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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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3 – Mistress of Wine

It had been a hard decision for me to leave Mitchell Beazley to join the embryonic Dorling Kindersley. The former was well established and brimming with expansionist conceits. Among other things the company was about to embark on The Joy of Knowledge, a hugely ambitious multi-volume encyclopedia. On a personal level I felt reasonably optimistic about my chances of progressing within the editorial hierarchy. And besides, the winter of 1974 was one of deep national discontent, an unpropitious time to start a new publishing venture. It would mean transferring from an ocean liner to a sailing dinghy in very troubled economic waters.

On the other hand, Christopher and Peter had initially hired me to join MB, and it was with ...

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