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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...

S&S signs three ‘Halifax’ novels 

3 March 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) to three novels by television writer and creator Roger Simpson, featuring his Halifax f.p. television character Jane...

Pantera acquires debut thriller 

2 March 2021
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to The Scarlet Cross, a ‘gripping debut psychological thriller’ by Liv McFarlane, from Jane Novak Literary Agency. McFarlane said she is ‘delighted to be...

Scribner acquires Cave’s ‘Into the Rip’ 

1 March 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia’s Scribner imprint has acquired ANZ rights to Into the Rip: How the Australian way of risk made my family braver, happier … and less American by...

Wakefield acquires Roff debut short fiction collection 

25 February 2021
Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to the debut short fiction collection, provisionally titled Third Heaven, by Adelaide writer Andrew Roff, via Martin Shaw of Shaw Literary. ‘Roff’s daring, irreverent...

UQP acquires Atkins picture book 

25 February 2021
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to Egg, the first picture book by YA author Clare Atkins. A ‘multi-layered picture book with thought-provoking metaphors around environment, generational...

Pantera acquires Fa’Aoso memoir 

23 February 2021
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to the debut memoir by actor and former professional footballer Aaron Fa'Aoso in a six-figure pre-empt from Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management....

Scribner acquires Haigh Evatt history 

23 February 2021
Under its Scribner imprint Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired world rights to The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the great Australian dissent, a new work of history by Gideon...

S&S acquires historical fiction debut 

23 February 2021
Simon & Schuster (S&S) has acquired world rights to The Understudy, a historical fiction debut by Julie Bennett. ‘The Understudy is set in 1973, the year the Opera House opened....

HarperCollins acquires two Foster novels 

17 February 2021
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to two new novels by Sara Foster, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown in a ‘fiercely contested’ auction. The first title, The Hush, ‘is...

HarperCollins acquires Cowell novel ‘Plum’ 

16 February 2021
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Plum, a new novel by writer, actor and director Brendan Cowell. Plum tells the story of Peter ‘The Plum’ Lum, a 48-year-old ex-NRL...

A&U acquires Agnew science debut 

12 February 2021
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to a debut nonfiction book by Bachelor star Matt Agnew. Agnew, an astrophysicist, will explore the search for life in the solar...

S&S acquires Zonfrillo memoir 

12 February 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired the autobiography of chef and MasterChef Australia judge, Jock Zonfrillo. Zonfrillo’s memoir will tell the story of his troubled adolescence growing up in...

‘Sorrow and Bliss’ to be adapted for screen 

10 February 2021
US production company New Regency has acquired the film and television rights to Meg Mason’s 2020 novel Sorrow and Bliss in a deal brokered by Casarotto Ramsay and HarperCollins Australia....

Rights round-up 

10 February 2021
Sales Nonfiction Jeanne Ryckmans at Cameron Creswell Agency (Cameron’s Management) has sold Chinese translation rights to American Journeys (Don Watson, Penguin) to The Commercial Press; and Korean translation rights to...

Hachette acquires Williams autobiography 

9 February 2021
Hachette Australia has acquired the autobiography of All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams via Nick Fordham of The Fordham Company, as part of a worldwide deal that will also see...

Echo to publish new Morris novel 

8 February 2021
Echo Publishing has acquired Heather Morris's third novel Three Sisters, which concludes The Tattooist of Auschwitz trilogy. Three Sisters tells the true story of Cibi, Magda and Livia, who were...

PRH acquires Hickey crime debut ‘Cutters End’ 

5 February 2021
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired world rights to debut novel Cutters End by author and playwright Margaret Hickey. In a statement, PRH said Cutters End was a captivating...

Transit Lounge acquires Rabin novel 

4 February 2021
Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to Sean Rabin's second novel The Good Captain, via Jessica Craig at Craig Literary. Rabin's debut novel Wood Green, published by Giramondo in Australia...

Ultimo first title to be Smith book on China 

2 February 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to The Last Correspondent: Dispatches from the Frontline of Xi’s New China by Michael Smith, one of the last Australian journalists to leave China...

S&S acquires Lyons cookbook 

29 January 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to a book by Nathan Lyons, ‘the Australian TikTok sensation behind Kooking With A Koori’. Lyons, a Wiradjuri man, is a...

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...