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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...

Book-to-screen

14 November 2018
Australian producer Bruna Papandrea’s company Made Up Stories—best known for co-producing the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies—has acquired screen rights to Holly Ringland’s bestselling debut novel The...

Third O’Neill title sold to UK’s Lightning Books

11 October 2018
UK publisher Lightning Books has acquired UK and Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to Ryan O’Neill’s 2012 debut short story collection The Weight of a Human Heart (Black Inc.)—the third title...

Book-to-screen

11 October 2018
Synchronicity Films will adapt Heather Morris’ bestselling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo Publishing) as a television drama miniseries. The miniseries is planned to be broadcast in January 2020 to...

More love for Nanette

13 September 2018
International rights are being snapped up for Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s forthcoming memoir Ten Steps to Nanette (Allen & Unwin) after the Netflix special based on Gadsby’s stand-up comedy show went...

Book-to-screen

13 September 2018
Australian production company Carver Films and US production company Anonymous Content have acquired screen rights to Christian White’s debut thriller The Nowhere Child (Affirm Press). White’s novel, which recently broke...

Book-to-screen rights sales

14 August 2018
Nicole Kidman’s production company Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories have purchased film and television rights to Liane Moriarty’s forthcoming novel Nine Perfect Strangers (Macmillan). Kidman will produce...

‘No More Boats’ to publish in the US

14 August 2018
Sydney-based small press Giramondo has sold North American rights to Felicity Castagna’s Miles Franklin-shortlisted novel No More Boats to Europa Editions. Acquiring editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds said the novel—which tells the...

PRH acquires ‘No Spin’ by Shane Warne

15 June 2018
Penguin Random House (PRH) will publish Australian cricketer Shane Warne’s memoir No Spin in Australia and the UK. The publisher said the memoir will cover the bowler’s ‘extraordinary cricketing career and...