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Brow Books acquires Dao’s debut novel 

8 October 2019
Brow Books has acquired world rights to André Dao’s debut novel, which has the working title Anamnesis, or A Book No Longer Discussed Today. Set in Ho Chi Minh City,...

Masson joins MidnightSun with spec-fic YA novel 

7 October 2019
MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to Sophie Masson’s YA speculative fiction novel The Ghost Squad. Set in ‘an alternative yet jarringly familiar reality’, The Ghost Squad follows 16-year-old Polly...

Hachette acquires ‘On’ series from MUP 

2 October 2019
Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to Melbourne University Publishing's (MUP) 'On' series of essays. The deal was negotiated by MUP then-acting CEO Richard Tegoni. The list of over 30...

PRH sells ‘The Yield’ to US, France

2 October 2019
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold Tara June Winch’s novel The Yield to publishers in the US and France. Pamela Malpas at Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency sold world English-language...

PRH sells ‘Jane in Love’ to US

1 October 2019
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold North American rights to Rachel Givney’s forthcoming novel Jane in Love (Michael Joseph) to HarperCollins imprint William Morrow, via Daniel Lazar at Writers...

‘Dinner Detectives’ books to be developed for TV 

26 September 2019
Melbourne-based production studio BES Animation has acquired world broadcast and digital content rights to self-published picture book series ‘Dinner Detectives’, with plans to develop the books into a multi-platform TV...

A&U acquires ‘Larrimah’ for six-figure sum

20 September 2019
Allen & Unwin has acquired rights to Larrimah: An outback town, a missing man and 11 people, who mostly hate each other­ by journalists Kylie Stevenson and Caroline Graham. ANZ...

NewSouth to publish Bryant’s debut ‘Hysteria’

20 September 2019
NewSouth Publishing has acquired world rights to Hysteria, the debut nonfiction book by Adelaide writer Katerina Bryant, via Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. Hysteria is a hybrid memoir that explores chronic mental...

HarperCollins acquires rights to Hazlehurst’s memoir 

18 September 2019
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to actor Noni Hazlehurst’s memoir in a 'hotly contested' auction. The publisher said Hazlehurst, an award-winning stage and screen actor and advocate for children’s welfare,...

‘You Must be Layla’ sells to Puffin UK

18 September 2019
Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to Yassmin Abdel-Magied's You Must Be Layla to Puffin UK, reports the Bookseller. Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer,...

Parrett’s ‘There Was Still Love’ sold to UK

17 September 2019
Martin Shaw of Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold UK and Commonwealth rights to Favel Parrett’s third novel, There Was Still Love (Hachette), to Francine Toon at Sceptre, Hodder &...

Walker acquires Neridah McMullin picture book 

16 September 2019
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to a new picture book by Neridah McMullin called The Drover. Based a true story, the book follows a young female drover as...

‘The Trespassers’ TV adaptation in development

5 September 2019
A TV adaptation of Meg Mundell’s novel The Trespassers (UQP) is being developed by Triptych Pictures and production company Fremantle. The screen rights were optioned via Alex Adsett Publishing Services...

Affirm signs White for third and fourth novels 

3 September 2019
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to two new novels by Christian White. Affirm Press publishing director Martin Hughes said: ‘Christian has worked so hard over the past 18 months, promoting...

UQP acquires new poetry collection by Ellen van Neerven

29 August 2019
UQP has acquired world rights to Ellen van Neerven’s second poetry collection, Throat. Throat is described by the publisher as 'a collection of poems about whiteness, climate change, extinctions; about...

Fremantle sells ‘Antarctica’ picture book to US

28 August 2019
Fremantle Press has sold US rights to Moira Court’s forthcoming picture book Antarctica to Massachusetts-based children’s publisher Charlesbridge. ‘Charlesbridge’s roots are in nature nonfiction, which is what attracted them to...