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Fiona Hazard, Group Publishing Director of Hachette Australia is thrilled to announce that Hachette have signed a six-book deal with Australia’s much-loved, bestselling storyteller, Peter FitzSimons.

This latest signing continues Peter’s association with his one of his first publishers, Hachette’s Non-Fiction Publisher Matthew Kelly, and extends the very successful relationship he has with Hachette Australia, home of Peter’s bestselling Kokoda, and the more recent bestsellers Burke & Wills and Monash’s Masterpiece.

Publisher Matthew Kelly said: ‘It’s extremely satisfying to be working long term with Peter. I’ve teamed with him on a number of his biggest books over the years – especially Kokoda, which has now sold over 300,000 copies - and I am very much looking forward to working with him in the future to bring our national stories to vivid life in his inimitable style. There is no one like Peter FitzSimons. ’

Fiona Hazard said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that Peter FitzSimons is continuing his collaboration with Matthew Kelly and with Hachette. Peter is a master storyteller whose passion and talent for bringing Australian stories to life is unparalleled’.

Peter FitzSimons said: ‘Telling Australian stories, and bringing back to life yarns long gone, is the professional passion of my life. I absolutely love doing it, and feel an enormous sense of privilege in dealing once more with extraordinarily colourful characters, who I want to leap from the page at the readers. In all humility, I feel like I know many of them, and would love to talk to Captain Bligh for as long as I could stand him, fly with Kingsford Smith for as long as my courage would hold up, and trek Antarctica with Sir Douglas Mawson for as long as I could keep up. I am delighted to sign this deal with Hachette, as they treat my stuff with care, and understand exactly what I am trying to do. I look forward to many more years, and many more books with Matthew and the rest of the team.’

Hachette will publish Peter FitzSimons’ dramatic and compelling story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and history’s most famous mutiny in Mutiny on the Bounty in November this year. 

For further information please contact Andy Palmer on: 02 8248 0836 / 0419 436 993 /

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