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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...

RiP Inga Clendinnen 

14 September 2016
Writer and historian Inga Clendinnen has died, aged 82. A leading academic in Aztec and Mayan society, Clendinnen held positions at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, with...

RiP Kevin Burgemeestre 

24 August 2016
Children’s book author and illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre has died, aged 59. Burgemeestre’s 30-year career included illustrating Hazel Edwards’ Antarctic Dad (Lothian), Val Marshall and Bronwyn Tester’s Bernard Was a Bike...

RiP Peter Gossage 

10 August 2016
New Zealand children’s author Peter Gossage has died, aged 69. Gossage was the author of more than 20 books, and was best known for his colourfully illustrated retellings of Maori...

RiP Jeffrey Grey 

10 August 2016
Australian military historian and author Jeffrey Grey has died, aged 57. Grey was the author of the books A Military History of Australia (CUP) and A Soldier’s Soldier (CUP), among many others....

RiP Cory Taylor

6 July 2016
Author Cory Taylor has died, aged 61. Taylor’s 2011 debut novel Me and Mr Booker won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Pacific region, and her second novel My Beautiful...

RiP Elie Wiesel

6 July 2016
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the memoir Night (Penguin), has died, aged 87. Wiesel was the author of over 50 works of fiction and...

RiP Terry Kitson

6 July 2016
Terry Kitson, former CEO of HarperCollins UK and Australia, has died following a short illness. The Bookseller writes: ‘Kitson started out as a sales rep with Corgi Books at Transworld...

RiP Gillian Mears

25 May 2016
Author Gillian Mears has died, aged 51. Mears was the author of several novels and short stories, including her debut The Mint Lawn (A&U), for which she won the Australian/Vogel...

RiP Bob Ellis 

6 April 2016
Author, journalist and screenwriter Bob Ellis has died, aged 73. Ellis was the author of more than 20 books, including Goodbye Babylon, So It Goes, Night Thoughts in Time of...

RiP George Dale

6 April 2016
Australian book designer George Dale has died, aged 74. Dale was Penguin’s first in-house designer, and went on to design over 2000 covers during his 30 years with the publisher....

RiP Anita Brookner 

17 March 2016
British author and art historian Anita Brookner has died, aged 87. Brookner was the author of 24 novels, including the 1984 Booker Prize-winning Hotel du Lac. Her last novella At...