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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...

Sophie Overett on ‘The Rabbits’ 

5 May 2021
Sophie Overett's debut novel The Rabbits (Vintage, July), winner the 2020 Penguin Literary Prize, is a magic realist family saga centred around Delia Rabbit, a mother dealing with trauma from her...

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2021: Meg Whelan 

26 April 2021
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry. In the...

Chrissy Brincat on interning at UQP 

21 April 2021
Each year Vision Australia runs a 12-month graduate program for graduates who are blind or who have low vision, with a component of the program involving a three-month external placement....

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2021: Bianca Jafari 

21 April 2021
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry....

Lisa Emanuel on ‘The Covered Wife’ 

20 April 2021
Lisa Emanuel's 2019 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award–shortlisted debut The Covered Wife (Pantera, June) centres on Sarah, a lawyer whose new relationship leads to involvement with an oppressive and...

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2021: Stef Italia 

16 April 2021
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry. In the...

Meet literary agent Jacinta di Mase 

14 April 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  Jacinta di Mase, the founder and lead agent...

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2021: Pooja Desai 

14 April 2021
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry. In...

May reviews round-up 

8 April 2021
In May Anita Heiss will release her latest work of historical fiction, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams), which reviewer Joanne Shiells loved and said deserves to be read by all...

Alice Pung on ‘One Hundred Days’ 

7 April 2021
One Hundred Days (Black Inc., June), Alice Pung's first novel for adults, is described as a fractured fairytale about 16-year-old Karuna, who is locked in her family's housing commission flat...

Meet literary agent Alex Adsett 

24 March 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 Alex Adsett, a literary agent representing authors across...

Krissy Kneen on ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

10 March 2021
In Krissy Kneen's new memoir The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen (Text, May), the death of her beloved grandmother is the catalyst for the excavation of long-buried family history, taking Kneen—and the...