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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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2 – Spreads on the Bed

As I eased myself out of bed and picked my way through the insect carnage to the washbasin, I felt the disinclination of my limbs to obey instructions. It was like taking a reluctant dog on a walk. It wasn’t just the self-inflicted excesses of the Frankfurt nightlife that had wiped me out; it was the cumulative effect of the past nine months when I, like everyone else at our tiny fledgling enterprise, had worked round the clock to establish the company. We had faced numerous obstacles, but we had made it, by a whisker. The finished books were now in place, ready to be unveiled. The rest of the staff back home could take a few days off to recuperate, but the four of us in Germany faced a gruelling five days of wall-to-wall ...

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