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Meet Melanie Cheng, author of Australia Day

Australia Day by Melanie Cheng is most likely sitting in all its brilliant glory out the front of your local bookshop right now. And there are many good reasons why the winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript is receiving recognition: 

‘Melanie Cheng is an astonishingly deft and incisive writer. With economy and elegance, she creates a dazzling mosaic of contemporary life, of how we live now. Hers is a compelling new voice in Australian literature.’ Christos Tsiolkas

We interviewed Melanie and found out several interesting things about her new book as well as getting a sneak peek at the original cover design...


Draw Your Weapons, a Q&A with the author, Sarah Sentilles

Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles, who resides in the United States, is one of Text’s July books and is already receiving acclaim. This is an important book for what are most definitely Interesting Times. 

LitHub has listed it as one of their ‘16 Books You Should Read This July’ and the managing editor describes the effect of reading this book as, ‘I felt like an awakened genius at the close of each section.’

Sarah Sentilles answered some questions about her book for us and we’re developing quite the publisher-crush on this eloquent and erudite woman.

Read on...

July’s New Titles and Monthly Giveaway!

It’s July: clear your reading schedules! Throw all the books on your bedside table onto the floor! Delete all the ebooks from your ereader! Run to your bookshop or ebook seller and get all of Text’s July books, pronto! 

Have a look at our great new July titles and find out how to win one for yourself...

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King: Read an Extract

Have you read Still Life with Tornado yet?

If not, why?


The New York Times loved it: ‘Moving, unapologetically strange, skilfully constructed...Read this book, whatever your age. You may find it’s the exact shape and size of the hole in your heart.’

Read on for an extract.

All About Cat: ABA’s 2017 Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year

The Australian Booksellers’ Association Gala Dinner was held on Sunday 18 June. 

Text has been a proud sponsor of the Bookseller of the Year Award for the past six years and it is a great privilege to be associated with it. Australian booksellers are a special breed and this year’s award was presented to Catherine Schultz from one of the best independent bookshops in the country, Fullers Hobart.

Read on to find out all about the night as well as the indomitable Cat Schultz...

The Australian Booksellers’ Conference: Inside the Book Trade

The Australian Bookseller Association’s Conference, Trade Show and Gala Awards Night took place  last weekend in Melbourne.

We thought we’d give you a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes on at this glittering and glorious weekend that celebrates Australian bookselling and publishing.

Read an Extract: The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs

In 2015 Nina Riggs was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She was thirty-eight years old, married to the love of her life, and mother to two small boys; her own mother had died only a few months earlier from multiple myeloma.

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying is Nina’s intimate, unflinching account of ‘living with death in the room’. She tells her story in a series of absurd, poignant and often hilarious vignettes drawn from a life that has ‘no real future or arc left to it, yet still goes on as if it does’.

Read on for an extract...

Weekly Chill, 16 June 2017

Winter is the season for book festivals and launches and book tours, so let’s get into them…

Read an Extract: Anaesthesia by Kate Cole-Adams

You know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the—
—and then you wake.
This book is about what happens in between. 

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams is an astonishing work of creative non-fiction about the enigma at the heart of modern medicine, and the mystery of the interrupted self.

Read on for an extract from this absorbing and remarkable book...

Q&A with Vikki Wakefield, Author of Ballad For a Mad Girl, Plus a Giveaway!

Text is utterly thrilled that Ballad for a Mad Girl by the ever-talented Vikki Wakefield is out this month. It’s a chilling and gritty portrayal of a teenage outsider and life in small-town Australia. 

We cornered Vikki and demanded she answer all of our questions on pain of stormwater pipe! She not only kindly told us everything she knew, but has also offered up an exclusive giveaway to her most fanatical fans (that’s us!). For your chance to win a signed set of Vikki Wakefield books, keep reading!


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