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.
Michael Wolff has admitted neither he nor publisher Macmillan
"knew what they had” when he delivered the manuscript of Fire and Fury, which
exposed the inner workings of Donald Trump's chaotic White House and led to
a worldwide media storm.
Emma Hannigan's latest novel, Letters To My Daughters, has
reached number one in Ireland's book charts, following a campaign
by fellow Irish writers to propel her to the top
spot after she disclosed "all avenues have been
exhausted" in her battle with cancer.
Cressida Cowell’s The
Wizards of Once (Hodder Children’s Books) will today be
revealed as the winner of the best story prize at the Blue Peter Book
Awards, whilst Susan Martineau and illustrator Vicky Barker will pick up
the best book with facts award for Real-Life
Mysteries (B Small Publishing).
The will of Harper Lee has been unsealed, showing that the
bulk of her assets, including her literary properties, were transferred to
a trust controlled by her lawyer and personal representative Tonya Carter.
The late writer Helen Dunmore, US novelist Jennifer Egan and
29-year-old writer Natasha Pulley are all vying for the £25,000 Walter
Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, with entries up 40% from last year.
David Olusoga, Maggie O’ Farrell and Nikesh
Shukla are some of the authors on the line-up for the Bath Festival
2018, curated by artistic directors Alex Clark, David Jones and James
Waters for its 70th anniversary year.