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News  •  10 May 2024


Penguin Random House wins Publisher of the Year 2024

Penguin Random House has won Publisher of the Year at the 2024 Australian Book Industry Awards. Congrats and thank you to the authors, agents, booksellers, suppliers, employees and readers who made it possible.

We are thrilled to announce that Penguin Random House was named Publisher of the Year at the 2024 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA).

Since their inception in 2001, the ABIAs have been celebrating the achievements of authors and publishers in bringing Australian books to readers.

After being reviewed and selected by a judging panel of industry professionals, the award winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne.

In addition to being named Publisher of the Year, two Penguin books also took home awards. A Life Song by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker, won Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6) and Wifedom by Anna Funder was awarded Biography Book of the Year.

About the winning titles

Whether you’re looking for a book for yourself or a child in your life, you can’t go wrong with these ABIA winners.

A life song book cover

A Life Song by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker

A Life Song is a gorgeous tale that captures the beauty of a child’s life through the magical metaphor of song. To get a sense of what’s inside, click here for a sneak peek.

Wifedom book cover.

Wifedom by Anna Funder

Adult readers will likely have heard of Anna Funder’s Wifedom, and if you haven’t read it yet, consider this your sign. Telling the story of George Orwell’s often-overlooked wife, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, the book is an eye-opening read. Finally bringing light to Eileen’s influence on Orwell, Funder’s book celebrates the unsung work of women everywhere. Compelling, original and fast-paced, it’s a genre-bending biography that will have you tearing through the pages.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of the winning and shortlisted books.

We'd also like to thank everyone who helped us achieve the Publisher of the Year honour. From authors to booksellers, Penguin employees to readers who celebrated these books, it was truly a group effort. 

Featured Titles

A Life Song
From the award-winning team that created classics such as Don’t Forget, All Through the Year, Tilly and Starting School, comes an exquisite, universal and captivating picture book that carries us through a child's life journey on the magical metaphor of song.
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A blazing, genre-bending masterpiece from one of the most inventive writers of our time.

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