Books+Publishing magazine’s third issue for 2018 is out now! It features 30 reviews of adult and children’s books publishing from September to November.
Reviews: Of the 17 adult books reviewed in this issue, four titles received four and a half stars and above. Fiona Wright’s The World Was Whole (Giramondo) received five stars from Jo Case, who writes, ‘In this exquisite follow-on from her award-winning memoir-in-essays Small Acts of Disappearance, Fiona Wright continues to set the standard for the essay form in Australia.’ Case also interviewed Wright about her book.
Titles that received four and a half stars are: Markus Zusak’s Bridge of Clay (Picador), Stephanie Bishop’s Man Out of Time (Hachette) and David Sornig’s Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp (Scribe).
Features: Affirm Press publisher Martin Hughes argues that publishers should ensure a fairer collaboration with print media; Philippa Donovan shares her career journey; Alexandra Payne interviews Jacqueline Kent on her reissued biography of Beatrice Davis; Myoung Jae Yi shares his experiences of BookExpo; and Shaun Bythell talks about bookselling in the age of internet giants.
Junior Term 3
Reviews: Of the 13 children’s and YA titles reviewed in Junior, three books received five stars. They include: Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City (A&U), an ‘extraordinary companion to Shaun Tan’s 2008 book Tales from Outer Suburbia [that] taps into our subconscious, our ancient primitive longings, and our need for love, acceptance and understanding’; Catching Teller Crow (A&U) by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, who ‘subtly weave the history of colonisation throughout the story … themes of grief, racism and violence are balanced with those of family, friendship and survival’; and Lenny’s Book of Everything (A&U) by Karen Foxlee whose ‘writing is brimming with perfectly constructed moments that merge into a truly sensational, heart-wrenching read’.
Features: Jackie Tang picks some highlights from publishers’ Christmas lists; Elizabeth Flux explores the state of the local comics industry; Heath Graham interviews Jack Heath about The Truth App: Liars Book One; and Karys McEwen speaks to Karen Foxlee about her novel Lenny’s Book of Everything.