Block of Books
  • ABR
    AUGUST 2020
    Title: ABR
    Author: AUGUST 2020
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    September 2020, no. 424

    Welcome to the September issue of ABR! Our cover story, written by well-known musician and musicologist Peter Tregear, concerns the plight of classical music in the age of Covid-19. Music – like theatre and opera and film – has been devastated (silenced almost) by new restrictions and social isolation. When the lockdown is over, what will be retrievable, and will the repertoire be fundamentally reshaped? Peter Rose, in a diary piece, worries about the new era of conformism and prohibition and asks, ‘What personal freedoms are being sacrificed along the way?’ Megan Clement is underwhelmed by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s new book on women and leadership. We publish Kate Middleton’s poignant essay ‘The Dolorimeter’, runner-up in the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize. And Don Anderson, Morag Fraser, and James Bradley review new novels by Kate Grenville, Amanda Lohrey, and David Mitchell, respectively.

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • ARCHER #14 - The Growing UP Issue
    ARCHER #14 - The Growing UP Issue
    ISBN: 9772204735002
    Title: ARCHER #14 - The Growing UP Issue
    Author: #14
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ARCHER MAGAZINE #14 - the GROWING UP issue

    Welcome to Archer Magazine: the GROWING UP issue.

    "Growing up isn’t just about popping pimples and trying new things. Growing up is about finding a better world, confronting the realities of life and realising the people in power are incompetent. Growing up is about disappointment, guilt, community, love, and recognising privilege and systematic oppression. Growing up is about creating your space." - Lucy Watson, editor-in-chief

    This special edition of Archer Magazine (our biggest yet) features a series of articles on growing and discovering, to help us all find our way, regardless of our age.

    This issue includes a BONUS fold-out poster by the genius @Pink_Bits!
    Instagram: @pink_bits

    Imprint: ARCHER
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • ARENA   -   New Format #3
    ARENA - New Format #3
    NO 3
    ISBN: 9772652477509
    Title: ARENA - New Format #3
    Author: NO 3
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After the Deluge: essays on defence, democracy, COVID, capitalism, the arts, resilience, and the Murray-Darling

    Imprint: ARENA
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
    ISBN: 9781909889323
    Title: GRANTA 151 : MEMBRANES
    Author: DASGUPTA RANA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Membranes - porous biological interfaces which regulate flows between one zone and another - are the foundational image for an issue guest-edited by Granta contributor and best-selling novelist Rana Dasgupta. Featuring new poetry from Andrew McMillan and Tishani Doshi, photography from Ruchir Joshi, Arturo Soto Gutierrez, Monica de la Torre and Anita Khemka, as well as cutting-edge fiction and thought-provoking essays: Fatin Abbas on the border between Sudan and South Sudan Lydia Davis on faultlines in families Mark Doty on homelessness in New York City Anouchka Grose on infidelity and the idea of the unwanted third Daisy Hildyard on membranes in the human body Adam Jasper on Christian Enzensberger and 'smut' Kapka Kassabova on lakes and Europe Anita Roy on the newt Eyal Weizman on contemporary architectural strategies for repelling and dividing people

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GRIFFITH REVIEW 70 : Generosities of Spirit
    GRIFFITH REVIEW 70 : Generosities of Spirit
    ISBN: 9781922212535
    Title: GRIFFITH REVIEW 70 : Generosities of Spirit
    Author: HAY ASHLEY [ED]
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    Is empathy, like water, in increasingly short supply?

    Now more than ever we need empathy, and Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit explores and celebrates generosities and kindnesses, those uplifting and memorable experiences that illuminate our lives. Featuring inspiring despatches from the frontlines of generosity - stories that delve into the transformative power of the positive in our everyday world - this edition also presents the winners of the Novella Project VIII, alongside exciting new short fiction and non-fiction, and a stunning collection of new Australian poetry.

    As well as offering perfect holiday reading, Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit introduces The Elemental Summer, a timely new print and online series that will follow the climate emergency through the 2020-2021 summer, whatever it brings.

    Contributors include Claire G Coleman, Thomas Mayor, Kristina Olsson, Adam Thompson, Kate Veitch, Mikele Prestia, Joelle Gergis, Rhianna Boyle, Allanah Hunt, Linda Neil and more. This edition is published with the support of the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and McLean Foundation.

    Imprint: Griffith Review
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
    ISSUE 159
    ISBN: 9780648271970
    Title: ISLAND MAGAZINE #159
    Author: ISSUE 159
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We are always excited when we publish Island, but perhaps even more so with this next issue. After being unsuccessful in achieving a renewal of multi-year grant funding from Arts Tasmania, it seemed unlikely that the magazine would survive 2019, let alone 2020. But due to an anonymous private benefactor, a matched once-only government grant and some individual donors, we were able to start work on the 2020 publishing schedule (albeit reduced to two issues instead of the normal four). The global pandemic has certainly added some extra challenges, but here we are, about to publish issue 159, the first of our two 2020 issues!

    We cannot express how grateful we are to everyone who has made this possible – our funding, design and advertising partners, our donors, our contributors and our readers.

    This is the first issue put together by our refreshed editorial team of Anna Spargo-Ryan (nonfiction), Ben Walter (fiction), Lisa Gorton (poetry) and Judith Abell (art features). We are thrilled to have them on board. They bring such enthusiasm, energy and commitment to their task, and have delivered selections that are richly diverse and worthy.

    Here you’ll find poems about fires, bodies, art and violence – including some that recall the summer’s fires and others that resonate with the confinement of these isolated days. You’ll also find thoughtful essays about the arts in this time of crisis, but also about ideas as important now as ever, such as togetherness, curiosity, love and the deep solace to be found in nature. There’s fresh, funny, clever and shocking fiction here that will take you on a dizzying ride through far-flung hotel rooms (how distant they seem right now!), the comic drama of suburban renovations, the strange world of the workplace and the bizarre one of reality TV crime drama, the mysteries of childhood, and one of the darkest great-aunts you’ll ever meet. As always, our art features enrich the issue, and this time they coalesce around various sites and forms of tragedy and extinction – from Julie Gough’s Tense Past, to Lucienne Rickard’s Extinction Studies and Selena de Carvalho’s Beware of Imposters (the secret life of flowers) – all of them urging us to attend to what has been lost and what can yet be lost.

    We hope that these voices will inspire, entertain and comfort you in our uncertain and vulnerable times.

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $16.50

    Price: $16.50
    ISSUE 160
    ISBN: 9780648271987
    Title: ISLAND MAGAZINE #160
    Author: ISSUE 160
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We hope you’ll enjoy exploring this bumper issue, which includes writing from the University of Wollongong’s ‘Blue Ecologies’ creative writing and research group along with other related works chosen by guest editor Luke Johnson and selections by Island’s editorial team. A long-planned collaboration between Island and Australian Plays has yielded three co-commissioned ‘playlets’ – tiny jewels on our watery theme. We also bring you the Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award (organised by TasWriters), the winner of the 2020 Olga Masters Short Story Prize (organised by SouthEast Arts) and another inspiring ‘literacy journey’ from Connect42. This Island is not an island.

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $16.50

    Price: $16.50
    ISBN: 9771835566009
    Author: #45
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue 45 of The Lifted Brow: essays, fiction, translations, commentary, criticism, poetry, and as always so many pages of comics and illustrations.

    With cover art by Michael Fikaris, Issue 45 of The Lifted Brow includes:

    ** An adaptation of Nic Holas' Brow Talk about how far we have come in depathologising but not depoliticising our sex lives, guest edited by TLB founder Ronnie Scott;

    ** Georgia Mill elucidates the invisible but entrenched barriers to queer parenthood in Australia;

    ** An exploratory essay from Tess Pearson that pieces together language and the body after pregnancy;

    ** Kate Scardifield with an experimental essay on limbs, detachment, and the instinct to collect and categorise;

    ** Aurora Scott with a lyric essay on islands, rocks, isolation and attention;

    ** Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn writing on breaking the silence in the mining industry and why it is so hard to be heard;

    ** An excerpt from Eloise Grills' upcoming Brow Books publication big beautiful female theory;

    ** Odette Casamayor-Cisneros, translated by Erin Goodman, with a story that peers through the screen and finds the other side wanting; plus an interview between author and translator on work, intimacy, and the soundtrack to it all;

    ** Punchy dystopic fiction from Kang Young-Sook, translated by Janet Hong, on contagion and the bonds that hold us;

    ** A prose poem from Rosmarie Waldrop that scrutinises semantics;

    ** Poetry from Georgia Kartas, Panda Wong, and Jason Phu;

    ** columns: Antonia Pont’s tour-de-force ‘Thinking Feeling’ column about the ethics and micro-dynamics of leadership; Jana Perkovic’s column ‘The Critic’ reflects on Exit Strategies, and the complex work of leaving; and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang’s famous ‘Law School’ sex+relationships advice column;

    ** A new ‘By Numbers’ feature by Panda Wong that uses numerical data to investigate the world of trees;

    and new comics and visual art by April Phillips, Anya Davidson, Wakana Yamazaki, Mary Leunig, Can Yalcinkaya, Ashley Ronning, Angelica Roache-Wilson, Humyara Mahbub, Shae San Sim, Emma Davidson, Zanem Zlemeša, Ben Constantine, Emilie Walsh, Christine Obst, Tom Groenestyn, and Oscar Nimmo.

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $15.95

    Price: $15.95
  • MEANJIN Vol 79 No 2 - Winter 2020
    MEANJIN Vol 79 No 2 - Winter 2020
    ISBN: 9780522876680
    Title: MEANJIN Vol 79 No 2 - Winter 2020
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Author and essayist Lucia Osborne-Crowley examines the cost of intimacy for women in a world where men demand exclusive access to the closeness of their female partners, often without returning the emotional labour involved. Noongar author Claire G. Coleman writes on the long shadow of the Stolen Generations- 'Dad discovered he was Noongar when he was 63, when I was 30, when his Uncle Bob died...' Poet Toby Fitch details Australian animal and bird extinction from 1788 to the present. Plus- Lucy Treloar, Guy Rundle, Rebecca Slater, Elizabeth Flux, Jennifer Mills, Michael Cathcart, Maria Takolander, and Jack Hibberd.

    Imprint: MEANJIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MEANJIN Vol 79 No 3
    MEANJIN Vol 79 No 3
    ISBN: 9780522876703
    Title: MEANJIN Vol 79 No 3
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In September Meanjin, a brace of fine writing in the time of Covid 19.

    From Jack Latimore, 'Through a Mask, Breathing'- an expansive, lyrical essay that couples a local response to the Black Lives Matter movement to ideas around gentrification, St Kilda, Sidney Nolan and the life and music of Archie Roach, all of it set against the quite menace of the pandemic. In other pieces drawn from our Covid moment, Kate Grenville charts the troubled progress and unexpected insights of days under lockdown, Fiona Wright finds space and rare pleasures as the world closes in, Krissy Kneen takes on the sudden obsession with 'iso-weight', Justin Clemens searches for hope in the world of verse, Desmond Manderson and Lorenzo Veracini consider viruses, colonialism and other metaphors, and there's short fiction from Anson Cameron, 'The Miserable Creep of Covid'.
    Plus fresh short fiction, essays, memoir and poetry.

    Imprint: MEANJIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
    OCTOBER 2020
    ISBN: 9771832342002
    Author: OCTOBER 2020
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    October 2020

    The announcement artist
    By Nick Feik

    Lost for words
    By Anthony Ham

    The lockdown diaries
    By Helen Garner

    The second wave
    By Martin McKenzie-Murray

    By Bronwyn Adcock

    Fear of spending
    By Richard Denniss

    Soul music: Kev Carmody
    By Paul Kelly

    Body politic: ‘Boys State’
    By Shane Danielsen

    In our nature: ‘Vesper Flights’
    By Mireille Juchau

    Listening to Roberta Flack
    By Anwen Crawford

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • NEW PHILOSOPHER - #27 Family Matters
    NEW PHILOSOPHER - #27 Family Matters
    ISBN: 710535058727
    Title: NEW PHILOSOPHER - #27 Family Matters
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue #027: Family Matters

    Tales of brothers feuding, often ending with one committing fratricide, are unsettlingly common in mythology. Set murdered Osiris, Romulus killed Remus, and Oedipus’s sons Eteocles and Polynices killed each other. More recently, and less imaginatively, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler (of Adidas and Puma fame respectively) and Sterling and Stephen Clark (heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune) turned their backs on one another, over money.

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
    AUTUMN 2020
    ISBN: 9780648579731
    Author: AUTUMN 2020
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: OVERLAND
    RRP: $19.95
    Price: $19.95
  • VINE AND BUBBLE : Issue 4
    VINE AND BUBBLE : Issue 4
    ISSUE 4
    ISBN: VINE04
    Title: VINE AND BUBBLE : Issue 4
    Author: ISSUE 4
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Finally, Issue No. 4 of VINE & BUBBLE Magazine is available! It may be late, but perfectly timed with some of the bigger questions for the industry around its future, in these days of COVID-19, and the need to adapt quickly to a new social rhythm.

    This issue we touch on how champagne has always been at the fore of major changes in social movements, in my interview with the modish artist and writer, Belinda Aucott, as well as Gert Crum’s poignant article ‘A Change in the Wind’. They are joined by our best ever line-up of contributors with this thoughtful content:

    * What’s in a Glass? (feature on champagne glassware) – By Sara Underdown
    *Franck Bonville – By Sara Underdown
    *Coteaux Champenois – By Bhatia Dheeraj
    *Philippe Glavier – By Sara Underdown
    *What Really is Prestige Champagne? – By Matt Lamb
    *Minerality. What does in Mean? – By Matthew Lane
    *Champagne Chameleon: Chardonnay – By Leanne Altmann
    *Life-Changing Champagnes with Australia’s Winemakers
    *Black Diamonds and Liquid Gold – By Amanda Reboul
    *Italian Food and Champagne – By Kara Maisano

    Read all 84 pages of original content, written by leading sommeliers, wine writers, industry representatives and educators with expert knowledge of champagne.

    Imprint: VINE AND BUBBLE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • WOMANKIND #23 - England
    WOMANKIND #23 - England
    ISBN: 710535058734
    Title: WOMANKIND #23 - England
    Author: #23
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    #023: England

    “As soon as I saw the house, I knew my life would be changed forever,” she says. The country farmhouse in England is bought and a new path is forged. This is an example of an unexpected find which spins life on a new axis.

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95