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Thank you for your valued support in 2014. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and a Happy New Year.

News and events

Lacuna online bookstore

Those of you have been asking for this feature will be pleased to know you can now buy the paperback editions of our books directly from our website. Just click the Buy Now button on each book’s page.

Now is a great time to buy a book for that special Christmas gift or for summer holiday reading. Christmas orders must be placed by 15 December to ensure timely delivery.

Eva signing booksEva Novy in the spotlight

Darling, impossible! was launched by comedian Jackie Loeb at the Wadsworth Gallery, Paddington NSW, in November, where author Eva Novy was kept very busy signing books.

Eva has been profiled in The Wentworth Courier, The Jewish News and on the Australian Writers Centre blog.

Memory and literature essays online

If you missed our June literary event on memory in Ian Bedford’s The Last Candles of the Night, the speeches are now available on our website. Associate Professor Kalpana Ram spoke on politics and remembering history, Professor John Sutton on fragmented and invented memory, and Professor Ross Poole on political engagement and distant memories.

Independent Publishing Conference and “bibliodiversity”

The third annual Independent Publishing Conference was held in Sydney in November 2014, run by the Small Press Network. It was a very stimulating and informative couple of days, with particular highlights being the two keynote presentations. Susan Hawthorne’s talk on “bibliodiversity” and her book of the same name, Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing, could have been written specially for Lacuna. It is our mission to publish books representing different voices that fall outside the mainstream and challenge the status quo, and that will having lasting resonance — while also being great reads.

Distribution and ONIX book data

Lacuna titles are distributed direct from the publisher within Australia and are also available from Lightning Source Australia. Internationally our books are distributed by Ingram.

Lacuna has been ONIX compliant from the outset and our ONIX files are now available for download from our website.

NSW Writers’ Centre workshops


DIY Publishing: The Business of Publishing

Publisher and editor Linda Nix presented on “The Business of Publishing” at the recent DIY Publishing workshop run by the NSW Writers’ Centre, giving prospective self-publishing authors a reality check on the costs, profit margins and other business considerations in publishing.

From Manuscript to Publication

This course run over six Saturday afternoons in June and July 2015 takes a practical, hands-on approach to getting your manuscript — and yourself — ready for the world of publishing. Presented by Linda Nix. Course info:

Write | Edit | Index workshops

The following workshops are being run on 6 May 2015 in Canberra as part of the Write | Edit | Index conference.

Decoding XML: A Practical Guide for Editors

Full-day workshop presented by Lacuna publisher and editor Linda Nix.

Grammar in a Nutshell

Full-day workshop presented by Elizabeth Manning Murphy, author of Effective Writing 2nd edn.

Introduction to EndNote

Half-day workshop presented by Hilary Cadman, co-author of Effective Writing 2nd edn.

New fiction

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.

OUT NOW in Paperback (ISBN 9781922198167) and
Ebook (ISBN 9781922198174)
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New non-fiction

Cycle of LearningCycle of Learning

by Anne Fitzpatrick

After backpacking around Asia, Anne Fitzpatrick spent three months volunteering in rural India. Inspired by the program, she returned to Australia determined to raise funds for the education of young people in Kodaikanal, by cycling around Australia — despite having no experience of either cycling or fundraising.

Cycle of Learning is Anne's story about her journey and the people she meets across urban and rural Australia — at Australian schools and church groups where Anne arranged to speak, among the cycling community she found on the road, and the family, friends and total strangers who assisted her.

It is also the story of the people in India involved in the education program for which she was raising funds, as children when she first met them and as young adults when she returns nearly ten years later.

Cycle of Learning is a highly readable, funny and inspiring true story.

Paperback (ISBN 9781922198181) and Ebook (ISBN 9781922198198)

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Praise for our books

Go to the book pages on our website for the full reviews and links to the original reviews.

Effective Writing 2nd edn

“The book is friendly and accessible, making it easy to understand and follow and a valuable supplement to other writing stalwarts, such as the Style Manual Tina Mattei, Editors Vic Newsletter

“It’s a plain-language, no-nonsense guide to written communication for a number of audiences: those for whom English is a second language, a student wanting to overcome the current shortfalls of English language education in schools in Australia, and for those learning the craft of office communication — particularly in the public service. … it’s proven a handy reference for the professional.” — Dallas Stow, The Canberra Editor

The Last Candles of the Night

“a good story, imagined with care and told with graceful skill” — Subhash Jaireth, Mascara Literary Review

“The novel is well researched and has all the ingredients of a good story. The history is fascinating and the ambiance of the febrile state of Hyderabad prior to its annexation by India is palpable. There is also an interesting and mysterious love story at the heart of the novel.” — Michael Jongen, Newtown Review of Books


“There is little to find fault with in this carefully-crafted novel where not so much as a comma is out of place. … It is indeed a clever spoof of postcolonial and postmodern literary studies, expertly written, greatly entertaining and undoubtedly deserving of our attention … Paul Williams more than rivals the master academic satirist David Lodge (author of Small World)” — Drew Shaw, scrutiny2

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