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Publisher of the Month with Phillipa McGuinness

May 2017, no. 391

Publisher of the Month with Phillipa McGuinness

May 2017, no. 391

What was your pathway to publishing?

Phillipa McGuinnessI was about to land a cadetship with The Age, or so I thought. When I missed out, I applied for a job as a publishing assistant with Cambridge University Press. Before long I was working in CUP’s Sydney office, a terrace in Surry Hills. Bits of crumbling wall would fall onto our desks, so manuscripts were often covered in sand. It has always been a glamorous industry, but one I’m very glad I fell into.

What was the first book you published?

An arcane legal studies book, the name of which I can’t remember – not such an auspicious start. But I do remember the second or third: Tom Griffiths’s Hunters and Collectors: The antiquarian imagination in Australia (1996) – an early career highlight, and a book that made me realise what Australian history could be.

Do you edit the books you commission?

Structural editing, yes; copyediting, no.

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