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Thomas Michael Maschler (16 August 1933 – 15 October 2020)[1][2] was a German-born British publisher and writer. He was known for creating the Booker Prize for British, Irish and Commonwealth literature in 1969.

He was involved in publishing the works of many notable authors, including Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Heller, Gabriel García Márquez, John Lennon, Ian McEwan, Bruce Chatwin and Salman Rushdie. He was born in Berlin.

His autobiography, Publisher, was published by Picador in 2005.[3]

He died on 15 October 2020 at a hospital in Luberon, aged 87.[2]


  1. Weekend birthdays. Guardian News and Media. 16 August 2014. pp. 49. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomson, Liz (16 October 2020). "Tom Maschler obituary" (in en-GB). The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 17 October 2020. 
  3. Walsh, John (16 March 2005). "Tom Maschler: Publish and be acclaimed".