PANTERA PRESS HAS 20/21 VISION
In the last year, the team at Pantera Press have dedicated themselves to acquiring books that spark imagination, conversation and change. We’re thrilled to present some of the titles that speak to our values for 2020/21. Our team is excited to work alongside authors with strong and empowering voices, who inform, educate and entertain their readers.
For Pantera Press, 2020 will start out with an exciting new addition to our fiction list. The Devil Inside is the debut novel from Australian author D.L. Hicks and will be released in February. This gripping work of crime fiction is about murder, betrayal and the monsters who hide in plain sight, and has been called a ‘dark and darkly compelling journey’ by author of The Nowhere Child, Christian White.
In March our fiction list continues to grow with the publication of the poignant and powerfully written Torched by Kimberley Starr. In a small town in the Yarra Valley, Phoebe Wharton and her son Caleb survive a devastating bushfire only to be ripped apart by its aftermath when Caleb is accused of being the arsonist. Torched is an utterly compelling literary crime novel about mothers and sons and the ties that bind them.
Beautiful and powerful fiction is a theme for our 2020 list, and The Serpent’s Skin by Erina Reddan is no exception. This beautiful, atmospheric read is a gripping literary novel about flawed human characters, the complexity of their relationships, male power and the secrets that can haunt a family.
As we look to the future, we search for voices to give us hope and a vision of a world worth fighting for. August 2020 will see the publication of Jess Scully’s debut book Glimpses of Utopia, a manifesto for optimism in the face of cataclysmic change. Jess Scully is a City of Sydney Councillor, a public art curator, festival director and media producer with a passion for creating space for big ideas and conversations. Glimpses of Utopia is her call for optimism, not in spite of, but because of the scale of the challenges before us. And humans are rising up to confront those challenges with creativity and resilience.
In September 2020, Darkness is Golden, a debut non-fiction release from head psychologist and founder of the Indigo Project, Mary Hoang, will show us how to face some of the hardest aspects of life, and find meaning from loss and pain. Darkness is Golden will teach readers the tools of modern psychology combined with age-old wisdom, and provide them with the alchemy to turn darkness into gold through the exploration of meaning, death, disconnection, vulnerability, forgiveness, identity and what it means to be human.
Another exciting non-fiction release comes in October from the powerful voice behind the Sydney Strike 4 Climate movement, Jean Hinchliffe. At 14 years of age, Hinchliffe took to the stage and addressed students who walked out of class to demand action by the federal government on climate change. Jean is an inspiring young woman, unafraid to start important conversations, stand up and speak out. Lead the Way, a guide to activism and advocating for systematic change, is Jean’s opportunity to share all she’s learned and empower other young people to fight for what they believe in.
Our non-fiction list aims to facilitate conversations about self-discovery and development, and in that vein we bring to light the first book from Lillian Ahenkan, aka Flex Mami. Flex is a DJ, MTV presenter, social media influencer, model and, most recently, a podcaster who is passionate about starting conversations about identity and intersectionality in mainstream environments. Flex is all about making sure everyone has the tools necessary to glow up, and her book The Success Experiment will explore what it really means to be successful and what steps you can take to live your best life.
January 2021 will kick off with Stacey Currie’s first book, Good Riddance. Rosie Waterland meets Mark Manson in this powerful, gutsy self-help memoir full of street-smart wisdom. Stacey’s story takes her from teen pregnancy, homelessness and domestic abuse through to a happy, successful and empowered life. Her book will guide you to make the changes you really want in your life.
In 2021, our fiction list will continue to grow with Spring Clean for the Peach Queen from author Sasha Wasley. Compulsively readable, this honest and uplifting novel is a new direction for Wasley, who has previously published rural romance and young adult fiction. Spring Clean for the Peach Queen is the story of a woman who returns home in need of a second chance. It touches on the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters and how to spark joy back in your life.
Pantera Press’s next fiction release for 2021, Control on the Way Down by Amal Awad, is a wonderfully engaging and insightful novel about a Muslim woman finding her way. Awad is a journalist, screenwriter and the author of two previous fiction and three non-fiction books. We’re excited to be a part of the next stage in her writing career.
Our passionate team are proud to be working on a list filled with powerful books that have already begun to spark imagination, conversation and change. We can’t wait to share with you all the wonderful and inspiring books to come!