8:15 Felix Salmon

Felix Salmon is the Loeb Award-winning finance blogger for Reuters, and was formerly a financial journalist with Portfolio Magazine and Euromoney. He visited New Zealand as a guest of the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington, to deliver the lecture, How the Internet is Going to Revolutionise the Media – and Why It Has Taken So Long.

9:05 Ben Schott

Ben Schott is the author of the Schott’s Miscellany series, which have sold 2.5 million copies in 21 languages. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Times. His latest book is Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition (Text Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-922147-58-5).

9:45 Dan Collyns

Dan Collyns is a British multimedia journalist based in Lima, Peru, and the founder of Yachay Productions. He was in Santiago this week for the election in Chile, where president-elect Michelle Bachelet is promising free education, tax cuts and constitutional changes.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Sarah Longbottom

Sarah Longbottom is the founder and creative director of the Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative. She has been nationally and internationally recognised with awards for her work in empowering at-risk youth, including the 2013 Vodafone Foundation World of Difference Award.

11:05 Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch

Laura Kroetsch is the director of Adelaide Writers’ Week (4-9 March 2014) at the Adelaide Festival (28 February to16 March 2014). Kate De Goldi is the author of a number of books, most recently The ACB with Honora Lee. They discuss the year in publishing and their books of 2013, as detailed below:

Laura Kroetsch’s book list

Rachel Kushner: The Flamethrowers (Random House)
Richard Flanagan: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage Australia)
Rabih Allemedine: The Unnecessary Woman (Text)
Fiona McFarlane: The Night Guest (Penguin)
Lenny Bartulin: Infamy (Allen and Unwin)
Rohan Wilson: The Roving Party (Allen and Unwin)
Henry Reynolds: Forgotten War (New South)
Laura van den Berg: The Isle of Youth: short stories (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
Lydia Millet: Magnificence (W.W. Norton); Ghost Light (W.W. Norton, 2011); How the Dead Dream (W.W. Norton, 2008)
Olivia Laing: The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers’ Drink (Canongate)
Michelle Orange: This is Running for Your Life: Essays (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
Lindsay Hill: Sea of Hooks (McPherson & Company)

Kate De Goldi’s list

Carrie Tiffany: Mateship with Birds (Pan Macmillan); Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living (Scribner, 2006)
Philip Hensher: The Northern Clemency (4th Estate, 2008); King of the Badgers (4th Estate, 2011); The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting (And Why it Still Matters) (4th Estate)
Christopher Clark: The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War in 1914 (HarperCollins)
Paul Ham: 1914: The Year the World Ended (Random House)
Kitty Aldridge: A Trick I Learned From Dead Men (Jonathan Cape); Cryer’s Hill (Vintage, 2008); Pop (Vintage, 2002)
Naomi Alderman: The Liars’ Gospel (Penguin); Disobedience (Penguin, 2006)
Francesca Segal: The Innocents (Vintage)
Jess Walter: Beautiful Ruins (Penguin); Citizen Vince (Hodder & Stoughton, 2005)
Philip Kerr: The Bernie Gunther series (nine books)
Bonnie Nadzam: Lamb (Other Press)
Steve Tesich: Karoo (Grove Press)
Simon Garfield : To the Letter: a Journey Through a Vanishing World (Canongate)

Kim Hill’s discovery of 2013

Philipp Meyer: The Son (Allen & Unwin); American Rust (Allen & Unwin, 2009)

Not mentioned by Kate during broadcast, but recommended

Nicholson Baker: The Way the World Works: Essays (Simon & Schuster)
Sara Maitland: Gossip from the Forest: the Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales (Granta)
Steven Connor: Paraphernalia: the Curious Lives of Magical Things (Profile)
Damien Wilkins: Max Gate (VUP)
Elizabeth Knox: Mortal Fire (Gecko)
Polly Horvath: (nine children’s books)
Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins: A Book is a Book (Gecko)
Monica Dux and Zora Simic: The Great Feminist Denial
Anna Krien: Night Games

Kate's summer reading

Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries
Amy Head: Tough
Grace McLeen: The Professor of Poetry
Vincent Lam: The Headmaster's Wager
Brad Stone: The Everything Store; Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Robert MacFarlane: The Old Ways: Journey on Foot
Rebecca Solnit: The Faraway Nearby

Kate’s NZ Festival reading

Francis Spufford: Red Plenty, and Backroom Boys: the Secret Return of the British Boffin
Diarmaid MacCulloch: Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years
Alison Bechdel: Dykes To Watch Out For
Terry Castle: Boss Ladies Watch Out! Essays on Women, Sex, and Writing

Mark Cubey’s list

Historical fiction
David Peace: Red or Dead
Maurice Druon: The Iron King; The Strangled Queen; Thr Poisoned Crown; The Royal Succession
Charles Cumming: A Foreign Country
Mary M Talbot and Bryan Talbot: Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

Bill James: Undercover
Harry Dolan: Bad Things Happen; Very Bad Men
Don Winslow: The Winter of Frankie Machine
Warren Ellis: Gun Machine
L.A. Larkin: Thirst
Belinda Bauer: Rubbernecker
Paul Cleave: The Laughterhouse
Krissy Kneen: Steeplechase
Mike Nicol: Killer County
Stephen Hunter: The Third Bullet
Nathan Filer: The Shock of the Fall
Martina Cole: The Life
Ken Bruen: Purgatory
Charlie Huston: Caught Stealing; Six Bad Things; A Dangerous Man; The Shotgun Rule; Sleepless; Skinner
Roger Hobbs Ghostman
George Pelecanos: What It Was; The Double

Hugh Howey: Wool; Shift; Dust
Max Barry: Lexicon
Margo Lanagan: Black Juice
Joseph D’Lacey: Black Feathers (The Black Dawn Vol. 1)
Carsten Stroud: Niceville
Adam Roberts: Yellow Blue Tibia; Swiftly; New Model Army; Jack Glass
Lauren Beukes: The Shining Girls; Zoo City
Nick Harkaway: Angelmaker
Chris Beckett: Dark Eden; The Holy Machine
Daniel Abraham: The Dragon’s Path, The King’s Blood, The Tyrant’s Law (The Dagger and the Coin series)
Michel Faber: Under My Skin

Joe Hill: NOSFR2
Joseph D’Lacey: Blood Fugue
Peter Stenson: Fiend
Charlie Higson: The Fallen
Elizabeth Knox: Wake
John Ajvide Lindqvist: Handling the Undead; Little Star
Adam Roberts: I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas

Biography / Memoir
Richard King: How Soon is Now
Touré: I Would Die 4 U : Why Prince Became an Icon
Barney Hoskyns: Trampled Under Foot
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson & Ben Greenman: Mo' Meta Blues
Donald Fagen: Eminent Hipsters
Toby Morris: Don’t Puke on Your Dad; Allegans
Maryjane Thomson: Sarah Vaughan is Not My Mother
M.E. Thomas: Confessions of a Sociopath

Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Project
Danyl McLauchlan: Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley

Young Adult
Aaron Starmer: The Only Ones
Philip Pullman: Grimm Fairy Tales
Teri Terry: Slated; Fractured
Maile Meloy: The Apothecary
Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf: Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope
Elizabeth Knox: Mortal Fire
Geraldine McCaughrean: The Positively Last Performance
Catherine Jinks: the City of Orphans trilogy
Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone; Seige and Storm

Warren Ellis: Planetary (2-4); Freakangels (1-6); Gravel (1-3)
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso: 100 Bullets (Books 1-13)
Robert Kirkman: The Walking Dead (Books 16-18)

Music played during the programme

Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Brad Warrington

Music played in this show


Caitlin Rose: Only a Clown
From the 2013 album: The Stand-In
Played at around 8:55

Vampire Weekend: Unbelievers
From the 2013 album: Modern Vampires of the City
Played at around 9:40

Playing Favourites with Sarah Longbottom

Bob Marley and the Wailers: Concrete Jungle
From the 1973 album: Catch a Fire
(Tuff Gong)
Played at around 10:20

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Sweetheart Come
From the 2001 album: No More Shall We Part
Played at around 10:35

P J Harvey:  You Said Something
From the 2000 album: Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Played at around 10:50

Herbs:  E Papa
From the 1987 album: Sensitive To A Smile
Played at around 10:58

The O’Jays: Love Train
The 1976 single
(Philadelphia International)
Played at around 11:58