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.
If I have one literary weakness (aside
from Hemingway, of course), it’s big, comprehensive biographies of
fascinating cultural figures. I’m always up for a deep dive into the
remarkable lives of people who’ve shaped our history—be they musicians,
writers, actors, inventors, or journalists—and the way we see, hear, and
live in the world. Here’s a list of books about iconic Americans who have
done just that.