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Breaking News
19 Nov 2009

Simon Baker and Mark Johnson have acquired screen rights to Tim Winton's award-winning novel Breath. Both Baker and Johnson will produce, and Baker will play one of the lead roles. Simon Baker, who has been surfing since childhood, currently stars in the hit TV drama The Mentalist. Mark Johnson, whose credits include Rain Main, The Notebook, and the AMC drama Breaking Bad, is currently in production on the third instalment of the Chronicles of Narnia.


YABBA Award Winners
18 Nov 2009

The winners of this year's YABBA Victorian children's choice book awards have been announced.

The winners were:

The YABBA Awards are determined by students around Victoria voting on their favourite books. For more information about YABBA visit the website.

ACT Book of the Year Awards
18 Nov 2009

The shortlist for this year's ACT Book of the Year Awards has been announced. The $10,000 award recognises 'excellence in quality contemporary literary works by ACT writers' and includes fiction, nonfiction and poetry.


Horticultural Media Association Awards
17 Nov 2009

Congratulations to Jenna Reed Burns, winner of the Environment Book Laurel for Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate.

Melbourne Prize for Best Writing
11 Nov 2009

Congratulations to Nam Le winner of the Melbourne Prize for Best Writing for The Boat.


Nominated for The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards 2010
06 Nov 2009

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010:

Killing God by Kevin Brooks

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Midnight Charter by David Whitley

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010:

What does Daddy do? By Rachel Bright

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - Longlisted
03 Nov 2009

Life Class by Pat Barker.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.

The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson.

See the rest of the longlist at the Impac website


2009 Prime Minister's Literary Awards - Winner
02 Nov 2009


The Boat by Nam Le

Nam Le
2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award acceptance speech

If you're listening to this, then right now I'm cruising at 10,000 metres above the Indian Ocean, two-thirds of the way through my 34 hour trip, and completely oblivious to the fact that I'm actually completely gobsmacked.  Come to think of it, that's probably not the worst way to be gobsmacked . . . read more

2009 West Australian Young Reader's Book Award - Winner
30 Oct 2009

Overall Winner in the Younger Readers Section

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kenny

NSW History Award 2009 - Winner
28 Oct 2009

Young People's History Prize

Captain Cook's Apprentice by Anthony Hill


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24 Jul 2014
Five Penguin Random House titles longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

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