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‘Axiomatic’ sold to UK’s Fitzcarraldo Editions 

12 July 2019
Brow Books has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic to independent publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. Publisher Jacques Testard acquired the book, and Fitzcarraldo will publish Axiomatic...

A&U acquires ‘fierce’ literary debut 

10 July 2019
Jane Palfreyman at Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to literary fiction debut A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu, via Melanie Ostell Literary. The novel...

Brio to publish new Dessaix book on ageing 

5 July 2019
Brio has acquired ANZ rights to a new nonfiction book by Robert Dessaix, The Time of Our Lives: Growing old well, via Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management. Brio said...

Hachette acquires local rights to debut thriller

26 June 2019
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Gold Coast-based author Allie Reynolds' debut novel Shiver, in partnership with Headline UK. Headline’s fiction publishing director Jennifer Doyle won a 10-way auction...

Dr Karl returns to ABC Books in three-book deal 

26 June 2019
ABC Books has acquired three new books by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in a deal negotiated by Jeanne Ryckmans of the Cameron Creswell Agency. The deal marks Kruszelnicki’s move back to...

‘A Room Called Earth’ sold to US, Canada

25 June 2019
North American rights to Victoria-based writer Madeleine Ryan's forthcoming debut novel A Room Called Earth have been sold to Penguin Random House USA imprint Penguin Press. Rights were sold by...

Scholastic acquires two books by Rove McManus 

24 June 2019
Scholastic Australia has acquired world rights to two children’s books by TV personality Rove McManus. Scholastic will publish the picture book Disgusting McGrossface in September and Rocky Lobstar, the first...

Naher, Heifetz announce new literary agency

21 June 2019
Agents Gaby Naher of The Naher Agency and Grace Heifetz of Curtis Brown Australia have partnered to form a new literary agency called Left Bank Literary. Launching on 1 July...

Scholastic acquires ‘Hunger Games’ prequel

18 June 2019
Scholastic has acquired world English rights to a new novel by Suzanne Collins set in the 'Hunger Games' universe. The yet to be titled prequel, known as Untitled Panem Novel,...

Tim Flannery children’s book sells to US, Canada 

17 June 2019
Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management has sold US and Canadian rights to writer and environmentalist Tim Flannery's forthcoming children's book Explore Your World: Weird! Wild! Amazing! (illus by Sam Caldwell)....

Transit Lounge acquires new novel from Krauth

13 June 2019
Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to Kirsten Krauth's new novel Almost a Mirror in a deal brokered by Jo Butler. Recently shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize, Almost a...

Scribe acquires new Allington novel

29 May 2019
Scribe has acquired world rights to Rise and Shine, a novel by Adelaide writer Patrick Allington. According to the publisher, the book is 'a Kafkaesque fable of hope about a future where eight...