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YA, graphic novels among recent international sales

29 September 2021
Lisa Fuller’s multi-award-winning YA novel Ghost Bird (UQP), which previously won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, has been sold to UK independent publisher Old Barn Books...

Debut buzz: new authors attract major deals

29 September 2021
A number of debuts have been picked up by Australian publishers in recent months amid significant buzz. Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to two crime novels by Canberra debut...

Uplit dominates recent fiction acquisitions

29 September 2021
Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to two uplifting ‘family dramedies’ by Toni Jordan, author of numerous award-winning, bestselling novels, including Addition, Nine Days and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (all...

Uplit, environment trending ahead of Frankfurt

29 September 2021
While Frankfurt returns as an in-person fair this year, Australian rights managers and literary agents will be participating virtually once again as international travel remains difficult for those of us...

Meet literary agent Martin Shaw

29 September 2021
Since moving from Australia to Germany in 2015, former book buyer Martin Shaw has established himself as a literary agent, first as ‘an understudy’ to Alex Adsett, and subsequently as...

Evie and Rhino

29 September 2021
When Evie finds a fully-grown rhinoceros washed up on a beach, she feels an immediate connection and knows she has to help him. When Rhino wakes, he knows that the...

How We Love

29 September 2021
A deeply personal exploration of love in all its forms from a feminist icon and bestselling author of Fight Like a Girl and Boys Will Be Boys. This lyrical memoir explores love in...

Gustav and Henri: Volume #1

29 September 2021
Opposites attract in this humorous graphic novel series about best friends Gustav and Henri. Gustav is a goofy, optimistic and naively enthusiastic pig. Henri is a grounded, pragmatic and quietly...

‘Ghost Bird’ sells to UK

2 September 2021
UK independent publisher Old Barn Books has bought UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada and ANZ) rights to Lisa Fuller's YA novel Ghost Bird from University of Queensland Press (UQP). The...

Hachette acquires two Jordan novels

31 August 2021
Hachette has acquired world rights for two novels by Toni Jordan, in a deal struck between head of fiction Rebecca Saunders and Jane Novak of Jane Novak Literary Agency. The...

Davitt Awards winners announced

30 August 2021
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners of the 2021 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The winners in each category are:  Adult crime novel...

Ned Kelly Awards 2021 winners announced

26 August 2021
The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners of the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards. Crime novels released by Text Publishing swept the fiction categories, with the winning titles...

CBCA Book of the Year 2021 winners announced

20 August 2021
The winners of the 2021 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles and honour books in each category are: Older...

My Brother Ben (Peter Carnavas, UQP) 

10 August 2021
Acclaimed Australian children’s writer Peter Carnavas has followed up his wonderful first novel The Elephant with another book equally full of heart. An ode to sibling relationships, growing up and the natural world, My...

Permafrost (S J Norman, UQP) 

10 August 2021
Permafrost is a decadent, artistic delight, full of sensory pleasure for the reader. S J Norman, a visual and performance artist who won the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Manuscript Award with this collection, makes a...

Bodies of Light (Jennifer Down, Text) 

10 August 2021
Bodies of Light is Jennifer Down’s third book and her best yet. It begins with fierce, ageing Maggie (now living in the US under a new identity) being prompted to revisit...

‘Still Alive’ sells to Fantagraphics

4 August 2021
Melbourne graphic novel publisher Twelve Panels Press has sold world English rights (ex ANZ) to Safdar Ahmed’s Still Alive to Gary Groth at Fantagraphics, to be published under the Fantagraphics...

PRH acquires Chadderton middle-grade graphic novel 

29 July 2021
Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has acquired world rights to the contemporary middle-grade graphic novel Oh, Brother by Adelaide author-illustrator Georgina Chadderton. Rights were acquired in a joint deal between PRH...

S&S acquires two McAlister rom-coms

22 July 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two adult novels by Jodi McAlister, author of the YA series 'Valentine', via Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Literary....

In Moonland (Miles Allinson, Scribe) 

21 July 2021
Miles Allinson’s accomplished second novel—the follow-up to his moving and deeply personal 2015 debut Fever of Animals—is an ambitious and gripping story of parenthood, utopias and environmental collapse, told across several interconnected narratives. The narrator of...