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Rights round-up



Alex Adsett at Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold world rights to The Subjugate (Amanda Bridgeman) to Angry Robot.

Allen & Unwin has sold the film option to Journey to the Stone Country (Alex Miller).

Fremantle Press has sold stage rights to The Hope Fault (Tracy Farr) to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA).

HarperCollins Australia has sold rights to Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton) to HarperCollins companies in the UK, the US, and across 12 other language markets. (See news.)

UQP has sold UK and Irish rights to The Geography of Friendship and Grace’s Table (both Sally Piper) to Legend Press. (See news.)

Text Publishing has sold North American and UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ & Canada) to The Helpline (Katherine Collette) to Touchstone and Simon & Schuster UK, respectively; and UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ & Canada) to The Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted (Robert Hillman) to Faber. (See news.)


Allen & Unwin has sold complex Chinese-character rights to The Barefoot Surgeon (Ali Gripper).

Black Inc. has sold Vietnamese rights to 2062: The World That AI Made (Toby Walsh) to Ho Chi Minh City General Publishing House; and world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Mental: Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know about Mental Health (Steve Ellen & Catherine Deveny) to Head of Zeus.


Fremantle Press has sold Dutch-language rights to junior-fiction title Dungzilla (James Foley) to De Eenhoorn in Belgium; and Spanish and Catalan-language rights to picture book The Hole Story (Kelly Canby) to Editorial Tramuntana.

Scholastic has sold German-language rights and Dutch-language rights to junior-fiction titles Olivia’s Secret Scribbles: My New Best Friend and Olivia’s Secret Scribbles: My (Almost) Perfect Puppy (Meredith Costain, illus by Danielle McDonald); Spanish-language rights to junior-fiction titles Tiny Timmy: Living the Dream and Tiny Timmy: Kids’ World Cup (Tim Cahill, illus by Heath McKenzie); Canadian rights to picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines (Kirli Saunders, illus by Matt Ottley); Icelandic rights to picture book Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey); complex Chinese-character rights to Thelma the Unicorn and the first three books in ‘The Bad Guys’ series (all Aaron Blabey); and Persian-language rights to The Bad Guys: Episode Six and The Bad Guys: Episode Seven (both Aaron Blabey).

Walker Books has sold US rights to middle-grade novel The Mulberry Tree (Allison Rushby) to Candlewick Press.



UQP has acquired The White Girl (Tony Birch). (See news).


ABC Books has acquired an as-yet-untitled gardening book by Costa Georgiadis. (See news.)

Hachette Australia has acquired Mutiny on the Bounty (Peter FitzSimons) in a six-book deal. (See news.)

NewSouth Publishing has acquired ANZ rights to The Women’s Atlas (Joni Seager) via Louisa Pritchard of Louisa Pritchard Associates.


Walker Books has acquired world rights to the following titles: Mika and Max (Laura Bloom); picture book Nature Storybooks: Cicadas (Lesley Gibbes, illus by Judy Watson); and Ursa (Tina Shaw).

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