18 Sep 2016

NZ Literature Survey

From Standing Room Only, 12:13 pm on 18 September 2016

According to a new survey by the New Zealand Book Council into our reading habits, many readers believe homegrown novels are over hyped and too much of a mixed bag to bother with. Generally we prefer Kiwi non-fiction. Crime's the most popular genre, but even then - despite a big and growing number of Kiwi crime writers - they make a tiny proportion of crime sales here. Lynn Freeman brings togetherr authors Tina Clough and Patricia McCormack, and Cambridge bookseller Hamish Wright to talk about these and other trends. Can anything be done to turn New Zealand readers on to New Zealand-based fiction?