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.
Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond died at home on Tuesday
(27th June) aged 91 following a short illness, his publisher has said. Described as “a giant of children’s literature” by
HarperCollins, which published him for over 60 years, Bond's first
book, A Bear Called
Paddington, was released in 1958. Since then none of his
titles have been out of print. He has sold 1.33 million books sicne 1998
totalling £7.9m according to Nielsen BookScan. Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins c.e.o, paid tribute to
"one of the great children’s writers".