‘Genius’ children’s book publisher Peter Usborne has died ‘suddenly but peacefully’ aged 85

Beloved children’s book publisher – and the “driving force” behind Private Eye – Peter Usborne has died “suddenly but peacefully” aged 85.

Hailed as a “genius” with “child-like energy and curiosity” by his company, the gentle mastermind who produced the ‘Usborne Book of’ series passed away surrounded by his devastated family, it was announced on Friday (31.03.23) night – prompting an immediate flood of tributes including from Private Eye magazine, of which he was the first managing director when it was founded in 1961.

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