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A&U acquires ‘Larrimah’ for six-figure sum

Allen & Unwin has acquired rights to Larrimah: An outback town, a missing man and 11 people, who mostly hate each other­ by journalists Kylie Stevenson and Caroline Graham. ANZ rights (including audio) were acquired at a ‘competitive’ auction for a six-figure sum, via Grace Heifetz of Left Bank Literary Agency.

Stevenson and Graham are the hosts of the Walkley Award–winning podcast Lost in Larrimah and have reported from and about the town for more than three years.

The publisher described Larrimah as ‘a story that has everything: a murder (or a few), a ghost town, a crocodile with no eyes, a drug lord, a long-running civil war, a comparatively short World War, and a great-grandmother with a penchant for yelling f-bombs at tourists who complain about the price of her camel pies.’

Publisher Kelly Fagan said: ‘Just as the legend of the wild west has come to define American identity, so too the Australian outback, and in particular the Territory, is firmly embedded in our national psyche’. ‘Kylie and Caroline’s reporting on this story is incredibly transportive and it is my firm belief that a book is only going to build on this extraordinary tale.’

Larrimah will be published in the second half of 2020.


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