Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
‘‘Heaven preserve us fromall the sleek and dowdy virtues, such as punctuality, conscientiousness, fidelity and smug-ness!’’ So wrote Violet Keppel in her unruly call to arms to the great ruling passion of her life, Vita Sackville-West.‘‘What great man was ever constant? What great queen was ever faithful? Novelty is the very essence of genius and always will be"
This long and fascinating review of Michael Holroyd's A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers - 258 pages, illustrated - Chatto & Windus pds.16.99; Farrar,Straus & Giroux US$26 - has made me very keen to read the book!