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.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Most-shared books: the favourites we give again and again
Whether for birthdays, words of comfort, or World Book Night, here are the books we can't stop giving
Your must-share books: which ones really draw you in?Photo: Andrew Fox / Alamy
While doing my tax return, I totted up the number of books I had bought last year and counted a whopping seven copies of Winifred Watson's 1938 novel Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day.
Seven! I hadn't bought them as replacements (although my future mother-in-law serendipitously gave me a copy for my birthday), but as gifts. Miss Pettigrew's adventures in 1930s London have soothed heartbreak and homesickness; marked birthdays and been sent "just because". It's got to the stage where I dole out my favourite like medicine. MORE