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UQP acquires Norman debut story collection 

17 November 2020
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired ANZ rights to debut short story collection Permafrost by visual artist, performer and writer S J Norman via Curtis Brown. Norman, under the...

HarperCollins acquires Baird book on grace 

16 November 2020
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Bright Shining by Julia Baird, from Amanda Urban at ICM Partners. Baird's nonfiction book on grace—what it is, what it looks like in our...

Scribner acquires debut thriller ‘Unsheltered’ 

9 November 2020
Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Unsheltered by Clare Moleta in a pre-empt from Jenny Darling at Jenny Darling and Associates. Moleta's debut thriller tells the story of Li,...

UQP acquires Behrendt’s ‘After Story’ 

5 November 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired rights to After Story, the third novel by academic, broadcaster and author Larissa Behrendt. UQP said After Story is an ‘ambitious and...

Text acquires Webb ‘anti-usage’ guide 

28 October 2020
Text Publishing has acquired world rights to an 'anti-usage' language guide by ABC journalist Tiger Webb. Webb is the ABC’s language research specialist, providing broadcasters with pronunciation guidelines, updating the...

NewSouth acquires Janke’s ‘True Tracks’ 

27 October 2020
NewSouth has acquired world English-language rights to True Tracks: Working with Indigenous knowledge and culture by Terri Janke of law firm Terri Janke and Company. ‘For Indigenous people, arts, language...

Affirm acquires Stubbins memoir 

27 October 2020
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Melbourne writer Sinéad Stubbins’s debut memoir In My Defence, I Have No Defence, via Danielle Binks and Jacinta of Jacinta di Mase Management...

PRH acquires Edgar’s ‘The Coffin Confessor’ 

15 October 2020
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired world rights to The Coffin Confessor by ‘funeral crasher’ Bill Edgar. Edgar's memoir was acquired by PRH commissioning editor Brandon VanOver, who said...

Morton to edit ‘Growing Up in Country Australia’

13 October 2020
Black Inc. has announced the latest addition to its 'Growing Up' nonfiction anthology series, Growing Up in Country Australia, to be edited by journalist Rick Morton. Morton is the Saturday Paper's...

Affirm acquires Rees children’s book 

8 October 2020
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to a children’s book by ABC children’s television presenter Jimmy 'Giggle' Rees, via Red Mgmt. Rees’s debut, to be illustrated by Briony Stewart, will...

Hachette acquires Wilson picture book series 

7 October 2020
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to a ‘funny and heartfelt’ picture book series by Australian comic actress Rebel Wilson. The ‘Bella the Brave’ series, to be published in hardback...

Black Inc. acquires Wear’s ‘Recovery’ 

5 October 2020
Black Inc. has acquired world rights to Recovery by Andrew Wear, via Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell Agency. Recovery, which follows on from Wear’s first book Solved!, will examine the calamities...

UQP acquires Thunig’s ‘Tell Me Again’ 

1 October 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to Indigenous academic, writer and media commentator Amy Thunig’s first book, Tell Me Again. UQP said the collection of essays...

Affirm acquires Bontempelli picture book 

30 September 2020
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to a children’s picture book by Western Bulldogs AFL player Marcus Bontempelli, via Tom Petroro of TLA. To be co-authored with Fiona Harris, the...

NewSouth acquires Gunaydin’s nonfiction debut 

24 September 2020
NewSouth Publishing has acquired world rights to Sydney writer Eda Gunaydin’s debut nonfiction collection. Provisionally titled Root and Branch, the collection explores race, class, gender and violence and Turkish diaspora. The publisher...

Affirm acquires middle-grade fantasy series 

23 September 2020
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to a four-book middle-grade fantasy series by Samantha-Ellen Bound, via Danielle Binks and Jacinta di Mase of Jacinta di Mase Management. The publisher describes...

‘The White Girl’ optioned for film

22 September 2020
Tony Birch’s novel The White Girl (UQP) has been optioned for feature film by Typecast Entertainment. Birch's Miles Franklin-shortlisted novel follows Odette Brown, who is raising her granddaughter on her own and...

Hardie Grant acquires Alberici memoir 

17 September 2020
Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to journalist Emma Alberici’s memoir Rewrite the Story. Interweaving her life as a first generation Australian and her career in journalism with an...

Molloy memoir ‘Fourteen’ to be adapted for screen

17 September 2020
Screen rights to journalist Shannon Molloy’s memoir Fourteen (S&S) have been acquired by Orange Entertainment Co. Fourteen is Molloy's account of the homophobic bullying and violence he experienced during high...

PRH acquires Madden’s ‘Anything But Fine’ 

16 September 2020
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to YA novel Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden. The novel’s teenage protagonist Luca Mason has been preparing to audition for...

S&S acquires biography ‘The Nazis Knew My Name’ 

15 September 2020
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to The Nazis Knew My Name, Maya Lee's biography of her mother, Australian–Slovakian Auschwitz survivor Magda Hellinger. Lee's book is based on...