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.
In my own internal reference library, the brilliance of Denis
Johnson’s minimalism is almost without compare. He fashions his most
arresting prose from moments of tough, heartbreaking realism. In TRAIN
DREAMS, Johnson depicts the hard-fought life of Robert Grainier, a
gentle-natured day laborer in the Great Northwest during the first half of
the twentieth century. This stunning epic novella brims with striking and
spontaneous outbursts of beauty. READ