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.
Monday, October 15, 2012
The 10 best Booker prize moments – in pictures
On the eve of this year's award, we recall the best spats and gaffes
The American novelist was a judge in 1971, the prize’s third year. Known for his extravagant tastes, Bellow insisted on being put up at the Ritz and complained when his room didn’t overlook Green Park. One of his fellow judges was Antonia Fraser, who later recalled how, in a taxi one night, the great novelist leaned over and said: “Has anyone ever told you you’re a very handsome woman?” Though he fell asleep before she’d replied, the episode confirms – if confirmation were needed – that the late Nobel laureate was NSIT.* *Not Safe in TaxisPhotograph: Michael Mauney/Getty Images