The Midtown West office of India-born, British-educated Sonny Mehta, 72, reflects his cosmopolitan upbringing and eclectic literary tastes. A vintage cricket bat is propped in a corner, while a Bill Clinton bobblehead rests on his coffee table (Knopf published the president’s memoir). On the floor-to-ceiling bookcases, Fifty Shades of Grey, Toni Morrison, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Graham Swift can be found on the shelves. It’s an unsurprising mix for an editor long known for an equally good eye for both high- and lowbrow fare.
“What can I say? I’m a book junkie,” chuckles Mehta, who personally edits about 10 out of 120 books put out annually by Knopf, a division of the world’s largest publishing company, Penguin Random House, which boasted $3.6 billion in 2014 revenue.