About Allen & Unwin

Allen & Unwin New Zealand is part of the Allen & Unwin publishing group.

Our offices

Level 2, 10 College Hill
Freemans Bay
New Zealand
Ph: +64 (9) 3773 800

83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Ph: +61 (2) 8425 0100

406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Ph: +61 (3) 9665 5000

Ormond House
26-27 Boswell Street
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7269 1610

Representation and distribution

Allen & Unwin are proud to be the Australian and New Zealand agents for:
Atlantic Books and Corvus
Bloomsbury & agencies
Bonnier Zaffre
Faber & Faber
Granta and Portobello
Icon Books
Profile and Serpent's Tail
Short Books
Nosy Crow

Murdoch Agencies:
The Quarto Group
Alison & Busby
Barrington Stoke
Pushkin Press
Pushkin Children's
Pushkin Vertigo
Daunt Books

Allen & Unwin distribute to the Australian and New Zealand markets through United Book Distributors (UBD):

United Book Distributors Customer Service
67 Apollo Drive
Auckland 0745

ph: 09 442 7410
fax: 09 442 7406
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International sales

Allen & Unwin titles are available throughout the world - click here for details

What we publish

New Zealand

We publish New Zealand novels, children's books and non-fiction, including narrative non-fiction such as memoir, biography, history and sport as well as illustrated non-fiction such as cookbooks and gift titles.


We publish a wide range of literary and commercial fiction, with authors including Alex Miller, Andrew McGahan, Christos Tsiolkas, Michelle de Kretser, Sofie Laguna, Craig Silvey, Charlotte Wood, Heather Rose, Gillian Mears and Jodi Picoult. We have one of the leading crime fiction lists, with writers such as Michael Connelly, Peter Corris, Kerry Greenwood, Chris Hammer and Sarah Bailey and also one of the bestselling Australian rural romance lists from authors including Fleur McDonald, Karly Lane and Nicole Hurley-Moore.

Each year Allen & Unwin administers The Australian/Vogel's Award, in conjunction with the Vogel Bread company and The Australian newspaper, for the best manuscript by a writer under the age of 35. Winners have included Tim Winton, Kate Grenville and Andrew McGahan. We are very proud of recent winners Katherine Brabon, Marija Peričić and Emily O'Grady.

General non fiction
We have a broad-ranging non-fiction list covering topics of worldwide interest through to those dealing exclusively with Australia. We are proud to publish leading Australian and international authors including Stephanie Dowrick, Michael Leunig, Ross Gittins, Chris Masters, Paul McGeough, Tom Keneally, Peter Rees, Clementine Ford, Kerry-Anne Walsh, Roland Perry, Paul Barry, David Astle, Paul Carter, Bri Lee, Gabbi Stroud, Helen Pitt, Kitty Flanagan, Andrew Rule, Greg Sheridan, Nick Vujicic and Christopher Hitchens. We are proud to have published the autobiographies and memoirs of some of Australia’s leading personalities, most recently Kerry O'Brien, Anne Summers, Nick Riewoldt, Chris Judd, Steve Smith, Molly Meldrum, Sally Obermeder, Paul Keating, Allan Border, Richard Clapton, Lex Marinos, Wayne Swann, Rob Oakeshott, Melissa Doyle and Charlie Pickering. We occasionally publish sponsored histories and corporate titles.

Our principal areas of general non-fiction publishing are:
Current Affairs
How to/Practical
Military history
Mind, Body & Spirit
Natural history
Popular science
True crime

Academic and professional books

Allen & Unwin has a respected academic and professional publishing program which includes the work of many of the region's leading scholars in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Health Sciences.

Some of Allen & Unwin's best-known academic authors include: Margaret Alston, Joan Beaumont, Robert Bland, Richard Broome, Raewyn Connell, Stuart Cunningham, Glyn Davis, Graeme Davison, R.M.W. Dixon, Bill Gammage, John Germov, Merrilyn Goos, Clive Hamilton, David Horner, Jane Johnston, Grace Karskens, Vivian Lin, Helen Little, Jane Maidment, Lisa McKenna, Julie Pallant, Mark Pearson, Donna Pendergast, Roslyn Petelin, Louise Porter, Alan Reid, Matthew Ricketson, Amanda Sinclair, Claire Smith, and Mark Wahlqvist.

Allen & Unwin publishes textbooks, professional reference books, writing guides, and a range of other types of academic books dealing with Australian and international issues.

For a detailed list of the academic and professional subject areas in which Allen & Unwin publishes, please visit our Academic submission guidelines page

Children's books

Our children's list is one of the best in Australia and we publish across a wide range, from picture books and board books to young adult fiction and non-fiction. Many of our books are award winners, and we enjoy great popularity and high acclaim both in Australia and throughout the world.

Our many talented authors and illustrators include:

Picture books – Ron Brooks, Armin Greder, Nicki Greenberg, Roland Harvey, Leigh Hobbs, Elizabeth Honey, Stephen Michael King, Alison Lester, Chris McKimmie, Heidi McKinnon, Glenda Millard, Kirsty Murray, Alex Rance, Tohby Riddle, Shaun Tan, Bruce Whatley, Margaret Wild

Children’s fiction – Kate Constable, Terry Denton, Deborah Ellis, Anna Fienberg, Karen Foxlee, Kim Gamble, Libby Gleeson, Julie Hunt, Paul Jennings, Catherine Jinks, Bren MacDibble, Patty Mills, Jaclyn Moriarty, Martine Murray, Wendy Orr, Boori Pryor & Meme McDonald, Richard Roxburgh, Lian Tanner, Kate and Jol Temple, Sean Williams, Karen Wood

Young adult fiction – Libba Bray, Ursula Dubosarsky, Scott Gardner, Barry Jonsberg, Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Margo Lanagan, Justine Larbalestier, E. Lockhart, Maureen McCarthy, Kirsty Murray, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, Lili Wilkinson

Non-fiction – Laklak Burarrwanga, Mark Greenwood, Christobel Mattingley, Nadia Wheatley

Murdoch Books
Murdoch Books is the largest illustrated book publisher in Australia. We publish books on a wide range of subjects including food and cooking, gardening, design, interiors, general history, lifestyle and Australiana. Our books are sold around the world and our authors include renowned chefs and restaurateurs, TV personalities, interior designers, photographers, and lifestyle writers. We have recently published books by Elyse Knowles, Peter Kuruvita, Annabel Crabb, Karen McCartney, Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, Alex Stuart, Anna Polyviou, Kirstin Ferguson and Catherine Fox, Anthony Puharich and Libby Travers, and AB Bishop.

Our imprints

Allen & Unwin
Close to 250 titles a year are published under the Allen & Unwin imprint, ranging from across fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children.

Albert Street Books
With a keen commercial focus, Albert Street Books’ vision is to publish books for babies to 12-year-olds that are warm and charming, funny and friendly, and easy to sell, to buy, and to love.

Inspired Living
Inspired Living presents readers with fresh ideas and new insights into ancient wisdoms, to inspire their mind, body and spirit.

Crows Nest
Adventure and popular classics collections, comic book collections, popular culture, history and memorabilia collections, nostalgia and gift books are all part of the CROWS NEST imprint - "where the action is".

House of Books
The House of Books aims to bring Australia's cultural and literary heritage to a broad audience by creating affordable print and ebook editions of the nation's most significant and enduring writers and their work.

Murdoch Books
Our mission with Murdoch Books is to excite, delight and inspire our readers with beautifully produced books that have an unswerving commitment to integrity of content, innovation in design and high production values.

Brief history

Allen & Unwin commenced publishing in Australia in 1976 as part of the UK company George Allen & Unwin Ltd established in 1914.
In July 1990, following the sale of the UK company, Allen & Unwin's Australian directors effected a management buy-out and the company became fully independent, owning the Allen & Unwin imprint throughout the world.


In 1914 Allen & Unwin was established in the UK by Stanley (later Sir Stanley) Unwin. The company grew steadily over the next 50 years, developing a reputation as one of Britain's, and the world's, leading publishers, with authors including Bertrand Russell, Thor Heyerdahl and JRR Tolkien. Before and after the Second World War the company published many of the world's leading radical intellectuals, which has ensured Allen & Unwin's continuing reputation throughout the English-speaking world.

In 1976 Patrick Gallagher arrived from the UK to set up an Australian arm of Allen & Unwin, concentrating initially on building a list of books along the lines of the UK publishing program, principally in the social sciences and general non-fiction.

In 1978 Allen & Unwin's initial Australian titles were published, with the first major general title Menzies Observed appearing in 1979. In that year the company also moved from a purely publishing base to taking on distribution of the UK company's titles.

In 1980 John Iremonger joined the company and oversaw the publication of David Marr's biography Barwick, which won the inaugural NSW Premier's Literary Award and enhanced Allen & Unwin's presence and profile in the Australian book trade.

1981 marked Allen & Unwin's first venture into fiction publishing with the establishment of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, a prize which was to launch many young writers – Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan among them – on outstanding literary careers. Peter Corris's The Empty Beach was the first in a crime fiction list which grew to include books by Jennifer Rowe, Marele Day, Kerry Greenwood, Garry Disher and Barry Maitland.

The first edition of John W. English's How to Organise and Operate a Small Business in Australia is published. Now fully updated in a tenth edition, lifetime sales of this classic handbook number over 200,000.

Shallows by Tim Winton wins Australian literature's most prestigious prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

In 1986 Allen & Unwin reached an agreement with fledgling UK publisher Bloomsbury to distribute their books in Australia and New Zealand.

In 1988 Rosalind Price joined the company to start up Allen & Unwin Books for Children and Teenagers, now one of Australia's leading children's imprints.

In 1989 Allen & Unwin took on the sales and distribution of books for ABC Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

By 1990 the strength of Allen & Unwin's local publishing program (including a second Miles Franklin Literary Award, for Tom Flood's Oceana Fine) gave the directors the confidence to embark on a Management Buy Out of Allen & Unwin from HarperCollins, which in 1990 took over the UK parent company and disbanded the imprint. With financial support from the Unwin family and venture capitalists Hambros Bank, directors Patrick Gallagher, Paul Donovan, Peter Eichhorn and Rhonda Black were now heading an independent company, which owned the Allen & Unwin imprint throughout the world.

In 1992 Allen & Unwin began representing the Orion Publishing Group in Australia and New Zealand, a partnership that would endure for 14 years. That same year, Allen & Unwin was voted the inaugural Publisher of the Year by booksellers throughout the country, and the CBC Book of the Year for Younger Readers was awarded to The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels by Anne Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

The Hand that Signs the Paper by Helen Darville wins The Australian/ Vogel Literary Award and subsequently the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

In 1997 the CBC Picture Book of the Year was awarded to Not a Nibble! by Elizabeth Honey.

After 18 months in operation, Allen & Unwin's then-distributor Alliance Distribution Services (a joint venture with Hachette Livre Australia), wins the first of sixDistributor of the Year Awards, voted by Australian booksellers.
The Binna Binna Man by Meme McDonald and Boori Pryor sweeps the pool at the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, winning Book of the Year, the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature and the Ethnic Affairs Commission Award.

Fox, by Ron Brooks and Margaret Wild, is voted the Picture Book of the Year by the CBC.

Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller wins the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Allen & Unwin author John Nicholson wins the CBC Eve Pownall Award for Information Books for the fourth time, for his book Animal Architects.

In 2005, the Miles Franklin Literary Award was presented to The White Earth by Andrew McGahan. Allen & Unwin began representing the illustrious Faber & Faber list in Australia and New Zealand. And Allen & Unwin Children's Publisher Rosalind Price was honoured with the Pixie O'Harris Award for "distinguished and dedicated service to the development and reputation of Australian children’s books".

The first winner of the Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues (established to commemorate the remarkable publishing career of John Iremonger) is published, Australian Heartlands by Brendan Gleeson. Also that year, Allen & Unwin expanded its local publishing program with the launch of three new Australian imprints: Arena, a new commercial fiction and nonfiction imprint; Inspired Living, dedicated to publishing in the area of Mind Body Spirit; and Jacana, a natural history imprint.

In 2007, Allen & Unwin was voted Publisher of the Year by Australian booksellers for the eighth time since the award began in 1992.

Allen & Unwin moves its distribution to United Book Distributors. Alex Miller receives China's prestigious Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Landscape of Farewell. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas is the overall winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book.

For the ninth time in the nineteen year history of the award Allen & Unwin voted Publisher of the Year by Australian booksellers. Craig Silvey's Jasper Jones voted overall Book of the Year and Thomas Keneally's Australians voted General Non Fiction Book of the Year.

For the tenth time in the twenty year history of the award Allen & Unwin voted Publisher of the Year by Australian booksellers. Anh Do's The Happiest Refugee wins Biography of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Booksellers' Choice Award and overall Book of the Year. Kate Morton's The Distant Hours wins General Fiction Book of the Year.

Allen & Unwin voted Publisher of the Year for a record eleventh time by Australian booksellers. Allen & Unwin acquires Murdoch Books, the biggest independent illustrated book publisher in Australia.

For the twelfth time (and fourth consecutive year) Allen & Unwin is voted Publisher of the Year by Australian booksellers. Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper wins General Fiction Book of the Year as well as Best Promotional Campaign.

A&U becomes majority owner of Atlantic Books, cementing our UK publishing arm.

Sofie Laguna's Eye of the Sheep wins the prestigious Miles Franklin award.

Allen & Unwin NZ is awarded Publisher of the Year in NZ for the first time. Allen and Unwin is voted Publisher of the Year in Australia for a record-breaking thirteenth time. Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things is voted 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Illuminae, by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, wins Book of the Year for Older Children.

Allen & Unwin NZ is awarded Publisher of the Year at the NZ Book Industry Awards. How to Bee by Bren MacDibble wins the Junior Fiction category at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Michelle de Kretser's The Life to Come wins the Miles Franklin Literary Award. 

Allen & Unwin launches exciting new children’s imprint Albert Street Books. With a keen commercial focus, Albert Street Books will publish irresistible books for babies to 12-year-olds that are warm and charming, funny and friendly, and easy to sell, to buy, and to love. It will proudly showcase and be a new home for fantastic creators and great stories.

Allen & Unwin launched inaugural annual Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize.
Allen & Unwin announced a new imprint, JOAN, curated by writer, actor and director Nakkiah Lui. Named for her grandmother, the JOAN imprint will commission books across all genres.

Allen & Unwin charities

Allen & Unwin charities
Allen & Unwin has a long and proud history of supporting charitable programs, with an emphasis on literacy and education. Current partners are the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Public Education Foundation, Footpath Library, Sydney Story Factory and the Aboriginal adult literacy organisation Literacy for Life Foundation. These five fantastic organisation provide literacy and education opportunities for young people and those living in the most disadvantaged and challenging circumstances. The work they do is life changing.

Allen & Unwin environmental activities
In early 2006 Allen & Unwin set out to reduce its environmental footprint and established a green committee. After a comprehensive audit of our energy use, we implemented energy-saving measures in our Melbourne and Sydney offices and installed a rainwater tank in the Sydney office building, saving thousands of litres of water a year. In 2008, we committed to using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for the paper our books are printed on so that, whenever possible, the paper we use is sustainably sourced. Since 2010 we have relied heavily on shorter print runs and print on demand books to reduce wastage. At the start of 2020, Allen & Unwin renewed its efforts by establishing a new committee dedicated to making our business more environmentally aware and walking more lightly on the earth.