Parachute Press

‘Books that matter’

We create books which distil simple truths, using the ancient modes of fable and story with a modern dash of whimsy and playfulness, all underpinned by the timeless art of elegant design and illustration. Our books respond to values rather than market forces, and as such, aim to inspire an imaginative and loving relationship to life, other and the natural world.

As a co-operative we are committed to creating an enterprise that is local, small, ethical, adaptive and responsible. We are interested in transparency, inclusivity and sustainability in business and believe in co-operative models of exchange and investment. We see this as a venture, which will have scope to grow and invent itself as a new and generative model for changing possibilities in friendlier, smaller and more local exchange economies.

We are Anna Read and Martine Murray.
Martine is a writer whose work has been translated into more than 20 different languages. She has a long involvement in the arts, including dance, theatre, circus and filmmaking. Her first novel ‘The Slightly True story of Cedar B Hartley’ was on the White Ravens international list of outstanding children’s books, and was shortlisted for the Victorian, NSW, Qld Premiers Awards and the CBC Award. She has gone on to write many short-listed and prize winning books for young and old.

Anna is an artist, ceramicist and musician whose widely- admired work has always reflected her love for the natural world.

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