Harvill Secker Centenary - 2010

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2010 marked 100 years since the first incarnation of Harvill Secker

Our centenary was marked with a year-long calendar of celebratory events, from limited edition hardbacks of classic international works of fiction, to a series of events showcasing the amazing array of talent housed on the Harvill Secker list, to the launch of two new online initiatives – internationalwriting.co.uk – a site dedicated to promoting and talking about International writing and the launch of a new Young Translators Prize in conjunction with Waterstone's.

To find out about the celebratory events we undertook view our calendar here.

Warburg was sceptical when he received Rampa’s autobiography from agent Cyrus Brooks, noting ‘visits by lamas to literary agents’ offices in London are, to put it mildly, infrequent.’ But after reading the material – with its tales of life at the lamasery and Rampa’s exceptional clairvoyance following a surgical operation on his forehead and opening of ‘the third eye’ – Warburg become convinced of its authenticity and was determined to publish this potential bestseller.

Lunch with the lama raised a few alarming questions – whether such a person would order fish and chips, or, more worryingly, whether they would dismiss Tibet as a theocratic dictatorship – but Warburg and his colleagues were keen to proceed.

Read more about the colourful history of Harvill Secker here in our Happy Birthday blog post.


LIMITED CENTENARY EDITIONS OF CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS


Three classic contemporary novels published in May 2010 in hardback for a limited period. There are a few copies left - click on the images below to get your own:

LEOPARD LAMPEDUSA DISGRACE JM COETZEE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE HARUKI MURAKAMI

HARDBACK HIGHLIGHTS IN 2010

ANIMAL FARM GEORGE ORWELL DOCTOR ZHIVAGO BORIS PASTERNAK LIFE GEORGE ORWELL

Read our Happy Birthday Harvill Secker blog post here.