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25 August 2014: Melbourne: Penguin Books Australia today launches the third installment of True Stories, the non-fiction series designed especially for online readers.
True Stories reinvents reading online. Each True Story is inspired by a Penguin publication, and brings the written word to life through audio, video, stunning design and deep interactivity. The series invites readers to explore fascinating moments in remarkable Australian lives, in a way that is fun, surprising and beautiful.
True Stories: Close to Home follows Sonya Hartnett, one of Australia’s most popular and at the same time edgiest writers, on a 23-year, 25-book, 12-house journey in search of new inspiration.
Golden Boys, published this month by Penguin Books Australia, is everything that readers around the world love about Sonya Hartnett. It is delightful, it is dark, and it is utterly compelling. A tale of kids growing up and adults who are supposed to be looking after them, it is also the most personal and self-revealing of all Hartnett’s books.
Yet Hartnett will tell you Golden Boys did not originate from her. She found Golden Boys, the same way she has found all her books – she moved into a new house, and there it was. “I always feel that the book has been waiting for me in that house. It had to be in that house. It couldn’t just be anywhere,” says Hartnett. True Stories: Close to Home asks if the secret to inspiration could really be as simple as right place, right time.
Designed for online readers, True Stories: Close to Home combines text with stunning visuals, including video interviews, hand drawn sketches, and soulful photography of the Melbourne suburbs in which Hartnett has hunted for inspiration.
Kylie Robertson, Penguin’s Creative Director - Digital said: “True Stories is a destination for a new kind of reading experience. The mix of interactivity and layered content is a unique way of placing the reader in the very centre of the storytelling experience.”
Previous True Stories features include John Safran: Murder in Mississippi and Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest.
Stylish and compelling, True Stories: Close to Home takes the reader on a fascinating journey with Sonya Hartnett, a writer like no other.
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Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett is available as an eBook and in paperback.
The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners for the 2014 Book Design Awards at a gala event in Melbourne on Friday August 22. Congratulations to all our designers who received an award.
For more information on these awards please visit www.abda.com.au
Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2015 by Penguin Books.
Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, has worked in publishing for several years as a book publicist, in bookshops, and she has co-directed Australia's National Young Writers' Festival. Her debut, Relativity, is an irresistible story about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.
Enthusiastic to be publishing a fresh new Australian talent, Ben Ball, Publishing Director Penguin General said, “I'm delighted that we've acquired ANZ rights to Relativity after an exciting auction. Readers at publishing houses around the country have responded to Antonia's beautifully drawn, complex and profoundly engaging characters. With touches of A Beautiful Mind and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Relativity will be a huge and exciting book for us in 2015.”
Commenting on the news, Antonia said, “I'm extremely excited that Relativity will be published by Penguin and can't wait to work with their creative and talented team. It's also such an honour to be included in Penguin's strong local fiction list, alongside so many authors and books that I hugely admire.”
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Dark Horse by Honey Brown and A Bitter Taste by Annie Hauxwell have both been shortlisted in the Best Adult Novel category for the fourteenth Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women.
For more information on these awards and the full list of shortlisted titles visit sistersincrime.org.au
Iain McCalman's website The Reef (www.the‐reef.com.au), a companion website to his latest book The Reef: a Passionate History, has been shortlisted for the Multimedia History Prize category in this year's NSW Premier's History Awards.
The winner receives $15 000, and will be announced on 5 September.
For more information, as well as the full shortlistings in all categories, see here.
The following books have been shortlisted for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing, the announcement was made at the Bendigo Writers Festival by the Australian Crime Writers Association.
Winners will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 6, 2014.
For more information on the Ned Kelly Awards visit the Australian Crime Writers Association website.
We are delighted to announce the publication of The Silver Moon: Reflections on Life, Death and Writing by Bryce Courtenay on 22 October 2014.
The Silver Moon gathers together some of the most personal and sustaining life-lessons from Australia's favourite storyteller. In these short stories and insights, many written in his final months, Bryce reflects on living and dying, and how through determination, respect for others and taking pleasure in small moments of joy, he tried to make the most out of life.
In the words of Bryce’s beloved wife, Christine, who revealed today via Bryce’s Facebook page, “writing was in Bryce’s DNA and it meant everything to him to be writing until he could write no more”.
“Since Bryce passed away, I have received thousands of messages from people from all over the world who were heartbroken thinking that there would never be another Bryce Courtenay book,” says Christine.
From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.
The following Penguin Randhom House titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier's Book Awards:
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For more information visit the WA Premier's Book Prize website: http://pba.slwa.wa.gov.au
The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by The West Australian. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted fiction books by visiting www.thewest.com.au/bookawards.
The shortlist will be announced on September 9 and the winner on October 14 2014.
Congratulations to Kate for such a wonderful achievement.