Next week sees the publication of With Friends Like These, the
latest blockbuster by Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Conde
Nast, set in the world of glossy magazines and advertising.
Although he flatly denies that it’s a roman a clef, we believe there are
some highly recognisable figures from the business.
If you can work out who’s who, we’ll send a case of champagne to the
most imaginative entrant. Simply put names to the following.
Kit Preston Managing director of Britain’s ritziest magazine
Deceptively charming and mercurial, concealing a pragmatic hard
Anna Grant Beautiful, beguiling magazine interviewer. Has a penchant for
danger, in and out of bed.
Howard Trench Marketing-driven managing director of Incorporated
Periodicals. No longer believes in advertising but ’a total integrated
package of communications’. Ex-Procter and Gamble.
Jackie Rather earnest media planner/buyer from DDHD who does the donkey
work and cracks the whip on positioning.
Pierre Roux Marketing director of Mouchette, the French cosmetics
Always wears grey flannel trousers, blue blazer with brass buttons and
Hermes tie. ’Euro-class slimeball.’
Kevin Sky Rumbustious publisher of Couture. Allergic to big discounts on
ratecard. ’If they cut back on volume to anything below 38 pages, I’m
telling the beauty editors never to mention their products again.’