University of Queensland Press refuses to publish Campbell Newman memoir

The University of Queensland Press has refused to publish the memoir of former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, due to Mr Newman’s decision as Premier to axe the Premier’s Literary Awards.

Campbell NewmanEarlier this week Newman said his memoir, co-written by former Cairns MP Gavin King and with a working title of Can Do, would be a “warts and all” story of the man who left his job as Brisbane’s lord mayor to became Queensland’s premier.

It appears the warts may never see the light of day, with UQP publisher Madonna Duffy saying she believed the publisher had no choice but to reject it.

“It would be both a ­betrayal to the Queensland literary community and to our own values to publish his memoir,” she wrote.

The Newman government also controversially moved to cut funding to the publisher in 2013, but that decision was reversed.

UQP chief executive Greg Bain supported the decision, in a released statement.

“Whilst we did not see sustained interest in such a book with a likely publication date one year out; far more importantly we stand by our colleagues in the writing and reading community who have supported us and were enraged and insulted by the axing of the Literary Awards,” he said.

“The community response in keeping these awards alive demonstrated the depth of feeling out there in supporting such a vibrant writing sector in Queensland — the envy of other states.

“UQP has a long history of nurturing new voices and we are not in the business of damaging that hard-earned reputation.”

 

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Naomi Simson on her inspirational journey to success and her new book Live What You Love

Naomi Simson built one of Australia’s biggest online success stories, RedBalloon, from just an idea. She is also known for her inspirational blogs on happiness at work and home that reach more than three-quarters of a million followers on LinkedIn and her role on Channel 10’s Shark Tank.

She chats to John Purcell about her new book Live What You Love.

Grab your copy of Naomi Simson’s Live What You Love here

live-what-you-love-signed-copies-available-Live What You Love

by Naomi Simson

In Live What You Love ground-breaking Australian entrepreneur Naomi Simson will show you how to love what you do every day and live life to the full.

Renowned for her high-octane energy and commitment to the pursuit of excellence, Naomi built one of Australia’s major tech success stories, RedBalloon, from just an idea but she is also known for her inspirational blogs on happiness at work and home that reach more than three-quarters of a million followers on LinkedIn and her role on Channel 10’s Shark Tank.

In this book, leading by example, Naomi shares her life lessons and shows you how to:

  • channel your passion
  • learn persistence
  • find your purpose; and
  • stay positive.

Soon your work experience will become richer, your career path more clearly formed and your life more fully realised.

Live What You Love will help you diagnose your own approach to life through its use of quizzes and Q&As, offer case histories that give you real-life examples of where mistakes were made or problems solved, and reveal inspiring examples of success in both life and business.

Naomi’s dynamic approach, informed by her experiences running her own business and her corporate career, will show you how to add meaning into your life and in doing so, discover that when you love what you do, success in life is never far away.

Grab your copy of Naomi Simson’s Live What You Love here

New Sherlock Holmes story discovered, written by Arthur Conan Doyle

sherlock-holmesHistorian Walter Elliot has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.

The 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective was found in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar.

The story is entitled Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar.

It is believed the story – about Holmes deducing Watson is going on a trip to Selkirk – is the first unseen Holmes story by Doyle since the last was published over 80 years ago.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle

Mr Elliot said ‘In Selkirk, there was a wooden bridge that was put up some time before it was flooded in 1902.’

‘The town didn’t have the money to replace it so they decided to have a bazaar to replace the bridge in 1904. They had various people to come and do things and just about everyone in the town did something.

‘The Saturday was opened by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He had written a wee story about Sherlock Holmes and Watson and this was in the book.

‘He really must have thought enough of the town to come down and take part and contribute a story to the book. It’s a great little story.’

Grab a copy of The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes here

 

The Writer’s Gospel according to Matt Haig

reasons-to-stay-aliveReasons to Stay Alive

by Matt Haig

‘I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if – for me – it is the price of feeling life, it’s a price always worth paying’..

Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off.

This is the story of why he didn’t, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It’s also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how to live better, love better, read better and feel more.

Grab a copy of Reasons to Stay Alive here

Stephen King recommends…

In case you haven’t been following, we’re kind of obsessed with Stephen King’s twitter feed. It’s a treasure trove of crazy genius.

You can find tweets in the third person where he refers to himself as ‘Honey Badger’.

And some magnificent dad jokes.

But most of all, we love it for his musings on books.

Here’s a look at some of his latest, including praise for Australia’s own Liane Moriarty!

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How spruce! A new book from Dr Seuss!

But we have to pick ONE pet

And pick it out soon.

You know mother told us

To get back by noon!

SeussKnow the phrasing but can’t pick where it’s from? That’s because it’s a passage from a Dr Seuss story, a story that nobody knew existed until now!

More than 20 years after his death in 1991, a box filled with text and sketches will come to life in the latest creation by Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss: What Pet Should I Get?

The story “captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment — choosing a pet,” US publisher Random House Children’s Books said in a release.

Geisel’s widow, Audrey Geisel, found the manuscripts and illustrations in their home soon after her husband died. She set the materials aside, only to rediscover them recently while cleaning out his office.

“While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time,” Audrey Geisel said in the release.

one-fish-two-fish-red-fish-blue-fishCathy Goldsmith, Dr. Seuss’ former art director, said she believes Geisel wrote What Pet Should I Get? between 1958 and 1962. The publisher estimates Dr. Seuss wrote What Pet Should I Get? between 1958 and 1962.

“The brother and sister in the book are the same as those in his bestselling Beginner Book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, which was published in 1960,” Goldsmith said.

The book is due to be published in July.

We’ll keep you posted as news comes to hand, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

Click here for more books from Dr. Seuss

British study reveals author, librarian and academic three most desirable careers

WritingBooklovers know it, and it appears the rest of the world is starting to catch on.

A bookish job is a great job!

The “aura of prestige” connected with a career in writing or academia is preferable to jobs that brought promises of wealth and celebrity status, according to a survey conducted by UK market research firm Yougov with more than 14,000 respondents.

Being an author was the most popular choice among both men and women, with more than 60 per cent selecting it as their dream job. It was followed by a career as a librarian (54 per cent) and in academia (51 per cent). Lawyers came in fourth place, with journalism in sixth behind interior design.

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