Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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12 January 2022


Orphan Rock

Orphan Rock is a complex and richly detailed story of secrets and heartbreak that will take you from the back streets of Sydney’s slums to... Read more
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Eastern states booksellers face staff shortages x

After a Christmas beset by supply issues, booksellers in Australia’s eastern states, like all retailers, are facing staffing issues due to Covid infections and contact... Read more

Government releases draft Copyright Amendment bill x

In December the federal government released the exposure draft and discussion paper of its proposed Copyright Amendment (Access Reforms) Bill 2021. In its introduction, the... Read more
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Hipwell to depart Leading Edge x

Leading Edge has announced Ruth Hipwell will be leaving her role as member service manager for the books group. Hipwell’s last day will be Friday,... Read more

UK, Ireland bookshop numbers grow for fifth consecutive year

Data from the UK Bookseller’s Association (BA) shows the number of independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland has grown for the fifth year in... Read more
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PMLA winners, ACCC lodges case against Booktopia

Late last year, the winners of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced. Amanda Lohrey, who won the fiction prize for her novel The Labyrinth, was also named the winner of the 2021 Voss Literary Prize the same month.

Also announced were the recipients of the ASA Black-Beckett Trust Scholarship, the 2021 Magabala fellowships and the authors and organisations to share in the latest rounds of RISE and Australia Council funding. In other news, the ACCC has lodged a case with the Federal Court against Booktopia, alleging the retailer made ‘false or misleading representations to consumers about their rights to refunds and other remedies for faulty or damaged goods’.

In overseas news, French media company Vivendi—which already owns book publisher Editis—has confirmed a takeover bid for Hachette parent-company Lagardère. US print book sales were up 8.9% in 2021, thanks in part to healthy sales of YA and adult fiction titles.

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Sue Whiting on ‘Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast’

Expert worrier Pearly Woe and her pet Pig are a remarkable pair. Representatives of the Adventurologists Guild, they travel Antarctica searching for Pearly’s missing parents,... Read more


Sue Whiting recommends

I have recently read and loved Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee. Oh my, can that woman write. Such a magical, yet also so very real,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Pantera Press has sold world large print rights to The Scarlet Cross (Lyn McFarlane, April) and A Caravan Like a Canary (Sasha Wasley,... Read more


'The Fast 800 Keto' debuts at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers         The Fast 800 Keto (Michael Mosley, Hachette) Apples Never Fall (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) The... Read more


Son of Sin (Omar Sakr, Affirm) x

Son of Sin by Omar Sakr tells the story of growing up queer and Muslim in a constant state of dispossession. The story begins with... Read more


Triple Helix: My donor-conceived story (Lauren Burns, UQP) x

Lauren Burns received a fork inscribed with the word ‘agitator’ as a present from her boyfriend while trekking through the extreme wilderness of Utah. Burns’s... Read more


That Cat (acqueline Harvey, illus by Kate Isobel Scott, Puffin) x

Cat lovers and nonsense lovers, this is the book for you. Jaqueline Harvey, bestselling author for children, plays on words that rhyme with ‘cat’ in... Read more


Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast (Sue Whiting, Walker Books) x

Pearly Woe is not your average 10-year-old. She can speak 27 languages, talk to and understand most animals and, in this tale, travels to Antarctica.... 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

Chavez to intern at Hachette Australia x

Momo Chavez has joined Hachette Australia as the publisher’s 2022 Summer Intern.

Upcoming change of distribution for Head of Zeus: order and returns cut-off dates

Following the recent purchase of Head of Zeus by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury will take over distribution of Head of Zeus (HoZ) titles in Australia and New Zealand from 1 February 2022.

We thank HarperCollins Australia for their excellent representation and support of the HoZ list over the last several years.

Key dates for booksellers:

  • Orders for new release titles to be published 1 February 2022 and after can be placed with Bloomsbury/UBD immediately.
  • HarperCollins/HEDS will continue to distribute HoZ backlist and Christmas release titles until January. The last date to place orders for HoZ titles with HEDS is 17 January 2022.
  • Backorders will not be transferred from HarperCollins/HEDS to Bloomsbury/UBD.
    • Returns of titles sold by HarperCollins must be sent to HarperCollins/HEDS. Bloomsbury/UBD will not accept returns of stock not invoiced by Bloomsbury/UBD.
    • Return Authorisations should be requested from HEDS by 25 February 2022. Any request received after this date will be rejected by HEDS.
    • The deadline for returns to be received at HEDS is 18 March 2022. Stock not received by this date will be sent back to the customer at the customer’s expense.

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