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.
Warnings have been given of the impact of school funding
shortages on literacy levels, after an infants school in prime minister
Theresa May’s ward of Wokingham appealed to publishers to help provide
books for a summer reading club.
Pan Macmillan imprint Bluebird is to publish the autobiography
of 19-year-old Yusra Mardini, the Olympic Syrian refugee who swam for three
hours to push a sinking boat that was carrying 20 people to safety.
The Taylor & Francis Group saw sales rise 11.3%
year-on-year to £238.9m in the six months to 30th June 2017, although
underlying growth was put at just 1.2%, suggesting the publisher saw a
boost from foreign exchange and the weakened pound.
Emma House has been promoted to deputy chief executive of the
Publishers Association as the trade body continues its reshuffle following
the departure of its director of policy and communications Susie Winter.