Lockdown diaries: the children’s publisher

One evening a week or so ago, I was speaking to a friend in another publishing company, sitting at the kitchen table, glass of wine in hand, in today’s sad Zoom substitute for meeting up for a post-work drink. She referred obliquely to the famous WW1 recruitment poster, the one with the little girl on her shamed father’s knee, saying, “Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?”. My friend said, “Afterwards, we’ll all talk about ‘what we did in the war’.”