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A&U sells ‘Pain and Prejudice’ to US, UK

7 November 2019
Allen & Unwin has sold rights to Gabrielle Jackson’s Pain and Prejudice to Piatkus in the UK and Greystone Books in North America. Published in Australia in October, Pain and...

Pantera acquires new Amal Awad novel 

6 November 2019
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to journalist and author Amal Awad’s third novel, Control on the Way Down, a work of women’s fiction. Awad’s novel is about a Muslim...

Film rights to Mostafa’s ‘Offshore’ optioned

23 October 2019
Filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta has optioned the film rights to Joshua Mostafa’s novella Offshore (Seizure). Mostafa was joint winner of Seizure’s seventh annual Viva La Novella competition, with Carly Cappielli for...

‘Dark Emu’ to be adapted for TV documentary series

18 October 2019
Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu (Magabala) will be adapted as a television documentary series by Blackfella Films, a Sydney-based documentary production company founded by Rachel Perkins. Screen Australia has announced...

S&S to reissue Trioli’s ‘Generation F’ 

17 October 2019
Simon & Schuster (S&S) will reissue journalist Virginia Trioli’s Generation F in November, with a new foreword and afterword by the author. Originally published by Heinemann imprint Minerva in 1996, Generation...

Noni moves to PRH after eight-way auction

17 October 2019
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to a new series from YA author Lynette Noni titled 'The Prison Healer'. Rights were acquired in an eight-way auction via...

Three Sara Foster novels sold to US in six-figure deal

9 October 2019
Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia has sold North American rights to three novels by Perth-based author Sara Foster to Blackstone Publishing in a six-figure deal. Blackstone Publishing acquired rights...

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...