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Shortlisted for the Magarey Medal for Biography 2010
21 Apr 2010
Shortlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
20 Apr 2010

The Believers by Zoe Heller

God's Own Country by Ross Raisin

Winner announcement 17th June 2010, visit for more information.

Pasta Bible Pulped due to Recipe Error
19 Apr 2010

Penguin Group (Australia) confirms the Pasta Bible ISBN 97801 43011071 has been pulped due to an error in the recipe for Spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto. The recipe incorrectly suggests adding salt and freshly ground black people – instead of freshly ground black pepper. The error occurred during the book's editing process. A member of the public contacted Penguin to advise of the mistake, and 7,000 copies of the Pasta Bible were immediately quarantined in Penguin's warehouse and pulped. A revised edition of the Pasta Bible will be available from late May 2010.

Readers are advised that anyone who wishes to return their current edition of the Pasta Bible can do so by sending the book care of Reply Paid 83659, Penguin Books, 250 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124. Penguin will offer readers the choice of either a full refund or a replacement copy, once the new edition of the Pasta Bible becomes available. Penguin has also contacted Australian booksellers, to advise how remaining stock can be returned for pulping. The team at Penguin sincerely apologises for any offence this error may have caused readers.

Background on Pasta Bible Error

Misprints are always unfortunate and they are doubly unfortunate when they carry an unintended meaning. As the Pasta Bible is a cookbook, there was obviously no intent behind this mistake – it was simply a regrettable error.

At Penguin every book is proofread at least twice, depending on its complexity. In this case it is clear that a spell-check error crept in, the recipe incorrectly suggesting the addition of salt and freshly ground black people instead of freshly ground black pepper. Normally such an error would be picked up by proof readers, but they would have been concentrating on checking quantities, a common source of error in cookbooks. Penguin would also like to point out that it maintains the highest of standards throughout the editing process, hence a mistake such as this is a very rare occurrence. Obviously though, editors are human and even the best and most professional will at times overlook an error.

The moment Penguin was made aware of the misprint it took immediate action and pulped the 7000 copies still in our warehouse. Penguin will also willingly replace a copy of Pasta Bible owned by anyone who feels uncomfortable about having a copy of the book in their possession.

The team at Penguin sincerely apologises for any offence this error may have caused.

REAL Awards Shortlist for 2010 – compiled by Children's Choice Book Award organisations; YABBA (Vic) KOALA (NSW) KROC (NT) and COOL (ACT)
14 Apr 2010

Deadly by Paul Jennings & Morris Gleitzman

Specky Magee & the Battle of the Young Guns by Felice Arena & Garry Lyon

Specky Magee & the Season of Champions by Felice Arena & Garry Lyon

Toad Away by Morris Gleitzman

Enigma by Graeme Base

Katie & Cleo Move in by Catherine Jinks

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman

2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards
12 Apr 2010

Best Food/Drink Guide Book

The Age Good Food Guide by Janne Apelgren.

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide by Simon Thomsen & Joanna Savill.

Best Hard Cover Recipe Book (Under Euro 35)

When I Get Home by Matt Moran.

The Thrifty Kitchen by Suzanne Gibbs & Kate Gibbs.

Karen Martini: Cooking at Home by Karen Martini.

Maggie's Kitchen by Maggie Beer.

Best Hard Cover Recipe Book (Over Euro 35)

Maggie's Harvest by Maggie Beer.

My China by Kylie Kwong.

Thai Street Food by David Thompson.

Best Food Book

Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander.


Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on May 3rd at the Intercontinental Adelaide, South Australia.

A full list of the nominees is at

NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2010 Shortlist
08 Apr 2010

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

The Christina Stead Prize ($40,000), named in honor of the highly acclaimed Australian novelist and short-story writer, is offered for a book of fiction. The award may be made for either a novel or a collection of stories.

Steven Lang - 88 Lines about 44 Women

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature

The Patricia Wrightson Prize ($30,000) is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for children up to secondary school level.

The prize is named in honour of children's author Patricia Wrightson, whose books have won many prestigious awards world - wide including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (1986) for The Nargun and the Stars.

Morris Gleitzman - Grace
Allan Baillie - Krakatoa Lighthouse

Winners announced 17 May

2010 CBCA Shortlist Announced
30 Mar 2010

The Children's Book Council of Australia has announced the shortlist for their 2010 Awards including:

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Running with the Horses by Alison Lester.

Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children by Jen Storer.

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner (Illustrator).

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

The Terrible Plop Andrew Joyner (Illustrator).

The 2010 CBCA Awards will be announced on Friday 20 August 2010.

For more information please visit

Twitter Birthday Competition Winners
29 Mar 2010

Click here to open the list (pdf)

Shortlisted for The Lost Man Booker Prize
26 Mar 2010

The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark

2009 Fellowship of Australian Writers Awards
22 Mar 2010

Sid Harta Literature Award Winner

Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalmain

Christina Stead Award - Highly Commended

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

Death and the Running Patterer by Adair Robin

Red Queen by H. M. Brown

Barbara Ramsden Award Winner

Grand Obsessions by Alasdair McGregor


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21 Nov 2014
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane has won the 2014 Voss Literary Prize
Congratulations to Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest which was named winner of the inaugural Voss Literary Prize for the best novel published in Australia in 2013 and voted by the Australian University Heads of English. For more information please visit the Voss Literary Prize website.

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