• Begin the Begin: R.E.M.’s Early Years, by Robert Dean Lurie, offers the most detailed account to date of the band’s formative years, with previously undocumented stories that cast a fresh light on their story

  • Our Dark Passage imprint is reissuing the novels of Australian queen of crime June Wright. The latest is The Devil's Caress (1952), a psychological thriller worthy of Daphne du Maurier.


  • Dig, David Nichols's history of Australian rock and pop music 1960–85. From the Missing Links to the Triffids by way of the Bee Gees, Easybeats, Skyhooks, AC/DC, and many more, cult heroes as well as international stars, these 600 pages cover the territory with Nichols's unique wit and flair.

  • Buried Country, Clinton Walker's fascinating account of Aboriginal country music, has been revised and updated, and is finally getting its due as a groundbreaking work of music and social history.

  • Lost Joy collects Camden Joy's rants, manifestoes, and stories from the 90s – he kickstarted a new style of writing about music in fiction and criticism

  • Arthur Nersesian's neo-noir Manhattan crime novel, Gladyss of the Hunt