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Talking through my hat

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? The podcast is on hiatus from Easter 2019 for a few months, but we'll be back with more great interviews later in the year!

Apr 24, 2018

Suzanne Collier (@suzannecollier) of BookCareers entered publishing at 16 from school and has since then chaired the Society for Young Publishers and worked for a range of publishers in a range of jobs. Some changes in personal circumstance led to her setting up her own business, and over the past 20 years, Suzanne's...


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 9, 2018

In a special LBF18 episode, I talk to Emma Barnes, the CEO and Founder of Snowbooks, Bibliocloud and Make Our Book. We discuss discuss epiphanies, passion for what books can mean, and why everyone should learn at least the basics of computer programming.

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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!