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NewSouth acquires Foster bushranger history 

14 May 2021
NewSouth has acquired world rights to Boundary Crossers: The hidden history of Australia’s other bushrangers by historian Meg Foster. ‘For too long, bushranging has been cast as the exclusive domain of...

Affirm acquires ‘After Australia’ companion anthology 

13 May 2021
Affirm Press will publish Another Australia, a new speculative fiction companion anthology to last year's After Australia, again in partnership with Diversity Arts Australia and the Western Sydney literacy movement Sweatshop....

Reece YA novel ‘Mice’ to be adapted for film

7 May 2021
Gordon Reece's 2010 young adult novel Mice (A&U) will be adapted into a feature film by Nicole Kidman’s production company Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. Mice is a psychological...

Crawford’s ‘No Document’ sells to US 

29 April 2021
North American rights to Anwen Crawford’s nonfiction work No Document have been sold to Transit Books. Adam Levy and Ashley Nelson Levy from Transit acquired rights from Nick Tapper at Giramondo....

Hachette acquires Temple middle-grade series 

21 April 2021
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to a middle-grade series by Kate Temple. The first book in the series of the same name, The Dangerous Business of Being Trilby Moffat...

ABC Books acquires Om memoir 

16 April 2021
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to ABC 7.30 reporter Jason Om’s debut memoir All Mixed Up, via Benython Oldfield of Zeitgeist Agency, to be published under the ABC Books...

Pan Mac sells ‘Heartsick’ to US, UK 

14 April 2021
Pan Macmillan Australia has sold US and UK rights to debut nonfiction title Heartsick (Jessie Stephens) after ‘a highly contested auction’. US rights were sold to Henry Holt in a...

PRH acquires Higgins memoir 

14 April 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired a memoir by Brittany Higgins. Higgins, whose  decision to speak publicly about her alleged rape in a ministerial office was one of the...

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...