Hybrid Publishers, based in Melbourne, Australia, publishes high quality books covering a broad range of titles by well known and new authors, including business and legal texts, books on personal development and health, history, memoirs, Judaica, stories of Indigenous Australia and a small amount of fiction and poetry. Hybrid does not publish children's or YA (Young Adult) books, science fiction or fantasy. YA titles are published separately under the Ford Street imprint, only from commissioned authors.
Hybrid Publishers commenced operations on 17 August 1998, founded by Louis de Vries, who was previously involved in publishing with the Education Department, and the Victorian and Commonwealth Government Printers. He was joined by Anna Blay in 2008 in the role of Managing Editor. In the years since commencing operations, Hybrid Publishers (as befits its name) has published a broad range of over 200 titles in various genres.
“… one of the most significant Australian writers of his generation”
– Peter Pierce, editor of the Cambridge History of Australian Literature
“… a sharp, rare writer with an acerbic wit” –Kevin Childs, The Guardian
Shortly before his death in 2014, an elderly man brought his publisher friend a crumpled purple folder filled with type-written pages. Cleaning the Stables he called it: a selection of stories, poems and a recipe that he didn’t want left behind.
In this posthumous collection we are given a feast of mostly unpublished treasures from the great literary life of Morris Lurie. Written in the wry and ironic style he was celebrated for, these pieces are sometimes odd, always clever, and at times profoundly moving as they give us insight into a man who had a truly unique way of interpreting and writing about the world around him.Learn More
"Grafton Everest is a wonderful creation whom I would place without question in the ranks of Philip Roth's Portnoy and Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim." – Barry Humphries
Bumbling Mangoland academic, Professor Dr Grafton Everest, has been elected to the Australian Senate, without really knowing why, and due to the influx of weird Independents, finds himself holding the balance of power. Despite this, his personal life is a train wreck. A prostatectomy has left him impotent, his daughter is staging a theatrical event with an outlaw motorcycle gang and he suspects his wife is planning to have him put to sleep. On top of it all, Australia is facing natural disaster from Tectonic Change. Can Grafton save his family, his country and himself?
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Listen to the interview with Ross Fitzgerald here.
Listen to Ross read an exceprt here.Learn More
For years following the deaths of her parents, Halina Rubin avoided looking inside two dusty boxes filled with letters, papers, photographs and notebooks. Finally, spurred on by her young daughter Annette, Halina unpacked these boxes and began discovering the details of her family’s traumatic history. Through reading old papers and travelling to those long-forgotten places, Journeys with My Mother was born – a remarkably intimate memoir that would otherwise have been lost forever.
Journeys with My Mother is a riveting book informed by compassion, intelligence and a profound understanding of history. Rubin takes the reader on an intimate journey. Moving deftly between past and present, she weaves together memory, documents, letters, conversations and compelling return journeys to key scenes of her tumultuous childhood at the heart of Europe's darkness. Rubin writes with clarity, integrity and an endearing light touch despite the devastating events recounted. Centre stage always is her immediate family, their lived experience, and their lives of love, endurance and courage. And, above all, Rubin's brave and beautiful mother, a woman of valour, resilience, daring and finally, a life-affirming serenity.Learn More
—Arnold Zable, award-winning writer, novelist and human rights advocate
The Jewish Holocaust Centre, one of the earliest permanent memorial museums established in the Jewish diaspora (in Elsternwick, Victoria) and away from the sites of atrocity, has, since 1984, played an important role as a space for commemoration and education about the Holocaust.
The book describes the development of the JHC within Holocaust memorial activity both during the Holocaust and in the decades after many survivors made new lives for themselves in Melbourne. It begins, not in March 1984 when it first opened its doors, but during the Holocaust, when survivors began gathering documents. The book provides a history of the Centre’s early days and examines its transformation into the organisation it is today, with departments and groups attached to the JHC, such as archives, testimonies, curatorial department, library, exhibitions and intergenerational groups.Learn More
What is the nature of human love? Burt enters his office one day to find a large handwritten folder marked “CONFIDENTIAL”. The unexpected package has come from an old university mate: a charming, successful, and well-loved Australian man named Ted Harris. Twenty-five years post-university, Ted seems to have it all: a partnership in a successful law firm, respect, wealth, and the perfect wife.
However, as Burt delves deeper into these documents – which turns out to be an intensely personal confessional – he discovers that things are not what they seem, and that Ted harbours a dark and mysterious past relating to his first wife, peculiar Swiss biochemist Yvonne.
The seemingly contradictory senses of menace and sensitivity exist in an uneasy ease in Manfred Jurgensen’s writing. —Lily BrettLearn More
… a 'must read' for any aspiring leader… a treasure trove of invaluable insights into effective leadership.
—Laurie Wilson: President, National Press Club
We ask much of our leaders and blame them for ay failure to order the world to our liking. Yet many of us are reluctant to engage, preferring to disparage leaders as a class apart, a quarrelsome lot and overpaid to boot—the useful butt of barbecue humour. Will we engage better with the next generation of leaders? Will they conduct a kinder, gentler national conversation? In this book, 36 Australian voices—both early achievers and the venerable from across the political and social landscape—offer fresh ideas and timeless wisdom for people entering public life.
So You Want to Be a Leader now has its own website.
See how this book could change the political culture: pozi.be/leader.Learn More
… an original Australian perspective on a human rights campaign of truly global significance… http://bit.ly/1gIIYlY
This book has been getting a tonne of press, has had marvellously successful launches across the country, and was picked up on ABC Radio.
'Thoroughly researched and superbly written, Let My People Go is a revealing and important account of human achievement against the odds.'
-- Ross Fitzgerald, Weekend Australian April 4-5, 2015, p. 22
For 50 years, until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Soviet Union ran a campaign of repression, imprisonment, political trials and terror against its 3 million Jews. In Australia, political leaders and the Jewish community contributed significantly to the international protest movement which eventually triumphed over Moscow’s tyranny and led to the modern Exodus of Soviet Jews to Israel and other countries.
Lipski and Rutland make this largely unknown Australian story come alive with a combination of passion, personal experience and ground-breaking research.Learn More