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28 September 2015, Melbourne: Penguin Random House Australia has secured ANZ rights to Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant YA debut We Were Never Here.
Penguin Young Readers Publishing Director Laura Harris, fell in love with the novel’s mix of humour, pathos, unforgettable characters and the writing talent of Australian author Krystal Sutherland.
“I couldn’t put We Were Never Here down, and I fell in love the moment I met Henry on the page. It’s a love story that could look familiar, but it is explored with such originality and verve, with unexpected twists, that your heart is pulled in many directions. The discovery of this new writer adds to the thrill of this acquisition: a new writing star is born in Krystal Sutherland." Harris said.
Despite her dirty clothes and weird vibe, high school senior Henry Page finds himself inexplicably falling for Grace Town, the new girl at school. Though Grace has secrets that keep Henry at arm’s length, like why she visits a graveyard every day, Henry’s determined to win her over. And when the two are teamed up as co-editors of their school newspaper, he has the perfect chance to do just that in this witty, bittersweet story where even doomed love is beautiful.
Penguin Young Readers acquired We Were Never Here in a hotly contested auction across the globe. The two-book deal was brokered by Catherine Drayton from InkWell Management. Putnam Children's Books in the US, and Hot Key Books in the UK, have also acquired the work, as well as numerous foreign language
We Were Never Here will be published under the Penguin imprint, in Australia & NZ in August 2016.
Congratulations to the Penguin Random House authors longlisted for the William Hill Australia Best Australian Sports Book.
The judging panel includes such luminaries of Australian sport and writing like Walkley Award winner Jacquelin Magnay, former sports editor of The Age Charlie Happell, international Rugby League player and host of NRL360 Ben Ikin, AFL 360 host and author of Black Caviar Gerard Whateley and legendary cricket writer for the Courier Mail Robert ‘Crash’ Craddock.
The shortlist will be announced on October 13 and the winner on December 3.
This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are.
SATIN ISLAND by Tom McCarthy
Meet U. – a talented and uneasy figure currently pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in contemporary London. His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their 'corporate anthropologist' to help decode and manipulate the world around them – all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing. Instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions, zombie parades. Is there, U. wonders, a secret logic holding all these images together – a codex that, once cracked, will unlock the master-meaning of our age? Might it have something to do with South Pacific Cargo Cults, or the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not. As U. oscillates between the visionary and the vague, brilliance and bullshit, SATIN ISLAND emerges, an impassioned and exquisite novel for our disjointed times.
Chair of judges Michael Wood comments:
‘Only on rare occasions does celebration come so closely aligned with regret. The regret of what we left out was tempered by the enormous excitement we have in presenting the six books on the shortlist.
‘We re-read all 13 books on the longlist and in the process we rediscovered new pleasures in each. The writers on the shortlist present an extraordinary range of approaches to fiction. They come from very different cultures and are themselves at very different stages of their careers.’
First awarded in 1969, the prize is recognised as the touchstone for high quality literary fiction written in English. Its canon contains many of the literary trailblazers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries including Penguin Random House authors, Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey and Richard Flanagan.
The rules of the prize changed at the end of 2013, to embrace ‘the freedom of English in all its vigour, its vitality, its versatility and its glory wherever it may be’, opening up to writers beyond the UK and Commonwealth.
Congratulations to our shortlisted authors.
The 2015 winner will be announced on Tuesday 13 October in London.
The shortlists for the 2015 Tasmania Premier's Literary Prizes were announced at the opening of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival on Friday, 11 September 2015. Congratulations to the Penguin Random House authors shortlisted:
Shortlisted for the Margaret Scott Prize
The Premier's Literary Prizes are the Tasmanian State Government's biennial literary awards. The prizes celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work.
For more information and to see the full shortlist visit the Awards website. The winners of the prizes will be announced at a gala event at Government House in Hobart on Wednesday, 2 December 2015.
The 2015 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist have been announced. Congratulations to the Penguin Random House authors shortlisted in the following categories:
Shortlisted for the University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
The Golden Age, Joan London
For more information and to see the full shortlist visit the Awards website. The winners will be announced an event at the State Library of Queensland on Friday, 9 October.
The shortlists for the 2015 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced.
The shortlisted titles in each category are:
Australian History Prize ($15,000)
For more information and to see the full shortlist visit the Awards website.
For more information and to see the full list of shortlisted titles please visit the CHASS website.
RANDOM HOUSE U.S. AND PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE U.K. CHILDREN’S DIVISIONS ACQUIRE SELF-PUBLISHED #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP
New Print Editions’ Simultaneous Publication Date is Friday, October 2, with the eBook editions available on September 8
New York and London (September 2, 2015)—The Random House U.S. and Penguin Random House U.K. children’s divisions of Penguin Random House have jointly acquired THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP, the current runaway #1 international bestseller self-published by Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin. The acquisition was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (U.S.), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s U.K., who obtained World English rights from Julia Angelin of the Stockholm-based Salomonsson Agency.
The new Penguin Random House print editions will go on sale Friday, October 2, with the ebook edition available on September 8, and will be available at physical and online retailers nationwide across the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.
The Penguin Random House editions share a fresh cover design newly updated from that of the self-published edition.
Two additional stand-alone books written by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin also have been acquired by the publishers. Information about them will be presented at a later date.
THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP has soared to the top of bestseller lists at numerous retailers internationally, including in the U.S. and the U.K., after receiving widespread media attention for its reported success in lulling children to sleep in minutes, by employing positive-reinforcement techniques to promote relaxation and induce sleep. Online parent testimonials affirm and rave about the speed and ease with which Ehrlin’s book has helped their children fall asleep.
Ehrlin’s bedtime story was originally published in Swedish in 2011. In 2014, an English translation was released, and it is now available in seven languages.
In the U.S., the Listening Library imprint of Penguin Random House Audio will simultaneously publish an audiobook edition on October 2. It will be available as a digital download in two separate editions, one with a male narrator and one with a female narrator, giving parents the option to choose which voice to listen to. A CD edition including both narrations will be available on November 3. Penguin Random House Children’s U.K. will also simultaneously publish a U.K. originated audiobook digital download on October 2, with both male and female narrations. An audio CD including both narrations will be available on October 22.
“We are so pleased to expand the availability and potential readership of Ehrlin’s captivating book in North America, and in the UK., together with our colleagues,” says Marcus. “We know there is a vast audience of eager parents that will both respond to and benefit from, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.”
“We’re thrilled to be publishing The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep—a phenomenon that’s grabbing people’s attention all around the world,” says Dow. “We are excited now to be bringing this book to an even bigger audience here in the UK and internationally. As a publisher we want to publish books that speak to people and have the power to support them. This book is very clearly doing that.”
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and Verlasgruppe Random House will publish Spanish and German-language editions.
Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin was born in Huskvarna, a small town in Sweden. He is a behavioral scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and teaches communications at a Swedish university. He is also a life coach and leadership trainer. He has published three books with themes of personal development and psychology. THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP is his first for parents and children.
How would you like a trip to Sydney to meet Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney? This awesome once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is the grand prize in the 2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-a-thon Challenge. Plus, you can get a Wimpy Kid yo-yo just for signing up! To sign up now, visit: http://pen.gy/wimpy-read
You can sign up and play by yourself, or challenge some friends and race to the finish! You could even ask your teacher if the whole class at school can try the Read-a-thon Challenge together.
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The finalists for this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature, the Best Writing Award and the Writers Prize have been announced.
Best Writing Award Finalists
On Warne by Gideon Haigh
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran
Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman
The Bush by Don Watson
For more information regarding these awards and to see the full list of recipients please visit melbourneprize.org