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Vale Bill Noble

19 May 2021
New Zealand bookseller Bill Noble died in April 2021. Noble, who also served on the board of Booksellers NZ, was the manager of Dunedin's University Book Shop (UBS) Otago for...

Vale Valerie Parv 

5 May 2021
Canberra-based romance novelist Valerie Parv has died, aged 69. The author of 93 books in 29 languages, spanning romance, nonfiction and writing guides, Parv's writing career began when her first...

Vale Margaret McKenzie

5 May 2021
Margaret McKenzie, co-owner of the former Seagulls Bookshop in the Melbourne suburb of Williamstown, has died. Co-owner of Seagulls and McKenzie's husband Nick Chapman writes: 'Margaret died suddenly on Saturday,...

Vale Simon Player

11 March 2021
Simon Player, co-director of Footprint Books, has died. Player and his wife Kate O'Reilly established the Sydney-based distributor in 1999. It closed in November 2020 due to Player's health issues....

Vale Brian Yates

20 January 2021
Logistics manager Brian Yates passed away on the weekend. Yates's career in book publishing spanned three decades. He managed the Universal Publishers (UBD Gregory’s) warehouse for many years from the...

Vale Mark Bonello

13 January 2021
Publishing consultant Mark Bonello has died after an illness. Ernie Mason, friend and former managing director of Random House, writes: 'I first met Mark with Terry Kinsella in the early...

Vale Josie Wowolla Boyle

9 December 2020
Josie Wowolla Boyle, Wonghi storyteller and artist, died peacefully on 7 December 2020, surrounded by family. Boyle was a Wongutha Elder, acclaimed storyteller, singer and artist who was born in...

Vale Barbara Ker Wilson

9 December 2020
Children's author and editor Barbara Ker Wilson died in September 2020, aged 90. Margaret Hamilton AM writes: 'Vale Barbara Ker Wilson AM 1929–2020. Barbara Ker Wilson was a writer and...

Vale Garry Eastman

28 October 2020
Garry Eastman, director of Garratt Publishing, died on 14 October 2020. Eastman, who established what was then called John Garratt Publishing in 1995, was a long-time member of the Australian...

Vale Ania Walwicz

14 October 2020
Poet, writer and teacher Ania Walwicz died on 29 September, aged 69. Born in Poland in 1951, Walwicz emigrated to Australia in 1963 and studied at Melbourne's Victorian College of...

Vale Ross Burgess

30 September 2020
Ross Burgess, owner of Mary Ryan's Noosa, has died after an illness. Burgess and his wife Susan took over the franchise in 2010, which had been in operation since 2000....

Vale John Bangsund

26 August 2020
Editor John Bangsund has died, aged 81. Bangsund edited the Hugo Award–nominated fanzine the Australian Science Fiction Review in the late 1960s, helped organise the 1975 World Science Fiction Convention...

Vale Noel Hammond

19 August 2020
Murdoch Books and Allen & Unwin national business development manager Noel Hammond has died. Allen & Unwin writes: It is with great sadness that Murdoch Books and Allen & Unwin...

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...