Gareth Shannon

Contracts Director, HarperCollins

“When the history of UK publishing in the early part of the 21st century gets written, few people will probably give much air time to the contracts departments. But interestingly, this is where lurk some of the best strategic minds within the whole varied ecosystem of books. Gareth Shannon is one such person. Brilliant negotiator, fiercely loyal, capable constantly of being one step ahead in any argument, incredible institutional knowledge but also able to understand and appreciate the balance between the need for creativity and process, he would rarely if ever be in the limelight. Yet writers, agents and certainly his colleagues within HarperCollins would always be the first to appreciate how influential he has been on the issues that matter over the years.”

– Anonymous