Connor Court Publishing

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Connor Court Publishing is an Australian publishing company based in Brisbane, Queensland. The company, founded in September 2005 by Anthony Cappello, publishes all sorts of commercial books — including many biographies, books on politics and in particular — climate change denial, culture and education.[1]

Founding and history[edit]

The name "Connor Court" comes from a concatenation of the American writer Flannery O'Connor and 17th century Dutch economist Pieter de la Court.[citation needed] Connor Court was founded in Ballan, Victoria, before moving to Ballarat and then, in 2016, to Queensland. Before starting Connor Court Cappello worked at Freedom Publishing imprint of the late Santamaria’s National Civic Council (NCC).[2]

Connor Court publishes a diverse range of books but has a focus on conservative and religious subjects.[3] Connor Court has published many authors, contributing authors and editors from the Institute of Public Affairs such as Andrew McIntyre, Chris Berg, John Roskam, Cory Bernadi, Tim Wilson, Gary Johns, Mikayla Novak, James Grant, Alan Moran, Bob Day, Simon Breheny and Tom Switzer. John Roskam, executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs, sits on the editorial board of Connor Court. Connor Court has also published books in conjunction with the Institute of Public Affairs, such as Australian Essays by Roger Scruton.[4]

Authors published include Cardinal George Pell, John Killick, 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. 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.[5]

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

No Contraception, No Dole by Gary Johns was released in September 2015.[6]

In 2015 the publisher accepted a biography about the formal Queensland Premier Campbell Newman[7] which was released the same year launched at the Brisbane Tattersall's Club. The book caused controversy with a number of publishes turning it down and a number of book stores not stocking it because while in government the premier withdrew funding for the Premier's Literary Awards.[8]


Publications include:


  1. ^ "Ballan publisher in heaven after coup". The Courier. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Dominic (2014-08-23). "How Connor Court became the go-to conservative publisher". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  3. ^ "How Connor Court became the go-to conservative publisher". The Saturday Paper. 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Australian Essays. 
  5. ^ "Publisher's page on Heaven and Earth". Connor Court. 
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  7. ^ Thomas, Alicia (2015-04-18). "Ballarat firm to publish ex-premier's rejected memoir". The Courier. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  8. ^ Remeikis, Amy (2015-10-07). "Avid Reader won't stock Can Do: Campbell Newman and the Challenge of Reform launches". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 

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