Latest acquisitions: Fiction

Latest acquisitions: Fiction

2 October, 2023

Among the new fiction signed by Australian publishers this year are books by several authors trying something new.

Echo has acquired world rights to Katrina Kell’s first novel for adults, via Fiona Smith at Beyond Words Literary Agency. The book is inspired by the French nude portrait Chloé, which has been displayed on the wall of Melbourne’s Young and Jackson Hotel since 1909. Echo will publish the novel in May 2024.

HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to Cherrywood by Jock Serong in an auction brokered by Melanie Ostell of Melanie Ostell Literary. The ‘darkly playful, intriguing and deeply meaningful story of history, community, wonder, love and reinvention’ is, according to publisher Catherine Milne, ‘worlds away from what Jock has written before’. Cherrywood will be published under the Fourth Estate imprint in September 2024.

Puncher & Wattmann has acquired ANZ rights to debut short story collection The Mother Must Die by poet Koraly Dimitriadis via the author. The stories ‘attempt to capture the southern-European, working-class, migrant experience from a feminist perspective, depicting troubled characters of various ages and genders struggling with some aspect of Australian life’ and will be published in mid-2024.

And, in a case of a publisher trying something new, children’s publisher Larrikin House has branched out into adult fiction, with The Bogan Book Club by John Larkin. Described by the publisher as a fun and heartfelt story about being an outsider, it features a protagonist who, upon being released from prison, is taken to a book club by his brother—a book club that turns out to be ‘a group of other misfits’. The Bogan Book Club will be released in late 2024.

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