Fulfilment and Betrayal 1975-1995

fulfilment and betrayal coverIn Fulfilment and Betrayal Chairman of Quartet Books Naim Attallah tells of two decades when many of his varying interests brought him success, and then frustration.

‘There is simply no one around in publishing today with anything like his pizazz’ 

John Walsh, Independent

‘The book is a really touching and life-enhancing experience, like actually meeting its author, and inspires in me a huge range of positive emotions. One is amazed that a man of such wide and complex experience in several high demanding and competitive worlds can emerge with such a gentle and generous heart’

Barbara Bray

‘The enjoyment of autobiography generally depends on how interesting the author is able to make himself. In this instance Attallah’s self-confessed naivety, disgustingness, warmth, sensuality, exceptional energy, bossiness and diversity of enthusiasm certainly make him as colourful as anyone in Dickens or Powell, but the long-term value of Fulfilment and Betrayal will, I suspect, reside not in Attallah’s self-portrait but in the riveting picture he gives of a vibrant literary world that has, in his view, all but vanished – a world invented in his fantasy and brought to life with the bounty of his purse – a crazy, hyped-up, uncommon little world that was centred on Soho, jewels, books, eccentric personalities, gossip columns, ‘It’ girls, parties, rifts and deep friendships’

Alexander Waugh (son of Auberon Waugh, grandson of Evelyn Waugh), Literary Review

‘In his present book, Fulfilment and Betrayal, which deals with his life over the past 25 years, there is a full account of his business and publishing activity… What one finds so interesting about this book is that he gives, in crystal-clear prose, an account of the world of business, which to those outside can be unknown and impenetrable…we are given a glamorous, interesting and coherent insight into the publishing world…’

Ulick O’Connor, Irish Sunday Independent 

‘The history of British publishing is full of colourful characters, many of them Jewish refugees. However, few are a match for Naim Attallah, the Palestinian self-made millionaire, former chief executive of Asprey and for 30 years the man behind Quartet and the Literary Review

David Herman, Jewish Chronicle

‘Attallah once said he would like to be remembered as “a man who nurtured and encouraged the talents of others” and as such he has added enormously to the gaiety of life. As a book publisher, and the onetime owner of the Oldie and the Literary Review, he has also proved an exemplary literary patron’

Jeremy Lewis, Mail on Sunday 

Fulfilment and Betrayal has attracted much interest from reviewers and interviewers, and even those who poke fun at some of the more flamboyant aspects of Attallah’s behaviour admit that he has a record of solid achievements and has contributed much more to British publishing’

Susannah Tarbush, Saudi Gazzette

‘…an exhaustive account of what it is to  be an outsider in the inner circles of British life’

Simon Callow , Observer Books of the Year, November 2007 

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