You’ve probably gathered from my John Updike comment that I have more ‘Andre stories’ about the late Andre Deutsch CBE up my sleeve, and you are right.  I could tell you how he got one of Robert Maxwell’s secretaries (unintentionally) fired, how he once told me about a book that “it was the kind of book you take home and forget about, it wasn’t the kind of book you publish”, and many, many more.  At the suggestion of a number of former colleagues I’m now collating as many Andre stories as possible, from everyone and anyone – so if you know someone who had a connection with Andre, however small then please ask them to contribute. You can find out a little more at