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.
I’ve always been attracted to novels set
in grand houses—so much so that I set my own novel, THE NECKLACE, in one.
Their creaking floorboards, twinkling chandeliers, and manorial names
often belie family secrets, mysteries only whispered about, money made
and squandered. So often a vehicle for aspirations, dreams, and
strivings, great houses are not just a setting but become a type of
character in the following novels.