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Rights round-up


FictionText has sold Catalan and Lithuanian rights to Fear (Dirk Kurbjuweit) to Ara Llibres and Baltos Lankos, respectively; Dutch rights to The Spare Room (Helen Garner) to Colibri; and Dutch rights to Mister Pip (Lloyd Jones) to Colibri.

NonfictionBlack Inc. has sold Korean rights to It’s Alive: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots (Toby Walsh) to Previewbooks; and Russian rights to Reframe: How to Solve the World’s Trickiest Problems (Eric Knight). HarperCollins has sold North American rights and world Romanian rights to Ghost Empire (Richard Fidler) to Pegasus Books and Editura Rao SRL, respectively; and film rights to In Love with These Times (Roger Shepherd) to Simizdat Productions. Penguin Random House has sold simplified Chinese character rights to A Short History of Christianity (Geoffrey Blainey); Romanian rights to 100 Ways to Happy Children (Timothy Sharp); Indonesian rights to A Long Way Home (Saroo Brierley); and Korean rights to The Penguin History of New Zealand (Michael King).

Children’sA&U has sold North American and Spanish rights to Do Not Lick This Book (Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost) to Neal Porter Books and Urano, respectively. (See news.) HarperCollins has sold complex Chinese character rights to The Girl Who Brought Mischief (Katrina Nannestad) to Rye Field Publishers. Penguin Random House has sold North American rights to One Photo (Ross Watkins & Liz Anelli); Japanese rights to Lots, A River and A Forest (all Marc Martin); Russian rights to Lots (Marc Martin); German rights to No Place Like Home (Ronojoy Ghosh); and simplified Chinese character rights to Singing Home the Whale (Mandy Hager).


FictionText has acquired ANZ rights to Basket of Deplorables (Tom Rachman); and ANZ rights to the coming-of-age novel The Soul of the Frontier (Matteo Righetto) in a three-book deal via Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency. Wavesound has acquired ANZ audio rights to Sofie Laguna’s forthcoming novel The Choke from Allen & Unwin; world audio rights to An Uncommon Woman (Nicole Alexander) from Curtis Brown Australia; and world audio rights to The Missing Pieces of Us (Fleur McDonald) from the Naher Agency.

NonfictionWavesound has acquired world audio rights to The Attachment (Ailsa Piper & Tony Doherty) from Allen & Unwin; and world audio rights to Green is the New Black: Inside Australia’s Hardest Women’s Jails (James Phelps) from Penguin Random House Australia.

Children’sText has acquired UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada) rights to Still Life with a Tornado (A S King).


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