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.
Last winter, my sister and I traveled to
Florence, Italy, and while we did the typical tourist things (visited the
Duomo, took a photo in front of Michelangelo’s David, ate a lot), I did
insist on a few oddball activities. A fan of the TV series Hannibal—which
featured several episodes filmed in Florence—I made my sister take photos
of me in the very spots where Hannibal Lecter lived and killed. I had no
idea that soon I would learn of the horrifying case that inspired Thomas
Harris to write the Hannibal Lecter series.