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UQP sells ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’ in UK, US; Lukins debut to Italy

University of Queensland Press (UQP) has sold UK and US rights for Charles Massy’s Call of the Reed Warbler to Chelsea Green, and Italian-language rights to The Everlasting Sunday by debut novelist Robert Lukins.

US and UK rights to Massy’s exploration of sustainable farming and ‘regenerative agriculture’ were acquired by Chelsea Green editor Brianne Goodspeed, with publication scheduled for September 2018.

Goodspeed told Books+Publishing Chelsea Green ‘has every expectation that Call of the Reed Warbler will cross over strongly into the US and UK markets’. ‘It’s the most comprehensive book out there on the potential of regenerative agriculture for large-scale ecosystem restoration even on very damaged and marginal land. That’s not only relevant for Australian readers; it’s relevant for anyone who eats, who cares about their health and the health of their family, and who cares about the planet,’ said Goodspeed.

UQP has also closed a deal for Italian-language rights to Robert Lukins’ The Everlasting Sunday with publisher Neri Pozza, via Valentina Martello at book@ literary agency.

‘The opportunity to reach Italian-language readers is so exciting,’ said the author in a statement. ‘I’m beyond chuffed to be joining the remarkable Neri Pozza stable and I’ll be heading to Italy for the launch whether they like it or not.’

 

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