Diary of a Desperate Dad is top London blog

Posted on 19 Feb 2014 - 11:50

The Evening Standard has named Sam Jackson one of London's 20 best bloggers, joining bloggers that post about everything from the sartorial highlights of London Fashion Week to the capital's cycling with his blog Diary of a Desperate Dad. An account of living with three under-fives, Diary of a Desperate Dad is described by the Evening Standard as "a must for veteran parents or those new to the game".

Sam's eagerly awaited book of the same name is published on the 29th of May. It brings the highs and lows of fatherhood to life with hilarious stories and insightful reflections on his own very extensive – and very hectic – experience. Arranged thematically, covering topics such as eating and food, manners and socialising, sibling rivalry, tantrums, and much more, the book is full of useful tips on family life with children up to school age, and will appeal to all fathers looking for a humorous and intelligent take on what it means to be a modern dad.

Two titles shortlisted for Political Book Awards

Posted on 13 Feb 2014 - 16:42

PBA 2014The shortlists for the Paddy Power Political Book Awards have been announced and we're delighted that two books published by Elliott & Thompson have been selected. Don McKinnon's memoirs of his time as Secretary General of the Commonwealth, In the Ring, has been shortlisted in the International Affairs Book of the Year category, while Robert Hutton's dictionary of 'journalese', Romps, Tots and Boffins, has been shortlisted in the Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year category.

The awards ceremony will be held on 19th March at the BFI IMAX.

Portrait Gallery launch

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 - 15:44

Ted Greenfield and Elliott & Thompson celebrated the launch of launch of Ted’s new book Portrait Gallery last Thursday at the Artworker’s Guild, with friends, critics and industry journalists there to congratulate Ted. Michael McManus spoke of his role in helping bring the book to publication and Rodney Bickerstaffe gave a complimentary speech encouraging music-lovers to buy the book.

Ted was the music critic for the Guardian and wrote for Gramophone Magazine as well broadcasting on the BBC and co-edits the Penguin Guide to Classical Music. Portrait Gallery is a fascinating collection of Ted’s memories from his decades of experience in classical music, featuring some of the greatest composers, conductors and performers from the 20th century. It also includes Ted’s recollections of his life, including his time at university, his service in the army and his early years at the Guardian. The book is out now and available from all good bookshops.


Romps on Daily Politics

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 - 12:25

Robert Hutton was on the BBC's Daily Politics, talking about 'journalese' with Andrew Neil and Melanie Phillips (in a segment starting 51 minutes in). The BBC News made a short film which was aired on that programme and then was featured on the BBC News website, with journalists from various newspapers, radio and television networks commenting on their favourites.




Jewels in the Crown

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 - 12:20


Last night at the annual dinner of the Guild of Motoring Writers at the Royal Automobile Club, Ray Hutton, author of Jewels in the Crown, was awarded the Montagu Trophy, awarded annually for ‘the greatest contribution to recording, in the English language, the history of motoring in a published book or article, film, television or radio script’. The presentation to Ray was made by the Hon Ralph Montagu and Joanne Watkins of Mercedes-Benz UK, sponsors of the award.

Jewels in the Crown has also been shortlisted for CMI Management Book of the Year in the Commuter's Read category, a category that recognises books that will 'best serve commuters and retain their attention during a journey to work by inspiring them, informing them about and engaging them with a management and leadership topic.' The awards ceremony will be held on the 3rd of February 2013.