The publisher, HarperCollins.

More Changes to the Publishing World – HarperCollins CEO Resigns

“Victoria Barnsley, one of the most powerful figures in British publishing, has unexpectedly announced that she is leaving the company at the end of this week” – Jon Stock, The Guardian. This surprise resignation has followed the ‘radical’ change in structure of publisher HarperCollins and its parent company News Corp. News Corp has “split in …

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Power Publishers Penguin and Random House Merge

A Publishing Merger for the Books

Many throughout the publishing industry were shocked to find that today, the merging of two major players became official. Penguin and Random House united under one roof today, now dominating the publishing world as one and preparing to take on e-giant Amazon’s growing power. More on this later!

Author Lionel Shriver

Another Shriver Novel to Gobble Up?

“In Lionel Shriver’s novel Big Brother, a woman puts her marriage on the line to help a drastically obese sibling lose weight.” Admittedly, the topic of Lionel Shriver’s new novel surprised us after the traumatic and serious nature of We Need to Talk About Kevin. However, with the promise of a “writerly trick late in (the …

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Alice Munro’s Final Sentence

In the week before her 82nd birthday, short story writer Alice Munro has revealed “I’m probably not going to write any more” to a newspaper interviewer. For those of us who’ve studied Munro’s work and heard her hailed “our Chekhov”, this is indeed a sad day. “There will be no more books after Dear Life,” she …

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Writer's festival must-haves.

Weekly Writing Prompts #1

Ever need an extra push with your writing? Writer’s Edit is dedicated to helping you get there. Check out the first of our weekly writing prompts below and get started! If you’re working on an ongoing fiction project: Take a small instance or moment within your story – make it big! Explore your protagonist’s feelings …

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The classic notebook - part of a writer's essentials.

Awards Season for APA

It’s a glamourous time of year for us readers and writers with the Australian Book Industry Award winners having just been announced. A couple of highlights: Taking out the categories: Book of the Year, Literary Book of the Year and Newcomer of the Year was M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, published by Random House. General …

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Subtle literary devices are always in play...

The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut – Review

Galgut remains true to his style, rewarding his readers with some tender observations on humanity and complex portrays of human interaction: “I wondered then whether people don’t need their secrets. Lives are meant to be separate and apart; when the borders break and we overflow into one another, it only leads to trouble and sadness.”