Celebrating Jane Gregory & David Higham 2018

Written by Ali Karim

My father, a retired psychiatrist (now elderly) would remind me from time to time that as we age - 



“it’s the characters, the larger than life people; those with a generosity of nature, the ones that make you think, and make you laugh loudly at the absurdity of life - who are the ones that enrich our lives, and they are the people we remember most affectionately as they are life affirming.” 



And we all know that literary agent Jane Gregory is one such person, for her presence always lifts ones’ spirits, no matter how dark the day is.



When congratulating Jane Gregory last year at the Theakstons’ Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival for receiving the Special Services Award from the Harrogate Team, I remarked about how eclectic her 20th Anniversary Party was. She still recalled Mike Stotter and I attending as “Pulpy Fiction” dressed as John Travolta & Samuel Jackson from the Tarantino movie, complete with false wigs and facial hair. We thought our attire was apt as Jane’s business - Gregory and Company are specialist literary agents, who work in publishing’s crime, mystery & thriller fiction niche.





So late last year many of us received a ‘save the date’ message from Gregory and Company. We all knew that the niche literary agency was joining forces with David Higham Associates and that Gregory and Company were about to celebrate 30 years in business.



Monday 22nd January was the date of one of the most eclectic and amusing Literary Parties in London, hosted at Dartmouth House in Mayfair. It was a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the crime, mystery & thriller genre, with naturally the team from Gregory & Company [and many of their authors] as well as from David Higham Associates mingling with guests from publishing, bookselling, reviewers and her friends.



It would be far too onerous to mention all who attended, so instead we feature an array of photographs from that most amusing evening, where we not only celebrated Jane Gregory’s achievements but also the darkest edges of literature – crime, mystery & thriller .

The evening opened with a welcoming speech from Jane Gregory, followed by short moments on the podium with Anthony Goff [Managing Director of David Higham Associates], Minette Walters, Val McDermid, and Kate Mosse before the food and champagne arrived which allowed us to be well lubricated, as we talked and laughed late into the evening.



After thanking Jane for the invitation to a most energising party, she remarked that the only regret she had was that she couldn’t invite everyone she knew, due to space restrictions at Dartmouth House. We provide a look back at Gregory & Company’s 20th anniversary party when Mike Stotter and I came in disguise as ‘Pulpy Fiction’ > https://goo.gl/NUUszw







And also a report from Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2017 where Jane Gregory received a Special Services Award, for her support of the Festival that she with her colleagues helped set-up https://goo.gl/wQ8wBK









Photos and Text © 2018 Ali Karim

Ali Karim



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