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.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Scott Manuscripts at Bonhams
commemorative sale of Scott's polar expeditions will take place on 30th March
at Bonhams in London.
signed copy of Cherry-Gerrard's biography of Scott, The Worst Journey in the World, dedicated to
the explorer's widow, Kathleen is expected reach £15,000-20,000. Kathleen Scott
(by then remarried as Kathleen Hilton-Young) staunchly defended her previous
husband's reputation and has left brutally honest comments in the margins of
this book on any statements which she felt to be inaccurate or critical —
"Rots!" she pencils beside one suggesting that Scott's poor judgement
was affecting the team's morale.
A further intriguing highlight is a signed first edition of Shackleton's South with an inscription
to Frank Worsley (illustrated), the captain of the Endurance whom Shackleton calls