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We are delighted to announce the publication of The Silver Moon: Reflections on Life, Death and Writing by Bryce Courtenay on 22 October 2014.
The Silver Moon gathers together some of the most personal and sustaining life-lessons from Australia's favourite storyteller. In these short stories and insights, many written in his final months, Bryce reflects on living and dying, and how through determination, respect for others and taking pleasure in small moments of joy, he tried to make the most out of life.
In the words of Bryce’s beloved wife, Christine, who revealed today via Bryce’s Facebook page, “writing was in Bryce’s DNA and it meant everything to him to be writing until he could write no more”.
“Since Bryce passed away, I have received thousands of messages from people from all over the world who were heartbroken thinking that there would never be another Bryce Courtenay book,” says Christine.
From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.
The following Penguin Randhom House titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier's Book Awards:
West Australian History
For more information visit the WA Premier's Book Prize website: http://pba.slwa.wa.gov.au
The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by The West Australian. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted fiction books by visiting www.thewest.com.au/bookawards.
The shortlist will be announced on September 9 and the winner on October 14 2014.
Congratulations to Kate for such a wonderful achievement.
Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison, who died, along with his adored wife Frankie, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July 2014. Remembered for his artistry, insight, and passion for Australian writing – a gifted writer, an inspiring teacher and a warm, wonderful man. Our thoughts go to their children, Milly and Sam.
Young Readers’ shortlist:
Picture book shortlist
For more information on this award visit http://wilderness.org.au
Shortlisted for the 62nd Australian Book Design Awards 2014
Best designed commercial fiction book
Best designed non-fiction book
Best designed series
Penguin Australian Classics, designed by Adam Laszczuk, illustration by Josh Durham
Best designed fully-illustrated book under $50 RRP
Best designed fully-illustrated book over $50 RRP
Best designed cookbook
Best designed young adult book
Best designed Children's fiction book
Best designed children's/young adult series
Young designer of the year
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget, by Dr Manny Noakes & The CSIRO, designed by Arielle Gamble
For more information on these awards please visit www.abda.com.au
The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the National Biography Award, which recognises ‘the continuing importance and value of life writing’. Congratulations to Gideon Haigh shortlisted for On Warne. The winner will be announced on 4 August at an event at the State Library of NSW, which coincides with the beginning of the library’s Biography Week.
Read more about the prize and Biography Week events here.
Congratulations to the following authors and illustrators who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.
Birth to Three Years
Three to Five Years
Five to Eight Years
Eight to Ten Years
For more information regarding this award please visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.
Congratulations to Random House AustraliaEvie Wyld for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award win for All the Birds, Singing.
Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing, published by our colleagues at Random House Australia has been named winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award.
This announcement continues the overwhelming response that Evie has had to this novel, described by the Financial Times as ‘extraordinarily accomplished, one of those books that tears around in your cerebellum like a dark firework, and which, upon finishing, you immediately want to pick up again.’
The judges’ notes were equally as emphatic in their praise, describing All the Birds, Singing as a ‘powerful road-movie-in-reverse…Saturated with menace, the novel’s upside-down pastoral elegy traces with great subtlety the alienation felt by this youthful outsider. In Darwin and also in remote outback Australia, Jake has sold herself all too cheaply, and her flight from an ever-present past builds narrative momentum into a vivid and unforgettable moral fable.’
Named in 2013 as one of the top 20 writers under 40 by Granta magazine, Evie was shortlisted this year for the Costa Novel Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. More recently, winning the Encore Award and Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize have cemented Evie’s place as a rising star and a resonant new voice.
At the awards presentation last night, Evie said, “It's such an honour to be amongst writers whose work I love so much. Every book on the shortlist is spectacular and I'm floored to have won it.”
Congratulations to Evie on this remarkable and prestigious honour.