Le Libraire – News – Persaud and Leach launch the specialist in short literary fiction


Author Hannah Persaud and former publishing director Andrew Leach are launching a new brand of short literary fiction.

Seventy2One will be the literary arm of Massive Overheads Productions, a creative cooperative created by Leach with filmmaker and photographer Alec Bowman Clarke.

It will focus on short literary fiction, novels, short story collections and other short works. It will be co-directed by Leach and Persaud, whose first novel The codes of love was published by Muswell Press in 2020.

Leach has a 25-year media career, working in television, radio, events, brand consulting and publishing. He led a management buyout of publishing agency Mediamark, developing the company’s magazine portfolio into pamphlets and books and was a doctor for six years before selling the business. He is also a published writer who has worked in book retail.

Describing the imprint’s philosophy, he said, “The short word is important here. Just as a great movie can be over in two hours, a brilliant novel doesn’t need to look like a brick house.”

Persaud added: “The maximum length we will publish is 70,000 words, with a minimum requirement for any story of a thousand words, hence the name. We will publish literary fiction that reflects the times in which we live.”

Seventy2One’s first book will be Sunburned Saintsdue before Christmas, is an anthology of short stories focusing on the environment and the climate emergency, featuring established and emerging writers.


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