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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...

Ultimo acquires Khalil, Davidow memoir 

20 September 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to Runaways by Shaimaa Khalil and Shelley Davidow. The deal was brokered by Sarah McKenzie at Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. Khalil and Davidow met...

Merriman YA novels optioned for screen 

15 September 2021
Screen adaption rights to YA novels Catch Me When You Fall and Invisibly Breathing by New Zealand author Eileen Merriman have been optioned by Enjoy Entertainment, in a deal negotiated...

Hachette acquires Burr crime debut in two-book deal 

14 September 2021
Hachette has acquired world rights to two crime novels by Canberra debut author Shelley Burr in a ‘hotly contested’ international auction. The six-figure, two-book deal was struck between Hachette Australia...

‘Ghost Bird’ sells to UK 

2 September 2021
UK independent publisher Old Barn Books has bought UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada and ANZ) rights to Lisa Fuller's YA novel Ghost Bird from University of Queensland Press (UQP). The...

Hachette acquires Albany debut in two-book deal 

1 September 2021
Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to two novels by Northern Rivers journalist and songwriter Megan Albany. The deal was brokered between Hachette Australia head of fiction Rebecca Saunders and...

Hachette acquires two Jordan novels 

31 August 2021
Hachette has acquired world rights for two novels by Toni Jordan, in a deal struck between head of fiction Rebecca Saunders and Jane Novak of Jane Novak Literary Agency. The...

S&S acquires two books by Heiss 

26 August 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired two new books by First Nations writer and cultural activist Anita Heiss. The first book is a picture book for young readers about...

Pantera acquires Scott book on mental health 

25 August 2021
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to The One Thing We’ve Never Spoken About by journalist, writer and presenter Elfy Scott. Scott's debut nonfiction book is, according to the publisher,...

Ultimo acquires new Featherstone novel 

24 August 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to My Heart is a Little Wild Thing by Nigel Featherstone, in a deal brokered by Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary. My Heart...

Rights round-up 

18 August 2021
Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold Slovak rights to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to Motyl. Black Inc. has sold North American rights and UK/Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights...

Larrikin House acquires Freeman picture book 

12 August 2021
Larrikin House has acquired worldwide rights to children’s picture book The Heartbeat of the Land by Cathy Freeman. The publisher says the book is ‘a poignant call for environmental action...

PRH acquires Scott debut ‘Compulsion’ 

6 August 2021
Penguin Random House Australia has acquired ANZ rights to debut novel Compulsion by Kate Scott, in a deal agented by Benython Oldfield at Zeitgeist Agency. Compulsion centres on Lucy, a...

‘Still Alive’ sells to Fantagraphics 

4 August 2021
Melbourne graphic novel publisher Twelve Panels Press has sold world English rights (ex ANZ) to Safdar Ahmed’s Still Alive to Gary Groth at Fantagraphics, to be published under the Fantagraphics...

PRH acquires Chadderton middle-grade graphic novel 

29 July 2021
Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has acquired world rights to the contemporary middle-grade graphic novel Oh, Brother by Adelaide author-illustrator Georgina Chadderton. Rights were acquired in a joint deal between PRH...

S&S acquires two McAlister rom-coms 

22 July 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two adult novels by Jodi McAlister, author of the YA series 'Valentine', via Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Literary....