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21 October 2020

No ‘Daily’ on Friday

Please note that due to Victoria’s AFL Grand Final public holiday on Friday, 23 October, the next ‘Daily’ newsletter will be published on Monday, 26 October.
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Craig appointed Ultimo Press publisher x

Former Picador Australia publisher Alex Craig has been appointed publisher of Ultimo Press. Craig spent 12 years at Pan Macmillan, including five as Picador publisher,... Read more


McLean receives inaugural $10k Albert Ullin Award

Andrew McLean is the winner of the inaugural Albert Ullin Award. The $10,000 biennial award, created with a bequest from the late The Little Book... Read more
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Ampersand Prize 2020 shortlist announced

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has announced the shortlist for its 2020 Ampersand Prize for unpublished young adult and middle-grade fiction. The five shortlisted authors... Read more


S&S creates new audiobook role as audio sales on track to double x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has promoted Anthea Bariamis to a new position focusing on local audio titles, among a number of staff changes designed... Read more
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CBCA Book of the Year winners; Watkins appointed Ultimo publishing director

The winners of the CBCA Book of the Year awards were announced last week, while a new study found CBCA early childhood category shortlisted books to be overwhelmingly white.

In other awards news, the winners of the Ned Kellys were announced, as were the recipients of Varuna’s 2021 Residency Fellowships. The longlist for the Walkley Book Award was released, while writer Robbie Arnott won the inaugural $30,000 Hedberg residency.

Hachette’s Robert Watkins has been appointed Ultimo Press publishing director, while Hardie Gant has appointed Konrad Spilva to a consulting role to accelerate its digital transformation. Nielsen has released a new study on Australian audiobook consumption, and the UK’s Sam Missingham has been revealed as the keynote for this year’s digital-only SPN conference.

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Rewriting the long lunch x

In the Australian publishing landscape, the long lunch occupies a contentious space, provoking a mixture of envy, nostalgia, delight and judgement. Books+Publishing‘s columnist Veronica Sullivan... Read more


Buchmesse buzz: how bestsellers originate at Frankfurt x

Publishing academics Beth Driscoll and Claire Squires conducted fieldwork at Frankfurt Buchmesse 2017–2019 to examine what makes a bestseller at the fair. The result was... Read more


Celebrating in a pandemic: 30 years of independence at A&U x

Several publishers had big plans for significant birthdays this year, until Covid came along. In the third of a series of birthday profiles, we hear... Read more


Bestsellers: New Barnes memoir debuts at number three x

After debuting at number one last week, All Our Shimmering Skies is spending its second week at the top of the Australian bestsellers chart, trailed by... Read more


Fire, Flood, Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020 (ed by Sophie Cunningham, Vintage) x

This deeply unsettling book bravely attempts to interpret, chronicle and reflect on the nightmarish events of this year. While I relished the opportunity to try... Read more


Shelter (Catherine Jinks, Text) x

Meg has taken in three strangers—Nerine and her two small daughters—in a bid to hide them from Nerine’s abusive ex-husband. The house is secluded, safe,... Read more


The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens (First Dog on the Moon, A&U) x

Political cartoonist First Dog on the Moon’s debut book for children is a delightfully absurd metatextual picture book/graphic novel hybrid starring a genius wombat inventor,... Read more


Let's Go, Little Roo (Renée Treml, Puffin) x

Prolific author Renée Treml says she wrote Let’s Go, Little Roo from experience with her own shy child, and Little Roo’s stubborn emotions and thought... Read more

The arts as a social justice project

‘There’s no possible diverse, thriving, funded art sector without a materially just society that acts on issues like decommodifying housing and issuing a universal basic income. Diversity in the arts isn’t purely a curatorial project, it’s also a social justice project.’Lauren Carroll Harris in Kill Your Darlings on Australia’s under-threat arts industry and reorienting the sector towards social justice.



Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine.... Read more

Clews joins ABDA

Simon Clews has joined the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) as manager.

New ABDA committee

The new committee for the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) is Hannah Janzen (president), Nina Heryanto (vice president), Philip Campbell (treasurer), Pooja Desai (secretary), Nada... Read more

Butler joins Black Inc.

Sallie Butler has joined Black Inc. as a publicist. Butler is currently publicist at the Wheeler Centre, and will join Black Inc. on 2 November.

Ring promoted to S&S

Katherine Ring has been promoted to the newly created position of junior editor at Simon & Schuster Australia in Sydney. Ring began the position on... Read more

Bariamis promoted to S&S

Anthea Bariamis has been promoted to the newly created position of commissioning editor audiobooks at Simon & Schuster Australia in Sydney. Bariamis began the position... Read more

Swainson promoted to S&S

Michelle Swainson has been promoted to the newly created position of managing editor at Simon & Schuster Australia in Sydney. Swainson began the position on... Read more

Valder promoted to S&S

Caroline Valder has been promoted to the newly created position of operations director at Simon & Schuster Australia in Sydney. Valder began the position on... Read more

ASA launches Covid-19 impact surveys

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is surveying ASA members and non-members on the impact of Covid-19 on the creative community. To access the surveys,... Read more

The Second Son by Loraine Peck (Text Publishing)

The Second Son, a thrilling debut from Loraine Peck, will be released in February 2021. Supported by a high-profile promotional campaign, it’s set to be one of the biggest crime novels of the new year.

When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney’s west, his family wants revenge. Especially his father, a notorious crime boss. It’s a job for the second son, Ivan’s younger brother Johnny. But Johnny’s loyalty is torn and his beloved wife Amy is threatening to leave with their son Sasha. Johnny stakes everything on a heist, but can he afford to pay the price? And what price is paid by the women in this world where honour is everything?

In Peck’s action-packed debut, violence is its own language and love means breaking all the rules.

Praise for The Second Son:

‘A compelling story of fear, love, violence and—ultimately—hope, a modern-day Godfather.’ Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place

‘Outstanding…a gripping whodunnit. Original and straight from the heart.’ Kate London, author of Gallowstree Lane

Contact Stef Italia to request a bound proof or request a digital copy from NetGalley, and click here for more about The Second Son.




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