Tasmania’s Parliament House is a graceful Georgian sandstone building facing the Hobart waterfront. It is here, on the steps of the parliament, that Amanda Lohrey suggested we meet for the interview, so that I could see at firsthand the docks and backstreets of the waterfront that constituted the setting of her first novel, The Morality of Gentlemen. Lohrey has a frank, straightforward manner and a penetrating gaze. There is a steadiness about her, as though others can flap about all they like and she’ll wait until they have finished. She has a remarkable voice, deep and sonorous, which holds a calm authority but is very ready to register a wry humour.
Posted on 2 Aug 2022 under Politics and Current Affairs
Andrew Quilty, author of August in Kabul will be appearing live at several events across Australia.
Read our Q & A with author of Masked Histories Leah Lui-Chivizhe.
Posted on 28 Jul 2022
In the months since his death, we have only become more conscious of the immense gap Stuart Macintyre leaves in our intellectual and civic life. So it’s with a mixture of sadness and deep admiration that we celebrate the publication of this tribute from his friends.
Posted on 30 Jun 2022 under Arts and Literature
Read our Q & A with authors of Happy Together David Walker and Li Yao. Uncover what sparked their relationship, what aspects of their culture and identity they hope to convey to readers and what has been the highlight of writing Happy Together.
Posted on 20 May 2022 under Arts and Literature
Read our Q & A with author of The Red Witch Nathan Hobby. Find out the surprising memories he uncovered while sifting through Katharine Susannah Prichard's letters, the images of Katharine he hopes to leave with readers and what has been the highlight for him during the writing process.
Posted on 13 May 2022 under Politics and Current Affairs
When this pandemic crisis ends, things will be very bad for those with weak, corrupt and incompetent governments. For those with good governments, critical moral decisions will be required: do we reinvest and rebuild positively, or do we inflict austerity to pay down the debt quickly?
Posted on 13 May 2022 under Politics and Current Affairs
COVID-19 emerged while Australians were trying to recover from the worst bushfire season experienced in recent memory. Now, as we’ve begun to come to terms with the impact of this crisis, the nation’s gaze has turned towards recovery. In doing so, we ask ourselves what will Australia look like on the other side?
Posted on 28 Mar 2022
We’re privileged to have Phillip Deery’s Spies and Sparrows: ASIO and the Cold War for several reasons. In the first place, it’s the work of Australia’s leading cold war historian. Phillip’s knowledge of the primary sources, of the historical scholarship, of the key personalities, living and dead, is incomparable. His own contribution to our understanding of Australia’s cold war has been formidable: through a vast body of published scholarship, through memorable performances at conferences, through his teaching and supervision, and, increasingly in recent years, through his book reviewing in the weekend papers and his voice on the airwaves.
Q & A with Isobelle Barrett Meyering—Author of Feminism and the Making of a Child Rights Revolution 1969–1979
Posted on 14 Mar 2022
Read our Q & A with author of <i>Feminism and the Making of a Child Rights Revolution</i> Isobelle Barrett Meyering. Find out the reason behind the child rights revolution and what they were fighting for, the unbelievable discovery uncovered through her research and what messages she hopes to leave with her readers.
Posted on 14 Feb 2022
Read our Q & A with author of <i>Spies and Sparrows</i> Phillip Deery. Find out the surprising stories he uncovered while researching his real-life espionage thriller, the messages he hopes to convey to readers and what has been the highlight for him during the writing process.
Posted on 1 Nov 2021 under Miegunyah Press
Before you uncover the Vandemonian’s fates, and the lives they lived and loved ones they valued; glimpse the most renown of Vandemonians to understand why Janet McCalman felt the need to discover their stories and individual places within Victoria’s convict history.
MUP to release 'August in Kabul: America’s Last Days in Afghanistan' by award-winning photojournalist Andrew Quilty
Posted on 22 Oct 2021 under Politics and Current Affairs
Andrew Quilty was one of a handful of Western journalists present in Kabul as the city fell. This is his account of what happened in the chaotic final days of America's capitulation to the Taliban.
Posted on 18 Oct 2021
MUP will release two books each year in a Colonial Australian Culture series. The series will be a library of innovative, accessible, scholarly work on colonialism in Australia.
Posted on 9 Sep 2021
Melbourne University Press (MUP) has signed the first title in a new South Asia book publishing series: Farmers’ Strike, by Namita Waikar.
Posted on 23 Aug 2021 under Academic
Farmers or Hunter-Gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate, by Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe was published 16 June 2021. This book is an authoritative study of pre-colonial Australia that dismantles and reframes popular narratives of First Nations land management and food production.
Sydney Writers' Festival has returned to Carriageworks for 2021 and we are very pleased to have three Melbourne University Publishing authors showcasing their expertise and literary talents this week.
Posted on 16 Apr 2021 under Politics and Current Affairs
Where the Water Ends: Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe, an expansive account of the refugee crisis and the people at its heart, was published 2 March. Zoe Holman's unflinching gaze in Where the Water Ends lights up the dark side of immigration policy in Europe by tracing the stories of immigrants and their treatment at the hands of Greek and European Union authorities.
Posted on 24 Mar 2021 under Writing
Read Stuart Kell's inspired speech from the launch of his latest book ARGYLE. The transcript provides a snippet of why Stuart decided to write about the Argyle mine, how the diamond mine changed the industry forever and shaped the lives of workers and their families.
Posted on 17 Dec 2020 under Interviews
Read a Q & A with Noah Riseman and Shirleene Robinson, authors of Pride in Defence. They talk about why they wrote the book, the highlights of their research and writing process and what they are currently reading.