Charles Pick Archive Charles Pick Archive

Charles Pick (1917-2000) began his publishing career at the age of 16 when he started work with Victor Gollancz in 1933. 

The collection contains the business papers of Charles Pick who retired in 1985 as Managing Director of both William Heinemann Ltd and the Heinemann Group of Publishers Ltd.

Photo of Charles Pick holding a bookCorrespondence with colleagues and competitors provide insight into the workings and characters of the publishing world across three decades, from the early 60s to the late 80s.

The collection contains files pertaining to individual authors, most notably Anita Desai, Monica Dickens, Paul Gallico, Richard Gordon and Graham Greene.

The publishing files include the business files of the publishing company Michael Joseph Ltd, of William Heinemann Ltd, the Heinemann Group and its parent company Thomas Tilling Ltd.

Business papers cover sales, turnover and profits and various publishing ventures. These include the attempted takeover of Jonathan Cape Ltd; Heinemann's book club venture; the "Pickles" editions (Octopus/Heinemann hardback collections); and Pan paperback publishing by joint owners: Heinemann, Collins and Macmillan.

The papers reflect the various rescues, mergers, takeovers and successions within the Heinemann Group and the industry as a whole.

On his retirement from Heinemann, Charles Pick went on to set up Charles Pick Consultancy to handle the affairs of Wilbur Smith as a priority. Later papers also cover his consultancy work for the Octopus Publishing Group Plc., 1985-88.

Personal papers include correspondence, diaries, programmes, invitations to social events, dictated memoirs and recorded interviews for the British Library.

Listing of this collection [, 524KB] 

Charles Pick Fellowship

External links:
Guardian obituary