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Remembering Bryce Courtenay 14 August 1933 – 22 November 2012
22 Nov 2013



To mark the first anniversary of the passing of Bryce Courtenay AM, Penguin Books Australia has released a beautiful commemorative hardback edition of both his celebrated debut novel, The Power of Oneand his powerful memoir,April Fool’s Day.

‘Throughout my writing life I have been mindful always that without readers, a writer doesn’t amount to much... may I use this occasion to thank you for your trust in me as a writer.’ - Bryce Courtenay, 2012 Foreword to the commemorative edition of The Power of One

First published in 1989, The Power of One is an unforgettable story of the triumph of the human spirit. This commemorative edition includes a Foreword written especially by Bryce Courtenay before his death in 2012, telling the story of how the brown and tattered manuscript of his ‘first practice book’ – infamously used as a doorstop – went on to become a worldwide bestseller.

Celebrated as one of Bryce’s most loved, enduring and life-affirming books, April Fool’s Day is his incredibly powerful memoir about the death of his youngest son Damon, at the age of 23, from medically acquired AIDS. First published in 1993, it has been credited with helping change the public perception of AIDS and the treatment of its victims.

The commemorative editions of The Power of One and April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay are available for a limited time in hardback, published by Penguin, rrp $39.99.

Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool’s Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, JessicaA Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smokey Joe's Café, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, WhitethornSylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for StarsThe Story of Danny DunnFortune Cookie and Jack of Diamonds.

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.
21 Nov 2013

The CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominations for 2014

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)

Heroic by Phil Earle (Penguin)

Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur (Puffin)

Nowhere by Jon Robinson (Puffin)

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin)

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Nominations for 2014

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Julia Donaldson, Ilustrated by Charlotte Voake (Puffin)

The Longlist announcement is Tuesday, 4 February 2014, the Shortlist announcement is Tuesday, 18 March 2014 with the Winners will be announced in June 2014 (Date TBC). For more information about the Awards visit the website.

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Book Cover: The Bunker Diary
I can't believe I fell for it. It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.
I can't believe I fell for it. It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141326122
RRP: $16.99
Out of stock
Book Cover:  W.A.R.P. Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin
It all began with the F.B.I. and W.A.R.P.  (Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme) hiding witnesses in the past to protect the future - until now . . .
It all began with the F.B.I. and W.A.R.P.  (Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme) hiding witnesses in the past to protect the future - until now . . .
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141341767
RRP: $19.99
Out of stock
Book Cover:  Heroic
By Earle Phil
Inspired by S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and by the battles facing young soldiers everywhere, this is a devastating novel about brotherhood and sacrifice, from the award-winning author of Being Billy and Saving Daisy.
Inspired by S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and by the battles facing young soldiers everywhere, this is a devastating novel about brotherhood and sacrifice, from the award-winning author of Being Billy and Saving Daisy.
Published: 26/06/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141346274
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Listening for Lucca
Siena has a strange ability: she can see the past. She's been dreaming of a house by the ocean…but why?
Siena has a strange ability: she can see the past. She's been dreaming of a house by the ocean…but why?
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141336077
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Nowhere: Book 1
By Robinson Jon
'No one's coming for us. Not our families, not the police. No one.'
'No one's coming for us. Not our families, not the police. No one.'
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141346540
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover: The 5th Wave
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors.
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors.
Published: 07/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141345819
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover: The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
By Donaldson Julia & Voake Charlotte (illus
Julia has always loved Lear's verse and story-telling, and this wonderful new adventure will enchant Pobbles and children alike.
Julia has always loved Lear's verse and story-telling, and this wonderful new adventure will enchant Pobbles and children alike.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780141332888
RRP: $19.99
2013 Waverley Library 'Nib' Award for Literature
20 Nov 2013

Congratulations to Gideon Haigh, whose On Warne has taken out this year's Waverley Library 'Nib' Award for Literature, along with the $20 000 prize.

The prize is awarded for a book of literary merit  which has been assessed as best demonstrating  excellence in research  published by an Australian author in the past 12 months. For more information, see the Waverley Library website here​.

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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:  On Warne
Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne is an irresistible pairing: 'the finest cricket writer alive' (The Australian) on the greatest cricketer of our times. The resulting masterpiece is as much about our fascination with Warnie as it is about the player himself.
Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne is an irresistible pairing: 'the finest cricket writer alive' (The Australian) on the greatest cricketer of our times. The resulting masterpiece is as much about our fascination with Warnie as it is about the player himself.
Published: 24/10/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534701
Price: $12.99
Longlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
14 Nov 2013

Lily Brett's Lola Bensky and Peter Carey's The Chemistry of Tears have been longlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The prestigious award, which has a prize of €100 000 is made annually for literary merit to a book written in or translated into English. The shortlist is announced in April 2014, and the winner in June 2014, in Dublin. ​

Lola Bensky was nominated for the award by the State Library of Victoria.

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Book Cover: The Chemistry of Tears

Back at the height of his powers, Peter Carey delivers a heartbreakingly beautiful and archly inventive novel of love, loss and the birth of the machine age.

Back at the height of his powers, Peter Carey delivers a heartbreakingly beautiful and archly inventive novel of love, loss and the birth of the machine age.

Published: 21/11/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568551
RRP: $22.99
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
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover: The Chemistry of Tears
The Chemistry of Tears is a portrait of love and loss that is both wildly entertaining and profoundly moving, simultaneously delicate and anarchic, at its heart is an image only the masterful Peter Carey could breathe such life into . . . 
The Chemistry of Tears is a portrait of love and loss that is both wildly entertaining and profoundly moving, simultaneously delicate and anarchic, at its heart is an image only the masterful Peter Carey could breathe such life into . . . 
Published: 25/01/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534527
Price: $14.99
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: 25/09/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536002
Price: $19.99
Dying for a Chat selected as a Human Rights Awards finalist
11 Nov 2013

Congratulations to Dr Ranjana Srivastava, whose Penguin Special, Dying for a Chat, has been selected as a finalist in the literature category of the 2013 Human Rights Awards. 

The awards recognize and reward the extraordinary efforts people are making around the country to protect and promote human rights in Australia. The winner will be announced in Sydney on Tuesday 10 December 2013. 

For more information, as well as a list of all the finalists, check out the awards website here​.

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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
KOALAs 2013 winners
31 Oct 2013

The winners of the 2013 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. Congratulations to the authors of the Honour Books in the following categories:

 

Fiction for younger readers: Honour Book
Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman

 

Fiction for older readers: Honour Book 
Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh

 

Fiction for years 7 to 9: Honour Books
After by Morris Gleitzman

 

Congratulations also to Felice Arena who was awarded the KOALA Legend for 2013.  Read more about the KOALAs here.

 

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Book Cover:  Thai-riffic!

Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a Thai restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being his father's curry guinea pig, longing  to just eat pizza! At school he is a bit of a troublemaker, going to any lengths to hide his background. But when his best friend decides to become Thai for a day for a school project, Lengy...

Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a Thai restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being his father's curry guinea pig, longing  to...

Published: 28/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143304852
RRP: $16.95
Book Cover:  After
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
Published: 25/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670075447
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Pizza Cake
Stories with the lot! Pizza Cake is a new collection of 10 funny short stories for kids from one of our bestselling authors, Morris Gleitzman.
Stories with the lot! Pizza Cake is a new collection of 10 funny short stories for kids from one of our bestselling authors, Morris Gleitzman.
Published: 31/10/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143305989
RRP: $16.95
Children's Peace Literature Award - Aaron Blabey shortlisted
30 Oct 2013

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey has been shortlisted for the 2013 Children's Peace Literature Award in the Junior Readers category.

For more information please visit https://www.psychology.org.au/about/awards/childrens/

Mr. Mo Backs Men’s Health
23 Oct 2013

Global icon launches latest book for Movember

The iconic Mr. Men and Little Miss series will see the latest installment hit shelves this Movember with the launch of the first ever Mr. Mo story. The limited edition hardback has been added to the hugely popular collection to raise awareness for men’s health.

Engrained in popular culture and enjoyed by generations since 1971, each book in the classic series introduces the title character and his/her personality in a tale that conveys simple moral lessons.

True to form, the Mr. Mo story introduces readers to Mr. Mo – a polite, thoughtful and generous chap who, upon losing his moustache during a visit to the barbershop, discovers he has also lost all of his gentlemanly qualities.

Akin to the Movember ethos that every Mo Bro (a man who grows a Mo for Movember) must conduct himself in true gentlemanly fashion, Mr. Mo sees his manners return as his moustache grows back during Movember. Recruiting the support of his mates in Dillydale along the way, the story concludes with many favourite Mr. Men characters donning Mo’s.

“We’re extremely excited to have the support of a global icon this Movember. The Mr. Men series will resonate with Mo growers and supporters around the world, so it is an honour to have the first edition of Mr. Mo published in Australia thanks to Penguin Books. Coming to life in print, Mr. Mo will undoubtedly raise much needed awareness for men’s health around the country,” said Jeremy Macvean, Movember Country Director.

First created by Roger Hargreaves, who was inspired when his son asked what a tickle looked like, this series has grown to include 81 classic characters. Taking on his father’s legacy, Adam Hargreaves now pens and illustrates the series and collaborated with Movember Co-Founder Travis Garone on the one-off Mr. Mo story.

Traditionally printed in paperback, Mr. Mo is a rare hardback release for the Mr. Men series. The limited edition book will be launched in time for Movember and will see 20% of every sale donated to Movember to support prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health initiatives.

Penguin is proud to partner with Movember to create a bespoke Mr. Mo story. Mr. Mo will be loved by booksellers and booklovers alike, delivering a great level of assistance to the Movember Foundation, helping them to continue their invaluable work,” said Troy Lewis, Head of Media, Brands & Entertainment.

Mr. Mo will be available in all good book retailers from 23 October for $4.99

For further information, images or interview opportunities, please contact:

Movember | Madeleine Farrelly – madeleine@movember.com or 0407 872 471

Penguin | Tina Gumnior – tina.gumnior@au.penguingroup.com or 0419 329 466

Penguin Australia releases Newsstand publication for teachers and librarians
22 Oct 2013

Penguin Teachers' Academy for iPad available now

AUSTRALIA, Melbourne - 17 October 2013: Penguin Australia today announced the release of the Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication for iPad, available as a free download from Newsstand.

The Penguin Teachers Academy publication gives teachers and librarians rich, engaging resources to assist with lesson preparation and classroom activities, in line with the needs of the Australian Curriculum.

Designed and developed in-house by Penguin Australia’s digital team, the Penguin Teachers' Academy publication provides:

  • FREE subscription to Off The Shelf, the magazine for teachers and librarians
  • FREE teaching notes for Puffin and Penguin picture books and novels
  • Premium units of work containing lesson plans and activities, all tailored to the needs of the Australian Curriculum
  • Enhanced digital content, combining text with video and audio.

Marketing Manager Tye Cattanach said: “Our goal has always been to provide teachers, librarians and educational support staff with professional reading and resources that are up-to-date and valuable. As a former librarian myself, I understand how time-poor teachers can be and their very real need for rich, relevant and practical teaching notes and units of work. The Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication for iPad means educators can find resources they trust and can use in their classrooms and libraries, in one easy-to-access place.”

Penguin Australia Marketing & Digital Director Sally Bateman said the development of the publication was part of Penguin’s ongoing digital strategy.  ‘We’re continually challenging ourselves to find new and interesting ways to make our resources widely available, and of course innovative ways to promote the work of our authors and illustrators. We’re excited about the opportunity to connect with teachers and educators in this way.”

The Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication is available as a free download from Newsstand on iPad or from iTunes.

Penguin is home to some of education’s most celebrated and widely studied writers and illustrators, such as Pamela Allen, Alison Lester, Aaron Blabey, Graeme Base, Isobelle Carmody, Mem Fox, Morris Gleitzman, Sonya Hartnett, Melina Marchetta, Robert Newton and Tim Winton.

The Penguin Teachers’ Academy initiative launched in 2012. Its activities also include running a series of professional development workshops throughout the year.

For more information, please contact:
Tina Gumnior, Senior Publicist

(03) 9811 2549 or tina.gumnior@au.penguingroup.com.au

2013 Walkley Book Award longlist
18 Oct 2013

The longlist for the 2013 Walkley Book Award has been announced. Among the longlisted titles is The Rise and Fall of the House of Bo by John Garnaut. 

The shortlist for this year’s award will be announced on 7 November. The winner will be announced at a gala presentation in Brisbane on 28 November, 2013.

The Walkley Book Award recognises excellence in Australian nonfiction literature and long-form journalism. Last year's winner was George Megalogenis for The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times

For more information about The Walkley Book Award

Related Books

Book Cover: The Rise and Fall of the House of Bo: Penguin Special
Bo Xilai's breathtaking fall from grace in 2012 is an extraordinary tale of excess, murder, defection and ideological clashes, as the princeling sons of the revolutionary heroes fight for control of China.
Bo Xilai's breathtaking fall from grace in 2012 is an extraordinary tale of excess, murder, defection and ideological clashes, as the princeling sons of the revolutionary heroes fight for control of China.
Published: 27/11/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569350
RRP: $9.99

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Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House
  Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2015 by Penguin Books.

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