About the Book:
In the early years of the twenty first century, sweeping change is taking place in the publishing industry. Ill-equipped to handle the transformation of their world, a number of publishing houses struggle to survive. One of these is Litmus, an independent firm in the UK. The onus of ensuring that the company remains viable falls upon its publisher, Zachariah Thomas, who also edits its most successful author, Massimo Seppi. Unfortunately for Zach and for Litmus, Seppi dies unexpectedly. Without its star writer, Litmus, chances of surviving the economic downturn are slim. To keep his company intact and to give it room to regroup and chart out a strategy for the future, Zach must, among other things, try to mine the Seppi legacy for one last gem. By turns compelling and thought- provoking, this novel by one of the industry's foremost figures masterfully depicts the exhilarating and surprisingly turbulent world of book publishing.
About the Author:
David Davidar works in publishing. He is the author of The House of Blue Mangoes, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Solitude of Emperors, sold a finalist for a regional Commonwealth Writers Prize.