Populism Now! The Case for Progressive Populism

David McKnight (NewSouth Books)

• Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have certainly given populism a bad name. But rather than associating it with demagoguery and exclusion, UNSW Associate Professor David McKnight, who researches media, politics and history, argues that a progressive populism could address the genuine economic grievances of everyday people, without scapegoating immigrants or ethnic minorities.







Intelligence and the Function of Government 

Daniel Baldino and Rhys Crawley (Melbourne University Publishing)

• Intelligence plays an important but often hidden role in the everyday function of government. This book draws on a range of experts, including academics, former and current strategic advisers and members of government, private industry professionals and intelligence community experts to explain, access and expose the central foundations and frameworks necessary for effective practice of intelligence in Australia. Co-author Rhys Crawley is an adjunct lecturer at UNSW Canberra.





The Sydney Wars 

Stephen Gapps (NewSouth Books)

• This provocative book is the first detailed account of the military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians that occurred across the Sydney region from 1788 to the last recorded conflict in the area in 1817. Historian Stephen Gapps sheds new light on how British and Aboriginal forces developed military tactics and how the violence played out.








Half the Sky

Luise Guest (NewSouth Books)

• The dynamic artistic centres of China are producing some of the most interesting and compelling contemporary art of our time. But where are the stories of women artists? Luise Guest, Director of Education and Research at the White Rabbit Gallery – home to one of the world’s great collections of contemporary Chinese art – profiles 32 women artists working in China today. As Chairman Mao said, “Women hold up half the sky”.



New directors appointed for UNSW Press

Two new directors have been appointed to the board of the award-winning UNSW Press.

George Williams is the Dean, the Anthony Mason Professor, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law. He has written and edited 35 books, including eight books published by UNSW Press, most recently A Charter of Rights for Australia. A well-known media commentator on legal issues, he is currently a columnist for The Australian, and reviews science fiction and fantasy books for The Weekend Australian and the ABC. 

Fiona Inglis is the Managing Director of Curtis Brown Australia Pty Ltd, a leading Australian literary agency that represents authors of fiction and non-fiction across all genres. As a literary agent, she manages the works of best-selling authors such as Liane Moriarty, Andy Griffiths and Tom Keneally. Before this role, she had sales and editorial positions with HarperCollins and Allen & Unwin.   

UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Merlin Crossley became Chairman in January 2018, following the retirement of Peter Eichhorn on 31 December 2017. UNSW Chief Financial Officer Stephen Rees also sits on the Board.

Established by the Council of UNSW in 1962, UNSW Press is now one of the oldest Australian-owned book publishers.   

Kathy Bail, chief executive of UNSW Press, said: “The vast experience of these new directors and their obvious passion for books and reading will strengthen the UNSW Press Board as we embark on some innovative projects in 2018.

“Significant development of the UNSW Bookshop on the Kensington campus in Sydney is underway and we will continue to invest in our high-quality list of general non-fiction and academic books by Australia’s top authors.”