Sheila Markham

in conversation

An archive of news and site updates

John Saumarez Smith's Swansong?

Posted on 30/09/2017 at 11:09

John Saumarez Smith has just added an afterword to his interview, which was originally conducted in 2003.  The afterword coincides with the publication of a catalogue with the codeword ‘SWANSONG’. In the introduction to the catalogue, John writes, ‘When the Swan has Sung, I very much hope to keep in touch with those of you who have supported me since my departure from [Heywood Hill,] Curzon Street. Booksellers don’t retire but hope to continue to share their pleasure in books with their bookish friends’.

New website

Posted on 30/06/2017 at 12:06

Welcome to the new design of my website. I hope that you will find it a more engaging experience, and that you will return from time to time as  I plan to introduce new features with the collaboration of my colleagues in the trade, to whom this website is devoted.

Why haven’t you interviewed so-and-so?

Posted on 30/06/2017 at 12:06

I’ve been asked this question many times, and usually the answer is that they don’t want to be interviewed, or that I should come back in a few years’ time. Meanwhile perhaps the best thing I can do is to let their catalogues speak for them, starting with Susanne Schulz-Falster’s outstanding catalogue on bookbinding and paper manufacture, produced jointly with Michael Banzhaf.

View the catalogue

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