Helen Trayler, co-founder of Wordsworth Editions, has died, the Bookseller reported. She was 69. "Her reputation has and will always precede her; she was a savvy businesswoman, generous beyond compare, dignified and steadfast until the end," said her daughter, Nichola Trayler. "Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her will have an anecdote or story to tell; she was a character of epic proportion, and her absence will be felt far and wide both professionally and personally."
The company will remain a family-run business. Nichola Trayler is taking the helm and the rest of the Wordsworth team will "endeavor to ensure that Helen's legacy continues," she said, adding that her mother had "started at the bottom and rose to the top within the industry, beginning her journey when she was only 18 years of age. Helen co-founded Wordsworth Editions in 1987 alongside her late husband Michael Trayler; together they were the minds behind the original £1 [about $1.25) classic, which launched in 1992....
"She, true to character, continued working throughout her diagnosis and treatment and never once waivered with regards to her love and commitment to Wordsworth. It gave her hope and focus, and through the pages of her beloved editions, her story and memory will live on."
Wordsworth Editions posted on Facebook: "Her story and memory will go on with the turn of every page."