April 2017 releases


  • Black, Prudence. Smile, Particularly in Bad Weather: The Era of the Australian Airline Hostess  – other nonfiction. Dr Prudence Black completed her PhD in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney in 2009. The research formed the basis for the award-winning book The Flight Attendant’s Shoe (NewSouth Books 2011) which is a design and cultural history that uses the flight attendants’ uniforms to chart the links between the Australian fashion and textile industry and versions of Australian nationalism, militarism, cosmopolitanism, and the corporate world. In 2012 Prudence was awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for, ‘A Modern Profession: The Australian Flight Hostess 1936 to 1984’ and Smile, Particularly in Bad Weather: The Era of the Australian Airline Hostess (University of Western Australia Press 2017) is a result of this project.
  • Denman, Carolyn. Sanguine: The Sentinels of Eden, Book Two (Odyssey Books) – YA Speculative fiction
  • Foster, Sara. The Hidden Hours (Simon & Schuster) – ‘literary thriller’
  • Goodin, Laura E. Mud and Glass (Odyssey Books) – suspense or thriller fiction
  • Hart, Pamela, A Letter from Italy (Hachette)
  • Kelly, Vivienne. The Starlings (Text)
  • Martyn, Isolde. Troubadour (Harlequin MIRA Australia) – historical fiction set in medieval England and France. ‘Best First Novel 2000’ Romance Writers of America ‘Romantic Novel of the Year Award’, 1999 and 2001, Romance Writers of Australia Society of Women Writers (NSW) Fiction Award 2016 –Third place
  • McDonald, Fleur, Missing Pieces of Us
  • Mulligan, Monique. A Bouquet of Love (Serenity Press) – general commerical fiction for adults.
  • Noni, Lynette, Draekora (Pantera Press)
  • Price, Leigh. The River Sings (HarperCollins/Fourth Estate) – Adult general fiction – literary, set in London/Sydney 1800-1838. Also by this author, The Bird’s Child (Fourth Estate, 2015)
  • Schmidt, Sarah. See What I Have Done (Hachette) – about the Lizzie Borden murder case – debut fiction
  • Shorten, Chloe, Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies (MUP) – nonfiction
  • Sloan, Tamar. Prophecy Awakened  (Clean Reads Publio) – Young Adult contemporary general fiction (commercial), set in an Australian coastal town; Prophecy Awakened, the first in the Prime Prophecy series, won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss Competition (2015) and finalised in the US Molly Competition ( 2015). Tamar’s upcoming YA contemporary romance, Make it Count, recently came second in the Romance Writers of Australia “Ripping Start” competition (2016).
  • Soraghan, Kerrie. The Mighty West: The Bulldogs’ Journey from Daydream Believers to Premiership Heroes (Nero)
  • Taylor, Virginia, Sets Appeal (Kinsington Books) – contemporary romance set in South Australia.
  • Various authors.  A Bouquet of Love. (Serenity Press): “Ten couples not looking for love find something unexpected when they visit Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Kate Peron’s vintage-styled salon.”
  • Wallace, Sandi. Dead Again (Atlas Productions) – adult contemporary crime fiction; setting: “The primary setting for Dead Again is Daylesford, in Victoria’s spa country, with action also taking place in Yandoit, outside of Daylesford, and Bullock, a tiny fictional hamlet within the forested mountains of the Great Dividing Range.” “Sandi’s debut rural crime novel Tell Me Why won the 2015 Davitt Award Readers’ Choice and was also shortlisted for the 2015 Davitt Award Best Debut. Dead Again is the next instalment in her series starring Georgie Harvey and John Franklin. Sandi has won prizes for her short crime stories, including 2016 Scarlet Stiletto Awards Romantic Suspense Prize, 2014 Scarlet Stiletto Awards Great Film Idea Prize, and 2013 Scarlet Stiletto Awards Best Investigative Prize. She is one of the contributing authors of the anthology Writing the Dream released in November 2016.” (author’s note)