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Margaret Thompson appointed Managing Director of Penguin Random House New Zealand
30 Apr 2014

30 April 2014 Auckland:

Penguin Random House today announced a new leadership structure in New Zealand with Margaret Thompson appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director, Penguin Random House New Zealand.

Gabrielle Coyne, Chief Executive Officer Penguin Random House Asia Pacific, said, “I am delighted Margaret has accepted this important new role. Along with her wide ranging experience, Margaret brings a strong mix of publishing acumen, matched with an unwavering sales optimism and flair.”

Margaret Thompson’s career in publishing spans more than 30 years across Australia and New Zealand. She has been Managing Director of Penguin New Zealand since 2005. In 2007 Margaret steered the acquisition of Reed Publishing and in 2009 led Penguin’s acquisition of Mallinson Rendell Publishing; the originating publisher of Lynley Dodd, author of the global bestselling Hairy Maclary books, which have now sold over 9 million copies worldwide.

Margaret Thompson said, “I am delighted to accept this position and look forward to leading the Penguin Random House team to create an exciting new company which will continue to be committed to local publishing, supportive of our authors and booksellers and focused on maintaining a vibrant and creative presence in New Zealand.”

With Margaret’s appointment, Karen Ferns Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand will sadly leave the company on 16 May.

Karen has made an invaluable contribution to Random House growing the sales and company over many years. Highly respected within the publishing industry, Karen has been a passionate advocate for New Zealand and New Zealand publishing. She joined Random House New Zealand as Sales and Marketing Director in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director in 2008. In 2012 she was appointed Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand.

Media Enquiries
Camilla Subeathar
Corporate Communications Manager
Penguin Random House Asia Pacific
Ph + 613 9811 2542, email: csubeathar@penguinrandomhouse.com.au

14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) shortlists
30 Apr 2014

​The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) shortlists have been announced today revealing a stellar list of nominees that includes 15 Penguin Random House authors. The ABIAs celebrate Australia’s finest and most popular writers and have been compiled by a panel of more than 100 booksellers and publishers.

International Book of the Year:

Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Puffin)

General Fiction Book of the Year:

Elianne by Judy Nunn (William Heinemann Australia)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year:

Eyrie by Tim Winton (Hamish Hamilton)

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Hamish Hamilton)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year:

Murder In Mississippi by John Safran (Hamish Hamilton)

Illustrated Book of the Year:

Love Italy by Guy Grossi (Lantern)

Biography of the Year:

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (Viking)

Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia’s Most Notorious Legend by Peter FitzSimons (William Heinemann Australia)

Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards (Viking)

Everything To Live For: The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt by Turia Pitt with Libby Harkness (William Heinemann Australia)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years):

Kissed By The Moon by Alison Lester (Viking)

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years):

The Kensington Reptilarium by NJ Gemmell (Random House Australia Children’s)

Alice-Miranda In Paris by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House Australia Children’s)

Ranger’s Apprentice 12: The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan (Random House Australia Children’s)

 

The winners of the prestigious annual ABIAs will be announced on Friday 23 May in Sydney. For more information: http://abiawards.com.au/

 

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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
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428536
RRP: $45.00
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
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
Book Cover:  Love Italy
Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it. Then cook your way through 150 rauthentic & irresistible recipes inspired by his journey.
Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it. Then cook your way through 150 rauthentic & irresistible recipes inspired by his journey.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382420
RRP: $100.00
Book Cover: A Long Way Home
A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.
A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.
Published: 24/06/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077045
RRP: $29.99
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:  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:  Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance.
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance.
Published: 06/11/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143308089
RRP: $14.99
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
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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
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ISBN: 9780670077526
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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.
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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.
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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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24 Sep 2014
Iain McCalman's The Reef has been shortlisted for the CHASS Australia Book Prize
The CHASS Australia Prizes are awarded by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (CHASS).Congratulations to Iain McCalman, whose book The Reef: A passionate history has been shortlisted for the 2014 CHASS Australia Book Prize.For more information and to see the full shortlist please visit the CHASS website: https://www.chass.org.au/forum/australiaPrizes.htm

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