Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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5 November 2020


Australia Reads campaign: Nielsen reports sales up almost 5%

Nielsen Book Australia reports that sales of print books are up nearly 5% on the previous year. Territory manager Bianca Whiteley said that, for the... Read more
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Bloomsbury to repay pandemic pay cuts

Bloomsbury Australia’s parent company in the UK has announced it will repay almost £700,000 (A$985,000) to staff who took a pay cut during the first... Read more


UQP acquires Behrendt’s 'After Story' x

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired rights to After Story, the third novel by academic, broadcaster and author Larissa Behrendt. UQP said After... Read more
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LBF moved to June 2021; new director named

In the UK, the London Book Fair (LBF) has announced next year’s event will take place from 29 June to 1 July, according to the Bookseller.... Read more

Oz book sales forecast to grow 4%, Booktopia to list on ASX, latest awards

According to a new report, Australia’s overall book sales in the 2021 financial year will be up 4% on the previous year. The report, from consultants Frost & Sullivan, was commissioned by Booktopia as the online retailer plans to list on the ASX in December.

In Victoria, libraries will celebrate Australian Reading Hour with an exclusive reading from Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker’s Secret. The program for this year’s online-only Wollongong Writers Festival has also been announced.

Six Australian authors, illustrators and organisations are among the candidates for the world’s richest prize for children’s literature, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Elizabeth Tan has won this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, while the winners of the Danger Prize, the Victorian Premier’s History Awards and New Zealand’s Ngaio Marsh Awards for crime writing have also been announced, as has the shortlist for the inaugural Historical Novel Prize. Meanwhile, Jock Serong has been shortlisted for the UK’s Staunch Book Prize.

French bookshops have re-entered lockdown amid surging Covid-19 cases, ahead of a similar announcement for UK shops. Meanwhile, Bookshop.org made £65,000 in sales on its UK launch day.

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Turn the page: 2021 fiction preview x

Next year looks to be a big one for first-time authors, with an abundance of fiction debuts in the pipeline. Here, Books+Publishing rounds up publishers’ fiction... Read more


Time differences, but more time: Australians' experiences of 'virtual' Frankfurt x

Australian publishers largely relied on Zoom to attend this year’s virtual Frankfurt Book Fair. They told Andrea Hanke about the upsides, drawbacks, and the genres... Read more


Out of the box: Rebecca Lim on 'Tiger Daughter'

Rebecca Lim says her forthcoming novel Tiger Daughter (A&U, February) is ‘a lot more personal’ than the urban fantasy or mystery novels the author usually... Read more


Reviews round-up

In October Books+Publishing reviewed more than a dozen forthcoming titles due to be published in December 2020 and January 2021. In adult fiction, lighthearted summer... Read more


Rights round up x

Sales Fiction Simon & Schuster reports the following sales of The Nazis Knew My Name (Magda Hellinger and Maya Lee), the first acquisition for managing... Read more


Latest Treehouse book debuts at number one x

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s latest book in their Treehouse series, The 130-Storey Treehouse, has debuted in top spot on this week’s bestsellers chart. The... Read more


The Imitator (Rebecca Starford, A&U) x

Rebecca Starford’s debut novel is a beautifully written espionage thriller that bookends the world-changing period of WWII. Its meticulously researched narrative draws the reader into... Read more


Float or Sink? (Kylie Covark, illus by Andrew Plant, Ford St) x

Kylie Covark’s Float or Sink? quickly develops (after an opening that doesn’t quite nail the meter/rhyme structure to come) into a lively, playful story and... Read more


Tiger Daughter (Rebecca Lim, A&U) x

From Rebecca Lim, author and co-editor of the Meet Me at the Intersection YA anthology, this coming-of-age tale is about finding your own voice as... Read more

‘Literary Plus’ a trend at Frankfurt

‘People are hunting feel-good, upmarket fiction—defined as either “book club” or “reader’s group” but with great plots. We’ve heard it called a few things but “Literary Plus” seems to fit the best.’the Curtis Brown Australia team on one of the trends at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.



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

After months of reading alone it’s time for Victorians to read together

Join us online for an exclusive reading from The Dressmaker’s Secret, the long-awaited sequel to the best-selling novel and award-winning film, The Dressmaker. Let author... Read more

The Small Press Network—2020 Independent Publishing Conference online

The Small Press Network will hold the 2020 Independent Publishing Conference online, on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November.

With two days of programming, it will cover a variety of topics, including Women of Colour in publishing and metadata best-practices, with a keynote on resilience and recovery in book publishing post-Covid. The conference will also include the shortlist announcement for the SPN’s inaugural Book of the Year Award, which can be booked separately, for free.

Deep discounts are available for SPN members, students and the unwaged.

Book now: The Small Press Network – 2020 Independent Publishing Conference online
Closing date for ticket sales: Wednesday 25 November


My Parents' Daughter

My Parents’ Daughter retells the recent mobbing bullying heaped on Victoria Hartmann (pseudonym) by one Victorian state school’s whole Principal Class. This confronting tale reflects... Read more



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