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.
Roald Dahl has scored his first ever Official Top 50 number
one, as World Book Day title The
Great Mouse Plot (Puffin) leapfrogged Cavan Scott’s The Escape: Star Wars
(Egmont). The Great
Mouse Plot, illustrated by Quentin Blake, sold 32,096 copies
for £32,096, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.
Patrick Ness is in the running to become the first author to
win three CILIP Carnegie medals, whilst Chris Riddell, Anthony Browne and
Helen Oxenbury are all up for their third CILIP Kate Greenaway award.
French publishers and booksellers are up in arms over an
agreement with the Education Ministry’s multimedia arm for Amazon’s Kindle
Direct Publishing to hold workshops in France to promote self-publishing by
teachers and others in the education community.