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.
Monday, September 04, 2017
The second volume of Elspeth Sandys’ memoir, the follow up to the
absorbing first volume, What Lies Beneath
the end of the first volume of Elspeth Sandys’ absorbing memoir, What Lies
Beneath, an adult Elspeth has solved the riddle of her birth parents and
begun to piece together the events of her early life and find her place in the
on the eve of Elspeth’s first marriage. She and her husband will soon depart
New Zealand for England, joining a throng of Kiwis who chose to uproot
themselves from their native land. New attachments will be formed: new
loves – of people; of places – will take the place of the old. But the home
country will continue to exercise a pull.
the personal story in this deeply satisfying memoir is the story of the
and the creeping virus of neo-liberalism, the sexual revolution of the sixties,
the beguiling world of books – reading and writing – and theatre.
Sandys’ refreshing honesty and her skill as a writer of fiction and drama
propel the reader through an absorbing life story that is equally a commentary
on the meaning of memoir and the peculiarities of memory.
better than volume one’ – Barbara Else, novelist
published nine novels, two collections of short stories as well as What Lies
Beneath, the first volume of her memoir. She has also written numerous
original plays and adaptations for the BBC and RNZ, as well as scripts for film
and television. She has held several residencies and won many awards, including
the Elena Garro PEN International Prize for an unpublished short story
collection (2005). Her novel River Lines was long-listed for the Orange
Prize. In 2006 Elspeth was awarded the ONZM for Services to Literature. Elspeth
has two children and six grandchildren. Having lived for over 20 years in
Britain she now calls Wellington home.