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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 46, April 2014

New Edition of Judith Wright's The Coral Battleground - now available for pre-order, released on May 7.

"It will come as a surprise to most people that so many of the issues confronted in the 1960s by the doughty campaigners against drilling for oil on the barrier reef are still alive. We will have to be as determined and as persistent as they if we are to protect what is now a World Heritage Site from pollution, dredging, dumping, coral bleaching and pest species." 

— Germaine Greer, author of White Beech


Spinifex Press is thrilled to announce that our entire backlist of books is now available to purchase on!

Every ebook for sale on is suitable to read on your Windows or Mac computer. Generally this means you'll want to buy ebooks in PDF or ePub format secured for Adobe Digital Editions software. But if you want to read on a hand-held device, PDA or mobile phone, there are lots of choices: Kindle Fire, Apple, Android, Nook, Kobo, PC, Mac, Sony. 

Happy e-Reading!



You will not elude me. I will measure your every dimension, I will trace your smallest lines. I will undo you from the inside.

Lara Fergus's astounding My Sister Chaos has gone into reprint, with new copies now available! Fergus's debut won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction.

My Sister Chaos
tells the story of two sisters who escaped an unnamed war-torn country and have gone on to live separate lives in exile. Presented within a world of obsession and trauma it asks whether any of us is immune to the forces of destruction.


Helon Habila writing for The Guardian reviewed Sefi Atta's A Bit of Difference: "Despite the constant references to Austen, A Bit of Difference is not about young women looking for love. So dominant is Deola, like Austen's Emma, that one can only describe the book as being about her and her views and opinions, especially on family, race, Nigeria, literature and music ... This is a refreshing book from an author with a lot to say."


Me, You and Books reviewed Finola Moorhead's Spinifex Classic A Handwritten Modern Classic: "I strongly recommend A Handwritten Modern Classic to all readers. And I also recommend Remember the Tarantella to anyone who has not read it, especially to those who identify themselves as feminist, lesbian, or simply curious about what it means to be human."


Spinifex author, Patricia Sykes, had a poem feature in The Age Bookmarks section; '7 stags of observation'.
Patricia is the author of several poetry books, including Modewarre: Home Ground, Wire Dancing and her latest work is The Abbotsford Mysteries.

Spinifex publisher and author, Dr Susan Hawthorne was in conversation with PEN Melbourne’s Cynthia Troup at the Wheeler Centre las month. 

Spinifex Press opened its doors 23 years ago, in 1991, with a remit of publishing ‘controversial and innovative feminist books with an optimistic edge’. Susan Hawthorne has weathered every storm that has threatened the industry, allowing Spinifex to stay the course when many other independent presses have fallen by the wayside.

Be sure to check the Wheeler Centre website for a video of the event. 

Three Spinifex authors helped launch Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics.
Poets Susan Hawthorne, Patricia Sykes and Louise Crisp were all on hand for the Melbourne launch of this fabulous new online journal. All three poets appear in Volume 1, which is now available to read online. 


Merlinda Bobis's Fish-Hair Woman, which won the 2013 Most Underrated Book Award, is enjoying great success as a musical in Manila, Philippines. The DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild (HTG) are responsible for adapting Bobis's book for the stage, and HTG artistic director Raffy Tejada said the aim of the musical was for, "the audience to feel like they are also residents of Iraya, that they are part of the story.” 


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