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.
Sales of the
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playscript (Little, Brown)
have been “incredible” according to Waterstones, while Foyles deemed it
“the fastest-selling book we’ve ever sold” after fans flocked to midnight
openings around the country.
Central London was once again full of wizards, Harrys, Hagrids
and Hermiones as Waterstones Piccadilly and Foyles on Charing Cross Road
held extravagant parties to celebrate Little, Brown’s publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
– surely already the fastest selling play script of all time.
Sunday Times literary editor Andrew
Holgate has reignited the debate about the recent eligibility rule changes
for the Man Booker Prize, saying that making US authors eligible for the
Man Booker - which unlike some critics of the move he had been
"excited" about when it was first mooted - has turned out
to be "disastrous" for the health of the prize.
The Independent Publishers Guild is partnering with Thought
Industries, a cloud-based online learning platform, to deliver online
courses and professional skill development opportunities to its membership.
Arts Council England is to invest £88,000 in a collaborative
project between Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and
aspirant City of Literature Kolkata to connect writers, translators and
readers through a series of "high profile" events and