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Clifford moves to Ultimo with third crime novel 

12 April 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Aoife Clifford's third novel When We Fall, via Clare Forster at Curtis Brown. Set in the the small Australian coastal town of Merritt, When...

Black Inc. acquires Plibersek biography 

8 April 2021
Black Inc. has acquired world rights to a biography of Tanya Plibersek to be written by Margaret Simons, via Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management. ‘This book will tell the...

Bridgeman’s ‘The Subjugate’ to be adapted for TV 

6 April 2021
Perth science fiction author Amanda Bridgeman's novel The Subjugate (Watkins) will be adapted into a dystopian crime thriller series by independent production companies Aquarius Films and Anonymous Content. The development...

MidnightSun acquires Burge debut novel 

26 March 2021
MidnightSun Publishing has acquired debut novel Tank Water by Michael Burge, a story of homophobic hate crimes and the dangers of growing up feeling different in rural Australia. Burge met...

Gardiner’s ‘Goddess’ optioned for screen

25 March 2021
Kelly Gardiner’s 2014 historical novel Goddess (HarperCollins) has been optioned for the screen by Deux Dames Entertainment and Black Magic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Deux Dames Entertainment was founded...

Ultimo acquires latest Chandran novel 

25 March 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Shankari Chandran's third novel Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown. Chandran's novel is set in a nursing home...

Text signs Sheppard in two-book deal 

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

Ultimo acquires Moore-Gilbert memoir 

11 March 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s memoir, in a joint venture with James Erskine at Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Australian–British academic Moore-Gilbert was imprisoned for 804 days...

S&S acquires Betts autobiography 

9 March 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired the autobiography of AFL footballer Eddie Betts. Betts, who has played over 300 games for Carlton and Adelaide during his career and kicked...

PRH acquires Abdel-Magied nonfiction book 

4 March 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to Talking About a Revolution, a new nonfiction title by Sudanese-Australian writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied, from Clare Forster of Curtis Brown. In...

S&S signs three ‘Halifax’ novels 

3 March 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) to three novels by television writer and creator Roger Simpson, featuring his Halifax f.p. television character Jane...

Pantera acquires debut thriller 

2 March 2021
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to The Scarlet Cross, a ‘gripping debut psychological thriller’ by Liv McFarlane, from Jane Novak Literary Agency. McFarlane said she is ‘delighted to be...

Scribner acquires Cave’s ‘Into the Rip’ 

1 March 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia’s Scribner imprint has acquired ANZ rights to Into the Rip: How the Australian way of risk made my family braver, happier … and less American by...

Wakefield acquires Roff debut short fiction collection 

25 February 2021
Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to the debut short fiction collection, provisionally titled Third Heaven, by Adelaide writer Andrew Roff, via Martin Shaw of Shaw Literary. ‘Roff’s daring, irreverent...

UQP acquires Atkins picture book 

25 February 2021
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to Egg, the first picture book by YA author Clare Atkins. A ‘multi-layered picture book with thought-provoking metaphors around environment, generational...

Pantera acquires Fa’Aoso memoir 

23 February 2021
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to the debut memoir by actor and former professional footballer Aaron Fa'Aoso in a six-figure pre-empt from Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management....

Scribner acquires Haigh Evatt history 

23 February 2021
Under its Scribner imprint Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired world rights to The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the great Australian dissent, a new work of history by Gideon...

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....

HarperCollins acquires two Foster novels 

17 February 2021
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to two new novels by Sara Foster, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown in a ‘fiercely contested’ auction. The first title, The Hush, ‘is...

HarperCollins acquires Cowell novel ‘Plum’ 

16 February 2021
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Plum, a new novel by writer, actor and director Brendan Cowell. Plum tells the story of Peter ‘The Plum’ Lum, a 48-year-old ex-NRL...

A&U acquires Agnew science debut 

12 February 2021
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to a debut nonfiction book by Bachelor star Matt Agnew. Agnew, an astrophysicist, will explore the search for life in the solar...