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.
Authors including Philip Pullman and Cathy Cassidy have
responded to figures which suggest a “major” drop in the take-up of arts
subjects at GCSE level, saying the discreditation of these subjects will do
damage that will “last for generations”.