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PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA SECURES RIGHTS TO HOTLY CONTESTED YA AUTHOR
28 Sep 2015

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
publishers.

We Were Never Here will be published under the Penguin imprint, in Australia & NZ in August 2016.

WH Sports Book of the Year longlist announced
22 Sep 2015

Congratulations to the Penguin Random House authors longlisted for the William Hill Australia Best Australian Sports Book.

Whitewash To Whitewash by Daniel Brettig
Pushing The Limits by Kurt Fearnley and Warwick Green
The Draftees by Emma Quayle
Roy Higgins by Patrick Bartley
The Short Long Book by Martin Flanagan

 

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.

2015 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced
16 Sep 2015

 

 

We are delighted with the news that Penguin Random House authors Anne Tyler and Tom McCarthy have been shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. 


A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon... '

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 RushdiePeter 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.

2015 Tasmania Premier's Literary Prizes Shortlists Announced
14 Sep 2015

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 NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan

WHAT DAYS ARE FOR by Robert Dessaix

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.

2015 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist announcement
11 Sep 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 

Shortlisted for the University of QueenslandNon-Fiction Book Award
The Wife Drought, Annabel Crabb
The Bush, Don Watson

Shortlisted for the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
Are You Seeing Me?, Darren Groth
The Pause, John Larkin

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. 

NSW Premier's History Awards 2015 - shortlisted
10 Sep 2015

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)

The Bush by Don Watson

Where Song Began by Tim Low

For more information and to see the full shortlist visit the 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
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
Where Song Began shortlisted for CHASS Australia Book Prize 2015
10 Sep 2015

Where Song Began by Tim Low has been shortlisted for the 2015 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

For more information and to see the full list of shortlisted titles please visit the CHASS 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
THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP to be published by Penguin Random House in October 2015
02 Sep 2015

 

 

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.

2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-a-thon Challenge
02 Sep 2015

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.
‪#‎OldSchoolTour15‬ Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Book Cover:  Old School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 10
In the latest instalment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.
In the latest instalment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.
Published: 03/11/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143309000
Melbourne Prize for Literature finalists announced
02 Sep 2015

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

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Book Cover:  Murder in Mississippi
Taking us places only John Safran can, Murder in Mississippi paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Taking us places only John Safran can, Murder in Mississippi paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Published: 24/09/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572084
Book Cover:  Hot Little Hands
Hot Little Hands contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence, and the marks desire can leave.  Anya, in her fake-leather sneakers and second-hand clothes, just wants to fit in at her Melbourne school. 
Hot Little Hands contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence, and the marks desire can leave.  Anya, in her fake-leather sneakers and second-hand clothes, just wants to fit in at her Melbourne school. 
Published: 25/02/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428239
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
Book Cover:  On Warne
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Published: 20/11/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569176

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Quentin Blake to illustrate rediscovered Beatrix Potter Tale
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