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27 March 2024


Under the Stars Camping Australia & New Zealand

Sleep under the stars in Australia and New Zealand’s most spectacular spaces. Discover more than 200 out-of-this-world camping hotspots in this epic guide that features... Read more
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Wright shortlisted for 2024 Dublin Literary Award

Alexis Wright has been shortlisted for the €100,000 (A$166,000) International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction... Read more

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Wright shortlisted for 2024 James Tait Black Prize

Praiseworthy by Alexis Wright (Giramondo) has been shortlisted for the fiction award in the 2024 James Tait Black Prizes. The works shortlisted for the fiction... Read more
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Australians in London: 'Plenty of deals' at 'electric' LBF x

A strong contingent of Australian publishers attended the 2024 London Book Fair—which reported overall trade visitor attendance of around 300,000 across the three-day fair—with representatives... Read more

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Australian publishers headed to Bologna x

Thirteen publisher representatives will attend this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair as part of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Collective Stand, which will be... Read more
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‘Technofeudalism’ tops charts at Adelaide Writers’ Week x

Book sales at Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW), which ran from 2 to 7 March 2024 as part of the Adelaide Festival, broke records according to... Read more


Booktique to open store in Albury

Booktique—an independent bookshop currently operating in Wangaratta, Victoria—is opening a second store in Albury, NSW. Michelle Delle Vergin, who owns both stores with husband Mark... Read more


Hachette acquires McNab book on mushroom poisonings x

Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to Recipe for Murder (Duncan McNab). The book, based on the arrest of Erin Patterson over the alleged killing of three... Read more

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Walker acquires Zaslavsky nonfiction ‘Splodge!’ x

Walker Books has acquired world rights to Splodge!, a middle-grade nonfiction book from cookbook author and media personality Alice Zaslavsky. The publisher said that this... Read more

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Pantera acquires Earp debut novel x

Pantera has acquired ANZ rights to Painting Portraits of Everyone I’ve Ever Dated, a debut novel by Joseph Earp, in a deal brokered by Jeanne... Read more

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PRH 2023 results flat, despite revenue rise

While Penguin Random House (PRH) recorded a 7% revenue rise worldwide for the full year 2023—to €4.53 billion (A$7.51b), up from €4.22 billion (A$7.00b) in... Read more

ABIAs book shortlists; MWF, BWF programs; Marr wins Indie Book of the Year

The Australian Publishers’ Association this week announced the book shortlists for the 2024 ABIAs; both the Brisbane and Melbourne Writers Festivals announced their 2024 programs; Copyright Licensing New Zealand has launched a platform to support Aotearoa creative workers to ‘better manage their intellectual property’; and Live Literature in Australia, a new research report on author events jointly conducted by Australia Reads and the University of Melbourne, was released, highlighting that relationships are key to how these events are established—and that this is problematic for much the same reason.

In local awards news, David Marr’s Killing for Country: A family story (Black Inc.) won Book of the Year in the Indie Book Awards; Meanjin (Brisbane) poet Svetlana Sterlin has won the 2023 Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award for her collection ‘If Movement Were a Language’, after the shortlist was released earlier this month; Bardi writer Kalem Murray is the winner of the 2024 Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship; Vietnamese-Australian novelist, essayist and poet Vivian Pham has been awarded the Copyright Agency–UTS New Writer in Residence fellowship for 2024; the Blake Poetry Prize shortlist has been announced; the longlist has been announced for the 2024 Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History; and QBD has been named as one of Australia’s Best Managed Companies in an award program run by Deloitte Australia.

And, in the UK, Greenwild: The world behind the door (Pari Thomson, illus by Elisa Paganelli, Macmillan) is the overall winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, while the Swansea University has announced the shortlist of the 2024 Dylan Thomas Prize.


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Meet the agent: Lisa Fuller at Alex Adsett Literary

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, and is also descended from Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka peoples. Her debut YA novel... Read more


Jenna Lo Bianco on 'Love & Rome' x

Jenna Lo Bianco is a Melbourne-based author whose heart and soul reside in Rome, Italy. Known as ‘The Italian Teacher’, she is also an educator,... Read more


Jenna Lo Bianco recommends x

I really enjoyed reading Karina May’s Never Ever Forever, because I just love her narrative voice and her subtle contemporary humour. She’s a clever writer... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Bold Type Agency has sold Light at Lavelle (Paullina Simons) to Poland, Italy and Israel; Crimson Lake, Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight (Candice Fox) to... Read more

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'The Gut Repair Plan' enters top 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers What Happened to Nina? (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins) Bluey: Horray, It’s Easter! (Puffin) Bluey: Happy Easter (Puffin) Bluey: Easter (Puffin) RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Nagi Maehashi, Macmillan) Atomic Habits (James... Read more


Book of Hours (Clare McFadden, Walker) x

Book of Hours, written and illustrated by Clare McFadden (The Flying Orchestra), tells a life story in a series of dreamy vignettes. These postcard moments... Read more


Boots (Elizabeth Pulsford, illus Krista Brennan, Wombat Books) x

The idea of walking in someone else’s shoes to evoke understanding and empathy is not a new concept, but Elizabeth Pulsford takes it further in... Read more


Grace the Amazing (Aleesah Darlison, Wombat Books) x

This tender middle-grade novel by well-established children’s author Aleesah Darlison (who wrote the popular junior series League of Llamas) explores friendship, coming to terms with... Read more


A Small Collection of Happinesses (Zana Fraillon, illus Stephen Michael King, Lothian) x

In the first pages of acclaimed author Zana Fraillon’s A Small Collection of Happinesses, Ada is ‘blown in…and dumped… right at the front gates of... Read more


Because I Love Him (Ashlee Donohue, Magabala) x

Because I Love Him is an intelligent and insightful reply to the question, ‘Why are you with him?’. As a society, we’re beginning to realise... Read more


Bright Objects (Ruby Todd, A&U) x

Sylvia Knight works at a funeral home—the same one that buried her husband after an unsolved hit-and-run. Two years on, she has given herself ‘permission... Read more


The Lost Letters of Rose Carey (Julie Bennett, S&S) x

Inspired by the life of the Australian swimmer and film icon Annette Kellerman, The Lost Letters of Rose Carey follows two heroines: Emma Quinn, in the present... Read more


Love & Rome (Jenna Lo Bianco, Macmillan) x

Stella Chiaro is an Australian-Italian artist trying to find her place in the eternal city. With a one-way ticket back to Australia and dwindling funds,... Read more


Suddenly Single at Sixty (Jo Peck, Text) x

Not long after Jo Peck’s 60th birthday, her husband drops a bombshell—he’s leaving her for a (much) younger woman. She is shocked and heartbroken that... 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

Dhara joins AAL x

Kabita Dhara has joined Alex Adsett Literary as foreign rights manager.

Fennell joins Key People x

Anjanette Fennell has joined Key People Literary Management as associate agent.

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