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PRH acquires Goldberg debut 

19 January 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to Ashley Goldberg’s debut novel Abomination, from Akin Akinwumi at Willenfield Literary Agency. Shortlisted for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished...

A&U acquires Xu memoir ‘You’re So Brave’ 

13 January 2021
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to Vicky Xu’s memoir You’re So Brave at auction, from Benython Oldfield of Zeitgeist Agency. A&U described the book as ‘a coming-of-age...

Ultimo acquires debut novel in eight-house auction 

15 December 2020
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Diana Reid's debut novel Love & Virtue in 'a hotly contested eight-publisher auction'. The novel, which explores virtue signalling and moral ambiguity in...

UQP acquires two new books from Riwoe 

11 December 2020
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to two new works of fiction by Mirandi Riwoe: short story collection Somewhere Between and historical novel Sunbirds. Somewhere Between will include both...

Black Inc. acquires Gergis book on climate change 

11 December 2020
Black Inc. has acquired world rights to climate scientist Joëlle Gergis’s Witnessing the Unthinkable: Notes from the front line of the climate crisis from Jane Novak Literary Agency in a...

Ultimo acquires first novel from Bent 

10 December 2020
Ultimo Press has pre-empted ANZ rights to Hannah Bent’s debut novel When Things Are Alive They Hum via Gaby Naher at Left Bank Literary. Set in Hong Kong, London and China...

UQP acquires new Neave novel 

3 December 2020
UQP has acquired ANZ rights to a ‘stunning’ second novel from Lucy Neave, via Gaby Naher at Left Bank Literary. Set between the US and Australia, Believe In Me focuses...

Walker acquires Uhlmann picture book 

2 December 2020
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to author and journalist Chris Uhlmann's debut picture book The Useless Tune, via Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell agency, Cameron’s Management. The Useless...

HarperCollins acquires Pung, Ng children’s books 

30 November 2020
HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia has acquired world rights to two books by author Alice Pung and illustrator Sher Rill Ng at auction via Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia and...

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...