Aus crime wave continues: the fiction publishers are pitching at LBF

Australian publishing continues to ride a literary crime wave, with several local publishers bringing crime offerings to London. ‘We are delighted to share Benjamin Stevenson’s Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone,’ says Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) senior rights executive Jordan Meek. Described by the publisher as ‘Agatha Christie meets Knives Out meets Richard…

Australian book market overview 2021

After a pandemic-fuelled record year in 2020—during which sales of books in Australia grew 7.8% to A$1.25 billion (unit sales for the year were 67 million) according to Nielsen BookScan—in 2021, the Australian book market experienced more modest growth of only 2.5% in value to A$1.3 billion. (Nielsen reported book sales in 2021 fell 1% in volume compared…

London calling

Ahead of this year’s London Book Fair (LBF), in this issue of Think Australian we once again round up the latest rights sales and acquisitions from Australia, as well as the titles on offer at LBF in fiction, nonfiction and children’s/YA. We also profile author Debra Dank, whose debut memoir We Come With This Place…

Introducing Gabrielle Wang, Australia’s new Children’s Laureate

Australian children’s author Gabrielle Wang is the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022–23. Wang is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 20 books, including The Lion Drummer (illus by Andrew McLean), A Ghost in My Suitcase and The Wishbird (all Puffin), which each received the Notable Book commendation in Australia’s prestigeous Children’s Book Council…

Two Walker titles jointly win Prime Minister’s children’s literature prize

Two titles published by Walker Books Australia jointly won the children’s book category of the prestigious and valuable Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2021: middle-grade graphic novel Fly on the Wall (Remy Lai) and picture book How to Make a Bird (Meg McKinlay, illus by Matt Ottley). Metal Fish, Falling Snow (Cath Moore, Text) took…

De Kretser, Parker-Chan internationally recognised

Australian authors recognised recently with international awards include Michelle de Kretser, who won the fiction category of the 2023 Rathbones Folio Prize for her novel Scary Monsters (A&U), and Shelley Parker-Chan, who won two British Fantasy Awards, taking out both best fantasy novel and best newcomer for She Who Became the Sun (Tor), as well as winning…

Get your facts here: Australian nonfiction on offer at LBF

Forensic psychologist Ahona Guha’s groundbreaking book Reclaim: Understanding complex trauma and those who abuse (Scribe) will ‘broaden and expand your thinking, whether you are a trauma survivor, someone who loves a survivor, or someone seeking to understand abuse’. In Reclaim, Guha shines light on the ‘”difficult” trauma victims that society often ignores, and calls for…

Australian market: Christmas 2022 sales up but booksellers look to challenging year ahead

According to booksellers surveyed by Books+Publishing for its annual post-Christmas survey, there was a bump in book sales in the lead-up to Christmas 2022 compared to the previous year. Booksellers reported an average increase of 6.9% in sales and most booksellers (79%) said sales were ‘up’ during Christmas. In the previous year, Christmas had been…