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Lui acquires first three books for Joan imprint 

25 May 2022
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has announced the first three titles to be published under its new Nakkiah Lui-curated Joan imprint, acquiring ANZ rights to debuts by Brooke Boney, Sarah Firth...

Affirm Press acquires Swindell fiction debut 

20 May 2022
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to comedian Carolyn Swindell's debut novel We Only Want What’s Best, via Sandy Wagner Creative Agents. Described by the publisher as 'a tense examination...

UQP acquires Saleh debut poetry collection

18 May 2022
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to the debut poetry collection The Flirtation of Girls / Ghazel el-Banat by Arab-Australian writer and activist Sara M Saleh. Described...

Hachette acquires Rolfe YA graphic novel 

5 May 2022
Hachette Australia has acquired Get Your Story Straight, the debut YA graphic novel by Melbourne-based author and illustrator Briar Rolfe. The deal was brokered by Hachette head of children’s publishing Jeanmarie...

Pantera acquires Madigan book on stalking 

4 May 2022
Pantera Press has acquired world rights for Obsession: The psychology of stalking by journalist Nicole Madigan, from Jeanne Ryckmans at Cameron's Management. In Obsession, Madigan tells the story of how...

‘Nevermoor’ to be adapted as musical film

19 April 2022
Jessica Townsend's 2017 middle-grade novel Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Lothian) has been acquired by Paramount Pictures to be adapated as a film musical, reports Deadline. The musical adaptation...

Walker aquires Foster, Gordon middle-grade novel 

13 April 2022
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to Small Acts, a middle-grade novel by neurodiverse authors Kate Foster and Kate Gordon. Described by the publisher as 'a gentle tale that...

HarperCollins announces Barty publishing program 

12 April 2022
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to two children’s series and a memoir by Australian tennis player Ash Barty, in a deal brokered by Barty’s management team, HarperCollins head of nonfiction...

HarperCollins acquires Dalgarno novel 

7 April 2022
HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to Paul Dalgarno's second novel A Country of Eternal Light, in a deal brokered by Martin Shaw of Shaw Literary. Described by the publisher as...

Storytorch acquires Pierlot nonfiction picture book 

5 April 2022
Storytorch Press has acquired world rights to nonfiction picture book What Will You Make Today? by Canberra-based author and playwright Maura Pierlot. To be illustrated by Triandhika Anjani, What Will...

Pung’s ‘Laurinda’ optioned for TV 

31 March 2022
Development and production rights to Alice Pung’s YA novel Laurinda have been acquired by production company EQ Media, in a deal negotiated by Sophy Williams at Black Inc. EQ Media...

A&U acquires Yong debut YA novel 

30 March 2022
Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to Sydney author Leanne Yong’s debut young adult novel Two Can Play that Game, in a deal brokered by Andrea Cascardi of Transatlantic...

Puncher & Wattmann acquires ‘Grimmish’ 

24 March 2022
Puncher & Wattmann has acquired world rights to Michael Winkler's previously self-published book Grimmish in a deal brokered by Martin Shaw at Shaw Literary. Described by Shaw as a 'cult...

UQP acquires Sakr poetry collection 

21 March 2022
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired Non-Essential Work, the third poetry collection by Sydney-based Arab Australian poet Omar Sakr. UQP says Sakr's 'much-anticipated' follow-up to his 2019 collection The...

HarperCollins acquires Blurton memoir 

15 March 2022
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to The Bachelorette star Brooke Blurton's memoir Big Love, in a publishing deal across all editions including audio. Blurton is also collaborating with Bigambul and Wakka...

A&U acquires Kostakis YA novel 

9 March 2022
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired world rights to a new novel by YA author Will Kostakis, We Could Be Something. The queer contemporary YA novel is, according to the publisher,...

Black Inc. acquires second Blaine book 

8 March 2022
Black Inc. has acquired ANZ rights to Australian Gospel, the second work of nonfiction by Lech Blaine, via Benython Oldfield at Zeitgeist Agency. In 1983, a three-year-old boy named Elijah is...

UQP acquires two more books from Thompson 

2 March 2022
UQP has acquired world rights to two new books by Aboriginal (pakana) author Adam Thompson. The first book, a novel set in Launceston and focused on pakana man Rusty, ‘a...