quite a lot of acquaintances express a genuine interest in what we are recording …

The Go-Between: A Coming-of-Age Story

By Anthony Anderson

3 October 2016

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ This much-quoted sentence which begins L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between goes directly to the heart of the novel. Leo Colston, now in his early sixties, tells of a summer spent …

Jabberwocky, Nonsense and the Snark – The Poetry of Lewis Carroll

By Anthony Anderson

1 August 2016

I recently came across an online appeal from a perplexed reader asking if there exists an English translation of the poem Jabberwocky. Although it is probably the most famous nonsense poem in the ‘English’ language, it is true that many …

Herodotus – the Father of Lies?

By Anthony Anderson

1 July 2016

Herodotus has been called both the Father of History and the Father of Lies. Although his Histories are our primary source for knowledge of the Persian invasions of Greece in 490 and 480 B.C., Herodotus’ account includes some elements which …

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