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Australian producer Bruna Papandrea’s company Made Up Stories—best known for co-producing the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies—has acquired screen rights to Holly Ringland’s bestselling debut novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (HarperCollins Australia), and will adapt it for television. Rights for the novel have now been sold into more than 25 territories.

Australian production company Lingo Pictures is adapting Michael Robotham’s thriller The Secrets She Keeps (Hachette Australia) into a six-part television miniseries. The novel has already been published in more than a dozen territories.

Tim Winton’s 1995 Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Riders (Penguin Australia)—described by the author as his ‘most cinematic’—will be adapted into a feature film by director Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free. Meanwhile, filming has recently begun on the film adaptation of Winton’s 2002 novel Dirt Music (Penguin Australian), starring Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald.

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