Falling Forward


In this sweeping memoir, Margaret Hamilton shares the story of her life and times. A child of the post-war years, Margaret was at the forefront of Australian publishing as it strove to shake off the dominance of British and American publishers and became an independent force. Her passion for children’s books led to Margaret Hamilton Books, a company developed with her husband Max, which created a list of highly regarded successful picture books. Spanning over half a century of publishing change and growth, Margaret Hamilton’s memoir is a vital history of late 20th-century and early 21st-century Australian publishing, as well as a record of a vital player in that history.

ISBN: 978-0-6453523-4-4
TRIM: C-format
EXTENT: 320 pp
COVER: 4 colour
INTERNALS: 1 colour + 4 colour
THEMES: publishing, books, memoir, children’s publishing
CONTACT: admin@westwords.com.au


A sweeping chronicle of a life in publishing.

Spanning over half a century, Margaret Hamilton’s Falling Forward is a significant contribution to the history of late 20th century and early 21st century Australian publishing. Falling Forward is also the highly readable record of a dynamic player in that history. Margaret has touched the lives of so many. A wise adviser and passionate advocate, she stands above all others in the world of books and writing. Libby Gleeson AM