Frances Elisabeth Rosemary Lincoln (20 March 1945 – 26 February 2001) was an English independent publisher of illustrated books.[1][2] She published under her own name and the company went on to become Frances Lincoln Publishers. In 1995, Lincoln won the Woman of the Year for Services to Multicultural Publishing award.[1]

Frances Lincoln
Frances Elisabeth Rosemary Lincoln

(1945-03-20)20 March 1945
London, England
Died26 February 2001(2001-02-26) (aged 55)
Kendal, Cumbria, England
OccupationBook publisher
Known forFrances Lincoln Publishers; Woman of the Year for Services to Multicultural Publishing (1995)

Education Edit

Frances Lincoln went "unhappily"[1] to school in Bedford, moving after a year to St George's School, Harpenden, where she became Head Girl.[1] Her university education was at Somerville College, Oxford (Somerville at that time was a women's college, known in Oxford as "the bluestocking college"). There she read Greats (the Oxford term for traditional courses in the humanities, with emphasis on the ancient classics of Greece and Rome, including philosophy).[1] A fellow-student, the drug smuggler Howard Marks, described her as "vivacious" in his 1996 autobiography Mr. Nice.[3]

Career Edit

In 1970, Lincoln started work as an Assistant Editor at the London-based publishing firm of Studio Vista. She went on to become its managing director. From Studio Vista, she moved to a job with the publisher Marshall Cavendish, and from there to Weidenfeld and Nicolson, where she was given her own imprint.[1]

A story that followed her throughout her career, often passed on from employees to new recruits, was of the staff-walkout and demonstration she headed while at Studio Vista in 1975. This was a protest against redundancies proposed by Collier Macmillan, the firm that had come to own Studio Vista. The protest went on for some days, and was described as a strike; it achieved concessions from Collier Macmillan.[1]

Frances Lincoln Publishers Edit

In 1977, Frances went out on her own as an independent publisher/packager, publishing both under her own name and in co-editions. The firm she founded continued as Frances Lincoln Publishers, based in London, until 2018.[4][5] In August 2011, The Quarto Group acquired Frances Lincoln Publishers for £4.5 million,[6] making it the Frances Lincoln Children's Book imprint. The firm was known for the list of illustrated gardening books it published, and for its illustrated children's books.[5] Among these were David Litchfield's The Bear and the Piano, which won the 2016 Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Illustrated Books,[7] and Lizzy Stewart's There's a Tiger in the Garden, which won the same prize in 2017.[8]

Family Edit

Frances Lincoln married John Nicoll, the author of the first book she had commissioned. Nicoll later headed Yale University Press in the United Kingdom. The couple had a son and two daughters.[1] Lincoln died from pneumonia aged 55 in 2001.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Girouard, Mark (2 March 2001). "Frances Lincoln". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Whiteman, Yvonne (6 March 2001). "Frances Lincoln". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009.
  3. ^ Marks, Howard (1996). Mr. Nice. Secker & Warburg. ISBN 978-0-436-20305-3.
  4. ^ "About Us". 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b Richardson, Tim (10 February 2018). "Frances Lincoln closure marks end of an era for cultivated garden writing". Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  6. ^ Neill, Graeme (16 August 2011). "Quarto Snaps-up Frances Lincoln". The Bookseller. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  7. ^ Pauli, Michelle (17 March 2016). "David Solomons wins Waterstones prize with superhero story". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Kean, Danuta (30 March 2017). "Waterstones children's book prize goes to 'mesmerising' debut adventure story". The Guardian.