Fraught questions about race and gender have emerged as a dividing line in British publishing, just as they have in other areas of civil society like politics, universities and the media. Yet there seems to be an omertà that hangs over people in publishing when it comes to discussing this with people outside the industry. Most of the people I reached out to for this piece either politely declined, ignored my request or said they would speak to me under the condition that much of what they had to say had to be non-attributable.
No one wants to rock the boat. Everyone seems to know everyone in publishing, and speaking publicly about such a contentious subject can look like airing the industry’s dirty laundry.
The debates about identity politics within publishing reflect what is playing out in society more broadly. Conversations around race and diversity took a…
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