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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...

Ultimo acquires first novel from Bent 

10 December 2020
Ultimo Press has pre-empted ANZ rights to Hannah Bent’s debut novel When Things Are Alive They Hum via Gaby Naher at Left Bank Literary. Set in Hong Kong, London and China...

UQP acquires new Neave novel 

3 December 2020
UQP has acquired ANZ rights to a ‘stunning’ second novel from Lucy Neave, via Gaby Naher at Left Bank Literary. Set between the US and Australia, Believe In Me focuses...

Walker acquires Uhlmann picture book 

2 December 2020
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to author and journalist Chris Uhlmann's debut picture book The Useless Tune, via Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell agency, Cameron’s Management. The Useless...

HarperCollins acquires Pung, Ng children’s books 

30 November 2020
HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia has acquired world rights to two books by author Alice Pung and illustrator Sher Rill Ng at auction via Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia and...

UQP acquires Norman debut story collection 

17 November 2020
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired ANZ rights to debut short story collection Permafrost by visual artist, performer and writer S J Norman via Curtis Brown. Norman, under the...

HarperCollins acquires Baird book on grace 

16 November 2020
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Bright Shining by Julia Baird, from Amanda Urban at ICM Partners. Baird's nonfiction book on grace—what it is, what it looks like in our...

Scribner acquires debut thriller ‘Unsheltered’ 

9 November 2020
Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Unsheltered by Clare Moleta in a pre-empt from Jenny Darling at Jenny Darling and Associates. Moleta's debut thriller tells the story of Li,...

UQP acquires Behrendt’s ‘After Story’ 

5 November 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired rights to After Story, the third novel by academic, broadcaster and author Larissa Behrendt. UQP said After Story is an ‘ambitious and...

Text acquires Webb ‘anti-usage’ guide 

28 October 2020
Text Publishing has acquired world rights to an 'anti-usage' language guide by ABC journalist Tiger Webb. Webb is the ABC’s language research specialist, providing broadcasters with pronunciation guidelines, updating the...