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Eyewitness The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley: The Inside Story of a Publishing Phenomenon by Christopher Davis

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19 – This Dog’s a Runner

Summer 1992. The countdown to flotation. The boardroom was awash with papers. Stacks of them, ranged along the walls and loosely scattered on the table. There were bound copies of accounts going back to the beginning of time, files stuffed with author contracts, foreign publishing contracts, summaries of future publishing programmes, warehouse inventories, property leasing agreements, pension schemes, foreign exchange fluctuations, licensing deals, personnel records, bank statements, insurance arrangements, shareholder certificates, catalogues. Every single document that might have relevance to the public flotation of Dorling Kindersley Ltd had been dug out of cupboards, drawers and safes and assembled for the due diligence ...

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