Victor Rodger is a New Zealand actor, playwright and scriptwriter. His play, Sons, is being staged by Auckland Theatre Company at Mangere Arts Centre until October 25.

The book I'm reading right now is ... I've got three on the go. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Gentleman of Leisure: A Year in the Life of a Pimp by Susan Hall and Wake by Elizabeth Knox.

The book I'd like to read next is ... Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, a young Afro-American.

My favourite bookshop is ... The Strand in New York City. Impossible to beat.


The book that changed me is ... Another Country by James Baldwin, a book that opened up a new world for me.

The book I wish I'd never read is ... A certain tome that will remain unnamed by a New Zealand author. It ended on such a weak note I literally threw the book into the rubbish bin.