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Penguin Group (Australia) is delighted to confirm it will publish Anna Funderâ€™s long-awaited first novel All That I Am.
Publisher Ben Ball said â€œI 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 Iâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ as well as an absolutely compelling story â€“ 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.â€
Anna Funderâ€™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 â€“ 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
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 Wallaceâ€™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.
Charlie Higson's The Enemy and Zizou Corder's Halo have each been shortlisted for this yearâ€™s UK Booktrust Teenage Prize. Now in its eighth year, the Booktrust Teenage Prize is a national book prize that recognises and celebrates the best in contemporary writing for teenagers.
The winner will be announced in London on 1 November, 2010.
To view the shortlist, click here.
Peter Carey has made the Man Booker shortlist for the fourth time with his novel Parrot and Olivier in America.
He has previously won the Booker for The True History of the Kelly Gang (2001) and Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and was also shortlisted for Illywhacker (1985).
This yearâ€™s shortlisting comes at a time when his first novel, Bliss, written 30 years ago, has become a smash hit as an opera at the Edinburgh Festival.
â€œParrot and Olivier in America was such a long and risky journey, this makes me feel like I've reached the shore I dreamed of finding. What great news to wake up to.â€
â€œI'm delighted that one of our greatest writers has been recognised for one of his best books. It's easy to take for granted a writer who's been a major feature of our literary landscape for so long, but this shortlisting helps show that Peter's lost none of his magical ability to write books of outstanding literary merit that are at the same time immensely enjoyable.â€ â€“ Ben Ball, Publisher, Penguin Australia
The winner will be announced in London on 12 October.
For more information: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/stories/1451
Congratulations to both Peter Carey and Brenda Walker both shortlisted for the 2010 Victorian Premierâ€™s Literary
The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
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
The winners are announced on Tuesday 28 September. For a complete list of the shortlisted titles, click here.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life... middle school.
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