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Transit Lounge sells ‘Soon’ to UK in two-book deal; acquires first kids’ book

Transit Lounge has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Soon (Lois Murphy) in a two-book deal to UK independent publisher Titan.

Soon, which is loosely based on the true story of the asbestos town Wittenoom, won the 2017 Aurealis Award for horror fiction and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award in 2018. The second novel in the two-book deal, another adult fiction title, will also be published by Transit Lounge in Australia.

Sam Matthews at Titan said: ‘We are very excited at the prospect of working on Soon and building Lois’s name both here in the UK and in the US. Titan is known for excellent literary horror and Soon will sit well alongside others on our list, such as Adrian Barnes’s Nod, Naomi Booth’s Sealed, and Paul Tremblay’s ever-growing oeuvre.’

In related news, Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to Murphy’s first children’s book. The yet-to-be-titled book is a ghost story for readers aged 10-12. Transit Lounge publisher Barry Scott says it was written ‘as an antidote to the noble hero of the Harry Potter variety’. The acquisition marks Transit Lounge’s first children’s title, and is scheduled for publication in 2020.



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