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Featured Author: Bill Bateman

Bill Bateman practiced medicine for 25 years on Victoria’s rugged south-west coast before moving with his family to the city. Currently he works at an inner suburban GP practice and a drop-in clinic for the homeless. He was the author of a fortnightly (hopefully funny) column in The Australian Doctor, a national medical magazine, and now turns his pen to novel writing. The sequel to his debut novel (Hard Labour), was launched last night at the Avenue Bookstore. We chat with Bill about writing and his new book, You're Never The Same. What type of trouble can we see Dr...

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Amazon Prime Day

Love them or hate them, Amazon has the biggest range of books and other products on the internet. To help you make the most of this huge sale, we've curated a list of books you might want to check out. Don't have a Prime account? Sign up for a free trial here: Not only do you get free shipping, but the subscription gives you access to Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Music, and Amazon TV (Outlander anyone?). Here are our staff picks: Katya de Becerra's What The Woods Keeps is fantastic. A dark mix of the principles of physics and Norse mythology...

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Birthday Book Sale!

Odyssey Book is 10 years old this July. Help us celebrate in our biggest book sale yet! This weekend only: A Perfect Square, by Isobel Blackthorn Across two continents, two sets of mothers and daughters are bound by a dark mystery. On a winter’s day in the Dandenongs, Victoria, pianist Ginny returns home to stay with her eccentric mother and artist, Harriet. Consumed by disturbing dreams, speculations and remembering, she tries to prise from her mother the truth concerning her father’s disappearance and why, when she was seven, Harriet abducted her. In an effort to distract her daughter’s interrogations, Harriet...

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Odyssey turns 10!

Celebrating 100 titles in 2019

On 14 July 2009, Odyssey Books became an incorporated publishing company, with its first title—Operation Trooplift: Postcards From Home, an anthology of short stories, poetry, photos and illustrations—published in January the following year. Ten years later, Odyssey will publish its 100th title—a feat for any small press when you consider many shut down within a few years, for various reasons.  “When I first started Odyssey Books, it was very much a passion project. I had big goals to build the company into a full-time business, but kept a safety net in my day job, so it’s taken a bit longer...

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GAMMA.COM

Canberra's own pop culture event, GAMMA.COM, is not far away so we thought we'd flash back a couple of years to Odyssey intern Kate's first time at the convention. (This post was first published at Internal Phrasing, a blog for Odyssey interns to share their experiences with other young people wanting a career in publishing.) It was a couple of weeks ago now that I attended my first GAMMA.CON, Canberra’s answer to Comic-Con. Being my first experience not only of GAMMA.CON, but in fact any Con, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. At first I did a loop around...

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Welcome to New Author: Shelley Nolan

Shelley Russell Nolan is an avid reader who began writing her own stories at sixteen. Her first completed manuscript featured brain-eating aliens and a butt-kicking teenage heroine. Since then she has spent her time creating fantasy worlds where death is only the beginning and even freaks can fall in love. A member of Romance Writers of Australia, Australian Romance Readers Association and Queensland Writers Centre, Shelley regularly attends workshops and writers festivals to meet other writers and readers. Born in New Zealand, moving to Australia with her family when she was seven, Shelley currently lives in Central Queensland with her...

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Featured Author: Daniel Marchildon

Daniel Marchildon is a French-speaking Canadian author born and raised in Penetanguishene, (Ontario, Canada) a small community 160 km north of Toronto. In his thirty years as a freelance writer, he has published thirteen novels in French, as well as short stories and historical works. He has also written the screenplay of a feature film, La Sacrée (Holy Brew in the English subtitled version) produced in Canada in 2011. Odyssey Books published his turbulent family saga, which mixes the captivating tale of Scotch whisky with the stories of the challenging Georgian Bay coastal life in 2015. Thanks for chatting with...

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Featured Author: Vacen Taylor

Vacen Taylor is an author, writer, storyteller, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She describes her writing as a basic prose style with the occasional splash of creative penning. She collects comics and loves superheroes, anime and science. Her first novel Starchild: The Age of Akra was released by Odyssey Books in 2013. The series is now up to its fourth instalment, due for release in June this year. What have you been up to since the launch of The Healing Stone? I’ve been busy writing, exploring new forms of storytelling. As a screenwriter, winning the Best Short Screenplay with my piece Foiled in The Good Dog International...

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Featured Author: Sue Parritt

Your trilogy, which begins with Sannah and the Pilgrim, is quite racially charged. What inspired you to delve into the complicated issues of racism? I was, and remain appalled by past and present governments’ policies on refugees and asylum seekers; in recent years particularly the inhumane treatment of those on Nauru and Manus Island. There’s quite a lot of political activism in your novels. What role do you think activism plays in creating change? Activism can change societies in radical ways - witness the Civil Rights movement in the USA, the ending of apartheid in South Africa, and looking back...

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Welcome to New Author: T. R. Thompson

Tom is an Australian speculative fiction author. He lives in Belgrave on the outskirts of Melbourne with his wife and two young sons. When not writing or reading he spends too much time gaming and taking long meandering walks through the forest that always seem to end up at a tavern. The Blood Within The Stone is his first novel. It will be available in July 2017. In the isolated traders’ town of Greystone, two young thieves named Wilt and Higgs scratch out a living on the street. Both have quick minds and even quicker fingers, but Wilt has another...

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