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Curtis Brown Australia

BOOKS AT MIFF Catalogue 2016

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Adult Fiction

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Fiction |

352 pp | September 2015

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN AND STELLA PRIZES

Hope Farm PEGGY FREW A thirteen-year-old girl moves with her single mother to a rural hippie commune, where she unwillingly enters the world of adults, with devastating consequences.

Publisher: Scribe| Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster Email: claref @curtisbrown.com.au Silver's mother, Ishtar, has fallen for the charismatic Miller, and the three of them have moved to the rural hippie commune to make a new start. There, Silver finds unexpected friendship and, at last, a place to call home. But it is also here that, at just thirteen, she is thrust into an unrelenting adult world, with deadly consequences. Peggy Frew's debut novel, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Her short fiction has won The Age short story competition. She is a founding member of Melbourne band Art of Fighting. Her novel Hope Farm was shortlisted for both the Stella Prize and Miles Franklin Literary Award (pending).

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320 pp | March 2016

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Between A Wolf and A Dog GEORGIA BLAIN Ester is a therapist who spends her days helping others find happiness but her own family – and their lives – are falling apart.

Publisher: Scribe| Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au Ester is a family therapist who spends her days helping others find happiness but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her exhusband, 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. 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. She has been shortlisted for numerous awards including the NSW and SA Premiers' Literary Awards, and the Nita B. Kibble Award for her memoir Births Deaths Marriages. She lives in Sydney where she works full-time as a writer. 4


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368 pp | April 2016

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The Beekeeper’s Secret JOSEPHINE MOON A gripping mystery about family secrets, dark dealings, faith and forgiveness set in the lush hinterland of Queensland.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin| Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au Maria Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey to fund orphaned children. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria's peaceful existence. Meanwhile, Tansy Butterfield made a serious deal on the eve of her marriage 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 now Dougal wants to move to Canada! Josephine Moon's first novel, The Tea Chest (2014), delighted readers with its strong heroine and enchanting story. It was a bestseller both in Australia and overseas. Her second novel, The Chocolate Promise (2015), was also a bestseller. Josephine lives with her husband, son and her horses, dogs, chickens, goats and cats on acreage in Queensland. 5


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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… it’s when they are shared that things begin to change.

Publisher: HarperCollins| Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job with the demands of two young daughters. 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 new home restoration show. Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jet-setting life – single and childless, she's been focused on her career. Meanwhile their mother, Joy, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door. 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 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. 6


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272 pp | August 2015

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The Bit In Between CLAIRE A. VARLEY Writing a love story is a lot easier than living one.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan| Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz Email: grace @curtisbrown.com.au In spite of a less than romantic start, Oliver falls in love with Alison. With no other place to be, Alison follows Oliver to the Solomon Islands where he is planning to write his much-anticipated second novel. But as Oliver's story begins to take shape, odd things start to happen and he senses there may be more hinging on his novel than the burden of expectation. As he gets deeper into the manuscript and Alison moves further away from him, Oliver finds himself clinging to a narrative that may not end with 'happily ever after'. Claire Varley grew up on the Bellarine Peninsula and lives in Melbourne. She has sold blueberries, worked in a haunted cinema, won an encouragement award for being terrible at telemarketing, taught English in rural China and coordinated community development projects in remote Solomon Islands. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Australian Love Stories, Australian Love Poems, Seizure, page seventeen, Sotto and [Untitled].

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240 pp | July 2016

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The Twisted Knot 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 Email: grace @curtisbrown.com.au 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. When a man is found hanging in his shed, the locals assume the paedophile 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 would rather be writing about policing. Over the past 15 years, she has served throughout south-east Queensland in a variety of different capacities. Her voice of authority shines in her debut crime thriller, A Time to Run. She lives on the Sunshine Coast, juggling writing and police work with raising two kids along with her partner.

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368 pp | September 2015

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Rush Oh! SHIRLEY BARRETT Mary Davidson sets out to chronicle a particularly difficult season in the life of a NSW whaling family in 1908, filled with drama and misadventure. Publisher: Pan Macmillan| Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz Email: grace @curtisbrown.com.au Mary Davidson, the eldest daughter of a whaling family in Eden, New South Wales, sets out to chronicle the particularly difficult season of 1908. It's a season marked not only by the sparsity of whales and the vagaries of weather, but also by the arrival of John Beck, an itinerant whale man with a murky past, on whom Mary promptly develops an allconsuming crush. Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screenwriter and director. Shirley's first film, Love Serenade, won the Camera D'Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. The script for her film South Solitary won the Queensland Premier's Prize (script) 2010, the West Australian Premier's Literary Prize (script) 2010, and the West Australian Premier's Prize 2010. Rush Oh! is Shirley's first novel. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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304 pp | March 2015

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She’s Having Her Baby LAUREN SAMS What happens when you agree to have your best friend’s baby? Publisher: Black Inc.| Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz Email: grace @curtisbrown.com.au Georgie Henderson doesn't want to have kids, but her best friend, Nina Doherty, has wanted to have a baby for as long as she can remember. Sadly, Nina's uterus refuses to cooperate. One drunken evening, Nina asks Georgie for the ultimate favour: would she carry a baby for her? Georgie says yes - and spends the next nine months wondering why! With intense bacon-and-egg roll cravings and distant memories of what her feet look like, she tries to keep it all together in her dream job as the editor of Jolie magazine. Her love life's a mess - and sauvignon blanc's off the menu - leaving Georgie to deal with twists in her life she never expected. Lauren Sams is currently working on the sequel to She’s Having Her Baby. She’s also a freelance writer and her work has appeared in ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Good Food, Delicious and Sunday Style. She lives with her husband, daughter and two dogs in Sydney.

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320 pp | September 2016

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The Fence MEREDITH JAFFÉ When Gwen puts up a fence between her and her neighbours, the dynamic of the street and the inhabitants' lives change, culminating in a tragic turn of events... Publisher: Pan Macmillan | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au Gwen Hill has lived on Green Valley Avenue all her adult life. Here she brought her babies home, nurtured her garden and shared life's ups and downs with her best friend and neighbor, Babs. So when Babs dies and the house next door is sold, Gwen wonders how the new family will settle into the quiet life of this cozy community. Meanwhile, Francesca Desmarchelliers has high hopes for the house on Green Valley Avenue. When she proposes a fence between their properties, however, to Gwen this comes as an act of war. Meredith Jaffé is a writer and occasional book critic. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column ‘The Bookshelf’ for the online women's magazine The Hoopla. She is currently working on her next novel in between riding her horses and enjoying farm life with her family on the beautiful NSW South Coast. 11


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432 pp | September 2016

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River Run NICOLE ALEXANDER In 1951, Eleanor returns to River Run seeking headspace. Unwanted guests, fears of communism, shearers’ politics and the arrival of a stranger just won’t allow that to happen… Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au

It is January 1951, and after a year away Eleanor Webber has returned home to River Run, her family's sprawling sheep property in western New South Wales. Fleeing a failed love affair back in Sydney, she hopes for some time and space. But with shearing of over 25,000 sheep about to commence, that dream is quickly dashed. More worryingly, her half-brother Robbie is increasingly running wild. Then, with a storm looming and tensions rising in the shearing shed, a mysterious stranger appears on the horizon… Nicole Alexander is a fourth-generation grazier who returned to her family's property in the early 1990s to become business manager there. Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore. 12


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368 pp | February 2016

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All That Is Lost Between Us SARA FOSTER Three teenagers in trouble. Two big secrets. A hit and run, and a family in crisis. Can the Turner family save their daughter before it's too late? Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au Seventeen-year-old Georgia has a secret – one that is isolating her from everyone she loves. 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... 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.

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430 pp | August 2016

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Cyanide Games RICHARD BEASLEY As he fights for the release of a friend jailed in China, criminal lawyer Peter Tanner takes on corrupt mining companies and families at the top of the rich list… Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au When Melissa Cheung’s husband is arrested in China for corruption, her first call is to Peter Tanner. In his line of work Tanner often crosses paths with some of the most evil but wealthy members of the nation’s underbelly. Melissa’s phonecall takes Tanner to the highest end of corporate corruption: mining companies trying to cover up environmental disasters and families at the top of the rich list who think they’re above the law. As he pursues those who had Cheung incarcerated, Tanner unearths cover-up after cover-up, putting his life and those of others in danger as he tries to bring the perpetrators to justice. Richard Beasley grew up in Adelaide, before moving to Sydney where he has worked as a barrister since 1997. He is the author of three previous novels: Hell Has Harbour Views (which was adapted for ABC Television in 2005), The Ambulance Chaser, and Me and Rory Macbeath. 14


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240 pp | April 2016

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We Ate the Road Like Vultures LYNETTE LOUNSBURY Sixteen year old Lulu is sure Jack Kerouac is alive and living in Mexico and she is determined to find him… Publisher: Inkerman and Blunt | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au Lulu, a teenage Australian runaway on a unlikely mission, 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. 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 (Allen&Unwin 2014) 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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400 pp | July 2016

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Promise SARAH ARMSTRONG Anna knows there is something wrong when she sees injuries on a five-year-old next door, but the police won’t help. How far will she go to protect a child in danger? Publisher: Pan Macmillan | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz Email: grace @curtisbrown.com.au 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. Sarah Armstrong's first novel, Salt Rain, was shortlisted for several awards including the Miles Franklin and her second novel His Other House was widely praised. She has been a radio journalist at the ABC where she was a recipient of the Walkley Award. She now lives in northern New South Wales with her partner and their young daughter.

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336 pp | April 2016

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Like I Can Love KIM LOCK The death of Fairlie’s best friend Jenna brings to light the dark secrets of Jenna’s husband and mother and then Fairlie finds a key and a letter…from Jenna. Publisher: Pan Macmillan | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au On a hot January afternoon, Fairlie Winter receives a phone call. Her best friend has taken her own life. Jenna Rudolph, 26 years old, has left behind a devoted husband and an adorable young son. 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. Kim Lock 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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400 pp | December 2015

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Kill Switch JAMES PHELAN Jed Walker is an ex-CIA agent who has 48 hours to save the world from a cyber terrorist organisation, but fourteen people with the key to restart the Internet are missing‌ Publisher: Hachette | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz Email: grace @curtisbrown.com.au The world is under cyberattack. Chaos will be unleashed at six-hour intervals, with each event more catastrophic than the last, culminating in a devastating global catastrophe within 48 hours. The US President has the power to enact the Internet Freedom Act - the 'Kill Switch'. Turning off the Net will stop the attacks, and give the CIA and the Pentagon time to track down those responsible. But it's not that simple. Jed Walker, ex CIA-operative, has thwarted Zodiac twice before. But, this time, nothing will prepare him for what he uncovers. James Phelan is the bestselling author of twenty-three novels and one work of non-fiction. James has published five thrillers in the Lachlan Fox series as well as the Alone trilogy of young adult post-apocalyptic novels as well as a thirteen-book series for Scholastic. The Spy was the first Jed Walker thriller, followed by The Hunted in 2015. James lives in Melbourne.

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288 pp | March 2016

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All These Perfect Strangers AOIFE CLIFFORD Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead and only Pen knows why… Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster Email: claref @curtisbrown.com.au You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you. Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why. College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. The perfect place to run away from your past and reinvent yourself. But Pen never can run far enough and when friendships are betrayed, her secrets are revealed. The consequences are deadly. Aoife Clifford has won the two major Australian crime writing prizes in short story form and has been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger. In 2013 she was awarded an Australian Society of Authors’ mentorship for All These Perfect Strangers. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.

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Seasons Collection JENN J. MCLEOD Four estranged friends return to their home town and must each stay for a season at the century-old Dandelion House to receive their inheritance. Continuities across the four books make this a warm character-driven rural family drama.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Clare Forster | Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au Jenn J. McLeod quit Sydney’s corporate communications chaos to buy a little café in a small town and run a unique, dog-friendly B&B in country NSW. Home now is a five-wheeler caravan, her days spent writing heart-warming tales of Australian country life. Jenn’s debut, House for all Seasons, placed at #5 on the 2013 Nielsen’s Best Selling Debut Novel list. The Other Side of the Season is the fourth book in her Seasons Collection, published in May 2016. 20


| Fiction | 288, 288 pp | October 2015, February 2017 |

Good Money and Too Easy J.M. GREEN Introducing crime heroine Stella Hardy, a wisecracking social worker with a thirst for good laksa, bad men, pretty much any alcohol and other people’s secrets‌

Publisher: Scribe, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Clare Forster | Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au J.M. Green studied professional writing at RMIT. Good Money, her first novel, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She lives in Melbourne's western suburbs. 21


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336 pp | May 2014

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STELLA PRIZE WINNER

The Strays EMILY BITTO WINNER, STELLA PRIZE Lily is the outsider who arrives in the bohemian 1930s colony inspired by Heide, in this classic story of a male artist and the cost of radicalism. Publisher: Affirm Press | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster Email: claref @curtisbrown.com.au On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it. As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it’s not Evan, but his own daughters, who pay the price for his radicalism. Emily Bitto lives in Melbourne. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including Meanjin, Island, HEAT, the Age, the Saturday Paper, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Non-Fiction

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Memoir | 272 pp | June 2016

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Journey of a Thousand Storms KOOSHYAR KARIMI The true-life story of a doctor and translator who was imprisoned in Iran then fought to survive and establish a new life as a refugee in Australia. Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au Kooshyar Karimi had two careers in Iran, one as a doctor and one as an award-winning translator, until he was kidnapped by the Intelligence Service. Snatched from the street, he was jailed and tortured and then forced to spy for the regime, before finally escaping to Turkey. 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. Kooshyar Karimi was born in Tehran and now lives in Sydney. 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. 24


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336 pp | September 2016

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Outback Cop NEALE McSHANE with EVAN McHUGH Heart-warming, truelife outback adventures of bush cop Neale McShane in Australia’s most isolated town, Birdsville. Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster Email: claref @curtisbrown.com.au The Birdsville police posting is one of the most remote in Australia. There aren't many who can handle the job for long unless you're Senior Constable Neale McShane, who has single-handedly taken care of this beat the size of the UK for the past ten years. Recently retired from this ‘hardship posting', Neale now tells his stock of stories and adventures from a life and colourful times living with his family in Birdsville. Evan McHugh is a journalist who has written for newspapers, television and radio. His previous books include The Stockmen: The Making of an Australian Legend, Outback Stations, Bushrangers, The Drovers, Birdsville, Outback Pioneers, Outback Heroes and Shipwrecks: Australia's Greatest Maritime Disasters. Evan's book about true crime in the outback, Red Centre, Dark Heart, won the Ned Kelly Award for best non-fiction in 2008. He lives with his wife in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

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Memoir | 320 pp | March 2016

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Enemy RUTH CLARE A daughter’s story of how her father brought the Vietnam War home. Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Grace Heifetz Email: grace @curtisbrown.com.au 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. Ruth Clare was born in Brisbane, raised in Rockhampton and now lives in Melbourne. She has been a professional writer since 2004. Enemy is her first book.

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| Young Adult | 280, 272 pp | August 2015, September 2016 |

The Cut Out and The Fail Safe JACK HEATH Fero isn’t a teen spy – but he looks exactly like someone who is, in this complex futuristic action adventure.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Clare Forster | Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au Jack Heath exploded on the Australian publishing scene as a teenager with his debut novel The Lab which was published to high acclaim. Since then Jack's been published in the US and UK, and shortlisted for numerous awards including the Aurealis Award for Best Sci Fi Novel. Jack Heath's most recent novel is Replica. 28


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Young Adult |

208 pp | March 2016

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The Way We Roll SCOT GARDNER An unlikely friendship arises between private school boy Will and juvenile delinquent Julian when they both get a job pushing trolleys and find out the meaning of friendship. Publisher: Allen & Unwin | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au 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 meeting with a magazine editor while hitchhiking in eastern Australia. More than a decade later, his many books have 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. Scot lives with his wife and some chickens in country Victoria. 29


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336 pp | April 2016

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Special GEORGIA BLAIN A dystopian thriller for young adults featuring Fern Marlowe – alone, datawiped and in hiding. By the author of the acclaimed Closed for Winter. Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au 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? 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 Premier's Literary Awards, and the Nita B. Kibble Award for her memoir Births, Deaths and Marriages. She lives in Sydney, where she works full-time as a writer.

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Young Adult |

528 pp | February 2016

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A Tangle of Gold JACLYN MORIARTY “The trilogy is an alluring mix of fantasy, humor, coming-of-age, romance, history, mystery, and political intrigue.� The Horn Book Magazine Publisher: Pan Macmillan | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au 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. Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney's north-west and studied Law and English on three continents. 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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Young Adult | 272 pp | February 2016

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Yellow MEGAN JACOBSON A grittier and darker Puberty Blues with a dash of Mean Girls set in a 90s surf-side high school.

Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn't bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called 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. 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. 32


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Middle Grade | 256 pp | May 2016

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The Turners MICK ELLIOT 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. Publisher: Hachette | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au Introducing the funniest Australian kids' author in years, with a tale of snakeskinned baddies, giant flesh-eating pigs, genetically modified hamsters, car chases, and a main character who discovers that he is a shape-shifter on his birthday. As he discovers an unthinkable family secret, Leo must team up with his infuriating older sister to escape snakeskinned 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. 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.

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Middle Grade | 320 pp | May 2016

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The Lost Sapphire BELINDA MURRELL An abandoned mansion leads Marli to clues left by fifteen-year-old Violet in 1922. Violet’s life is one of privilege, but will the cost of independence be too high? Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au Marli is staying with her dad in Melbourne and missing her friends, but then she discovers a mystery in a crumbling, abandoned mansion named Riversleigh. Marli sneaks into its locked garden to explore, and meets Luca, a boy who has his own connection to the house. A peacock hatbox, a box camera and a key on a velvet ribbon provide clues to what happened to her predecessor, Violet, long ago‌ Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. 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.

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Middle Grade | 288 pp | March 2016

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Wicked’s Way ANNA FIENBERG By the author of the hugely successful ‘Tashi’ series, a highseas pirate adventure about scoundrels, blaggards and finding the most precious treasure of all. Publisher: Allen & Unwin | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au Will could walk a tightrope and juggle bananas as he went. 'One day you'll be the star of a circus,' his mother told him. 'But until then, you must be a secret.' For each year pirates came to the islands to steal young boys for their crew. So what's a young lad to do when his mother disappears and pirates arrive at his door? Will takes courage from a crazy truth-telling parrot, and his mother's advice: 'Keep putting one foot in front of the other and your eyes on the prize.' But will this be enough to survive the perils at sea? And will that infuriatingly polite boy called Horrendo finally tip the balance? Anna Fienberg is the author of many popular and award-winning books for children of all ages, including the Tashi series, Figaro and Rumba, Louis Beside Himself, Number 8 and Horrendo's Curse, which was an Honour Book in the 2003 CBCA awards. 36


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Middle Grade | 320 pp | October 2015, November 2016 |

Danny Best Series JEN STORER For fans of Big Nate, Tom Gates, WeirDo, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants comes a hilarious series about a legend named Danny Best. Best by name, best by reputation.

Publisher: HarperCollins, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Clare Forster | Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au Jen Storer writes widely for children and young people. Her gothic fantasy novel, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the Children’s Book Council of the Year Awards. Her books include the classic fantasy The Accidental Princess (highly commended Prime Minister's Literary Awards), and the best-selling 'Truly Tan’ and 'Danny Best' series.

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Middle Grade | 336 pp | September 2015

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The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack JEN STORER Angus and his sister Martha meet a peculiar secondhand dealer who draws them into her world of Norse mythology and urban fantasy. Publisher: HarperCollins, Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster Email: claref @curtisbrown.com.au Since moving to Australia with their father, Angus Jack and his sister, Martha, have moved house constantly. They end up living next door to a peculiar old lady called Reafen, who is a second-hand dealer. But who is she really and where did she get all the weird stuff in her shop? Without his knowledge, Reafen draws Angus into her world; into ancient feuds, Wild Magick and the bitter rivalries of the Old Realm. Jen Storer writes widely for children and young people. Her gothic fantasy novel, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the Children’s Book Council of the Year Awards. Her books include the classic fantasy The Accidental Princess (highly commended Prime Minister's Literary Awards), and the best-selling 'Truly Tan’ and 'Danny Best' series. 38


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Middle Grade | 240 pp | October 2016

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Artie and the Grime Wave RICHARD ROXBURGH Artie and his friend Bumshoe have stumbled upon a Cave-ofPossibly-StolenStuff and a gang of shady characters. How will they solve this Grime Wave?

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Grace Heifetz | Email: grace@curtisbrown.com.au Artie and his best friend Bumshoe have stumbled upon a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff, and along with it a gang of shady characters including scary Mary, fang-toothed Funnel-web and the devious Mayor Grime...Meanwhile, Artie's next-door neighbour Gladys's beloved tortoise Gareth has gone missing ... Artie and Bumshoe's attempt to catch the criminals in the act leads to a chaotic chain of events that involves kidnapping, puppy-dog cutlets, modern art and pioneering the sport of the bungee-wedgie... 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. Artie And The Grime Wave is his first children's book. 39


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Children’s | 48 pp | April 2016

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Milo: A Moving Story TOHBY RIDDLE Milo’s life is unremarkable until an argument with his friend Snombo, and a wild storm, prompt a remarkable journey. Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Hardcover | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Fiona Inglis | Email: fiona @curtisbrown.com.au 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 surprising 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. 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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Middle Grade | 348 pp | March 2011

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Tensy Farlow JEN STORER An award-winning, funny, menacing children’s fantasy. When red-haired Tensy is thrown into an orphanage, she will need all her pluck to survive ravens, watchers and even angels! Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster Email: claref @curtisbrown.com.au Dumped in the River Charon, hunted by an accursed river creature and betrayed by the wicked Matron Pluckrose, Tensy Farlow is in mortal danger. She has no parents. Worse still, she has no guardian angel. When she is thrown into the Home for Mislaid Children – a gloomy orphanage where ravens attack, Watchers hover over your bed, and even the angels cannot be trusted – it seems that all hope is lost.Yet could it be that a plucky, flame-haired orphan with a mysterious past is precisely what this dark world needs? Jen Storer writes widely for children and young people. Her gothic fantasy novel, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the Children’s Book Council of the Year Awards. Her books include the classic fantasy The Accidental Princess (highly commended Prime Minister's Literary Awards), and the best-selling 'Truly Tan’ and 'Danny Best' series.

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Young Adult | 288 pp | August 2014

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Are You Seeing Me? DARREN GROTH A set of twins – one with a ‘brain condition’ – will be separated forever. They take a road trip in the Pacific Northwest to create the perfect memory…

Publisher: Penguin Random House |Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Tara Wynne Email: tara @curtisbrown.com.au It's been a year since twins Justine and Perry watched their dad lose his battle with cancer. Now, at only nineteen, Justine is the sole carer for her disabled brother. But with Perry having been accepted into an assisted-living residence, their reliance on each other is set to shift. Before they go their separate ways, they're seeking to create the perfect memory. But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble… Darren Groth lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and twelve-year-old twins. His books have been published on both sides of the Pacific and include Kindling and Most Valuable Potential. Darren's first YA novel, Are You Seeing Me?, has been shortlisted for several major awards including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Queensland Literary Awards and the Governor General's Literary Awards in Canada. 44


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Middle Grade | 344 pp | Various |

Truly Tan Series JEN STORER The funniest series for girls since Clarice Bean. Tan is a good friend … and a great detective!

Publisher: HarperCollins, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Clare Forster | Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au Jen Storer writes widely for children and young people. Her gothic fantasy novel, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the Children’s Book Council of the Year Awards. Her books include the classic fantasy The Accidental Princess (highly commended Prime Minister's Literary Awards), and the best-selling 'Truly Tan’ and 'Danny Best' series.

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Middle Grade | 320 pp | September 2015, August 2016 |

Minutes of Danger Series JACK HEATH Jack Heath’s ten nail-bitingly dangerous short stories will fascinate and terrify. Who will live and who will die?

Publisher: Scholastic, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Clare Forster | Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au Jack Heath exploded on the Australian publishing scene as a teenager with his debut novel The Lab which was published to high acclaim. Since then Jack's been published in the US and UK, and shortlisted for numerous awards including the Aurealis Award for Best Sci Fi Novel. Jack Heath's most recent novel is Replica. 46


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Middle Grade | 144 pp | Various 2015, 2016

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Scream Series JACK HEATH Ever since a cargo ship ran aground in Axe Falls, it’s been plagued by mysterious disappearances, terrifying visions and unusual events. All this leads four local kids to wonder ‌

Publisher: Scholastic, Paperback | Rights Available: Film/TV | Agent: Clare Forster | Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au Jack Heath exploded on the Australian publishing scene as a teenager with his debut novel The Lab which was published to high acclaim. Since then Jack's been published in the US and UK, and shortlisted for numerous awards including the Aurealis Award for Best Sci Fi Novel. Jack Heath's most recent novel is Replica. 47


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Middle Grade | 96 pp | Various |

Juliet Nearly A Vet Series REBECCA JOHNSON Juliet is ten years old and she’s nearly a vet! She and her friend Chelsea help look after animals in adventures in the bush, at the snow, camping, at the beach and more!

Publisher: Penguin Random House | Paperback Rights Available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster Email: claref@curtisbrown.com.au My best friend Chelsea and I love animals. I have a dog Curly and two guinea pigs, but we need more pets if I'm going to learn to be a vet. Today, we had the best idea ever . . . We're going to have a pet sleepover! Of course, there's no need to tell our parents about it. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with having a few extra pets to stay? Rebecca Johnson is an award-winning Australian author, part-time primary school science teacher and mother of two. In 2015 she received the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools. The ‘Juliet’ series has won the Environmental Award for Children's literature 2014 (Bush Baby Rescue), been nominated for the CBCA younger readers section (2014 and 2015), and nominated for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (2014). This series will be published in Norwegian, Czech, Slovak and Portuguese. 48


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