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It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.
Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers:
"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.
In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.
Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.
My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."
Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA1 in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.
We are so proud to see Joan recognised amongst an impressive selection of Australian women writers for a novel described as ‘a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humor’ by The Washington Post.
The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced in Melbourne on 21 April.
The 2014 Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced in Canberra on 7 March and we are delighted to announce that two Penguin Random House authors have won in their nominated categories:
Favourite Historical Romance
The Winter Bride, Anne Gracie (Penguin Books Australia)
Favourite Romantic Suspense
Safe Harbour, Helene Young (Penguin Books Australia)
The awards were chosen by members of the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA).
Congratulations Anne and Helene.
The finalists for the 2014 Aurealis Awards were announced today and we are delighted to announce that two Penguin Random House authors have been nominated in three categories:
Best Fantasy Novel
Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Books Australia)
Best Young Adult Novel
Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Books Australia)
Best Children’s Fiction
Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband #4, John Flanagan (Random House Australia)
Established in 1995, the Aurealis Awards recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. Winners will be announced on 11 April at University House, Canberra.
Congratulations to our finalists.
Jamie Oliver is planning a Food Revolution in Australia and he wants everyone to help him.
Join one of the world’s best-loved chefs and food revolutionaries, Jamie Oliver, as he makes his Sydney Opera House debut in the Concert Hall on Sunday 29 March.
In an Ideas at the House first, Jamie Oliver will cook live on stage, promising to both entertain and educate about his Food Revolution to inspire everyone – mums, dads, kids and teens – to get back to basics and cook good food from scratch. Getting kids into the kitchen to cook using fresh ingredients is a key part of both Jamie’s Food Revolution and his Opera House shows.
The harsh reality is that our kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods and junk. Today's children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents. With less cooking at home and more processed and fast food, Australia has become one of the unhealthiest nations on Earth.
But now it's time for change.
It's time to stand up for real food and fight for better food education.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is an international movement aiming to fight obesity and diet-related disease with better food education for all. At its heart is a powerful strategy to get people cooking again and keep cooking skills alive.
Jamie Oliver said, "I’ve been working in Australia for 15 years now and recently, through the amazing work of my Ministry of Food Centres and trucks, as well as my partnership with Woolworths, I’ve really got to know and understand the scale of the problem in your beautiful country. You guys have access to such incredible fresh produce but still there are millions of Australians who don’t know how to feed themselves and their families properly. This show is designed to inspire real change so I hope you’ll join me and together we’ll make a real positive difference, while having loads of fun at the same time.”
Sydney Opera House Head of International Development and Senior Producer of Ideas at the House, Danielle Harvey, said, “Our Ideas at the House audiences love talking about food, health and sustainability. In the last three years, Michael Pollan, Yotam Ottolenghi and Alice Waters have taken to Sydney Opera House stages to share their visions. We are excited to see Jamie Oliver join the roll call to inspire kids and their families to get cooking.”
Obesity and diet-related disease is on the rise in Australia and the statistics are frightening:
· Obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness
· 63% of adults & 26% of children are overweight or obese
· Only 5.5% of adults eat the recommended daily intake of both fruit and vegetables
· Less than 1 in 3 (30%) children aged 5–14 meet the daily fruit and vegetable consumption
Ideas at the House is Sydney Opera House’s talks and ideas program. It presents ideas, conversation and debate from leading thinkers and culture creators. Ideas at the House online extends the reach of live events with unique content.
As well as a year-round program of inspiring events, Ideas at the House features the annual festivals All About Women and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
WHAT: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution LIVE at the Sydney Opera House
WHEN: 29 March 2015, 10am & 1pm
WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
TICKETS: Concessions from $30 & Adults from $49
Australian author David Dyer’s debut novel Eight Rockets has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2016 by Penguin Books. UK rights have been acquired by Atlantic Books and the US rights by St Martin’s Press.
A brilliant exploration of the small human failings that can lead to the greatest disasters, the novel tells the captivating true story of Captain Lord, and others of the ship Californian, whose crewmen saw eight distress rockets fired by the Titanic on that fateful night, but unfathomably failed to act.
Commenting on the acquisition, Ben Ball, Publishing Director Penguin General said, “Eight Rockets is one of the most vivid, convincing, compelling historical novels I’ve ever read, born of a deep knowledge and a deeper storytelling skill. By looking at a grand historical moment through the prism of the smallest human actions – and inactions – David brings something fresh and exciting to one of the world’s best-known catastrophes. I’m delighted his exhilarating voice will be heard around the world.”
David, a high school English teacher in Sydney, worked for many years as a lawyer in the London law firm that represented the Titanic’s owners back in 1912, and he has also spent time at sea as a ship’s officer. In 2013 he completed his Doctorate of Creative Arts at UTS under the supervision of bestselling author Debra Adelaide. Although a work of imaginative fiction, Eight Rockets is the result of many years of his research in New York, Boston, London, Liverpool and mid-Atlantic, over the Titanic wreck site itself.
“For many years I have been fascinated by the Titanic, but even more so by the strange ship that stood by and watched her sink. So I am very pleased that my novel about the Californian is now to be published by Penguin Books, and I hope people enjoy reading the story of this intriguing ship and her enigmatic captain as much as I have enjoyed writing it,” said David.
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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/.
Penguin Random House Australia is delighted with today’s announcement of The Stella Prize longlist, which features three Penguin Random House authors:
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.
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.”
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.