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Brow Books acquires two Lau novels, Pham debut

Brow Books has acquired world rights to two novels by Jamie Marina Lau.

Gunk Baby, which will be published in 2020, follows the character Leen, who has just opened an ear-cleaning and massage salon at the Topic Heights Shopping Complex. The novel ‘takes aim at orientalism and the Zen movement, violence, fashion, and middle-class boredom’.

The second novel, Fuji, is a five-part interlinked book that revolves around ‘The Centre’, an ‘organisation responsible for recreational and therapeutic virtual reality’.

Marina Lau’s first novel, Pink Mountain on Locust Island, is shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize.

Brow Books has also acquired world rights to Stephen Pham’s debut book Vietnamatta, a ‘collection of autobiographical fiction and criticism that explores life in and around post-gangland Cabramatta’. It will be published in 2020.



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