Baroness Gail Rebuck accepts LBF Lifetime Achievement Award
Last night the Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing was presented to Chair of Penguin Random House UK Baroness Gail Rebuck at the 2016 London Book Fair.
Baroness Rebuck accepted the prize in recognition of her services to British publishing at London’s Olympia Conference Centre. The award recognizes an individual who has made a truly significant mark in the sphere of global publishing. It is open to publishers, agents, editors, scouts and anyone else involved in international publishing, from any country in the world.
The judges described Gail as “a towering figure of British and international publishing,” who has contributed much to the industry both as a business leader and through her passionate support for reading and literacy in Britain. “As Chair and Chief Executive of Random House UK for over 20 years, Gail Rebuck built a formidable international publishing house with a hugely influential and successful author list.” She remains an influential figure within the publishing industry, as Chair of Penguin Random House UK, and also provides an important voice speaking on behalf of British arts, culture and education in the House of Lords.
“I am so thrilled to receive this award, which is such an honor as it comes from the industry I have loved for nearly 40 years,” said Rebuck. “Being a publisher has never simply been a job for me but a passionate vocation.”
David Roche, Non-Executive Chair of the London Book Fair Advisory Group also described her as a “publishing g giant” who has “driven herself, her publishing companies and her authors to enormous global success.”
In her speech the previous day at the fair’s Quantum Conference, Gail Rebuck left no doubt that authors are the ones who form the heart of the literary world – yesterday, today and tomorrow. Notwithstanding any profound changes in the world, “nothing has changed at the core of our industry,” said Rebuck, adding that: “It’s still stories and the people who create those stories - the authors - that underpin everything. It is their imagination that inspires and moves readers and makes publishing much more than just another industry to work in – publishing is not to have a job but a vocation.”