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Article  •  1 December 2022


Award-winning and shortlisted books of 2022

Discover the best Penguin Random House books of 2022 with this list of award-winning and shortlisted titles this year.

2022 was a wonderful year for Penguin Random House books.

With books across genres taking home awards of all kinds, we’re extremely proud of what our authors have achieved.

Each of these recognitions is well-deserved. And if you haven’t read these award-winning and shortlisted books yet, we highly recommend you add them to your reading list ASAP.

Scroll on to see the award winners this year, and a huge congratulations to all of our winning authors.

2022 Award-winning and shortlisted books

Winning Titles

Shortlisted titles


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Featured Titles

A Glasshouse of Stars

Winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year - Younger Readers 2022

An exquisite, heartbreakingly beautiful gem of a novel for anyone who loved Wonder, Lenny's Book of Everything, A Monster Calls or When You Reach Me.

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Banquet: The Untold Story of Adelaide's Family Murders
Shortlisted for Best True Crime in the 2022 Ned Kelly Awards
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Cutters End
An award-winning crime thriller, set in the South Australian outback town of Cutters End. A mysterious death on New Year’s Eve 1989 leads to a shocking murder investigation 32 years later . . .
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The Chase
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A different kind of nature writing, for a different kind of landscape.
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A collection of poetry and wood cuts that burns blindingly bright.
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Once There Were Wolves

**A Journey into the Wild and the Human Heart**

From the author of the international bestseller Migrations comes a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands

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Corporal Hitler’s Pistol
Winner of the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize.
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Winner of the Les Carlyon Literary Prize and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Australian History Prize. First Runner Up for Templer Medal Book Prize (UK). Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Australian History Prize, the ACT Notable Book Awards, and the Reid Prize. A remarkable new book about Operation Semut, an Australian secret military operation launched by the organisation popularly known as Z Special Unit in the final months of WWII.
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Why you should give a f*ck about farming
'I ask that if you were to read one nonfiction book this year, please make it this one.' Readings Monthly There is no farmers and others. If you eat or wear clothes, the decisions you make influence farming.
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The Silent Listener
'A wickedly dark debut - haunting and unputdownable.' Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child
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She’s on the Money: The award-winning #1 finance bestseller
The ultimate millennial money guide, from the creator of Australia’s #1 finance podcast
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The Prison Healer
'Lynette Noni is a masterful storyteller. A must-read for any fantasy lover!' SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
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Anything But Fine
A heartfelt and hilarious Australian YA debut from a rising star.
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Blue Flower
A beautifully told picture book about self-esteem, resilience and the discovery that being different can be something wonderful. From award-winning author Sonya Hartnett, with stunning illustrations by Gabriel Evans.
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Death to Jar Sauce
SHORTLISTED FOR ABIA ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022 Our favourite sweary anti-jar-sauce warrior is back . . . and he’s actually written a whole cookbook this time.
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Emotional Female
A passionate account of the toxic culture of bullying and overwork that junior doctors can experience in the workplace as part of their training.
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Shortlisted for the Booker this is an exhilarating, funny, whip-smart novel about power and corruption set in the animal kingdom
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Here Goes Nothing
The virtuoso new novel from the author of the Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole.
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Oh William!
The top ten Sunday Times bestselling portrait of a marriage
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Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love
This is Ottolenghi, unplugged. The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen team takes you on a journey through your kitchen cupboards, creating inspired recipes using humble ingredients.
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The Bass Rock
The lives of three women weave together across four centuries in the dazzling book from Evie Wyld, winner of the Miles Franklin Award and the Stella Prize.
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Is Tasmanian salmon one big lie?
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You’re Doing it Wrong: A History of Bad & Bonkers Advice to Women
You’re Doing it Wrong is an outrageous tour through the centuries of bonkers and bad advice handed down and foisted upon women, told as only Kaz Cooke can – with humour and rage, intelligence and wit.
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Bob Hawke
The definitive full-life biography of Australia’s 23rd prime minister; the only one that Hawke cooperated with after exiting the prime ministership.
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Lessons in Chemistry
The 6-million-copy worldwide and Sunday Times #1 bestseller and award-winner featuring the uncompromising, unconventional Elizabeth Zott
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Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone
Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in an ingenious blend of classic and modern murder mystery.
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Carrie Soto Is Back
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