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.
Recent reports about a widening disparity between the earnings
of authors at the top of the charts and those at the bottom of the food
chain are borne out in 2015’s figures—but the story is far from black and
Prominent writers including Linda Grant, Denise Mina, Joanne
Harris and Francesca Simon have responded to Philip Pullman's protest over
the Oxford Literary Festival's failure to pay author fees by joining a call
for publishers and fellow authors to boycott events with the same policy.
Tom Stoppard, Ali Smith and Ian Rankin have joined fellow UK
PEN members in writing to prime minister David Cameron urging him to raise
the "crisis" facing freedom of expression with the Turkish prime
minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, on his visit to London next week.