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.
J K Rowling and Jack Thorne’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little,
Brown) has become the fourth fastest-selling title of all time, with
847,886 copies worth £8.76m shifted through Nielsen BookScan's
Total Consumer Market last week, making it 2016's biggest
selling title of the year in just seven days.
Jonathan Cape's Man Booker Prize-longlisted titles All That Man Is by
David Szalay and Eileen
by Ottessa Moshfegh have been shortlisted for the 2016 Gordon Burn Prize,
alongside two titles from Faber and one each from Scribe and Canongate.
Michael Joseph has acquired a second "secret
diary" from Hendrik Groen, the eponymous author of Dutch
bestseller The Secret
Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 ¼ Years Old, which it is also
due to be published on 25th August this year.
Hodder & Stoughton is publishing The Hamilton Affair
this October, following the success of "Hamilton", the hip hop
musical, which has grossed $61.7m at the box office since its April 2015