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About Text

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Text has been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the inaugural Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018.

At Text we want to publish books that make a difference to people’s lives. We believe that reading should be a marvellous experience, that every book you read should somehow change your life if only by a fraction. We love the phrase ‘lost in a book’—that’s where we want our readers to be. You can’t get lost in a newspaper or a magazine or even a movie. But people get lost in books every day—on the tram, on the beach, in bed. Reading is what keeps the imagination supple and challenges preconceptions and prejudices. You read at your own speed, and the world you enter courtesy of the writer is yours and yours only, even if the person next to you on the bus is reading exactly the same book.

We are committed to providing first-class services to the writers who trust us with their books. If we are to fulfil our promises to readers, our job is to do everything in our power to help our writers write the best books they can. We care passionately about the quality of our editorial work. Design and production matter to us because we want our books to be beautiful objects. And since we want our beautiful books to be read on trains and beaches, in beds and planes, or under the desk at school and work, we work up a sweat to promote and market them. And that includes selling rights on behalf of our writers to publishers all around the world. In fact we earn more money for our writers through licensing international editions than we do by turning their books into bestsellers in Australia and New Zealand.

We publish a very broad range of fiction and non-fiction, international and local, books for adults and young adults. We are capable of falling in love with any book, and many of our authors have led us into fascinating territory we would never otherwise have discovered. Lots of our books are award-winners around the world. If you are a writer or an agent and would like to send us your manuscript we would love to consider it. If you are a reader we hope that somewhere on our list you will find the book that makes the world a different place for you.

Happy reading!


New Releases
    Her Mother's Daughter

    Her Mother’s Daughter

    Nadia Wheatley
    I Always Find You

    I Always Find You

    John Ajvide Lindqvist
    Honour & Other People’s Children

    Honour & Other People’s Children

    Helen Garner
    The Art of Taxidermy

    The Art of Taxidermy

    Sharon Kernot
    Room to Dream

    Room to Dream

    David Lynch and Kristine McKenna
    The Peacock Detectives

    The Peacock Detectives

    Carly Nugent



Chong Weng Ho
design director at Text Publishing

Andrew Denton
television and radio producer and presenter

Marcus Fazio
principal consultant at Informed Enterprises

Michael Heyward
publisher at Text Publishing

Penny Hueston
senior editor at Text Publishing

Maureen Wheeler
co-founder of Lonely Planet

Tony Wheeler
co-founder of Lonely Planet



Publisher  Michael Heyward

Design & Production  Chong Weng Ho, Imogen Stubbs, Jessica Horrocks, Alice Kenny

Digital  Allison Menzies

Editorial  Mandy Brett, Jane Pearson, Penny Hueston, David Winter, Elizabeth Cowell, Alaina Gougoulis, Stefanie Italia

Export  Emily Booth, Khadija Caffoor

Finance  Fiona Soutar, Lillian Le

Publicity  Alice Lewinsky, Lucy Ballantyne, Jamila Khodja, Jane Watkins, Rosanna Hunt

Rights  Anne Beilby, Khadija Caffoor

Sales & Marketing  Shalini Kunahlan, Kirsty Wilson, Georgia Brough

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