Alice Grundy is researching a PhD on Australian editing and publishing history at ANU. She has worked in trade publishing for the past dozen years and is currently Associate Publisher at Brio Books.
All essays by Alice Grundy
Literary Lion Tamers: Book editors who made publishing history
by Craig Munro
Published February 2021
Tirra Lirra By The River
by Jessica Anderson
First published 1978
The Crystal Mirror or the Book That Wasn’t
The archive shows that Anderson enjoyed both very limited editorial intervention into Tirra Lirra by the River and suffered from the over-reach of her publisher. In each case the manuscripts and letters reveal comments made by reviewers and critics emphasising the significance of Anderson’s archival record. The archives speak loudly about the power of editing and publishing practices both as a spark and a wet blanket.
Three easy steps to understanding Chinese literature
‘There is value in using contemporary literature, and novels in particular, as tools to help us understand historical context. China is changing so rapidly that fiction with characters from different generations efficiently communicates the pace of change, the effects of history and the prospects for the future. ‘ Alice Grundy on reading contemporary Chinese literature.
Editor’s Cut: Notes on the Chinese publishing industry
China and Australia are roughly the same size, but with nearly 100 times our population, distribution of books in China is made easier by the simple fact of greater population density. In poor and rural areas, there can be difficulty reaching customers, but on the whole the transport systems seem much better integrated than in Australia. Around 410 000 new titles are published each year, so attracting attention is a difficult task.
11 July 2014
I used to think that public disputes about the state of book reviewing flared up, with a reliability that was almost reassuring, about every six months or so. The turnaround now seems to be more like six weeks. The latest spotfire was lit this week by John Dale, Professor of Writing at UTS, who published a flimsy article in the Conversation decrying Australia’s reviewing culture, its weakness apparently symbolised by the fact that there is no antipodean James Wood.
The recent sprouting of literary journals in Australia is proof of the scene’s fecundity. The past five years have witnessed the birth of Kill Your Darlings, Archer, Contrappasso, Higher Arc, Cuttings, Tincture, The Canary Press, Stilts, The Review of Australian Fiction, Ampersand and Seizure. There are others – this is not an exhaustive list.