Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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9 June 2021


Rabbit Hole

My name is Alice. I’m a police officer. I’m trying to solve a murder on a psychiatric ward. But I’m also a patient… They were... Read more
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ABA moves 2021 conference online only x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it will hold its forthcoming 2021 conference online only, due to the uncertainty caused by Melbourne’s ongoing Covid-19... Read more


PEN Sydney establishes writer’s refuge program

PEN Sydney has established a writer’s refuge for writers living with disadvantage and/or discrimination that restricts their work. Supported by the Faculty of Arts and... Read more
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UK book industry unites for ‘Save Our Books’ copyright campaign

In the UK, publishing industry organisations have launched a campaign against mooted changes to copyright laws they claim would lead to a flood of cheap... Read more

MUP profit up 19%, Fogarty Literary Award winner

Following its move to increase its focus on scholarly publishing, MUP has reported an operating profit increase of 19%.

In other news, Spineless Wonders has launched a new imprint that expands its remit outside short fiction, and digital library service hoopla has expanded to Australia.

The winner of the $20,000 Fogarty Literary Award was announced, as was the inaugural Kuracca longlist and Writing NSW’s Emerging Writers mentees. French author David Diop took out the International Booker Prize, while, also overseas, US audiobook sales grew 12% last year and sales of backlist titles were up during the UK’s 2020 lockdowns. Meanwhile, Bloomsbury recorded ‘outstanding’ results in 2020, with revenue and profit both up.

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Career path: Andrew Robertson x

Andrew Robertson, who began his career at one of Melbourne’s most well-loved bookshops, joined NewSouth Books as the account manager for Victoria and Tasmania in... Read more


Malla Nunn on ‘Sugar Town Queens’

Malla Nunn’s Sugar Town Queens (A&U, August) is a young adult novel set in Sugar Town, South Africa. This coming-of-age story follows 15-year-old Amandla as she... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold Hungarian translation rights to Southern Ruby (Belina Alexandra) to IPC Könyvek. Nonfiction HarperCollins has sold German translation rights to 30... Read more


Latest ‘Seven Sisters’ novel debuts at number one x

Irish author Lucinda Riley’s latest novel The Missing Sister—the seventh instalment in her ‘Seven Sisters’ series—has debuted at number one the Australian bestsellers chart, becoming... Read more


The First Time I Thought I Was Dying (Sarah Walker, UQP)

This is an essay collection in which the most difficult and abject parts of being a human in a body are examined with full and... Read more


Small Joys of Real Life (Allee Richards, Hachette)

Small Joys of Real Life begins at a house party in Northcote, Melbourne, where the narrator, actress Eva McMillan, meets a cute guy, Pat. Two... Read more


The Spectacular Suit (Kat Patrick, illus by Hayley Wells, Scribble) x

Parties can be extremely important for children. Especially for Frankie, the protagonist of The Spectacular Suit, who has never asked for a party before. With... Read more


Sugar Town Queens (Malla Nunn, A&U) x

Sugar Town Queens is a young adult coming-of-age novel by Malla Nunn, author of When the Ground is Hard. Her latest book follows 15-year-old Amandla,... 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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