Born in France, educated in England and Canada (McGill University), Eric de Bellaigue's career has taken him into finance (banks and stockbrokers in both Canada and the United Kingdom) and publishing. After a brief spell as a journalist, he has spent some forty years studying the past and forecasting the future of publishing in Britain. His own works include The Business of Publishing: The Bellaigue Report, Hutchinson, 1981; British Book Publishing as a Business since the 1960s, The British Library, 2004, and numerous articles, notably in the international journal 'LOGOS', now owned by Brill, the Dutch academic publisher, and the trade journal The Bookseller. He served for several years as a non-executive director of the Quarto Group. Eric de Bellaigue is a confirmed bibliophile.