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.
Friday, November 30, 2012
QUOTABLE NEW ZEALAND QUOTES
Compiled by Jim Weir - New Holland - November
2012 RRP: $27.99
Helen Brown, James
Belich, Joe Bennett, Steve Braunias, Dan Carter, Helen Clark, Joy Cowley, Max
Cryer, Karl du Fresne, Marc Ellis, Dai Henwood, Sam Hunt, Kevin Ireland, Lloyd
Jones, Sir Bob Jones, Hamish Keith, John Key, Dame Fiona Kidman, Chris Laidlaw,
Nigel Latta, Michael Laws, Sarah-Kate Lynch, Richie McCaw, Bill Manhire, Peta
Mathias, Paula Morris, Sam Neill, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Hekia Parata, Bill
Ralston, Sir Anand Satyanand, Tom Scott, CK Stead, Philip Temple, Brian Turner,
Hone Tuwhare, Ian Wedde, Peter Wells, and Spiro Zavos …
… are just a selection of
the noted and notorious whose words feature in this hand-picked and up-to-date
smorgasbord of New Zealand quotations. Compiler Jim Weir has a magpie’s eye for
the bon mot, whether from a
celebrated humorist (‘Every party you have ever attended: dull people talking
about the weather and thinking about sex’ —Joe Bennett) or a post-quake
Christchurch resident (‘I now have a nervous pee every hour’ —Trevor Evans).
inspiring, scurrilous, scatological, laugh-out-loud funny:
Quotable New Zealand Quotesis
compulsively readable and a treat throughout.
§ Bang up-to-date quotes from some of New Zealand’s best-known writers, film-makers, sportspeople, personalities, politicians and journalists.
§ The perfect stocking stuffer and holiday read for anyone who enjoys wit and humour, popular culture and the media.
§ Ideal source material for public speakers and speech-writers. My favourite of the many that made me chortle is from Patrick Evans: The publishing world lives on a different planet.
Jim Weir is a former New
Zealand ambassador to Moscow, Rome, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. He is the
author of Letters from Moscow (1989),
an account of his time in Russia, and Eat,
Drink and Be Wary (2011), a memoir of his diplomat days. He has compiled
two previous books of quotations: New
Zealand Wit & Wisdom (Tandem Press, 1998) and Strong Language (New Holland, 2007).
It is with regret that New Holland Publishers announce
the recent passing of cherished author Jim Weir. In his last weeks’ Jim finalised
the index details for his new book, published this month. With a keen eye for
detail and a sharp wit, Quotable New Zealand Quotesis Jim’s third collection of quotes, and serves as a
lasting tribute to his full and varied life.