Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Some people are beyond a casual "thank you"

Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter knocks her writing dream on the head in exchange for a new role as an editor

September 7, 2019
I was going to be a writer when I grew up. That belief forged my identity from the age of six, when I won the Keilor City Library short story competition with a priggish moral tale called ‘The Rabbit Who Loved Smoking’.

As an earnest fourteen-year-old, standing by the Murray River, I had an exciting conversation with a Penguin editor, who told me how I might go about building a writing career (enter short story competitions, build a profile, work towards a novel). The belief sustained me and defined my leisure time as I trod a middling course through an arts law degree at the University of Melbourne, doing far better in the English Department than I ever did in law.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Brooke Davis talks with Jon Doust

Brooke Davis, Lost and Found, author.

Speaking with:
Jon Doust, Boy on a Wire, author.

Saturday, 2 March 2019


Is that the truth?

It is a re-launch of a book, yes.

But then a kind of game show about fact and fiction.

Two team face off in a game called Is that the Truth. One team member is challenged by Chair Katie McAllister and the other team members have to determine fact or fiction.

Team Davis: Brooke Davis, Owen Davies, Liz Jack.
Team Doust: Jon Doust, Susi Thompson, Kate Thomas.

All team members are accomplished in their fields, which require them to deal with both truths and lies.

No book has ever been launched in a such a fashion. Never. It'll be weird, fun, exciting and revealing. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Jon Doust’s Boy on a Wire finds a new audience in young adults

February 8, 2019

Fremantle Press author Jon Doust has already seen huge success with his novel Boy on a Wire, which garnered a longlisting for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Now he’s bringing this tale of bullying, mental health and coming of age to a different audience with a new YA edition of the book.
Boy on a Wire has already had such a great response from adult readers. Why did you feel it was important to bring it to a new, young adult, audience?
This time it's for the YA reader and its message will not be hidden from their view on the adult fiction shelf. The issues of bullying, mental health and religious confusion are probably even more acknowledged now than they were when the book first appeared and this makes a re-release for this particular audience timely and important, in my opinion.