The collection contains the business papers of CP, Managing Director of William Heinemann and the Heinemann Group. Correspondence with colleagues and competitors provide insight into the workings and characters of the publishing world across three decades, from the early 60s to the late 80s.
The collection contains files pertaining to individual authors, most notably Anita Desai, Monica Dickens, Paul Gallico, Richard Gordon and Graham Greene. The publishing files include the business files of the publishing company Michael Joseph Ltd, of William Heinemann Ltd, the Heinemann Group and their parent company Thomas Tilling Ltd.
Business papers cover sales, turnover and profits and various publishing ventures. These include the attempted takeover of Jonathan Cape Ltd by CP, Peter Hebdon and Roland Gant; Heinemann's book club venture; the 'Pickles' editions (Octopus/Heinemann hardback collections); and Pan paperback publishing by joint owners: Heinemann, Collins and Macmillan.
The papers reflect the various rescues, mergers, takeovers and successions within the Heinemann Group and the industry as a whole.
Later papers cover Charles Pick Consultancy and CP's consultancy work for the Octopus Publishing Group Plc., 1985-88.
Personal papers include correspondence, invitations and programmes to social events, and dictated memoirs.