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RiP Anthony Bourdain

14 June 2018
US chef, writer and publisher Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61. Bourdain was the author of several books, including his influential memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which chronicled his...

RiP Philip Roth

30 May 2018
US author Philip Roth has died, aged 85. Roth was the celebrated author of more than 30 books, from his National Book Award-winning debut, Goodbye, Columbus, to one of his most...

RiP Tom Wolfe

23 May 2018
American author Tom Wolfe has died, aged 88. Wolfe was the author of 17 works of fiction and nonfiction, including his bestselling debut The Bonfire of the Vanities (Vintage), and...

RiP Beverly Farmer

26 April 2018
Australian writer and essayist Beverly Farmer has died, aged 77. Farmer, who won the Patrick White award—traditionally awarded to authors who ‘have made a significant but inadequately recognised contribution to...

RiP Anita Shreve

5 April 2018
American author Anita Shreve has died, aged 71. Shreve was the author of more than 18 books, including The Pilot's Wife, which sold more than three million copies after it...

RiP Noela Young

5 April 2018
Australian illustrator Noela Young has died, aged 88. Young began illustrating books in the 1950s, for writers including Hesba Brinsmead, Christobel Mattingley, Ruth Park, Patricia Wrightson, Emily Rodda and Margaret...

RiP Stephen Hawking 

15 March 2018
English author, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76. Hawking was the author of more than 15 books, including the bestselling A Brief History of Time (Bantam),...

RiP Peter Temple 

15 March 2018
Acclaimed crime author Peter Temple has died, aged 71. Temple was the first Australian writer to win the Gold Dagger, a major award from the UK's Crime Writers’ Association, for...

RiP Neil McDonald

5 March 2018
Author and film historian Neil McDonald has died, aged 77. McDonald published several books, including 200 Shots (A&U), a pictorial account of Australians fighting on the Kokoda Track and Kokoda Front Line:...

RiP Beryl Fletcher

28 February 2018
New Zealand feminist novelist Beryl Fletcher has died, aged 80. Fletcher grew up in what she described as ‘a socialist working-class family’ in Auckland, and graduated in 1979 from Waikato...

RiP Zelda D’Aprano

28 February 2018
Australian feminist activist and author Zelda D’Aprano has died, aged 90. D’Aprano was an avid campaigner for women’s rights and equal pay. A fierce labour unionist, she is known for...

RiP Muriel Rose Craddock 

21 February 2018
Muriel Rose Craddock has died, aged 105. Craddock was a well-respected antiquarian bookseller who established Kay Craddock - Antiquarian Bookseller in the Melbourne CBD, and worked in the secondhand and...

RiP Ernest Hecht 

21 February 2018
Founder and publisher of British publisher Souvenir Press Ernest Hecht has died, aged 88. As a child, Hecht arrived in England on the Kindertransport before the Second World War, as...

RIP David Christophel 

7 February 2018
Second-hand bookseller and academic David Christophel has died, aged 70, reports the ABC. Christophel was the owner of Blackwood Books in Adelaide, which he opened in 1997. Born in Iowa, Christophel...

RiP Meme McDonald

24 January 2018
Author Meme McDonald has died, aged 63. McDonald was the author of nine books for adults and younger readers, including The Binna Binna Man (A&U), which was co-written with Aboriginal...

RiP Ursula K Le Guin 

24 January 2018
Fantasy and science fiction author Ursula K Le Guin has died, aged 88. Le Guin was the author of more than 20 novels, including The Left Hand of Darkness, The...

RiP Lilith Norman 

17 January 2018
Australian children’s author Lilith Norman has died, aged 90. Norman was the author of several children’s books, including Climb a Lonely Hill (Cengage), which was commended for the CBCA Book...

RiP Paul Greenberg 

17 January 2018
New Zealand sales and distribution agent, entrepreneur and long-serving book industry figure Paul Greenberg has died. Greenberg started out in publishing in the 1960s and worked at numerous publishers throughout his...

RiP Chris Player 

12 January 2018
The founder of specialist academic distributor Astam Books, Chris Player, has died. Footprint Books, which acquired Astam in 2006, supplied the following statement: ‘Sadly Chris Player passed away on Saturday,...

RiP David Hutchison 

10 January 2018
Fremantle local historian and writer David Hutchison has died, aged 90. Hutchison was the author of guidebook Fremantle Walks and contributed a fictionalised account of his 1930s childhood to the...

RiP Amelia Edwards 

29 November 2017
Walker Books’ founding art director Amelia Edwards has died, aged 77. Sebastian Walker employed Edwards to establish the Walker Books London office in 1978. She was the art director for...

RiP Jill Barklem 

29 November 2017
Children’s author and illustrator Jill Barklem has died, aged 66. Barklem’s ‘Brambly Hedge’ stories sold more than seven million copies, and were adapted for television in 1996. Barklem’s publisher, Ann-Janine Murtagh...

RiP Pat Hutchins 

22 November 2017
UK children’s book creator Pat Hutchins has died, aged 75. Hutchins wrote and illustrated more than 40 books for young readers, including Rosie’s Walk and Good-Night, Owl!. In 1974 Hutchins...

RiP Shannon Michael Cane 

22 November 2017
Shannon Michael Cane, curator of the New York Art Book Fair, has died, aged 43. The Melbourne expatriate moved to New York in 2008, and in 2013 took over the...

RiP Sylvia Lawson

14 November 2017
Author, essayist and critic Sylvia Lawson has died, aged 84. Lawson was the author of the award-winning nonfiction book about the Sydney Bulletin and its founding editor J F Archibald,...

RiP Agnes Nieuwenhuizen 

20 September 2017
Youth literature advocate and author Agnes Nieuwenhuizen has died, aged 79. Nieuwenhuizen established the first Schools Days at the Melbourne Writers Festival in 1994, leading to the establishment of the...

RiP Peter Luck 

13 September 2017
Journalist, broadcaster and author Peter Luck has died, aged 73. Luck was a television journalist on programs such as This Day Tonight and Four Corners, and later became a producer,...

RiP Connie Johnson 

13 September 2017
Activist and author Connie Johnson has died, aged 40. Johnson launched charity organisation Love Your Sister in 2012 to raise funds for cancer research. With her brother, Samuel Johnson, she...

RiP Louise Hay 

6 September 2017
Louise Hay, author and founder of Hay House Publishing, has died aged 90. Hay published Heal Your Body in 1976, followed by You Can Heal Your Life in 1984, which...

RiP Valli Little 

5 July 2017
Food writer and journalist Valli Little has died. Little authored numerous cookbooks, including several under the delicious label (ABC Books). Her latest book, My Kind of Food (ABC Books), was published...