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MICHELLE BRIDGES AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
15 Jan 2014

Michelle Bridges, Australia’s straight-talking TV celebrity trainer who has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Aussies as our most influential health and fitness expert and bestselling non-fiction author, will be touring nationally in February 2014 for her new books Superfoods Cookbook and Get Real! 

Michelle will travel to five states and make six public appearances as part of this national tour. These appearances will include presentations by Michelle and inspirational stories from members of her 12 Week Body Transformation program, displays of Michelle’s ONEactive apparel and equipment range sold exclusively through Big W stores, book signings and the unique opportunity for fans to meet Michelle face to face.

TOUR DATES
SYDNEY: THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Warringah Mall Center Court followed by an in store appearance at BIGW Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100

GOLD COAST: FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY, 2014
3pm Public appearance: Robina Town Centre
an in store appearance at BIG W Robina Town Centre
19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina QLD 4226

BRISBANE: SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Chermside Center Court followed by an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Chermside, Hamilton Rd, Chermside QLD 4032

MELBOURNE: SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Fountain Gate Center Court followed by an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Fountain Gate, 352 Princes Hwy, Fountain Gate, VIC 3805

ADELAIDE: THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Centre Court followed by
an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, 976 North East Rd, Modbury SA 5092

PERTH: SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Whitford City Centre Court followed by  
an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Whitford City, Whitfords Ave, Hillarys WA 6025

LAUNCESTON: SATURDAY 1 MARCH, 2014
A ticketed event hosted by Birchalls Bookshop, Launceston. Tickets: $10 including afternoon tea. 
4pm appearing at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Inveresk TAS 7248
For more information and to make a booking contact: Denise Tilley (General Manager), Birchalls Bookshop, Launceston 
Ph: (03) 6331 3011 Em: info@birchalls.com.au

Australian Romance Readers Association Award Nominees
09 Jan 2014

Congratulations to all our authors nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Association Award in the following categories:

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Bronwen Evans 

Favourite Contemporary Romance - proudly sponsored by Escape Publishing

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Imogene Nix

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • The Westruthers series by Christina Brooke

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2013 - proudly sponsored by Booktopia

  • Anne Gracie
  • Cathryn Hein
  • Christina Brooke
  • Helene Young
  • Kelly Hunter

And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2013

Favourite New Romance Author for 2013

  • Anna Cowan
  • Sasha Cottman
The Awards will be presented on 22 March in Sydney. For more information visit the Australian Romance Readers Association website here.
iTunes Best of 2013
19 Dec 2013

Several Penguin Australia titles have been selected for iBooks Best of 2013. Showcasing picks chosen by the iBooks Editorial team, this feature celebrates the year's best books and forms part of iTunes Best of 2013, highlighting the best music, TV shows, movies, books, and podcasts. Congratulations to all our authors appearing in the showcase. 

iBooks Best of 2013: This Year’s Best

Best Non-Fiction
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

Australian Fiction 
Eyrie by Tim winton

Romance
Untamed by Anna Cowan

Children
Hard Luck Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney 
Max and George by Cori Brooke & Sue deGennaro

Also Best of Kylie Kwong has been selected for inclusion in the App Store Best of 2013 in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.To check out the App Store Best of 2013 feature visit: AppStore.com/BestOf2013

For more information about iTunes Best of 2013 go to iTunes.com/iBooksBestof2013

Related Books

Book Cover:  Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney's 8th book of this hilarious and highly successful series, and Greg Heffley and his friends now have a whole new set of adventures.
Jeff Kinney's 8th book of this hilarious and highly successful series, and Greg Heffley and his friends now have a whole new set of adventures.
Published: 06/11/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743482650
Price: $9.99
Coming soon
Book Cover:  Max and George
Children's author Cori Brooke's moving and thoughtful picture book for 4-6 year olds about friendship, fitting in and imaginary friends. Illustrated by the talented Sue DeGennaro, in this ebook edition children can read along with an audio recording of the picture book with each word highlighted as it is read.
Children's author Cori Brooke's moving and thoughtful picture book for 4-6 year olds about friendship, fitting in and imaginary friends. Illustrated by the talented Sue DeGennaro, in this ebook edition children can read along with an audio recording of the picture book with each word highlighted as it is read.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743480953
Price: $7.99
Coming soon
Book Cover:  Murder in Mississippi
John Safran has written a work of non-fiction as groundbreaking as any of his acclaimed TV shows. Murder in Mississippi is a compelling, funny, confronting, sometimes uncomfortable but always revealing portrait of race, murder, and the process of writing a true-crime book.
John Safran has written a work of non-fiction as groundbreaking as any of his acclaimed TV shows. Murder in Mississippi is a compelling, funny, confronting, sometimes uncomfortable but always revealing portrait of race, murder, and the process of writing a true-crime book.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535753
Price: $12.99
Book Cover:  Eyrie
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
Published: 12/10/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743482629
Price: $14.99
Book Cover:  Untamed: Destiny Romance
An extraordinary story of desire, decadence and intrigue, set during the Regency period.
An extraordinary story of desire, decadence and intrigue, set during the Regency period.
Published: 10/05/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743480410
Price: $5.99
Dying for a Chat wins the 2013 Human Rights Award
11 Dec 2013

Congratulations to Dr Ranjana Srivastava, who won the Literature category of the 2013 Human Rights Awards with her Penguin SpecialDying for a Chat.

The awards were announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on Tuesday 10 December. This is the second year in a row that Penguin has won the prestigious award, with Robin DeCrespigny winning in 2012 for The People Smuggler.

For more information, including a list of winners oin other categories, see the Human Rights Awards site here​.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Dying for a Chat: Penguin Special
Winner of the 2013 Human Rights Literature Award  Medical oncologist Ranjana Srivastava contends that our healthcare professionals are ill equipped for frank discussions with patients, leading to misdiagnosis, avoidable medical complications and even death.
Winner of the 2013 Human Rights Literature Award  Medical oncologist Ranjana Srivastava contends that our healthcare professionals are ill equipped for frank discussions with patients, leading to misdiagnosis, avoidable medical complications and even death.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569640
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Dying for a Chat: Penguin Special
Winner of the 2013 Human Rights Literature Award  Our healthcare professionals are ill equipped for frank discussions with patients, leading to misdiagnosis, avoidable medical complications and even death. Why aren't good communication skills considered as important as medical breakthroughs?
Winner of the 2013 Human Rights Literature Award  Our healthcare professionals are ill equipped for frank discussions with patients, leading to misdiagnosis, avoidable medical complications and even death. Why aren't good communication skills considered as important as medical breakthroughs?
Published: 26/11/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743480151
Price: $3.99
Madness: A Memoir, On Warne and The Australian Moment shortlisted for Adelaide Festival
10 Dec 2013

Madness: a Memoir by Kate Richards (Viking), On Warne by Gideon Haigh (Hamish Hamilton) and The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis (Viking) have all been shortlisted in the non-fiction category for the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.

The winner in each category receives $15 000, and goes into the running for the prestigious South Australian Premier's Award – a further $25 000.​ The awards will be announced 1 March 2014. For more information, as well as a complete shortlist for all of the categories, check out the Arts SA website here.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Madness: a Memoir
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
Published: 30/01/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074778
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  On Warne
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Published: 20/11/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569176
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover: The Australian Moment
Australia appears to be the best-equipped nation to deal with the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession. To what degree is that good fortune or good planning? A groundbreaking work on our government and character by one of our most respected journalists.
Australia appears to be the best-equipped nation to deal with the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession. To what degree is that good fortune or good planning? A groundbreaking work on our government and character by one of our most respected journalists.
Published: 22/02/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670075218
RRP: $32.99
Bryce Courtenay ‘The Last Class’ DVD
09 Dec 2013

Bryce Courtenay Australia’s bestselling author ran ‘The Last Class’ writing workshop just months before he passed away.

For Bryce’s millions of readers, this film delivers a rare, up-close and personal experience charged with emotion in never before seen footage.

‘The Last Class’ records Bryce’s original insights into how he wrote 21 bestsellers in 23 years.

For writers, this film will give you the confidence and motivation to start writing your own novel, family memoir, or work of nonfiction. You may also discover how to inject more energy into your business presentations.

‘The Last Class’ offers you the chance to hear from a master storyteller, a gifted teacher, and much loved Australian author.

“My dream is that this beautiful film will inspire you to reach out and discover your own ‘Power Of One’.” - Christine Courtenay AM

For more information or view the trailer click here.

Last day for shipping Christmas orders - 17 December 2013
06 Dec 2013

Last day for shipping Christmas orders - 17 December 2013

Delivery in time for Christmas to the post codes below is not guaranteed.

 

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Gingerbread Friends, the 2013 Myer Christmas Animated Windows
03 Dec 2013


The 2013 Myer Christmas Animated Windows have been unveiled today in the Bourke Street Mall revealing a beautifully animated tribute to a much-loved children’s book, ‘Gingerbread Friends’. Myer CEO Bernie Brookes, alongside the Face of Myer, Jennifer Hawkins, unveiled the 2013 Myer Christmas Animated Windows to an excited crowd, eager to be amongst the first to see this year’s top-secret theme revealed.

Santa Claus made a spectacular entrance abseiling down the seven story facade of Myer Melbourne with a troop of elves in tow. Singing sensation, Marina Prior, wowed the audience with her rendition of the classic song ‘Angels we have heard on high’ from the 2013 Spirit of Christmas CD.

This year’s Windows showcase a number of technological developments to add to the visitor’s overall enjoyment and experience. QR codes will feature on every Christmas window to access behind the scenes video footage of the windows in production. Visitors just simply hold up any smartphone to the QR code, follow the instructions, and then will be able to access exclusive footage showing how the Windows come to life, from inspiration right through to the final creation. There are also narrated video storyboard screens in each window which will add a new layer of detail to the book’s plot.

Bernie Brookes, Myer CEO, is thrilled with this year’s Windows and hopes that visitors will enjoy the enchanting characters in ‘Gingerbread Friends’.

“This story is a delightful tale that I know children and adults of all ages will enjoy, everyone will just fall in love with the story of Gingerbread Friends. For so many people, over the past 58 years, visiting the Myer Christmas Animated Windows has become a family tradition during the festive season. We take great pride in evolving this tradition by introducing new technologies to further enhance the incredible craftsmanship of the Windows and continue to delight and surprise our customers,” said Mr Brookes.

Gingerbread Friends’ by the renowned American children’s author, Jan Brett, tells the charming tale of Gingerbread Baby as he sets out on an adventure to find a friend of his own. Gingerbread Baby heads to the local bakery in search of a kindred spirit, only to be chased away by a hungry mama mouse, and a long line of creatures, to take refuge back at home. To his great surprise Gingerbread Baby finds that he already has a whole host of friends at home.

Over the past 20 years the team at Stage One, led by John Kerr, have been responsible for the Myer Christmas Animated Windows, from the inspiration, through to creation and the tricky task of installation in the windows of Myer Melbourne. This year’s Windows have been in production for seven months with 40 artisans contributing over 17,000 hours of labour to create the whimsical world of Gingerbread Baby with little more than raw materials such as clay, timber, steel and fabric.

A long-standing tradition for many families, the Myer Christmas Animated Windows are visited by an estimated 1.2 million visitors from Australia and overseas each year.

The Myer Christmas Animated Windows are available for viewing from Friday 8 November to Sunday 5 January 2014 from 7:30am – 1:00am daily (with sound stopping from 10:00pm daily out of respect for our city neighbours).

After viewing the windows, Myer Melbourne has a range of FREE Christmas activities in store. Customers can go to level 6 to visit Santaland where children can ride the Santaland Express, have their photo taken with Santa and post their Christmas wish-list letters to the North Pole. 

 

For further information please contact:

Jade Rudder - Myer PR Specialist t: 03 8667 6876 m: 0438 101 317 e: Jade.Rudder@myer.com.au

Look inside this book . . .

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2014 shortlists announced
29 Nov 2013

The shortlists for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. Congratulations to both Tim Winton and Gideon Haigh, shortlisted in the following categories: 

Fiction: Eyrie by Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)

Nonfiction: On Warne by Gideon Haigh, Hamish Hamilton

Congratulations also to Random House's Richard Flanagan for his shortlisting for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in January. 

Related Books

Book Cover:  Eyrie
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
The highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
Published: 14/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428536
RRP: $45.00
Book Cover:  On Warne
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Published: 20/11/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569176
RRP: $19.99
ABA Victorian Rep of the Year Award
27 Nov 2013

Penguin's Gavin Burbidge (along with Amanda Wildsmith from Hardie Grant) is a joint winner of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Victorian Rep of the Year Award. The Award was presented at the ABA Victorian Christmas Party last night. Congratulations, Gavin!

Congratulations also to Anthony Pizzinga from Random House who was named runner-up at this year’s award.

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Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison
Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison, who died, along with his adored wife Frankie, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July 2014. Remembered for his artistry, insight, and passion for Australian writing – a gifted writer, an inspiring teacher and a warm, wonderful man. Our thoughts go to their children, Milly and Sam.

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