The London Book Fair honours Peter Usborne
15th April 2015
What an honour! Now in its 12th year, the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates an individual’s career dedication to breaking down borders in international publishing. Congratulations to Peter Usborne winner of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award!
We are sure you join us in congratulating Peter on this well-deserved accolade.
Here is Peter's response to the news:
"I’m thrilled and astonished about this award, particularly since this is I believe the first time it’s been given to a children’s publisher. Not surprisingly, I find this an appropriate reflection of the extraordinary growth of the children’s book industry, both in quality and importance, in the 40 years since I came into it. Being a children’s book publisher is enormous fun, endlessly interesting, extremely, though not unpleasantly, competitive, and a wholly satisfying extension of the outrageous privilege of becoming a parent.
“Though this award is being given to me, it should really be awarded to my amazing staff, on whom I have been completely dependent all my life, and most of whom, I am very glad to say, stay and stay and stay with us. Children’s books have given me a life that I don’t think could have been bettered. Thanks to everyone who’s helped us along the way.”