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.
Recommending a deeply beloved book can
be something of a paradox. Of course we love to share the books that have
moved us, but remembering the awe we felt the first time we read certain
books gives us a touch of envy. After all, we can’t ever feel quite that
same wonder again. Thankfully, you can. Although re-reading a book is one
of life’s greatest pleasures, we think that your first reading of these 9
titles, all held dear by our staff, will be one you look back on with a
special fondness forever.