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S&S acquires debut novel by Australian ‘book ninjas’

Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired world rights to the debut novel by Australian ‘book ninjas’ Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus.

Berg, a copywriter and co-founder of Melbourne advertising agency Hedgehog Agency, and Kalus, a Melbourne primary school teacher, created the Books on the Rail initiative in 2016 to encourage people to distribute and circulate books on public transport. The initiative has been widely featured in the media.

Their novel The Book Ninja is a ‘clever, funny and wryly observed story about finding love and discovering yourself in the process,’ said managing editor Roberta Ivers. ‘And of course it’s all about the love of books, something they know better than anyone.’

The Book Ninja will be released in July 2018.


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