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.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
A Hundred Years in the Life of an American Family
Off the Shelf
By Catherine Dunne
| Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Ever since I read A THOUSAND ACRES, I have loved the work of
Jane Smiley. That novel has it all: love, lust, rivalry, betrayal, loss,
grief, conflict, wisdom. It reworks Shakespeare’s tale of King Lear—that
“fond, foolish old man.” By locating her story in a farming community in
contemporary Iowa, Smiley shows us how all the best stories are timeless.
They deal with what it is to be human, to find our way through a world that
is often hostile and always confusing. READ MORE