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Rights round-up

Sales

FictionAllen & Unwin has sold Czech rights to the ‘Phryne Fisher’ books Cocaine Blues and Flying Too High (Kerry Greenwood) to Charleston Media. Text has sold ANZ audio rights to Two Steps Forward (Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist) to Wavesound; Greek rights to Fear (Dirk Kurbjuweit) to Potamos; and world audio rights to On the Java Ridge (Jock Serong) to Wavesound.

NonfictionNewSouth Books has sold world rights (ex ANZ) to Escape Artist (Peter Monteath) to Pen & Sword Books; world rights (ex ANZ) to Atomic Thunder (Liz Tynan) to Pen & Sword Books; and North American and UK rights to The Australian Schoolkids’ Guide to Debating and Public Speaking (Claire Duffy) to Dundurn Press. Text has sold ANZ audio rights to The Bright Hour (Nina Riggs) to Bolinda.

Children’sScholastic has sold Korean rights to the following titles: Boy (Phil Cummings & Shane Devries); Eddie Frogbert (Sue deGennaro); The Other Brother (Stephanie Thatcher); Twinkle (Nick Bland); and Pig the Pug (Aaron Blabey); Norwegian rights to books three and four in the ‘Dinosaur Rescue’ series (Velocitchy-Raptor and Diplo-Dizzydocus, both Kyle Mewburn & Donovan Bixley); Norwegian rights to Soccer Superstar: Tiny Timmy Book One (Tim Cahill & Heath McKenzie); Portuguese rights to the first four books in the ‘Ella Diaries’ series (Meredith Costain & Danielle McDonald) ; Russian rights to books six and seven in the ‘Ella Diaries’ series (Pony School Showdown and Friends Not Forever, Meredith Costain & Danielle McDonald); Spanish-language rights in North America to Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey); Spanish-language rights in North America to the first two books in ‘The Bad Guys’ series (Aaron Blabey); Swedish rights to the first three books in ‘The Bad Guys’ series (Aaron Blabey); Swedish rights to Soccer Superstar: Tiny Timmy Book One (Tim Cahill & Heath McKenzie); Turkish rights to Don’t Call Me Ishmael (Michael Gerard Bauer); and Turkish rights to The Friendship Matchmaker (Randa Abdel-Fattah).

Acquisitions

FictionText has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) to Find You in the Dark (Nathan Ripley); and UK & Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) to Evacuation (Raphaël Jerusalëmy, trans by Penny Hueston).

NonfictionText has acquired world rights to Flames (Robbie Arnott).

Children’sAllen & Unwin has acquired world English-language rights to The Mediterranean (Armin Greder) via Orecchio Editore; world rights to Fish Song (Neil Grant); and ANZ rights to My Spare Heart (Jared Thomas) via Curtis Brown Australia. Text has acquired world rights to two new books by Vikki Wakefield.

 

Category: Rights round-up