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Pantera Press sells 10 books in ‘Rowland Sinclair Mysteries’ to the UK

Pantera Press has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding ANZ and Canada) to the first 10 books in the award-winning ‘Rowland Sinclair Mysteries’ series by Sulari Gentill to independent UK publisher Oldcastle Books. ‘We’re sure UK readers will love the 1930s setting, wry humour and richly drawn characters and look forward to unleashing Rowly on the British market,’ said Oldcastle Books editorial and rights manager Clare Quinlivan. The series is already available in the US and Canada through Poisoned Pen Press, and on audio through Wavesound.

Text Publishing has sold North American rights to Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World by Tyson Yunkaporta to HarperCollins imprint HarperOne in a six-figure pre-empt. Sand Talk—named after the Aboriginal custom of drawing images on the ground to convey knowledge—explores how Indigenous thinking can ‘reimagine and reframe our understanding of concepts such as money, power, education, and especially sustainability’. It is due to be published in Australia in September.

St Martin’s Press has acquired North American and audio rights to Cilka’s Journey, the sequel to Heather Morris’ bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Cilka’s Journey will be published simultaneously in Australia by Echo and in the UK by Zaffre in October. The novel tells the story of one of the key characters from The Tattooist of Auschwitz who saved tattooist Lale Sokolov’s life.


HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to three new books from crime writer Dervla McTiernan, author of The Rúin and The Scholar. The first book will centre on D S Carrie O’Halloran, who has appeared in McTiernan’s previous books. HarperCollins said that ‘broadening the scope of the series to include characters old and new will allow McTiernan to approach crimes from fresh perspectives—and keep the readers guessing’.

HarperCollins Australia has also acquired world rights to the commercial fiction debut by author and comedian Rosie Waterland in a two-book deal. Waterland’s yet-to-be-titled first novel tells the story of Olive Alexander, an advice columnist for a women’s website who is ‘smart, sardonic, socially awkward and upfront about the realities of being a woman—even the gross parts’.

Brow Books has acquired world rights to two novels by Jamie Marina Lau, whose debut Pink Mountain on Locust Island was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Gunk Baby is set in an ear-cleaning and massage salon in a shopping centre, and ‘takes aim at orientalism and the Zen movement, violence, fashion, and middle-class boredom’. Fuji is a five-part interlinked book that revolves around ‘The Centre’, an ‘organisation responsible for recreational and therapeutic virtual reality’.

The University of Queensland Press has acquired world rights to a new novel from Chris Flynn, author of The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, in a two-book deal. Mammoth is narrated by the fossil of an American mastodon as it recounts its life, death and afterlife over 13,000 years, and explores a period of history in which ideas about science and religion underwent massive change.

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