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Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House
20 Aug 2014

 

 

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.”

For further information, please contact Alysha Farry on +612 8204 3323 or alysha.farry@au.penguingroup.com

Dark Horse and A Bitter Taste shortlisted for the Davitt Awards
17 Aug 2014

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

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Book Cover: A Bitter Taste: A Catherine Berlin Novel
A Bitter Taste, the second Catherine Berlin novel from Annie Hauxwell, is fast-paced, addictive crime spiked with grit and grunge.
A Bitter Taste, the second Catherine Berlin novel from Annie Hauxwell, is fast-paced, addictive crime spiked with grit and grunge.
Published: 23/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571490
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Dark Horse
Stylish erotic psychological suspense thriller from Honey Brown, the award-winning author of Red Queen, The Good Daughter and After the Darkness.
Stylish erotic psychological suspense thriller from Honey Brown, the award-winning author of Red Queen, The Good Daughter and After the Darkness.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901539
RRP: $29.99
2014 NSW Premier's History Awards shortlist
15 Aug 2014

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.

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Book Cover: The Reef: A Passionate History
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572053
RRP: $24.99
Shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards 2014
14 Aug 2014

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.

Fiction

Beams Falling by P. M. Newton

First Fiction

Blood Witness by Alex Hammond

True Crime

Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

Hades by Candice Fox

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.

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Book Cover:  Beams Falling
Beams Falling is the brilliantly compelling and gritty second novel by the rising star of Australian crime writing. A portrait of our recent past, it's also a compulsive and utterly authentic insight into the way both cops and criminals work.
Beams Falling is the brilliantly compelling and gritty second novel by the rising star of Australian crime writing. A portrait of our recent past, it's also a compulsive and utterly authentic insight into the way both cops and criminals work.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074525
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Blood Witness
One man's search for justice – and redemption – plunges him into the violent world of Melbourne's underbelly. Blood Witness is a dark powerful thriller from exciting new talent Alex Hammond.
One man's search for justice – and redemption – plunges him into the violent world of Melbourne's underbelly. Blood Witness is a dark powerful thriller from exciting new talent Alex Hammond.
Published: 26/06/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901492
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Murder in Mississippi
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.
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.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428468
RRP: $29.99
New Bryce Courtenay in time for Christmas
14 Aug 2014

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.

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Book Cover: The Silver Moon: Reflections on life, death and writing
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.
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.
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670078264
RRP: $24.99
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Shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards
29 Jul 2014

The following Penguin Randhom House titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier's Book Awards:

Children's Books

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox; illustrator Emma Quay

Fiction

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Eyrie by Tim Winton

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

West Australian History

Kerry Stokes: Self-made Man by Margaret Simons

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.

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Book Cover:  Baby Bedtime
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075195
RRP: $24.99
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
Book Cover:  Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man
Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man is the real, fascinating story behind the rabbits-to-riches ascendancy of one of Australia's most powerful men.
Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man is the real, fascinating story behind the rabbits-to-riches ascendancy of one of Australia's most powerful men.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075423
RRP: $45.00
Five Penguin Random House titles longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
24 Jul 2014

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Book Cover:  How to be both
How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. 
How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. 
Published: 28/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241146828
RRP: $29.99
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Kate Richards wins 2014 Dobbie Award for Madness: A Memoir
24 Jul 2014

We are delighted to announce that Madness: A Memoir, by Kate Richards, has been named the winner of the 2014 Dobbie Literary Award for a first published work from an Australian woman writer.

Kate attended the presentation at today’s 2014 Kibble Literary Awards in Sydney along with fellow Penguin Random House author and shortlisted nominee, Fiona McFarlane (The Night Guest).

Congratulations to Kate for such a wonderful achievement.

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Book Cover:  Madness: a Memoir
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571391
RRP: $19.99
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
Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison
22 Jul 2014

Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison, who died, along with his adored wife Frankie, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July 2014. Remembered for his artistry, insight, and passion for Australian writing – a gifted writer, an inspiring teacher and a warm, wonderful man. Our thoughts go to their children, Milly and Sam.

The Wilderness Society: Shortlist Announced for the 20th Environment Award for Children’s Literature
21 Jul 2014

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Book Cover:  Bush Baby Rescue: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 4)
A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos.  Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive.  Chelsea and I have never been busier!  There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.
A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos.  Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive.  Chelsea and I have never been busier!  There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307143
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076758
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover: The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals
From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin's stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world.
From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin's stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world.
Published: 27/02/2013
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15 Dec 2014
2015 Folio Prize longlist
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. 

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