Deborah Rogers to receive The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

LONDON, [14 MARCH] —The London Book Fair is pleased to announce that the eleventh annual Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing will be awarded to Deborah Rogers, CEO of Rogers, Coleridge & White (RCW).

An agent all her professional life, she worked with Peter Janson-Smith before setting up her own agency in 1967, later to become RCW. Deborah has made Rogers, Coleridge & White one of the most important literary agencies in the world.

She is renowned for her talent in identifying, developing and supporting authors throughout their careers. Her impeccable list of award-winning writers includes Angela Carter, Bruce Chatwin, Peter Carey, A.S. Byatt, Paul Bailey, Anita Desai, J.G.Farrell, William Fiennes, Orlando Figes, Juliet Gardiner, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Peter Hobbs, Kazuo Ishiguro, Thomas Keneally, Matthew Kneale, Hanif Kureishi, David Kynaston, Ian McEwan, Shena Mackay, David Malouf, Patrick McGrath, Hanan Al Shaykh, Jenny Uglow, Lorrie Moore, Thomas Pynchon, Edmund White and Mordecai Richler.

However, she is not only tireless in the pursuit of her author’s careers; she is widely recognised as a force for good in publishing. A past President of the Association of Authors’ Agents, she has served on the management committee of the Man Booker Prize and on the inaugural committee that set up the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

Deborah Rogers said:
“Having always believed that one of the greatest gifts life can offer is to be blessed with work that brings daily excitement, delight and satisfaction, and to have basked in that myself, it hardly seems fair to be given an award for what has been a lifetime of such pleasure. Over more than four decades I have been surrounded and supported by wonderful colleagues without whom RCW would never have flourished as it has. We have worked together in the most rewarding professional environment as part of a world wide publishing community that has shared our values, celebrated our authors, rejoiced in their writing and furthered our mutual interests. And a community which has provided so many valued friends. But most important of all are the writers themselves with whom I have had the privilege of working and without whom none of this would have been possible. Those who have entrusted their work to us over the years will never know the intense pride that they have brought, and the anticipation and excitement that greets each new manuscript never palls. I have them to thank most of all.”

Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair, Penguin Random House UK said:
“Deborah Rogers is a legendary agent who has made an unsurpassed contribution to a thriving publishing business. Her entrepreneurial spirit in setting up an agency in the 1960s and seeing it grow successfully, adding brilliant new agents over the years is beyond compare. Deborah is equally known for nurturing the careers of an enviable list of authors where her genius has been not only to negotiate and develop their careers with their chosen publishers, but also to care passionately about every aspect of their lives. Deborah also has an unfailing eye for recognising and encouraging editorial talent. I am sure generations of brilliant editors, along with her writers, will take this opportunity both to thank her and to celebrate her unique achievements.”

Ian McEwan, said:
“The London Book Fair has made a wise and knowing choice. Deborah hardly fits the archetype of the hard-edged, calculating agent. Instead, she has found her own highly individual route to being brilliant at what she does. She’s looked after me for most of my writing life, and I think I’m beginning to understand that her genius as an agent is simply an extension of her character. To her writers she extends infinite care, kindness, hospitality, patience, fierce loyalty, very sound critical judgement and good taste. To the publishers she deals with, she offers much the same, which is how she generally comes away with what she wants. The desk in her office, dangerously piled to the ceiling, is an indispensable feature of literary London, and is a monument to a generous, richly creative, hugely well-read and warm-hearted spirit.”

David Roche, Non-Executive Chair, The London Book Fair, said:
“Deborah Rogers is one of a kind. Her talent for identifying new writers, dedication to her authors and her outstanding contribution to the world of books have gained her respect across the literary world. We’re delighted to recognise her remarkable career and present her with this Lifetime Achievement Award.”

The London Book Fair’s Advisory Board, under the chairmanship of David Roche, Non-Executive Chair, The London Book Fair, voted for Deborah Rogers from a shortlist of international publishing figures.

The International Lifetime Achievement Award recognises 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 award has previously been presented to Sonny Mehta of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Lord Weidenfeld, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Christopher MacLehose, now of MacLehose Press, John Lyon of Little, Brown (posthumously), Lynette Owen of Pearson Education, Peter Mayer of The Overlook Press/ Duckworth Publishers, Drenka Willen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Antoine Gallimard, Éditions Gallimard, Jorge Herralde of Editorial Anagrama, and last year Michael Krüger of Hanser Verlag.

The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing will be presented at the International Publishing Industry Excellence Awards, an invitation-only evening event on Tuesday 8 April 2014, 6.00pm in The Conference Centre, Earls Court, London.



For further information about The London Book Fair 2014, please contact: Nicola Green at Midas Public Relations on 0207 361 7860 or


About The London Book Fair (LBF)
The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from 8-10 April 2013, Earls Court, London. Korea is the Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013.

The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing celebrates an individual’s career dedication to breaking down borders in international publishing. Anyone involved in international publishing, from any country in the world, can be nominated.

The award is judged by The London Book Fair Advisory Board, made up of senior figures in the international publishing industry.

2013 –
Michael Krüger, Hanser Verlag
2012 – Jorge Herralde, Editions Anagrama
2011 – Sonny Mehta, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
2010 – Antoine Gallimard, Éditions Gallimard
2009 – Drenka Willen, Harcourt, USA (presented by Umberto Eco, Author)
2008 – Peter Meyer, Overlook Press and Duckworth, UK & USA (presented by Ed Victor, Literary Agent)
2007 – Lord Weidenfeld, Weidefeld & Nicolson, UK (presented by Simon Master, Non Executive Chair, The London Book Fair)
2006 Christopher MacLehose, UK (presented by Liz Calder, Bloomsbury Plc)
2005 – Lynette Owen, Pearson Education, UK
2004 – John Lyons, Little, Brown, UK & USA (presented posthumously)

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