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.
After the election, desperate to mute the news that had become
the soundtrack of my life, the torment only a reader knows struck. Despite
the many books teetering on my to-be-read pile, I couldn’t fall in love
with a new book. History teaches the cure lies behind us; thus I searched
my shelves, seeking a book out of the limelight but still in my heart. I opened THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY with trepidation,
praying it would again transport me. Being a dedicated member of the
first-line club, I held my breath and read the opening words in the