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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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1 – Bad Night at the Union Hotel

A grisly Frankfurt dawn was battling through the threadbare curtains and seeking purchase on the grimy orange carpet. A barking dog had taken up residence inside my head; my tongue resembled its blanket. As another avalanche of empty bottles cascaded into the belly of the garbage truck in the street below, I was reminded that I had stayed for at least five Rieslings too many in the bar of the Park Hotel, one of the most populated late-night watering hotels during the annual book fair. Publishers, editors, agents, authors, illustrators, photographers, art directors, publicists, production heads, marketeers and sales directors, printers and packagers, patrician elders and arriviste wheeler-dealers, corporate accountants, ...

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