|16 Sep 2020|
Colin Smythe Limited is a publisher based in Gerrards Cross, Bucks. The company published Terry Pratchett’s early works, and later became his agent. A publisher for over 50 years, the link to the website and Bookshop can be found here
Founder, with Peter Bander, later Bander van Duren (1930-2004), and owner of the company is OB Colin Smythe (G 55-59). Other past directors have included Sir Robert Mayer CH (1879-1985, Chairman), and A. Norman (Derry) Jeffares (1920-2005), while fellow directors remain Ann Saddlemyer and Leslie Hayward. Colin and Peter met Terry Pratchett in 1968 and published his first book, The Carpet People, in 1971, to be followed by his next four books, The Dark Side of the Sun, Strata, The Colour of Magic, and The Light Fantastic, before coming to a co-publishing arrangement with Victor Gollancz for the next three titles, Equal Rites, Mort and Sourcery. Colin became Terry’s agent in 1987, dealing with Terry’s publishers all over the world as well as film, television, drama productions, merchandising, and dealing with internet piracy. (Film, TV, professional stage and merchandising are now looked after by Terry’s production company Narrativia.) Colin has also published fantasy works by William Barnwell and Hugh Cook.
He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1963. Three years later, he started his publishing company, Colin Smythe Ltd, specialising in Irish literature, with books by or about authors such as W.B.Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M.Synge, George Moore, G.W. Russell (better known by his pen-name AE), Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Oliver St John Gogarty, James Stephens, and William Carleton, and also on subjects such as the Irish epic myths, the fairy faith, ghosts, folklore, heraldry, orders of knighthood, diplomacy, politics, trout fishing, and parapsychology. He also is agent for the literary estates of a number of Irish authors, including George Moore, Lady Gregory and Oliver St John Gogarty.