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Fiction |512pp | April 2017




Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, Translation Agent: Fiona Inglis -

THE SCENT OF YOU Maggie Alderson Are you still married if you haven't seen your husband for months?

Polly's life is great. Her children are away at uni, her glamorous mother - still modelling at eighty-five - is happily settled in a retirement village, and her perfume blog is taking off. Then her husband announces he needs some space and promptly vanishes. As Polly grapples with her bewildering situation, she clings to a few new friends to keep her going. And while she distracts herself with the heady world of luxury perfume, Polly knows she can't keep reality at bay forever. Eventually she is forced to confront some difficult truths: about her husband, herself and who she really wants to be.


Maggie Alderson is the author of seven novels and four collections of her columns from Good Weekend. Her children's book Evangeline, The Wish Keeper's Helper was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Before becoming a full-time author she edited several magazines, including UK ELLE. She writes a column for the Sunday Age. She is married and has one daughter.




Memoir | 256pp | April 2017




Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Audio excl. ANZ, Translation excl. Germany Agent: Grace Heifetz -

SECRETS OF A BEAUTY QUEEN Stephanie Darling An irreverent and fabulous tongue-incheek memoir filled with wonderfully witty and honest advice.

One of Australia's most accomplished beauty journalists, Stephanie Darling has travelled the world interviewing celebrities, trialing new treatments and testing the hottest designer products. From landing her dream job at Vogue, to the axing of Madison and why she finally decided to get that nose job, Stephanie reveals all in this insider's look at the beauty industry. Featuring skin care and makeup for all ages, expert beauty tips from the best in the business and Stephanie's ultimate list of must-haves, Secrets of a Beauty Queen is a behind-the-scenes peek at the exotic - and sometimes outlandish - world of beauty and luxury magazines. 7

Stephanie Darling has worked in the magazine industry for over 30 years, with the best of the best on Australian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Madison and has interviewed Anne Hathaway in Paris, Dame Edna in New York amd Aerin Lauder in Tokyo, among others. Her most recent gig is as Beauty Director of Sunday Life in the Sun Herald and Daily Life online.




Fiction | 400pp | April 2017




Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Translation Agent: Clare Forster -

THE MIDSUMMER GARDEN Kirsty Manning A rich and sensuous celebration of family and love, passion and sacrifice.

In 1487, Artemisia is young to be in charge of the kitchens at Chateau de Boschaud but, having been taught the herbalists' lore, her knowledge of how food can delight the senses is unsurpassed. But she dares to believe that her future lies outside the Chateau. Who can she trust? In 2014, Pip Arnet is an expert in predicting threats to healthy ecosystems. Trouble is, she doesn't seem to recognise these signs in her own life. When a gift of several dusty, beautiful old copper pots arrives in Pip's kitchen, these two stories come together in a rich and sensuous celebration of family and love, passion and sacrifice. 9

Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. She has degrees in literature and communications and worked as an editor and publishing manager in book publishing for over a decade. Kirsty's journalism and photography specialising in lifestyle and travel regularly appear in magazines, newspapers and online. With husband Alex, Kirsty is a partner in the award-winning Melbourne wine bar Bellota and the Prince Wine Store in Sydney and Melbourne.



Fiction | 327pp | Feb 2017


Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Paperback Rights available: World excl. ANZ & UK, Translation Agent: Fiona Inglis -

THE UNMOURNED Meg & Tom Keneally Not all murder victims can be mourned, but the perpetrator can always be punished...

For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O’Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney both believe that Grace is innocent, but in this they are alone, so to exonerate her they must find the murderer. Many hated Church and are relieved by his death, but who would go as far as killing him?


Margaret Keneally has worked in journalism, radio and corporate affairs and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor. She lives in Sydney with her husband Craig and children Rory and Alex. Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark. His nonfiction includes the memoir Searching For Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The Commonwealth Of Thieves, The Great Shame and American Scoundrel. His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Fiction | 336pp | March 2017


Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Translation Agent: Pippa Masson -

THE FIFTH LETTER Nicola Moriarty Four friends. Five letters. One big secret.

Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina try to catch up once a year for some days away together. Now in their thirties, commitments have pulled them in different directions, and the closeness they once enjoyed growing up seems increasingly elusive. This year, determined to revive their intimacy, they each share a secret in an anonymous letter to be read out during the holiday. But instead of bringing them closer, the revelations drive them apart. Then, a fifth letter is discovered, venting long-held grudges, and it seems that one of the women is in serious danger. But who was the author? And which of them should be worried? 15

Nicola Moriarty lives in Sydney's northwest with her husband and two small (but remarkably strongwilled) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can't seem to stop.

Fiction | 320pp | December 2016


Publisher: Harlequin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Translation Agent: Clare Forster -

WAYWARD HEART Cathryn Hein 'Books like this one[...] are authentic and full of hope...' the West Australian

Jasmine Thomas should feel safe in her cosy cottage at Admella Beach after finally putting an end to an ill-advised romance. But her perfect sanctuary is shattered with the arrival of hand-delivered threatening notes. Someone has discovered her secret. Meanwhile, Digby Wallace-Jones is stumbling through the motions of life, wrapped in a fog of grief since his fiancée Felicity died. Jasmine can’t help her wayward heart from falling for this tortured, kind and sexy man. How can she ever loosen the grip Felicity’s memory has on Digby’s soul and remind him he still has a life ahead of him.


Cathryn Hein was born in rural South Australia. Her partner’s posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years in Provence where she finally gave in to her life-long desire to write. Cathryn is the author of seven novels including Heartland, Rocking Horse Hill, The Falls, The French Prize, and The Carlisle Code.

Fiction | 288pp | February 2017


Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster -

HEART OF THE SKY Fiona McArthur A courageous nurse, a mysterious pilot and a secret that will change everything.

A year after a tragic accident changed her life forever, Tess Daley is in desperate need of a change. Station owner Soretta Byrnes has grown to love the company and chaos that comes with living in a house filled with boarders. So with tenants moving out and bills piling up, it's a welcome relief to have Tess and new pilot Charlie Fennes arriving in town and looking for somewhere to stay. As they share life's triumphs and challenges, it isn't long before everyone at the station feels like family. But Charlie has yet to reveal his motive for coming to Mica Ridge and his secret will change the life of someone in the house forever... 19

Fiona McArthur has worked as a rural midwife for twenty-five years. She is a clinical midwifery educator and teaches emergency obstetric strategies while working with midwives and doctors from remote and isolated areas. 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.

Fiction | 336pp | January 2017


Publisher: Hachette Australia Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Pippa Masson -

DARK HEART James Phelan 'A terse, tense brand of hardboiled action suspense ... addictive.' the Age

In war-torn Syria, a massacre survivor is pulled from beneath a pile of bodies. She is given one instruction: 'Find Jed Walker.' Walker is ex-CIA - a man who thought he was long out of the game. Discovering a terror outfit is running people-smuggling from the Middle East and into the United States, he is drawn back in to fight their evil trade. As the body count rises, and deadly enemies stalk from the shadows, Walker uncovers the shocking truth behind an operation intended to bring America to its knees. As he attempts to make things right, Jed Walker will learn the true cost of life - and pay a devastating price. 21

James Phelan is the bestselling and award-winning author of twentyeight novels and one work of nonfiction. James has written five titles in the Lachlan Fox thriller series, and the Alone trilogy of young adult post-apocalyptic novels. The ex-CIA character of Jed Walker was first introduced in The Spy, which was followed by The Hunter, Kill Switch and now, Dark Heart.



Non-Fiction | 320pp | February 2017


Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Translation Agent: Clare Forster -

LINE OF FIRE Ian Townsend The story of one ordinary Australian family doomed to a tragic fate.

In May 1942, in the town of Rabaul in the Australian territory of New Guinea, five Australian civilians were taken by Japanese soldiers to a pit at the base of a volcano and executed as spies. A mother, her brother, her husband and her friend. And her 11-year-old son. Who were these people and what had led them to this terrible end, under the shadow of a volcano?


Ian Townsend is a journalist who worked for many year with ABC Radio National. He has won four national Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism, and an Australian Human Rights Award for journalism. His first novel, Affection, based on the 1900 plague outbreak, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the Colin Roderick Award, the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the National Year of Reading, and was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC award. His second novel, The Devil's Eye, was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and their three daughters.



Young Adult | 336pp | March 2017


Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Translation Agent: Fiona Inglis -

FROGKISSER! Garth Nix '[A] beautifully told romp of a fairy tale ... Wise and wondrous.' Holly Black

Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It's not her frog, it's her sister's. And it's not a frog, it's actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya's sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a 'sister promise' that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form... So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.


Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, more than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Times and the Australian, and his work has been translated into more than forty-one languages.

Young Adult | 384pp | March 2017


Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Tara Wynne -

THE THINGS WE PROMISE J.C. Burke Gemma's older brother Billy made her a promise that somehow seems unimportant now...

It's the early 1990s and all Gemma can think about is looking perfect for her first school formal. Gemma's brother Billy - New York's up and coming hair and make-up artist - has made her the ultimate promise: he's returning home especially to 'create magic' on her and two friends for their end-of-year formal. But when Billy arrives home from New York, Gemma's life becomes complicated. Her family's been keeping secrets; friendships are forged and broken; and suddenly the length of her formal dress is the least of her worries.


J.C. Burke has published a number of acclaimed books for teenagers and young adults, including CBCA Notable Books White Lies and The Red Cardigan, Aurealis Awards finalist Nine Letters Long, The Story of Tom Brennan, Faking Sweet, Starfish Sisters, Ocean Pearl, Pig Boy and Pretty Girl.



Middle-Grade | 144pp | February 2017


Publisher: Scholastic Australia Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Clare Forster -


An edgeof-your-seat rollercoaster where you choose your own adventure, or it chooses you.

You are standing inside a busy city bank, wary of three suspicious people you just saw come in. Suddenly an earsplitting scream wmakes you jump. The alarm starts ringing. One of the suspicious trio, a man, has pulled a grenade out of his bag. The woman has just melted the security camera with her laser shooter. Do you get down on the floor like they tell you? Or try to escape when they turn their backs? 30 minutes. 30 paths. You choose if you live or die.


Jack Heath is the author of many sci-fi-action novels for young adults, including The Lab, Money Run, Hit List and Replica. He has been shortlisted for many awards for his young adult fiction. He lives in Canberra.



Young Adult | 260pp | June 2017


Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Audio, Translation Agent: Clare Forster -

LIVING ON HOPE STREET Demet Divaroren We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live next door... or even closer.

Kane wants to protect his mum Angie and his brother Sam from his dad’s fists.

Demet Divaroren is a Melbournebased writer and editor who teaches creative writing at Victoria University.

Mrs Aslan is a widow who longs to reconnect with her estranged daughter and granddaughter, Ada.

She is the co-editor of Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia anthology which was shortlisted in CBCA’s Book of The Year awards. Her writing has appeared in the Griffith Review, Island Magazine, Scribe’s New Australian Stories Anthology, the Age Epicure and the Big Issue.

Mr Bailey is on high alert when an African refugee family moves in nextdoor. Young Gugulethu has escaped a fiery past, while fifteen-year-old Ada is struggling to piece together her identity. The lives of seven residents clash and connect in this story of survival, hope and resilience in working class Melbourne. 39

Non-Fiction | 280pp | June 2017


Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV Agent: Fiona Inglis -

THE RISE AND FALL AND RISE AGAIN OF PAULINE HANSON Anna Broinowski An engaging, incisive and timely tell-all account of why Hanson is back in power and how she looks set to divide Australia all over again. 41

Anna Broinowski is a filmmaker, writer and rock violinist who likes to explode cliches about the East. Anna’s films have won the Writer’s Guild of America Best Non-fiction Screenplay, the Rome Film Festival ‘Cult’ Prize, a Walkley Award, Best Director at Films Des Femmes, an Al Jazeera Golden Award, three AFIs, and a Moscow Film Critics’ prize. Anna was born in Tokyo and grew up in the Philippines, Burma, Iran and Canberra.

Fiction | 400pp | July 2017


Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Audio, Translation Agent: Tara Wynne -

AN UNCOMMON WOMAN Nicole Alexander Edwina wants to see the world, but is she prepared to risk everything she knows and loves?

It’s 1929, and the world is changing. Cars are no longer the privilege of the rich. Hemlines are rising. Movies are talking. And more and more women are entering the workforce. For Edwina Baker, however, life on her family’s farm in Western Queensland offers little opportunity to be anything other than a daughter, sister and, perhaps soon, wife. Then the circus comes to town and one act of rebellion strikes at the heart of the Baker family. Yet it offers Edwina the rare chance to prove herself in a man’s world. The question is, how far is she prepared to go, and how much is she prepared to risk? 43

Nicole Alexander is a fourthgeneration grazier who returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. 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. She is the author of seven novels: The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains, Wild Lands and River Run.

Fiction | 260pp | July 2017


Publisher: Hachette Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Translation, Audio excl. ANZ Agent: Grace Heifetz -

WIMMERA Mark Brandi In the long, hot summer of 1988, Ben and Fab are best friends in a small town that holds a big secret.

In the long, hot summer of late 1988, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Max’s and not talking about how Fab’s dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben’s next-door neighbour unsettled him. Then a newcomer arrives in town. Fab reckons he is a secret agent and he and Ben stake him out. Neither realise the shadow this man will cast over both their lives. Twenty years later, Fab is stuck in the same town when a body is found in the local river, and Fab can’t ignore the past any more. 45

Mark Brandi was born in Italy, but raised in a small town in country Victoria. Mark’s writing appears in the Guardian, the Age, and is often broadcast on ABC Radio National. His creative work has been published in Meanjin, the London Journal of Fiction and the Big Issue, among others. Mark’s first novel Wimmera won the British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers and was Highly Commended for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Fiction | 360pp | August 2017


Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, USA, Audio, Translation Agent: Fiona Inglis -

WHIPBIRD Robert Drewe A classic Australian family story as it has never been told before.

Kungadgee, Victoria. A weekend in late November, 2014. At Hugh and Christine Cleary’s vineyard, Whipbird, generations of the Cleary family are coming together from far and wide across Australia to celebrate the 160-year anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor Conor Cleary from Ireland. Hugh has been meticulously planning the event for months – a chance to bring the extended clan together and to showcase Whipbird, his latest acquisition. Some of these family members know each other; some don’t. As the wine flows, it promises to be an eventful couple of days. 47

Robert Drewe has published widely translated fiction titles such as The Savage Crows, A Cry in the Jungle Bar, The Bodysurfers, Fortune, Our Sunshine, The Drowner and The Shark Net. Drewe’s titles have won many awards and been made into films, radio dramas and mini-series. He presently divides his time between the north coast hinterland of New South Wales and Western Australia.

Memoir | 230pp | August 2017


Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio Agent: Clare Forster -

BABY LOST Hannah Robert Hannah Robert’s story shines light on an unimaginably dark event with warmth and hope.

What happens when a death occurs within your body, but you survive? Two days after Christmas in 2009, Hannah Robert was eight months pregnant when her car was crushed around her. This extraordinary memoir examines the resulting collision of pregnancy, grief, law and motherhood as Hannah works her way through recovery, IVF and debates over fetal personhood. In her struggle to make sense of the personal and legal aftermath Hannah has to find out what it means to mother a dead child and to renegotiate her own relationship with hope.


Hannah Robert is a lecturer in law at La Trobe University Law School. Her book, Paved with Good Intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law, was published by Halstead Press in 2016, and her writing has appeared in the Conversation, the Journal of Law and Medicine, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, Good Weekend, and edited collections.

Non-Fiction | 300pp | October 2017


Publisher: Black Inc Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Audio, Translation Agent: Pippa Masson -

WELLMANIA Brigid Delaney A laugh-outloud-funny exploration of one of the most fascinating trends in our culture.

Wellness has become a billion-dollar industry. But what does wellness even mean? Does any of this stuff actually work? Is there any science behind it? Feeling exhausted and a bit stressed and flabby, journalist Brigid Delaney decides to find out – using herself as the guinea pig. Starting with a brutal 101-day fast, Brigid tests the things that are meant to make us well – yoga classes, colonics, mediation, CBT, Balinese healing, silent retreats and group psychotherapy. She asks: what does this obsession say about us? Is total wellness possible, or even desirable? Where’s the fun in it all? And why do you smell so bad when you haven’t eaten in seven days? 51

Brigid Delaney is a senior writer for Guardian Australia. She has previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), ninemsn and CNN. She is the author of two books: This Restless Life and Wild Things.

Fiction | 300pp | January 2018


Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Audio, Translation Agent: Clare Forster -

HANGMAN Jack Heath Timothy Blake is an FBI consultant with a peculiar recipe for crime and justice...

A fourteen-year old boy vanishes on his way home from school in Houston, Texas. His mother is frantic. The cops have no leads. Timothy Blake is an FBI consultant with a drug-dealing housemate and a disturbed mind. He has a knack for solving impossible cases. But he also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one...


Jack Heath is the author of many sci-fi-action novels for young adults, including The Lab, Money Run, Hit List and Replica. He has been shortlisted for many awards for his young adult fiction. Hangman will be his first novel for adults. He lives in Canberra.

Fiction | 360pp | January 2018


Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Audio, Translation Agent: Pippa Masson -

THE WAY BACK Kylie Ladd When a life has been shattered, how do you begin to put the pieces back together?

Charlie Johnson is 13 and in her first year of high school. She loves her family, netball and Liam, the cute guy who sits next to her in Science – but most of all she loves horses and horse-riding. Charlie’s parents have leased her a horse, Tic Tac, from the local pony club, but one day they go out for a ride in the national park and only Tic Tac returns… Four months later, Charlie is found wandering injured and filthy miles from where she was last seen. Her family rejoice in her return, but can anyone truly recover from what Charlie’s been through?


Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. She has published four novels: After the Fall, Last Summer, Into My Arms and her latest, Mothers and Daughters. Kylie holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

Fiction | 300pp | February 2018


Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, World excl. ANZ, Audio, Translation Agent: Clare Forster -

GHOST NET PEOPLE Michelle Wright A lyrical debut about the ties that bind our lives together - even when we seemingly disappear.

Coco is found on a beach in Far North Queensland as a newborn and spends years drifting in and out of the lives of the people closest to her, never allowing herself to be bound to them. When she decides to disappear from their lives altogether, she lives alone among the ghost net people she weaves from abandoned fishing nets. Until the daughter she left behind discovers her existence and decides to seek her out‌


Michelle Wright is the author of Fine, a short story collection which was shortlisted in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript. She lives in Eltham, Victoria. Her short stories have won awards from the Age, Alan Marshall, Grace Marion Wilson, Orlando, and Magic Oxygen and have come second in the Bridport Prize, Overland VU Prize, Folio Journal and Orlando Flash Fiction Awards.

Fiction | 360pp | March 2018


Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Paperback Rights available: Film/TV, Translation, World excl. ANZ & UK Agent: Tara Wynne -

THE RUÌN Dervla McTiernan Who will protect you when the authorities can’t – or won’t?

When Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the Police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget – until Jack’s sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is a detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly ‘accidental’ overdose twenty years ago – the overdose of Jack and Maude’s drug and alcohol-addled mother. Detective Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence which will change everything… 59

Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.

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