Publisher and novelist Robyn Sisman, who "began her
career in publishing at Oxford University Press, where she worked first as a
secretary 'but was so bad that they made me an editor,' " died May
20, the Bookseller reported. She was 61. Sisman later became an editorial director
at J.M. Dent, "then joined Hutchinson, part of the Random House group, via
a stint at the newly established U.K. arm of Simon & Schuster," the
Bookseller wrote, adding that she "nurtured a young political journalist,
Robert Harris, who had come up with an 'intriguing idea for a wartime novel
with a twist.' Harris' Fatherland was published in May 1992."
Imogen Taylor, publishing director at Tinder Press & Headline, remembered Sisman as a "fiercely private, true to herself and others, independent yet tremendously loyal and loving. She was courageous and fearless to the end, revealing her serious ill heath to only a handful of close friends. She was extremely sharp and funny, brilliant at many things (and also hopeless at others, including map reading and giving directions). She inspired much joy and laughter in the lives of her family and her many friends, and she will be desperately missed.