Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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10 February 2021


Chasing the McCubbin

The Pines, an outer Melbourne suburb down on its luck. A country in the grip of recession. Experienced collector Ron senses new possibilities: swift evictions... Read more
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Fi Tunnicliff departs B+P

Books+Publishing (B+P) advertising manager Fi Tunnicliff is leaving after almost five years with the organisation. The staff at B+P wish her all the very best... Read more


HarperCollins launches new illustrated imprint x

HarperCollins Australia has announced it will launch a new illustrated imprint, Harper by Design. HarperCollins said the ‘design-led’ imprint, to be overseen by current head... Read more
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‘Sorrow and Bliss’ to be adapted for screen x

US production company New Regency has acquired the film and television rights to Meg Mason’s 2020 novel Sorrow and Bliss in a deal brokered by... Read more


Greaves named inaugural writer in residence at Female Orphan School

Laura Greaves has been named the inaugural writer in residence at the Whitlam Institute’s Female Orphan School in Parramatta, NSW. Greaves was chosen from almost... Read more
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Pre-Christmas sales up, Giggs wins ALA Carnegie Medal

Book sales in Australia were up 17.5% in the 10 weeks to 5 December 2020, data from Nielsen BookScan shows.

Rebecca Giggs won the American Library Association’s (ALA) Andrew Carnegie Medal, for her nonfiction book Fathoms. Meanwhile, Ultimo Press has announced a new poetry and short fiction prize. In other news from the past week, Fremantle Press has launched a new podcast for writers, and Nic Low joined the Christchurch WORD festival.

Overseas, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced he’s stepping down to the role of executive chairman. In the UK, major publishers’ ebook sales were up 15% in 2020, while Waterstones staff are petitioning for a furlough raise.

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The state of accessible publishing in Australia x

Last year, Sydney University’s Agata Mrva-Montoya undertook research into the issues affecting the production of accessible books in Australia. Mrva-Montoya conducted surveys aimed at Australian... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Jeanne Ryckmans at Cameron Creswell Agency (Cameron’s Management) has sold Chinese translation rights to American Journeys (Don Watson, Penguin) to The Commercial Press;... Read more


Cookbooks top all three charts x

Cookbooks are dominating the charts this week, with The Fast 800 Easy, this week’s fastest selling title, back at number one in the overall top... Read more


Love Objects (Emily Maguire, A&U) x

Pop culture representations of hoarding tend to paint a picture of unrestrained excess. Perhaps this is why, when Emily Maguire introduces Nic, a 45-year-old who... Read more


Tussaud (Belinda Lyons-Lee, Transit Lounge) x

Madame Tussaud is synonymous with wax figures of the famous and infamous and also with the uncanny-valley discomfort that such figures evoke. This book takes... Read more


Huda and Me (H Hayek, A&U) x

When their parents make a sudden trip back to their home country of Lebanon, Huda and Akeal find themselves left with their fellow siblings under... Read more


The Prison Healer (Lynette Noni, Penguin) x

Lynette Noni, the winner of the 2019 Gold Inky for her dystopian sci-fi novel Whisper, returns to fantasy with The Prison Healer. Kiva’s daily life... Read more


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



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