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.
Sainsbury’s and Blackwell’s have reported positive book sales
over the Christmas period, with Pete Selby, head of books at the
supermarket, saying that gift purchases are now
"shifting" from other entertainment to books.
John Murray is launching an international non-fiction prize
worth £20,000 to mark its 250th anniversary this year. At the same
time, publisher Mark Richards has been given new responsibilities to lead
Literary agency Aitken Alexander Associates is to create a new
scholarship in Creative Writing for students at Birkbeck, University of
London, in a bid to "find and nurture" literary talent from
groups underrepresented in publishing.