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.
My new book, THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY,
begins in my English hometown of Brighton, but the action quickly moves
west along the southern-most edge of the country to an imaginary village
near Penzance in Cornwall, in the far southwest of the UK. It’s a beautiful
part of the country—full of jagged, surf-pounded cliffs, golden sandy
beaches, stark moors, and lush gardens, and remarkably unspoiled little
fishing villages. I’m not sure what made me pick Cornwall as a
destination for my main character, but somehow I always knew that that
was where she would end up. Whatever the reason, I’m not the first writer
to have experienced the pull of Cornwall as a fictional backdrop. Here
are a few of my favorite reads set in and around the Cornish countryside.