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.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Take-What-You-Want or Do-As-You-Please: Enid Blyton lives on
by Sarah Forster, The Read, Booksellers NZ, originally published on The Spinoff
Who else can bring the world of everyday magic alive as well as Enid Blyton? I read the Faraway Tree books to my five-year-old, Dan recently, and he became an instant and avid fan. Soon after finishing the series with Dan, I saw Bill Manhire in the regional Fairfax papers saying that The Magic Faraway Tree ‘is the most exciting book I’ve ever read, and sits up there alongside the best of Dickens and Ursula Le Guin.’ And during the NZ Festival Writer’s Week, I attended Australian essayist Robert Dessaix's lecture about Enid Blyton’s influence on his childhood.