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 newspapers’ books of the year round-ups yielded some
intriguing results, with Hisham Matar proving the most popular pick;
indie publishers taking a healthy share of the recommendations; and a
familiar tale being told regarding reviewers’ and writers’ diversity.
The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) has
reported a small increase in total annual sales revenue
for book publishers in Europe, based on a
survey with 28 national book publishing
associations in the European Union (EU) and the European
Economic Area (EEA), up from €22bn in 2014 to €22.3bn in
2015 (net turnover).