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.
I was scanning the nonfiction aisle at Barnes & Noble,
always a sucker for the “dysfunctional family” memoirs, when THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls caught my eye. I picked it up and opened to the dedication
page: To John, for
convincing me that everyone who is interesting has a past. I’m
not sure I’ve ever had a book reel me in by the dedication page, but this one