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7 September 2022


Tiny Uncertain Miracles

Miracles are notoriously unreliable. But sometimes, just when they’re needed, they turn up—although not always in the form that we expect… Awkward, hapless Marick is... Read more
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Drury appointed to new Affirm national sales team x

Affirm Press has appointed former Simon & Schuster national field sales manager Kay Drury as the first member of its new sales team. The new... Read more


Wang wins 2022 Spark Prize x

Becca Wang has won the 2022 Spark Prize, presented by Hardie Grant Books and RMIT Writing and Publishing, for her nonfiction book proposal ‘Birth Right’.... Read more
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Big Issue fiction edition returns

The Big Issue has announced the authors chosen for its annual fiction edition. The 2022 edition includes works from 12 writers selected from 905 submissions.... Read more


Scribe acquires new McKay fiction collection x

Scribe Publications has acquired world rights to Gunflower, a new collection of short fiction by Laura Jean McKay. According to the publisher, Gunflower ‘charts the... Read more
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Booker Prize 2022 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2022 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$85,510) prize are: Glory (NoViolet Bulawayo, Viking) The... Read more

Allan joins Fremantle Press, Wattison wins ACU poetry prize, Aus publishers on predicting bestsellers x

Alex Allan has been appointed the new CEO of Fremantle Press; the program for the inaugural Berry Writers Festival held in October in Shoalhaven, NSW, has been announced; and Meredith Wattison has won the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry, worth $10,000.

In other awards news, Zeynab Gamieldien is the winner of the inaugural WestWords/Ultimo Prize, and the winners of the 2022 NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced, as have the six recipients of the Writing NSW diverse mentorship program. The shortlist for the Banjo Prize, and the longlist for the Richell Prize, were also both announced.

Meanwhile, in light of evidence presented during the US Department of Justice case to block Penguin Random House’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster, a recent article in the Conversation canvasses local opinion on predicting bestsellers, with Scribe publisher-in-chief Henry Rosenbloom commenting, ‘More than half the books you publish either lose money or don’t make money.’

Overseas, Penguin Random House has reported its earnings were down 21% in the first half of 2022, while global revenue increased 1%.



Moore establishes locum booksellers business

Stacey Moore, owner and founder of independent bookshop Bookgrove in Ocean Grove, Victoria, has started another business, BreakAway Books locum booksellers. As part of the... Read more


Amplify Bookstore's spring 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 for spring.... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales  Fiction Black Inc. has sold Russian rights to Factory 19 (Dennis Glover) to MTS Library. Nonfiction Exisle Publishing has sold French world rights to... Read more


Hazelwood’s new novel enters top 10 at number two x

Top 10 bestsellers                              Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens, Corsair)* Love on the Brain (Ali Hazelwood, Sphere) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S)... Read more


Tell Me Again (Amy Thunig, UQP) x

Amy Thunig is an academic and social commentator on shows such as ABC’s The Drum. She also grew up in poverty, the child of parents... Read more


Tiny Uncertain Miracles (Michelle Johnston, Fourth Estate) x

Marick is unsure of his place in the world; he knew he wasn’t quite suited to the church, but he’s apprehensive that a new part-time... Read more


Waiting for the Storks (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books) x

Waiting for the Storks is the latest historical fiction title from Katrina Nannestad, transporting the reader to the Second World War and the time of... 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

Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us hits 300k sales in ANZ

Simon & Schuster Australia is thrilled to announce that It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover has sold more than 300,000 copies across all formats in ANZ.

First published in 2016, It Ends With Us has since become a global phenomenon and is the #1 bestselling book in Australia this year!

Its highly-anticipated sequel, It Starts With Us, will be published on October 18.


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