Weekly Book Newsletter
30 July 2014

Lorelei Vashti’s ‘Dress, Memory’ x

Dress, Memory is a memoir of Lorelei Vashti’s twenties, told with a focus on her impressive—and mostly vintage—dress collection. From her family home to university... Read more

Catherine Harris’ ‘The Family Men’ x

A month after a post-season celebration, footballer Harry Furey still can’t remember what actually happened at the team’s men-only Sportsman’s Night—but he knows it was... Read more

New residencies announced for NZ writers x

New Zealand writers can apply for two three-month residencies to write essays of about 10,000 words on New Zealand life and culture. The D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies... Read more

Whitcoulls announces Top 100 list x

Whitcoulls has announced its Top 100 list, as voted by New Zealand readers in 2014. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) is in first place,... Read more

New library opens in Rockingham, WA x

In Western Australia, the City of Rockingham’s Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has opened its doors to the public, reports the West Australian. Named... Read more

Government department libraries may be outsourced, leaked documents reveal x

Leaked documents from a meeting of senior government librarians has revealed that ‘many departments’ libraries have been, or may be, outsourced’, reports the Canberra Times.... Read more

International library news x

Macmillan US makes frontlist ebooks available to libraries Macmillan US is adding frontlist ebooks published in the previous 12 months to its public library elending project,... Read more

Gift ideas for Father’s Day x

With Father’s Day just over a month away, Tim Coronel rounds up some bookish gift ideas for dads. Read his feature online here.

The fun of the fair: Angela Crocombe on children’s and YA trends at BEA x

Readings bookseller Angela Crocombe visited BookExpo America earlier this year on a Readings Scholarship. She writes that realistic teen fiction, a new US school curriculum... Read more

Softlink appoints new managing director x

Nathan Godfrey has replaced Kim Duffy as Softlink’s new managing director. (See library news.) 

Hollingworth joins Clunes x

Sheila Hollingworth has joined Clunes Booktown as part-time manager. (See news.)

Penguin Random House staff changes x

Peter Blake will retire from the position of Penguin sales director at the end of November. Following his departure, Random House sales director Gavin Schwarcz will... Read more

Bray leaves A&U x

Liz Bray has resigned from the position of children’s book director at Allen & Unwin. (See news.)

Editors Victoria workshop: InDesign for Editors x

Editors Victoria is running an interactive workshop ‘InDesign for Editors (PC)—Introduction’ covering the basics of InDesign at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne, 11am to 5pm... Read more

2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist x

From the 13 novels selected this year as the very best fiction written in the English language, Allen & Unwin is proud to bring you:

9781846689666 ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ Karen Joy Fowler $22.99 pb New in B format (Serpent’s Tail)

9781408852033 ‘History of the Rain’ Niall Williams $27.99 tpb (Bloomsbury)

9781782391623 ‘Orfeo’ Richard Powers $29.99 tpb (Atlantic)

9781908717863 ‘The Wake’ Paul Kingsnorth $35.00 hc (Unbound)

Stock of all titles should be delivered in-stores by mid-August.

The shortlist is announced in London on 9 September.

The winner is announced 14 October.

To order please contact your Allen & Unwin account manager or UBD 1800 33 88 36.


Bookworld thanks Australian publishers x

Bookworld would like to take this opportunity to thank our Australian publishers and authors for their support. Our recent success at the Online Retail Industry Awards would not have been possible without your commitment to our endeavours. We look forward to our continued collaboration as we look to innovate the ways that we take your books to readers.


Hardie Grant Books Congratulates Masterchef 2014 Winner Brent Owens x

Hardie Grant Books would like to congratulate Brent Owens, the Masterchef 2014 winner. Over 1.7 million Australians tuned in to see Brent win the 2014 season of Masterchef on Monday night, and Hardie Grant Books is thrilled to be publishing Brent’s winning cookbook this year. Brent’s book, as yet untitled, will be available in November 2014.

Please contact your local Hardie Grant sales rep or our distributors Random House for more details.

ISBN: 9781742709666  Random House Customer Service: 1800 222 444


Hachette Australia Congratulates Our Shortlisted Authors/Illustrator x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Ursula Dubosarsky and Annie White on being shortlisted in the children’s book category for Violet Vanishes and Dawn Barker being shortlisted in the Western Australian emerging writers category for Fractured  in the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

To order copies of Violet Vanishes (ISBN:  9780734413970) and Fractured (ISBN: 9780733629853) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


Joseph O’Neill’s ‘The Dog’ on the Man Booker Prize List x

HarperCollins congratulates Joseph O’Neill, the author of the award-winning ‘Netherland’, whose new novel ‘The Dog’ has been long listed for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Set in Dubai, ‘The Dog’ is a story of alienation, heartbreak and what it means to be a good person in a globalized world.

 “Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.” (Publishers Weekly starred review)

‘The Dog’ will be available from August 5th. ‘Netherlands’ was also long listed for the Man Booker Prize 2008.


Inbooks to cease distribution for Yale University Press x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for Yale University Press at the end of August. Customer returns will be accepted by Inbooks until 29th August. From 1st September 2014, Yale University Press will be distributed by Footprint Books.  


‘The Fight of My Life’ by Greg Combet with Mark Davis x

ISBN 978-0-522-86617-9 Print RRP price $32.99 E-Book RPP $14.99
In-Store Date: 30th July
Available to order now!

The Fights of My Life is the story of a man who faces up to the power structures of politics, big business and the media.

Greg Combet kicked off his national publicity campaign with an exclusive appearance on ABC TV’s 7.30 followed by online news stories and an interview with Fairfax websites and front page news stories. This is followed up with extracts over the weekend and a high profile media launch with Julia Gillard on Tuesday in Sydney

Further Highlights include: 

  • Launched by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Sydney on Tues 29 July, extensive media coverage.
  • Exclusive TV interview on ABC 7.30 July 24, further TV coverage across ABC – The Drum, Sky News, Ch 9 News.
  • Extracts in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald/Canberra Times and affiliated online sites on Saturday 26 July and Sunday 27 July.
  • Exclusive interview in Australian’s Women’s Weekly August issue.
  • National radio interview campaign across ABC local networks, commercial AM networks and ABC Radio National.
  • Greg Combet will tour Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide.
  • Advertising campaign across Crikey, Fairfax newspapers and union magazines.
  • Booksellers order now with RHA 1800 222 444



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