Inside the Australian and New Zealand book industry

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On tour: Hanya Yanagihara

What would you put on a shelf-talker for your latest book?

A fairytale about male romance set in someplace that feels a lot like New York City in a time that feels a lot like now.

What are you reading right now?

The Book of Esther by Emily Barton (Tim Duggan Books).

What are you planning to read next?

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (Vintage).

Which book do you always recommend?

My Abandonment by Peter Rock (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

What was the defining book of your childhood?

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (HarperCollins) and The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt (Penguin).

If you were a literary character you’d be …

Patrick Bateman from American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis, Picador) or Tom Ripley.

What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?

Children of Men and Fantastic Mr Fox.

What’s your favourite books website or blog?

I don’t read any of them, I’m afraid!

Hardback, paperback or digital?

Hardback, two copies: one to read and one to shelve.

Facebook or Twitter?

Neither. I’m only on Instagram.

In 50 years’ time books will be …

Just as relevant as they were 50 years ago, and are today.

(Photo credit: Jenny Westerhoff.)



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