Welcome to the new-look Weekly Book Newsletter! In 2020, we’re streamlining the WBN to focus more on features and analysis. We’ll still round up the week’s biggest news stories here, but for up-to-the-minute news, please consider signing up to our Daily newsletter here. To learn more about some of the other changes we’re making to Books+Publishing this year, you can read the letter we sent out to readers yesterday here. One other change to note is that we have moved to a new office in Prahran. Please send all future postal items, including advance reading copies, to PO Box 42, Prahran, VIC 3181.
We begin the year with the news that the value of the Australian book market fell 3.1% in 2019—the first notable dip after five consecutive years of marginal growth. Children’s books sales—up 3% on 2018—were a rare category highlight, with fiction (down 3.4%), nonfiction (down 6.2%), cookbooks (down 6.1%) and biographies and autobiographies (down five percent) all taking a hit.
‘New-title publishing has become much riskier and more expensive for all publishers. They naturally react to that by publishing fewer new titles, and that describes the tactics of just about every publisher in the business over the past decade. And a smaller percentage of those titles go on to become enduring backlist.’—US publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin on how trends from the past decade could inform the books market in the 2020s.
Allen & Unwin is excited to announce the publication of Nick Cave’s forthcoming book, Stranger than Kindness, from Canongate in April this year.
Featuring previously unseen material, Stranger Than Kindness is a highly collectable visual record of Nick Cave’s early years and the decades he has spent making music, chronicling the highs and lows, the blows of fate and the transformations required to survive. Presenting more than forty years of Cave’s life, work and inspiration and exploring his many real and imagined universes, the book features original artwork, handwritten lyrics, literature, photography, videos, set designs, collected personal artefacts and commentary, bringing together more than 300 objects selected from Cave’s own collection, the Nick Cave archive at Arts Centre Melbourne and the collections of the Royal Danish Library.
Stranger than Kindness
ISBN 9781838852245 ARP$49.99
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Allen & Unwin is thrilled to announce the publication of the much-awaited new novel from Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults, from Europa Editions on the global publication date of 9 June 2020. Set in 1990s Naples, and translated by Ferrante’s long-time translator, Ann Goldstein, The Lying Life of Adults is Ferrante’s first novel in five years. The Italian edition has sold 200,000 copies since publication in November 2019.
Allen & Unwin will also commence selling the first of Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet, My Brilliant Friend, from 19 May 2020, in a handsome new cover edition.
The Lying Life of Adults ISBN 9781787702400 ARP$32.99
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