Amanda Hickie at Newtown Festival

You have a great opportunity to catch Amanda Hickie at the Newtown Festival on Sunday 8 November 2015, 12.40pm at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park.

Amanda Hickie
Amanda Hickie

Four talented Australian fiction novelists come together to for the Fictional Sydney panel focusing on how each represents Sydney in their work. Creator of Offspring, Debra Oswald’s novel Useful is a smart, moving and wry portrait of one man’s desire to give something of himself. Tegan Bennett Daylight’s short story collection Six Bedrooms is about growing up; about discovering sex; and about coming of age. Sandra Leigh-Price’s The Bird Child is set right here in Newtown in 1929 and is a novel of magic, birds, lost letters and love. Continue reading Amanda Hickie at Newtown Festival

Breaking Beauty Launch!

Breaking Beauty Book Launch 7 Nov 2014

It seems like a long time ago now, but back in November 2014 MidnightSun Publishing launched our first short story collection Breaking Beauty. It was such a great night that although months have passed we still enjoy talking about it!

The South Australian Writers Centre was full to bursting with a marvellous crowd, all there to support the 27 brilliant writers in the collection. We were thrilled that, despite the heat, so many people turned up to celebrate this very special book. Continue reading Breaking Beauty Launch!

Review of An Ordinary Epidemic in The Australian

Amanda Hickie’s terrific novel has had a great review in The Australian. This is what they had to say:

With Ebola, SARS, superbugs and the anticipated exhaustion of antibiotics, the question of how Australians might behave if a deadly pandemic hit our shores is an interesting one. We are, despite our vast expanses, one of the most urbanised nations in the world, ideal perhaps as a destination for diseases.

An Ordinary Epidemic (MidnightSun, 400pp, $28.99) explores these issues in a tight narrative that views the event from the perspective of a middle-class Sydney family. It’s the second novel from Sydney author Amanda Hickie, following her reimagining of heaven in After Zoe. Continue reading Review of An Ordinary Epidemic in The Australian

Reviews of An Ordinary Epidemic

The reviews have been coming in for An Ordinary Epidemic and they are fantastic! Here are a couple to give you an idea:

Books+Publishing, review by Jessica Broadbent, librarian and former bookseller

‘What would you do in an epidemic? Stock up your pantry, gather your family and wait it out? But what if one of your kids was away on a school excursion? An Ordinary Epidemic explores these decisions and considers how broader society might cope with unexpected change—for example, what would happen if all the power plant workers decided to go home to their own families? It’s utterly fascinating, a little gruesome and impossible to put down. Continue reading Reviews of An Ordinary Epidemic

An Ordinary Epidemic launched in style!

On Friday 8 May 2015 we launched Amanda Hickie’s thrilling novel An Ordinary Epidemic at the SA Writers’ Centre in Adelaide. A supportive crowd braved the autumn rain to join us in celebrating this terrific novel. In her launch speech Lynette Washington made everyone acutely aware that Amanda’s story about a deadly outbreak could have been about us. What would you do if the epidemic hit? How far would you go to protect the ones you love? Amanda Hickie emphasised the importance of ethics in all of our lives and told us how the idea for the book came to her when she was living in Canada during the SARS outbreak. Continue reading An Ordinary Epidemic launched in style!

Adelaide Launch of An Ordinary Epidemic!

Amanda Hickie
Amanda Hickie
Please join MidnightSun for the launch of Amanda Hickie‘s highly anticipated nail biter An Ordinary Epidemic. Editor and writer Lynette Washington will launch the book in style. As always, there will be plenty of drinks and nibbles. Bring a friend, dance, buy a book, chat with a writer, have fun! RSVP‘s much appreciated. Continue reading Adelaide Launch of An Ordinary Epidemic!

An Ordinary Epidemic

An Ordinary Epidemic
An Ordinary Epidemic

How far will a desperate mother go to keep her loved ones safe?

by Amanda Hickie

PB 384 | 198 x 129 | ISBN 978-1-925227-03-1 | $28.99
Fiction | MidnightSun Publishing | May 2015
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Hannah is stuck in the middle of a deadly outbreak. As Sydney goes into lockdown, she attempts to quarantine her home and protect her family from the alarming infection around them. How far will a desperate Continue reading An Ordinary Epidemic

Jane Jolly

Jane Jolly
Jane Jolly

Author Jane Jolly has had three Notable picture books in the Children’s Book Council Australia Book of the Year awards. Jane strongly believes in the fight to rid the world of landmines and cluster munitions. On the road to getting One Step at a Time published she has met with the Safe Ground group in Adelaide and a representative from Medical Association for the Prevention of War.

Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich’s beautiful picture book One Step at a Time was published in February 2015, and was chosen as an Honour Book in the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards.

Sally Heinrich

Sally Heinrich
Sally Heinrich

Illustrator Sally Heinrich has been recognised through fellowships from the Asialink Foundation, the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Varuna – the Writers’ Centre, Arts SA and the Ian Reed Foundation, and her original artwork and linoprints have been exhibited in Australia and Asia including in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. Sally believes that picture books are a powerful tool to communicate ideas and build bridges of understanding between people from different cultures and Continue reading Sally Heinrich

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