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Vale Elizabeth Harrower

15 July 2020
Novelist Elizabeth Harrower has died, aged 92. Harrower was the author of five novels, beginning with Down in the City, first published in 1957. Down in the City and Harrower's...

Vale Jesse Blackadder

17 June 2020
Author Jesse Blackadder has died after a short illness, aged 56. In addition to writing books for children and adults, Blackadder was a judge for a number of awards, a...

Vale Deb Brash

17 June 2020
Book designer Deborah Brash has died. Brash worked with publishers including ABC Books, Allen & Unwin, Art Gallery of NSW, Murdoch Books and Simon & Schuster, and was art director...

Vale Judith Clarke

20 May 2020
Children's writer Judith Clarke has died, aged 76. Clarke was the author of 20 award-winning books for children and teenagers, including the YA novels My Lovely Frankie, Three Summers, The Winds...

Vale Beth Noble

20 May 2020
Beth Noble, former owner of the Bay Bookshop in Bateman's Bay, south coast NSW, died in Nyngan on Monday, 18 May. Noble was 69. The Bay Bookshop, which won Bookshop...

Vale Richard Turner

14 May 2020
Dymocks regional business development manager Richard Turner has died. Dymocks writes: ‘It is with great sadness that Dymocks announces the passing of Richard Turner, who has died after a short...

RiP Julian Leatherdale

29 April 2020
Novelist Julian Leatherdale has died, after an illness of less than 12 months. Leatherdale was the author of three historical novels for adults, all published by Allen & Unwin (A&U)...

RiP Graeme Connolly 

16 April 2020
Bookseller Graeme Connolly has died, aged 78. Connolly was a former director and CEO of the Melbourne University Bookshop and was a former Australian Booksellers Association treasurer. Fiona Stager writes...

RiP Shirley Stackhouse

12 March 2020
Sydney-based author and gardening personality Shirley Stackhouse has died, aged 92. Stackhouse was the Sydney Morning Herald’s gardening columnist for more than 30 years, during which time she dispatched gardening advice and illustrated the column with...

RiP Sheila Drummond

19 February 2020
Literary agent Sheila Drummond of The Drummond Agency has died, aged 80. Drummond was involved in various facets of the publishing industry for almost 50 years, establishing The Drummond Agency...

RiP Yvette Luciano

19 February 2020
Business coach and author Yvette Luciano has died. Luciano is the founder of holistic business school Soulpreneurs and the author of a 2018 book by the same name, published by...

RiP Steph Bowe

22 January 2020
Australian YA author Steph Bowe has died, aged 25, due to complications from T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, a form of leukemia. Bowe began her career as a blogger before publishing...

RiP Renée Senogles 

15 January 2020
Publishing professional Renée Senogles died on 19 December 2019, aged 40. Senogles was US marketing and publicity manager for Hardie Grant, within the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco. She...

RiP Clive James

4 December 2019
Broadcaster, critic and author Clive James has died, aged 80. James was born and raised in Sydney, but moved to the UK after graduating from university. In 1972 he became a...

RiP Toni Morrison

7 August 2019
American author Toni Morrison has died, aged 88. US publisher Holt, Rinehart & Winston published Morrison's debut novel The Bluest Eye in 1970. Alfred A Knopf published Morrison's novel Sula...

RiP Margaret Fulton

26 July 2019
Scottish-born Australian cookery author, journalist and commentator Margaret Fulton has died, aged 94. First published by Paul Hamlyn in 1968, The Margaret Fulton Cookbook became an important reference for cooking...

RiP Kerry Reed-Gilbert

17 July 2019
Author, poet and Aboriginal activist Kerry Reed-Gilbert has died, aged 62. Reed-Gilbert was a Wiradjuri elder, poet, writer, activist and artist. She was the author and editor of numerous works...

Vale Christobel Mattingley

13 June 2019
Author Christobel Mattingley has died, aged 87. Allen & Unwin executive publisher, books for children and young adults Erica Wagner says: ‘Her passing is truly the end of an era...

RiP Philip Robinson

13 June 2019
Robinsons Bookshop founder Philip Robinson has died, aged 90. Robinson and his wife Moira opened Robinsons Bookshop in Frankston, on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, in 1963. They owned and operated the...

RiP Christobel Mattingley

5 June 2019
Author Christobel Mattingley has died, aged 87. Mattingley wrote over 50 books, 47 of which were for children. After publishing her first book, The Picnic Dog (Hamish Hamilton), in 1970,...

RiP Kunmanara Williams

8 May 2019
Artist, activist and author Kunmanara Williams has died, aged 68. Born in 1952 between Kenmore Park and Pukatja in South Australia, Williams won numerous art prizes and his work has...

RiP Peter Alexander

8 May 2019
Bookseller Peter Alexander has died, aged 61. Allen & Unwin chairman Patrick Gallagher writes: ‘Bookselling colleagues and golfing friends alike are deeply shocked by the sudden death of Peter Alexander...

RiP Les Murray

1 May 2019
Poet Les Murray has died, aged 80. Murray was the author of nearly 30 volumes of poetry—including The Ilex Tree (with Geoffrey Lehmann, ANU Press), Killing the Black Dog, Waiting...

RiP Janet Mackenzie

20 February 2019
Founding member of the Society of Editors Victoria (now Editors Victoria) Janet Mackenzie has died, aged 71. Born in Melbourne in 1947, Mackenzie graduated from the University of Melbourne with...

RiP Andrew McGahan

6 February 2019
Author Andrew McGahan has died, aged 52. Born in the Queensland town of Dalby in 1966, McGahan grew up on the family farm, before moving to Brisbane in the early...

RiP Colin Johnson aka Mudrooroo

6 February 2019
Prolific writer, activist and academic Colin Johnson, also known as Mudrooroo, has died in Brisbane, aged 80. Born in Narrogin, WA, Johnson was one of 12 children and grew up...

RiP Garry Evans

23 January 2019
Harbour Publishing House director Garry Evans has died, aged 50. Evans, along with his wife Michelle, owned and operated Harbour Bookshop in Ulladulla, NSW, and founded the publishing house in...

RiP Barrie Dunstan

23 January 2019
Business and investment journalist Barrie Dunstan has died, aged 80. Starting his journalism career at the Argus in 1955, Dunstan then moved to the Age in 1958 and was promoted to finance...

RiP Melinda Beaumont

16 January 2019
Simon & Schuster Australia national account manager Melinda Beaumont has died, aged 46. The team at Simon & Schuster writes: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing...

RiP Harriet McKnight

12 December 2018
Writer and editor Harriet McKnight (1988–2018) has died. She grew up in Bermagui and spent several years studying music and performing around Melbourne before deciding to return to her love...