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Amid the COVID-19 chaos, Fremantle Press Publisher Georgia Richter says in books, at least, we can hold endings in our hands

I am currently reading A Notable Woman, a lifetime’s worth of ‘the romantic journals’ of Jean Lucey Pratt, edited and condensed into one hefty volume by Simon Garfield. The book was a gift given to me by my friend Andrea in the UK, who read it on a recommendation from her friend, Hilary Mantel. On the other side of the spousal bed, my husband is reading Hilary’s final instalment in the Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror and the Light. Another friend in the UK emailed me yesterday saying how much she was enjoying Mantel’s novel, but that it had already struck her in the face several times because she reads it at night just before sleeping.

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CEO Jane Fraser brings light and darkness to international readers with back-to-back foreign rights sales of Littlelight and Doom Creek

Welcome to May. How is our bookish tribe faring this month? Have you broken the Goodreads algorithm by smashing out your 2020 Reading Challenge in the first quarter? Here at Fremantle Press, right at the moment when the physical world seemed to contract to what was experienced from the lounge room or the home office, our local WA stories expanded into new territories and formats.

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A message from Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser to our customers, colleagues, contractors and creatives

Just as we know each of you will be doing, Fremantle Press is getting to grips with a new way of operating in these unprecedented times. Fremantle Press is committed to the safety of its staff, creatives, contractors and suppliers, and is closely following all guidelines and information regarding the evolving crisis around COVID-19 and how to best mitigate any escalation and impact of the spread of this virus in our community.

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Fremantle Press bids farewell to editor and manuscript assessor Wendy Jenkins, who retires after four decades of service to the Western Australian literary community

At the end of 2019, with her customary desire to avoid the fanfare she so richly deserves, Fremantle Press editor and manuscript assessor Wendy Jenkins left the building. It is an understatement to say this is the end of an era: Wendy began work with the Press, formerly known as Fremantle Arts Centre Press, just a few years after it published its first title in 1976.

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VALE W.J. Peasley 1927–2020

Fremantle Press extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dr William John Peasley, who passed away on 2 January, just a couple of weeks short of turning 93.

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