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.
Sometimes the coincidental order of my
reading list creates fascinating book pairings—books that when read
together, illuminate and complement one another. I recently read Megan
Mayhew Bergman’s historical story collection, ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN, for a
book club. Then a friend lent me Rebecca Miller’s modern story collection,
PERSONAL VELOCITY. When brought together, their female characters,
separated by many decades, spoke to one another in unexpected and