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.
Back in grad school, I loved reading
Daniel Defoe’s novel MOLL FLANDERS. Moll was a scrappy survivor
and an utterly unreliable narrator. Her story was full of fortune and
misadventure, and her journey through old England to the shores of
colonial America gave me the kind of imaginative experience of an era
that only fiction can offer. I thought a lot about MOLL FLANDERS as I
dove into Francis Spufford’s GOLDEN HILL.