CAMPAIGN DIARY: Coleridge didn’t base characters in book on real people. Oh yeah?

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.

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

publishers.



Deceptively charming and mercurial, concealing a pragmatic hard

centre.



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

house.



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.’



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