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Thomas Michael Maschler (born 16 August 1933)[1] is a British publisher and writer.


The son of Austrian Jews, he was five when his family fled to England from Vienna after the Nazi annexation of Austria. After Leighton Park School, he travelled widely, worked on a kibbutz and did national service before going on to work in publishing.

In his role as head of Jonathan Cape, he discovered and published many writers including Gabriel García Márquez, Ian McEwan and Bruce Chatwin, to whom he acted as an informal patron. Chatwin's 1982 novel On The Black Hill was inspired by a stay at Maschler's Welsh holiday cottage on the English-Welsh borders, and it was there that Chatwin wrote most of the manuscript.

One of Maschler's earliest coups was purchasing Joseph Heller's Catch-22 for £250.[2] He also was one of the key figures responsible for creating the Booker Prize in the late 1960s - envisaged as a British version of the French Prix Goncourt.

He was married to Fay Maschler, the long-serving London Evening Standard restaurant critic, but divorced in 1987. In 1988, he married Regina Kulinicz, to whom he is still married, now retired, living in Vaucluse, France. Picador published his autobiography Publisher in 2005.[3]


  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 16 Aug 2014. p. 49.
  2. ^ Nicholas Wroe, "Talent spotter", The Guardian, 12 March 2005.
  3. ^ John Walsh, "Tom Maschler: Publish and be acclaimed", The Independent, 16 March 2005.

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