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April reviews round-up 

3 March 2021
With Mother's Day just around the corner, April is chock full of great literary book club titles. Jacqueline Maley's debut novel The Truth About Her, about a journalist juggling motherhood,...

Katherine Rajwar on interning at Hachette 

3 March 2021
The annual paid Hachette Australia summer internship was established in 2020 as part of a suite of activities the company has created to attract new talent into book publishing. Katherine...

How international book markets performed in 2020 

24 February 2021
Through the PubMagNet initiative—a collaboration between book industry trade magazines from around the world—representatives from publications in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Brazil and China have shared...

Sara Haghdoosti on ‘Sunburnt Veils’ 

23 February 2021
Sara Haghdoosti's debut YA novel Sunburnt Veils (Wakefield, April) follows protagonist Tara as she navigates relationships, racism and political activism during her first year of university. Reviewer Mischa Parkee said...

Meet Scholastic Australia rights manager Claire Pretyman 

Claire Pretyman 17 February 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 Scholastic Australia rights manager Claire Pretyman. How...

Christmas 2020 survey results 

17 February 2021
Over the past week, Books+Publishing has published the results from its latest annual Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. The survey included feedback from over 60 bookshops around Australia, with...

Christmas 2020: Strong sales across all categories 

15 February 2021
Most booksellers surveyed by Books+Publishing were pleased to report that sales were spread across all sections of their shops, with this reflected in the most mentioned titles spanning a diverse range...

The state of accessible publishing in Australia 

10 February 2021
Last year, Sydney University's Agata Mrva-Montoya undertook research into the issues affecting the production of accessible books in Australia. Mrva-Montoya conducted surveys aimed at Australian publishers and disability organisations involved...

March reviews round-up 

2 February 2021
March looks to be a strong month for nonfiction, with a couple of big-name releases receiving glowing write-ups from Books+Publishing's (B+P) reviewers. Sarah Krasnostein's follow-up to her juggernaut biography The...

Starting small: Emily Riches on Aniko Press 

28 January 2021
Sydney-based writer and editor Emily Riches started Aniko Press—a new literary small press that includes a biannual print magazine and online book reviews—in early 2020, and has plans to begin...

Meet Pantera Press rights manager Katy McEwen 

20 January 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 Pantera Press rights manager Katy McEwen. How...

February reviews round-up 

9 December 2020
Looking ahead to February 2021, two forthcoming crime novels, The Silent Listener (Lynn Yeowart, Viking) and The Second Son (Loraine Peck, Text), garnered glowing reviews from Books+Publishing’s crime aficionados, while...

Debut fiction you might have missed in 2020 

9 December 2020
For all those readers who spent this year's lockdowns catching up on classics or re-reading comforting favourites, never fear—Australia’s independent booksellers have voted for the best debut fiction of 2020...

A Christmas message to European bookshops

9 December 2020
Dearest bookshops of Europe, This time last year I was sitting on the train in the dark en route to the cosiest place in London. I feel the only way...

Publishing’s meritocracy myth 

2 December 2020
This year’s Beatrice Davis Fellow Radhiah Chowdhury spoke to a range of BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) publishing professionals in the UK about what one respondent identified as the...

Art work: Fiona McGregor on ‘Buried Not Dead’ 

25 November 2020
Reviewer Cher Tan describes Fiona McGregor's essay collection Buried Not Dead (Giramondo, February), which brings together art criticism, memoir and reportage written over 25 years, as a 'lively and unpretentious' work...

A window on the world: Stephanie Smee’s career journey 

25 November 2020
Stephanie Smee is a Sydney-based French translator who worked as a lawyer before pivoting to literary translation. She has recently translated books including Hannelore Cayre's Dagger Award–winning crime novel The...

Book it in: 2021 children’s and YA preview 

18 November 2020
Alongside a slate of new books by established children’s authors, next year looks to be a year of firsts, featuring books by debut authors, established authors trying their hands at...

Meet Hachette Australia head of rights Sarah Brooks 

18 November 2020
As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing’s Think Australian publication is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Hachette Australia...

A new leaf: 2021 nonfiction preview 

11 November 2020
The first year of the new decade has been chaotic and unpredictable. However, readers can try to make sense of the year that's been with the many forthcoming releases that...

Reviews round-up

5 November 2020
In October Books+Publishing reviewed more than a dozen forthcoming titles due to be published in December 2020 and January 2021. In adult fiction, lighthearted summer reads The Funny Thing About...

Out of the box: Rebecca Lim on ‘Tiger Daughter’ 

5 November 2020
Rebecca Lim says her forthcoming novel Tiger Daughter (A&U, February) is 'a lot more personal' than the urban fantasy or mystery novels the author usually writes. Reviewer Mischa Parkee describes...

Turn the page: 2021 fiction preview 

5 November 2020
Next year looks to be a big one for first-time authors, with an abundance of fiction debuts in the pipeline. Here, Books+Publishing rounds up publishers’ fiction highlights for the coming year....