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New novel by Steve Toltz to be published in 2015
23 Apr 2014

Penguin Australia is delighted to have acquired the highly anticipated second novel by Steve Toltz, Quicksand, to be published in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Quicksand will also be published in the UK and elsewhere in the Commonwealth by Sceptre in 2015.

Steve Toltz burst onto the international literary scene in 2008 when his critically acclaimed debut novel, A Fraction of the Whole was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award.

 

Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General explains the hype surrounding this acquisition, “You haven't read a novel like Quicksand before, even if you've read A Fraction of the Whole. A comedy about calamity, it's a novel about risks (in love, in work, in art, in life) that takes risks - funny, dark, affirming, insightful, and compelling on every page. Steve is a genuinely unique talent, and his new novel confirms him as one of the most original and fearless writers in the language. Quicksand revives our sense of what the novel can do.” 

Over two years after its release The Fault in Our Stars becomes the No. 1 selling book in Australia
17 Apr 2014

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green today reached number one on the Nielsen BookScan charts, more than two years after its initial publication.

Launched on January 12, 2012 in Australia, it has steadily climbed the BookScan charts, now having sold over 147,000 copies locally. Internationally, the book has over a million copies in print and has been adapted into over twenty languages. It has been a New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestseller.

It was critically acclaimed upon release with Time magazine calling it ‘damn near genius.

John Green said ‘I am so excited that The Fault in Our Stars has reached #1 in Australia. I’m tremendously grateful to my Australian readers and for the continuous support of Penguin Australia.

Penguin Young Readers Australian publisher Laura Harris, who acquired the novel attributes the word of mouth success of The Fault in Our Stars to the readers: ‘This phenomenon has been created by the readers themselves, they have insisted their friends read it, their parents read it, their teachers read it.

The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. John Green is the award winning author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

The novel has been adapted for film, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort set to star in the June 5, 2014 release from 20th Century Fox Australia.

 

The Fault in Our Stars is published by Penguin Australia

Penguin $19.95

 

For further information, please contact:

Felicity Vallence, Marketing Manager

Mob: 0417 318 019 or email: felicity.vallence@au.penguingroup.com

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Book Cover: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars film tie-in edition containins exclusive still images from the movie. TFIOS is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, the novel has been adapted for film, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort set to star in the 5 June 2014 release from 20th Century Fox Australia. 

The Fault in Our Stars film tie-in edition containins exclusive still images from the movie. TFIOS is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, the novel has been adapted...

Published: 11/01/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535203
Price: $12.99
Book Cover: The Fault In Our Stars
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670077526
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover: The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) is a teen romance with a twist, exploring the tragic business of being alive and in love. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw - The Fault in Our Stars is perfect for young adults and adults alike.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) is a teen romance with a twist, exploring the tragic business of being alive and in love. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw - The Fault in Our Stars is perfect for young adults and adults alike.
Published: 11/01/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567592
RRP: $19.95
Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards Results 2013
15 Apr 2014

Congratulations to both Malcolm Knox and Iain McCalman recently commended in the FAW Excellence in Non-Fiction Awards. Established in 1978, this is an award for a non-fiction book of sustained quality and distinction with an Australian theme, first published in Australia.

Highly Commended
Boom: The underground history of Australia from gold rush to GFC by Malcolm Knox

Commended
The Reef: A passionate history 

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Book Cover:  Boom: The Underground History of Australia, from Gold Rush to GFC
Boom reveals the history of mining as the Australian story, for better or worse. Insightful, compellingly readable and full of extraordinary characters, it shows how mining and miners have shaped our history and gripped our imagination through boom and bust.
Boom reveals the history of mining as the Australian story, for better or worse. Insightful, compellingly readable and full of extraordinary characters, it shows how mining and miners have shaped our history and gripped our imagination through boom and bust.
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670076116
RRP: $34.99
Book Cover: The Reef: A Passionate History
Iain McCalman's brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in twelve extraordinary tales, charts its shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure.
Iain McCalman's brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in twelve extraordinary tales, charts its shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075775
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We are deeply saddened by the death of author Sue Townsend
14 Apr 2014

Penguin Books are deeply saddened by the death of author Sue Townsend, the beloved creator of Adrian Mole. Sue passed away peacefully in Leicester after suffering a stroke aged 68, surrounded by her family.

'Sue Townsend will be remembered as one in a handful of this country’s great comic writers.  We were so proud to be her publishers.  She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique’ said Tom Weldon, CEO Penguin Random House UK. 

Penguin authors longlisted for 2014 Kibble Literary Awards
10 Apr 2014

Congratulations to Fiona McFarlane and Kate Richards who continue to garner Award accolades with their long-listing for the prestigious Dobbie Literary Award for a first time published Australian woman author.

The Dobbie Literary Award is one of two Awards, which alongside of the Kibble Literary Award comprise the Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers, celebrating excellence in the works of women writers of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'.

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin Books Australia)
Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards (Penguin Books Australia)

The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 4 June 2014.
For more information visit: http://www.perpetual.com.au/kibble/index.htm

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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
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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: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428550
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Penguin Australia and ILF named the only two Australian winners at the inaugural International Book Industry Excellence Awards
09 Apr 2014

Penguin Australia and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation are the only two Australian winners at the London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards.

The International Book Industry Excellence Awards, held in association with the UK Publishers Association, celebrate global excellence and recognise the best companies and individuals in the international book publishing industry. The winners were announced at London Book Fair on 8 April 2014 for 15 award categories including academic publishing, the supply chain, education, children’s publishing and digital innovation.

Penguin Australia has won The International Educational Learning Resources Award for the Penguin Teachers’ Academy Newsstand App.

Penguin Australia was the first trade book publisher to release an App for Newsstand in 2013, with the release of the Penguin Teachers’ Academy Newsstand App for iPad and iPad mini. The App gives teachers and librarians rich, engaging resources to assist with lesson preparation and classroom activities, in line with the needs of the Australian Curriculum.

Designed and developed in-house by Penguin Australia’s digital team, the App provides free subscription to Off The Shelf, a magazine for teachers and librarians and free teaching notes for Puffin and Penguin picture books and novels, as well as premium units of work containing lesson plans and activities, all tailored to the needs of the Australian Curriculum, plus enhanced digital content, combining text with video and audio.

The Newsstand app provides teachers, librarians and educational support staff with valuable up-to-date professional reading and resources, servicing their need for rich, relevant and practical teaching notes and units of work. The Penguin Teachers’ Academy Newsstand App means educators can find resources they trust and can use in their classrooms and libraries in one easy-to-access place.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/penguin-teachers-academy/id674978287?mt=8

For more on Penguin Teachers’ Academy visit: http://penguineducation.wordpress.com/

 

Congratulations also to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation who have won The International Education Initiatives Award.

 

For more information visit: http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/awards

2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist
08 Apr 2014

The achievements of today’s leading Australian writers have been recognised with the announcement today of the shortlists for the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.  Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors.

Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction

On Warne by Gideon Haigh

Rendezvous with Destiny by Michael Fullilove

Congratulations also to our colleagues at Random House Australia for Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

People’s Choice Award – voting is now open, and will close at midnight on Friday 16 May 2014. The 2014 winner will be chosen by the people of NSW from the shortlist for the 2014 Christina Stead Prize. Details will be posted on the State Library of NSW website www.sl.nsw.gov.au/premiersliteraryawards 

 

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Book Cover:  On Warne
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Published: 20/11/2013
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RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Rendezvous with Destiny
'Rendezvous With Destiny is a fascinating and well-written account of a little-known chapter that was crucial to the course of WWII and to America's global leadership.' Henry Kissinger
'Rendezvous With Destiny is a fascinating and well-written account of a little-known chapter that was crucial to the course of WWII and to America's global leadership.' Henry Kissinger
Published: 22/05/2013
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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.
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Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2014 Shortlist
08 Apr 2014

Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators shortlisted for the Book of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced during Book Week 2014 Saturday 16 – Friday 22 August.

Older Readers

The First Third by Will Kostakis

Early Childhood

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Illustrated by Ann James

Baby Bedtime Mem Fox, Illustrated by Emma Quay

Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester

Picture Book

The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Congratulations also to our colleagues over at Random House Australia for Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near, shortlisted in the Older Readers category and for Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie, Illustrated by Chris Nixon, shortlisted for the Eve Pownall Award. 

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From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
Published: 20/03/2013
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RRP: $19.99
Out of stock
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.
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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
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Book Cover: The Treasure Box
From two of our most talented picture-book creators comes this celebration of things that can't be destroyed by bombs or fire. A haunting and beautiful tale of the power of words, the importance of stories and the resilience of the human spirit.
From two of our most talented picture-book creators comes this celebration of things that can't be destroyed by bombs or fire. A haunting and beautiful tale of the power of words, the importance of stories and the resilience of the human spirit.
Published: 30/01/2013
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Book Cover: The First Third
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
Published: 24/07/2013
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Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2014 Notable Books
08 Apr 2014

Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators who received a notable book accolade in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards

Early Childhood Notables

Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Illustrated by Ann James

Baby Bedtime Mem Fox, Illustrated by Emma Quay

Starting School Jane Goodwin Illustrated by Anna Walker

Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester

Davy and the Duckling by Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Julie Vivas

 

Younger Reader Notables

The Wishbird by GabrielleWang

 

Older Reader Notables

Pureheart by Cassandra Golds

The First Third by Will Kostakis

Run by Tim Sinclair

 

Picture Book Notables

Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey

The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester

Baby Bedtime Mem Fox, Illustrated by Emma Quay

Davy and the Duckling by Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Julie Vivas

 

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Book Cover:  Noah Dreary
Award-winning children's book author, Aaron Blabey, spins another hilarious tale about the curve balls that life can throw at us. Perfect for readers 6+ years and to be enjoyed by all.
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Published: 24/07/2013
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Book Cover:  Baby Bedtime
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Book Cover:  Starting School
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Published: 09/08/2013
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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.
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From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
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Book Cover: The Wishbird
The girl's hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly.  She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.
The girl's hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly.  She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.
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Book Cover:  Pureheart
When her grandmother dies, Deirdre is left alone in a crumbling block of flats.  Looking out the window one misty night, she sees a boy who seems familiar.  Together, he and Deirdre must discover the secret of the old building, before it collapses and the secret is lost forever . . .
When her grandmother dies, Deirdre is left alone in a crumbling block of flats.  Looking out the window one misty night, she sees a boy who seems familiar.  Together, he and Deirdre must discover the secret of the old building, before it collapses and the secret is lost forever . . .
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Book Cover: The First Third
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
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Book Cover:  Run
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is an unmissable paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is an unmissable paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
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From two of our most talented picture-book creators comes this celebration of things that can't be destroyed by bombs or fire. A haunting and beautiful tale of the power of words, the importance of stories and the resilience of the human spirit.
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Penguin Random House has four authors on the Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist
03 Apr 2014

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Published: 21/08/2013
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Book Cover:  Eyrie
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
Published: 14/10/2013
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Book Cover:  Eyrie
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
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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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