New Books for 2018

As 2017 rushes towards Christmas, here is an update about some of the books I’ll be publishing in 2018.

The Tales of Mrs Mancini (paperback)

First off the press in late January: the beautiful paperback edition of The Tales of Mrs Mancini! Here is a picture of the advance copy I received this week, together with the original hardback, which of course is still available if you prefer (buy it here). The illustrations which Cheryl Orsini did for this collection of tales about a cake-shop owing cat with a heart for cream buns and friendship remain among my all time favourites.

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A Boat of Stars: New Poems to Inspire and Enchant

The next book to be published, just a few weeks later in February, is something really out of the ordinary. For over two years now, I have been working with Margaret Connolly on A Boat of Stars, a wonderful illustrated anthology of brand new poems, featuring the work of some of Australia’s best-loved writers and illustrators. Its extraordinary cover is by Stephen Michael King:


Here is a little bit about the book from the publishers, ABC Books:

A beautiful anthology of new Australian poetry for preschool and primary-aged children, from some of our country's finest writers and illustrators. Open worlds of imagination and explore the magic of everyday life with this enchanting new collection of poetry from some of Australia's most-loved writers and illustrators. Perfect for the classroom and the home, A Boat of Stars will bring a love of language, rhythm and rhyme to every child.

I’ll be writing much more about A Boat of Stars in future blog posts, and introducing you to some of the wonderful contributors with whom I have been working. Meanwhile, here is a little message from one of our illustrators, the talented Matt Shanks:

I am truly lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible collection. And trust me, I've seen the digital proofs of this book, it's amazing! I can't wait to share this with you all.

You can order A Boat of Stars here.

The Magic Bookshop

My final book for 2018 publication is a new collaboration with Cheryl Orsini. The Magic Bookshop is a new collection of three stories, fully illustrated in colour and similar in format to The Tales of Mrs Mancini and The Fairy Dancers titles. The Magic Bookshop will be published mid-year by ABC Books. More to follow in the new year.

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