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.
The first novel by BBC presenter George Alagiah, the sequel to
Fay Weldon's The Lives
and Loves of a She Devil and comedian Robert Webb's memoir are
among the titles agents are hoping will be the hot books of this year's
London Book Fair, while publishers have also been pre-empting and buying at
auction a number of big books.
The number of women contributors to the Times Literary Supplement
dropped slightly in 2015, according to the latest annual survey by research
organisation VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. But Granta by contrast saw a small rise in