Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930-1970: The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom

Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930-1970: The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom

by Jason D. Ensor
     
 

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This volume details the history of Australia’s oldest and most nationally iconic publishing firm, Angus & Robertson, and its long-term investment in establishing and maintaining a viable commercial arm in London from 1930 to 1970.

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This volume details the history of Australia’s oldest and most nationally iconic publishing firm, Angus & Robertson, and its long-term investment in establishing and maintaining a viable commercial arm in London from 1930 to 1970.

Editorial Reviews

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‘Jason Ensor has written a book that will be of great interest and use, first and foremost, to historians of the book and publishing industries in both Britain and Australia. […] It also highlights the seam of nationalism, streaked with cultural cringe and imperial desire, which runs through Australia’s literary and publishing histories.’ —Kylie Mirmohamadi, ‘Australian Historical Studies’

‘[A] well-written, dense and painstakingly researched book’ —Miranda Francis, ‘Australian Library Journal’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781783080588
Publisher:
Anthem Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Anthem Australian Humanities Research Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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‘Jason Ensor's absorbing study of Angus & Robertson's UK publishing ventures in the mid-twentieth century is a valuable addition to the story of Australian cultural history. It is also a timely contribution to the newly transnational and worldly understanding of what is usually thought of as an iconically nationalist institution, Angus & Robertson. We know that the empire wrote back, but Ensor's study shows us how the empire also published back.’ —Philip Mead, University of Western Australia

‘Jason Ensor’s meticulously researched book provides a publishing history of unprecedented depth, and also demonstrates how transnational Australian literature has always been. The book is also absorbing on a narrative level, as Ensor provides quirky anecdotes about the challenges of producing books that will resonate even today.’ —Nicholas Birns, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

‘A comprehensive, well-researched and finely grained study that adds significantly to our understanding of the contemporary Anglo-Australian book trade history. Much can be learned perusing its pages.’ —David Finkelstein, University of Dundee

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