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Scribner acquires Chingaipe’s ‘Black Convicts’ 

19 November 2021
Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Black Convicts: How slavery shaped colonised Australia by journalist, filmmaker and author Santilla Chingaipe, via Grace Heifetz of Left Bank Literary. Based on...

Ayliffe’s John Bailey series optioned for screen 

15 November 2021
Simon & Schuster (S&S) has sold screen rights to Tim Ayliffe’s John Bailey crime thriller series to CJZ Productions, in a deal brokered by Jeanne Ryckmans of Cameron’s Management. The...

HQ acquires Hearst novel in two-book deal 

10 November 2021
HQ has acquired world rights to a forthcoming novel by Elise Hearst, as part of a ‘hotly contested’ two-book deal brokered by Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. According to the publisher,...

S&S signs Spicer book on AI bias 

25 October 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired a new book by journalist Tracey Spicer on ‘the ways that sexist and racist stereotypes are being embedded into emerging technologies, thus perpetuating...

MUP acquires Quilty’s ‘Fall of Kabul’ 

21 October 2021
Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has acquired world rights to Fall of Kabul: America’s last days in Afghanistan by award-winning photo-journalist Andrew Quilty. MUP acquired rights directly from the author. Quilty...

Scribe acquires Marson nonfiction book 

20 October 2021
Scribe has acquired a nonfiction book about sexual violence by ACT-based prosecutor Katrina Marson. World rights (ex North America) were acquired from Grace Heifetz at Left Bank Literary. The as...

S&S acquires Weir novel 

15 October 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to a novel set in contemporary Byron Bay, by journalist James Weir. Rights to The Hemsworth Effect—a title referencing the influence...

Hachette acquires Collier debut memoir 

13 October 2021
Hachette has acquired world rights to Inconceivable, a memoir by Alexandra Collier, in a deal brokered by Sharne McGee at Liberty Artist Management. Inconceivable chronicles Collier’s decision to join ‘the...

PRH acquires new Toltz novel 

12 October 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired Here Goes Nothing, the new novel by Steve Toltz. Publisher Nikki Christer acquired ANZ rights from Elizabeth Sheinkman at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop,...

Ultimo acquires Mikosza memoir 

12 October 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Homesickness, a literary memoir by Janine Mikosza, in a deal brokered by Melanie Ostell at Melanie Ostell Literary. Homesickness investigates the author's own...

Transit Lounge acquires Fyfe novel ‘T’ 

6 October 2021
Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to T, a novel by Perth-based author Alan Fyfe. T is about ‘people living on the economic margins and the epidemic of meth addiction’....

PRH acquires Dao debut novel ‘Anam’ 

5 October 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to André Dao's debut novel Anam, in a deal agented by Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia. UK rights have been...

Affirm acquires Saleh debut novel 

5 October 2021
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Sara Saleh’s debut novel Songs for the Dead and the Living through the Affirm Press Mentorship for Sweatshop Writers. Saleh, an Arab-Australian human...

Ventura acquires Jacoby memoir 

4 October 2021
Ventura Press has acquired world rights to a memoir by television producer Anita Jacoby, Secrets Beyond the Screen. Jacoby was the producer of television shows including 60 Minutes, The Gruen...

Wakefield acquires McAlister YA rom-com 

30 September 2021
Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to Jodi McAlister’s YA rom-com Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending, via Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Literary. Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending...

HGCP acquires ‘UnMonumental’ picture book 

22 September 2021
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has acquired world rights to UnMonumental, a hardback picture book by artists James Tylor and Matt Chun based on their Instagram project of the same...

Hardie Grant acquires debut novel ‘The Eulogy’ 

21 September 2021
Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights (ex US) to The Eulogy, the debut novel by Jackie Bailey. Drawing on Bailey’s family’s stories of intergenerational trauma, the autofictional novel follows...