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.
David Walliams’ The
Midnight Gang (HarperCollins Children's) is the 2016
Christmas Number One, selling 79,200 copies for £474,684 and seeing off a
challenge by an insurgent Five
on Brexit Island (Quercus), while surprise hit The GCHQ Puzzle Book (Michael
Joseph) had a strong third place finish.
Sainsbury’s head of books and music Pete Selby has said the
market this year for celebrity autobiographies has been particularly
challenging", and warned that the industry is not adjusting to waning
J K Rowling has revealed a new “real and personal” website
designed to reflect her "writing desk", which also features
answers to fans’ questions about her recent film "Fantastic Beasts and
Where to Find Them".
Michael Joseph, publisher of surprise Christmas hit The GCHQ Puzzle Book,
has assured retailers that the book "should remain in stock until
Christmas" after a number of booksellers reported that the surge in
demand for the title had resulted in it going out of stock last week.
Amazon's competition for an aspiring writer to reinvent
Clement Clarke Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas",
has been won by freelance copywriter Lucy Banks for her story about a
slug living under the floorboards at Christmas.
Children’s reading charity BookTrust is partnering
with the Rick Stein Group to encourage more children to read for
pleasure by giving away special editions of A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea