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, October 25, 2016
Latest News from The Bookseller including McCrum takes on Man Booker critics
Robert McCrum has described the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize as
"among the best, and most confident, of recent years", calling
the selected authors "a distinctive slate of new writers, all of them
deserving of the attention bestowed on their work by Booker".
Oxford University Press is crediting one of Shakespeare's
rival contemporaries, Christopher Marlowe, as his co-author
in a New Oxford Shakespeare edition it is publishing of the
bard's plays this month.
Philip Gwyn Jones, editor-at-large at Scribe, has made a trio
of acquisitions including a "science book that reads like a
novel" about the Italian polymath Jerome Cardano, a book bought at the
Frankfurt Book Fair.
Cecilia Ekbäck has won the 2016 Historical Writers'
Association's Goldsboro Debut Crown for her Nordic noir thriller, Wolf
Winter (Hodder). Meanwhile, the Outstanding Contribution to Historical
Fiction Award was presented to Philippa Gregory.