Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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13 October 2021


The Wardrobe Makeover Challenge

‘Light-hearted, fun, most of all practical! This book has changed the way I think about my wardrobe’ —Becky Miles, Bachelorette and Instagram star For those... Read more
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Milnes appointed ILF COO x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has announced the appointment of Mike Milnes to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO). Milnes will take... Read more


PRH Melbourne office moves to Southbank x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced its Melbourne office is moving. The publisher will move from its current location at 707 Collins Street in Melbourne’s... Read more
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Scribble’s ‘I am the Subway’ wins World Illustration Award

I am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun, translated by Deborah Smith and published in English by Scribble, has won the professional children’s publishing category in... Read more


Hachette acquires Collier debut memoir x

Hachette has acquired world rights to Inconceivable, a memoir by Alexandra Collier, in a deal brokered by Sharne McGee at Liberty Artist Management. Inconceivable chronicles... Read more
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Agius to head Welbeck ANZ, NSW bookstores reopen

Bernadette Agius has been named as the inaugural managing director of Welbeck ANZ, while Juliet Rogers has been appointed managing director of Echo Publishing.

After a long lockdown, retail in New South Wales has reopened. Meanwhile, Melbourne Writers Festival has launched a new podcast and a slate of free digital events.

The winners of this year’s Viva la Novella prize have been announced, as have shortlists for the Richell Prize and the Bragg Prize for Science Writing.

Overseas, Zanzibar-born British novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Book sales in Italy are up 29% for the year to date, and the shortlists for the National Book Awards and Giller and Goldsmiths prizes were also revealed this week. In the UK, Bloomsbury withdrew a cookbook by Michelin-starred chef Elizabeth Haigh over plagiarism allegations.

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Booksellers celebrate LYBD in and out of lockdown x

This year’s Love Your Bookshop Day (LYBD) took place on Saturday, 9 October, with official celebrations by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) taking place online... Read more


Amplify Bookstore’s Christmas picks x

Amplify Bookstore, an independent online bookseller specialising in books by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) authors, shares the shop’s top picks in anticipation... Read more


Sales and Crabb enter top 10 at number two x

All of this week’s five highest new entries have cracked the top 10 overall bestsellers list, as the Christmas big names begin to hit the... Read more


Buying and Selling the Poor: Inside Australia’s privatised welfare-to-work market (Siobhan O'Sullivan, Michael McGann & Mark Considine, Sydney University Press) x

When Paul Keating put elements of Australia’s ‘welfare to work’ system out to tender in the mid-1990s, he could scarcely have imagined the system we... Read more


Canticle Creek (Adrian Hyland, Ultimo Press) x

When Daisy Baker’s body is discovered on her outback property the case appears to be straightforward. Daisy’s boyfriend Adam Lawson, new to the Victorian town... Read more


The Long Weekend (Fiona Palmer, Hachette) x

Four strangers meet for a weekend writing retreat in an idyllic location south of Perth. While this might sound like a familiar premise for a work... Read more


My First Book of Aussie Birds (Gordon Winch, illus by Stephen Pym, Catch a Star) x

Bright and colourful, lively and engaging, lift-the-flap board book My First Book of Aussie Birds contains a magical menagerie of unique native birds waiting to be discovered by little... Read more


Vale Eddie Jaku

Eddie Jaku, Holocaust survivor and author of the bestselling memoir The Happiest Man on Earth (Macmillan), has died in Sydney, aged 101. Born Abraham Jakubowicz... Read more


Vale Fergus McCulla

Peribo account manager Fergus McCulla has died, aged 31. McCulla was diagnosed with a rare and ultimately incurable form of rhabdomyosarcoma in October 2018. He... 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

New CBD office for Penguin Random House in Melbourne

Penguin Random House has announced the publisher’s Melbourne office will move from its current Docklands location to level 28 of 2 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank from Monday, 6 December.

Julie Burland, CEO, said, ‘I’m really pleased to announce we are moving into our own space in Melbourne and excited about all that Southbank has to offer. It is very welcome news for our team, who will be working in a great new office space and location.’


Announcing Angela Bennetts as festival director for Words on the Waves Writers Festival

The board of Words on the Waves Writers Festival is thrilled to announce the appointment of Angela Bennetts as festival director for 2022.

Angela brings a deep knowledge of the publishing industry as well a passion of books. We are sure that the experience she brings will enhance and enrich our offerings to both industry and public audiences.




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