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Australian book market overview 2021

1 April 2022
After a pandemic-fuelled record year in 2020—during which sales of books in Australia grew 7.8% to A$1.25 billion (unit sales for the year were 67 million) according to Nielsen BookScan—in 2021,...

Australian authors recommend

1 April 2022
Australian authors tell us the most recent book they have read and loved, and why.   Hayley Scrivenor is the author of forthcoming crime novel Dirt Town (Macmillan, May). ‘I...

Aus YA shows its range

16 March 2022
From horror to fantasy with some wit and mystery along the way, Australian YA shows its range in several recent deals. Two recent acquisitions by Australian publishers present a similar...

Aus middle-grade golden age continues

16 March 2022
Australia’s ‘golden age’ of middle-grade fiction doesn’t look it's ending any time soon, with several high-profile fiction acquisitions in the age bracket. Fans of Amelia Mellor around the world will...

Picture this

16 March 2022
From a nonfiction book about how trees talk to a slam poetry adaptation, Australian publishers are pitching some picture books with a difference at Bologna this year. Jordan Collins’ debut...

In Bologna? Pop by the Australian stand

16 March 2022
If you’re on the ground in Bologna for this year’s fair, pop by the Australian stand, Hall 25, Stand B78. The Australian Publishers Association stand will be managed by Rome-based...

Serious about series

16 March 2022
Australian publishers will be pitching several new series at Bologna—from some well established names, as well as emerging authors. In middle-grade, Penguin Random House Australia has a ‘charming’ new series...

Lead titles from Australian publishers & agents

30 September 2020
With the Frankfurt Book Fair now purely online, Australian publishers and literary agents are gearing up to pitch their titles via the fair’s—and their own—digital channels. Here are some of...

Get to know … Murdoch Books

11 April 2019
Think Australian interviewed publishing director Lou Johnson about Murdoch Books' rebranding and forthcoming titles. What makes Murdoch Books unique? A whole combination of things. The fact that we have such...

The market down under

2 October 2018
Australian titles are faring well in a market where personal development books and crime fiction are the standout trends, reports Andrea Hanke. For the fourth year in a row, the...