HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to announce that they have acquired world rights to Catherine McKinnon’s new novel, The Great Time, in a deal with Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell Agency. The Great Time is scheduled for publication in March 2021. McKinnon’s most recent novel is the Miles Franklin-shortlisted Storyland, which was published by HarperCollins Fourth Estate in April 2017. Screen rights for Storyland have been optioned by a major production house in a deal by Anthony Blair.
Set during World War II, The Great Time interweaves the tales of six characters in the lead up to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945. Prompted by McKinnon’s own family history, The Great Time is a universal story of war and peace – a rich, intricately woven, powerful and moving novel of conflict, destruction, death and forgiveness.
HarperCollins Head of Fiction Catherine Milne said, ‘I am so thrilled to be publishing Catherine McKinnon’s next book. The Great Time promises to be extraordinary; an ambitious, moving and powerful novel of war and people. As Catherine McKinnon asks: “How can one person make a difference in a world that is wondrous, thrilling and endangered? How does fear shape our behaviour and affect our moral being? What is unforgivable? And what must be forgiven?”’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine McKinnon is an award-winning writer of novels, plays and short stories. Her play Tilt was selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival, and As I Lay Dreaming won the 2010 Mitch Matthews Award. Her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime, Narrative and Griffith Review. Her most recent novel, Storyland, was shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Award, shortlisted for the 2018 Barbara Jefferis Award, longlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Awards and was named one of ABC TV’s The Book Club’s Five of the Best in 2017. More recently, Storyland has been shortlisted for the 2018 Voss Literary Prize.
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