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Pantera Press Acquires World Rights for New Fiction by Amal Awad from Curtis Brown

Pantera Press has bought world rights to Amal Awad’s new fiction book Control on the Way Down, from Tara Wynn at Curtis Brown.

“Amal is a wonderfully engaging and insightful author, and this novel takes her powerful, timeless storytelling in an exciting new direction,” said Pantera Press Publishing Director Lex Hirst.

Awad is a journalist, screenwriter and the author of two previous novels Courting Samira and This is How You Get Better. She has also written non-fiction books including The Incidental Muslim and Beyond the Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women and Fridays with My Folks: Stories on Ageing, Illness and Life.

She is a regular contributor to Elle, Frankie, The Daily Life, SBS Life, Junkee and the ABC’s The Drum.

“I am beyond thrilled to have signed on with Pantera Press for my next novel,” said Awad.

“I’m extremely excited about this next stage in my writing career, and buoyed by the enthusiasm of my publisher, Lex Hirst, whom I know is passionate about championing unique voices.”

Control on the Way Down is compelling women’s fiction about a Muslim woman finding her way. Ten years ago, Sahar pursued her happily ever after when she married Khaled and followed him to Jordan, leaving behind her family, her friends and a thriving cake business. Once a shy, devout Muslim woman, an unhappy marriage and isolation has forced her to question her beliefs and seek out a new beginning in Sydney. There Sahar befriends the owner of a local patisserie, Maggie, who takes her under her wing and teaches her about sweets and life. But just as Sahar begins to establish a new normal, her husband arrives, wanting to save their marriage.


Control on the Way Down will be published in 2021.

For further information contact Anabel Pandiella

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