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Vale Simon Player

Simon Player, co-director of Footprint Books, has died.

Player and his wife Kate O’Reilly established the Sydney-based distributor in 1999. It closed in November 2020 due to Player’s health issues.

O’Reilly writes:

‘It is with great sadness and loss that I have to advise that my husband and co-director of Footprint Books passed away in January 2021 as a result of motor neurone disease.

‘Simon spent more than 40 years serving the book industry in Australia and 20 of that heading up Footprint Books … Simon left as he lived his life, gently and with dignity and with grace. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.’


Category: Obituaries