About BookBlast®

BookBlast® Limited was founded by Georgia de Chamberet and friends, in 1997, with the aim of breaking translation and new writing from the margins into the mainstream by any means necessary.

Initially an agency handling new writing, anthologies and niche subjects, BookBlast® has been renovated and reimagined over the years as the publishing landscape has changed.

Our current portfolio of literary businesses includes French-English translation and editing services for publishers, authors and translators; and managing the literary estates of distinguished writers. The income from this contributes towards the running costs of The BookBlast® Diary and Podcast.

BookBlast® ePublishing reissues digital contemporary classics of narrative non fiction and vintage fiction by trailblazing twentieth-century women.

The BookBlast® Diary has showcased independent trade publishing, new writing and translation with a focus on Francophone literature since 2016. Reviews by professional readers (as in editors), journalists and up-and-coming translators extend beyond the boundaries of our online journal. Journalists and media professionals are part of our engaged community of subscribers, alongside a loyal audience of book lovers.

Our Special Projects and podcasts give a value-added boost to publicity campaigns generating coverage in media publications, as well as online, enhancing visibility and attracting new readers.

Team BookBlast®

Founded by Georgia de Chamberet in 1997, the agency is supported by a freelance team of experienced expert advisors, including Ben Fiagbe as FinTech director; Jemma Jupp as creative project development; Alan Williams as legal advisor; Sue Amaradivakara at the PR Collective for special projects; Ian Hughes at Mousemat Design Ltd digital publishing consultancy; Stefano Arata at the Good Company for the logo design.

Our Philosophy

  • We produce the best possible services we can: the BookBlast® trademark is a guarantee of quality;
  • We engage in ethical and fair business practices;
  • We take a long-term view in our decisions and create mutual benefits for clients, Team BookBlast® and the community as a whole;
  • We are collaborative in spirit, working with authors, translators, literary agents and publishers to develop and complete professional writing projects.
  • We have reported on submissions and edited and translated books for clients on both sides of the Channel, and the Atlantic Ocean, including: MacLehose Press, New York Review of Books Classics, Verso Ltd, Rider, Virago, La Table Ronde, Eland Publishing, Grub Street Books, Amazon Publishing; éditions Gallimard, Grasset & Fasquelle, L'Iconoclaste.

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BookBlast® — the backstory

1997: BookBlast® literary agency is founded by Georgia de Chamberet, dubbed "L'enfant terrible of British publishing" by Le Figaro newspaper.
1998: Landmark publication, Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain, ed. Onyekachi Wambu. The Literary Review — "A fascinating and informative panorama of the experiences of the people who came to England in 1948, and who paved the way for their many descendants. Here are examples of the best of Caribbean and black literature … always perceptive and frequently brilliant." Find out more
1999: Landmark publication, XCiTés: the Flamingo Book of New French Writing, showcasing a new generation of French writers unpublished and unknown in English at the time — Frédéric Beigbeder, Tonino Benacquista, Virginie Despentes, Michel Houellebecq, Abdourahman Waberi among them. Scotsman — "The insularism of British publishers and readers is perhaps unsurpassed. The result is an entire generation of European authors who go untranslated, unpublished, unnoticed here … XCiTés is a haven of enlightenment." Find out more
2000: Landmark publication, Le Foot: The Legends of French Football, featuring an extraordinary range of contributors from both sides of the Channel united by their passion for the most popular sport on the planet — David Baddiel, Will Buckley, Tam Dean Burn, Marcel Desailly, Michel Platini, Salman Rushdie & Irvine Welsh among them.
2000: The first BookBlast® web site goes live.
2005: Georgia was a founding committee member of English PEN's Writers in Translation programme.
Her writing has been published in Prospect, Times Literary Supplement, Independent, Guardian, The Lady, BANIPAL, 3ammagazine.com, words without borders.org
2009: BookBlast® becomes a registered trademark in the UK (Reg.No: 2504188) & the USA (Reg.No: 3,714,430).
2015: bookblast.com is selected by the curators of Electronic Archives and Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, as being of lasting research value and is catalogued in their digital archives.
2016: The BookBlast® Diary launches a celebration of independent publishing.

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