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What it means when we say ‘good voice’

Two men in conversation

We asked one of our Fiction publishers, Catherine Milne, what she wants from authors when she asks for 'good voice'. I can hardly believe it’s been a year, but the months have rolled around and – ta dah! – we're in the second year of the Banjo Prize to find Australia’s next great storyteller!  And I’m sitting here now at my desk, feeling happy, because I’m looking at the gorgeous blue and gold cover of Taking Tom Murray Home, by Tim Slee, the winner of last year’s first ever Banjo Prize, which we’ll be publishing in August 2019. READ MORE

Catherine Milne on Getting a Job in Book Publishing

Words: Catherine Milne I can still vividly remember the moment when I knew I wanted to work in publishing.  It was after my first and only visit to my university careers service.  I’d finished my arts degree and was desperate for a job, any job. I spotted an ad for something called a National Education Representative at Penguin Books.  Right, I thought. I can do that. Whatever that is. READ MORE

Q&A with Daniel Silva: author of the Gabriel Allon novels

Known as the master of the modern spy thriller, Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of 19 novels, most recently The Black Widow, House of Spies and now The Other Woman. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world. After releasing a series of ripped-from-the-headlines thrillers covering stolen masterpieces, ISIS terrorists and religious plots, Silva and Allon have turned their attention to Putin's Russia in The Other WomanREAD MORE

Thank You For Entering The Banjo Prize

Words: Catherine Milne, Head of Local Fiction Publishing When we dreamed up the idea of the Banjo Prize – as a way of finding Australia’s next great storyteller – I wasn’t sure what we could expect.  It’s quite one thing to dream up something like this, and quite another thing to put it out into the world.  Maybe, I thought hopefully to myself, just maybe, we might get some interest.  After all, while there are quite a few well established literary prizes out there – the Vogel and the Richell Prize, just to name a couple – there’s not so many competitions out there for people who just want to tell rippingly good stories. READ MORE

Guest Post: Tess Evans on the Power of Community Activism

In her new novel, The Ballad of Banjo Crossing, Tess Evans deals with what happens when a small town community is fractured by big business - when armchair critics become activists. Once a proud farming community, Banjo Crossing could become a mining town, their sweet water compromised, their fertile soil degraded, the food they produce, suspect. What are the ramifications when an issue like this has the power to divide even the most closely knit community? READ MORE

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