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The Golden Age wins 2015 Kibble Award
15 Jul 2015

 

We are delighted by news that Joan London’s third novel, The Golden Age, has been named winner of the 2015 Kibble Award.

The response to this novel, which tells the story of thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, a refugee from wartime Hungary, learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia, has been quite exceptional. Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, the Stella Prize and the ALS Gold Medal Award, the Kibble Literary Award win confirms Joan’s status as, in the words of The Australian: “our finest living writer of marriage and family life.”

The Sydney Morning Herald described the novel as being written in “the poetic language of love”, going on to say: “the novel is also a universal meditation on nostalgia and hope, belonging and exile, love and loss, old world and new.” While Joan herself recently shared some of her thoughts on the book’s central themes along with an extract from the novel with The Guardian Australia.

Joan London "To be recognised by such advocates for reading in Australia is an absolute honour. I feel so privileged to be recipient of the 2015 Kibble Award."

The Nita B Kibble Awards aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community. The Kibble recognises established authors, while the Dobbie is awarded to women writers for their first published work.

Congratulations to Joan on this exceptional honour.

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2015 - shortlisted
06 Jul 2015

The following Penguin Random House titles have been shortlsted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2015

Three to Five years:

The Great Garden Mystery by Renee Treml

Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Five to Eight Years:

Hasel and Rose by Caroline Magerl

Stories for Simon by Lisa Miranda Sarzin & Lauren Briggs

Eight to Ten Years:

Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman

Meet Douglas Mawson by Mike Dumbleton, illustrated by Snip Green

Indigenous Children:

Our Island by Children of Gununa, Alison Lester & Elizabeth Honey

Speech Pathology Australia website.

Announcing the release date for Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat
26 Jun 2015

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

Important changes to penguin.com.au
17 Jun 2015

Dear Readers,

Over the coming weeks we will be making changes to the Penguin.com.au website. We’re making some essential improvements to our website to make search faster, and discovering books easier. These include changes to our shopping pages, which means from July 2015 you won’t be able to buy books directly from us for the moment. 

Instead, we will be making it easier for you to click through and purchase from many of our retailer partners who stock our books. 

For those of you who have purchased eBooks from penguin.com.au, all eBook titles purchased will still be accessible by logging into your Penguin account from the home page on penguin.com.au.  

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our best wishes,

The team at penguin.com.au

Sisters in Crime’s 15th Davitt Awards Longlist Announced
10 Jun 2015

​The longlist for the Davitt Awards was announced today and Penguin Random House has a smashing showing, with 20 authors on the list.

Adult novels

Honey Brown, Through the Cracks

Jaye Ford, Already Dead

Candice Fox, Eden

Candice Fox, Hades

Anna George, What Came Before

Annie Hauxwell, A Morbid Habit

Wendy James, The Lost Girls

Kathryn Ledson, Monkey Business

P M Newton, Beams Falling

Helene Young, Safe Harbour

Young adult novels

Christine Bongers, Intruder

Sophie Masson, The Crystal Heart

Children’s Novels

Jacqueline Harvey, Alice-Miranda in Japan

Sofie Laguna, Do You Dare? Fighting Bones 1836

Alison Lloyd, Do You Dare? Bushranger Boys 1841

Belinda Murrell, The Sequin Star

R A Spratt, Friday Barnes: Big trouble

Non-Fiction Books

Amy Dale, The Fall

Xanthé Mallett, Mothers Who Murder: And infamous miscarriages of justice

Debi Marshall, The Family Court Murders: Four murders.Five bombings. No convictions

Virginia Peters, Have You Seen Simone? The story of an unsolved murder

The shortlist will be announced in July.

For more information on these awards visit: sistersincrime.org.au

2015 Kibble Literary Award Shortlist Announcement
04 Jun 2015

We are delighted with the news that Penguin Random House author Joan London has been shortlisted for the 2015 Kibble Literary Award for her novel The Golden Age.

Amongst some of Australia's most prestigious awards for women writers, the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards (the Kibble Awards) aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community.

The Awards recognise the works of women writers of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.

The Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established Australian woman writer while the Dobbie Literary Award recognises a first published work from an Australian woman writer.

The 2015 Kibble Awards winners will be revealed at an event in Sydney on 15 July 2015. 

2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Announcement
04 Jun 2015

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is British novelist Ali Smith for How to Be Both.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. An annual award, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world. 

 

Related Books

Book Cover:  How to be Both
Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, knowing gets mysterious, fiction gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.
Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, knowing gets mysterious, fiction gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.
Published: 04/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141025209
2015 Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award
01 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Dennis McIntosh, author of The Tunnel: Penguin Special,

Related Books

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
Celebrating Where Song Began
22 May 2015

​Congratulations to Tim Low for his win at the ABIAs last night. Where Song Began was named the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

This award and the critical reception we have had with this book are a reflection of Tim's ability to speak to both birdwatchers and enthusiasts and the layperson interested to understand more. In his review, Sean Dooley of Sydney Morning Herald said, "'Tim Low is the rare author who is able to turn complex and sophisticated research into a form digestible to the general reader without 'dumbing down' the science . . . A brilliantly readable book that not only gives Australian birds recognition long overdue, but allows for a fresh understanding of the way the world (and particularly our island continent) functions."


For the full list of award winners visit the ABIA Awards website.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution.
Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution.
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077960
A Special Night at the NSW Premier's Awards for Don Watson
20 May 2015

​Congratulations to Don Watson.

We are thrilled by the news from last night's NSW Premier's Awards that The Bush was awarded both the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction and the NSW Premier's Book of the Year.

Our own Tom Keneally, writing in Weekend Australia, described the book as a "magnificent, celebratory, contradictory study of the Australian bush will challenge the national imagination . . . An amiable, learned, playful and engrossing book . . . There is a sense that an amiable and eloquent uncle is telling us everything piquant he knows about theology and culture and land use and the beasts and flora and families of the bush."

For more information on the awards visit the NSW Premier's Literary Awards website.

Related Books

Book Cover: The Bush
A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush by Don Watson takes us on a profoundly revelatory an entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.
A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush by Don Watson takes us on a profoundly revelatory an entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.
Published: 24/09/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428215

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26 Aug 2015
Readings New Australian Writing Award 2015 shortlist announced
Readings has announced the titles shortlisted for its $4000 New Australian Writing Award.Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman has been shortlisted for this prize.For more information and to see the full list of books selected please visit the Readings website.

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