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.
I have a yen for books featuring rich
people behaving badly, from modern novels like Kevin Kwan’s CRAZY RICH
ASIANS and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s BITTERSWEET to classics by Edith
Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The accoutrement of the wealthy might
change, but so much remains the same: the impenetrable social
hierarchies, the power struggles, and, of course, the outsider trying to
gain acceptance to an elite crowd they both loathe and pine for.