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.
Enders Analysis has downgraded its forecasts for the
audiovisual sector following the referendum result that will likely see the
United Kingdom exit the European Union. The analysts said the result
offered “no clear benefits to the audiovisual sector” while a climate of
uncertainty promised to be harmful across the entire creative sector, with
the prospect of a recession now raised.
High profile and prize-winning authors including Ian
McEwan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Sebastian Faulks and children's
author Jacqueline Wilson, have been unveiled for The Times and The Sunday Times
Cheltenham Literature Festival.
The founders of Alma Books have expressed “shock and dismay”
at the "apparent rejection of European values" which has
accompanied Britain’s decision to exit Europe, saying that the prospect of
the UK closing its borders to the continent is not one they "find easy
The UK division of a German publisher is pushing ahead with
plans to expand its children’s book business, despite the economic
uncertainty caused by the UK’s recent decision to leave the European Union.
After five straight years of decline, French book publishers
reported sales increases in 2015 of 0.6% to €2.267bn in value and 3.5% to
436.7 million in number of copies, the French Publishers Association
(Syndicat National de l’Edition) has reported.
In the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union,
author Kazuo Ishiguro has called for a second referendum to “define the
mandate that comes out of last week’s unfocused result”, while arguing that
the country “cannot afford to be ruled by anger or self-righteousness”.