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‘Colouring books have performed well across the whole market for much of the year and I think that has encouraged more people into shops who’ve clearly been buying other things while they were there’—Murdoch Books sales and marketing director Matt Hoy responds to our annual pre-Christmas survey. Publishers can fill out the survey here and booksellers here.
New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa has farewelled Claire Murdoch, formerly of Allen & Unwin, who headed the museum’s multi-award-winning Te Papa Press since 2003.
Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis said, ‘Claire leaves a legacy of successful publishing which has contributed enormously to the cultural life of New Zealand.’
Under Murdoch’s leadership, Te Papa Press produced numerous high-quality non-fiction titles across a wide range of categories and subject areas, including literary non-fiction, art and photography books, stationery, children’s books, academic and reference titles. Murdoch also established and led the museum’s digital content production team, producing digital products, media and experiences for exhibitions and online.
Claire Murdoch thanked her colleagues, collaborators and authors, saying: ‘This is an exciting time for Te Papa and Te Papa Press, and for me as I look to new horizons.’
Te Papa is advertising for a Managing Editor to lead Te Papa Press, with applications closing in the New Year.
MUP is delighted to congratulate Chip Le Grand, whose book The Straight Dope has won both the 2015 Walkley Book Award and the 2015 William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year. The Straight Dope is an inside account of the politics, greed and personal feuds which fuelled the extraordinary drug scandal that rocked the Essendon Football Club and Australian sport at large.
The Straight Dope by Chip Le Grand
Everyone at Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Stephanie Bishop on The Other Side of the World being shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Congratulations Stephanie!
To order copies of The Other Side of the World (ISBN: 9780733633782) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.
Congratulations to Quentin Beresford who was awarded the Tasmania Book Prize at the 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes announcement on Wednesday 2 December. The award, supported by the Tasmanian Government, is for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre. Quentin’s book The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd tells the story of Australia’s most controversial forestry giant, Gunns Ltd. The judges said: ‘The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd tells a difficult and painful story that has had an impact on all aspects of Tasmanian politics and society. But good literature should raise uncomfortable questions.’ To order The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd (ISBN 9781742234199) contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: email@example.com).
NewSouth congratulates Alan Atkinson and Anne Henderson, who have been shortlisted for the Australian History Prize in the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Anne Henderson’s Menzies at War tells the fascinating story of Robert Menzies between 1941, when he lost the prime-ministership, and 1949, when he regained it, unaware he would go on to be Australia’s longest serving prime minister. Alan Atkinson’s The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation offers a unique historical account of Australian Federation and World War I. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors. To order Menzies at War (ISBN 9781742233796) or The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation (ISBN: 9780868409979) contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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