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Wakefield acquires Parker’s ‘Endo Days’ 

5 August 2020
Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to journalist Libby Trainor Parker’s debut nonfiction book, which has the working title Endo Days: Life, love and laughs with endometriosis. Endo Days is...

Rights round-up 

29 July 2020
Acquisitions Fiction Transit Lounge has acquired world English-language rights to Travelling Companions (Antoni Jach) (see news). Nonfiction Scribe has acquired world English-language rights to The Chief Witness: Escape from China’s...

UQP acquires two new books from Birch 

23 July 2020
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired a short story collection, Dark as Last Night, and a work of poetry, Whisper Songs, by Miles Franklin–shortlisted author Tony Birch. ‘Dark as...

Wakefield to publish #LoveOzYA horror anthology 

22 July 2020
Wakefield Press will publish YA fiction anthology Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales, described as ‘the brainchild of acclaimed YA author and Wakefield Press staff member Poppy Nwosu, who will curate...

Pantera acquires Liminal anthology ‘Collisions’

21 July 2020
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to Liminal magazine anthology Collisions: Fictions of the Future (ed by Leah Jing McIntosh, Adalya Nash Hussein, Cher Tan & Hassan Abul). The anthology...

S&S acquires two new Blanchard novels 

16 July 2020
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to two new books by historical fiction author Tania Blanchard. The first book in the new contract, like Blanchard's previous novels,...

Scribe acquires Doig’s ‘We Are All Preppers Now’ 

15 July 2020
Scribe has acquired world English-language rights to Tom Doig’s third full-length book, We Are All Preppers Now, a narrative nonfiction work that examines the practices of survivalism and doomsday prepping...

PRH acquires Doyle’s ‘Echolalia’ 

13 July 2020
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired Echolalia by Briohny Doyle in a two-book deal via Rach Crawford of Mackenzie Wolf. According to Doyle, the novel is ‘about grief, responsibility,...

‘Taking Tom Murray Home’ optioned for screen

7 July 2020
Sydney-based production company Soft Tread Enterprises has optioned Tim Slee's novel Taking Tom Murray Home (HarperCollins) for the screen. Taking Tom Murray Home was the inaugural winner of the Banjo...

UQP acquires new Chong poetry collection

6 July 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired Eileen Chong’s poetry collection A Thousand Crimson Blooms. Chong is the author of nine books, including her most recent poetry collection Rainforest, which...

Hardie Grant acquires Ablett autobiography

24 June 2020
Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to AFL player Gary Ablett Jr’s autobiography. The fully illustrated book will include guest chapters from his father Gary Ablett Sr, Geelong captain...

Hachette acquires Lau’s ‘Gunk Baby’ 

18 June 2020
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to the novel Gunk Baby by Jamie Marina Lau. Hachette head of literary Robert Watkins said he is excited to be publishing the novel,...

Billie B Brown optioned for TV

17 June 2020
Fremantle and development partner 720 Creative have acquired screen rights to the children’s book character Billie B Brown, from the junior fiction series written by Sally Rippin, illustrated by Aki...

Rights round-up 

11 June 2020
Acquisitions Fiction Sally Bird at Calidris Literary Agency has sold world rights to Elodie Cheesman’s debut novel to Pan Macmillan. Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management has sold world rights...

UQP acquires debut essay collection by Nyuon 

9 June 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired a collection of essays on identity by South Sudanese–Australian lawyer, community advocate, writer and public speaker Nyadol Nyuon. Nyuon is a lawyer...

S&S acquires Pickett life story ‘Belief’ 

5 June 2020
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired Belief, the life story of Richmond Tigers player Marlion Pickett from the Jane Novak Literary Agency via Pickett’s agent, Anthony Van Der Wielen...

S&S acquires two books by Kailas Wild 

3 June 2020
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired illustrated book The 99th Koala and an as yet untitled memoir by Kailas Wild, the climbing arborist who received widespread attention for his...