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Sharing Stories at Penguin
20 Sep 2013

Penguin Group (Australia) this month launches Sharing Stories, a special opportunity for readers of all ages to connect with authors and illustrators in conversation about imagination, inspiration and the art of storytelling.
 
Penguin has asked some of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators to create original works of art on the theme of Sharing Stories – and to document the story behind the artwork’s creation, through videos, photographs and diary entries. Readers are invited to join the artists throughout the creative journey, and to share their own experiences  and thoughts about the stories created.
 
Sally Bateman, Marketing & Digital Director said: “We’re all familiar with the power of great stories, but it’s rare to get a chance to see how an author or illustrator turns a simple idea into something special.  We hope sharing stories will bring book lovers closer than ever to this part of the creative process.”
 
Sharing Stories takes place across all of Penguin Australia’s social media platforms. A new artwork will be showcased each month, introducing another artist’s perspective on how sharing stories has shaped their life and work.
 
The first Sharing Stories artist is Anna Walker, one of Australia’s most celebrated illustrators and storytellers. Anna’s beautiful work brings to life Jane Godwin's text in the picture books Starting School, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans and Little Cat and the Big Red Bus – each beloved for their whimsical, charming illustrations that capture the wonder of childhood.
 
In October, award-winning book designer Allison Colpoys shares her story, followed by Marc Martin creator of The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A to Z in November.
 
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Morris Gleitzman receives UC 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award
20 Sep 2013

The University of Canberra announced the winners of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Thursday 19 September, 2013. The awards recognise the outstanding contributions the University’s alumni make in their communities and professions. Our congratulations go to Morris Gleitzman who received an Alumni Excellence Award (Faculty of Arts and Design).

Morris Gleitzman is an international bestselling children’s author whose books have been published in 20 countries.  A professional writing degree graduate from the University, Mr Gleitzman  has written over 35 successful children’s novels including the hugely popular Two Weeks with the Queen, the Wicked! and Deadly! series that he co-wrote with Paul Jennings and his four part-series on children in the holocaust. His latest novel is called Extra Time. All of his books have been shortlisted for or have won numerous children's book prizes both here and overseas.

The University of Canberra alumni network is made up of nearly 70,000 graduates, friends and former staff from the University of Canberra and the former Canberra College of Advanced Education.

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Book Cover:  Extra Time
From award-winning children's book author, Morris Gleitzman, comes a funny and moving story about a 14-year-old Australian soccer genius and his 10-year-old sister/manager who change the face of English Premier League football. Perfect for readers 9+ years.
From award-winning children's book author, Morris Gleitzman, comes a funny and moving story about a 14-year-old Australian soccer genius and his 10-year-old sister/manager who change the face of English Premier League football. Perfect for readers 9+ years.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307754
RRP: $16.99
2013 Ned Kelly Winners
09 Sep 2013

The winners of the 2013 Ned Kelly Awards have been announced. Congratulations to both our winners Robin de Crespigny and Geoffrey McGeachin.

Winner - True Crime
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi by Robin de Crespigny

Winner - Best Fiction
Blackwattle Creek


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Book Cover: The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi
The gripping, inspiring and confronting story of how one man escaped from Saddam's Iraq and eventually became 'the Oskar Schindler of Asia'.
The gripping, inspiring and confronting story of how one man escaped from Saddam's Iraq and eventually became 'the Oskar Schindler of Asia'.
Published: 26/04/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670076550
RRP: $29.99
Save With Jamie, Jamie Oliver's new cookbook out now
05 Sep 2013

Jamie Oliver returns to our television screens on CHANNEL TEN from Thursday, 5 September with a new food series Save with Jamie. This optimistic, inventive and super-helpful food series is packed with delicious recipes and amazing money saving tips and is inspired by Jamie's new cookbook, Save with Jamie: shop smart, cook clever, waste less. In Save With Jamie, Jamie Oliver shows how you don't need a massive budget to make great, delicious food.

Save With Jamie is about ‘making the most of your ingredients, embracing leftovers, using your freezer, loads of clever things that will help you ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less.’

Jamie talks about Save with Jamie: shop smart, cook clever, waste less his new cookbook here.

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Book Cover:  Save with Jamie: Shop smart, cook clever, waste less
Save with Jamie: Shop smart, cook clever, waste less. 120 tasty money saving meals from Jamie Oliver.
Save with Jamie: Shop smart, cook clever, waste less. 120 tasty money saving meals from Jamie Oliver.
Published: 05/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780718158149
RRP: $49.99
A New Interactive Online Experience for Young Readers at AndyRoidHQ.com
20 Aug 2013

Penguin Group (Australia) and Felice Arena have unveiled a new interactive and immersive online experience for children with the launch of AndyRoidHQ.com.

This innovative website designed around Felice Arena’s Andy Roid series of books is an exciting new publishing approach to extending the reading experience for children online. Best described as an interactive online comic book adventure Andy Roid HQ brings the 10 book series to life with 3-D style parallax animation, colour graphics and synchronised sound effects.

Sally Bateman, Marketing & Digital Director, Penguin Group (Australia) explains, “We saw a real opportunity to collaborate with Felice Arena and deliver an online reading experience to engage young readers beyond the pages of this series. Andy Roid HQ is entertaining, exciting – and different. A mix of the traditional and the new, it’s an interactive, online story combining old-fashioned, comic book adventure with cutting edge technology that is fast, fun, yet stays true to the series. ”

Felice Arena, creator of Andy Roid explains, “From the very beginning I was incredibly lucky to be able to workshop my ideas with the talented digital team at Penguin. I had enormous fun and creating the content for the 3D interactive comic story was pure superhero, full-on action, happy keyboard-tapping writing. Anyone who gets to write for a living is very blessed and it’s been it's an absolute bonus to be able to see my characters spring to life beyond the printed page.”  

AndyRoidHQ.com features an exclusive new story, Andy Roid and the Jungle of Combat, displayed in a choice of modes (autoplay or animated by scrolling) which the user interacts with by choosing a multiple choice answer at cliffhanging moments to help Andy defeat his enemies. Featuring artwork by Chad McCown (who illustrated the Andy Roid books) this animation has been developed without using Flash and is supported across all major browsers and devices. The responsive design (Masonry architecture on the Drupal platform) adapts to different screen sizes.

AndyRoidHQ.com also includes covers, blurbs and sample chapters for each Andy Roid title, plus many more interactive elements as unveiled by Felice Arena here.

Andy Roid is an action-packed series for young readers from Felice Arena, one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. Book 9: Andy Roid and the Missing Agent and Book 10: Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil are released on Wednesday 21 August 2013.

For more information please contact:
Anyez Lindop, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Penguin Group (Australia) on +61 (0)419 008 556 or anyez.lindop@au.penguingroup.com

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Book Cover:  Andy Roid & the Missing Agent
Andy and Judd have blown their cover - so when Judd goes missing, can Andy risk going after him? With the police, the Agency and the evil Blaireau Corporation looking for him, this time it's Andy versus the world!
Andy and Judd have blown their cover - so when Judd goes missing, can Andy risk going after him? With the police, the Agency and the evil Blaireau Corporation looking for him, this time it's Andy versus the world!
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307402
RRP: $9.95
Book Cover:  Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil
Judd's on a rescue mission, and he's brought Andy along as his weapon of choice. Can Andy help Judd and bring down the forces of evil and still stay true to what he believes in? The pressure's on and the stakes have never been higher! 
Judd's on a rescue mission, and he's brought Andy along as his weapon of choice. Can Andy help Judd and bring down the forces of evil and still stay true to what he believes in? The pressure's on and the stakes have never been higher! 
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307419
RRP: $9.95
COVER REVEAL FOR THE TAILOR'S GIRL BY FIONA MCINTOSH
19 Aug 2013

 

The Tailor's Girl by Fiona McIntosh (Michael Joseph)
Publication date: 23 October, 2013.

From the bustling streets of post-Great War London to the idyllic 1920s Sussex countryside, this is a breathtaking story of passion and persistence from a phenomenal Australian storyteller about how true love can overcome incredible odds, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.

'Fiona McIntosh is an extraordinary storyteller and this historical fiction is a stunning example of her talent.' BOOK'D OUT

Read more about The Tailor's Girl here.

Visit Fiona McIntosh's website.

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Book Cover: The Tailor's Girl
The Tailor's Girl is a heart-stopping story of true love and courage in the most extraordinary circumstances from the rising star of Australian fiction.
The Tailor's Girl is a heart-stopping story of true love and courage in the most extraordinary circumstances from the rising star of Australian fiction.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901485
RRP: $29.99
Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013
16 Aug 2013

Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators for their success at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Children of the King, Sonya Hartnett

Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky illustrated by Andrew Joyner - Honour Book

Picture Book of the Year
Herman and Rosie, Gus Gordon – Honour Book
Sophie Scott Goes South, Alison Lester – Honour Book

Crichton Award Winner
A Forest, Marc Martin

For more information about the awards, including a complete list of the winners go to the Children’s Book Council of Australia website.

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Book Cover:  Children of the King
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076130
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Too Many Elephants in this House
From the creators of The Terrible Plop comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.
From the creators of The Terrible Plop comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075461
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover:  Herman and Rosie
Set in New York, this gorgeous children's picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.
Set in New York, this gorgeous children's picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.
Published: 22/08/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076031
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Sophie Scott Goes South
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
Published: 23/05/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670880683
RRP: $29.95
Book Cover: A Forest
An exquisite debut from a phenomenal new Australian talent, Marc Martin.
An exquisite debut from a phenomenal new Australian talent, Marc Martin.
Published: 23/05/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076451
RRP: $24.95
Cover reveal for John Safran's Murder in Mississippi
16 Aug 2013



Murder in Mississippi: The true story of how I met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote this book
by John Safran (Hamish Hamilton)
Publication date: 25 September, 2013

When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered – and what was more, the killer was black.

 
At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of his life? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.
 
Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder – white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.

Murder in Mississippi
is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.

The Australian Moment wins third major Award
16 Aug 2013

George Megalogenis has been honoured with the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his critically acclaimed work of contemporary history,  The Australian Moment, How we were made for these times.

This is the third major award for this book which has previously won the 2012 Walkley Book Award and the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for Advancing Public Debate – Harry Williams Award.

In The Australian Moment Megalogenis tells the story of how we’ve come to be living in the Australian Moment. And with the global economy in crisis, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Drawing on recently declassified documents and candid interviews with five of our previous Prime Ministers, The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other’s contribution to the nation’s resilience. Australia has been lucky, but we’ve also been smart.

Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/j2C4x46F0n0

George Megalogenis is an author, commentator and journalist. He has 27 years' experience in the media, including over a decade in the Federal Parliamentary press gallery. He is a regular panellist on ABC TV's The Insiders. He is the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.

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Book Cover: The Australian Moment
Australia appears to be the best-equipped nation to deal with the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession. To what degree is that good fortune or good planning? A groundbreaking work on our government and character by one of our most respected journalists.
Australia appears to be the best-equipped nation to deal with the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession. To what degree is that good fortune or good planning? A groundbreaking work on our government and character by one of our most respected journalists.
Published: 22/02/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670075218
RRP: $32.99
New Dave Eggers novel to be published 10 October 2014
15 Aug 2013

To be published by Knopf in the US and by Hamish Hamilton in the UK and Australia, The Circle is the hotly anticipated new novel by award-winning winning author and literacy advocate Dave Eggers.

Set in the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s, co-founder of 826 Valencia, and author of several critically acclaimed books including his nonfiction; What is the What? and Zeitoun; a collection of short-stories, How We Are Hungry?, and previous novels including A Hologram for the King, You Shall Know Our Velocity, and the international bestseller, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

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Book Cover:  How We Are Hungry
Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his McSweeney's magazine and its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendancy. Yet while celebrating the work of others, Eggers has also proved time and again that he himself is one of the modern masters of the form.
Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his McSweeney's magazine and its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendancy. Yet while celebrating the...
Published: 31/05/2006
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141020044
RRP: $24.95
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Book Cover:  How We Are Hungry: Popular Penguins

Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his own McSweeney's magazine and through its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendant. Yet while celebrating the work of others, Eggers has also proved himself time and again one of the modern masters of the form.

Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his own McSweeney's magazine and through its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendant. Yet while celebrating...

Published: 28/06/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141399355
RRP: $9.95
Book Cover:  What is the What

This is the story of a man who, as a boy, was spearated from his family in Sudan's brutal civil war; who trekked across Africa's punishing wilderness with thousands of other children; who survived aerial bombardment and attacks by militias and wild animals; who ate whatever he could find or nothing at all; who, as a boy, considered ending his life to end the suffering; and who eventually made it to...

This is the story of a man who, as a boy, was spearated from his family in Sudan's brutal civil war; who trekked across Africa's punishing wilderness with thousands of other children; who survived aerial...

Published: 30/09/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141015743
RRP: $26.95
Book Cover:  You Shall Know Our velocity
Will and Hand are burdened by $38,000 and the memory of their friend Jack. Taking a week out of their lives, they decide to travel around the world to give the money away. They can't really say why they're doing it, just that it needs to be done. Perhaps it's something to do with Jack's death – perhaps they'll find the reason later. But as their plans are frustrated, twisted and altered at every...
Will and Hand are burdened by $38,000 and the memory of their friend Jack. Taking a week out of their lives, they decide to travel around the world to give the money away. They can't really say why they're...
Published: 07/06/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141013459
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover:  Zeitoun
'Harrowing, spellbinding . . . nothing less than an indictment of the entire Bush era.'  Observer
'Harrowing, spellbinding . . . nothing less than an indictment of the entire Bush era.'  Observer
Published: 28/02/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141046815
RRP: $24.95

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Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House
  Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2015 by Penguin Books.

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