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Echo acquires Iain Ryan’s third novel 

12 March 2019
Echo Publishing has acquired world rights to Iain Ryan’s third novel, Sisters Under the Skin, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown. Narrated in first and second person, Sisters Under the...

A&U acquires Hardcastle novel for six-figure sum

12 March 2019
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to Below Deck, the third book by 25-year-old author Sophie Hardcastle. Zeitgeist Agency director Benython Oldfield sold the book at auction for...

YA debut sells to US, Netherlands

8 March 2019
Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Helena Fox's forthcoming YA novel How it Feels to Float (Pan Australia, May) to Penguin US imprint...

Affirm acquires VPLA-shortlisted short-story collection

8 March 2019
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to the debut short-story collection by Victorian author Wayne Marshall, which was a runner-up in the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in the unpublished manuscript category. The...

HarperCollins acquires book on Lawyer X 

6 March 2019
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Herald Sun reporters Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon’s book on Lawyer X, who can now be revealed as Nicola Gobbo. On 1 March Gobbo's...

A&U acquires Morris-Marr book on Pell

6 March 2019
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired world rights to a book by investigative journalist and broadcaster Lucie Morris-Marr, who broke the story in the Herald Sun that Cardinal George Pell...

S A Jones’ ‘The Fortress’ sells to US

1 March 2019
Natasha Solomun of The Rights Hive has sold North American rights to S A Jones' novel The Fortress to US-based Erewhon Books, a new independent publisher of speculative fiction. The...

Hamad’s ‘White Tears/Brown Scars’ sold to US

1 March 2019
North American rights to journalist and academic Ruby Hamad’s forthcoming book White Tears/Brown Scars (MUP) have been sold via auction to US publisher Catapult. Rachel Crawford at MacKenzie Wolf sold...

UQP acquires Khatun, Whittaker, Elvery 

20 February 2019
UQP has announced a number of acquisitions made by publisher Aviva Tuffield across the publisher’s trade, scholarly and poetry lists. Tuffield acquired ANZ rights to Australian-Bangladeshi historian Samia Khatun’s Australianama:...

Big Sky lands 17-book deal for US rights

20 February 2019
Big Sky Publishing has sold North American and US territories rights to 17 children’s book titles to independent educational publishing house Rosen Publishing. Set in motion at the 2018 Frankfurt...

Hardie Grant acquires Turnbull memoir

15 February 2019
Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to a memoir by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The book is described as ‘an in-depth and definitive narrative of Turnbull’s prime ministership...

Scribe acquires McKay’s debut novel

13 February 2019
Scribe has acquired world rights to Laura Jean McKay’s debut novel, The Animals in That Country, a literary spec-fic novel that imagines a world in which humans and animals might finally...

‘Catching Teller Crow’ sold to UK, US

12 February 2019
UK and US rights to Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina's YA novel Catching Teller Crow (A&U) have been sold to Penguin Children's Books UK and Knopf respectively. The book will be published in...

Tan’s ‘Rubik’ optioned for film

12 February 2019
Brio Books has sold the film option to Elizabeth Tan’s debut novel Rubik to Australian production company Photoplay. Photoplay develops projects in film, television, web and virtual reality, and is known for its...

Gladwell to release first book in six years

7 February 2019
Penguin Random House Australia imprint Allen Lane will publish Malcolm Gladwell’s first book in six years, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, on 10...

Moriarty’s ‘Bronte Mettlestone’ sold to UK

5 February 2019
Jill Grinberg of Jill Grinberg Literary Management has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U) to Guppy Books, a...

UQP signs Kurmelovs in two-book deal 

24 January 2019
UQP has acquired ANZ rights to two books by Royce Kurmelovs via Melanie Ostell Literary. The first book, Just Money: A Story of Debt and the Bankers and Crooks Who Created It,...

Tumarkin’s ‘Axiomatic’ sold to US

23 January 2019
Brow Books has sold North American and Spanish-language rights to Axiomatic (Maria Tumarkin). North American rights were sold to California-based nonprofit publisher Transit Books, with publisher Adam Levy describing Tumarkin’s...

Berbay sells board book series to US, UK

22 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold North American and UK rights to a series of three board books by Tokyo-based illustrator Chihiro Takeuchi. Catherine Drayton from InkWell Management sold North American and...

Berbay sells three Canty picture books in China

16 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to three picture books in John Canty’s ‘Heads and Tails’ series to Dook. The series—comprising Heads and Tails, Heads and Tails Insects and...