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Thames & Hudson to open Sydney office; Heath to join as associate publisher

Thames & Hudson (T&H) has announced an expansion of its Australian publishing division, with former Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) executive publisher Sally Heath to join the company as associate publisher after nine years at MUP.

Heath will develop a new narrative nonfiction list of 12 titles per year. T&H Australia currently produces around 30 original Australian illustrated books each year.

T&H Australia managing director Daniel Watts said: ‘I’m thrilled to welcome Sally to the T&H team. She’s a highly respected publisher with a really successful track record in the Australian market. Sally will bring on board the sort of high-quality narrative nonfiction we’ve been seeking to add to the Australian portfolio for some time.’ Heath will begin the role on 15 July.

As part of the publisher’s expansion, which is driven by ‘four-fold growth over the last four years’, T&H will open a Sydney editorial office, based in Marrickville, to be led by associate publisher Paulina de Laveaux. The move is designed to increase T&H’s national presence and to ‘strengthen existing relationships with authors, institutions, agents and booksellers as well as grow and develop the editorial portfolio with new authors and strategic partnerships’.

In the Melbourne office, Kirsten Abbott has been promoted to the role of publisher.

T&H group sales director Christian Frederking said: ‘Thames & Hudson has benefitted internationally from T&H Australia’s publishing and it has given us great pleasure that our company in Australia has developed into a publishing centre, publishing books with a distinctive character that have found a warm response in the international markets as well as greatly strengthened our position in the Australian book market.’


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