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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

Coming soon - a neglected Australian classic

Here at Text we are very proud to be publishing a book you should have heard of, and read, but probably haven’t: The Women in Black, by Madeleine St John.

Madeleine St John was born in Sydney.

Bone By Bone a crossover mini-masterpiece

Rosemary Neill wrote in the Australian last weekend:

‘This extraordinarily potent crossover novel for adults and older teens looks at racial intolerance through the prism of a dangerous friendship between a black and a white boy. … The sensual, almost overripe prose of Read more

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

A true-crime classic, Homicide was first published in 1991, and a new Canongate edition is now available in Australia and New Zealand. A few local reviewers have enjoyed it this summer.


Happy New Year from Text Publishing. 2009 is going to be big. Stay tuned to this site in the coming months for news of all our exciting new releases.

To whet your appetite, you can download a pdf of our January to June catalogue.

Season’s Greetings from Text Publishing

We wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy new year.

The Text offices will be closing this Wednesday, 24 December, and will reopen on Monday, 5 January.

Any orders placed on the website between 24 December and 4 January will be sent out on 5 January.

Leonard Cohen novels now available

Regular visitors to this site might recall we announced with some excitement last month that Text will be publishing two classic novels by the legendary Leonard Cohen, to coincide with his Australian tour.

Change We Can Believe In

Text Publishing is delighted to announce that it has signed a third Barack Obama book, Change We Can Believe In.

Text and Canongate authors on Impac longlist 2009

The longlist for the 2009 International Impac Dublin Literary Award has been released. This is the largest and most international prize of its kind. Libraries from all over the world can nominate books written in any language.


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