BookBrunch is an information site and daily news service for the book industry. Founded by Liz Thomson and Nicholas Clee, it is now edited by Clee and Neill Denny.
Nicholas Clee was editor of the Bookseller from 1999 to 2004, and before that was the paper's book news editor (1984-1999). He writes about books and the book industry for the Times, Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, and NewBooks magazine, and is Contributing Editor of the Publishers Association Statistics Yearbook. He was food columnist for the New Statesman from January 2007 to September 2008, and has also written for the Observer Sports Monthly. He has been a judge of the Booker Prize, Encore Award and Granta Best of Young British Novelists. He is the author of Don't Sweat the Aubergine: What Works in the Kitchen and Why (Short Books, 2nd edition from Black Swan in 2012); Eclipse: The Story of the Rogue, the Madam and the Horse That Changed Racing (Bantam Press; Overlook US); and a memoir. Things I Am Ashamed Of (Kindle Singles, 2014).
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Neill Denny is a business journalist with over 25 years' experience, covering publishing, retail and advertising at the highest level. As Editor-in-Chief of the Bookseller for eight years from 2004 he had a ring-side seat as the book trade grappled with the switch to digital, the impact of the recession and the decline of the traditional bookshop.
Prior to the Bookseller he edited Retail Week, the trade bible for Britain's top retailers, for five years. At both the Bookseller and Retail Week he was regularly brought in as a specialist commentator by national press and TV. In the 1990s he covered the marketing industry on titles including Marketing and Precision Marketing, and founded a magazine for Michael Heseltine's Haymarket in 1995 (Marketing Direct).
After leaving the Bookseller, Neill worked as a freelancer, interviewing authors such as Antony Beevor and Bernard Cornwell, and as a retail and web consultant.
David Roche, executive chairman of BookBrunch, is non-exec chairman of the London Book Fair and chair of New Writing North. He runs his own consultancy, David Roche Enterprises Ltd, and has also acted as the literary agent for a few select authors. He has his first book due out later this year with Unbound.
Roche has worked at the highest level in both retail and publishing as ceo of Borders & Books etc., product director of both Waterstones and HMV, and most recently as group sales and marketing director of HarperCollins. He has also been President of the Booksellers Association and a Trustee of BookTrust.
Marzia Ghiselli, head of business development, also works as a consultant in publishing. Her current projects include content acquisition for digital audiobook distributor Findaway, and marketing and business development for the Firsty Group.
Over the last 20 years, Ghiselli has worked for large corporates, independents and digital start-ups. She was previously the business development director at the Bookseller Group and a sales manager at Times Newspapers.
She is passionate about the commercial possibilities that the growth of digital has brought to many sectors and particularly the solutions it presents for the creation, distribution and consumption of content.
Eric Green, ceo of BookBrunch, has worked in the book industry for over 22 years. His executive responsibilities include Business Development Director of BDS, a company which he co-founded in 1994, and Managing Director of West10, a trading division within BDS. In addition, he sits on the Boards of Ehaus and Weesleekit, partially and wholly owned companies within the BDS group. Eric's areas of responsibility include IT and finance. Eric sits on a number of committees related to the book trade, and undertakes IT consultancy work.