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Australian crime fiction in the spotlight

When Australian author Benjamin Stevenson heard that his debut crime-thriller Greenlight had sold into North America and the UK, he quipped: ‘There’s no question international readers are loving Aussie crime right now, and while it may not be doing Tourism Australia any favours, it’s fantastic we can share our books!’

Stevenson is the latest in a growing list of (mostly) debut authors who have lit up the Australian crime-writing scene, including Jane Harper (The Dry, Force of Nature, Pan Macmillan Australia), Sarah Bailey (The Dark Lake, Allen & Unwin), Emma Viskic (Resurrection Bay, And Fire Came Down, Echo Publishing), Chris Hammer (Scrublands, Allen & Unwin) and Christian White (The Nowhere Child, Affirm Press). Not only have their titles become bestsellers locally, they’ve sold into multiple overseas territories and attracted the attention of film and TV producers.

You can read more about Greenlight in our profile below, and about trends in Australian publishing in our overview of the Australian book market.

If you’re currently at the Frankfurt Book Fair, you might like to drop by the joint Australia–IPG Stand Party on Thursday 11 October at 5.30pm (Hall 6.2 A56-A57). You can also find information about more than 200 Australian publishers here.

Andrea Hanke
Think Australian


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