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Curtis Brown Australia

April/May 2016

Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd | Literary Agents | PO Box 19 | Paddington NSW 2021 | Australia T: [61 2] 9361 6161 | F: [61 2] 9360 3935 E: caitlan@curtisbrown.com.au | W: www.curtisbrown.com.au


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Fiction |

136 pp | May 2016

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GOTHAM: WISDOM TREE NOVELLA 1 Nick Earls Part one in a groundbreaking five-novella series. Publisher: Inkerman and Blunt|Paperback Rights available: World Excl. ANZ, Film/TV Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Published as ‘Cargoes’ in Griffith Review 50 Tall Tales Short—The Novella Project III, Gotham tells of the encounter between music journalist, Jeff Foster and ‘boy pharaoh’, Na$ti Boi. It reveals how hollow celebrities cast their spell. Think, Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe. This quietly told, intelligent story rubs into the soul and causes reflection on some of the moral issues of our time.

Nick Earls is the author of fourteen books, including bestselling novels Zigzag Street, Bachelor Kisses and Perfect Skin. His work has been published internationally in English and in translation.


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Fiction | 336 pp | April 2016

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LIKE I CAN LOVE Kim Lock The deepest secrets are kept by those closest to you. Publisher: Pan Macmillan|Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV, World Excl. ANZ & UK, Translation Excl. Germany Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: On a hot January afternoon, Fairlie Winter receives a phone call. Her best friend has just taken her own life. Jenna Rudolph, 26 years old, has left behind a devoted husband and an adorable young son. But Fairlie knows she should have seen this coming. Yet Fairlie doesn't know what Jenna's husband Ark is hiding, nor does she know what Jenna's mother Evelyn did to drive mother and daughter apart all those years ago. Until Fairlie opens her mail and finds a letter. In Jenna's handwriting. Along with a key. Driven to search for answers, Fairlie uncovers a horrifying past, a desperate mother, and a devastating secret kept by those she loves the most. Praise for Like I Can Love: “This thrilling novel explores the intricacies of love, and its power to both hurt and heal." – Woman's Day Kim Lock was born in 1981. She has worked around Australia as a graphic designer and volunteered as a breastfeeding counsellor. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Daily Life, and The Sydney Morning Herald online. Her fiction explores the stories that shape people's lives, but that they hide from society.


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Fiction |

320 pp | April 2016

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BETWEEN A WOLF AND A DOG Georgia Blain A celebration of the best in all of us. Publisher: Scribe|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis (fiona@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the anxieties of the middle class: loneliness, relationships, death. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to fall in love again. Meanwhile, April is struggling through her own directionless life; Lawrence's reckless past decisions are catching up with him; and Ester and April's mother, Hilary, is about to make a choice that will profoundly affect them all. Taking place largely over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a celebration of the best in all of us -- our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Georgia Blain has published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories, and a memoir. Her first novel was the bestselling Closed for Winter, which was made into a feature film. Georgia's most recent works include The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close to Home, and the YA novel Darkwater. In 2016, in addition to Between a Wolf and a Dog, Georgia also published the YA novel Special (Penguin Random House Australia). She lives in Sydney, where she works full-time as a writer.


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Fiction | 368 pp | April 2016

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THE BEEKEEPER’S SECRET Josephine Moon There’s a sting in every tale. Publisher: Allen & Unwin|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Fiona Inglis (fiona@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Maria Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria's peaceful existence. Pushing aside the misgivings of her family and friends, Tansy Butterfield, on the eve of her marriage, made a serious deal with her adored husband, Dougal. A deal she'd intended to honour. But, seven years on, Tansy is finding her current feelings difficult to ignore. And on top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougal wants to move to Canada! Josephine Moon's first novel, The Tea Chest (2014), delighted readers with its strong heroine and enchanting story and was a bestseller both in Australia and overseas. Her second novel, The Chocolate Promise (2015), was a lovestory with a difference set in luscious Provence and rural Tasmania and was also a bestseller. Josephine lives with her husband, son and her horses, dogs, chickens, goats and cats on acreage in Queensland.


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Fiction |

480 pp | May 2015

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SECRET KEEPING FOR BEGINNERS Maggie Alderson Even the closest families have secrets... Publisher: HarperCollins|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis (fiona@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job with the demands of two young daughters. Her life is balanced very precariously‌ Tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat. Her kids are growing up and she's feeling upstaged by her husband's new-found celebrity as the host of a reality TV fireplace restoration show. But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past. Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jet-setting life. Single and childless, she's been focused on her career - but when the lie she's concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything. Meanwhile their mother, Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door. Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel's urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own. And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about to come out... Maggie Alderson is the author of seven novels and four collections of her columns from the Good Weekend magazine. Her children's book Evangeline: The Wish Keeper's Helper was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. She is married and has one daughter.


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Fiction |

360 pp | April 2016

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THE DRY Jane Harper A desperate act in a small town with big secrets. Publisher: Pan Macmillan|Paperback Rights available: TV/Film, Translation (excl. Serbian, Italian, Hebrew, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish, French, Hungarian, Polish, Japanese, Slovene, Korean and Romanian) Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets. Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and writes for the Herald Sun, among other publications. Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, The Dry is her first novel with rights sold to over twenty territories.


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Fiction |

288 pp | May 2016

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FRONT PAGE NEWS Katie Rowney How far would you go for a headline? Publisher: Penguin Random House|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, Translation Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan is struggling to find anything newsworthy to report on in the small country town of Toomey. Front-page stories consist of the price of cattle and lawn bowls results, and Stacey spends more time laying out the crossword than covering actual news. Until the first dead body turns up. While the local police fumble the investigation, ambitious Stacey is just pleased to have something other than cattle sales to write about. Plus, she now has an excuse to spend more time with the arrogantly attractive Detective Scott Fitzgerald. But when Stacey shows up at one crime scene too many, she moves to the top of the most wanted list. Stacey must uncover the truth before anyone else gets hurt – or the police put her behind bars. Light-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny, this charming novel will have readers falling in love with the surprisingly deadly town of Toomey. Katie Rowney’s debut novel Front Page News was be published by Penguin Random House in May 2016. She grew up on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, and only made it as far as the big smoke of Brisbane city before settling down with her husband Magnus, two dogs and one cat. She reads a minimum of three books a week, has an unhealthy obsession with David Bowie and tries to live her life as Indiana Jones would.


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Fiction |

288 pp | May 2016

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OTHER SIDE OF THE SEASON: SEASON’S COLLECTION 4 Jenn J. McLeod Everything has a reflection … Publisher: Simon & Schuster|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Translation, Audio Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: When offering to drive her brother to Byron, Sidney neglects to mention her planned detour to the town of Watercolour Cove. Thirty-five years earlier, Watercolour Cove is a very different place. Two brothers are working the steep, snake-infested slopes of a Coffs Coast banana plantation. Seventeen-year-old David does his share, but he spends too much time daydreaming about becoming a famous artist and skiving off with Tilly, the pretty girl from the neighbouring property. Life is simple on top of the mountain for David, Matthew and Tilly until the winter of 1979 when tragedy strikes, starting a chain reaction that will ruin lives for years to come. Those who can, escape the Greenhill plantation. One stays—trapped on the mountain and haunted by memories and lost dreams. That is, until the arrival of a curious young woman, named Sidney, whose love of family shows everyone the truth can heal, what’s wrong can be righted, the lost can be found, and . . . there’s another side to every story. Jenn J. McLeod quit Sydney’s corporate communications chaos and bought a little café in a small town and ran a unique, dog-friendly B&B in country New South Wales. Home is now a fifth wheeler caravan, and her days are spent writing heartwarming tales of Australian country life.


Non-Fiction


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Memoir | 320 pp | May 2016

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JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND STORMS Kooshyar Karimi A gripping personal story of surviving prison in Iran and life as a refugee. Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, World Excl. ANZ Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Kooshyar Karimi had two careers in Iran, one as a doctor and one as a translator. Until he was kidnapped by the Intelligence Service. Snatched from the street by the secret service, he was jailed and tortured and then forced to spy for the regime, before finally escaping to Turkey. There he faced a whole new struggle to keep his family safe while awaiting refugee status from the UN. He was forbidden to work and at the mercy of corrupt police, con men and red tape. Then life became more dangerous still, when the Intelligence Service tracked him down and used his mother, back in Iran, as blackmail. Kooshyar's inspiring story of how he managed to forge a new life in Australia is heightened by his largeness of heart, strength of character, and insight into human behaviour, from the unfathomably evil to the selflessly kind. With the skill of a natural storyteller, Journey of a Thousand Storms recounts a life of endurance, compassion and gritty determination. Kooshyar Karimi was born in Tehran and now lives in Sydney. He is the author of several books on Iranian, Chinese and Assyrian myths and history, one of which was banned from publication by the Iranian government. His memoir I Confess: Revelations in Exile was published in Australia in 2012. He is also an award-winning translator of Gore Vidal, Kahlil Gibran and Adrian Berry, among others.


Young Adult and Middle Grade


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Young Adult |

336 pp | May 2016

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SPECIAL Georgia Blain I am a Lotto Girl. I should not be here. Why haven't they come for me? Publisher: Penguin Random House|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis (fiona@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Fern Marlow is alone, datawiped and in hiding. Her mobie says she's Delia Greene, a ReCorp refuse sorter. Every day she queues to work, to earn just enough to stay alive. Every night she dreams of the past and the life she's meant to be living, back at Halston, an exclusive school for those wealthy enough – or lucky enough – to be genetically designed. Her rescuers said her former life was a lie, that she can trust no one. They also said they'd come back for her, and they haven't. Fern doesn't know who to believe. To uncover the truth, and save herself, Fern must answer the one question she can't face. Is she special? Praise for Georgia Blain: “Blain just gets better and better.” – Charlotte Wood Georgia Blain’s first novel was the bestselling Closed for Winter, which was made into a feature film. She has been shortlisted for numerous awards including the NSW and SA Premiers' Literary Awards. Georgia's works include The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close to Home, and the YA novel Darkwater. She lives in Sydney, where she works full-time as a writer.


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Young Adult |

240 pp | April 2016

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WE ATE THE ROAD LIKE VULTURES Lynnette Lounsbury Lulu, Adolf, a moose and a Hummer... Publisher: Inkerman and Blunt|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Translation, Audio Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Lulu, a teenage Australian runaway knows bullshit when she hears it and she’s hearing it from the two ‘ornery old geezers she discovers living with an Alaskan moose named Capote, and Salinger, a suicidal circus elephant, on a remote Mexican haçienda. She is on a quest that has taken her halfway around the world—hitching rides, sleeping at truck stops and generally trying to evade Interpol—to prove that ‘Chicco’ and ‘Carousel’, with their stained kaftans and hesitant prostates, were once better known as Jack Kerouac and his muse, Neal Cassady. Written in the scroll style of the renowned Beat writer, and reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, the story unravels vibrantly, enticing readers to reach for Kerouac’s classic. Lynnette Lounsbury is a writer, lecturer, martial artist, traveller, and occasional poet. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and on the NSW North Coast. She now lives in Sydney. She currently teaches writing and ancient history at Avondale College and is Senior Editor at the student travel blog, Ytravel. Her first book, Afterworld was released for the young adult market in 2014. We Ate the Road like Vultures is her first novel for adults.


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Young Adult |

320 pp | May 2016

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THE LOST SAPPHIRE Belinda Murrell What is the secret of the lost sapphire ring? Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV, World Excl. ANZ, Audio Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Marli is staying with her dad in Melbourne, and missing her friends. Then she discovers a mystery – a crumbling, abandoned mansion is to be returned to her family after ninety years. Marli sneaks into the locked garden to explore, and meets Luca, a boy who has his own connection to Riversleigh. A peacock hatbox, a box camera and a key on a velvet ribbon provide clues to what happened long ago . . . In 1922, Violet is fifteen. Her life is one of privilege, with boating parties, picnics and extravagant balls. An army of servants looks after the family – including new chauffeur Nikolai Petrovich, a young Russian émigré. Violet is determined to control her future. But what will be the price of her rebellion? Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her work has appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. Belinda's books include the ‘Sun Sword’ fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, and Australian timeslip tales The Ivory Rose and The Sequin Star.


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Middle-Grade | 272 pp | May 2016

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TRULY TAN 5: HOODWINKED! Jen Storer The next adventure in the bestselling Truly Tan series. Publisher: HarperCollins|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World Excl. ANZ Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Verity Crisp's cousin has come to Peppercorn Valley. Her name is Ophelia Crisp, she is nearly ten and she has messy hair. She is also sullen, secretive and shrouded in mystery. Before long Tan has reasons to suspect that Ophelia is a thief. Tan's investigations lead her deeper into the secret life of Ophelia Crisp and, when Ophelia disappears, it is up to Tan to piece the clues together and find her before it is too late.

Jen Storer has written many acclaimed books for children, including the bestselling ‘Truly Tan' series. Jen is the author of the children's fantasy novels, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, The Accidental Princess (illustrated by Lucia Masciullo) and most recently, The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack (illustrated by Lucinda Gifford).


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Middle Grade | 256 pp | April 2016

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THE TURNERS Mick Elliot Leo Lennox has just grown a tail on his birthday. Publisher: Hachette|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, World excl. ANZ Agent: Fiona Inglis (fiona@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: You'd think that growing a tail in the middle of the school library would be the worst thing that could happen to you, but Leo is about to discover that things can always get worse - and a whole lot weirder. Now, as he discovers an unthinkable family secret, Leo must team up with his infuriating older sister to escape snake-skinned henchmen, ancient shape-shifters and a whispering villain determined to feed him to a pack of genetically engineered killer pigs - all while trying to control his new shape-shifting powers. The first instalment of a trilogy from the funniest new Australian kids' author in years. Mick Elliott is a children's television producer, scriptwriter and animator. Since 2001 he has worked at Nickelodeon Australia, overseeing award-winning series for kids of all ages. His credits as producer include CAMP ORANGE, PLAY ALONG WITH OLLIE, SLIMEFEST and hundreds of advertising campaigns. His work at Nickelodeon has won more than twenty international awards, while his animated short films have screened at over sixty festivals worldwide.


Children’s


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Childrens | 160pp | May 2016

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CAPTAIN JIMMY COOK DISCOVERS THIRD GRADE Kate & Jol Temple, Illustrations by Jon Foye Jimmy Cook is finding History Week a bit boring until ‌ Publisher: Allen & Unwin|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Audio Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Jimmy Cook has quite a lot in common with the explorer Captain James Cook. So when he finds out that Captain Cook met with a sticky end in Hawaii, he's determined to travel to the island finish what he started. His parents aren't so interested but luckily Jimmy's favourite brand of cereal is running a competition. First prize: a Hawaiian Holiday...Jimmy is going to have to eat a lot of full-fibre Wheetblocks to enter, but big dreams come with a big price. And no price is too big when it comes to Captain James Cook especially if it means beating the world's most annoying person, Alice Toolie. Kate Temple and Jol Temple have successfully collaborated on several children's titles, two screenplays, numerous shopping lists and even an episode of Two and a Half Men. They now call Redfern home, where they live with their son Arlo, who looks like a marshmallow. Jon Foye is very good at drawing things. His father is an illustrator too. Between them they make a formidable Pictionary team. When Jon is not drawing things that look like other things he works as a senior art director for a Sydney advertising agency. He lives in Rozelle with his wife Marissa.


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Children’s | 48 pp | April 2016

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MILO; A MOVING STORY Tohby Riddle Milo's life is almost entirely unremarkable. Until one day‌ Publisher: Allen & Unwin|Hard Cover Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, World excl. ANZ Agent: Fiona Inglis (fiona@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: A sweet and funny story about a city-dwelling dog, a day when everything goes wrong and curious rescue. Milo's life is almost entirely unremarkable. He lives in a solid kennel in an okay part of town. Every other day he has a job delivering parcels. Then Milo's life is turned upside down by an argument with his friend Snombo, followed by a strange wild storm that leaves him and his kennel in a precarious place. So begins Milo's surprisingly remarkable journey back to his friends. Tohby Riddle is a writer and illustrator based in Katoomba, NSW. He has created numerous award-winning picture books, two cartoon collections and a novel, and is the illustrator of the multi-award-winning Word Spy books on the English language. Recent books include the ambitious 128-page picture book Unforgotten, which has been published in five languages and The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar. Tohby has won awards for both literature and book-design and has presented talks and workshops across Australia and overseas. Tohby loves words, images and combining the two to capture all kinds of ideas in his books.


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Fiction | 360 pp | April 2017

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SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE Sarah Schmidt ‘Someone’s killed father.’ Publisher: Hachette |Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Translation excl. Germany, US Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Fall River, 4 August 1892. Lizzie Borden calls out to the maid, ‘Someone’s killed father.’ A domestic nightmare begins. The brutal axemurder of the Borden family patriarch and hated stepmother forces sisters Lizzie and Emma to confront the ghosts of their past. From the outside, no one can understand why anyone would want to murder the wealthy and respected Mr. and Mrs. Borden. As the police struggle to find clues, Lizzie tries to make sense of the moments leading up to the discovery of her father’s body. As it becomes clear that Lizzie is incapable of telling the truth, the police remain unaware that there are other witnesses to the crime. Based on true events, See What I Have Done is a psychological examination of the consequences of love and violence, family and self-identity. Highly claustrophobic, this character-driven novel balances sparse poetics and wild, vivid prose, and is a violent, haunting and original exploration of what it takes to be free and what it means to love. Sarah Schmidt is from Melbourne and has a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) from Deakin University, a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from RMIT. She was awarded a Varuna Fellowship in 2009 and 2014, has been published in Overland and Verandah and was shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Literary Prize for her short story, The Dolphin, in 2011. See What I Have Done is her first novel.


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Fiction |

320 pp | June 2016

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PROMISE Sarah Armstrong How far would you go to protect a child in danger? Publisher: Pan Macmillan|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World Excl. ANZ, Translation Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: When a new family moves in next door, it takes Anna just two days to realise something is very wrong. She can hear their five-year-old daughter Charlie crying, then sees injuries on the little girl which cannot be ignored. Anna reports the family to the police and social services but when no one comes to Charlie's aid, Anna understands that she is alone with her fears for the child's life. So when Charlie comes to her door asking for help, the only thing Anna can think to do is take the girl and run. Raising delicate but deeply felt questions about our individual responsibility for the children around us, Promise is a novel that obliges the reader to ask: if Charlie were my neighbour, what would I do? Sarah Armstrong's first novel, Salt Rain, was shortlisted for several awards including the Miles Franklin. She was a radio journalist at the ABC, where she won a Walkley Award. She now lives in northern New South Wales with her partner, also a writer, and their daughter.


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Fiction |

360 pp | February 2017

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THE FIFTH LETTER Nicola Moriarty One of four friends has a hateful secret. But why? And who? Publisher: HarperCollins|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Translation Excl. Germany Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: When four women decide to spend a week together in a holiday house by the beach, they devise a plan to get to know one another better, a way to reconnect after life has pulled them apart over the years. They decide to each write an anonymous letter sharing their deepest secrets. The letters are folded up and placed in a box and then one at a time; they draw out someone else’s letter and read it to the group. The letters share everything from fears about marriage problems and financial woes to secret addictions and secret crushes. Each new discovery draws them closer together, making them laugh, cry and hug as they work their way through their admissions. But it’s the fifth letter that is the most disturbing. An extra letter that shouldn’t exist. A letter that reveals one woman’s secret obsession with someone else within the group. An obsession that was borne in jealousy but is now progressing towards hatred. A hatred that could lead to violence. And there is no way of telling which woman wrote the letter, or which woman is now in danger from someone she thought was her friend. Nicola Moriarty lives in Sydney's north-west with her husband and two small daughters. She has a serious literary pedigree as the younger sister of bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and while studying teaching at Macquarie University, she began to write. She has now published two novels Free-Falling and Paper Chains.


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Fiction | 240 pp | July 2015 & June 2016

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THE TWISTED KNOT and A TIME TO RUN J.M. Peace A marked man. A damaged cop. A town full of secrets. Publisher: Pan Macmillan|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz (grace@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: After her abduction and near death at the hands of a sadistic killer, Constable Samantha Willis is back in the uniform. Despite being on desk duty, rumours reach Sammi that Someone in Angel's Crossing has been hurting little girls, and before long a mob is gathering to make sure justice is served. So when a man is found hanging in his shed, the locals assume the pedophile has finally given in to his guilt. That is, until Sammi delves further into the death and uncovers a dark family secret, an unsolved crime and a town desperate for vengeance. J.M. Peace is a serving police officer who has served throughout south-east Queensland in a variety of different capacities. JM currently lives on the Sunshine Coast, juggling writing and police work with raising two kids along with her partner.


Non-Fiction


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Non-Fiction |

400 pp| April 2017

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THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN: 18 AUGUST 1966 David W. Cameron Australia’s most significant battle of the Vietnam War. Publisher: Penguin Random House|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation near Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, became the stage for one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War involving Australian troops – and one of the most significant battles during the Vietnam War for the Australian Task Force. Marking the battle's 50th anniversary, and drawing on unpublished first-hand accounts from servicemen at all levels of command, critically-acclaimed military historian David Cameron brings to life blow-by-blow the events of this famous battle as it unfolded. His compelling account commemorates the men who fought in the rubber plantation of Long Tan – and those who did not come home. David W. Cameron is a biological anthropologist and was formerly an Australian Research Council QEII Fellow at the Department of Anatomy & Histology, University of Sydney. In early 2003 he conducted a preliminary archaeological survey of the Anzac Gallipoli battlefields and held discussions with Turkish and Australian government officials about conservation issues relating to the ANZAC area. He is the author of several books on the Gallipoli Campaign, including The Battle for Long Pine.


Middle Grade


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Middle Grade | 192 pp | August 2016

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IMPOSSIBLE BOY Leonie Agnew Vincent is an imaginary friend who doesn't know he’s not real. Publisher: Penguin NZ|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, World excl. NZ Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Benjamin Grey is an orphan. His closest companion is his imaginary friend, Vincent Gum. Nobody sees Vincent Gum apart from Benjamin and Vincent knows he will die the second Benjamin stops believing in him. Set in a fictional, war-torn country, violence has erupted over disputed water rights and many ex-pat families (American and English) have been ripped apart. Vincent drags Benjamin into the Northern Children’s Shelter, but doesn’t plan on sticking around. He has bigger problems than babysitting a little kid. Vincent has no idea why he’s invisible and wants some answers. What he finds out at the Children’s Shelter is disturbing - he must act quickly and convince the other children he is real in order to save himself. The Impossible Boy was the winner of the 2015 Master of the Inkpot Award with David Fickling Books, UK. Leonie Agnew lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She is an award winning children's author, a former advertising copy writer, and currently moonlighting as a primary school teacher. Witnesses claim her defining characteristic is a tendency to make things up. This is called lying, unless you write it down. Then it is pleasantly referred to as being an author.


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Middle Grade | 160 pp | March 2017

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ARTIE AND THE GRIME WAVE Richard Roxburgh How will Artie and Bumshoe solve this Grime Scene? Publisher: Allen & Unwin|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World Excl. ANZ, Translation Agent: Grace Heifetz (grace@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: The story of Artie Small and his best mate, Bumshoe. Together they decide to unravel the mystery that is The Cave of Possibily Stolen Stuff and they go head-to-head with a villainous cast of characters including the awful band of robbers and Nate Mullet and his dastardly family. Along the way the boys get a little help from the wondrous Aunty Boy, her dog Macaroni and her bizarre inventory of weapon inventions, such as the Fartex 5000. Richard Roxburgh is an award-winning actor who has worked on stage and screen around the world. His screen credits include amongst others Moulin Rouge, Doing Time For Patsy Cline, Mission Impossible II, Oscar & Lucinda, and James Cameron’s action adventure film Sanctum. Richard’s directorial debut, Romulus, My Father, starred Eric Bana and drew critical acclaim when it was released in 2007. Artie And The Grime Wave is his first children's book.

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