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Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or

PAN Fans Club - Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or


Up to now I’ve not really mention much about PAN’s imprint Picador which  came into being in 1971, the same time as Piccolo. Ralph Vernon-Hunt, Clarence Paget, Simon Master and Caroline Lassalle (the firm’s chief in-house reader) tried to find a name and eventually Caroline came up with the name Picador (Paget wanted Primrose!) and she became its first editor of what was intended to be a showcase for international writers

On the 6 October 1972 Picador launched with eight paperbacks: ‘Rosshalde’ by Hermann Hesse, ‘A Personal Anthology’ by Jorge Luis Borges, ‘Trout Fishing in America’ by Richard Brautigan, ‘The Naked I’ edited by Frederick R. Karl and Leo Hamalian, ‘The Bodyguard’ by Adrian Mitchell, ‘Heroes and Villains’ by Angela Carter, ‘Les Guérillères’ by Monique Wittig, and ‘The Lorry’ by Peter Wahloo.TitlesSonny Mehta became Editorial Director for Pan and Picador in 1974. He is shown below at PAN’s 50th birthday party along with Simon Master, one time MD of PAN, who died last year.Image1
Alysoun at PAN got back to me regarding the ‘Golden PAN Award’ and gave me several more names and details so I’ve added them to the list, thanks Alysoun and I’ve altered the Herriot dates. At least three Picador titles have won the award namely ‘Unreliable Memoirs’ by Clive James, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest’ by Ken Kersey and ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold. The latter was republished along with 11 other titles in 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Picador. For more information go HEREBones40

I shall be adding random Picador titles over the next few blogs so keep looking.

Category: PAN Books
  • Mike Petty says:

    I took over the Picador list from Caroline Lassalle in 1977 (though always under the benevolent if steely direction of Sonny Mehta), and stayed until 1982, when I was lured away to join Chatto & Windus. They somehow forgot to invite me to the 40th anniversary party…

    February 4, 2016 at 2:44 am
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Mike, Was moving to Chatto seen as going beyond the pale? Reminds me of when I got an invite to my retirement do but I wasn’t to tell myself as it was a ‘surprise’ I turned up anyway. Tim

      February 4, 2016 at 8:17 am
      • Mike Petty says:

        No, they just forgot!

        February 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

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