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.
The Booksellers Association is set to launch a new book prize
to coincide with the annual Books Are My Bag campaign, asking readers to
vote for their favourite books of the year across five
Matt Hancock, newly appointed minister of state for
digital and culture, has said he will back the UK's creative
industries "to the hilt", in recognition that the sector is
"absolutely central to our post-Brexit future".
Difficulties with finances and heavy workloads have sounded
the death knell for micro-publishers Jurassic London and Boo Books, while
fellow mini press Gray Friar Press has also shuttered. However, all three
have maintained that micro-publishing plays a vital role in the health of