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 am a firm believer that libraries and
book stores are my oracles, and the novels on this list have chosen me as
much as I’ve chosen them. As I’ve stepped deeper into my second
half-century on this planet, the characters in these five novels have met
me where I am: whether they took me away completely; helped me sort out
the current state of affairs (internally and externally); or led me to
reevaluate my history, and future, with a softer eye. Perhaps one of
these books is exactly what you need right now, too.