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Penguin to publish Anna Funder’s First Novel
06 Oct 2010

Penguin Group (Australia) is delighted to confirm it will publish Anna Funder’s long-awaited first novel All That I Am

Publisher Ben Ball said “I 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 I’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 – 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 – as well as an absolutely compelling story – 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.”

Anna Funder’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 – 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

Randwick Award for Literature 2010 -shortlisted
30 Sep 2010

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Breath by Tim Winton

The awards presentation is Thursday 21 October 2010 at the Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay, Sydney.

2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Winners
29 Sep 2010

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

For more information please visit:

Butterfly shortlisted for the 2009 Colin Roderick Award
23 Sep 2010

Butterfly by Sonia Hartnett

The winner will be announced at the annual dinner of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, held in Townsville on Thursday 4th November 2010.

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize - shortlisted
21 Sep 2010

Now by Morris Gleitzman

For the complete list and for more information about the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize please visit the Guardian online.

David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, publishing April 2011
15 Sep 2010

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 Wallace’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.

Puffin authors shortlisted for the UK Booktrust Teenage Prize
09 Sep 2010

Charlie Higson's The Enemy and Zizou Corder's Halo have each been shortlisted for this year’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.

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.
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06 Jul 2015
Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2015 - shortlisted
The following Penguin Random House titles have been shortlsted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2015Three to Five years:The Great Garden Mystery by Renee TremlTim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew JoynerFive to Eight Years:

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