I am new to audio books. I started with Stephen Fry and his Mythos
and found that listening rather than reading allows my imagination to go further –
a bit like being told a story as a child, I can see the Gods and monsters
rather than being distracted by grey text. When I finished listening to Mythos,
I stayed in Greece and downloaded My Family and Other Creatures by
Gerald Durrell, and I have to say it made me laugh out loud. However, not all
stories transfer well to audio. A crime novel ...
It’s easy to feel little when you are a small publisher – going
to book fairs and looking at your panel of twenty novels lost in the vast space
dominated by the Penguin, Random, Harper Collins, MacMillan, Simon & Schuster
and Hachette and all their glossy titles. Thankfully I belong to the Independent
Publisher Conference (IPG), a guild of small, innovative, hard-working publishers
who are filled with enthusiastic zeal and wholeheartedly believe that their
books have merit with consumers....
I read Overstory by Richard Powers for a book group. Many
friends tell me they gave up on it as the 640-page tale of environmentalists
lured to crime stretched too far. I have to say that while I grew weary at
moments, I cared enough to keep going. But then I often like long novels – Tolstoy’s
War and Peace, I have read twice; same with Anna Karenina and A Little Life by
Hanya Yanagihara. However, I am also a woman who gives up on a book after 100
pages. I believe it’s my life, my time ...