We are absolutely delighted to reveal the gorgeous cover of our forthcoming title, a brand new edition of Max Fatchen’s A Pocketful of Rhymes. The fabulous cover illustration is by wonderful illustrator Kathy Creamer, who’s also created many lively internal illustrations, and the great design is by Beattie Alvarez, while award-winning author Janeen Brian has written an excellent introduction to the poems. The book will be officially released on May 8. Booksellers and libraries can order now, through our distributors Dennis Jones and Associates(trade and libraries) and INT Books(schools).
We are delighted to announce that the next Second Look title, to be published in May this year, will be a brand new edition of the late Max Fatchen’s brilliant collection of poetry for children, A Pocketful of Rhymes, which has been out of print for far too long!
From thirsty dogs to old horses to pesky seagulls and fishy tales; from family squabbles to sports day races and flooded creeks; from letting loose on a skateboard to dancing amongst the trees: these wonderful poems are full of joy, humour and keen observation and will entertain and amuse a whole new generation of readers.
This new edition of Max Fatchen’s much-loved classic of children’s poetry features an introduction by award-winning children’s author and poet Janeen Brian , who knew Max, and lively new cover and internal illustrations by the fabulous illustrator Kathy Creamer.
Paperback, ISBN: 9780994528018
Release date May 3, 2017
Cover reveal coming soon!
It’s the official release week for our new edition of Libby Gleeson’s wonderful first novel, Eleanor Elizabeth!
To celebrate, we spoke to the author about the novel and what’s it like seeing it back in print.
First of all, Libby, congratulations on the release of the new edition of Eleanor Elizabeth! We are so thrilled to be bringing this wonderful novel back to a new generation of readers. In your new introduction to the book, you wrote about how the book came about. How does it feel like, revisiting your first novel?
It’s a strange experience. I feel so proud to see it back in print. It was my first attempt at writing a novel, I didn’t know if it would ever be published and so revisiting it brings back all the pleasures of creating it while at the same time fearing it would never see the light of day.
One of the striking things about this novel is the sense the reader gets of the natural environment, which has a real role to play in the story. How did you build up that vivid background?
I wrote the book while I was living in Europe so I was missing my homeland at the same time as wanting to place my characters there. I spent a lot of time focusing on my own memories of landscape and the difference between where the story starts and where the family moves and lives. The new environment helps shape the main character. It’s almost a character in the story.
Elizabeth’s diary is almost like a kind of time-travel device, plunging Eleanor back into the past. How did you recreate Elizabeth’s world?
I knew enough about rural life in the late nineteenth century – that’s the story of my mother’s family. I had to spend time looking at the kind of language Elizabeth would use. Diaries were a great help – especially Ethel Turner’s, despite it being about twenty years later.
You have gone on to become one of Australia’s most acclaimed and popular authors. What role do you think Eleanor, Elizabeth played in that?
The success of Eleanor, Elizabeth gave me confidence to keep going. I had written it while I was a member of a writing group in London and that group was very demanding in terms of finding the right image and language and sentiment. It encouraged experimentation. I still have that in my head as I write. I think I have also been lucky.
The Second Look edition of Eleanor Elizabeth is available in all good bookshops. ISBN: 9780994234070, RRp $18.99.
Our upcoming Second Look title, a brand new edition of multi-award winning author Libby Gleeson’s fantastic first novel, Eleanor Elizabeth, will be released in mid-August and we are very excited!
With a new introduction by the author, and sensitive black and white internal illustrations by Beattie Alvarez (who also created the eye-catching cover), this will be a real publishing milestone. We are thrilled and honoured to be bringing back this gripping, vivid novel by one of Australia’s most loved and well-known authors, to a new generation of readers.
The book will be available through all good bookshops and online, worldwide.
Booksellers and libraries, please order through our distributor, Dennis Jones and Associates.
Second Look Publishing is a new imprint from Christmas Press, and is dedicated to republishing great Australian children’s books that have been undeservedly out of print. We will be publishing them in both ebook and high-quality print-on-demand formats.
With a very heartfelt thank you to Australia Post for an Our Neighbourhood small business grant, we are able to bring you two fabulous titles this year, starting with This School is Driving Me Nuts, a collection of hilarious plays for children by popular author Duncan Ball, with pictures by well-known illustrator Craig Smith. It will be published in March 2016.
Our second book, out in July, will be an illustrated new edition of Eleanor, Elizabeth by Libby Gleeson, this multi-award-winning writer’s first novel, and will feature an introduction by the author.
The third book, to be contracted in 2016 and published in early 2017, is still being negotiated–watch this space!