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Talking through my hat

Released every Tuesday, Talking Through My Hat explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs. To avoid missing anything, why not subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter?

May 1, 2018

This was the hardest episode of this podcast so far to record (so apologies in advance for the slightly scrappy quality of some of the audio), because I'm getting personal about some subjects that are often taboo - education, career progression, choices, and the privileges that affect our access to these things....


Apr 17, 2018

The London Book Fair was its usual self - perhaps a little cooler this year, both in temperature and busy-ness levels, but still a great few days. This is my review, touching on the terrible mobile app, the fantastic people, the surprising conversations and the odd discoveries.

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Apr 3, 2018

In this episode, I share some thoughts about getting the most from the London Book Fair (or any trade fair) as a visitor: planning; presentation; and parties!

If you see me at the Fair, say hello and let me know you listen to the podcast. I hope to see you there!


Mar 27, 2018

First proper podcast episode, in which I describe where I'm coming from and the sorts of thing I plan to talk about in future episodes.

  • The importance of books and my experience working on them, especially in education.
  • Disruption and misunderstandings of that.
  • Tech companies and shiny toys.
  • The value of quality...


Mar 19, 2018

Thoughts on what makes the publishing industry what it is, and how we sustain it.