Jeremy Lewis – author, former publisher, and noted supporter of the Biographers’ Club – has died. He had been suffering from cancer.

After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin in 1965, Lewis worked for publishers including OUP, Collins (as it was then), and Chatto. He was deputy editor of the London Magazine, and more recently deputy editor of the Oldie and editor-at-large of the Literary Review.

A genial figure likened by Anthony Powell to a “floppy Labrador”, Lewis was an astute and witty writer who had the gift, particularly apparent in his publishing memoirs such as Grub Street Irregular, of portraying characters candidly but without unkindness. He appeared to be too amused by people to dislike them, and he brought this sensibility to weightier works including biographies of Cyril Connolly, Allen Lane, the Greene family, and the Astors.

Lewis was a judge of the 2015 Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize.