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, August 23, 2013
WELLINGTON - A portrait of today and yesterday
This is the author’s fifth pictorial book on
Wellington’s history and as a recipient of the Absolutely Positive
Wellingtonian Award in 2012 from the Wellington City Council, it is obvious
that his love affair for Wellington has extended over many decades.
Supreme a Situ’, ‘Absolutely Positively Wellington’, ‘The
Coolest Little Capital City in the World’, ‘Wellywood’ — that’s Wellington, a compact city with buzz, always
ahead of the trends, populated by people who love their city and the style of
life the city offers. Cafés and restaurants abound, and Wellingtonians enjoy
the theatre, the opera, the arts, the nightlife, the sporting venues (including
the magnificent stadium) and the country’s best cricket oval. Since 1865 it has
been the world’s southernmost capital city at latitude 41º 7’ South.
This stunning book takes you on a journey through the decades
and gives an insight into the Wellington of today, so you can take a walk down the
corridors of the past and compare them with the present. I am impressed.
Grantham House Publishing - $45.00
Footnote: Wellington is one of few cities in New
Zealand to have a Civic flag – the publishers had three cover designs created
by a graphic designer – then asked three Wellington booksellers to choose their
favourite. They all chose this front cover (at top of story) which the author privately thought
may be too way out. Sales to date have given the booksellers decision the
stamp of approval! Below - Back cover: