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.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums
by Maggie Fergusson
Barnes and Andrew O'Hagan to Ann Patchett and Tim Winton, great writers give us
personal tours of the museums they treasure.
love a good museum? Whether grand and impressive, or irreverent and amusing,
museums are places to lose - and find - ourselves, palaces of the imagination.
And they have long been sources of inspiration to the most creative among us.
Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give
their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired
them. The result is a fascinating look into the world of literature and
museums, where Margaret Drabble, John Burnside, Claire Messud and Michael
Morpurgo open the doors to their favourite places and invite us inside.
Villa San Michele on the sunny island of Capri with Ali Smith, as she delves
into the life of its eccentric founder. Step off the busy roads of Paris with
Jacqueline Wilson, as she dives into the uncanny world of the Musee de la
Poupee. Discover an Egyptian temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan
Hollinghurst, and the mystery of Sibelius's silence in Helsinki with Julian
all over the world, from London to New York, Zagreb to Karachi, and exploring a
range of museums, from the ABBA Museum to the Museum of Broken Relationships,
the essays in this collection will leave you inspired, longing to revisit your
favourite treasure palace or itching to find a new one to explore.
About the author:
Fergusson is the editor of the Economist's lifestyle magazine, Intelligent
Life, and author of two biographies, George Mackay Brown: The Life and Michael
Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse.