I have had a long interest in travel publishing, albeit suppressed under a veneer of banking and finance for many years.
I was publisher of Cadogan Guides, which I bought in 1989 and also a Director of Everyman’s Library. My book, Halfway House to Heaven (Benefactum 2011), tells the story of my expedition to find the source of the River Oxus in the Wakhan Corridor and Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan.
My first ever publishing venture was really based on a whim discussed over a dinner; we created a parody of the Times, called Not The Times, during its year long strike. It was by far the most successful publishing venture I have done and made me think it was all very easy. I know better now.
My travel book library is the only possession that I really treasure and it has helped me to more than 110 countries, with many more to come.
I play a lot of real tennis and petanque; the latter found me friends when I lived in the South of France for six years.
I have three remarkable children, all grown into more interesting people than their father, and Violet, the tiny one, is my first grandchild and was born in February.