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.
Bricks-and-mortar booksellers have an extra weapon in
their arsenal when it comes to persuading the UK government of the
importance of addressing the “unfair” playing field on which they and
rival online retailer Amazon operate, after a report released today by
the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR) has shown their
objective worth o the economy.
Waterstones managing director James Daunt has moved to
dismiss any suggestion that a Russian bank collapse will impact on the
future ownership of the retail chain, saying that the situation is of
“no interest or concern” to the business.
Jane Harper, Mick Herron and Abir Mukherjee are
among the authors honoured at the Crime Writers Association's
2017 Daggers awards, with Ann Cleeves recognised for her
"outstanding contribution to crime fiction".
Authors Ferdinand Dennis, Mary Hoffman
and Philip Womack have been elected to join the Society of
Authors' management committee, which oversees the strategic direction
and governance of the organisation.