Nicholas Clee is a literary journalist and former editor of the Bookseller who describes himself as a ‘hopeless piano player, sporadically hopeful West Ham supporter, and no judge of horseracing form’.

After leaving the Bookseller, Clee became a magazine food columnist and then co-founder of the book trade news website Bookbrunch. Although the publishing world is his main area of expertise, Clee has also written a cookbook entitled Don’t Sweat the Aubergine and Eclipse, a study of the unbeaten 18th-century thoroughbred horse whose descendants have dominated modern horseracing. Clee is also the author of a short but unexpectedly (and sometimes uncomfortably) candid memoir, Things I am Ashamed Of - which lists precisely that.