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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...

Walker Books sold to Trustbridge Global Media 

13 May 2020

Walker Books Limited, parent company of Walker Books ANZ, has been acquired by private equity-owned children’s content company Trustbridge Global Media, but says ‘no changes to operations are contemplated’. In...

PRH acquires Smethurst’s ‘The Freedom Circus’ 

30 October 2018

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired world rights at auction to The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst. The Freedom Circus is a nonfiction account of Smethurst’s husband’s grandparents, Holocaust...

Two Sally Rippin series to launch in 2017

18 January 2017

Two new children’s book series by Sally Rippin will launch in 2017. In June, Hardie Grant Egmont will publish the first book in the ‘Polly & Buster’ junior fiction series aimed...

Hachette signs Richell Prize winner, shortlisted writer 

15 January 2016

Hachette has acquired titles from the winner of the inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, Sally Abbott, and shortlisted writer Brodie Lancaster. Hachette publisher Robert Watkins told Books+Publishing that Abbott’s...

Canongate acquires rights to Nick Cave title

23 March 2015

Canongate has acquired the rights to a new book by musician Nick Cave The Sick Bag Song will be published on 8 April and will be sold online-only from a dedicated...

Pan Macmillan to publish ‘Shantaram’ sequel

12 March 2015

Pan Macmillan Australia will publish a sequel to Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram in October under its Picador imprint.The Mountain Shadow is set two years after the events in Shantaram...

Scribe signs second nonfiction prize winner

20 February 2015

Scribe has announced that it has signed another winner of its Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.Briohny Doyle was the co-winner of the inaugural prize in 2013, along with Oliver...

HarperCollins acquires rights to Tim Cahill autobiography

17 February 2015

HarperCollins has acquired the rights to the autobiography of Australian soccer player Tim Cahill.Cahill has played over 80 games for Australia and is the country’s top goal scorer, including five World Cup goals....

HarperCollins acquires memoir by Rosie Batty

10 December 2014

HarperCollins has announced it has acquired world rights to a memoir by Rosie Batty. Rosie’s Story, written with Bryce Corbett, will be published in late 2015. ‘We see Rosie’s Story as...

Hachette signs multi-book deal with FitzSimons

5 December 2014

Hachette Australia has announced it has signed a ‘multi-book publishing deal’ with bestselling nonfiction author Peter FitzSimons.‘This signing reunites Peter with one of his very first publishers, Hachette’s Non-Fiction Publisher...

A&U acquires novel on F Scott Fitzgerald

18 November 2014

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has signed a novel following the final years of The Great Gatsby author F Scott Fitzgerald, reports the Bookseller.A&U acquired UK, Commonwealth and ANZ rights to...

Picador acquires debut by award-winning screenwriter

2 October 2014

Pan Macmillan imprint Picador has announced it has acquired local rights to a debut novel by award-winning Australian screenwriter Shirley Barrett.Barrett’s scripts include Love Serenade and South Solitary. She has...

Penguin acquires debut novel from Hayes

21 August 2014

Penguin Random House has acquired ANZ rights to Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity at auction.The publisher described the novel as ‘an irresistible story about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible...

Penguin UK to publish videogame tie-in magazine

19 August 2014

In the UK, Penguin has acquired world rights to a new Skylanders Universe magazine based on the Skylanders videogames, reports the Bookseller. This is the first licensed magazine acquisition for...

UQP signs Rowe, O’Reilly and Lamb

12 August 2014

UQP has acquired a novel-in-progress by Josephine Rowe, a short story collection by Paddy O’Reilly and a biography of Thea Astley by Karen Lamb. Rowe, who is currently a Stegner...