Connor Court Publishing

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Connor Court Publishing is an Australian publishing company started in Ballan, Victoria, but now based in Ballarat.[1] The owner is Anthony Cappello, and John Roskam of the Institute of Public Affairs sits on the editorial board.[2][3] The company, founded in September 2005,[3] publishes books on religion —including many books on Christianity and Catholicism in particular— global warming scepticism, culture and education.

The name "Connor Court" comes from a concatenation of Catholic writer Flannery O'Connor and 17th century Dutch economist Pieter de la Court.

Authors published include Cardinal George Pell, Peter Coleman and James Franklin. Its books have been launched by prominent public figures such as Peter Costello, Tony Abbott, Dean Brown, Jack Snelling, Steve Bracks, John Howard and Warren Mundine.

Recent authors include Ken Phillips, Barry Cohen, Ian Plimer, Peta Seaton, Jeff Bennett, Barry Dickins, Kerry Cue as well as Rabbi Shimon Cowen. Titles for 2009 included books on Bioethics, Global Warming, Ecology and Utilitarianism and in 2010 it published the latest book from Cardinal George Pell. While in 2011 it began publishing titles on Australian Rules Football.

One of its titles, The Light River, by Hal G.P. Colebatch won the Poetry Category in the 2007 Premier's Award of Western Australia.

In 2009 it published Heaven and Earth by Ian Plimer. According to the publisher, the book sold over 40,000 copies and reached number one on the Neilsen Bookscan Australia, 2 May 2009.[4]

In 2010 it launched the imprint Modotti Press, which is dedicated to publishing titles on religion, with the motto "where religion does matter".

In 2012 Connor Court authors ranged from Gary Johns to Barry Dickins.


Publications include:


  1. ^ Bolt, Andrew (8 May 2009). "The book you nearly didn’t read". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Connor Court Publishing Board". Connor Court. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Ballan publisher in heaven after coup". The Courier. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Publisher's page on Heaven and Earth". Connor Court. 

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