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2010 Man Booker Prize Shortlist
08 Sep 2010

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 year’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.

“Parrot 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.”

“I'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.” – Ben Ball, Publisher, Penguin Australia 

The winner will be announced in London on 12 October.

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2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist
06 Sep 2010

Congratulations to both Peter Carey and Brenda Walker both shortlisted for the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

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 in Australian cinemas September 23
03 Sep 2010

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.
View the movie trailer at
Find Wimpy Kid Australia on Facebook

2008 and 2009 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards Winners
02 Sep 2010

Congratulations to Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man which not only won the Non-fiction category ($15,000) of the 2008 Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards, but also took the Book of the Year prize worth $25,000.

Congratulations also to Iain McCalman for Darwin's Armada winning the Non-fiction category of the 2009 Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards.
For a complete list of the winners across both years' awards, click here.

The Age Good Food Guide 2011 Winners
31 Aug 2010

The Age Good Food Guide 2011 awards have been announced. Congratulations to the following Chef's Hat Winners:
Guy Grossi's Grossi Florentino
George Calombaris' The Press Club & Maha
Abla Amad's Abla's
Karen Martini's Melbourne Wine Room
Read the complete list of winners here.

CBCA Book of the Year 2010 winners
20 Aug 2010

The winners and honour books are:
Older Readers

Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen

Younger Readers
Honour books:

Running with the Horses by Alison Lester

2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards - shortlisted
19 Aug 2010

Fiction Book Award

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

88 Lines about 44 Women by Steven Lang

Non-Fiction Book Award

Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker

Grand Obsessions by Alasdair McGregor

Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award

Gravel by Peter Goldsworthy

The announcement ceremony will be held at the State Library of Queensland on Tuesday 31 August at 6.30pm.

For more information please visit:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
19 Aug 2010

Enter our Diary of a Wimpy Kid Competition and you could win DOWK merchandise, books and a family movie pass.

To win simply tell us in 25 words or less what you like about our new look Puffin website.
Competition closes Friday September 10, 2010. Winners announced Monday September 13, 2010.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is in cinemas September 23, 2010. View the trailer, play games and more at

Connect with other Wimpy Kid fans on Facebook

Click here to enter the competition

2008 and 2009 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards - shortlisted
16 Aug 2010

The 2008 and 2009 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlists have been announced simultaneously. Congratulations to our shortlisted authors.

Non Fiction
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper
The Boat by Nam Le
Disquiet by Julia Leigh
Breath by Tim Winton

Non Fiction
Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman
Grand Obsessions by Alasdair McGregor

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards ($40,000)
Prize money of $15,000 is awarded to the winners of Fiction and Non-Fiction’s books. The Premier’s Prize is worth $25,000, so when combined with one of the sub-categories, the prize value is worth up to $40,000. To read the complete shortlist visit

Winners will be announced on Wednesday September 1, 2010.

2010 Ned Kelly Awards - shortlisted
16 Aug 2010

Best First Fiction:

Death and the Running Patterer by Robin Adair

Winners will be announced at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival on September 3 2010.


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22 May 2015
Celebrating Where Song Began
​Congratulations to Tim Low for his win at the ABIAs last night. Where Song Began was named the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

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