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 Society of Authors has urged the UK to continue to follow
European Union law even after Brexit as part of its formal response to
the Intellectual Property Office yesterday on the European Commission's
draft copyright directive.
David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang (HarperCollins Children's)
has struck (number) one for a fifth consecutive week, shifting 80,968
copies for £466,987, according to Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market.
Politicians Alan Johnson, Margaret Hodge, Melvyn Bragg and
John Bew have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Parliamentary
Book Awards, as voted for by MPs and members of the House of Lords.
The Libraries Taskforce has pledged to undertake research into
community-managed libraries following concerns about their "long-term
sustainability". It has also promised to create a new "peer
support network" to ensure that libraries run by volunteers provide
a “high quality service” to local people.
Shadow culture minister Kevin Brennan [pictured] has called on
the Secretary of State for Culture, Karen Bradley, to intervene in Swindon
Council’s plans to close two thirds of the borough's libraries.
Sotheby’s will next week auction artwork by illustrators Chris
Riddell and Quentin Blake, as well as celebrities like Eric Clapton, Brian
Eno and Peter Capaldi, to raise money for the House of Illustration,
according to the Guardian.