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.
Lagardère Publishing today reported a "solid" first
quarter, driven in part by a "vigorous" performance from Hachette
UK where sales surged 8.1%, led by "significant
restocking" of J K Rowling's titles (Little, Brown) and by the success
of Bruno Vincent's spoof Famous Five series (Quercus).
Author A L Kennedy last night blasted British publishers
for not publishing more literature in translation on account
of risk and expense, while she said the UK risks becoming “an
increasingly racist island” set “adrift in a shrinking culture” after it
leaves the European Union.
The Clarissa Luard Award, a new £10,000 award for independent
publishing, has been set up to recognise the contribution that small
publishers make to literature and to celebrate the "adventurousness,
innovative spirit and creativity" of independent literary publishing.