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Welcome to BookBlast!

BookBlast® is a creative company sitting at the intersection of book publishing, authorship and technology.

We offer a range of publishing services to authors, translators and the book trade.

Team BookBlast® offers you a unique set of practices, knowledge, craft skills and values thanks to three decades of experience working within book publishing and the creative economy.

Publishing Services



  • We can identify and eliminate repetition, inaccuracies and improve word choice;
  • Ensure that sentences are concise and that the draft is free of grammatical and typographical errors;
  • Copy edit your translation for accurate English usage;
  • Evaluate and/or translate French-language texts, and supply a reader's report as required.
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  • We can guide you in developing your plot and pacing (for fiction);
  • Advise with regards to character development (for fiction, biographies, and autobiographies);
  • Assess the core concept to improve appeal (for non-fiction);
  • Ghostwrite or mentor publishing projects, and troubleshoot “stuck” manuscripts.
  • We are familiar with publishing standards and conventions, and know how to translate ideas into engaging content.
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The 2020 BookBlast® Podcast series

Our response to enforced confinement because of the unprecedented Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic was to create and release a special 15-part podcast series, Bridging The Divide: Translation & The Art of Empathy.

Hosted by editor, Georgia de Chamberet, and journalist, Lucy Popescu, the podcast line-up features award-winning authors from across Europe, including Lars Mytting, J.S. Margot, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Tommy Wieringa, as well as interviews with their publishers Adam Freudenheim, Philip Gwyn Jones and the publisher behind Nordic Noir, Christopher MacLehose.

The series introduces to readers a selection of new writing in translation by diverse authors, and flies in the face of the view that literary translation is just for the highbrow. Full details HERE

Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk – “A great line-up – congratulations!”
Kirsty Gunn, novelist and writer of short stories – “I LOVE this! Will get the word about . . .”
Peggy Hughes, Programme Director, National Centre for Writing – “Nicely done . . . great to be working on something positive for you, writers and listeners: everyone wins!”

The series follows on from the success of the first BookBlast® 10x10 Tour, in association with Waterstones, around the regions of England, held in 2018.

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Online Journal — The BookBlast® Diary


Indulgent reads for independent minds

Online journal, The BookBlast® Diary has showcased independent trade publishing, new writing and translation with a focus on Francophone literature since 2016.

The BookBlast® Diary's curated celebration of independent publishing includes good book reviews; interviews with leading writers, translators, creatives and publishers; podcasts; journalism from the archive; and Spotlight specials.

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MacLehose Press – “Brilliant work. And what work. Huge salutes.”
Maggie Gee, novelist & Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University – “A true lover of writing and writers.”
Starhaven Press — "Enterprising. Dedicated. Tireless.”
Claire Armitstead, The Guardian – “Excellent work.”

At BookBlast® we are unashamedly Francophone, bringing you Gallic flair and literary #FCUK

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Literary Estates


We manage the literary estates of distinguished writers and thinkers Lesley Blanch, Professor George Elton Mayo and Gael Elton Mayo.

Please read the Society of Authors' Guide on Copyright and Permissions before making your permissions enquiry.

A selection of titles by 1950s bohemian beauties Gael Elton Mayo & Lesley Blanch are available from BookBlast® ePublishing.

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Lesley Blanch and the Art of Narrative Non Fiction

New Society | December 1980 The Three Faces of Elton Mayo by the late J H Smith, Professor of Sociology, Co-Founder of New Technology Research Group, University of Southampton: “Towards the end of his life, through his association with the Harvard Business School and the Hawthorne Studies, Elton Mayo enjoyed a public acclaim granted to few social scientists of his day. None however would have envied him the fall from grace which was to follow his death.

Gael Elton Mayo, The Magnum Photographic Group (Apollo Magazine, 1989)