Killing two birds with one stone didn’t quite work out as planned for Hachette Book Group, which somehow thought it could get away with publishing both Woody Allen, who has a new memoir (through its Grand Central imprint), and Ronan Farrow, Allen’s son and outspoken critic (through its Little, Brown imprint). Unsurprisingly, and in quick succession, Farrow announced he was splitting from Hachette; Little, Brown staged a walkout; Hachette dropped Allen; and Allen took his memoir to Arcade, which published the book immediately. If only to see this family drama out to what will hopefully be its end, you can order Allen’s book, Apropos of Nothing, now.
Narcissism and betrayal don’t stop with the Allen–Farrow saga: what began as an effort to help actress Helena Bonham Carter—who’d asked for advice on how to play Princess Margaret on The Crown—soon developed into an intriguing memoir from Margaret’s longtime lady-in-waiting. Read Eleanor Harmsworth’s interview with Lady Glenconner, whose book, Lady in Waiting, is out now. Adrienne Miller, meanwhile, details her coming of age in the male-dominated literary sphere with In the Land of Men. Miller isn’t the only one made to feel like an outsider in her own field: Victoria James writes about her experience as America’s youngest sommelier in Wine Girl, while Bill Keenan takes us into the high-stakes, high-bullshit world of investment banking from the perspective of the young analysts and associates who do the work; read Air Mail’s excerpt of Discussion Materials here.