Publisher of the Month

Michael Brennan is Publisher of the Month

Australian Book Review
Tuesday, 07 May 2019

ABR: In your dealings with authors, what is the greatest pleasure – and challenge?

Having the opportunity to work with a diverse range of extremely talented writers and bring their books into the world is a gift. The greatest challenge isn’t with authors, but covering rent and surviving.

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Meredith Curnow is Publisher of the Month

Australian Book Review
Friday, 29 March 2019

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 ...

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Carmen Callil is Publisher of the Month

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

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 ...

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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’.

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Publisher of the Month with Nathan Hollier

Australian Book Review
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

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 ...

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Publisher of the Month with Rod Morrison

Australian Book Review
Friday, 23 February 2018

ABR: What qualities do you look for in an author? RM: Imagination, tenacity, intelligence, and a sense of humour.

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Publisher of the Month with Richard Walsh

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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.

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Publisher of the Month with Louise Adler

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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 ...

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Publisher of the Month with Henry Rosenbloom

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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.

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Publisher of the Month with Phillipa McGuinness

Australian Book Review
Sunday, 30 April 2017

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.

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