Our very own Natasha Hughes, Editorial Assistant for Estates
So, I’m going to try and make this as cool as I can, and lay off the narcissism as much as possible when talking about oneself. I have worked at HarperCollins for nearly two years, as part of the Estates team in Harper Fiction, which involves working on Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ngaio Marsh, Alistair MacLean, Simon Tolkien and many others. My job mainly involves reinvigorating classic titles for a modern audience, working on new authors (such as Simon Tolkien), and creating illustrated film tie-in books around the forthcoming Hobbit movie trilogy.
A brief run through of how I got here: After studying English Literature and Philosophy at Keele University I undertook a Masters degree In English Lit at Warwick. Whilst doing my MA, I found work experience at a small publishing house in nearby Leamington Spa, before going on to Quercus, MacLehose Press, Penguin and then HC!
Desmond Bagley was one of a group of writers including Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins who contributed greatly to the modern concept of action thrillers.
With a career which encompassed many things form mining to journalism, Bagley became a full time writer after his first novel The Golden Keel became a bestseller. He went on to write 16 thrillers, most of them Top 10 bestsellers and he established a trademark style which featured ordinary men pitted against again villains with intent on causing global chaos. Bagley died relatively young at fifty nine, and his books have remained in print ever since. His writing continues to influence new writers in the genre.
Read an extract from The Snow Tiger
This November sees HarperCollins published a further selection of classic titles from Bagley’s back catalogue as ‘2 in 1; double action thrillers’. The titles available include:
High Citadel AND Landslide – Buy now from Amazon
Flyaway AND Windfall – Buy now from Amazon
The Spoilers AND Juggernaut – Buy now from Amazon
Wyatt’s Hurricane AND Bahama Crisis – Buy now from Amazon
Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster. The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in 1955. He is now recognized as one of the outstanding popular writers of the 20th century, the author of 29 worldwide bestsellers, many of which have been filmed. He died in 1987.
Visit Alistair MacLean’s fansite
Alistair has written an expansive collection of books, there is a small selection below. For further information please click on the jacket.