Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $60,000, has been announced. The 12 longlisted novels are: Amnesty (Aravind Adiga, Picador) The Rain Heron (Robbie Arnott, Text) At the Edge of the Solid World (Daniel Davis Wood, Brio) Our Shadows (Gail Jones, Text) Infinite Splendours (Sofie Laguna, A&U) The Labyrinth (Amanda Lohrey, Text) The Animals…

‘Treehouse’ titles top children’s fiction, nonfiction charts YTD

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s ‘Treehouse’ series—which celebrates 10 years in print this year—has topped the Australian children’s fiction chart (The 130-Storey Treehouse) and Australian children’s/YA nonfiction chart (The Treehouse Joke Book 2) for the year-to-date. It’s one of several children’s book series charting strongly in the first four months of the year. In Australian…

Bios, how-tos, hybrid memoirs: recent nonfiction acquisitions in Aus

A biography of Australian surfer Owen Wright (world rights acquired by S&S Australia) tells the story of the surfer’s recovery after a serious brain injury ahead of the Pipeline Masters competition in Hawaii: in a single moment, he went from being ranked fifth in the world to having to learn how to walk and talk…

Family Tree (Josh Pyke, illus by Ronojoy Ghosh, Scholastic)

Family Tree shares the beauty of life through the growth of a tree, one that unites families and communities around the world, spreading joy, love and spirit—and it all starts with one seed. Australian singer–songwriter and children’s author Josh Pyke delivers this deeply poignant and lyrical narrative that touches every fibre of our being. Representative…

Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon

By the new Australian Children’s Laureate, Gabrielle Wang.  Meet Zadie Ma, a girl who writes magical stories that sometimes come true. Zadie’s dearest wish is to have a dog of her own and so she starts to write the story of a poor unwanted dog called Jupiter, who’s just waiting to be rescued by a…

‘Magical Australian light’: Rights successes and recent titles from Australian illustrated nonfiction publishers

Australia’s leading publisher of books on the visual arts, Thames & Hudson Australia, has been publishing—and exporting—local titles for many years.   ‘We find there is a real thirst for Australian illustrated books in the international market,’ says publisher Kirsten Abbott. ‘Thames & Hudson usually publishes at the higher end of the market, but even…

ABIA 2021 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year The Bluffs (Kyle Perry, Michael Joseph) The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams, Affirm) The Godmothers (Monica McInerney, Michael Joseph) The Good Turn (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins) The Morbids (Ewa Ramsey,…

Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat (Monica McInerney, illus by Danny Snell, Puffin) 

With a dozen adult novels under her belt, Monica McInerney is now turning her hand to children’s fiction and her first foray into middle-grade territory is just as full of heart and laughter as her previous books. Imagine 45 & 47 Stella Street receiving a visit from Salem, Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s familiar and you will have the premise of Marcie Gill…