Peter Usborne Wiki – Peter Usborne Biography
Peter Usborne passed away at the age of 85. He leaves behind a wife, Wendy, children Nicola and Martin, and five grandchildren.
Children’s publisher Peter Usborne, who was behind the ‘Usborne Book of’ book series, has died at the age of 85, his publisher has announced. Described as a “genius” who had “a childlike energy and curiosity”, Usborne was also the first CEO of Private Eye when the satirical magazine was founded in 1961. He then started his own business, with the Billy And The Mini Monsters book series, Puzzle Adventure, and Farmyard Tales Poppy And Sam among his titles. Usborne Publishing said its founder and chairman died “suddenly but peacefully” on Thursday surrounded by his family. The company added: “Peter was, in the truest sense of the word, a genius – his brilliance was matched only by his determination to make books accessible to all children.”
‘This determination was fueled by his passion for ‘doing things better’ than any other children’s book publisher, combined with a childlike energy and curiosity that made him light up every room he entered. He was an outstanding editor, an inspiring leader, and a very kind and generous man who will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. ‘ Usborne was made a CBE for his services to literature during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle this year after being made an MBE in 2011 for his services to the publishing industry. He also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Usborne Publishing this year.
Peter Usborne was 85 years old.
Peter Usborne Death, Tributes
His daughter Nicola Usborne, managing director of Usborne Publishing, said she was “heartbroken” by the death of her father, describing him as a “brilliant man, always curious, always enthusiastic, who was also very kind, very generous and honorable and Principled to the core’. Her statement added: ‘He was the best father I could imagine. He always joked that he intended to never die, and we all hoped he would have many more years. We take some comfort in the fact that he had such a full life to the end. She said Mr. Usborne had an “all-day meeting” with HarperCollins US on his “last day.”
Ms. Usborne added: “He never understood why anyone would want to retire, and he would have loved it so much they never even remotely did.” Private Eye said on Twitter that Usborne “was the driving force” as well as a “proud and involved shareholder.” Usborne wasn’t just about business: it was also he who, while preparing a student magazine in the late 1950s, introduced John Wells to Richard Ingrams and cartoonist Willie Rushton,” the publication added.
The magazine also published a quote from Christopher Booker, Private Eye’s first editor, who died in July 2019 at the age of 81. Mr. Booker said Mr. Usborne was the “point man… who said: ‘Let’s kill the pub talk, let’s make it a proposition'”.Without him, Private Eye would never have gotten off the ground. He was the one who got married. Ian Hislop, a regular panelist on the BBC’s comedy news program Have I Got News For You, is the current editor of Private Eye.