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Peter Carey wins inaugural Randwick Award for Literature
22 Oct 2010

Peter Carey has won the inaugural Randwick Award for Literature ($10,000) for his novel Parrot and Olivier in America.

In an acceptance speech read out on his behalf Peter said, “I’m so happy and proud to win an Australian prize for Parrot and Olivier. But I am particularly honoured to be the first winner of a prize which is unlike any other. The Randwick Award for Literature 2010 has been created by a community and it celebrates not only those of us who have been short-listed but also a very particular Australian place which tonight declares itself a home to those vital people without whom a book can never live. I mean, the readers, which means, in turn, that the voters, the councillors, the librarians, the citizens of a large diverse community have tonight declared how important books are in all their lives.

I wish there were a thousand Randwicks, even while I know myself lucky there is only one. I’m in New York tonight, but less far from Randwick than you might expect. That is, I have books about Randwick in my library. They are not there by accident, but because Randwick plays a part in two of my novels, in Illywhacker and Oscar and Lucinda. Indeed I have spent many hours nosing around the streets of Randwick where I have met enough glass blowers and snake dancers, pigeon enthusiasts, vets and horse trainers, enough talkers, enough characters, enough quirky reading lives to tell me that there is a lot more to Randwick than the very considerable beauties of its beaches.”

Parrot and Olivier in America has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010, Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2010, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2010, The Age Book of the Year 2010, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards - Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 2010, as well as being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010.

For further information please contact Anyez Lindop
03 9811 2512

2010 Inky Awards - shortlisted
20 Oct 2010

The Gold Inky (Australian books):

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Swerve by Phillip Gwynne

The Silver Inky (International books):

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

2010 USA National Book Award Finalists
14 Oct 2010

Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Great House by Nicole Krauss

For more information on the award please visit

Penguin Group (Australia) – Product Safety Recall
08 Oct 2010

Penguin Group (Australia) is recalling all “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” made available for sale from 7 April 2010 and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” made available for sale from 23 April 2010.

ISBN 9781405356824 My First Animals: Let's Squeak and SquawkISBN 9781405359818 My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting

There have been no reported incidents in Australia.  However, “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” have failed an international safety test and therefore we are withdrawing the products from sale in Australia.  One of the tabs can be torn off and may cause a potential choking hazard. 

What to Do - Customers

In order to prevent any accidents, we are contacting all of our customers to ask them to stop selling this title immediately and to return all existing stock for a full credit.  Should a consumer return this title to a bookseller, the bookseller should credit the consumer in full and return the book to us in the usual way for a full credit.

Should customers have queries regarding this recall, they are advised to contact United Book Distributors Customer Service line on 1800 331 015.

What to Do - Consumers

Consumers can return “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” to their place of purchase for a full refund.  Alternatively they can return these products to Penguin Group (Australia) directly c/o

My First Animals/My First Numbers Recall

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Penguin Group (Australia) apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Penguin to publish Anna Funder’s First Novel
06 Oct 2010

Penguin Group (Australia) is delighted to confirm it will publish Anna Funder’s long-awaited first novel All That I Am

Publisher Ben Ball said “I was the distraught underbidder for Stasiland in London, when I said to the agent that were there a novel that Anna was thinking of writing I’d be glad to offer for that too, whatever it was. So almost ten years later, I was thrilled to receive the manuscript of All That I Am – and after I finished reading it, excited in the extreme. We always knew Anna was one of our best writers; now she shows herself to be one of our best novelists, producing one of the finest novels written in the intervening decade, one that will be read for decades to come. Based around a set of concerns recognizable from the author of Stasiland, it has a depth of humanity and wisdom – as well as an absolutely compelling story – that was beyond even my expectations. So for me, this acquisition has been a long time coming, and I and everyone at Penguin is excited to have the privilege of bringing this gripping, important novel to the widest possible Australian audience.”

Anna Funder’s utterly compelling first novel All That I Am is about the heroic and largely tragic fate of a small group of left-wing German activists who opposed the rise of Hitler. It centres on two real people: the playwright Ernst Toller (famously eulogized by his friend WH Auden), and one of his associates, Ruth Koplowitz. Ruth was also a friend of Toller, and came to live in Sydney after WW2, where Anna got to know her well in later life. Their lives were tied together by the charismatic, passionate Dora – All That I Am vividly, passionately and irresistibly brings back to life their struggles, their hopes, their fears and their fates.

All That I Am will be published by Penguin Australia under the Hamish Hamilton imprint in 2011.

For further information please contact Anyez Lindop
03 9811 2512

Randwick Award for Literature 2010 -shortlisted
30 Sep 2010

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Breath by Tim Winton

The awards presentation is Thursday 21 October 2010 at the Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay, Sydney.

2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Winners
29 Sep 2010

The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-fiction

Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life by Brenda Walker

The Prize for Young Adult Fiction

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

For more information please visit:

Butterfly shortlisted for the 2009 Colin Roderick Award
23 Sep 2010

Butterfly by Sonia Hartnett

The winner will be announced at the annual dinner of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, held in Townsville on Thursday 4th November 2010.

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize - shortlisted
21 Sep 2010

Now by Morris Gleitzman

For the complete list and for more information about the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize please visit the Guardian online.

David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, publishing April 2011
15 Sep 2010

Penguin Australia will be publishing the highly anticipated posthumous novel by David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, in April 2011.

Featuring a cover created by Wallace’s widow, Karen Green, a painter and visual artist, The Pale King is set at an IRS tax-return-processing centre in the mid-1980s, and revolves around a crew of entry-level processors and their attempts to do their job in the face of soul-crushing tedium.


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01 Sep 2014
Dark Horse by Honey Brown wins Best Adult Novel in 2014 Davitt Awards
Dark Horse by Honey Brown, was named Best Adult Novel in the 14th annual presentation of honours for crime books by Australian women.For more infomation on the awards visit the Sisters in Crime website:

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