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.
Bookshops are heralding strong Christmas trading, with
retailers including Foyles and Waterstones reporting increased
like-for-like sales despite the disruption caused by flooding and the
threat of the Paris terror attacks deterring city centre shoppers.
Memoirs from musicians Patti Smith, Elvis Costello and Grace
Jones have been longlisted for the second Penderyn Music Book Prize, while
biographies of John Peel, Sandy Denny and Tubby Hayes have also made the