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.
Monday, November 05, 2012
The 10 most difficult books to finish – in pictures
Plough through these challenging works and you'll be doing well. Nominate your favourites in the comments section below
A high-spirited footnote to the modernism of James Joyce, this fascinating literary experiment came tantalisingly close to winning the 2012 Booker prize. Self, who has always been a hierophant in the temple of difficulty, never flinches from exercising his readers. Umbrella is one of the most exhilaratingly “difficult” books published for many years. Dr Zack Busner is on a quest for the meaning of the past as he awakens his “post-encephalitic” patients, victims of the 1918 sleeping sickness epidemic. Rarely has a historical novel provided such a challenge