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Fremantle Press to release three new editions of ‘A Fortunate Life’

Fremantle Press will release three new editions of A B Facey’s 1981 novel A Fortunate Life this year, after publication rights recently returned to the small publisher.

Fremantle Press will publish a new paperback edition for adults and an abridged edition for younger readers in April, as well as a hardback edition as part of the Fremantle Press Treasures series. The hardback edition is scheduled for release in November, to coincide with commemorations of the end of World War I.

Demand for A Fortunate Life grew rapidly upon its original publication in 1981, and the small publisher (then Fremantle Arts Centre Press) licensed the rights to Penguin in the same year.

‘As a very small publisher we couldn’t cope with demand,’ says Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser. ‘By negotiating the licence when they did, Penguin helped Fremantle Press meet the high demand for books.’ Fraser added that the success of the book also led to the long-term distribution arrangement between the two publishers that continues to this day.


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