What’s New in 2010?

Fremantle Press Publishers, Jane Fraser, Georgia Richter and Cate Sutherland provide a sneak preview of the 2010 publishing program.

Jane Fraser, Non-Fiction Publisher

I’m really looking forward to publishing Western Australian Pioneers of Rock and Roll (December 2010) because it’ll be such an enjoyable trip down memory lane for so many local baby boomers. The top WA bands of the 1950s and 1960s will be featured, along with old photos, posters and anecdotes from many of the band members themselves.

In contrast to rock and roll I’m also publishing some more serious but equally engaging books about people and society. Among the Chosen: The life story of Pat Giles (April 2010) is the biography of the quiet achiever Pat Giles, Western Australian trade unionist, activist, policy maker and ALP Senator who made enormous changes to education and women’s health policies.

Under Corporate Skies (July 2010) is about the conflict between a local community and a corporate giant. It presents the social, environmental and health concerns from the point of view of local residents. I think it has a lot to say about how to better handle community-corporate relations.

I’m excited about the quality and diversity of my photography books this year. Wildflower Country by Stan and Kasia Breeden (August 2010) displays some absolutely stunning photography of wildflowers in Australia’s south-west. It shows the incredible biodiversity of the region, and the close-up photographs are wonderfully detailed. The authors have developed a unique technique in this popular natural history genre.

Of similarly breathtaking beauty is Bhutan Heartland (December 2010) – the photographs in this book are wonderful. They capture this exquisite, untravelled country in all its colour and detail.

Those who enjoy a riveting read can look forward to Piracy Outrages in the China Seas (June 2010), first-hand accounts of pirate attacks in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the stories are quite ghastly! It’s a gripping anthology.

Our consultancy projects for 2010 are as varied as ever. They include community and company histories, regional cooking, university textbooks, art and health publications.

Georgia Richter, Fiction and Poetry Publisher

The most unusual book on my list for 2010 is Pomo Oz: Fear and Loathing Downunder (March 2010), It’s a dynamic set of culturally significant essays that tackle, in a feisty and engaging way, issues such as conservatism, media and ideas of democracy.

Spinner: The David Donald Story (October 2010), by debut novelist Ron Elliott, took me by surprise. At first it seems to be a fable, it seems to offer up a hero – but as you read you realise it has a troubling undercurrent. I was totally won over by it.

The new novel from Wayne Ashton, Equator (August 2010) has an international voice, and is not unlike Salman Rushdie in its scope and in its rich magic realism. But where Rushdie might be political, Equator is environmental. Ultimately it’s about the destructiveness of human beings on each other and the world.

There’ll be some new voices in an anthology titled Short & Deep (December 2010), with fiction and creative non-fiction pieces from acclaimed authors as well as new writers from Perth, and some new stories from Goldie Goldbloom too.

I’m delighted with the recognition Felicity Young is getting. Her third novel with us, Take Out (February 2010), is great summer reading, with Young’s always compelling line up of strong and unusual female antagonists and victims.

Next July will be Fremantle Poetry Month and there are some great books and events happening. I’m excited about three new poets that we’re publishing in New Fremantle Poets (July 2010) – Emma Rooksby, James Quinton and Scott-Patrick Mitchell. Guest editor Tracy Ryan (Scar Revision) is enjoying the process of introducing these three remarkable West Australian poets in their first appearance in book form.

In the same month, fans of Caroline Caddy will be delighted to encounter her new volume, Burning Bright (July 2010). John Mateer is a daring and sensitive poet of huge talent and international profile, whose career began with the Press. His volume The West. Australian Poems 1989–2009 (July 2010) is a timely survey of his Australian work.

Cate Sutherland, Children’s Publisher

An exciting new discovery this year was The Other Bears (April 2010). A debut picture book from author-illustrator Michael Thompson, it came out of nowhere and was so complete I was quite taken aback.

I’m also really pleased to see second books from two fantastic author-illustrator collaborations. Ken Spillman and Chris Nixon have joined up again for Jake’s Monster Mess (June 2010), and Elaine Forrestal and Moira Court for Miss Llewellyn-Jones Goes to Town (March 2010).

Plus we’ll be releasing the first of a new three-book series from award-winning Aboriginal author-illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina. How Frogmouth Found Her Home (August 2010) is a delightful new tale told in the style of traditional creation stories. Ambelin’s wonderful use of saturated colour makes her books a visual joy.

Two thousand and ten is a terrific year for young adult fiction, full of original, authentic voices and very different takes on the teenage experience. Kate McCaffrey’s third novel, Beautiful Monster (May 2010) is the first release in a really strong list. This pacy, chilling work is a perfect vehicle for Kate’s talents, moving from issues-based work into the realm of the psychological thriller.

In June we publish debut novelist, Deb Fitzpatrick, whose 90 Packets of Instant Noodles follows the journey of a teenager from good to bad, and back again. Brilliantly characterised, this is a novel that really stays with you. And from second-time novelist, AJ Betts, we have Pool (August 2010), thrusting Oliver from the frenzied world of Year 12 into the altogether different vibe of a retirement village. Funny, insightful and very satisfying.

Coming from quite a different generation, and bringing to life an incredible true story, is Hetty (February 2010), an abridged version of The Children’s House of Belsen (2000). There are surprisingly few stories about the children of the Holocaust and very few survivors left today, making Hetty Verolme and her extraordinary recollections a rare slice of living history.

Finally, we have two stand-out new stories in the Waarda series for release in March 2010, Beach Sports Car and Lilli and her Shadow. First chapter books written by Aboriginal women – some collaboratively between grandmothers and granddaughters, or aunts and nieces – these books have grown out of our partnership with the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA. Another two Waarda books will follow in September 2010.

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