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Australian production company Carver Films and US production company Anonymous Content have acquired screen rights to Christian White’s debut thriller The Nowhere Child (Affirm Press). White’s novel, which recently broke the record for the fastest selling Australian debut novel, will soon be published in 15 countries.

Emily O’Grady’s debut crime novel The Yellow House (Allen & Unwin)—which tells the story of a family living in the shadow of their serial killer relative—has been optioned for film by Australian producers Lucy Hayes and John Tummino. The publisher has also recently sold German-language rights to the novel.

Clementine Ford’s forthcoming Boys Will Be Boys: An Exploration of Power, Patriarchy and the Toxic Bonds of Mateship (Allen & Unwin) has been optioned for television by Australian production company Metamorflix, which is planning to develop it into a documentary series for the ABC in Australia and Netflix globally. Ford’s first book Fight Like a Girl was released in the US and UK this year.

Five historical novels in Blanche d’Alpuget’s ‘Birth of the Plantagenets’ series (Ventura Press) have also been optioned for television/film by Australian production company Ironbark Media.

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