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‘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...

Rights round-up 

9 September 2020
Sales Fiction Left Bank Literary has sold French translation rights to The Octopus and I (Erin Hortle, A&U) to Les éditions Dalva (Bourgois Publishing Group). Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold...

YA trilogy ‘Valentine’ optioned for screen 

3 September 2020
Jodi McAlister's supernatural YA trilogy 'Valentine' (Penguin) has been optioned for screen by Like A Photon Creative via Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services. McAlister's trilogy features a team...

HarperCollins acquires four Hawkins novels 

2 September 2020
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to two adult novels and world rights to two children’s novels by Kelli Hawkins via Melanie Ostell at Melanie Ostell Literary. Hawkins' debut Other...

Scribner acquires new Falconer nonfiction work 

2 September 2020
Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Delia Falconer’s new nonfiction work Signs and Wonders from Jane Novak at the Jane Novak Literary Agency. Building on Falconer’s essays ‘Signs and Wonders’...

Affirm acquires Layton memoir ‘No Apologies’ 

1 September 2020
Affirm Press has acquired ANZ rights No Apologies, a memoir by former elite netballer and current All-Australian AFLW player Sharni Layton. In 2016 Layton was named International Netball Player of...

UQP acquires second novel for children by Carnavas 

28 August 2020
UQP has acquired My Brother Ben, the second novel for children by Peter Carnavas. ‘Offering a rich narrative that centres on sibling relationships, the story follows brothers Luke and Ben...

Epstein’s ‘Small Spaces’ optioned for film 

24 August 2020
Small Spaces (Sarah Epstein, Walker Books) has been optioned for film by Triptych Pictures and US producer Rebecca Green via Alex Adsett. Triptych produced feature film The Babadook and TV...

‘Invisible Boys’ optioned for film and TV

18 August 2020
Director Nicholas Verso and producer Tania Chambers have optioned the film and television rights to Invisible Boys (Holden Sheppard, Fremantle Press), via Haylee Nash of the Nash Agency. The YA...

Magabala acquires Reid’s ‘Our Matriarchs Matter’ 

10 August 2020
Magabala Books has acquired Our Matriarchs Matter by Wiradjuri and Wailwan activist, lawyer and co-founder of Instagram account Blackfulla Bookclub, Teela May Reid. The publisher acquired the work of junior...

S&S acquires Rogers autobiography 

7 August 2020
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired the autobiography of rugby player Mat Rogers. The book, scheduled for Christmas 2021, is the first major acquisition by new S&S nonfiction publisher...

Wakefield acquires Parker’s ‘Endo Days’ 

5 August 2020
Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to journalist Libby Trainor Parker’s debut nonfiction book, which has the working title Endo Days: Life, love and laughs with endometriosis. Endo Days is...