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Congratulations to Fiona McFarlane, joint winner of The Barbara Jefferis Award 2014
07 Nov 2014

Congratulations to Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest which has been named joint winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award for 2014.

The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered for “the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society”.

For more information please visit the Australian Society of Authors website.

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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: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571339
RRP: $19.99
Lily Brett wins major French literary award
05 Nov 2014

Lily Brett has become the first Australian and only the fourth woman to win the Prix Medicis Etranger for her most recent novel, Lola Bensky. The prize is given to an author of a work that has been translated into French from another language and previous winners include Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Dave Eggers and Orhan Pamuk. Congratulations, Lily. 

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Book Cover:  Lola Bensky
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569190
RRP: $19.99
Kurt Fearnley Wins Fifth New York Marathon
03 Nov 2014

Congratulations to Kurt Fearnley who has won his fifth New York marathon in dramatic fashion overnight.

Fearnley crossed the finish line in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes 55 seconds, less than a second ahead of runner-up Ernst van Dyk of South Africa.

A pack of six athletes approached the final kilometre of the race together before Fearnley broke clear in the last hundred metres, holding on to win by less than a metre.

The win was Fearnley’s fifth in New York but first since 2009.

“That was one of the toughest races of my life,” Fearnley said.

“This race is the highlight of the schedule every year and the feeling of winning here again is just indescribable.”

The wheelchair race was in danger of starting at all this year, with strong winds causing a safety risk for competitors. It was decided the wheelchair athletes would compete over a course shortened by three miles (approximately 4.8km).

“The wind blows you around so much and cross winds can be particularly dangerous. The first 25 kilometres or so were straight into it today which made the going tough,” Fearnley said.

“The weather is one of those things that’s completely out of your control so you just deal with what gets thrown at you on the day.”

“Today the marathon gods made us work extra hard which makes the win that little bit sweeter.”

Fearnley’s win in New York caps off a successful 2014, sitting alongside a victory in the Sydney Marathon, a runner-up finish in the Chicago Marathon and a Commonwealth Games Silver Medal. His greatest achievement this year, however, was becoming a father for the first time with son Harry born in March. 

Kurt’s autobiography, Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons and Kokoda, was published last week.

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Book Cover:  Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda
Inspiring, exhilarating and highly entertaining, Pushing the Limits takes us inside the mind of a kid with a disability growing up in a tiny town, a teenager finding his place in the world, and an elite sportsman who refuses to give up, no matter how extreme the challenge. 
Inspiring, exhilarating and highly entertaining, Pushing the Limits takes us inside the mind of a kid with a disability growing up in a tiny town, a teenager finding his place in the world, and an elite sportsman who refuses to give up, no matter how extreme the challenge. 
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921901898
RRP: $39.99
2014 Voss Literary Prize shortlist
30 Oct 2014

The following books have been shortlisted for the inaugural Voss Literary Prize​, convened by the Australian University Heads of English.

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Eyrie by Tim Winton

For more information on these awards please vuisit the Voss Literary Prize website.

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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: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571339
RRP: $19.99
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
Ceridwen Dovey wins the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award
29 Oct 2014

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey is the winner of the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award 2014.

The Readings New Australian Writing Award supports published Australian authors working in fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature (to be eligible, books must be an author’s first or second published work only).

The judges said:

Only the Animals is surely one of the boldest Australian short-story collections in recent years. Here is a rare beast – a work of fiction that is not only richly imaginative, but also intelligent, ambitious and universal in theme Ceridwen Dovey has created a book that wears its literary antecedents – Kafka, Colette, Woolf, Coetzee – lightly, but with each story she proves that Only the Animals belongs in this sort of company.

The ten stories in this collection are each narrated by the soul of a different animal that has died during human conflict – from a Russian tortoise who drifts in space during the Cold War to a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy. However, Only the Animals is more than just a contemplation of animal–human relationships. These inventive stories are playfully self-aware and deeply philosophical. They are by turn deeply moving, as in the story of two elephant sisters caught up in the 1987 Mozambique civil war, and slyly funny, as in the story of a mussel in the midst of an existential crisis at Pearl Harbor. Dovey’s narrators subvert our expectations and provoke us to consider questions of compassion and warfare, of gender and history, of loyalty and family bonds. These animals voice the uncomfortable, providing new ways of looking at our world.

Only the Animals is a luminous example of literature’s power to foster and develop empathy, and reveals how fiction, as opined by Camus, can truly be the lie through which we tell the truth.’

For more information visit: http://www.readings.com.au/

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Book Cover:  Only the Animals
From award-winning novelist Ceridwen Dovey, a collection of short stories as innovative and beautifully written as Nam Le's The Boat.
From award-winning novelist Ceridwen Dovey, a collection of short stories as innovative and beautifully written as Nam Le's The Boat.
Published: 23/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428581
RRP: $29.99
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Will Kostakis wins the 2014 Gold Inky for The First Third
22 Oct 2014

Congratulations to Will Kostakis whose book The First Third has won the 2014 Gold Inky Award.

For more information regarding these awards please visit the Inky website.

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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
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568179
RRP: $17.99
Penguin Random House Authors Shortlisted for Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
20 Oct 2014
We are delighted with the news that the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist features seven Penguin Random House authors, including recent Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan.
The awards recognise ‘the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world’ and we are so proud that our authors have been acknowledged for their contributions to and insights on Australian culture.
 
Fiction
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)
The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
 
Non-Fiction
Rendezvous with Destiny Michael Fullilove (Penguin)
 
Prize for Australian History
First Victory: 1914 Mike Carlton (Random House)
 
Young Adult Fiction
Pureheart Cassandra Golds (Penguin)
The First Third Will Kostakis (Penguin)
 
Children’s Fiction
Kissed by the Moon Alison Lester (Puffin)
 
Winners will be announced before the end of the year.

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Book Cover:  Rendezvous with Destiny
Drawing on vast archival research, Rendezvous with Destiny is narrative history at its most delightful, stirring and important.
Drawing on vast archival research, Rendezvous with Destiny is narrative history at its most delightful, stirring and important.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571995
RRP: $24.99
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 . . .
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204275
RRP: $17.99
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
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568179
RRP: $17.99
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 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
Richard Flanagan Wins 2014 Man Booker Prize
15 Oct 2014

Penguin Random House Australia is thrilled by the wonderful news that Richard Flanagan’s novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage Australia, Chatto & Windus UK, Knopf US), has been named winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. We are absolutely thrilled and delighted for Richard for this most-deserved honour, recognition of a novel, by his own admission, 12 years in the making. Fellow Booker Prize winner, Thomas Keneally, described as “a grand examination of what it is to be a good man and a bad man in the one flesh and, above all, of how it is to live after survival.”

In accepting the award, Richard said, "I'm astonished. You do not expect these strokes of good fortune to come your way, you're just grateful to be back at the table the next day writing."

Nikki Christer, Richard’s publisher, said, “I have worked with Richard Flanagan for nearly twenty years, and I have always known in my heart that he is one of the most original, talented, creative and exciting voices writing in the English language. With this accolade we have confirmation that he is also one of the most important. He now joins a very select group of writers as a Booker Prize winner, cementing his already high reputation and status as a writer of books that are loved by readers around the world.

“Today is a great day for the world of letters and for all of us. In the company of such wonderful books, open for the first time to American writers, it is an immense achievement to have won this prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book that critics and readers worldwide have called a masterpiece. Australia should be so proud of Richard – I, for one, could not be more proud of the writer whom I am honoured to publish, and call a friend.”

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur wins an award at the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Awards
14 Oct 2014

The 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Awards have been finalised and Penguin Random House Australia has one winner in the following category:

Birth to Three Years (the let's Read category)

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

For more information on these awards and to see the full list of winners please visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.

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Book Cover:  I'm a Dirty Dinosaur
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
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076154
RRP: $19.99
Vale Morris Lurie
09 Oct 2014

Penguin Australia is deeply saddened by the passing of acclaimed Melbourne writer Morris Lurie. During a career which spanned almost 50 years, Morris wrote numerous books, short stories, essays and plays, including the novel Seven Books for Grossman and the children’s book Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race published by Penguin. He received the Patrick White Award for under-recognised, lifetime achievement in literature in 2006.  A fine writer, who will be greatly missed.

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