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Publishing for teenagers

20 September 2004

'You have to keep up with the times. There are always 14-year-old girls, but every three or four years, they are going to be completely different. When I look back on some of our output in the early Nineties, it seems naive. There's much more sophistication now. We've got to move with the times. People often say to me that you'll run out of topics and ideas for that age group, but it isn't the case, just as it isn't the case for adult novels. The great themes of life are always there - love, death, illness, loneliness - but the world changes with increasing rapidity and what we publish reflects these changes.'

Brenda Gardner, founder of Piccadilly Press in Publishing News.