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Category Archives: Sleepers Publishing


Review: The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

This is a coming out story but one that desperately needed to be told on two counts – one because it’s an Australian YA coming-out story, and two because it’s a coming-out story about a young man questioning his homosexuality alongside his Jewish faith. Read more »

September First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Eli Glasman’s The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

The only two kosher flavours of Slurpee were lime and raspberry, and I liked to mix them half and half. Read more »

September Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Eli Glasman’s The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in September, Eli Glasman will discuss his path to publication and the inspiration behind his debut book, The Boys Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew. Read more »

How my call centre job helped me get published

I had my first novel accepted by Sleepers Publishing about three months ago, just after my twenty-seventh birthday. The age I do things doesn’t really matter to me that much, but I’m quite certain I would have finished a successful novel quite a bit earlier had I … Read more »

Podcast: Steven Amsterdam’s What the Family Needed

Steven Amsterdam is the author of acclaimed novel Things We Didn’t See Coming, and his new book, What the Family Needed, has been called ‘a wonderfully fresh perspective on families’, as well as ‘a probing exploration of familial love and forbearance’. In What the Family Needed, members … Read more »

On Writing: Louise Swinn

For our ‘On Writing’ series, we asked Louise Swinn to reflect on writing. Her short story ‘A Clean Kind of Dirt’ appears in Issue 4 of Kill Your Darlings. Who cares why I write? I’m the most average person in the world. I have a liberal arts … Read more »

Zoe Dattner, co-founder and Creative Director of Sleepers Publishing

Back in 2005, the first book published by Sleepers Publishing was the first ever Sleepers Almanac, a collection of short fiction by writers including Cate Kennedy and Adam Ford. Now, in 2010, the sixth Sleepers Almanac has arrived – not only in book form, but also as … Read more »