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.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Andrew Dean, twenty-six, the author of "Ruth, Roger and Me", an exciting new talent.
Zealand voices writing at length on contemporary issues, with
eloquence and intellectual facility, are rare. Andrew Dean,
twenty-six, the author ofRuth, Roger and Me, is an
exciting new talent.
With this addition to the BWB Texts series, Dean, a Rhodes Scholar
from Canterbury, studying for a doctorate in literature at Oxford
University, has taken time out to write a compelling conversation
starter on the question of what it means to be young in New Zealand
today. It is a New Zealand in which housing affordability,
inequality, unemployment, and indebtedness cast lengthening shadows.
‘I wanted to tell the story of our “inheritance” – after three
decades of reform,’ says Dean. ‘For so many of us, the circumstances
in which we find ourselves are social phenomena without history.’
He joins a set of young writers and thinkers increasingly unwilling
to accept at face value the status quo of free-market orthodoxy,
insistent individualism and the continued devaluation of
civic endeavour. More
Roger and Me
by Andrew Dean Bridget Williams Books