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Curtis Brown Australia February - March 2016

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Adult Fiction

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Fiction |

368 pp | February 2016

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ALL THAT IS LOST BETWEEN US Sara Foster The lies we tell for love are the most dangerous of all. Publisher: Simon & Schuster|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, World excl. ANZ Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: A mother’s worst fears. A daughter in distress. A family falling apart. Seventeen-year-old Georgia has a secret – one that is isolating her from everyone she loves. She is desperate to tell her best friend, but Sophia is ignoring her, and she doesn’t know why. Before she can find out, Sophia is left fighting for her life after a hit and run, with Georgia a traumatised witness. As a school psychologist, Georgia’s mother, Anya, should be used to dealing with scared adolescents. However, it’s very different when the girl who needs help is your own child. Meanwhile, Georgia’s father, Callum, is wracked with a guilt he can’t share – and when her younger brother, Zac, stumbles on an unlikely truth, the family relationships begin to implode... Georgia’s secret is about to go viral, leaving her in terrible danger. Can the family rise above the lies they have told and fight for what matters most of all? Set against the stark, rugged beauty of England’s Lake District, All That is Lost Between Us is a timeless thriller with a modern twist. Sara Foster is the critically acclaimed author of three bestselling psychological suspense novels. Sara lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and two young daughters. In addition to her novels, she has written for travel website HolidayGoddess.com, and was one of the contributors to their Handbag Guide on New York, Paris, London, and Rome. She has published independent short fiction alongside Hugh Howey in From the Indie Side, and contributed to the Dear Mum charity anthology published by Random House Australia. She is also very proud to have been one of the original editors of the bestselling Kids’ Night In series, which has been raising money for the charity War Child since 2003.

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400 pp | February 2016

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DARKEST PLACE Jaye Ford What if a stranger is watching you sleep – and no one believes you? Publisher: Random House |Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Carly Townsend is starting over after a decade of tragedy and pain. In a new town and a new apartment she's determined to leave the memories and failures of her past behind. However that dream is shattered in the dead of night when she is woken by the shadow of a man next to her bed, silently watching her. And it happens week after week. Yet there is no way an intruder could have entered the apartment. It's on the fourth floor, the doors are locked and there is no evidence that anyone has been inside. With the police doubting her story, and her psychologist suggesting it's all just a dream, Carly is on her own. And being alone isn't so appealing when you're scared to go to sleep . . . Jaye Ford is the author of five chilling suspense novels, Beyond Fear, Scared Yet?, Blood Secret, Already Dead and Darkest Place. Beyond Fear won Best Debut and Reader's Choice at the 2012 Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. Under the name Janette Paul, she is also the author of the bestselling romantic comedy, Just Breathe. Jaye is a former news and sport journalist, with the unusual claim to fame of being the first female presenter of a live national sport show in Australia, hosting Sport Report on SBS in 1988-89. She also worked in public relations before turning to crime fiction. She lives at Lake Macquarie in the NSW Hunter Valley.

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Fiction |

208 pp | March 2016

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THE WAY WE ROLL Scot Gardner A rattling urban bromance made of plastic and stainless steel. Brace yourself. Publisher: Allen & Unwin |Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: From the author of the awardwinning The Dead I Know comes an urban 'bromance' with an unexpected twist, featuring a boy from the upper end of town who finds refuge and friendship pushing trolleys at the local supermarket and avoiding a troubling secret in his own past. Will went to private school, and Julian went to juvie. Will is running from a family secret, and Julian is running from the goat next door. The boys meet pushing trolleys, and they find a common enemy in the Westie hoons who terrorise the carpark. After a few close calls, Will has to nut up and confront his past. But on the way, he learns a few things about what it means to be a friend - and what it means to be family. Scot Gardner became a writer after a chance meeting with a magazine editor while hitchhiking in eastern Australia. Magazine articles led to op-ed newspaper pieces and eventually novels. Scot's first fiction for young adults, One Dead Seagull, was published after he attended a writing camp with John Marsden. More than a decade later, his many books have found local and international favour and garnered praise and awards for their honest take on adolescent life. They include books like White Ute Dreaming, Burning Eddy and most recently Happy as Larry, winner of a WA Premier's Book Award for young adult fiction, and The Dead I Know, winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers.

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Fiction |

336 pp | March 2016

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LIKE I CAN LOVE Kim Lock Exploring love ‌ and the unthinkable things we do in its name. Publisher: Pan Macmillan |Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, 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, an adorable young son and a stunning vineyard. 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. Heartbreaking and terrifying, Like I Can Love explores love in all its forms - from the most fragile to the most dangerous - and the unthinkable things we do in its name. Praise for Like I can Love: Gripping and poignant ... a moving exploration of all the ways that love can hurt and heal." – Kylie Ladd 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. Like I Can Love is her second novel. Kim lives in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, with her partner and their children, a dog and a couple of cats.

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320 pp | March 2016

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SHARP SHOOTER Marianne Delacourt Tara Sharp is triple f: Funny. Fast. Feisty. Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press |Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Tara Sharp should be just another unemployable, twenty-something, ex-private schoolgirl . . . but she has the gift - or curse as she sees it - of reading people's auras. The trouble is, auras sometimes tell you things about people they don't want you to know. When a family friend recommends Mr Hara's Paralanguage School, Tara decides to give it a whirl - and graduates with flying colours. So when Mr Hara picks up passes on a job for a hot-shot lawyer she jumps at the chance despite some of his less-than-salubrious clients. Tara should know better than to get involved when she learns the job involves mob boss Johnny Vogue. But she's broke and the magic words 'retainer' and 'bonus' have been mentioned. Soon Tara finds herself sucked into an underworld 'situation' that has her running for her life. Sharp Shooter was nominated for a Ned Kelly Award 2010 Best First Crime Novel and was the winner of the Davitt Award 2010 Best Crime Novel. Marianne Delacourt is the pseudonym of a successful Australian sci-fi fantasy author who is sold throughout the world. Marianne grew up in Perth and now lives in Brisbane with her husband and three sons.

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Non-Fiction

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Memoir |

320 pp | February 2016

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ENEMY Ruth Clare “I was born into the war still raging inside my father…” Publisher: Penguin|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz (grace@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Ruth Clare's father came back from the Vietnam War a changed man: a violent, controlling parent and a dominating, aggressive husband. Through a childhood of being constantly on guard, with no one to protect her but herself, Ruth learned to be strong and fierce in the face of fear. After escaping her difficult upbringing, Ruth went on to have a family of her own. Facing the challenges of parenting brought her past back to life, and she lived in fear that she was doomed to repeat her father's behaviour. Wanting to understand the experiences that had damaged her father, she met with other veterans and began listening to their stories, of war, conscription, returning to civilian life. What Ruth uncovered left her with a surprising empathy for the man who caused her so much pain and heartache. Weaving a striking personal narrative with a revelatory exploration of the effects of war, Enemy is a bold, compelling and ultimately triumphant memoir from a hugely impressive new Australian writer. Praise for Enemy: 'Ruth Clare brings history into the home with piercing intelligence, unflinching honesty and total, terrifying recall.' – Clare Wright Ruth Clare did a degree in biochemistry/ journalism before realising she wanted to be an actor. After years of bit parts and cruel rejections, Ruth found solace in the world of words. She has been a professional writer since 2004, writing for magazines, creating a range of educational materials as well as copywriting for a wide range of business clients. Ruth is a finalist in the 2014 Cowley Literary Award for an abridged excerpt from Enemy. 9 Curtis Brown Australia / Rights Newsletter / www.curtisbrown.com.au


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Non-Fiction |

256 pp | March 2016

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AUSSIE MIDWIVES Fiona McArthur “Being present as the midwife at a baby's birth is one of life's glorious adventures.” Publisher: Penguin|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Nineteen Australian midwives share their incredible stories with passionate midwife and bestselling author Fiona McArthur. Midwives play a vital role in supporting women through some of the most challenging and rewarding moments of their lives. These remarkable professionals watch over births across Australia from the remote outback to busy urban hospitals. Meet Annie, working on the tiny island of Saibai where mothers arrive by dinghy; Kate, a clinical midwifery consultant, who sees women with high-risk pregnancies; Priscilla and Jillian who fly thousands of miles to get mothers and babies to hospital safely with the Royal Flying Doctor Service; and Louise, who gives impromptu consultations in the aisles of the local supermarket. Funny one minute and heartbreaking the next, Aussie Midwives explores the joys, emotion and drama of childbirth and the lasting effect it has on the people who work in this extraordinary profession. Praise for Fiona McArthur: 'McArthur . . . has great skill in telling a story.' – Sydney Morning Herald Fiona McArthur has worked as a rural midwife for twenty-five years. `Fiona has written more than thirty romances, which have sold over two million copies in twelve languages. She is a midwifery expert for Mother and Baby magazine and the author of the novels Red Sand Sunrise and The Homestead Girls. She lives in northern New South Wales. 10 Curtis Brown Australia / Rights Newsletter / www.curtisbrown.com.au


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Non-Fiction |

208 pp | February 2016

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EMPOWERED FERTILITY Claire Hall with Dr Devora Lieberman A twelve-step guide to navigating infertility Publisher: Hachette|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Pippa Masson (Pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Written by experienced counsellor Claire Hall and fertility expert Dr Devora Lieberman, Empowered Fertility is a practical guide for women to help them cope with their psychological wellbeing, their emotions, family and friends and their attitudes during a very difficult time. It contains clearly structured and expressed information and offers women practical steps to assist them as they go through the experience of and treatment for infertility. The reader can work through at their own pace, making use of the coaching tools and exercises to help with each step. For readers who are starting or in the midst of IVF treatment, the last section of the book forms an IVF Cycle Handbook, to guide women through their experience. Claire Hall is a counsellor/life coach who writes a variety of coaching articles and is published in Wellbeing Magazine, Madison Magazine, Good Health Magazine, Empower Magazine, Cleo, Maketheworldmove.com, Escape magazine, Contact magazine and Cosmopolitan. She also writes and delivers tailored workshops and presentations on a broad range of topics. Devora Lieberman joined Genea in 2003, when it was still called Sydney IVF. Prior to that, Devora had spent 3 years as Associate Medical Director, Women's Health at Organon (now part of MSD). Devora now devotes most of her clinical work to infertility and miscarriage management. Devora has also been a clinician in the Menopause Clinic at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital since her arrival in Australia in 1998. She served as President of Family Planning NSW from June 2003 to March 2014. She became a Director of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia in 2003, and served as its President from 2006-2008. Devora has also been a Director of the Board of the Fertility Society of Australia from 2005-2013, and held the office of Vice President from 2007-2009. Devora has presented at regional and national conferences and has contributed to textbooks and several peer-reviewed publications. 11 Curtis Brown Australia / Rights Newsletter / www.curtisbrown.com.au


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Non-Fiction |

208 pp | February 2016

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CHANGING MINDS Dr Mark Cross & Dr Catherine Hanrahan The go-to guide to mental health Publisher: ABC Books|Paperback Rights available: Audio Agent: Pippa Masson (Pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Written by experienced counsellor Claire Hall and fertility expert Dr Devora Lieberman, Empowered Fertility is a practical guide for women to help them cope with their psychological wellbeing, their emotions, family and friends and their attitudes during a very difficult time. It contains clearly structured and expressed information and offers women practical steps to assist them as they go through the experience of and treatment for infertility. The reader can work through at their own pace, making use of the coaching tools and exercises to help with each step. For readers who are starting or in the midst of IVF treatment, the last section of the book forms an IVF Cycle Handbook, to guide women through their experience. Claire Hall is a counsellor/life coach who writes a variety of coaching articles and is published in Wellbeing Magazine, Madison Magazine, Good Health Magazine, Empower Magazine, Cleo, Maketheworldmove.com, Escape magazine, Contact magazine and Cosmopolitan. She also writes and delivers tailored workshops and presentations on a broad range of topics. Devora Lieberman joined Genea in 2003, when it was still called Sydney IVF. Prior to that, Devora had spent 3 years as Associate Medical Director, Women's Health at Organon (now part of MSD). Devora now devotes most of her clinical work to infertility and miscarriage management. Devora has also been a clinician in the Menopause Clinic at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital since her arrival in Australia in 1998. She served as President of Family Planning NSW from June 2003 to March 2014. She became a Director of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia in 2003, and served as its President from 2006-2008. Devora has also been a Director of the Board of the Fertility Society of Australia from 2005-2013, and held the office of Vice President from 2007-2009. Devora has presented at regional and national conferences and has contributed to textbooks and several peer-reviewed publications. 12 Curtis Brown Australia / Rights Newsletter / www.curtisbrown.com.au


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Non-Fiction |

192 pp | March 2016

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THE NAKED VEGAN Maz Valcorza Over 140 raw vegan recipes for health and wellness Publisher: Murdoch Books|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Grace Heifetz (grace@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Owner of Sydney's Sadhana Kitchen, Maz Valcorza shares 140+ nourishing, plant-based, raw food recipes for health and wellbeing. There once was a nurse-turnedpharmaceutical sales manager who had always partied hard, chain smoked, eaten as many bacon sandwiches as she liked and exercised just enough to 'stay fit'. One day, she decided to take up yoga (because it seemed like a great way to get a toned butt). Little did she know that this snap decision, made out of curiosity and vanity, would change her life forever, leading her on a journey to organic, plantbased, raw food health, one delicious bite at a time. Maz Valcorza has always had a passion for food that was apparent to her friends and family. It was only natural then, that she would trade in a career in pharmaceuticals to open Sydney's first cafe specialising in organic, plant- based living foods and wholefoods. Maz originally began blogging her own recipes and photographs while still working in the pharmaceutical industry. She couldn't believe how easy it was to eat well and feel good and she wanted to share it with anyone who would listen. She opened Sadhana Kitchen, Sydney's first organic, vegan, raw food and wholefoods cafe, in April 2012.

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Non-Fiction |

240 pp | March 2016

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TALKING TO MY COUNTRY Stan Grant A book that talks to every Australian about their country Publisher: Harper Collins|Hardcover Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media. His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australian and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. 'We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier', he wrote, 'We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation's prosperity.' Praise for Stan Grant: ‘Grant is a natural storyteller … at his best when recounting his experiences and observations of Indigenous Australian life with devastating simplicity and acuity. This highly readable book … has the potential to spark empathy and generate important discussion, and deserves to be read widely.' – Bookseller + Publisher Stan Grant was lucky enough to find an ‘escape route’, making his way through education to become one of our leading journalists. He also spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia. This is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country.

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Young Adult Fiction

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Young Adult |

272 pp | February 2016

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YELLOW Megan Jacobson Being fourteen can be murder. Publisher: Penguin|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn't bode well for her life expectancy. Her socalled friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She'll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he makes her popular, gets her parents back together, and promises not to haunt her. But things aren't so simple, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one. Praise for Megan Jacobson: 'In her first novel, Megan Jacobson reveals herself to be a masterful storyteller . . . This is young-adult fiction at its best.' Nick Earls 'This story has such a generous heart. I loved it. Utterly unique and beautifully written, Yellow pulls you into the rhythms of life in a small coastal town; its beauty and its harsh realities. But it's the supernatural element that illuminates the story, weaving through the loves and hopes of characters you care for deeply. I was there every inch of the way with Kirra, as she fought for a future she could believe in, and I cheered for her too.' Kirsty Eagar

Megan Jacobson grew up in Darwin and the far north coast of New South Wales but now lives in Sydney where she works in TV news production at the ABC. She has a degree in journalism and has worked as a question writer for TV game shows and as an in-house script storyliner and script editor for several Australian television dramas. Her short stories have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, aired on ABC radio, and appeared in the UTS writers' anthology I can see my house from here. Yellow is her first novel.

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Young Adult |

528 pp | February 2016

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A TANGLE OF GOLD: THE COLOURS OF MADELEINE 3 Jaclyn Moriarty Madeleine and Elliot must solve the mystery of Cello before it is too late. Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia|Paperback Rights available: TV/Film, Audio Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: The dazzling conclusion to the award-winning The Colours of Madeleine trilogy, from one of the most original writers in YA fiction. The Kingdom of Cello is in crisis. Princess Ko's deception has been revealed and the Elite have taken control, placing the Princess, Samuel and Sergio under arrest and ordering their execution. Elliot is being held captive by the Hostiles and Colour storms are raging through the land. The Cello Wind has been silent for months. Plans are in place to bring the remaining Royals home from the World but then all communication between Cello and the World will cease. That means Madeleine will lose Elliot, forever. Madeleine and Elliot must solve the mystery of Cello before it is too late. Praise for Jaclyn Moriarty: ‘. . . beautifully written and completely captivating.’ – Garth Nix Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney's north-west and studied Law and English on three continents - at Sydney University in Australia, Yale in the US and Cambridge in England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer and now writes full time so that she can sleep in each day. She lives in Sydney with her son Charlie and is learning the cello.

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Children’s Fiction

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Middle Grade |

144 pp | February 2016

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COUNTDOWN TO DANGER: BULLET TRAIN DISASTER JACK HEATH 30 dangerous paths. 1 brave reader. Publisher: Scholastic|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: YOU CHOOSE THE PATH TO SURVIVE! You are strapped tightly into your seat on the bullet train. The mountain track is so steep, the aisle is a staircase. As the train accelerates at top speed, a passenger slips out of his seat and begins to fall to the back of the train. He will probably die. Do you unstrap yourself to save him, or do you stay in your seat? Countdown the minutes in Jack Heath’s terrifying story of your survival — or your demise! You decide. Read the story in real time! 30 minutes to survive, in 30 minutes of reading time! Praise for Jack Heath: "Even though [the Lab] was written when the author was in high school, this actionpacked page-turner features steady pacing, taut prose, and even a little character development. A strong start; stay tuned for sequels." — Booklist Jack Heath is the award-winning author of three action-adventure books: The Lab, Remote Control, and Money Run. Jack started writing The Lab when he was 13 years old and had a publishing contract at 18. Most recently, he has been named the ACT Young Australian of the Year by the Australian Capital Territory.

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Middle Grade |

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LULU BELL’S AMAZING ANIMAL ADVENTURES & FANTASTIC HOLIDAY FUN Belinda Murrell Lulu Bell stories about animals big and small and holiday fun! Publisher: Random House|Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: In Amazing Animal Adventures find out what happens when a rescued pony almost causes a birthday disaster, a calf gets stuck in the mud at the farm, a tiger cub gets in trouble, and Lulu gets a double dose of kitten and puppy cuteness at one unforgettable pyjama party! In Fantastic Holiday Fun join Lulu Bell and her friends and family for summer surfing lessons at the beach, an outback adventure a long way from home, a birthday to remember at the farm and a dazzling circus surprise. Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan.

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Children’s Picture Book |

32 pp | February 2016

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ARTHUR AND THE CURIOSTIY Lucinda Gifford When Arthur leaves the museum, he must leave his new friend behind‌ or does he? Publisher: Five Mile Press |Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Clare Forster (claref@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Arthur and his friends are on a class visit to the local museum. While his friends dash about, Arthur takes time to inspect all the interesting things around him. One of those interesting things is a glass case housing a strange looking creature known as The Curiosity. As Arthur continues his visit to the Museum, the reader catches glimpses of The Curiosity who has escaped his glass case and is now following Arthur about. Lucinda Gifford is an illustrator, author-illustrator and graphic designer. Winner of the inaugural Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize for her forthcoming original picture book, Arthur and the Curiosity, Lucinda is the author-illustrator of Space Invader at Planet Dad (out soon from Scholastic). Her illustrations appear in the picturebook Frankie and Finn by Mark and Klay Lamprell, published in 2015 by Hachette. She lives in Melbourne.

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Children’s Picture Book |

32 pp | February 2016

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME Ronojoy Ghosh The city is no place for a polar bear like George … Publisher: Random House Children’s Books |Hardback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Grace Heifetz (grace@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Being homesick is making George a terrible grump. Not knowing where home is makes it even worse. So George sets off on a search. He isn't sure what home looks like, but he'll know it when he finds it. Ronojoy Ghosh has lived in India, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand, and currently lives in Sydney with his wife and young son. He wrote Ollie and the Wind for his son, who refuses to sleep until he hears a story every night.

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Children’s Picture Book |

32 pp | March 2016

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HATTIE HELPS OUT Jane Godwin and Davina Bell, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Hattie is the perfect helper. Or so she thinks! Publisher: Allen & Unwin|Hardback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: An endearing picture book that any child - and parent - will relate to. It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party. Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap. Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired... A delightfully funny story about a little girl with big ideas, from a winning combination of creators. Davina Bell is a book editor and writer for young people. She is the author of the Alice books in the bestselling Our Australian Girl series of historical fiction for middle readers. Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, was published in March 2015, and she is currently writing a young adult novel on the edge of a vineyard in the Margaret River region. Jane Godwin is the author of many award-winning stories for young people, including her bestselling picture books with Anna Walker, What Do You Wish For?, Starting School, Today We Have No Plans, All Through the Year and Little Cat and the Big Red Bus. Jane has also collaborated with Andrew Joyner on the delightful picture books How Big Is Too Small? and Bear Make Den. The daughter of a painter and an architect, Freya Blackwood began drawing at a young age. She has collaborated with many wonderful authors, including Libby Gleeson, Margaret Wild, Jan Ormerod, Roddy Doyle and Nick Bland. Freya won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for Harry and Hopper, and her books have been honoured in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards many times. 23 Curtis Brown Australia / Rights Newsletter / www.curtisbrown.com.au


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Children’s Picture Book |

32 pp | March 2016

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ME, TEDDY Chris McKimmie Exuberant and warm, Teddy is a lovable black Labrador with a big heart Publisher: Allen & Unwin|Hardback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: I am Teddy. This is my scrap book. It's about me growing up from a little tiny puppy with a boofy head and big brown melty eyes to a big black labrador weighing 40 kilos (since I have been on a diet). This is me, Teddy. Chris McKimmie is a writer, illustrator, artist. Chris also wrote, illustrated and designed a series of eight books in the late seventies. He has worked as a lecturer, a graphic designer, a film production designer, a cleaner, a dad, a pot-plant painter, a public servant, a musician, a factory hand and a grand dad. He regularly exhibits his paintings and drawings.

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Children’s Picture Book |

24 pp | March 2016

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BILLIE’S YUMMY BAKERY ADVENTURE Sally Rippin Can Billie bake the most scrumptious cake in the world? Publisher: Hardie Grant Edgmont|Hardback Rights available: Audio Agent: Pippa Masson (pippa@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: Billie B Brown is a feisty tom-boy whose best friend is her next-door neighbour, Jack, who is good at building cubbies but not as good as Billie on the monkey Bars. Billie is a refreshing change for little girls tired of princesses and fairies and in this story has to negotiate the politics of Kindergarten in baking an amazing cake with the co-operation of the class, despite setbacks including a magic mix that turns her cake from fantabulous to disastrous. Sally Rippin was born in Darwin and grew up in South-East Asia. As a young adult she studied traditional Chinese painting for three years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, which inspired her first novel Chenxi and the Foreigner. Sally is the author of many books for children, including the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series, and the highly acclaimed children's novel Angel Creek. Currently, she lives in Melbourne with her partner and three sons, and writes and illustrates full time. 25 Curtis Brown Australia / Rights Newsletter / www.curtisbrown.com.au


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Children’s Picture Book |

24 pp | January 2016

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JOEY COUNTS TO TEN Sally Morgan, Illustrated by Ambelin Kwaymullina Watch, look, listen and count! Publisher: Little Hare|Hardback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Tara Wynne (tara@curtisbrown.com.au) Description: This tale's bright, colourful illustrations will enchant children as they find and learn Australian animals, and follow the mood of the weather as the story leads Joey from dawn to starlit night. More than just a counting book, this picture book can be used to discuss such key concepts as animals, time of day, weather, sounds, and sights Sally Morgan was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1951. She is a full-time painter and writer. For as long as she can remember Sally wanted to paint and write. It was not until she researched her family history and discovered her Aboriginal identity that she found meaning in her images, and gained the confidence to pick up her paints. Both her books and her paintings and screenprints have earned awards and wide-spread popularity. Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator from the Palyku people. The homeland of her people is located in the dry, vivid beauty of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ambelin has written and illustrated a number of award winning picture books as well as writing a dystopian series – The Tribe – for Young Adults. When not writing or illustrating, Ambelin teaches law and spends time with her family and her dogs.

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Curtis Brown (Aust) Rights Catalogue February/March 2016  
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