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‘Quarterly Essay’ celebrates 50 issues

Black Inc. is publishing the 50th issue of Quarterly Essay this year.  

The journal was founded in 2001 by Black Inc. owner and the Monthly publisher Morry Schwartz with its first issue, In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right by Robert Manne. Its 50th issue, Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny by Anna Goldsworthy, was published this week.

To celebrate the milestone, Black Inc. has brought the Quarterly Essay backlist back into print, with issues one to 49 available for booksellers to order at $9.99, half the recommended retail price of $19.99. Black Inc. publicity and marketing manager Elisabeth Young told Books+Publishing that booksellers will be able to place orders for backlist issues this week, with the issues available from 1 July.

Since 2001, Quarterly Essay has published a number of well-known Australian authors and political commentators, including David Marr, Annabel Crabb, Tim Flannery, Don Watson, David Malouf, Germaine Greer, George Megalogenis, Anna Krien and Laura Tingle. The journal has won a number of awards and is regularly shortlisted for the John Button Prize for writing on Australian politics and policy. This year’s John Button Prize longlist features four Quarterly Essays.

Quarterly Essay editor and Black Inc. publisher Chris Feik said in a statement that producing 50 Quarterly Essays ‘has been a rollercoaster ride’. ‘We hope we have informed and entertained readers, especially about our political leaders and the key issues facing the nation, and that we have provided writers with a new forum in which they can do new things.’

The next Quarterly Essay, a profile of Cardinal George Pell by David Marr, will be published in September.



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