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 Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has puffed into
the Official UK Top 50 number one spot for a 12th non-consecutive week. It
sold 25,041 copies for £120,353—and is still yet to shift fewer than 20,000
copies per week, since its release in May.
The Arab world should “use culture rather than guns” to
achieve its ends, guests were told at the opening ceremony of the 35th
Sharjah International Book Fair, held at the emirate’s exhibition centre
this morning (2nd November).
Former culture minister Ed Vaizey has criticised the British
arts establishment for its “relentlessly left-wing groupthink”, and argued
that campaigners should think up "radical ideas" when it comes to
funding libraries and museums.
Transworld has acquired Robert Iger’s untitled book on
leadership and management, which explores the ideas, values, and growth
strategies he has developed in his 11 years as c.e.o. of media company
Disney, for publication in 2018.