Alban Books: Jane Grounsell Remembered

Elaine Reid, Alban Books, writes:

We are sad to report the untimely death of our MD Jane Grounsell after a two-year battle with cancer. Jane was a much-loved colleague who will always be remembered with love by all at Alban.

Jane was the most warm, friendly, charismatic, intelligent and inspiring lady who we were privileged to have at the head of our Alban Books’ team. We were so fortunate to have a Managing Director who was not only a fantastic colleague but a very dear friend as well and Jane buoyed our team on with her enthusiastic and optimistic attitude to life and work. Jane will be sadly missed.

I echo those words. I only knew Jane through our email exchanges but it was under Jane’s leadership that Alban Books became one of the first — and most generous — sponsors of the UK Christian Bookshops Directory. She had a tremendous gift of encouragement and will, indeed, be sadly missed.

A more complete obituary may be found in The Scotsman:

Obituary: Jane Grounsell, publisher, 56

Jane Grounsell, a well-known figure in Edinburgh’s small publishing community, has died, aged 56.

Born and raised in Leeds, Mrs Grounsell graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in zoology before taking up her first job as a picture researcher for Marshall Cavendish in London, working on the part-work encyclopaedia Tree of Knowledge.

Working in pre-internet days, when images were selected by looking at slides over afternoon tea, Mrs Groundsell [sic] excelled at her job, using her considerable charm and no-nonsense approach to befriend the eccentric ladies who managed some of the richer and more inaccessible picture libraries at the time.

She had a keen eye for the stunning photograph, which could both illustrate the text and be visually appealing, and it was not long before many of the illustrations from her Human Life strand were being used on the cover of the magazine…

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