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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...

RiP Fay Zwicky 

5 July 2017
Poet Fay Zwicky has died, aged 83. Zwicky won the Patrick White Award in 2005, and twice won the New South Wales Premier’s Award for Poetry: in 1982 for Kaddish...

RiP Michael Bond 

5 July 2017
Author Michael Bond has died, aged 91. Bond was the creator of much-loved children’s character Paddington Bear. Born in England in 1926, Bond published his first book, A Bear Called...

RiP John McIntyre 

15 June 2017
John McIntyre, co-owner of The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, Wellington, has died, aged 65. A former primary school teacher, McIntyre opened the specialist children’s bookshop in 1992. McIntyre was a past judge...

RiP Baba Schwartz 

15 June 2017
Author Baba Schwartz has died, aged 89. Schwartz was the author of two books: the 2003 cookbook The Lost Art of Baking with Yeast: Delicious Hungarian Cakes & Pastries and the...

RiP Anthony Foster 

31 May 2017
Advocate for child sexual abuse victims Anthony Foster has died, aged 64. Penguin Random House Australia writes: 'Penguin Random House Australia is deeply saddened by the news of Anthony Foster’s...

RiP Mark Colvin 

17 May 2017
Journalist and broadcaster Mark Colvin has died, aged 65. Colvin was the author of Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy’s Son (MUP), the story of Colvin’s pursuit of journalism...

RiP John Clarke

12 April 2017
Comedian and satirist John Clarke has died, aged 68. Clarke was the author of numerous books, including A Dagg at My Table, The Howard Miracle, The 7.56 Report and The...

RiP Murray Ball 

16 March 2017
New Zealand cartoonist Murray Ball has died, aged 78. Ball was best known for creating the ‘Footrot Flats’ comic series, and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of...

RiP Dick Bruna 

22 February 2017
Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna has died, aged 89. Bruna, the creator of the white cartoon rabbit Miffy, published over 120 books. The first Miffy book was published in...

RiP Janet Rowe 

25 January 2017
Former Lake Press, Ice Water Press and Five Mile Press publisher Janet Rowe has died. Jane Curtain and David Horgan write: ‘We wish to express deep sadness at the passing...

RiP Babette Cole

18 January 2017
English children’s author and illustrator Babette Cole has died, aged 66. Cole wrote and illustrated more than 150 children’s books, including the revisionist fairytale picture books Princess Smartypants (Puffin) and...

RiP Simon Milne

11 January 2017
Simon Milne, who worked in the Australian book industry for many years as a marketing communications director at HarperCollins ANZ, marketing and communications manager at Leading Edge Group and general...

RiP Georgia Blain

14 December 2016
Author Georgia Blain has died, aged 51. Blain was the author of several adult and YA novels, the short story collection The Secret Lives of Men (Scribe) and the memoir...

RiP Anne Deveson

14 December 2016
Journalist, author and social commentator Anne Deveson has died, aged 86. Deveson was the author of the memoirs Resilience (A&U) and Waging Peace: Reflections on Peace and War from an...

RiP James McNeish 

16 November 2016
New Zealand author and playwright James McNeish has died, aged 85. McNeish was the author of nine novels, 14 nonfiction works, four plays and a large number of articles and...

RiP Patsy Rowe 

16 November 2016
Queensland author and former marketing manager at New Holland Publishers Patsy Rowe has died. Rowe specialised in books on etiquette and engaged in several speaking engagements every year on the...

RiP Narelle Oliver 

5 October 2016
Australian children’s book author and illustrator Narelle Oliver has died. Oliver was the creator of a number of picture books, including The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay, The Hunt, Sand...

RiP John Mulvaney 

5 October 2016
Archaeologist and author John Mulvaney has died, aged 90. NewSouth Publishing writes: ‘All of us at UNSW Press/NewSouth Publishing were saddened to learn of the death of Professor John Mulvaney...

RiP Michael Wyer 

21 September 2016
Michael Wyer, founder and CEO of book and magazines book and magazines distributor Educational Concepts Pty Ltd has died, aged 71. Lake Press CEO David Horgan writes: ‘Michael Wyer sadly...