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Hachette acquires Inga Simpson picture book ‘The Peach King’

Hachette has acquired world rights to Inga Simpson’s first picture book, The Peach King.

The book, which was acquired by commissioning editor Robert Watkins, is based on the fairytale that the titular character in Simpson’s debut novel Mr Wigg tells to his grandchildren.

Watkins told Books+Publishing that ‘we haven’t decided on an illustrator yet, but it will be a beautiful book publishing late 2018’. ‘We think this is a very exciting new work from a twice Miles Franklin longlisted author, and it is sure to be loved by booksellers and readers everywhere.’

Hachette also acquired world rights to The Patchwork Sky, a new picture book by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd. The pair’s previous collaboration, The Patchwork Bike, was recently named a CBCA Awards 2017 Honour book, with Rudd winning the Crichton Award for debut illustrator.

World rights were also acquired to Amazing Australian Women, a picture book by Pamela Freeman that features short profiles of Australian women who shaped the country, accompanied by colourful, contemporary illustrations.

Amazing Australian Women will be published in September 2018 and The Patchwork Sky is scheduled for November 2019.


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