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The managing director of Penguin books rang me one day…he took me out for lunch and in fact, he offered me his job…I was flattered and alarmed

This interview between Graham Beattie and Graeme Lay takes the form of a journey through Graham’s career; from his early love of books to his becoming one of New Zealand’s most reputable children’s book sellers, as well as book reviewer, the Managing Director/Publisher at both Penguin and Scholastic, a book awards judge and most recently a prolific, reputable and extensively-read blog writer. (http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.com/) which is now one of New Zealand’s most read blog-sites, receiving 10 – 14,000 visitors per week. This is a fascinating account of an incredible career by one of New Zealand’s most well-read Cultural Icons.

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