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.
Sales of Tony Walsh’s first poetry collection have almost
doubled in the few weeks since he gave a rousing spoken word performance at
a vigil following the terror attack at Manchester Arena on 22nd May.
Publishers and academics must work together to solve the
problems that have led to rising book numbers, but falling sales per title,
before the viability of academic book publishing is called into question,
the Academic Book of the Future policy report has warned.
Scores of Etonians including former prime minister David
Cameron gathered at Christie’s auction house in London for the launch of The Enigma of Kidson: Portrait of
an Eton Schoolmaster by Jamie Blackett.
Daisy Johnson’s East Anglian-inspired Fen (Cape) and Lucy
Caldwell’s exploration of womanhood, Multitudes
(Faber), are both on the all-female shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story
Prize up against 2016 BBC National Short Story Award winner K J Orr for Light Box (Daunt).