Naim Attallah

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Naim Attallah
Born Naim Ibrahim Attallah[1]
(1931-05-01) 1 May 1931 (age 87)
Mandatory Palestine

Naim Ibrahim Attallah CBE (Arabic: نعيم إبراهيم عطالله‎, born 1 May 1931) is a businessman and writer. He is the publisher of Quartet Books and the former owner of the Women's Press. The Palestinian-born entrepreneur was described by The Guardian in 2000 as a "legendary adorer of beautiful women".[2]

He was born in the former British Mandate of Palestine in 1931. He is the publisher of Quartet Books, which was founded in 1972 by Ken Banerji, John Boothe, William Miller and Brian Thompson, and taken over by Attallah in 1976.[3] Attallah is a former backer of the Literary Review and The Oldie.[4] He is also the former owner of the London-based Women's Press,[5] founded in 1977.[6]

His most recent book of memoirs, Fulfilment and Betrayal: 1975-1995, was published in 2007.[7] According to Jennie Erdal's memoir Ghosting (2005),[8] she was the ghostwriter of some of his books, articles and other writings.[9]

Attallah was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to literature and the arts.[10]



  1. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017" (PDF). Government Digital Service. 30 December 2016. p. 12. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Guardian". Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "About", Quartet Books website.
  4. ^ "Oldie celebrates and recognises its debt to Naim", Evening Standard — Diary, 3 July 2012.
  5. ^ Miranda Seymour, "But did the Medicis have as much fun?", The Telegraph, 3 May 2007.
  6. ^ BookBlast PR, Media Release.
  7. ^ Terence Blacker, "Lewd but likeable: the key to Naim Attallah". From The Independent, 2 May 2007.
  8. ^ Erdal, Jennie (2004). Ghosting: A Memoir. Canongate Books. ISBN 1841955620. 
  9. ^ Susan Salter Reynolds, "A former ghost takes to the light", Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2005.
  10. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N8. 

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