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.
Arts Council England has pledged to engage with more
bookshops, support more writers with funding and lobby the government
to provide tax relief to independent publishers following a report finding
that “the general trend for literary fiction is a negative one”.
Ali Smith’s seasonal novel Winter (Hamish Hamilton), Sally
Rooney’s "perfectly observed" début Conversations with
Friends (Faber) and the eagerly anticipated first
instalment of Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust trilogy, La Belle Sauvage (Penguin/David
Fickling Books), were among the critics’ favourite titles of 2017.