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.
Campaigners have called for the House of Lords to intervene in
the "crisis" in the public library sector and to pledge its
support for independent booksellers ahead of a debate about the
significance of libraries and bookshops in UK society.
Penguin Random House has acquired a new novel from
Arundhati Roy, The
Ministry of Utmost Happiness, for June 2017: her
first work of fiction since The
God of Small Things (Harper Perennial) won the Booker
prize almost 20 years ago.
The new Book Industry Study Group executive director Brian
O’Leary said the body’s board would be presented with a new “game plan” in
six weeks’ time which would “set standards for both the US and the UK” and
other global partners.