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Ian Bedford sells more than Tim Winton

The Last Candles of the Night, by Ian Bedford, was #2 in Gleebooks' Bestsellers Fiction list for July. Other heavyweight names in the list include Donna Tartt and Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling).

Screenshot from Gleebooks Gleaner
Screenshot from Gleebooks Gleaner, August 2014, p24

Book Expo Australia

Congratulations to the winner of our prize draw from Book Expo Australia, high school librarian Lynette Hodgson. Lynette receives her choice of any 3 of our titles.

The expo didn't draw the crowds that the organisers anticipated, but at Lacuna we viewed it as a valuable trade networking event.

Chris at the Lacuna Publishing stall, Book Expo Australia
Chris at the Lacuna stand.

Linda, Lacuna stand, Book Expo Australia
Linda doing a live editing demonstration.

New fiction

The Last Candles of the NightThe Last Candles of the Night

by Ian Bedford

In Hyderabad in 1948, a love triangle evolves between three young people with conflicting ideals: an Australian schoolteacher, an Indian nationalist and an Indian nationalist revolutionary. The turbulent events of this phase of the struggle for Indian independence come alive and take their toll half a century later in Sydney, 2001 – the year of 'Tampa' in Australia. The Last Candles of the Night is a lyrical and moving tale of the pitfalls of memory and the costs of deep allegiance.

OUT NOW in Paperback (ISBN 9781922198129) and Ebook (ISBN 9781922198136) More information

Darling, Impossible!

by Eva Novy

They say the past is another country but for Australian-born Lily the past is another language: Hungarian, the language of her migrant family, the language of secrets. A chance encounter with Eva – the woman Lily remembers fondly from early childhood but is now shunned for reasons kept hidden to Lily – leads to illicit Hungarian lessons in Eva's coffee shop. Between mouthfuls of black forest cake and Hungarian poetry, Lily learns more than she signed up for.

FORTHCOMING October 2014
in Paperback (ISBN 9781922198167) and
Ebook (ISBN 9781922198174)
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New non-fiction

Effective writing 2nd editionEffective Writing: Plain English at Work

2nd edition
by Elizabeth Manning Murphy

with Hilary Cadman

Effective writing: plain English at work is about writing that works: it is based on sound English grammar and plain English style. Through this book you will gain the skills needed to write cohesive paragraphs and to consider your target audience. This second, updated edition also considers workplace writing not covered in the first edition such as writing emails and material for websites. Each topic includes activities (and solutions) for you to practise your writing and check your progress. Use this book as a self-teaching aid or as a class textbook. 

OUT NOW in Paperback (ISBN 9781922198143) and Ebook (ISBN 9781922198150)
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Praise for Effective Writing 2nd edn

"Packed with useful insights"  Isabelle Delvare, PEGboard

"contains vast amounts of useful information, beautifully presented" — Caroline Petherick, Editing Matters

"a thoroughly useful guide to a range of readers" — John Linnegar

Read the detailed reviews on our website.

Praise for This Freshest Hell

"This Freshest Hell by Natasha Ewendt is like two books in one. The first part covers about 12 years in  Maggie and Lily’s life and the second part is their life as vampires. … Because the first part of the book made you care so much about these characters it made the part where they became vampires that much better. … The main idea for this book though wasn’t that this is a vampire novel but instead it was a book about two girls finding their way in life and Natasha Ewendt did a good job of getting the point across. This Freshest Hell shows that books about vampires will never get old as long as they can make you care about the characters."
— David Watson,
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