Publisher of the Month
ABR: What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?
Anything that takes me out of my world: into a quiet space (I have just started The Friend by Sigrid Nunez), or somewhere big and noisy that I could never possibly experience myself ...... (read more)
ABR: What qualities do you look for in an author?
CC: Someone anxious to say something to a reader, hopefully something they want to hear. Good writing, great writing, great use of words and imagination. Wit was always a way to my heart ...... (read more)
ABR: In your dealings with authors, what is the greatest pleasure – and challenge?
The greatest pleasure is helping authors make their work the best version of itself. There is no greatest challenge, I am glad to say, although sometimes expectations need to be ‘managed’.... (read more)
ABR: Do you write yourself? If so, has it informed your work as a publisher?
Mostly I plan to write and then console myself I didn’t have time. Having written the odd thing, I have a greater respect for writing as a craft. As a publisher, I try not to pre-judge works written in modes or from a perspective that I don’t personally favour ...... (read more)
ABR: What qualities do you look for in an author? RM: Imagination, tenacity, intelligence, and a sense of humour.... (read more)
What was your pathway to publishing? In 1971 I founded the weekly newspaper that became Nation Review. Soon afterwards my proprietor, Gordon Barton, acquired Angus & Robertson and offered me the job of running the publishing company. I jumped at the opportunity.... (read more)
What was your pathway to publishing? As an English and Comparative Literature graduate whose childhood had been circumscribed by chronic asthma and excessive reading of Enid Blyton stories of naughty school girls, I was ill equipped for any other form of employment ...... (read more)
What was your pathway to publishing? I had been a writer and editor at school and university, I’d worked in the Whitlam government, I’d been a freelance journalist, and I was interested in politics, history, books, and writing, so it was a natural progression – though I didn’t realise it at the time.... (read more)
What was your pathway to publishing? I 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.... (read more)