Rick Gekoski has lived his life immersed in books; as an author, a rare book dealer who aspires to become a rare book collector "when he grows up" and literary guru. Rick has published a critical book on Joseph Conrad, The Bibliography of William Golding, Staying Up (about football), a collection of essays entitled Tolkien's Gown and Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books and Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir.
He is also a regular broadcaster and reviewer of books. He has founded two private presses, The Sixth Chamber Press and The Bridgewater Press, which issue finely printed editions of leading contemporary novelists and poets. In 2005 he was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize, and he is currently Chair of the judges for the Man Booker International Prize 2011.
We talk to Rick about the impact of books on one's life, the judging process of the Man Booker prize, "Outside of a Dog" and the books that changed his life, and those he wished he still owned.