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Pan Books
Pan Books is a publishing imprint that first became active in the 1940s and is now part of the British-based Macmillan Publishers, owned by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
of Germany. Pan Books began as an independent publisher, established in 1944 by Alan Bott, previously known for his memoirs of his experiences as a flying ace in the First World War.[5] The Pan Books logo, showing the ancient Greek god Pan playing pan-pipes, was designed by Mervyn Peake. A few years after it was founded, Pan Books was bought out by a consortium of several publishing houses, including Macmillan, Collins, Heinemann, and, briefly, Hodder & Stoughton. It became wholly owned by Macmillan in 1987.[6] Pan specialised in publishing paperback fiction and, along with Penguin Books, was one of the first popular publishers of this format in the UK
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Parent Company
A parent company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operation by doing and influencing or electing its board of directors
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Ken Follett
Kenneth Martin "Ken" Follett (born 5 June 1949) is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels who has sold more than 160 million copies of his works.[2] Many of his books have reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, including Edge of Eternity, Fall of Giants, A Dangerous Fortune, The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, Triple, Winter of the World, and World Without End.[3]Contents1 Biography1.1 Early life 1.2 Early career 1.3 Further successes 1.4 Kingsbridge series 1.5 Century trilogy2 Adaptations 3 Public life 4 Awards 5 Personal life 6 Bibliography 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External linksBiography[edit] Early life[edit] Follett was born on 5 June 1949 in Cardiff, Wales
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Georgette Heyer
Georgette Heyer
Georgette Heyer
/ˈheɪ.ər/ (16 August 1902 – 4 July 1974) was an English historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth. In 1925 Heyer married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. The couple spent several years living in Tanganyika Territory
Tanganyika Territory
and Macedonia before returning to England in 1929. After her novel These Old Shades became popular despite its release during the General Strike, Heyer determined that publicity was not necessary for good sales. For the rest of her life, she refused to grant interviews, telling a friend: "My private life concerns no one but myself and my family."[2] Heyer essentially established the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance
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Neville Shute
Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 – 12 January 1960) was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name in his engineering career and Nevil Shute as his pen name to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels, which included On the Beach and A Town Like Alice.Contents1 Early life 2 Career in aviation 3 Second World War 4 Literary career 5 Post war activities 6 Works 7 Honours 8 Notes 9 References 10 External linksEarly life[edit] Born in Somerset Road, Ealing, Middlesex, he was educated at the Dragon School, Shrewsbury School and Balliol College, Oxford; he graduated from Oxford University in 1922 with a third-class degree in engineering science. Shute's father, Arthur Hamilton Norway, became head of the Post Office in Ireland before the First World War and was based at the main post office in Dublin in 1916 at the time of the Easter Rising
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John Steinbeck
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (/ˈstaɪnbɛk/; February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception".[2] He has been called "a giant of American letters", and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.[3] During his writing career, he authored 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat
(1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
(1937) and The Red Pony
The Red Pony
(1937)
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Arthur Upfield
Arthur William Upfield (1 September 1890 – 12 February 1964) was an English/Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon
Napoleon
"Bony" Bonaparte of the Queensland Police
Queensland Police
Force, a half-caste Aborigine. His books were the basis for an 1970s Australian television series entitled "Boney", as well as a 1990 telemovie and a 1992 spin-off TV series. Born in England, Upfield moved to Australia in 1911 and fought with the Australian military during the First World War. Following his war service, he travelled extensively throughout Australia, obtaining a knowledge of Australian Aboriginal
Australian Aboriginal
culture that he would later use in his written works
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Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Jane Austen
(UK: /ˈɒstɪn/; 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.[2][b] Her use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary, have earned her acclaim among critics and scholars. With the publications of Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
(1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park
(1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer
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Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens (/ˈdɪkɪnz/; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.[1] His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.[2][3] Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison
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Kate Morton
Kate Morton
Kate Morton
(born 1976) is an international bestselling Australian author. Morton has sold more than 10 million books in 42 countries, making her one of Australia's "biggest publishing exports".[1] The award-winning author has written five novels: The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog), The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours,[2][3]The Secret Keeper, and The Lake House, which was published in October 2015.Contents1 Early life and education 2 Bibliography 3 References 4 External linksEarly life and education[edit] Morton is the oldest of three sisters. Her family moved several times before settling on Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain
where she attended a small country school
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Peter O'Donnell
Peter O'Donnell (11 April 1920 – 3 May 2010[1][2]) was a British writer of mysteries and of comic strips, best known as the creator of Modesty Blaise,[3] an action heroine/undercover trouble-shooter. He was also an award-winning gothic historical romance novelist who wrote under the female pseudonym Madeleine Brent,[4] in 1978, his novel Merlin's Keep won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.[5]Contents1 Biography 2 Death 3 Bibliography3.1 As Peter O'Donnell3.1.1 Modesty Blaise book series3.2 Madeleine Brent4 References 5 SourcesBiography[edit] Born on 11 April 1920 in Lewisham, London, O'Donnell was the son of Bernard O'Donnell, a journalist on the Empire News, and was educated at Catford Central School.[2] He began to write professionally at the age of 16. In 1938 he joined the British Army, and during the war served as an NCO in mobile radio detachment (3 Corps) of Royal Corps of Signals in the 8th Army
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Jeffrey Archer
Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare
(born 15 April 1940) is an English novelist and politician. Before becoming an author, Archer was a Member of Parliament (1969–1974), but did not seek re-election after a financial scandal that left him almost bankrupt.[1] He revived his fortunes as a best-selling novelist; his books have sold around 330 million copies worldwide.[2] Archer became deputy chairman of the Conservative Party (1985–1986) before resigning after a newspaper accused him of paying money to a prostitute. In 1987 he won a court case and was awarded large damages because of this claim.[3] He was made a life peer in 1992 and subsequently became Conservative candidate to be the first elected Mayor of London. He had to resign his candidacy in 1999 after it emerged that he had lied in his 1987 libel case
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Peter James (writer)
Lara James (2015-present) Georgina (1979-1998)Relatives Jack James (father) Cornelia Katz (mother)Websitewww.peterjames.comPeter James (born 22 August 1948) is an international best-selling British writer of crime fiction. He was born in Brighton, the son of Cornelia James, the former glovemaker to Queen Elizabeth II.Contents1 Education and early career 2 Personal life 3 Work3.1 Literature 3.2 Film 3.3 Other work4 Awards 5 Bibliography 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksEducation and early career[edit] James was educated at Charterhouse School and went on to Ravensbourne Film School. For a brief period of time whilst at film school James worked as Orson Welles' house cleaner
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David Baldacci
David Baldacci
David Baldacci
(born August 5, 1960)[1] is a bestselling American novelist.Contents1 Biography1.1 Early life and education 1.2 Career 1.3 Personal life and charities2 Works 3 Bibliography3.1 Children's books 3.2 Adult novels3.2.1 Series3.2.1.1 The Camel Club series 3.2.1.2 Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series 3.2.1.3 Shaw and Katie James series 3.2.1.4 John Puller series 3.2.1.5 Will Robie series 3.2.1.6 Amos Decker series3.2.2 Stand-alone novels4 Adaptations 5 References 6 External links6.1 InterviewsBiography[edit] Early life and education[edit]View of Barga, Italy, where Baldacci's ancestors lived David Baldacci
David Baldacci
was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Henrico High School and earned a B.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University and a J.D
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Joanna Trollope
Joanna Trollope
Joanna Trollope
OBE (/ˈtrɒləp/; born 9 December 1943) is an English writer. She also wrote under the pseudonym of Caroline Harvey
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C.J. Sansom
Christopher John "C.J." Sansom is a Scottish-born writer of historical crime novels. He was born in 1952 in Edinburgh
Edinburgh
and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history.[1] After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor. He practised in Sussex
Sussex
as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before leaving the legal profession to become a full-time writer. He currently lives in Sussex.[1]Contents1 Work 2 Awards 3 Politics 4 Bibliography4.1 Matthew Shardlake Series 4.2 Other novels5 References 6 External linksWork[edit] Sansom came to prominence with the Shardlake series, his historical mystery series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century
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