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It has been quiet on this blog recently, but not in the SUP office. We've been busy planning for 2018, steering assorted books through editorial and production -- and launching some exciting new releases.
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Simon Chapman (left) and First Dog on the Moon (aka Andrew Marlton) sign books and cartoons at the launch of Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease.

This month we've launched two great new books: Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease by Simon Chapman and Fiona Crichton, and Between the Murray and the Sea: Aboriginal Archaeology in Southeastern Australia by David Frankel.

Wind Turbine Syndrome (part of our Public and Social Policy series) was launched on 1 December to a packed house at Gleebooks. There were speeches by windfarm pioneer Simon Holmes à Court and Guardian Australia cartoonist First Dog on the Moon, who read his hilarious “Ode to Wind Turbine Syndrome” (inspired by Simon Chapman’s work). (You can listen to the ode over here - you won't be sorry!) The authors spoke about their eye-opening research into the anti-windfarm movement in Australia: its history and tactics, the role of the "nocebo" effect in stirring up health scares, and strategies for addressing community concerns in an effective, respectful and evidence-based manner.

The book has received coverage in the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald. Ian Lowe AO, former president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, writes: “This is an important and timely book … Everyone concerned about the need to slow climate change should read this book and use it to counter the dishonest campaign against renewable energy.”

And, everybody can! An electronic version is available Open Access via the University of Sydney repository.

Meanwhile, our Publishing Manager, Agata, attended the Australian Archaeological Association conference in Melbourne. During the conference we launched David Frankel's Between the Murray and the Sea, the latest title in our Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology series. As well as being a celebration of Professor Frankel's important new study of the archaeology of Victoria, it was a chance to connect with SUP's archaeological friends old and new. We have some exciting archaeology books in the works for 2018 and beyond.

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David Frankel (right) with SUP Publishing Manager Agata Mrva-Montoya at the launch of Between the Murray and the Sea.

As for 2018: if you haven't already, you can take a peek at what we've got coming up in our catalogue. Highlights include Alan Frost on the Bounty mutiny, Amanda Walsh on how globalisation has played out in regional Australia, a history of Australian books and authors in America, and the incredible true story of Obaysch, a celebrity hippopotamus in Victorian London (and much more besides).

As we get ready to take a short break, we're grateful to all our readers, authors, colleagues and fellow book-lovers for a stimulating 2017. We hope you all get a chance to relax with a good book or several over the holidays.

(Our last day in the office for the year will be Friday 22 December. The SUP office will re-open on Monday 8 January. Happy holidays!)

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