Sue Freestone, “legendary” publisher dies aged 78

Sue Freestone, a former publisher at Heinemann, Hutchinson and Quercus, has died at the age of 78. Sue Freestone was a legendary publisher who made significant contributions to the publishing industry during her career.

Freestone was known for her work with humorist Douglas Adams, who was notorious for missing deadlines.

Freestone was a respected editor who would often beg for pages from Adams’ printer.

She was a significant figure in the publishing industry for 14 years while working at Hutchinson.

Freestone was also involved in the start-up of Quercus, a new publishing company, after leaving Hutchinson.

She worked with many best-selling authors during her career as a publisher including Douglas Adams, the humorist known for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, series; Stephen Fry, the actor, comedian, and writer; Sebastian Faulks, the author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray.

Others are Robert Harris, the author of Fatherland and Pompeii; John Humphreys, the journalist and broadcaster; and Alastair Campbell, the journalist and former press secretary to Tony Blair.

Freestone was known for guiding the careers of many best-selling authors during her extraordinary career. Her contributions to the literary world will be remembered by many.

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