Books+Publishing magazine’s fourth issue for 2016 is out now! It features 26 reviews of adult and children’s books publishing in December 2016 to March 2017.
Lucy Durneen’s short-story collection Wild Gestures (MidnightSun, January) received 4.5 stars from reviewer Hilary Simmons, who writes that Durneen ‘revels in the imaginative possibilities of language while simultaneously exploring its inability to adequately express what people mean’.
Numerous books also scored four stars, including: Rebekah Clarkson’s ‘novel in stories’ Barking Dogs (Affirm Press, February); Candice Fox’s ‘gripping crime thriller’ Crimson Lake (Bantam, February); Susan McCreery’s microfiction collection Loopholes (Spineless Wonders, December); Jeff Sparrow’s biography Paul Robeson: A Ghost Story (Scribe, March); and Noel Tovey’s memoir And Then I Found Me (Magabala, March).
We also put a spotlight on the small press sector, with Danielle Binks exploring the opportunities and challenges facing the sector, and former Nielsen Book Australia general manager Shaun Symonds examining the bestselling titles from small presses.
Elsewhere in this issue, UWA Publishing director Terri-ann White writes about the lack of diversity in Australian publishing (which is also the subject of our talkback column); Harry Hartog Woden store manager James Redden introduces Australia’s newest bookselling brand; Portia Lindsay interviews Quarto director Marcus Leaver; and Chris Saliba discusses Paul Robeson’s life with biographer Jeff Sparrow.
Junior Term 4
Several books scored four stars in this issue of Junior. Among them are Kylie Howarth’s picture book 1, 2 Pirate Stew (Five Mile Press, March), ‘about the joy of playing in a cardboard box’; Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys’ latest picture-book collaboration Under the Love Umbrella (Scribble, March; Mark Greenwood’s new ‘History Mysteries’ series for ‘curious upper-primary kids’, Diamond Jack (Puffin, February); Allison Rushby’s ‘page-turning mystery’ for middle-grade readers, The Turnkey (Walker Books, March); and Vikki Wakefield’s YA novel Ballad for a Mad Girl (Text, March)—‘a departure of sorts for Wakefield, who is better known for writing gritty urban reality than supernatural thrillers’.
Also in this issue, Danielle Binks looks at different partnership models for bookstores and schools; Brad Jefferies finds out how children’s publishers are responding to the recent emphasis on science and technology in the classroom; and Working Title Press founder Jane Covernton reflects on her career journey.