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Sylvia Day is coming to Australia
19 Feb 2015

Sylvia Day, the number one Sunday Times and number one international bestselling author of the Crossfire series and more than a dozen novels translated into forty languages, is coming to Australia in March 2015. There are millions of copies of Sylvia's books in print, and she is a number one bestseller in twenty-seven countries. A Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Best Author, she has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.

Sylvia will be a keynote speaker at the fourth Australian Romance Readers Convention, to be held at QT Canberra Hotel on March 6-8, 2015. Following this, Sylvia will embark on a book tour that includes public signings in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. For more information, please see http://www.penguin.com.au/tour/sylvia-day or http://www.sylviaday.com/events/2015-australian-book-tour/ 

Visit the author at sylviaday.comfacebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay, and twitter.com/SylDay.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures.
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures.
Published: 23/10/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405910255
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Entwined With You: A Crossfire Novel
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires . . .
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires . . .
Published: 04/06/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405910279
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Captivated by You: A Crossfire Novel
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
Published: 19/11/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405916400
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel
Bared to You by Sylvia Day is the first in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating - the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Bared to You by Sylvia Day is the first in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating - the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Published: 06/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405910231
RRP: $19.99
Penguin Random House Authors Named on Stella Prize Longlist
12 Feb 2015

Penguin Random House Australia is delighted with today’s announcement of The Stella Prize longlist, which features three Penguin Random House authors:

The Golden Age by Joan London

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

The Stella Prize recognises and celebrates Australian women’s writing, putting a spotlight on their talent and providing role models for girls and women, particularly emerging female writers. The shortlist will be revealed in March and the winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced in May.

Congratulations to our authors for this wonderful acknowledgement. 

 

Sally Bateman Appointed Digital, Marketing & Publicity Director, Penguin Random House Asia Pacific
05 Feb 2015

Gabrielle Coyne, Chief Executive Officer Penguin Random House Asia Pacific, today announced the appointment of Sally Bateman to the newly created role of Digital, Marketing & Publicity Director, Penguin Random House Asia Pacific.

Gabrielle said, “I am delighted that Sally has accepted this role. I know that her calm professionalism, exceptional leadership and ability to promote and drive innovation through collaboration will lead us to ever greater success.”

Since Sally’s appointment to the role of Marketing & Publicity Director, Penguin, in 2010 (adding future digital product and digital sales in 2012 to become Marketing & Digital Director) she has been responsible for the design and implementation of campaigns and strategies for some of Penguin’s best known and biggest selling authors across local and international publishing programmes. These include: Maggie Beer, Alain de Botton, Bryce Courtenay, Mem Fox, Morris Gleitzman, Jeff Kinney, Nam Le, Monica McInerney, Jamie Oliver and Tim Winton.

Sally said, “I’m pleased to accept this position and look forward to working with our authors, illustrators and the marketing teams across Penguin Random House. We have a unique opportunity to share knowledge, develop new strategies and create a first class marketing environment for the future – one which puts books into the hands of the readers of today, and inspires the readers and storytellers of the future.”

With Sally’s appointment, Brett Osmond, Marketing & Publicity Director, Random House, will sadly leave the company on 11 February.

Since his appointment in 2007, Brett has worked closely with publishers to bring talented authors to the list and to develop and implement myriad marketing and publicity campaigns, from relaunching Vintage Classics to launching new authors such as Nicole Alexander and M.L. Stedman to building the readership for Lee Child, Susan Duncan, Peter FitzSimons, Richard Flanagan, Tom Keneally, Nigella Lawson, Ian McEwan, Judy Nunn, Yotam Ottolenghi and Curtis Stone.

Brett said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the marketing, publicity and digital team at Random House for the last seven years. I am very proud of what they have achieved on behalf of our authors and I am confident their best is yet to come.”

Recently Discovered Novel By Harper Lee To Publish In July
04 Feb 2015

The novel, which Lee titled GO SET A WATCHMAN, will be published on 14th July 2015.
 

Harper Lee says, `In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called GO SET A WATCHMAN. It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.’


GO SET A WATCHMAN is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

After TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was published in 1960, Harper Lee set aside GO SET A WATCHMAN, and never returned to it. The original manuscript of the novel was considered to have been lost until the autumn of 2014, when Tonja Carter discovered it in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House, says, ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of the most important and enduring books on the Penguin Random House lists and it is no surprise that time and again it is voted best loved by both the reading public and by educators.  The story of this first book – both parent to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and rather wonderfully acting as its sequel – is fascinating.  The publication of GO SET A WATCHMAN will be a major event and millions of fans around the world will have the chance to reacquaint themselves with Scout, her father Atticus and the prejudices and claustrophobia of that small town in Alabama Harper Lee conjures so brilliantly.’

ABOUT HARPER LEE:
Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama.  She is the author of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and has been awarded numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


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Guaranteed Great Read Offer for The Girl in the Photograph
30 Jan 2015

Please accept our apologies for the omission of the money-back details in the back of the book.  If you are not completely satisfied with this book please download and complete this coupon and return along with the book and original proof of purchase.

Related Books

Book Cover: The Girl in the Photograph
For fans of Kate Mosse and Kate Morton comes a haunting novel about two women separated by decades but entwined by fate. 
For fans of Kate Mosse and Kate Morton comes a haunting novel about two women separated by decades but entwined by fate. 
Published: 28/01/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718179281
RRP: $29.99
Shortlisted for the 2015 Indie Awards
29 Jan 2015

Fiction

Amnesia by Peter Carey

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

Non-Fiction

The Bush by Don Watson

Where Song Began by Tim Low

The winners will be announced at an event in Sydney on 25 March 2015.

For more information regarding these awards please visit: indies.com.au

Related Books

Book Cover:  Amnesia
Amnesia, Peter Carey's first Australian novel since True History of the Kelly Gang, moves between the critical dates of 2010, 1942 and 1975 to ask the most vital question of the past seventy years: Has America taken us over?
Amnesia, Peter Carey's first Australian novel since True History of the Kelly Gang, moves between the critical dates of 2010, 1942 and 1975 to ask the most vital question of the past seventy years: Has America taken us over?
Published: 14/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428604
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover:  Golden Boys
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428611
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The Bush
A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush by Don Watson takes us on a profoundly revelatory an entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.
A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush by Don Watson takes us on a profoundly revelatory an entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.
Published: 24/09/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428215
RRP: $45.00
Book Cover:  Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution.
Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution.
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077960
RRP: $32.99
2014 ARR Awards Finalists announced
05 Jan 2015

Congratulations to all the Penguin and Destiny Romance authors who have been named finalists in the 2014 ARR Awards. Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner to be held on 7 March 2015 as part of the Australian Romance Readers Convention.

Favourite Paranormal Romance

Favourite Historical Romance

Favourite Contemporary Romance 

Favourite Romantic Suspense

 

Favourite Continuing Romance Series 

  • Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie
  • Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
  • Dukes of Strathmore series by Sasha Cottman
  • Westruthers series by Christina Brooke

 

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2014 

  • Anne Gracie
  • Cathryn Hein
  • Kelly Hunter

 

Congratulations also to the following Members’ Choice finalists:

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2014

  • An Unsuitable Match by Sasha Cottman (Destiny Romance)
  • Moonlight Plains by Barbara Hannay (Penguin)
  • The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke (Penguin)

 

The Sexiest Hero from a romance published in 2014

  • Freddie Monkton Coombes in The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie
  • Gideon Cross in Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
  • Xavier Westruther in The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke

 

Favourite New Romance Author for 2014

  • Leesa Bow

Related Books

Book Cover: An Unsuitable Match: Destiny Romance
Heartwarming Regency romance from the award-winning author of Letter from a Rake.
Heartwarming Regency romance from the award-winning author of Letter from a Rake.
Published: 16/09/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781760140427
Price: $4.99
Book Cover: The Wickedest Lord Alive
Can an indecent proposal lead to everlasting love?
Can an indecent proposal lead to everlasting love?
Published: 01/07/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742538853
Price: $9.99
Book Cover: The Winter Bride
Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway – and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.
Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway – and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.
Published: 26/03/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901416
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Rocking Horse Hill
Rocking Horse Hill is a moving family drama and passionate love story from the author of Heartland.
Rocking Horse Hill is a moving family drama and passionate love story from the author of Heartland.
Published: 23/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901980
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Safe Harbour
The award-winning, gripping novel of high drama and desire by Australia' master of romantic suspense.
The award-winning, gripping novel of high drama and desire by Australia' master of romantic suspense.
Published: 26/03/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901836
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Dark Moon: Destiny Romance
Step into a world of shapeshifters and magic ...
Step into a world of shapeshifters and magic ...
Published: 17/03/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743484968
Price: $4.99
Book Cover:  Moonlight Plains
A breathtaking novel about finding love against all the odds that will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
A breathtaking novel about finding love against all the odds that will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901928
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Captivated by You: A Crossfire Novel
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
Published: 19/11/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405916400
RRP: $19.99
2015 Folio Prize longlist
15 Dec 2014

The longlist for the 2015 Folio Prize includes three titles originated by Penguin Books Australia. These are The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane, Amnesia by Peter Carey and Eyrie by Tim Winton

Worth £40,000, the Folio Prize is for the best novel published in the UK in 2014. The shorlist is announced 9 February, the winner 23 March. 

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Book Cover: The Night Guest
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571339
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Amnesia
Amnesia, Peter Carey's first Australian novel since True History of the Kelly Gang, moves between the critical dates of 2010, 1942 and 1975 to ask the most vital question of the past seventy years: Has America taken us over?
Amnesia, Peter Carey's first Australian novel since True History of the Kelly Gang, moves between the critical dates of 2010, 1942 and 1975 to ask the most vital question of the past seventy years: Has America taken us over?
Published: 14/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428604
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover:  Eyrie
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571346
RRP: $22.99
Richard Flanagan's Acceptance Speech at the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards
12 Dec 2014

I thank the judges and the Prime Minister for this award.


I commend the Prime Minister for continuing with these prizes at a time of austerity. And I commend the Prime Minister for lending the event here tonight the authority of his office simply by being here. These are not small things, but large symbols of what a civilised society should be—one in which culture is not understood as an economic utility, or a political embarassment, but as the necessary nub of who we are.

As the ideas of our country grow vaporous, as some young Australians find more in common with murderous fantasies in far off lands than the society in which they live, we need that culture more than ever to remind us of all that we share, for our security ever lies not in our capacity to exclude some, but to include all.

It is often said that politics shouldn't be about symbols, but acts. But in the end acts are symbols, and symbols are powerful acts. We find in symbols our meaning to live, and that meaning can be wicked, or it can be a source of hope. We choose what we wish to celebrate for reasons bad or good: a beheading—or a book.

This book would not be what it is without my publishing company, Random House, nor my publisher of near twenty years, an editor of genius, Ms Nikki Christer, and I thank her from the bottom of my heart.

For penurious writers—who in Australia on average earn according to the Australia Council less than $11,000 a year—a prize such as this—one of the world's richest— means one very simple thing: that they can continue to write for a few more years without fear of poverty. In any past year I would have welcomed this money to help me in the struggle to write, and in any future year—were I ever again to know such honour as this, I will, with delight, use the money for a few celebratory drinks and the rest to keep writing.

This year though I have been—as you may have heard—unexpectedly lucky. For all that, I am not a wealthy man, and though I could put this prize money into my mortgage, I intend to use it differently.

And there are two reasons for this. Let me explain them.

The origins of this novel lie in my late father's experience as a Japanese POW. The lesson that my father took from the POW camps and imparted to me was that the measure of any civilised society was its willingness to look after its weakest. In the camps the officers were levied, their money used to buy food and medicines for the sick.

Money is like shit, my father used say. Pile it up and it stinks. Spread it around and you can grow things.

My book only exists because in that hellish place long ago the strong helped the weak. These were concrete acts that became for me, growing up, symbols of what a good society might be.

Of what our Australia is.

My other reason is this: if me standing here tonight means anything it is the power of literacy to change lives. The difference between my illiterate grandparents and me is two generations of free state education and literacy.

Words, my father told me, were the first beautiful things he ever knew.

I intend to donate this $40,000 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for its work with indigenous children, helping them to read. I hope it might perhaps grow a few things.

My mortgage will go on as mortgages do, but if one of those books helps a few children to advance beyond the most basic literacy to one that is liberating, then I will consider the money better spent. 

And if just one of those children in turn becomes a writer, if just one brings to Australia and to the world an idea of the universe that arises out of that glorious lineage of sixty thousand years of Australian civilisation, then I will think this prize has rewarded not just me, but us all. And for that we will all owe this prize an immense debt of gratitude.

Thank you.

 

Ceridwen Dovey announced as a 2014 Queensland Literary Award Winner
08 Dec 2014

Congratulations to Ceridwen Dovey whose book Only the Animals has been announced as the winner of the Steele Rudd Award at the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards.

For more information regarding these awards and for the full list of winners please visit the Queensland Literary awards website. http://qldliteraryawards.org.au

Related Books

Book Cover:  Only the Animals
From award-winning novelist Ceridwen Dovey, a collection of short stories as innovative and beautifully written as Nam Le's The Boat.
From award-winning novelist Ceridwen Dovey, a collection of short stories as innovative and beautifully written as Nam Le's The Boat.
Published: 23/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428581
RRP: $29.99
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 10 to be Published Simultaneously Worldwide on November 3, 2015.
Unprecedented Global Release Sets the Stage For Biggest Around-the-World Author Tour Ever NEW YORK, NY, March 26, 2015—At least eighteen international publishers will unite to simultaneously release and publish a milestone volume in the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Book 10, an all-new original story by bestselling author Jeff Kinney, will go on sale in more than 90 countries around the world on November 3, 2015. As one of the most anticipated books of the year everywhere, fans will herald its arrival.

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