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Penguin acquires debut novel from Hayes

Penguin Random House has acquired ANZ rights to Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity at auction.

The publisher described the novel as ‘an irresistible story about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts’.

Penguin General publishing director Ben Ball said of the acquisition: ‘Readers at publishing houses around the country have responded to Antonia’s beautifully drawn, complex and profoundly engaging characters. With touches of A Beautiful Mind and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Relativity will be a huge and exciting book for us in 2015.’

Hayes has worked in the book industry for many years, including as a publicist, a bookseller and co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival.

The novel will be published by Penguin in 2015.



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