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‘Big Time’ sells to UK, Italy and Russia 

Cover of Big Time 17 July 2024
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has sold UK/Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to Jordan Prosser’s debut novel, Big Time, to publishing director Harriet Hirshman at Dead Ink, in a deal brokered...

UQP acquires Araluen poetry collection 

Photograph of Eveyln Araluen 11 July 2024
UQP has acquired world rights to a new poetry collection from Evelyn Araluen, author of the Stella Prize–winning Dropbear (also UQP). Araluen’s new collection, The Rot, ‘dramatises the bad faiths...

Hachette acquires Woodard YA debut 

11 July 2024
Hachette has acquired world rights to Scott Woodard’s debut contemporary YA novel, Poster Boys, via Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management. Poster Boys is a coming of age story...

Ultimo Press acquires Watts novel 

10 July 2024
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Elegy, Southwest, the second novel by Madeleine Watts, in a deal brokered by Lucy Luck at C&W Agency, London, on behalf of Anna...

NewSouth acquires Rawson creative nonfiction book 

4 July 2024
NewSouth has acquired world rights to a creative nonfiction book from Jane Rawson, titled Human/Nature: On life in a wild world, via Jane Novak Literary Agency. Human/Nature is described by the...

MidnightSun acquires Gold novel 

4 July 2024
MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to the novel Shift by Irma Gold, via Sarah McKenzie of Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. Set in the South African township where the 1955...

Transit Lounge acquires Sayer memoir 

3 July 2024
Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to No Dancing in the Lift, a memoir from author Mandy Sayer, via Jeanne Ryckmans at Key People Literary Management. Described by Transit Lounge...

UQP acquires Vowles debut novel 

3 July 2024
UQP has acquired world rights to a debut novel from screenwriter and author Thomas Vowles, titled The End of Everything. ‘A psychological thriller set in Melbourne’s queer scene, The End...

Affirm acquires Lishman self-help book 

2 July 2024
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Marny Lishman’s self-help book Crisis to Contentment, via The Lifestyle Suite. Lishman is a health and community psychologist, wellbeing and mindset coach, keynote...

Hachette acquires Brooks memoir 

2 July 2024
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Geraldine Brooks’ memoir Memorial Days. Described by the publisher as a ‘heartrending and beautiful memoir of sudden loss and a journey toward peace’,...

PRH acquires Bindi Irwin picture book 

1 July 2024
Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has acquired rights to Bindi Irwin’s debut picture book, titled You Are a Wildlife Warrior! Saving animals & the planet, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki (Sisters...

Affirm acquires second Solly novel 

Photograph of Kate Solly 26 June 2024
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Kate Solly’s second novel, The Paradise Heights Craft Store Stitch-Up. Solly is a mother of six and author of Tuesday Evenings with the...

Pantera acquires Madigan nonfiction ‘Torn’ 

26 June 2024
Pantera has acquired world rights to Nicole Madigan’s nonfiction book Torn, via Jeanne Ryckmans of Key People Literary Management. The book follows individual stories of women who have faced major...

Upswell acquires White’s essay collection 

25 June 2024
Upswell has acquired world rights to Jessica White’s collection Silence Is My Habitat: Ecobiological essays. Upswell publisher Terri-ann White said White’s new book of essays ‘contains multiple dimensions’, with ‘a...

UQP acquires Morton’s VPLA-winning debut 

24 June 2024
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to Rachel Morton’s debut novel, The Sun Was Electric Light, which won the 2024 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished...

Scribner acquires Latimore nonfiction title 

24 June 2024
Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ and UK rights to Kumanjayi: Death and indifference by First Nations journalist Jack Latimore, in a deal via Melanie Ostell at...

S&S acquires Kitching romance novel 

20 June 2024
Simon & Schuster (S&S) Australia has acquired world rights to The Life Experiment, a romance novel from Melbourne-based author Jess Kitching, in a deal negotiated by Daniel Pilkington. Described by...

Upswell acquires Pigram nonfiction title 

19 June 2024
Upswell Publishing has acquired world rights to a debut nonfiction title by singer-songwriter Stephen Pigram, with the working title Feel Like Going Back Home. Upswell said that, in the book,...

A&U acquires two Nix novels 

18 June 2024
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to Garth Nix’s adult science fiction novel Massif, in a two-book deal via Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown Australia. US rights to...

Ultimo acquires Tunnicliffe novel 

13 June 2024
Ultimo Press has acquired rights to Hannah Tunnicliffe’s domestic noir The Pool. The publisher said The Pool ‘explores the choices and challenges that come after a devastating event through a cast of...

A&U acquires Trevelyan debut novel 

12 June 2024
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to debut author Jennifer Trevelyan’s literary coming-of-age story A Beautiful Family, at an auction by Grace Heifetz at Left Bank Literary on behalf of...