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.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Strauss Waltzes & Tight Corsets: The Life of an Accidental Empress
Off the Shelf
By Laurie Lico Albanese
| Friday, February 10, 2017
I’m a sucker for smart historical fiction that dives into the
heart and mind of a woman who fights to become the heroine of her own life.
THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS, Allison Pataki’s stunning jewel of a novel, does
just that. Set against the lush, epic backdrop of Viennese splendor, the
glitter of the Hapsburg Court, and the political chaos of an empire about
to erupt, this immensely readable novel is the true story of Austria’s last
empress—“a girl who, having seen nothing of people or the world, had
believed that love was all one needed to be happy.” READ