Francis Wyndham - July 2 1924 - December 28 2017
At the end of 2017 the world of literature lost a remarkable figure, a writer of great elegance, wit and humanity, a journalist of rare intelligence and style, and a champion of some of the greatest and most significant writers of the 20th century.
In 2008, Picador was extremely proud to publish The Other Garden and Collected Stories in a single volume, introduced by Alan Hollinghurst, one of the many writers who admired him and who had benefited from his influence. It was a huge pleasure for everyone involved to see this publication result in a renewed appreciation of a writer who both represented a lost generation but whose work still captivated contemporary readers. Francis Wyndham wrote two story collections and a short novel, The Other Garden, for which at the age of 63, he was awarded the Whitbread First Novel Award. He was also a publisher and journalist and a major influence on many writers including Jean Rhys and Bruce Chatwin.
In a review of a collection of his journalism, Hilary Spurling hailed his style as 'invincibly ironic, richly allusive and discreetly louche'. Francis Wyndham was a writer from another era, but his work - as Alan Hollinghurst declares - still 'resonates and is a world'.
Paul Baggaley - Picador Publisher