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.
In a bid to allay fears that Penguin Random House's move to
scrap degree requirements for job roles will lead to an increased reliance
on unpaid internships, the publisher's group human resources director Neil
Morrison has emphasised that the company intends to focus on
"potential, ideas and strengths" over qualifications.
The publicity campaigns for Mary Beard's SPQR (Profile), The Loney by Andrew
Michael Hurley (John Murray), the Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups
series, and The Gollancz Festival 2015 are all shortlisted for
the Publishers' Publicity Circle annual awards.
2015 was the creative economy's most successful year to
date, according to a report released by Creative England recognising
"the contribution the Creative Industries make to our economy" by
showcasing 50 outstanding businesses.