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Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written by some of today's best and most exciting writers, to be read over a long commute or a short journey, in your lunch hour or between dinner and bedtime, these books provide a short escape into a fictional world or act as a primer in a particular field or provide a new angle on an old subject. They are short, original and affordable.

Specials colours are inspired by the original Penguin Livery: Orange - Fiction, Dark blue - Memoir, Yellow - History, Pink - Cookery and Turquoise - Contemporary nonfiction.

'Our ambition in this digital publishing venture is not to experiment with quality but with form: our aim is to fill a current gap by bringing readers high-quality work that is too short for a book and too long for a magazine, so that you need never be without a something satisfying to read.' - Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General

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Book Cover: The Girl with the Dogs: Penguin Special
The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am.
The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am.
Published: 16/07/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573500
Book Cover: The Girl with the Dogs: Penguin Special
The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am.\r\n 
The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am.\r\n 
Published: 16/07/2015
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781760141745
Book Cover: The Adolescent Country: A Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special
Drawing on exclusive interviews with prime ministers, foreign ministers and other policy-makers, Gold Walkley award–winning journalist peter Hartcher argues Australia needs to shake off its 'provincial reflex' and become a mature player in global affairs.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with prime ministers, foreign ministers and other policy-makers, Gold Walkley award–winning journalist peter Hartcher argues Australia needs to shake off its 'provincial reflex' and become a mature player in global affairs.
Published: 05/11/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572435
Book Cover: The Adolescent Country: A Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special
A thoughtful, timely analysis of Australia's foreign policy by Gold Walkley award–winning journalist Peter Hartcher.
A thoughtful, timely analysis of Australia's foreign policy by Gold Walkley award–winning journalist Peter Hartcher.
Published: 05/11/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781760140632
Book Cover:  Does Cooking Matter?: Penguin Special
In a society where people are increasingly stretched for time and energy, is there still value in  cooking fresh, simple, tasty meals from scratch?
In a society where people are increasingly stretched for time and energy, is there still value in  cooking fresh, simple, tasty meals from scratch?
Published: 29/10/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743483336
Book Cover: The Tunnel: Penguin Special
Shearer and uniquely Australian voice Dennis McIntosh adds to the life-story he began to tell in Beaten by a Blow – giving an eye-opening account of seven years spent working underground, and how it impelled him to turn his life around.
Shearer and uniquely Australian voice Dennis McIntosh adds to the life-story he began to tell in Beaten by a Blow – giving an eye-opening account of seven years spent working underground, and how it impelled him to turn his life around.
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781760140205
Book Cover: The Tunnel: Penguin Special
When Dennis McIntosh went to work on an underground construction site in Melbourne's west, he was twenty-seven and starting over.  His years as a shearer had ended badly, he was an alcoholic, and his eldest daughter had a brain injury. 
When Dennis McIntosh went to work on an underground construction site in Melbourne's west, he was twenty-seven and starting over.  His years as a shearer had ended badly, he was an alcoholic, and his eldest daughter had a brain injury. 
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572220
Book Cover:  Does Cooking Matter?: Penguin Special
Does Cooking Matter? is a thorough and engaging examination of our current food culture, and a call to arms to bring Australians back into the kitchen.
Does Cooking Matter? is a thorough and engaging examination of our current food culture, and a call to arms to bring Australians back into the kitchen.
Published: 15/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570868
Book Cover: The Ellis Laws: Penguin Special
This is a book to cherish, re-read and pass on to generations less informed of how humans were at the turn of the millennium, and how much they got wrong.
This is a book to cherish, re-read and pass on to generations less informed of how humans were at the turn of the millennium, and how much they got wrong.
Published: 15/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572060
Book Cover:  Chomping at the Bitcoin: The Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin in China: Penguin Specials
In May 2013, China's main state-run broadcaster aired a documentary about a little known virtual currency called Bitcoin. Over the next six months, the value of Bitcoin rocketed as Chinese money poured in.
In May 2013, China's main state-run broadcaster aired a documentary about a little known virtual currency called Bitcoin. Over the next six months, the value of Bitcoin rocketed as Chinese money poured in.
Published: 25/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780734310538
Book Cover:  Picnics Prohibited: Diplomacy in a Chaotic China during the First World War: Penguin Specials
At the time of the First World War, the Chinese republic was in its infancy. It had joined a number of international organizations and ratified the Hague Conventions, but found its diplomatic efforts hampered by its young, inexperienced leadership, its factional and regional divisions and the foreign-held treaty ports and concessions held over from the imperial period.
At the time of the First World War, the Chinese republic was in its infancy. It had joined a number of international organizations and ratified the Hague Conventions, but found its diplomatic efforts hampered by its young, inexperienced leadership, its factional and regional divisions and the foreign-held treaty ports and concessions held over from the imperial period.
Published: 25/08/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780143800347
Book Cover:  From the Tsar's Railway to the Red Army: The Experience of Chinese Labourers in Russia during the First World War and Bolshevik Revolution: Penguin Specials
It is a little known fact that during the First World War Russia received the majority of Chinese wartime labourers working overseas. Despite assurances that they would not be involved in the war, thousands of Chinese workers dug trenches and carried ammunition for troops on the Eastern Front under brutal conditions.
It is a little known fact that during the First World War Russia received the majority of Chinese wartime labourers working overseas. Despite assurances that they would not be involved in the war, thousands of Chinese workers dug trenches and carried ammunition for troops on the Eastern Front under brutal conditions.
Published: 25/08/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780734310460
Book Cover:  Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special
Mistakes Were Made is about the gap between our ideals in life – of love, compassion, ambition – and how things actually play out.
Mistakes Were Made is about the gap between our ideals in life – of love, compassion, ambition – and how things actually play out.
Published: 16/03/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573128
Book Cover:  Chomping at the Bitcoin: The Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin in China: Penguin Specials
In May 2013, China's main state-run broadcaster aired a documentary about a little known virtual currency called Bitcoin. Over the next six months, the value of Bitcoin rocketed as Chinese money poured in.
In May 2013, China's main state-run broadcaster aired a documentary about a little known virtual currency called Bitcoin. Over the next six months, the value of Bitcoin rocketed as Chinese money poured in.
Published: 25/08/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780734310545
Book Cover:  From the Tsar's Railway to the Red Army: The Experience of Chinese Labourers in Russia during the First World War and Bolshevik Revolution: Penguin Specials
It is a little known fact that during the First World War Russia received the majority of Chinese wartime labourers working overseas. Despite assurances that they would not be involved in the war, thousands of Chinese workers dug trenches and carried ammunition for troops on the Eastern Front under brutal conditions.
It is a little known fact that during the First World War Russia received the majority of Chinese wartime labourers working overseas. Despite assurances that they would not be involved in the war, thousands of Chinese workers dug trenches and carried ammunition for troops on the Eastern Front under brutal conditions.
Published: 25/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780734310477
Book Cover:  Picnics Prohibited: Diplomacy in a Chaotic China during the First World War: Penguin Specials
At the time of the First World War, the Chinese republic was in its infancy. It had joined a number of international organizations and ratified the Hague Conventions, but found its diplomatic efforts hampered by its young, inexperienced leadership, its factional and . . .
At the time of the First World War, the Chinese republic was in its infancy. It had joined a number of international organizations and ratified the Hague Conventions, but found its diplomatic efforts hampered by its young, inexperienced leadership, its factional and . . .
Published: 25/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143800330
Book Cover:  Salad Days: Penguin Special
Ronnie Scott interrogates our current obsession with food – and asks whether it's actually such a bad thing.
Ronnie Scott interrogates our current obsession with food – and asks whether it's actually such a bad thing.
Published: 15/08/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743485910
Book Cover:  Salad Days: Penguin Special
Salad Days is a fascinating and lyrical look at a particular moment in our history and society, and an important contribution to an ongoing debate about how we eat.
Salad Days is a fascinating and lyrical look at a particular moment in our history and society, and an important contribution to an ongoing debate about how we eat.
Published: 15/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572138
Book Cover:  Getting Stuck in For Shanghai: Putting the Kibosh on the Kaiser from theBund: The British at Shanghai and the Great War: Penguin Specials
In this First World War Special, historian Robert Bickers explores the contradictions, patriotic fervour and battlefield experiences of the largest contingent of Shanghai Britons to fight the Kaiser's forces in Europe.
In this First World War Special, historian Robert Bickers explores the contradictions, patriotic fervour and battlefield experiences of the largest contingent of Shanghai Britons to fight the Kaiser's forces in Europe.
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143800293
Book Cover:  Betrayal in Paris: How the Treaty of Versailles Led to China's Long Revolution: Penguin Specials
In this First World War China Special Paul French explores China's betrayal by the West, the charismatic advocates it sent to the conference and the hugely significant May Fourth Movement that resulted from the treaty.
In this First World War China Special Paul French explores China's betrayal by the West, the charismatic advocates it sent to the conference and the hugely significant May Fourth Movement that resulted from the treaty.
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143800354
Book Cover:  Beyond the Boom: A Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special
If the mining boom is over, how well-placed is Australia's economy to recover – and do we really need to be concerned about it?
If the mining boom is over, how well-placed is Australia's economy to recover – and do we really need to be concerned about it?
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781760140045
Book Cover:  Beyond the Boom: A Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special
After decades of prosperity Australians are now worried about their jobs, their incomes and their future. The mining boom, said to explain Australia's past success, is declared to be over.
After decades of prosperity Australians are now worried about their jobs, their incomes and their future. The mining boom, said to explain Australia's past success, is declared to be over.
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572183
Book Cover: The Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Chinese Labourers of the First World War: Penguin Specials
In this fascinating First World War China Special, journalist Mark O'Neill brings their story to light, describing in detail the labourers' recruitment, their daily experiences in a foreign land and the horrific work they carried out – including the clearing of remains from battlefields.
In this fascinating First World War China Special, journalist Mark O'Neill brings their story to light, describing in detail the labourers' recruitment, their daily experiences in a foreign land and the horrific work they carried out – including the clearing of remains from battlefields.
Published: 31/05/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143800316
Book Cover:  Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special
Four essays about a young writer learning that the road to success is paved with failure, psychic gurus and blood-sucking parasites.
Four essays about a young writer learning that the road to success is paved with failure, psychic gurus and blood-sucking parasites.
Published: 16/03/2015
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781760141165
Book Cover:  Betrayal in Paris: How the Treaty of Versailles Led to China's Long Revolution: Penguin Specials
At the conclusion of 'the war to end war', the victorious powers set about redesigning the world map at the Paris Peace Conference. For China, Versailles presented an opportunity to regain territory lost to Japan at the start of the war.
At the conclusion of 'the war to end war', the victorious powers set about redesigning the world map at the Paris Peace Conference. For China, Versailles presented an opportunity to regain territory lost to Japan at the start of the war.
Published: 05/05/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780143800361
Book Cover:  Getting Stuck in For Shanghai: Putting the Kibosh on the Kaiser from theBund: The British at Shanghai and the Great War: Penguin Specials
After 1914, between tiffin and a day at the race track, the British in Shanghai enjoyed a life far removed from the horrors of the Great War.
After 1914, between tiffin and a day at the race track, the British in Shanghai enjoyed a life far removed from the horrors of the Great War.
Published: 05/05/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780143800309
Book Cover: The Siege of Tsingtao: The only battle of the First World War to be fought in East Asia: how it came about and why its aftermath is still relevant today: Penguin Specials
In The Siege of Tsingtao, the first of the Penguin China Specials on the First World War, celebrated historian Jonathan Fenby examines the causes of the battle, the ulterior motives for it, and the path it helped set East Asia on for decades to come.
In The Siege of Tsingtao, the first of the Penguin China Specials on the First World War, celebrated historian Jonathan Fenby examines the causes of the battle, the ulterior motives for it, and the path it helped set East Asia on for decades to come.
Published: 03/05/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143800118
Book Cover:  Rudd, Gillard and Beyond: Penguin Special
Australian journalist Troy Bramston on why Labor lost, and what it must do to win again and stay in power
Australian journalist Troy Bramston on why Labor lost, and what it must do to win again and stay in power
Published: 30/04/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743485163
Book Cover:  Is There No Place for Me?: Making Sense of Madness: Penguin Special
Kate Richards takes us inside our mental health system to examine why it is still so hard for many Australians to get the right treatment and to stay well.
Kate Richards takes us inside our mental health system to examine why it is still so hard for many Australians to get the right treatment and to stay well.
Published: 30/04/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743485279
Book Cover:  Rudd, Gillard and Beyond: Penguin Special
With previously unpublished documents and revealing observations, Rudd, Gillard and Beyond is the first book to provide a post-mortem and a roadmap for vital reform.
With previously unpublished documents and revealing observations, Rudd, Gillard and Beyond is the first book to provide a post-mortem and a roadmap for vital reform.
Published: 30/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571797
Book Cover:  Is There No Place for Me?: Making Sense of Madness: Penguin Special
Kate argues for empowering patients and their families to be active members of treament teams. 
Kate argues for empowering patients and their families to be active members of treament teams. 
Published: 28/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571872
Book Cover: The Simple Life: Penguin Special
Rhonda Hetzel offers insight and advice on getting back to basics – living frugally, embracing sustainability and focusing on the little things that make life worth living: family, friends, and a home-cooked meal.
Rhonda Hetzel offers insight and advice on getting back to basics – living frugally, embracing sustainability and focusing on the little things that make life worth living: family, friends, and a home-cooked meal.
Published: 26/03/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743485200
Book Cover: The Simple Life: Penguin Specials
This is the story of her journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. Rhonda relates why she wanted to change her lifestyle, what simple living means to her, and offers guidance to those thinking about taking the same path.
This is the story of her journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. Rhonda relates why she wanted to change her lifestyle, what simple living means to her, and offers guidance to those thinking about taking the same path.
Published: 26/03/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571810
Book Cover:  Fields of White: Penguin Special
From Man Asian Literary Prize nominee Sheng Keyi comes an offbeat and true-to-life tale of the inconstancy of modern life.
From Man Asian Literary Prize nominee Sheng Keyi comes an offbeat and true-to-life tale of the inconstancy of modern life.
Published: 17/03/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780734310507
Book Cover:  You're Just Too Good to Be True: Penguin Special
You're Just Too Good To Be True is a sometimes very funny and sometimes desperately poignant investigation into the dark underside of love in the digital age.
You're Just Too Good To Be True is a sometimes very funny and sometimes desperately poignant investigation into the dark underside of love in the digital age.
Published: 11/02/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572121
Book Cover: The Siege of Tsingtao: The only battle of the First World War to be fought in East Asia: how it came about and why its aftermath is still relevant today: Penguin Specials
In The Siege of Tsingtao, the first of the Penguin China Specials on the First World War, celebrated historian Jonathan Fenby examines the causes of the battle, the ulterior motives for it, and the path it helped set East Asia on for decades to come.
In The Siege of Tsingtao, the first of the Penguin China Specials on the First World War, celebrated historian Jonathan Fenby examines the causes of the battle, the ulterior motives for it, and the path it helped set East Asia on for decades to come.
Published: 03/03/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780143800125
Book Cover: The Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Chinese Labourers of the First World War: Penguin Specials
In this fascinating First World War China Special, journalist Mark O'Neill brings their story to light, describing in detail the labourers' recruitment, their daily experiences in a foreign land and the horrific work they carrier out – including the clearing of remains from battlefields.
In this fascinating First World War China Special, journalist Mark O'Neill brings their story to light, describing in detail the labourers' recruitment, their daily experiences in a foreign land and the horrific work they carrier out – including the clearing of remains from battlefields.
Published: 03/03/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780143800323
Book Cover:  Back from the Dead: A Landmark Ruling of Wrongful Conviction in China Penguin Specials
In April 1994, the body of an unidentified woman is found in a local village pond. Suspicion falls on She Xianglin, the husband of a local woman reported missing months earlier.
In April 1994, the body of an unidentified woman is found in a local village pond. Suspicion falls on She Xianglin, the husband of a local woman reported missing months earlier.
Published: 10/02/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780734310422
Book Cover: The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking: Penguin Special
An evocative account of the infamous nightlife district of pre-communist Beijing, from the internationally acclaimed author of Midnight in Peking.
An evocative account of the infamous nightlife district of pre-communist Beijing, from the internationally acclaimed author of Midnight in Peking.
Published: 06/01/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570899
Book Cover:  Ballots, Bullets & Kabulshit: An Afghan Election: Penguin Special
When Toby Ralph joined a UN team assisting preparations for Afghanistan's 2009 presidential election, he didn't quite know what he was getting into. In a country unaccustomed to fair and free processes, the resistance he encountered to the idea democracy ranged from corruption and ineptitude to violence.
When Toby Ralph joined a UN team assisting preparations for Afghanistan's 2009 presidential election, he didn't quite know what he was getting into. In a country unaccustomed to fair and free processes, the resistance he encountered to the idea democracy ranged from corruption and ineptitude to violence.
Published: 20/11/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570585
Book Cover:  What Would Gandhi Do?: Penguin Special
Adapted from Kirby's 2013 University of New South Wales Gandhi Oration, What Would Gandhi Do? shows how remarkably useful Gandhi's insights remain when confronting the world's challenges.
Adapted from Kirby's 2013 University of New South Wales Gandhi Oration, What Would Gandhi Do? shows how remarkably useful Gandhi's insights remain when confronting the world's challenges.
Published: 15/11/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743482872
Book Cover:  What Would Gandhi Do?: Penguin Special
By Kirby Michael
Adapted from Kirby's 2013 University of New South Wales Gandhi Oration, What Would Gandhi Do? shows how remarkably useful Gandhi's insights remain when confronting the world's challenges.
Adapted from Kirby's 2013 University of New South Wales Gandhi Oration, What Would Gandhi Do? shows how remarkably useful Gandhi's insights remain when confronting the world's challenges.
Published: 15/11/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570707
Book Cover:  Utzon and the Sydney Opera House: Penguin Special
Jørn Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House so that every element would be in harmony. But its construction, while it began in just that way, ended in complete discord.
Jørn Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House so that every element would be in harmony. But its construction, while it began in just that way, ended in complete discord.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570806
Book Cover:  Utzon and the Sydney Opera House: Penguin Special
How Jørn Utzon originally designed the Sydney Opera House, how it was actually built, and why the difference is important\r\n 
How Jørn Utzon originally designed the Sydney Opera House, how it was actually built, and why the difference is important\r\n 
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743483237
Book Cover:  Should you Immunise Your Kids? Penguin Special

Kaz Cooke, the trusted author of Up the Duff , understands and shares the emotional and protective feelings of parents deciding whether to immunise babies and older kids. We're faced with a bamboozling mess of conflicting advice and a history of scary scandals. Kaz cuts through the muddle, madness and medical language so you can be properly informed and make your own decision. Years in development...

Kaz Cooke, the trusted author of Up the Duff , understands and shares the emotional and protective feelings of parents deciding whether to immunise babies and older kids. We're faced with a bamboozling...

Published: 10/10/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743483206
Book Cover:  You're Just Too Good to Be True: Penguin Special
A love story about lonely hearts and internet scams.
A love story about lonely hearts and internet scams.
Published: 11/02/2015
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743485903
Book Cover: A Story of Grief: Penguin Special
When Jill Meagher went missing and was then found murdered in 2012, the city of Melbourne was shaken to the core. Emotional responses ranged from grief to guilt to rage to defensiveness, but no one was left untouched.
When Jill Meagher went missing and was then found murdered in 2012, the city of Melbourne was shaken to the core. Emotional responses ranged from grief to guilt to rage to defensiveness, but no one was left untouched.
Published: 30/09/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570592
Book Cover: A Story of Grief: Penguin Special
When Jill Meagher went missing and was then found murdered in 2012, the city of Melbourne was shaken to the core. A Story of Grief is a deeply moving examination of the act of grief and how the death of someone we don't know personally can still consume us.
When Jill Meagher went missing and was then found murdered in 2012, the city of Melbourne was shaken to the core. A Story of Grief is a deeply moving examination of the act of grief and how the death of someone we don't know personally can still consume us.
Published: 21/09/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743482605
Book Cover:  Take Your Best Shot: Penguin Special
The three years and three days of Australia's first female prime minister: how do they really tally up?
The three years and three days of Australia's first female prime minister: how do they really tally up?
Published: 28/08/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743482582
Book Cover:  Take Your Best Shot: The Prime Ministership of Julia Gillard: Penguin   Special
Take Your Best Shot is an insightful, revelatory and immensely readable account of Julia Gillard's leadership – and its abrupt ending.
Take Your Best Shot is an insightful, revelatory and immensely readable account of Julia Gillard's leadership – and its abrupt ending.
Published: 27/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570561
Book Cover:  End of the Road?: Penguin Special
In this engaging and insightful analysis for the lay reader, Gideon Haigh explains why the industry has become an ideological battleground, and reveals the more complex and surprising truth behind the partisan rhetoric.
In this engaging and insightful analysis for the lay reader, Gideon Haigh explains why the industry has become an ideological battleground, and reveals the more complex and surprising truth behind the partisan rhetoric.
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570875
Book Cover:  End of the Road: Penguin Special
Gideon Haigh on why we have the car industry we do, why it is in trouble, and what the debate over its future tells us about Australia today
Gideon Haigh on why we have the car industry we do, why it is in trouble, and what the debate over its future tells us about Australia today
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743483510
Book Cover:  Reclaiming Epicurus: Penguin Special
Epicureanism is not just for gourmands – journalist Luke Slattery argues that it can help us rethink out materialist ways and face the challenges of man-made climate change.
Epicureanism is not just for gourmands – journalist Luke Slattery argues that it can help us rethink out materialist ways and face the challenges of man-made climate change.
Published: 26/06/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570431
Book Cover:  Beauty's Sister: Penguin Special
'Bradley's writing is spare and precise, his images haunting, and his plot reimagines the well-known fairy tale from the point of view of Rapunzel's darker, wilder sister... I have read many hundreds of reinventions of this tale. Beauty's Sister is one of the most powerful.' Kate Forsyth
'Bradley's writing is spare and precise, his images haunting, and his plot reimagines the well-known fairy tale from the point of view of Rapunzel's darker, wilder sister... I have read many hundreds of reinventions of this tale. Beauty's Sister is one of the most powerful.' Kate Forsyth
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569657
Book Cover:  Life in Ten Houses: Penguin Special
Expanding on her 2010 Redmond Barry lecture, this short memoir is a beautifully atmospheric exploration of the idea of home and what it means to be a writer in a City of Literature.
Expanding on her 2010 Redmond Barry lecture, this short memoir is a beautifully atmospheric exploration of the idea of home and what it means to be a writer in a City of Literature.
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569664
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
Book Cover: The First Dismissal: Penguin Special
How Governor Macquarie invented an idea of Australia, a convict built it – and how Britain tried to tear it down.
How Governor Macquarie invented an idea of Australia, a convict built it – and how Britain tried to tear it down.
Published: 28/11/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781760140724
Book Cover:  Governor Bligh & the Short Man: Penguin Special
\r\nSeventeen years after the mutiny on the Bounty, Governor-elect William Bligh sets sail for New South Wales accompanied by his daughter Mary, the narrator of this extraordinary shipboard tale.
\r\nSeventeen years after the mutiny on the Bounty, Governor-elect William Bligh sets sail for New South Wales accompanied by his daughter Mary, the narrator of this extraordinary shipboard tale.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569633
Book Cover:  Starting Out: Penguin Special

In her extraordinary career, spanning over fifty years, Ita Buttrose has been involved in every aspect of the media, from newspapers and magazines to television and radio and now, electronic publishing. Starting as a copygirl on The Australian Women's Weekly , by the age of sixteen her journalism career was well underway when she was granted a cadetship on the Daily and Sunday Telegraph s.

In her extraordinary career, spanning over fifty years, Ita Buttrose has been involved in every aspect of the media, from newspapers and magazines to television and radio and now, electronic publishing...

Published: 15/02/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743481196
Book Cover:  Governor Bligh and the Short Man: Penguin Special
Some seventeen years after the mutiny on the Bounty, Governor-elect William Bligh sets sail for New South Wales with his daughter Mary, the narrator of this extraordinary shipboard tale. 'His characterisation of Mary is perfect and full of drama.' Troy Lennon, Daily Telegraph
Some seventeen years after the mutiny on the Bounty, Governor-elect William Bligh sets sail for New South Wales with his daughter Mary, the narrator of this extraordinary shipboard tale. 'His characterisation of Mary is perfect and full of drama.' Troy Lennon, Daily Telegraph
Published: 14/12/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743480465
Book Cover:  Reclaiming Epicurus: Penguin Special
Epicurus is here to help. As we face environmental catastrophe, fuelled by a culture of insatiable, unsustainable development and consumerism, could an ancient philosophy of pleasure provide the antidote (and makes us happier)?
Epicurus is here to help. As we face environmental catastrophe, fuelled by a culture of insatiable, unsustainable development and consumerism, could an ancient philosophy of pleasure provide the antidote (and makes us happier)?
Published: 14/12/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743480496
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
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
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. 'Illuminating . . . By far the most carefully researched and sober analysis of a scandal that has fascinated the world' – New York Review of Books
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. 'Illuminating . . . By far the most carefully researched and sober analysis of a scandal that has fascinated the world' – New York Review of Books
Published: 26/10/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742538808
Book Cover: The Deserted Newsroom: Penguin Special
Veteran journalist Gideon Haigh assesses the future of news media in light of the internet's effects on traditional forms of publishing and broadcasting.
Veteran journalist Gideon Haigh assesses the future of news media in light of the internet's effects on traditional forms of publishing and broadcasting.
Published: 22/10/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742538730
Book Cover: The Deserted Newsroom: Penguin Special
Veteran journalist Gideon Haigh assesses the future of news media in light of the internet's effects on traditional forms of publishing and broadcasting.
Veteran journalist Gideon Haigh assesses the future of news media in light of the internet's effects on traditional forms of publishing and broadcasting.
Published: 22/10/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569367
Book Cover:  Badlands: Penguin Special
An evocative account of the infamous nightlife district of pre-communist Beijing, from the internationally acclaimed author of Midnight in Peking.
An evocative account of the infamous nightlife district of pre-communist Beijing, from the internationally acclaimed author of Midnight in Peking.
Published: 15/10/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742538358
Book Cover:  England's Yellow Peril: Sinophobia and the Great War: Penguin Specials
As England suffered heavy casualties at the front during World War One, the nation closed ranks against outsiders at home. England sought to reaffirm its racial dominance at the heart of the empire, and the Chinese in London became the principal scapegoat for anti-foreign sentiment.
As England suffered heavy casualties at the front during World War One, the nation closed ranks against outsiders at home. England sought to reaffirm its racial dominance at the heart of the empire, and the Chinese in London became the principal scapegoat for anti-foreign sentiment.
Published: 24/11/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780143800385
Book Cover:  What Our Minds Do When We Read Novels: Penguin Special

What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a novel create its unique effects, so distinct from those of a painting, a film, or a poem? Anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed in a novel will enjoy, and learn from, this perceptive essay by one of the modern masters of the art. In this inspired, thoughtful, deeply personal essay, from his Charles Eliot Norton lecture...

What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a novel create its unique effects, so distinct from those of a painting, a film, or a poem? Anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed...

Published: 15/09/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742538488
Book Cover:  Adam's Bride: Penguin Special
This masterly story from Woman in a Lampshade perfectly displays Elizabeth Jolley's remarkable talent for character and story.
This masterly story from Woman in a Lampshade perfectly displays Elizabeth Jolley's remarkable talent for character and story.
Published: 14/09/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536743
Book Cover: The Element of Need: Penguin Special

Beneath its peaceful exterior, the city of Adelaide and its surrounding areas have a dark history. From the disappearance of the Beaumont children to the Snowtown killings in the 1990s, it has been home to a long series of brutal and baffling killings and abductions. In The Element of Need , acclaimed author James Bradley uses this long history of violence as the basis of a fascinating exploration...

Beneath its peaceful exterior, the city of Adelaide and its surrounding areas have a dark history. From the disappearance of the Beaumont children to the Snowtown killings in the 1990s, it has been home...

Published: 16/08/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537993
Book Cover:  Squeaker's Mate: Penguin Special

A classic short story from one Australia's most celebrated writers.

Squeaker, a selector, is slowly clearing his piece of the Australian bush. However, lazy and shiftless, he leaves most of the work to his uncomplaining and hardworking mate. When she is crushed under a falling yellow gum, Squeaker responds only with selfish impatience. Taught to endlessly endure by her harsh surroundings, Squeaker's...

A classic short story from one Australia's most celebrated writers.

Squeaker, a selector, is slowly clearing his piece of the Australian bush. However, lazy and shiftless, he leaves most of the work to...

Published: 15/08/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537979
Book Cover:  Inside Villawood: Penguin Special

When ordinary bloke Peter Mitchell took what he hoped would be a quiet public service job in the Department of Immigration in 1990, he couldn't imagine he would end up as manager of the infamous Villawood Detention Centre.

The detention of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants remains one of the nation's most divisive issues. Mitchell takes us behind the razor wire in the 'human misery industry', as...

When ordinary bloke Peter Mitchell took what he hoped would be a quiet public service job in the Department of Immigration in 1990, he couldn't imagine he would end up as manager of the infamous Villawood...

Published: 15/08/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537986
Book Cover: A Sampler of Specials: Penguin Special

Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written by some of our best and most exciting writers, to be read over a long commute or a short journey, in your lunch hour or between dinner and bedtime, these ebooks provide a short escape into a fictional world or act as a primer in a particular field or provide a new angle on an old subject. This sampler includes extracts from all of the Australian...

Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written by some of our best and most exciting writers, to be read over a long commute or a short journey, in your lunch hour or between dinner and bedtime...

Published: 09/08/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537504
Book Cover:  Life in Ten Houses: Penguin Special
Expanding on her 2010 Redmond Barry lecture, this short memoir is a beautifully atmospheric exploration of the idea of home and what it means to be a writer in a City of Literature.
Expanding on her 2010 Redmond Barry lecture, this short memoir is a beautifully atmospheric exploration of the idea of home and what it means to be a writer in a City of Literature.
Published: 16/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537092
Book Cover: The Darkling Sisters: Penguin Special

A classic short story from one Australia's most celebrated writers.

A big old Victorian terrace in Jersey Road, Woollahra, is thought to be haunted by the two Darkling sisters from the 1920s. When a young family moves in, dark images of these sisters, and of relationships closer to home, hang over them.
 
Beautifully crafted and keenly observed, this story from Dorothy Hewett's acclaimed collection...

A classic short story from one Australia's most celebrated writers.

A big old Victorian terrace in Jersey Road, Woollahra, is thought to be haunted by the two Darkling sisters from the 1920s. When a young...

Published: 16/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537078
Book Cover:  One Person, One Value: Penguin Special

The former leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown has long been one of Australia's most influential and admired environmental thinkers. Here he outlines the importance of a global, humane approach to the issue of overpopulation.
 
At once compassionate, intelligent and straightforward, this is a valuable and significant extract from Brown's memoir, Memo for a Saner World .


The former leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown has long been one of Australia's most influential and admired environmental thinkers. Here he outlines the importance of a global, humane approach...

Published: 16/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537085
Book Cover:  Ballots, Bullets & Kabulshit: An Afghan Election: Penguin Special

Ahead of the 2009 presidential elections in Afghanistan, Australian electoral advisor and Gruen Planet panellist Toby Ralph joined a UN team to assist local authorities unused to free and fair democratic processes – and in some cases, not keen on adopting them. Amid the 'War on Terror', resistance ranged from corruption and bureaucratic ineptitude to lethal violence.

Ahead of the 2009 presidential elections in Afghanistan, Australian electoral advisor and Gruen Planet panellist Toby Ralph joined a UN team to assist local authorities unused to free and fair democratic...

Published: 16/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537108
Book Cover: The First Dismissal: Penguin Special
How Governor Macquarie invented an idea of Australia, a convict built it – and how Britain tried to tear it down.
How Governor Macquarie invented an idea of Australia, a convict built it – and how Britain tried to tear it down.
Published: 14/11/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572473
Book Cover:  Revolution: Monash University Undergraduate Prize Shortlist: Penguin    Special

Each year the Emerging Writers' Festival brings writers, editors, publishers, literary performers and readers together for a festival that is fast becoming an essential part of Australia's literary calendar. In 2012, they launched the Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, a prestigious award for emerging literary voices, judged by award-winning Australian authors Ali Alizadeh...

Each year the Emerging Writers' Festival brings writers, editors, publishers, literary performers and readers together for a festival that is fast becoming an essential part of Australia's literary calendar...

Published: 16/06/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536033
Book Cover:  North: Some Compass Readings: Eden: Penguin Special

Leverson, a man who believes 'you get more magic from strangers', is fascinated by the misfits, hippies and straights that people sultry north Queensland. Under Leverson's ironical yet compassionate eye, tuba-playing 'Jesus freak' Lilian and odd-jobbing poet Fixer are brought together in a sudden and strange way.

From four-time Miles Franklin Award winner Thea Astley, North: Some Compass Readings:...

Leverson, a man who believes 'you get more magic from strangers', is fascinated by the misfits, hippies and straights that people sultry north Queensland. Under Leverson's ironical yet compassionate eye...

Published: 16/06/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536736
Book Cover:  Ahead of the Game: Penguin Special

Caspar Jolley is a thrillseeker with a gift for always staying one step ahead. Doctor Evelyn Flowers is a woman of science – and sensuality. Brought together by an off-street speedboat-racing catastrophe, will they be able to overcome a bizarre and confounding injury?
 
Hilarious, inventive and ultimately moving, Ahead of the Game is a brilliant new story from one of Australia's most unique...

Caspar Jolley is a thrillseeker with a gift for always staying one step ahead. Doctor Evelyn Flowers is a woman of science – and sensuality. Brought together by an off-street speedboat-racing catastrophe...

Published: 16/06/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536729
Book Cover: The Kiss: Penguin Special

A short shot of brilliant storytelling – one of the most celebrated modern Australian short stories is now available to read by itself, wherever you are.
 
Drunk, restless and excited, Kenny and Tom decide to continue their night with a swim in the local water tank. At first exuberant and elated, the teenagers' adventure takes a terrifying turn when they realise they are trapped in the tank...

A short shot of brilliant storytelling – one of the most celebrated modern Australian short stories is now available to read by itself, wherever you are.
 
Drunk, restless and excited, Kenny...

Published: 16/05/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536170
Book Cover:  Postcards from Surfers: Penguin Special

A short shot of brilliant storytelling – one of the most celebrated modern Australian short stories is now available to read by itself, wherever you are.
 
A young woman from Melbourne visits her parents, and Auntie Lorna, in Surfers Paradise. As she stays with them, and writes postcard after postcard home, she thinks back on relationships that have shaped her.
 


A short shot of brilliant storytelling – one of the most celebrated modern Australian short stories is now available to read by itself, wherever you are.
 
A young woman from Melbourne visits...

Published: 16/05/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536187
Book Cover: A Selection of Smithereens: Penguin Special

A short shot of the unique genius of Shaun Micallef.
 
Feel that War and Peace went on a bit? Wish there were more laughs in Catcher in the Rye ? Then A Selection of Smithereens is for you. These pieces from one of Australia's funniest men (no, not John Clarke) feature the Borgias, Winston Churchill and the history behind cornflakes – and so much more!
 
Fresh from the updated 2011...



A short shot of the unique genius of Shaun Micallef.
 
Feel that War and Peace went on a bit? Wish there were more laughs in Catcher in the Rye ? Then A Selection of Smithereens is for you. These...

Published: 16/05/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536194
Book Cover:  Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice:Penguin Specials

A young Vietnamese-Australian named Nam, in his final year at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, is trying to find his voice on the page. When his father, a man with a painful past, comes to visit, Nam's writing and sense of self are both deeply changed.
 
Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice is a deeply moving story of identity, family and the wellsprings of creativity...

A young Vietnamese-Australian named Nam, in his final year at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, is trying to find his voice on the page. When his father, a man with a painful past, comes to visit, Nam's...

Published: 23/04/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535791
Book Cover: The Bodysurfers: Penguin Special

Haunted by the brutal murder of a local couple, David heads to his weekend shack with his new lover, Lydia, and his children from his recently crumbled marriage. Together they find escape, if only briefly, in the ocean and the bush.

The Bodysurfers , the title story of Robert Drewe's classic first collection, is a vivid evocation of love, passion, terror and the beauty of the beach.

Haunted by the brutal murder of a local couple, David heads to his weekend shack with his new lover, Lydia, and his children from his recently crumbled marriage. Together they find escape, if only briefly...

Published: 23/04/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535784
Book Cover:  Beauty's Sister: Penguin Special
'Bradley's writing is spare and precise, his images haunting, and his plot reimagines the well-known fairy tale from the point of view of Rapunzel's darker, wilder sister... I have read many hundreds of reinventions of this tale. Beauty's Sister is one of the most powerful.' Kate Forsyth
'Bradley's writing is spare and precise, his images haunting, and his plot reimagines the well-known fairy tale from the point of view of Rapunzel's darker, wilder sister... I have read many hundreds of reinventions of this tale. Beauty's Sister is one of the most powerful.' Kate Forsyth
Published: 23/04/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535777
Book Cover:  Six Women of Letters: Penguin Special

In homage to that most civilised of activities, letter writing, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire created the literary afternoons of Women of Letters. Some of Australia's finest dames of stage, screen and page have delivered missives on a series of themes.

In homage to that most civilised of activities, letter writing, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire created the literary afternoons of Women of Letters. Some of Australia's finest dames of stage, screen...

Published: 23/04/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535760
Book Cover: The Ellis Laws: Penguin Special
Ten irreverent laws of life we secretly always knew, but have not before now seen put into words
Ten irreverent laws of life we secretly always knew, but have not before now seen put into words
Published: 07/11/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743485828

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