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Nam Le Wins 2010 Kathleen Mitchell Award
11 May 2010

Nam Le has been awarded the $10,000 Kathleen Mitchell Award for his critically acclaimed debut book, The Boat.

The Kathleen Mitchell Award is a biennial Award dedicated to encouraging young Australian authors to achieve their dreams.

Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards
05 May 2010

Penguin authors inducted into the Tasting Australia Hall of Fame

Two Penguin authors were honored for their outstanding achievements in the industry:

British chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and writer Jamie Oliver was inducted into the Tasting Australia International Hall of Fame

Australian Maggie Beer was inducted into the Tasting Australia National Hall of Fame

Shortlisted for the Kibble and Dobbie Awards for women writers
28 Apr 2010

The Ghost at the Wedding by Shirley Walker

International Association of Culinary Professionals Announces 2010 Awardees
27 Apr 2010


Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander

Wine, Beer and Spirits

World Whisky by Charles Maclean

Literary Food Writing

Waste by Tristram Stuart

Design Award

Thai Street Food by David Thompson

To find out more about this award please visit

Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award
21 Apr 2010

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2010
21 Apr 2010
Shortlisted for the Magarey Medal for Biography 2010
21 Apr 2010
Shortlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
20 Apr 2010

The Believers by Zoe Heller

God's Own Country by Ross Raisin

Winner announcement 17th June 2010, visit for more information.

Pasta Bible Pulped due to Recipe Error
19 Apr 2010

Penguin Group (Australia) confirms the Pasta Bible ISBN 97801 43011071 has been pulped due to an error in the recipe for Spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto. The recipe incorrectly suggests adding salt and freshly ground black people – instead of freshly ground black pepper. The error occurred during the book's editing process. A member of the public contacted Penguin to advise of the mistake, and 7,000 copies of the Pasta Bible were immediately quarantined in Penguin's warehouse and pulped. A revised edition of the Pasta Bible will be available from late May 2010.

Readers are advised that anyone who wishes to return their current edition of the Pasta Bible can do so by sending the book care of Reply Paid 83659, Penguin Books, 250 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124. Penguin will offer readers the choice of either a full refund or a replacement copy, once the new edition of the Pasta Bible becomes available. Penguin has also contacted Australian booksellers, to advise how remaining stock can be returned for pulping. The team at Penguin sincerely apologises for any offence this error may have caused readers.

Background on Pasta Bible Error

Misprints are always unfortunate and they are doubly unfortunate when they carry an unintended meaning. As the Pasta Bible is a cookbook, there was obviously no intent behind this mistake – it was simply a regrettable error.

At Penguin every book is proofread at least twice, depending on its complexity. In this case it is clear that a spell-check error crept in, the recipe incorrectly suggesting the addition of salt and freshly ground black people instead of freshly ground black pepper. Normally such an error would be picked up by proof readers, but they would have been concentrating on checking quantities, a common source of error in cookbooks. Penguin would also like to point out that it maintains the highest of standards throughout the editing process, hence a mistake such as this is a very rare occurrence. Obviously though, editors are human and even the best and most professional will at times overlook an error.

The moment Penguin was made aware of the misprint it took immediate action and pulped the 7000 copies still in our warehouse. Penguin will also willingly replace a copy of Pasta Bible owned by anyone who feels uncomfortable about having a copy of the book in their possession.

The team at Penguin sincerely apologises for any offence this error may have caused.

REAL Awards Shortlist for 2010 – compiled by Children's Choice Book Award organisations; YABBA (Vic) KOALA (NSW) KROC (NT) and COOL (ACT)
14 Apr 2010

Deadly by Paul Jennings & Morris Gleitzman

Specky Magee & the Battle of the Young Guns by Felice Arena & Garry Lyon

Specky Magee & the Season of Champions by Felice Arena & Garry Lyon

Toad Away by Morris Gleitzman

Enigma by Graeme Base

Katie & Cleo Move in by Catherine Jinks

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman


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22 Jul 2014
Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison
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.

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