YouCaxton Publications began life in the 1980s as Lazy Summer Books Ltd., the Oxford-based publishing and book design company. We have been creating high-quality books for over thirty years. We provide publishing services to authors wishing to self publish and we develop finished books for other publishers, managing the entire process from commissioning through to print, including design, research and editorial. We also publish a small number of our own books each year under the YouCaxton imprint.
Bob Fowke (Managing Editor)
Bob Fowke is a prolific writer of historical non-fiction and children’s reference books, published by Hachette, Oxford University Press, Collins and Heinemann. He represented Blackwell’s Academic Library Suppliers to the Middle and Far East and was a director of Lazy Summer Books Ltd.
He is a committed advocate of self publishing and has self-published several titles as well as contributing topical articles to the Guardian Online.
Bob is also an accomplished illustrator and has painted many science-fiction book covers for authors such as Philip K Dick and Angela Carter.
Richard Hawkins (Screen Writing)
Richard Hawkins has worked as a writer and producer since the late 1980s with several critically acclaimed productions to his name, including on Broadway. His first screenplay, the internationally successful The Theory of Flight, co-produced by both the BBC and Miramax, was directed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Philips) and starred Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter. The film opened the 23rd Toronto International Film Festival.
‘If ever there was a movie that required absolutely the courage of its material, The Theory of Flight is it … a beguiling romantic comedy that becomes another personal triumph for its stars.’ L.A. Times
Working with Greengrass throughout the production, Richard then spent a year working closely alongside the acclaimed Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love, Aida). His own directorial debut came with the enormously well received Everything, starring Ray Winstone, which quickly became a cause celebre on the festival circuit, heralded by the Sydney Film festival as ‘The perfect model for budget feature making’ – and went on to win several international awards and a prestigious BAFTA nomination for Richard himself.
‘Everything is boldly conceived and executed, the kind of film British cinema needs more of.’ The Daily Telegraph
‘A highly promising feature debut … truthful, perceptive and moving.’ The Observer
Richard has worked extensively as a re-writer, and more recently as a creative adviser for China’s emerging film industry, playing a critical role in the establishment of several on-going, long-term relationships between American and Chinese studios. He also gives support as a specialist acting coach, taking both new and established stars and working them through various castings and/or preparing them for particular film roles. Actors worked with include Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Harris, Domonic Cooper, Stephen Mangan, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Ed Skrein, Danny Dyer, to name but a few.
Paul Binding (Literary Consultant)
Paul reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman and the Literary Review, was a former Deputy Literary Editor of the New Statesman, and Managing Editor of children’s books with Oxford University Press. He is also the acclaimed author of four novels, a prize-winning memoir, two books of poetry, and eight books on literature and cultural history, English, American and European (especially Scandinavian). He has served on a number of major committees concerned with translations from the Dutch, the Danish and the Norwegian, especially the new ongoing Penguin Ibsen. His literary biography of Hans Christian Andersen (HCA: European Witness) won the Hans Christian Andersen Prize in 2015. For his services to the promotion of Norwegian culture and literature he was made Knight (First Class) of the Royal Kingdom of Norway (2016). He has also been involved with – and written on – animal issues. Paul provides structural comment on selected titles.
Robert Branton (Reference Works)
Robert worked with the Compulexis consultancy which advised on the production of dictionaries and developed software used by Oxford University Press, Santillana, Liber Norstedts and the EU Terminology database.
After studying at the Computing Laboratory in Oxford, Robert co-founded Memotech Ltd and was a director of Lazy Summer Books Ltd, the publishing and design company. Robert subsequently spent several years working as an analyst for the government Office for Criminal Justice Reform and also founded TheArtCircus and UKGiclee websites which support and promote the work of artists and illustrators.
Steve Edwards (Print and Production)
Steve Edwards is a specialist print engineer with long experience in the print and publishing industry. He works with a wide range of printing companies using different technologies including Print-On-Demand, Offset Litho and Fine-Art Prints. He also manages the preparation of books for ebook publishing. Steve can provide advice and print management on all types of print production, whether traditional or electronic, and will match your project to the most suitable printer. As well as book production, Steve organizes the production of printed publicity material.
Steve also manages the printing of Fine-Art Giclee prints and Art Books for UKGiclee.
Russell Wall (Book Design)
An alumnus of the Slade School of Art, Russell has a background in printmaking, design and typography in London’s Fleet Street. He has worked with many of the major London newspapers and is expert in this area. He founded the Book-Bridge Library, a charity that stocks school libraries in poor regions of the Phillipines.