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CBCA 2021 Notable Books announced

24 February 2021
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2021. The books in each category are: Older readers The F Team (Rawah Arja, Giramondo)...

S&S acquires historical fiction debut 

23 February 2021
Simon & Schuster (S&S) has acquired world rights to The Understudy, a historical fiction debut by Julie Bennett. ‘The Understudy is set in 1973, the year the Opera House opened....

ABIA 2021 longlists announced

22 February 2021
The longlists for the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year The Bluffs (Kyle Perry, Michael...

Au wins inaugural Novel Prize

11 February 2021
Melbourne-based writer Jessica Au has won the inaugural Novel Prize for her work Cold Enough for Snow. Au, whose novel was selected from an international field of almost 1500 submissions and...

‘Sorrow and Bliss’ to be adapted for screen 

10 February 2021
US production company New Regency has acquired the film and television rights to Meg Mason’s 2020 novel Sorrow and Bliss in a deal brokered by Casarotto Ramsay and HarperCollins Australia....

Giggs wins ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal

9 February 2021
In the US, Australian writer Rebecca Giggs has won the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for nonfiction for Fathoms: The world in the whale (Scribe). The Andrew Carnegie...

S&S acquires Lyons cookbook 

29 January 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to a book by Nathan Lyons, ‘the Australian TikTok sensation behind Kooking With A Koori’. Lyons, a Wiradjuri man, is a...

Meet Hachette Australia head of rights Sarah Brooks 

18 November 2020
As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing’s Think Australian publication is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Hachette Australia...

Me, Microbes & I

1 October 2020
A guide to the viruses, bacteria and other weeny weirdies that share your world. Find out what they look like, how they grow and what they do—and learn how to...

Meet UQP rights and contracts manager Kate McCormack

30 September 2020
Kate McCormack has been the rights and contracts manager for Brisbane-based independent UQP for the past four years, joining the publisher after 10 years at Penguin Random House Australia and...

Australian children’s, YA titles headed for screen

30 September 2020
After a decade in print, Sally Rippin’s bestselling Billie B Brown junior fiction series (Hardie Grant Egmont) is finally heading to the screen. Global production company Fremantle and development partner...

‘The Dressmaker’ sequel among recent Oz acquisitions

30 September 2020
Australian publishers have been busy acquiring new titles over the past six months, including a kids’ guide to journalism, a ‘vital, groundbreaking book’ about gender transition, and a highly anticipated...

Gearing up for a virtual Frankfurt

30 September 2020
Earlier this year, Australian publishers, booksellers and industry leaders predicted that 2020 would see a growing demand for uplit and practical titles on climate change, as well as health and...

Award-winners among recent rights sales successes

30 September 2020
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic putting a halt to international travel, a majority of Australian rights managers and literary agents have reported a stable rights market over the past year, with...

Three Oz titles scoop major awards

30 September 2020
Three Australian books have collected several prestigious awards and shortlistings over the past six months: Tara June Winch’s novel The Yield (Hamish Hamilton), ‘a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling...

Dalton, Pape, Bluey top Australian bestsellers YTD

30 September 2020
Trent Dalton’s 2018 debut novel Boy Swallows Universe has topped the Nielsen BookScan’s Australian fiction chart for the year to date, having sold more than 80,000 copies in 2020. Literary,...

Lead titles from Australian publishers & agents

30 September 2020
With the Frankfurt Book Fair now purely online, Australian publishers and literary agents are gearing up to pitch their titles via the fair’s—and their own—digital channels. Here are some of...

Eye of a Rook

26 September 2020
In Victorian London, Arthur Rochdale’s wife, Emily, is struck down by a pain for which she can find no words. In desperation, Arthur seeks the aid of Isaac Baker Brown...

Tussaud

26 September 2020
‘Thrilling, eerie, fun, and psychologically compelling, Tussaud cleverly blurs the line between history and the fantastical to create a Gothic delight of mysterious mansions, grimy London streets, stage magicians, wax-work...

Night Blue

26 September 2020
Potent, haunting and lyrical, Night Blue is a debut novel like no other, a narrative largely told in the voice of the painting Blue Poles. It is a truly original...

Nikolai the Perfect

26 September 2020
While post-communist Moscow deals with political transition, Vassili is descending into despair at his wife Anna’s chronic infertility. Following his father Sergey’s footsteps, he travels to Melbourne to teach Russian...

The Place Between

26 September 2020
Sarah used to know who she was—a doctor, a wife, a mother—but as she prepares for the birth of her second child, she feels set adrift from the life she...

Wolfred

26 September 2020
A mesmerising new story about Wolfred, an endearing elevator operator, from the beloved author of the best-selling ‘Very Cranky Bear’ books. Fancy Pants Tower is the biggest, shiniest building in...

Fly on the Wall (Remy Lai, Walker) 

8 July 2020
When Henry Khoo isn’t trolling his school as anonymous cartoonist ‘Fly on the Wall’, he is being babied at home by an overprotective family. To correct this, Henry devises a...

The Mother Fault (Kate Mildenhall, S&S) 

1 July 2020
This gripping and thoughtful novel offers a spine-tingling vision of a future Australia—eerie in its potential realism—in which citizens’ movements are tracked and climate change has decimated the country, flooding...