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.
A unique account of the All Blacks story has been shortlisted for the
prestigious Cross Book Awards in the UK.
the Silver Fern —The Players Speak is the work of prominent
sports writer Lynn McConnell and SKY rugby commentator Tony Johnson, and
tells the history of the iconic team through the recollections of over
150 notable players, dating back to the late 1800s.
The book is a finalist in the rugby section of the Cross Awards, where it
is up against biographies of former Lions forwards Donal Lenihan and Paul
O’Connell, and is a contender for the overall award which also features
the life stories of Formula One star Damon Hill, footballers Joey Barton
and Ian Wright, and cricketer Jonathan Trott.
illustrious company”, says Tony Johnson, “we’re happy just to be featured
amongst those names.”
“We got some good reviews in the British press when it was released last
year, which can’t have hurt.”
The book was praised not only for the forthright contributions of the
modern day All Blacks, but as noted in The
Rugby Paper, owes much to the “prolific literary efforts of
the pioneer All Blacks, who were dab hands at writing books, newspaper
columns and letters”.
“The response of the players we approached was exceptional,” says
Johnson, and we were also fortunate to be able to draw on some fantastic
material in Taonga, the New Zealand Sound Archive, which included
interviews and talks by players dating back to the great 1905 Originals.
I think it was that very old material that gave us an extra dimension
compared to similar publications in the UK and Ireland.”
The book also revealed new versions of some of the more controversial
episodes from the 1972-73 tour, including the events leading up to the
banishment of All Black prop Keith Murdoch, and a letter received by
first-five Bob Burgess, while in troubled Belfast.
The letter was signed by prominent members of the IRA, and although there
were denials from the IRA when the book was published, Burgess has always
been convinced of its authenticity.
the Silver Fern — The Players Speak was commissioned and
published in the UK by Polaris Publishing, and published in New Zealand
Incoming Publishers Association president Lis Tribe, m.d. of
Hodder Education, set out her priorities in the role for the coming year at
the body's annual general meeting, held in central London yesterday.
“Masterful characterisation” and “subtle visual subplots” have
won Isobel Evans, a third-year illustration student at the University of
Hertfordshire, the Hachette Children’s Group Carmelite Picture Book Prize
The BBC is to provide "unparalleled coverage" across
television, radio and online of this year's Hay Festival, which will
feature star names such as US senator Bernie Sanders, actor and writer
Stephen Fry and show producer and writer Steven Moffat.
The student shortlistees for the fifth Batsford Prize have
been announced today, with 28 undergraduates and postgraduates at UK
institutions contesting awards for Applied/Fine Art, Fashion, Illustration
and, new for this year, Children’s Illustration.
Like death and taxes, crime is unfortunately a global constant.
Lucky for us, many brilliant authors have written engrossing, riveting, and
often moving nonfiction books about criminal cases throughout history. From
Europe to Asia and beyond, discover some of the most engrossing true-crime
books from around the world. READ
Acclaimed comic writers Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones have once
again created a picture book that’s bursting with wacky humour and clever illustrations. That’s Not the Monster We Ordered
will have kids clamouring to get their own monsters, too!
The Turner family has just got a monster, and the whole neighbourhood is
in awe of his
superhero stature, daredevil skill and all-round usefulness. It can roar
louder than a lion, carry the whole class on its back and eat grass so that no-one needs to
mow. Everyone wants their own monster. But sometimes the monster you order isn’t necessarily the monster you
get . . .
A playful picture book with a twist on family pets that children will
Richard Fairgray is a NZ writer and illustrator who works on comics,
picture books and screenplays. He has been publishing work since he was seven years old, and has more
than 200 titles to his name. A former teacher and stand-up comedian, and a self-confessed workaholic,
Richard’s deep-seated fear that he may be a fictional character only serves to drive him
harder. He insists that if he doesn’t get enough done he’ll have to come back as a ghost to finish off.
Welsh-born Terry Jones has written magazine articles, text books,
two YA novels and numerous comics as well a slew of unfinished sci-fi and thriller manuscripts.
Since retiring early from teaching to write full time, he has produced everything from children’s books to
screenplays, plus at least one graphic novel a year.
Terry immerses himself in digital media and is never more alive than
when critiquing Silver Age Superboy stories or linking Twilight Zone episodes to sure signs of a
One hundred separate versions have been published online by Editions at Play, a digital publisher that specialises in “books that cannot be printed”. You can read any of the 100 editions for free – but if you’re lucky enough to own one, prepare yourself for some creative destruction: each version can only be passed on to a new owner after it has been modified. Owners must add one word and remove two from each of the story’s 21 pages and are stopped from moving forward through the book until they’ve made the required interventions.
At Amazon Publishing, Katie
Finch has been named director of strategic programs.
Tilo Eckardtwill return to Random House Germany to
take charge of Heyne's hardcover and paperback fiction list, reporting to
Ulrich Genzler. He has spent the last four year as an agent with Mohrbooks, and
was previously editor-in-chief of Heyne's hardcover imprints.
At Harper Collins,
Jennifer Murphy has been promoted to marketing coordinator.
Sky Pony Press has promoted Alison Weiss to editor-in-chief.
At Chronicle, Jaime
Wong has been promoted to marketing manager, children's.
Author of Falling AngelWilliam Hjortsberg,
76, died on April 22. He was the author of eight novels and a number of
screenplays, including Ridley Scott's Legend.
is the recipient of the Chicago Tribune's 2017 Young Adult Literary Prize.
He'll be honored at the 2017 Printers Row Lit Fest on June 10 in downtown
In the UK, Bret
Anthony Johnston won the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story
Award for his story Half
of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses.
Initiatives Penguin Random
House's #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes campaign surpassed
its goal and the publisher will donate 300,000 books to Save the Children.
Two events featuring local writers have proven so popular there will be additional sessions! Big thanks to David Galler and Peter Simpson for stepping up to meet demand.
We are thrilled to present New Zealand’s premier book honours – The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - winners’ ceremony as the first public event at the Festival. Local writers - such as Clare Dunleavy, Jenny Pattrick and Nick Bollinger - feature aplenty in General Festival Events. That this Festival is the largest showcase of local writers in the world is something we are immensely proud of.
happens when you find yourself trapped inside a story?
happens if the only way out is to solve the riddles of the Very
Bad Very Good Storyteller, Mr Aesop Sod? And where,
oh where, is Pop?
her strange new friend, Digger Dagger, must navigate their way through
upside-down, topsy-turvy world where Don’s Dairy has become Nod’s Diary, the fish
and chip shop is full of tropical fish tanks and wood chips, and the ghost train at
the fun fair really is a ghost train. How will
the story end?
and Digger Dagger find the answers they need?
the answers are right there in front of you.
Upon a Time is a
delightful story full of wordplay, old-world charm and
reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.
about James Norcliffe
Norcliffe has published a collection of short stories, nine collections of
several award-winning novels for young readers, including the bestselling The
Loblolly Boy and
its successor, The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer. His most recent
books for young people are Felix and the Red Rats and The Pirates and
the Nightmaker. James has
edited anthologies of poetry and writing by young people, notably the long-running
ReDraft annual anthologies, which he co-edits with Tessa Duder. James has
been awarded writing fellowships both in New Zealand and overseas, including
the Burns Fellowship, the IWP/Iowa Residency, and residencies in Hobart and at
Massey University and Otago University College of Education.