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Meet Our Younger Readers Senior Editor, Davina Bell.

It sounds ridiculous, but I didn’t realise until pretty late in life that books were made by people or that you could work as part of that world. But one of my earliest memories is reading The Pokey Little Puppy on my mum’s lap, squished into her brown 70s rocking chair, which we used to do a lot.

2017-05-18T09:54:45+00:00 May 12th, 2017|

Top tips for becoming a wicked stepmum

If one in five Australian families are blended, then there must have been plenty of people like Kelly Chandler who fell in love and then ended up with an instant family.

2017-05-12T14:59:06+00:00 May 8th, 2017|

The Birdman’s Wife shortlisted for the General Fiction Book of the Year – Australian Book Industry Awards

We’re incredibly proud that Melissa Ashley’s The Birdman’s Wife has made the Australian Book Industry Award’s shortlist for General Fiction Book of the Year.

We did something a bit bold this year when we did our award entries for the ABIAs and decided not to enter the ‘Small Publisher’ award categories. We have always maintained that book-by-book we can compete with anyone, and it’s a mindset we encourage all our stakeholders to adapt. We also think that considering ourselves as a small publisher is a self-fulfilling prophecy, whereas we want to be a big publisher but still retain the […]

2017-05-01T14:41:45+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

Martin on the joy of kids books

It’s especially satisfying because one of my girls was a reluctant and not-very-confident reader this time last year. Last night, and here’s the reason for my indulgent post, we had ‘a moment’.

2017-04-28T14:39:45+00:00 April 28th, 2017|

An Italian Recipe for Repose

Repose. Tendrils of longing, right to the ends of my fingertips, straight to the depths of my heart. I had been craving it for years, and there it was, in a farmhouse in Italy.

2017-04-21T16:56:32+00:00 April 21st, 2017|

Rebekah Clarkson remembers storybooks buried in her childhood consciousness

I would have forgotten all about The Little House were it not for Helen Garner’s short essay reflecting on her visceral and enduring memory of a childhood storybook, The Journey of the Stamp Animals.

2017-03-21T14:44:20+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

Backflip from Affirm Press?

A couple of years ago Affirm Press publically made a stand in favour of Australia’s strong independent bookshop culture by not supplying paper versions of our titles to Amazon or the Book Depository.

2017-03-03T17:07:16+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|
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