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Dark Horse and A Bitter Taste shortlisted for the Davitt Awards
17 Aug 2014

Dark Horse by Honey Brown and A Bitter Taste by Annie Hauxwell have both been shortlisted in the Best Adult Novel category for the fourteenth Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women.

For more information on these awards and the full list of shortlisted titles visit sistersincrime.org.au

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Book Cover: A Bitter Taste: A Catherine Berlin Novel
A Bitter Taste, the second Catherine Berlin novel from Annie Hauxwell, is fast-paced, addictive crime spiked with grit and grunge.
A Bitter Taste, the second Catherine Berlin novel from Annie Hauxwell, is fast-paced, addictive crime spiked with grit and grunge.
Published: 23/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571490
Book Cover:  Dark Horse
Stylish erotic psychological suspense thriller from Honey Brown, the award-winning author of Red Queen, The Good Daughter and After the Darkness.
Stylish erotic psychological suspense thriller from Honey Brown, the award-winning author of Red Queen, The Good Daughter and After the Darkness.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901539
2014 NSW Premier's History Awards shortlist
15 Aug 2014

Iain McCalman's website The Reef (www.the‐reef.com.au), a companion website to his latest book The Reef: a Passionate History, has been shortlisted for the Multimedia History Prize category in this year's NSW Premier's History Awards. 

The winner receives $15 000, and will be announced on 5 September.

For more information, as well as the full shortlistings in all categories, see here.

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Book Cover: The Reef: A Passionate History
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572053
Shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards 2014
14 Aug 2014

The following books have been shortlisted for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing, the announcement was made at the Bendigo Writers Festival by the Australian Crime Writers Association.

Fiction

Beams Falling by P. M. Newton

First Fiction

Blood Witness by Alex Hammond

True Crime

Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

Hades by Candice Fox

Winners will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 6, 2014.

For more information on the Ned Kelly Awards visit the Australian Crime Writers Association website.

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Book Cover:  Beams Falling
Beams Falling is the brilliantly compelling and gritty second novel by the rising star of Australian crime writing. A portrait of our recent past, it's also a compulsive and utterly authentic insight into the way both cops and criminals work.
Beams Falling is the brilliantly compelling and gritty second novel by the rising star of Australian crime writing. A portrait of our recent past, it's also a compulsive and utterly authentic insight into the way both cops and criminals work.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074525
Book Cover:  Blood Witness
One man's search for justice – and redemption – plunges him into the violent world of Melbourne's underbelly. Blood Witness is a dark powerful thriller from exciting new talent Alex Hammond.
One man's search for justice – and redemption – plunges him into the violent world of Melbourne's underbelly. Blood Witness is a dark powerful thriller from exciting new talent Alex Hammond.
Published: 26/06/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901492
Book Cover:  Murder in Mississippi
Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428468
New Bryce Courtenay in time for Christmas
14 Aug 2014

We are delighted to announce the publication of The Silver Moon: Reflections on Life, Death and Writing by Bryce Courtenay on 22 October 2014.

The Silver Moon gathers together some of the most personal and sustaining life-lessons from Australia's favourite storyteller.  In these short stories and insights, many written in his final months, Bryce reflects on living and dying, and how through determination, respect for others and taking pleasure in small moments of joy, he tried to make the most out of life.

In the words of Bryce’s beloved wife, Christine, who revealed today via Bryce’s Facebook page, “writing was in Bryce’s DNA and it meant everything to him to be writing until he could write no more”.

“Since Bryce passed away, I have received thousands of messages from people from all over the world who were heartbroken thinking that there would never be another Bryce Courtenay book,” says Christine.

From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.

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Book Cover: The Silver Moon: Reflections on life, death and writing
From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.
From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670078264
Shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards
29 Jul 2014

The following Penguin Randhom House titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier's Book Awards:

Children's Books

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox; illustrator Emma Quay

Fiction

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Eyrie by Tim Winton

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

West Australian History

Kerry Stokes: Self-made Man by Margaret Simons

For more information visit the WA Premier's Book Prize website: http://pba.slwa.wa.gov.au

The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by The West Australian. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted fiction books by visiting www.thewest.com.au/bookawards.

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Book Cover:  Baby Bedtime
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075195
Book Cover:  Eyrie
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571346
Book Cover:  Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man
Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man is the real, fascinating story behind the rabbits-to-riches ascendancy of one of Australia's most powerful men.
Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man is the real, fascinating story behind the rabbits-to-riches ascendancy of one of Australia's most powerful men.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075423
Five Penguin Random House titles longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
24 Jul 2014
Kate Richards wins 2014 Dobbie Award for Madness: A Memoir
24 Jul 2014

We are delighted to announce that Madness: A Memoir, by Kate Richards, has been named the winner of the 2014 Dobbie Literary Award for a first published work from an Australian woman writer.

Kate attended the presentation at today’s 2014 Kibble Literary Awards in Sydney along with fellow Penguin Random House author and shortlisted nominee, Fiona McFarlane (The Night Guest).

Congratulations to Kate for such a wonderful achievement.

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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: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571391
Book Cover: The Night Guest
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571339
Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison
22 Jul 2014

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.

The Wilderness Society: Shortlist Announced for the 20th Environment Award for Children’s Literature
21 Jul 2014

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Book Cover:  Bush Baby Rescue: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 4)
A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos.  Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive.  Chelsea and I have never been busier!  There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.
A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos.  Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive.  Chelsea and I have never been busier!  There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307143
Book Cover:  Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076758
Book Cover: The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals
From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin's stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world.
From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin's stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world.
Published: 27/02/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076468
Penguin Random House books shortlisted for the 2014 ABDA Book Design Awards
16 Jul 2014

Shortlisted for the 62nd Australian Book Design Awards 2014

Best designed commercial fiction book

Lola Bensky by Lily Brett, designed by Laura Thomas

Best designed non-fiction book

Madness a Memoir by Kate Richards, designed by Allison Colpoys

The End by Bianca Nogrady, designed by Sandy Cull

Best designed series

Penguin Australian Classics, designed by Adam Laszczuk, illustration by Josh Durham

Best designed fully-illustrated book under $50 RRP

Naples: A Way of Love by Carla Coulson and Lisa Clifford, designed by Evi O

Edible Garden Design by Jamie Durie, designed by Evi O

Best designed fully-illustrated book over $50 RRP

Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan, designed by Arielle Gamble, cover illustration by Daniel New

Best designed cookbook

A Bite of the Big Apple by Monica Trapaga & Lil Tulloch, designed by Arielle Gamble

Love Italy by Guy Grossi, designed by Daniel New

Best designed young adult book

The First Third by Will Kostakis, designed by Marina Messiah

Best designed Children's fiction book

The Andy Flegg Survival Guide by Mark Pardoe, designed by Anthony Palmer

The Wish Bird by Gabrielle Wang, designed by Anthiony Palmer, illustrated by Gabrielle Wang

Best designed children's/young adult series

The Lost World Circus by Justin D'Ath, designed by Marina Messiah, illustrated by Sam Hadley

Young designer of the year

Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan, designed by Arielle Gamble, cover illustration by Daniel New

A Bite of the Big Apple by Monica Trapaga & Lil Tulloch, designed by Arielle Gamble

101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration by Meredith Gaston, designed by Arielle Gamble, illustrated by Meredith Gaston

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget, by Dr Manny Noakes & The CSIRO, designed by Arielle Gamble

Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie, illustrated by Chris Nixon, designed by Kirby Armstrong

Run by Tim Sinclair, designed by Kirby Armstrong, illustrated by Brett Armstrong

For more information on these awards please visit www.abda.com.au

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Book Cover: The Last Elephant: The Lost World Circus Book 1
An electrifying new animal adventure series from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series. Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. But can he save the last animals on earth?
An electrifying new animal adventure series from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series. Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. But can he save the last animals on earth?
Published: 27/02/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307266
Book Cover: The First Third
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568179
Book Cover: The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to Losing your dog, your Dad and your dignity in 138 Days
Hilarious book about a boy coping with puberty, family break-ups, friends, enemies and girls - all recorded in a journal that he has to keep if he wants the Xbox that is rightly his!
Hilarious book about a boy coping with puberty, family break-ups, friends, enemies and girls - all recorded in a journal that he has to keep if he wants the Xbox that is rightly his!
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143306771
Book Cover: The Wishbird
The girl's hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly.  She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.
The girl's hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly.  She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307525
Book Cover:  Lola Bensky
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569190
Book Cover:  101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration
101 moments to colour your world and brighten your life.
101 moments to colour your world and brighten your life.
Published: 03/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383526
Book Cover:  CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This brand new collection of more than 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising on quality or nutrition.
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This brand new collection of more than 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising on quality or nutrition.
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670076321
Book Cover:  Run
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is an unmissable paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is an unmissable paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567684
Book Cover:  Naples: A Way of Love
Photographer Carla Coulson and writer Lisa Clifford know this dazzling, magical city intimately: in this book they take you on a journey through the Naples most tourists never see.
Photographer Carla Coulson and writer Lisa Clifford know this dazzling, magical city intimately: in this book they take you on a journey through the Naples most tourists never see.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382994
Book Cover:  Edible Garden Design: Delicious Designs From the Ground Up

Practical and inspiring, Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design is a book for our times. As more and more of us recognise the environmental, financial and health benefits of growing our own food, all over the country flower beds are being transformed into vegie patches and empty windowsills into flourishing windowboxes.

Practical and inspiring, Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design is a book for our times. As more and more of us recognise the environmental, financial and health benefits of growing our own food...

Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383083
Book Cover:  Obsessive Creative
When I design a collection there is always a story.  I imagine the mood, the time, the place, who will be wearing the clothes, who else might be there.  Anything might inspire me - fields of flowers, a flock of birds, old mosaics, or even a row of striped deckchairs.
When I design a collection there is always a story.  I imagine the mood, the time, the place, who will be wearing the clothes, who else might be there.  Anything might inspire me - fields of flowers, a flock of birds, old mosaics, or even a row of striped deckchairs.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383298
Book Cover: A Bite of the Big Apple: My Food Adventure in New York
Join Monica on her journey of discovery as she explores her American, Hispanic and Filipino roots in a city on the other side of the world.
Join Monica on her journey of discovery as she explores her American, Hispanic and Filipino roots in a city on the other side of the world.
Published: 27/02/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383052
Book Cover:  Love Italy
Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it. Then cook your way through 150 rauthentic & irresistible recipes inspired by his journey.
Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it. Then cook your way through 150 rauthentic & irresistible recipes inspired by his journey.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382420
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

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Announcing the release date for Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat
The release date for Kings Rising: Book Three of the Captive Prince Trilogy by C. S. Pacat has been announced:Pre order from your favourite retailer.Print ISBN: 9780143799610
eBook ISBN: 9781743484951

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