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.
Proving to us that we can indeed have
nice things in 2018, Barack Obama recently released his list of favorite
books (and songs) of the past year. A semi-annual tradition from his time
in office (and here at Off the Shelf), the bestselling author and
former leader of the free world created the collection to “reflect on the
works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around
the world.” This year’s picks range from transportive historical tales
and contemporary fiction to big biographies and blistering social
commentary—so get reading!
We’re taking you behind the scenes to
meet the members of our incredible team, one-on-one. First up is Allison
Tyler! A founding member, Allison is instrumental in the day-to-day
operations at Off the Shelf. She believes a good book and a cup of tea
help cure what ails you. In addition to writing some of our favorite
lists and reviews, Allison is also the voice of our Twitter account. But
after four wonderful years together, Allison is setting off on a new
adventure, swapping books for birds.