Wakefield Press is an independent book publishing company based in Adelaide, South Australia.


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About us

Wakefield Press is a leading independent publishing company based in Adelaide, South Australia. Our motto is 'We love good stories and publish beautiful books', and we're known for the quality of our design and production.

In 2019, we'll celebrate our 30th birthday.

We publish around 40 titles each year on a diverse range of topics, including literary and popular fiction, young adult fiction, history, biography, art, poetry, food, wine, the environment, education and true life (ordinary people in extraordinary situations).

Wakefield Press's quality backlist is currently around 500, and our ebook list continues to grow.

Awards and achievements

Wakefield Press is regularly recognised by prominent literary, design and production awards. For example, Mallee Boys (by Charlie Archbold) was awarded Honor Book for Older Readers in the 2018 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose (by Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt) was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards' Prize for Australian History in 2016. An Unsentimental Bloke: The life and lork of C.J. Dennis (by Philip Butterss) won the National Biography Award in 2015. Places Women Make: Unearthing the contribution of women to our cities (by Jane Jose) won the 2016 Bates Smart Award for Architecture in Media. And Stephen Orr, who has been longlisted and shortlisted for several literary awards over his long career with us, was most recently longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award (for the second time) in 2016, for The Hands.

Many of our books have achieved Australian bestseller status, including The Vanished Land, Mallee Boys, The Home of the Blizzard, One Magic Square, Behind the Veil and Your Brick Oven.

Overseas reach

We maintain relationships with several international publishers, and have sold rights to our titles around the world, in markets as diverse as Germany, UK, China, South Africa, Hungary, Poland and the US.

Commissioned and partner publishing

We also provide commissioned publishing for organisations, and have ongoing relationships with cultural and educational institutions.

Our successful partnered publishing projects include the magnificent January bestseller Valour and Violets: South Australia in the Great War (produced in association with Veterans SA) and the Christmas 2018 bestseller Adelaide Central Market: People, stories and recipes.

To talk to us about producing a book for your organisation, email publisher Michael Bollen.

How you can buy our books

We have a national sales rep force, and distribute our titles from our own warehouse to bookshops, library suppliers, school suppliers and gift wholesalers. Internationally, our titles are available to the public via internet retailers such as The Book Depository and Amazon, while overseas retailers can obtain many of our titles via the Lightning Source system.

We also sell direct to the public via our website; our bookshop located at 16 Rose Street, Mile End, in South Australia; and by hosting and attending many events.