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.
The Bone Season author Samantha Shannon has
expressed her frustration with the attitude of those who pirate her work,
with some fans openly committing piracy and saying authors
"should be grateful [they] even have readers".
The International Publishers Association has
protested "crude and ham-fisted attempts at censorship"
of a new book by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw accusing
the South African president, Jacob Zuma, of tax evasion and