Location: Melbourne | London
Style: Scribe publish ‘narrative and literary non-fiction on important topics, and the best of local, international, and translated fiction.’
Book Catalogue: Scribe Catalogue
Scribe is a publishing house that I really look up to, not only because they publish such beautiful books but because they consistently strive for the best quality in both copy and content. As some of you may know, I’m currently in my last year of studying a Master of Publishing and Communication at Melbourne University and being in my final year, networking and experience within the publishing industry is currently at the forefront of my mind. So when Scribe contacted me asking if I’d like to be sent review copies of their books, I acted like a complete fangirl (hello, dream job) and accepted their offer with so much thanks and appreciation.
I browsed through their latest catalogue and marvelled at the choices being presented to me. From memoir and contemporary fiction, to literary non-fiction and political dramas, I felt absolutely spoiled for choice… Then, a big box of book mail arrived on my doorstep.
Here are my top picks (and the latest books in my ever-growing t0-be-read stack) from Scribe Publications:
Firstly, I can’t stop staring at this beautiful cover design and when I posted this on my Instagram, you guys went nuts for it! A Woman On the Edge of Time delves into the story of Hannah Gavron; a young woman who committed suicide in 1965 leaving behind a suicide note, two small children and an about-to-be-published manuscript. This book is written by Hannah’s son, Jeremy Gavron and it sounds like an intriguing, and perhaps heartbreaking, read.
The Orpheous Clock is the very interesting family memoir of Simon Goodman. Simon was born into a successful German-Jewish banking family and it wasn’t until his father died that Simon discovered their family secret. During World War 2, the Nazi regime stole valuable artworks belonging to the Gutmanns including work from Degas, Renoir, Botticelli etc. The story of Simon Goodman’s detective work, spanning different countries over a number of years is captured in this book. It sounds extremely interesting!
The blurb of Higher Ed is one that always gets me instantly hooked! As soon as I hear something like ‘five Londoners, diverse characters, intersecting lives’ I’m there. Tessa McWatt brings together the lives of five different people living in contemporary London, with different backgrounds, all experiencing life and the city in different ways. I’m so excited to pick this one up and would recommend fans of Zadie Smith’s NW to give this one a go!
A work of fiction, Australian author Georgia Blain brings us the story of Ester, a family therapist who spends her days helping others to find happiness. Estranged from her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester is looking for love again. Between a Wolf and a Dog is set in Sydney, Australia and explores themes of love, happiness, loneliness and relationships. This one is due for release this April!
Image it’s 1870 and you’re on a train from Manchester to London bound to marry a wealthy mill-owner. That’s where Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea starts and as his main character, Lizzie Burns, soon discovers, life doesn’t always go according to plan. Haunted by her first love, Lizzie delves into Victorian life with a sense of duty to right her past wrongs all the while being compelled to undertake a revolution.
Lindsay Tanner draws upon his past experience of being Minister for Finance and Deregulation during the Rudd – Gillard governments as he shares a piece of fictional work starring an intolerant mid-fifties cab driver called Jack. Jack has a negative attitude towards people who aren’t familiar to him and one day he experiences an altercation in an inner-city estate building which brings all his assumptions and intolerance of difference to the forefront. Set in Australia, Comfort Zone discusses themes of racism, difference and tolerance as we take a lot at how humanity could benefit from embracing those who are different from us.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize, Peggy Frew’s novel Hope Farm is gaining a lot of buzz in the media at the moment! Set in 1985, Hope Farm tells the story of 13 year old Silver and her mother, Ishtar as they move from Brisbane to a hippie commune in rural Gippsland, Victoria. It is here at Hope Farm that Silver finds unexpected love and friendship as she searches for the meaning of home.
I’m very excited to read more of Peggy Frew’s work as I enjoyed her previous book, House of Sticks, when I read and reviewed last year. Read my review of House of Sticks here.
In The Road to Ruin Niki Savva, senior correspondent in the Canberra Press Gallery and columnist for The Australian, explores the relationship between former Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, and Peta Credlin. Savva delves into Abbott’s short time in office and how his sense of loyalty and savageness tested and ultimately lost him his seat of power. I really enjoy reading non-fiction political texts such as this one and I’m very intrigued as to the behind-the-scenes access Niki Savva will bring to the Australians who endured the Abbott government.
Thank you again to Scribe for sending me such a fantastic stack of books. I’m so looking forward to reading and reviewing them all in the near future. If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are there any in particular that take your fancy? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading. x