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Diverse voices among recent fiction acquisitions

9 June 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to The Matchmaker (2023), a romantic comedy from debut Pakistani–Australian author Saman Shad, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown. The novel...

Two debut novels picked up in US, UK

9 June 2021
Two debut novels—Ella Baxter’s New Animal and Peter Papathanasiou’s forthcoming crime fiction The Stoning—have recently been acquired by publishers in the US and UK. US rights to Ella Baxter’s New...

Magabala picture book scores North American sale

26 May 2021
A number of Australian children’s picture books have been sold into international markets over the past few months, including a North American sale for Indigenous publisher Magabala Books. Magabala Books...

Text signs Sheppard in two-book deal

26 May 2021
Text Publishing has acquired world rights to the second YA novel by Holden Sheppard, in a two-book deal via Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary. The Brink (2022) follows a...

Two China memoirs on Australian nonfiction line-up

17 March 2021
Two new memoirs that explore life in modern-day China have been acquired by Australian publishers. Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to Vicky Xu’s memoir You’re So Brave at...

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...

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...

Affirm acquires new picture book from Godwin, Lester

19 March 2020
Children’s/YA acquisitions        Affirm Press has acquired the rights to Sing Me the Summer (November), a new picture book from bestselling children’s book creators Jane Godwin and Alison Lester (pictured), which...

Hardie Grant, UQP acquire books from Indigenous experts

11 February 2020
Nonfiction acquisitions Hardie Grant Travel has acquired world rights to Fire Country, a memoir from Indigenous fire practitioner Victor Steffensen, and has fast-tracked publication for mid-February 2020. Steffensen said, ‘With...

Sara Foster’s suspense thrillers sold into US, UK

14 November 2019
Curtis Brown Australia has sold North American and UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ and Canada) to two novels by bestselling psychological suspense author Sara Foster—The Hidden Hours and her...

‘The Yield’ sells to US, France

10 October 2019
Penguin Random House Australia has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Tara June Winch’s novel The Yield to HarperCollins US imprint HarperVia, and French-language rights to Actes Sud. President...

‘Axiomatic’ sold to UK’s Fitzcarraldo Editions

9 August 2019
Small press Brow Books has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic—‘a boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, reportage and meditation’—to independent publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. The deal follows the...

Krien’s debut novel ‘Act of Grace’ sold to UK

11 July 2019
Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ and Canada) to accomplished nonfiction author Anna Krien’s forthcoming debut novel Act of Grace to Serpent’s Tail. Acquiring editor Hannah...

Stella Prize-winning memoir sold to US, Canada

14 June 2019
US and Canadian rights to the Stella Prize-winning memoir The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie (Fourth Estate) have sold to Knopf and Doubleday Canada, respectively. The Erratics follows two daughters who return home to Canada...

Oz crime debut sold to UK publisher in two-book deal

15 March 2019
Australian crime-fiction continues its globetrotting ways. UK publisher Verve Books has recently acquired world rights to the Debut Dagger-shortlisted crime novel Trust Me, I’m Dead and a second novel by...

Tumarkin’s prize-winning ‘Axiomatic’ sold to US

14 February 2019
Brow Books has sold North American and Spanish-language rights to Maria Tumarkin’s prize-winning nonfiction book Axiomatic—a ‘boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, reportage and meditation’—to Transit Books and Editorial Minúscula, respectively....

Debut novel ‘Half Moon Lake’ sold to US, Canada

15 November 2018
US and Canadian rights to Kirsten Alexander’s debut novel Half Moon Lake (Penguin Random House Australia, January 2019) have been sold to Hachette Book Group’s Grand Central imprint. The novel...