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The Spare Room wins 2009 Barbara Jefferis Award

Helen Garner’s powerful novel The Spare Room has won the second annual Barbara Jefferis Award.

Beating fellow Text author Toni Jordan, whose debut novel Read more

Gool on NZ Post shortlist

Text would like to congratulate Maurice Gee on making the shortlist for this year’s NZ Post Book Awards with his gripping Young Adult novel Gool, volume 2 of the Salt Trilogy.

The first book in the trilogy is Salt, which won Best Young Adult Fiction Book in last year’s awards.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist announced

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Text is very pleased to announce that both Kate Grenville’s The Lieutenant and Helen Garner’s The Spare Room are on the shortlist for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

Miles Franklin longlist: Bail, Jordan

The longlist for this year’s prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award contains two books published by Text last year: Murray Bail’s The Pages, and Toni Jordan’s debut novel, Addition.

Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist: The Spare Room and Addition

The Barbara Jefferis Award is a terrific new addition to the Australian literary landscape.

Book Design Awards - 2009 shortlist

Two gorgeous hardcovers published by Text in 2008 and designed by our star designer Chong Weng Ho have made it to the shortlist for this year’s Book Design Awards: Murray Bail’s

The Pages, and Hamlet, A Novel, by John Marsden. Chong’s jacket for Read more

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist 2009

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize celebrates an exceptional work of fiction by a living author which has been translated into English from any other language and published in the United Kingdom in the last year.

Retaining Australian Territorial Copyright – New website

There’s a new website for Australian booklovers called Australians for Australian Books.It’s at, and it is the official site for the campaign to prevent the surrendering of Australian copyright.

Helen Garner’s The Spare Room on Commonwealth Prize shortlist

The Commonwealth Writers' Prize shortlists have been announced, and we are very pleased indeed to see Helen Garner’s wonderful novel The Spare Room in the running for this prestigious prize.

Peter Singer and Text Publishing putting their money where their mouths are

Peter Singer’s response to global poverty, The Life You Can Save, was all over the weekend papers, and this week Peter sets off on a five-city speaking tour. All Peter’s royalties from the book will be donated to Read more


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