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Tinsel time: Christmas 2024 biographies and memoirs 

10 July 2024
From a soccer superstar to familiar faces in children's entertainment, and an equally wide range of non-celebrity (but far from ordinary) stories, Books+Publishing rounds up the local adult biography and...

Meet the Rising Stars: Riikka Dunn 

Photograph of Riikka Dunn in front of green leaves 10 July 2024
The Australian Publishers Association Rising Star award recognises an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry. In the lead-up to the winner announcement...

Raelke Grimmer on ‘White Noise’ 

9 July 2024
Raelke Grimmer is an author and linguist from the Northern Territory. Her debut young adult novel, White Noise (UWAP, September 2024), is set in Darwin and explores grief, autism, friendship and...

Raelke Grimmer recommends 

9 July 2024
Eta Draconis by Brendan Ritchie. I loved this novel not only for the vivid depictions of place and landscape but also for the resilience and determination of the characters. The...

Tinsel time: Christmas 2024 fiction 

3 July 2024
From the big names to the surprising debuts (and a whole lot of crime in between), Books+Publishing rounds up Australian publishers’ top local adult fiction titles releasing in time for Christmas...

Meet the Rising Stars 2024: Justin Wolfers 

Photograph of Justin Wolfers in front of a brick wall 3 July 2024
The Australian Publishers Association Rising Star award recognises an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry. In the lead-up to the winner announcement...

Amplify Bookstore’s winter picks 

Cover of Love Unleashed 26 June 2024
Amplify Bookstore is an independent online bookseller specialising in books by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) authors, founded by Jing Xuan Teo and Marina Sano. Here, they share...

Louise Southerden recommends 

25 June 2024
I loved Music and Freedom, a novel by Zoë Morrison, which I found in the street library out the front of where I live. (I stumble upon a lot of...

Anita Heiss on ‘Dirrayawadha’ 

18 June 2024
Anita Heiss is one of Australia’s most prolific and celebrated authors, known for her works across genres including nonfiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction and children's books. Books+Publishing reviewer Melissa Mantle...

Anita Heiss recommends 

18 June 2024
I just re-read Vivienne Cleven’s Bitin’ Back, published as part of the UQP First Nations Classics series. Hands down, this is one of the funniest books I have ever read,...

Liz Evans on ‘Catherine Wheel’ 

5 June 2024
Based in Tasmania, Liz Evans is a British-born journalist, author, former psychotherapist and academic with a PhD in creative writing. Her latest novel, Catherine Wheel (Ultimo, August 2024), is ‘a...

Liz Evans recommends 

Cover of Body Friend 4 June 2024
The last Australian book I read and loved was Katherine Brabon’s Body Friend. It was so unusual and mysterious—and very elegantly crafted. It provides some beautifully profound insights into living...

Niki Horin on new venture Hobartisan Books 

15 May 2024
Niki Horin is an editor and author with experience in children's trade publishing at Hardie Grant Egmont and as publishing director at Five Mile from 2018 to 2022. Now located...

Michelle See-Tho recommends 

8 May 2024
There are so many to choose from! I might go with The Body Country by Susie Anderson (full disclosure/humblebrag: we are friends). It launched in 2023, but I recently revisited...

Michelle See-Tho on ‘Jade and Emerald’ 

7 May 2024
Michelle See-Tho is a freelance writer and copywriter whose debut novel, Jade and Emerald (Vintage, July 2024), won the 2023 Penguin Literary Prize. The novel is 'a wonderful escape into the...

Ashleigh Barton recommends 

24 April 2024
I recently read and loved One Song by A J Betts. It reminded me how much I love YA. I also loved that it was set in Perth, revolved around...

Yvonne Sewankambo recommends 

Cover of Hip Hop and Hymns 17 April 2024
I’m currently reading and loving Mawunyo Gbogbo’s Hip Hop & Hymns (Penguin), which has been on my bookshelf since it was published in 2022. Finding the mental capacity to read that...

Yvonne Sewankambo on ‘Good Hair’ 

16 April 2024
Sydney-based Yvonne Sewankambo is a Ugandan-Canadian writer and publicist whose debut picture book, Good Hair (Walker, June 2024), is ‘a wonderfully inclusive book representing various cultures and subcultures, showcasing the...

AI and publishing: Concerns beyond copyright 

10 April 2024
The publishing sector’s response to last year’s revelations about the materials used to train generative AI has been characterised by concern over the unauthorised use of pirated books in these...

Jenna Lo Bianco recommends 

26 March 2024
I really enjoyed reading Karina May’s Never Ever Forever, because I just love her narrative voice and her subtle contemporary humour. She’s a clever writer and her fresh takes on...

Jenna Lo Bianco on ‘Love & Rome’ 

26 March 2024
Jenna Lo Bianco is a Melbourne-based author whose heart and soul reside in Rome, Italy. Known as 'The Italian Teacher', she is also an educator, PhD candidate and advocate for...