The threat of war on the horizon has not harmed attendance at this year’s London Book Fair. With numbers of participants up at least 10 percent on last year, 7 percent more stand space booked and the number of international exhibitors up 30 percent, this is the largest in the fair’s 33-year history. Greece and Belgium are exhibiting for the first time. The Greek stand – run by the Panhellenic Federation of Publishers and Booksellers (POEB), the National Book Center (EKEBI), the European Translation Center (EKEMEL) and the Hellenic Authors Society – represents nine publishers, and of course other Greek publishers are attending the fair on an individual basis. The Greek charm offensive starts tonight with a reception with Greek wine and food hosted by EKEBI, and concludes tomorrow with a presentation of two contemporary Greek writers, Eleni Yiannakakis and Nikos Panayiotopoulos. This represents the first concerted effort by the Greek book world to break into the English-language publishing market, which has so far proved elusive.