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Frankfurt underway; the unpublished manuscript award that has launched multiple bestsellers

The Frankfurt Book Fair is now well underway, and if you’re at the fair you should have received a copy of our print magazine Think Australian in the Wednesday edition of the Publishing Perspectives Show Daily. You can also find the PDF online here. It includes an overview of the Australian publishing market, information on the past year’s bestsellers and award-winners, a round-up of recent rights successes, and a feature on children’s rights sales. And don’t forget to check out the Australia stand at Hall 6.2 A60 (although many Australian publishers can also be found at the stands of their multinational parent companies).

In this issue of the Think Australian newsletter I wanted to draw attention to the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, which has launched the careers of bestselling authors such as Jane Harper (The Dry, Macmillan), Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project, Text Publishing) and Maxine Beneba Clarke (Foreign Soil, Hachette). Harper has just released her second crime novel Force of Nature, which is at the top of this month’s Australian fiction bestsellers chart; Simsion’s latest novel Two Steps Forward, co-written with his wife Anne Buist, has been sold into multiple territories and optioned for film; and Beneba Clarke has most recently collaborated on the award-winning picture book The Patchwork Bike. Affirm Press will publish the latest winner of the prize, Christian White’s The Nowhere Man, in July 2018. It has already been sold into nine overseas territories.

Andrea Hanke
Think Australian


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