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September reviews round-up 

4 August 2021
In August, our reviewers enjoyed several forthcoming novels exploring themes of change, identity and relationships from Max Easton, Amal Awad and Jacquie Byron. Easton’s The Magpie Wing paints a ‘moving...

Christmas in July: children’s and YA 

28 July 2021
Last week Books+Publishing brought you a round up of Australian publishers' top adult titles releasing time for Christmas 2021. Here are their children's and young adult picks. Picture books Scholastic’s...

Diana Reid on ‘Love & Virtue’ 

28 July 2021
Diana Reid's debut novel Love & Virtue (Ultimo, October) explores feminism, power and sex through the lives of two young women at an Australian university. Reviewer Georgia Brough calls Love &...

Christmas in July

21 July 2021
Books+Publishing rounds up Australian publishers' top local adult titles releasing in time for Christmas 2021. Literary highlights Hannah Kent’s hotly anticipated third novel Devotion (Picador, November), set in 19th-century South...

Annie Raser-Rowland on ‘Let’s Eat Weeds!’ 

20 July 2021
Annie Raser-Rowland is a Melbourne-based horticulturalist and artist. She is the co-author (with Adam Grubb) of Let's Eat Weeds (Scribble, September), a guidebook for young readers on which weeds are...

Max Easton on ‘The Magpie Wing’  

14 July 2021
The Magpie Wing (Giramondo, September) is Max Easton's first book of fiction. Set in western Sydney, the novel follows the relationships between three young adults as they explore subcultures and identities. Reviewer...

Poppy Nwosu on ‘Road Tripping with Pearl Nash’ 

7 July 2021
Road Tripping with Pearl Nash (Wakefield, September) is Poppy Nwosu's third romantic novel for young adults. It follows protagonist Pearl Nash on a road trip during the summer holidays before...

August reviews round-up 

7 July 2021
Several highly regarded debut works of fiction coming in August feature millennial protagonists, including Allee Richards’ VPLA Unpublished Manuscript Prize–shortlisted Small Joys of Real Life, which reviewer Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen...

Q&A with Dymocks CEO Mark Newman

30 June 2021
Dymocks CEO Mark Newman joined the bookselling chain just as the pandemic took hold around the globe. Its effects for Dymocks have been mixed. Newman says that while suburban and...

Meet the ABDA Emerging Designers of the Year: Mika Tabata 

23 June 2021
In the lead-up to the 2021 Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) awards, Books+Publishing spoke to the two shortlisted nominees for Emerging Designer of the Year. In this second instalment we speak to Sydney-based...

Annie Smithers on ‘Recipe for a Kinder Life’

22 June 2021
Chef, cookbook author and writer Annie Smithers's Recipe for a Kinder Life (Thames & Hudson, August) blends memoir, philosophy and practical tips on sustainability based on the author's experience running...

Career path: Andrew Robertson 

9 June 2021
Andrew Robertson, who began his career at one of Melbourne's most well-loved bookshops, joined NewSouth Books as the account manager for Victoria and Tasmania in 2019. Here he shares his...

Malla Nunn on ‘Sugar Town Queens’

9 June 2021
Malla Nunn's Sugar Town Queens (A&U, August) is a young adult novel set in Sugar Town, South Africa. This coming-of-age story follows 15-year-old Amandla as she uncovers her family history and...

July reviews round-up 

2 June 2021
Releasing in July are two well-reviewed memoirs about family and intergenerational trauma: Dianne O’Brien’s Daughter of the River Country and Amani Haydar’s The Mother Wound. Although both stories are confronting...

Zoe Deleuil on ‘The Night Village’ 

2 June 2021
In Zoe Deleuil's debut novel The Night Village (Fremantle Press, August), a brief relationship and an unexpected pregnancy see Australian expat Simone suddenly living with a new baby in her...

Amani Haydar on ‘The Mother Wound’ 

25 May 2021
Artist, writer and lawyer Amani Haydar's father murdered her mother in 2015, while Haydar was pregnant with her first child. The Mother Wound (Macmillan, July), Haydar's debut memoir, is an...

Meet literary agent Natasha Solomun 

19 May 2021
As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Natasha Solomun, who worked as a rights executive...

June reviews round-up 

5 May 2021
Winter 2021 yields new fiction from seasoned authors, including Briohny Doyle’s third book Echolalia, Kate Liston-Mills’s Dear Ibis, the follow-up to her 2017 collection The Waterfowl are Drunk! and Michael...