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‘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...

Text acquires new Grenville novel

27 August 2019
Text has acquired world rights to a new novel by Kate Grenville called A Room Made of Leaves. Following Australian pastoralist and merchant Elizabeth Macarthur, the novel ‘picks apart ideas...

‘The Girl on the Page’ film rights acquired

9 August 2019
Sydney-based production company Causeway Films has acquired the film rights to John Purcell’s The Girl on the Page (HarperCollins), via Simone Camilleri of Green Ink Agency. Set in the UK in the...

HarperCollins to publish Ellyse Perry’s ‘Perspective’

9 August 2019
HarperCollins will publish Australian cricketer and soccer player Ellyse Perry’s debut nonfiction book Perspective in November 2019. HarperCollins said Perry’s ‘inspiring’ and ‘heavily illustrated’ title will feature ‘stories and reflections from her...

A&U to publish Rodda’s new junior fiction series

6 August 2019
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired a new three-book junior fiction series by Emily Rodda. The Monty’s Island series, which is illustrated by Lucinda Gifford, is aimed at children aged...