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.
As issues crystallised ahead of this week’s referendum on UK
membership of the European Union, a majority of senior trade figures The Bookseller spoke
to back “Remain”, saying economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit would be
damaging to the UK. But those arguing the “Leave” case say such fears are
Times moved Oli White's Generation
Next (Hodder & Stoughton) to its Children's and Young Adult
bestseller chart in its most recent issue, after the book topped the adult
fiction list the previous week.
Live literature producer and independent
publisher Penned in the Margins is publishing the latest
titles from Luke Kennard and Melissa Lee-Houghton, which its
director Tom Chivers believes is a “bit of a coup” for a small indie.
Kidnapped Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee has said he
contemplated suicide “many times” during his imprisonment in China.
However, media coverage of these claims has been blocked in the Chinese
mainland by state censors.