Renowned for high quality Australian non-fiction titles, NewSouth publishes about 50 titles each year. They are part of the University of New South Wales Press Ltd. and genres include history, politics, memoir, art and popular science (think Extreme Cosmos).
Best sellers to date? Bob Carr’s Diary of a Foreign Minister and the Little Red Writing Book by Mark Tredinnick, which has been reprinted six times and is invaluable for writers. Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti’s illustrated children’s book Alphabetical Sydney and Louise Hawson’s 52 Suburbs also rank highly with their quirky take on Sydney and are two of my favourite gifts to give when I’m visiting overseas or to send to expats.
Then there’s the city series. NewSouth Executive Publisher Phillipa McGuinness explains that for this project she was able to choose authors who were born in or adopted each city. So we get Melbourne by Sophie Cunningham, Sydney by Delia Falconer, Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy and Darwin by Tess Lea (who remembers living there during Cyclone Tracey) to name a few. Each book describes what it’s like to actually live in the city, to breathe the air and experience all that is unique to each place. Combine that with spectacular book designs by Sandy Cull (those covers are fabulous!) and you have absolutely gorgeous results. Another of McGuiness’ projects was to edit Copyfight; all about copyright in a world where everything wants to be free.
What else can we look forward to from NewSouth? Workless by writer Tim Dunlop, a beautifully illustrated gardening book; Planting Dreams by Richard Aitken and a book on Australian-born Chester Wilmot who was a star BBC journalist in World War II.
NewSouth Publishing also hold the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for the best short non-fiction piece written for a general audience. A different editor each year selects an anthology of these essays – this year it’s journalist and writer Jo Chandler – and there is also the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing. Impressive.
Another of my favourite NewSouth Publishing books is Jacqui Newling’s Eat Your History. Newling is Resident Gastronomer at Sydney Living Museums and writes about how our thoughts and taste regarding food has changes over the years. It really is fascinating reading! I highly recommend it.
NewSouth has been named Small Publisher of the Year at the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards. Small Publisher of the Year is awarded to the publisher with a turnover of less than $10 million whose publishing program demonstrated excellence contributed to the overall success of the industry. As the Executive Publisher explains, ‘A small publisher can have the best of all worlds; we have very diverse lists, from prize-winning books for scholars and specialists alongside a strong list of general books that also win prizes, we are strongly supported by booksellers and find thousands of readers. This prize shows that our books make a major contribution to Australian cultural life.’
I love hearing about companies and people doing innovative things in the book industry. I’m looking forward to hearing about NewSouth Publishing’s next titles.