Terrie Riley


Sales & Publisher Liaison


On leaving school after A levels I didn’t know what I wanted to do so ended up at teacher training college which I soon discovered was not the job for me. At the same time I had started to represent Great Britain in the Women’s Road Cycling team but in those pre-lottery funded days you still needed to earn a living and so I took a job at the Ministry of Defence as a pay clerk. There I was allowed an afternoon a week off to train, and was able to go away on international trips (unpaid once my holidays had been used up). As my international career drew to a close I decided it was time I got a proper job and decided I wanted to work in sales.


I got a job as a trainee rep with Purnell books a Children’s publisher and once I got my own territory I stayed for 3 years before moving onto William Collins as their rep for the North West selling the Dictionary, Bible and Reference list.


Over the next 29 years, as Collins became HarperCollins and a Murdoch empire, I sold every kind of book they published and finished my days there as Key Account Director looking after Waterstones Head Office and Easons in Ireland.


It was at HarperCollins I met Guy Pringle when we worked together on developing relationships with libraries and reading groups.


I was delighted in 2011 when Guy offered me the opportunity to stay in publishing but in a role that would enable me to have a little more time to spend on my early passion of cycling - albeit at a much more leisurely pace these days.

Madelaine Smith




Started career as: After I left University my first job was in a very large charity bookshop where I sat all day on a tall stool and priced up secondhand books. It was very Dickensian. Each day great truckloads of books arrived which had to be sorted and then priced up. Anything that was too damaged to sell was thrown into a pile to be recycled. By the end of the week the pile would reach the ceiling of the warehouse. I only worked there for a few months but in that time I learnt a huge amount about books and realised that I wanted to spend my career in some way or another associated with books. Since then I have worked as a Bookseller, a Book Department Manager, a Books Marketing Operations Manager, a 'Product Controller', a trainer for the Booksellers' Association, a Buying Director, a Promotions Manager with a publisher, and at newbooks! (Oh yes and for a short blip in my career I left the book trade and worked as a Marketing Manager at a theatre - but I did write a book about the history of the theatre while I was there).


First book I remember reading all by myself: A Big Ball of String (a Dr Suess book that I borrowed over and over again from the library)


Favourite bookish quote: I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991


Favourite newbooks Featured Book: How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff (nb27)


Book I'd save from a burning house: My very battered copy (no dustjacket) of Antonia Forest's Falconer's Lure