News from HarperCollins

Pretty sad announcement from HarperCollins about their New Zealand operations.

I realise it says that they’re consulting over the next 10 days and a final announcement will be made on 12 June but that sounds like giving people time to get used to it, to me. :(

HarperCollins Titles Now Available on the iBookstore in New Zealand

Just through from HarperCollins NZ…

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — 24 October 2012 — HarperCollins today announced that thousands of its local and international catalogue of titles are now available on the iBookstore. This includes New Zealand classics such as Tamar by Deborah Challinor, He’ll be Okay by Celia Lashlie, Before Your Kids Drive You Crazy, Read This by Nigel Latta and The Winner’s Bible by Kerry Spackman.

“Having HarperCollins’ books available on the iBookstore offers a great opportunity for New Zealand readers to get further access to a fantastic array of books,” said Graham Mitchell, General Manager, HarperCollins New Zealand. “The popularity of the iPad and the iBookstore in Australia, the US and the UK indicates that the market available to New Zealand authors through this platform will be significant and will also contribute to the accessibility of our authors in international markets.”

Download HarperCollins titles today from the iBookstore on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at

Random House – Publishing Sensation “Fifty Shades of Grey” to be published in New Zealand

In April Random House New Zealand will be publishing E L James’s Number 1 New York Times bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. The announcement regarding the acquisition of UK and Commonwealth rights by Century and Arrow in the UK was made yesterday by Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone Publishing and Selina Walker, publisher of Century and Arrow Books. The deal was struck with Valerie Hoskins of VHA Ltd in London for a six-figure sum.

The three titles in the series – Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed – is currently available in ebook and the first book in the trilogy will be available in printed edition on 5 April 2012.

Selina Walker, Publisher of Century and Arrow said, “These truly are the books everyone is talking about – pretty much around the world. They are romantic, liberating, and utterly page-turning, and have sparked more roundthe-table conversation than any books I can remember. We are delighted to be publishing the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in Arrow, and to be welcoming EL James to our publishing list.”

First published in May 2011 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House in Australia, Fifty Shades of Grey follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker (September 2011) and Fifty Shades Freed (January 2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship. The trilogy has already sold more than 250,000 copies in ebook and paperback editions.

E L JamesE L James is a former TV executive, wife, and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Get your hands dirty with Yates Young Gardener

Yates Young GardenerFollowing on from the huge success of Yates Young Gardener: Growing things to eat, award-winning children’s author and passionate gardener Janice Marriott has teamed up again with Yates to bring us the exciting new book:

Yates Young Gardener

Get your hands dirty

by Janice Marriott


Yates Young Gardener: Get your hands dirty is full of exciting things to make in the garden so you can get your hands dirty and watch what grows. Filled with fun facts, puzzles and jokes, this is a brilliant book helping young kids to learn, watch and nurture their brilliant creations in their own backyard.

In Yates Young Gardener: Get your hands dirty you can learn how to:

  • Grow humungous fungus
  • Make shrunken heads
  • Make your own secret hideout in the garden
  • Make magic wands
  • Make your own wrapping paper
  • Create sticky sticks, gungy pinecones and glop pots

In the book, KIA — Mr Know-it-all — gives useful advice, Nurse Nasturtium teaches you safety in the garden, Red Hot Poker Joker pops up with jokes and the Science Sleuth Slot gives you mind-bending mysteries to solve.

Janice Marriott had such a tremendous response from families and schools to Yates Young Gardener: Growing things to eat that she decided to provide more activities for children to do with plants in Yates Young Gardener: Get your hands dirty.

Janice says, ‘I’ve included a huge range of hands-on activities, many being  things we used to do as kids — like making flower dolls, and cards made from leaf rubbings — and I’ve  added  more scientific methods of observation, and things to make that are just plain weird.

‘This is the book I wish I’d had years ago, and which I’ll use with all the children visitors to my garden in the years ahead.’

Janice Marriott is an award-winning children’s author and writes gardening columns for the Herald on Sunday and House and Garden magazine. She wrote about her own garden in her bestselling book, Common Ground.  Her other titles include Common Table, Taking OffThor’s Tale, (winner of the Junior Fiction category in the 2007 New Zealand Post Book Awards), and Soldier in the Yellow Socks: Charles Upham, our finest fighting soldier, a finalist in the non-fiction category of the 2007 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Her novel Crossroads won the 1996 Aim Supreme Award and Senior Fiction Award.

What the reviewers said about Yates Young Gardener: Growing things to eat:

‘Full of easy, fun ideas to get little people into the garden and keep them enthralled.’ — Australian Women’s Weekly

‘This book makes gardening feel like fun, makes it very achievable for children, and piles a lot of learning in at the same time.’ — New Zealand Lifestyle Block

‘A fascinating and funny book for kids that complements Yates’ sponsorship of Cool Kids Grow programme in schools.’ — Weekend Gardener

BookieMonster says: I just had to post this as my brand new vege garden is slowly taking shape! We’ve started very late in the season but I have high hopes for the summer lasting long enough to make sure we get the most out of our seed sowing.