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.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The publisher’s year: hits and misses of 2014
Which books took off and which failed to sell? Publishers choose their books of the year, and the ones that slipped through the net
Paul Baggaley Publisher, Picador
The book that made my year: The commercial publication of Picador’s year was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, which has just been crowned Waterstones book of the year and was a Sunday Times No 1 bestseller. It is a magical novel that effortlessly transports the reader to 17th-century Amsterdam, in a story of obsession, love and betrayal. We also launched first novels in the UK by two brilliant and very different writers: Emily St John Mandel, with Station Eleven, her remarkable post-apocalyptic paean to the civilising effect of art, and Zia Haider Rahman, whose In the Light of What We Know may be the most ambitious and thought-provoking novel of the year, touching on the great financial, military and migratory upheavals of our century through a story of friendship, maths and philosophy. More