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 first Alfred Hitchock movie was Rear
Window, in which a wheelchair-bound Jimmy Stewart and a very elegant (but
not afraid to get her hands dirty!) Grace Kelly detect a nefarious crime
by spying on the neighbors with binoculars. Disappointingly, my
childhood bedroom did not have many neighbors to spy on within binocular
range. So I branched out to the directors other classic films, from
Psycho to The Birds to Rope (my favorite). I’ve always loved their dark
glamour and noir atmosphere. There is always a plot twist ahead, an
innocent man accused, a mistaken identity, a character with a dark
secret. If you love the feel of a Hitchcock film, here are some thrilling
reads for you.