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.
Reading, for me, has and always will be
about escape and overcoming the seemingly impossible. I’ve always looked
to stories to transport me to the Shire or Mars or perhaps someplace
closer to home. They’ll be about uncovering the mysterious widget,
defeating an evil wizard, or finding the one true love. I get to meet
people who don’t live near me, look like me, or think like me—and the
best books do all this while welcoming me in like a family member.