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Winners at the 2015 Indie Awards
26 Mar 2015

Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who were winners at the 2015 Indie Awards, announced last night in Sydney.

Don Watson received the Indie for Non-Fiction for his The Bush, an exploration into bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don't. 

Sonya Hartnett’s Golden Boys was the winner in the Fiction category, which the Australian Book Review described as: 'An absorbing, fiercely elegant and tangibly believable novel that raises questions about our responsibility to bear witness – and details the complex obstacles to doing so.'

The Indies, as they are affectionately known, are the awards hosted by the 170+ independent Australian booksellers that make up Leading Edge Books.  Each year they select their favourite Australian titles for the Indie Book Awards.

Congratulations to both authors on this wonderful achievement.

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
Book Cover:  Golden Boys
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428611
Important Note about Belle Gibson and The Whole Pantry recipe book published by Lantern Books
16 Mar 2015

Despite our best endeavours, we have not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations. As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia. We remain hopeful that we will receive the formal assurances we have requested in the coming days.

 

 

 

 

Sir Terry Pratchett: 1948 – 2015
13 Mar 2015

 

It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.

Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers:

"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA1 in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease. 

Golden Age by Joan London has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize
12 Mar 2015

The Golden Age by Joan London has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize, it was announced today.

We are so proud to see Joan recognised amongst an impressive selection of Australian women writers for a novel described as ‘a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humor’ by The Washington Post.

The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced in Melbourne on 21 April.

2014 Australian Romance Readers Awards winners
10 Mar 2015

The 2014 Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced in Canberra on 7 March and we are delighted to announce that two Penguin Random House authors have won in their nominated categories:

Favourite Historical Romance

The Winter Bride, Anne Gracie (Penguin Books Australia)

Favourite Romantic Suspense

Safe Harbour
, Helene Young (Penguin Books Australia)

The awards were chosen by members of the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA).

Congratulations Anne and Helene.

Related Books

Book Cover: The Winter Bride
Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway – and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.
Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway – and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.
Published: 26/03/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901416
Book Cover:  Safe Harbour
The award-winning, gripping novel of high drama and desire by Australia' master of romantic suspense.
The award-winning, gripping novel of high drama and desire by Australia' master of romantic suspense.
Published: 26/03/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901836
2014 Aurealis Awards Finalists
05 Mar 2015

The finalists for the 2014 Aurealis Awards were announced today and we are delighted to announce that two Penguin Random House authors have been nominated in three categories:

Best Fantasy Novel

Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Books Australia)

Best Young Adult Novel

Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Books Australia)

Best Children’s Fiction

Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband #4, John Flanagan (Random House Australia)

Established in 1995, the Aurealis Awards recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. Winners will be announced on 11 April at University House, Canberra.

Congratulations to our finalists.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Live
05 Mar 2015

 

Jamie Oliver is planning a Food Revolution in Australia and he wants everyone to help him. 
Join one of the world’s best-loved chefs and food revolutionaries, Jamie Oliver, as he makes his Sydney Opera House debut in the Concert Hall on Sunday 29 March.

In an Ideas at the House first, Jamie Oliver will cook live on stage, promising to both entertain and educate about his Food Revolution to inspire everyone – mums, dads, kids and teens – to get back to basics and cook good food from scratch. Getting kids into the kitchen to cook using fresh ingredients is a key part of both Jamie’s Food Revolution and his Opera House shows.

The harsh reality is that our kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods and junk. Today's children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents. With less cooking at home and more processed and fast food, Australia has become one of the unhealthiest nations on Earth.

But now it's time for change.

It's time to stand up for real food and fight for better food education.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is an international movement aiming to fight obesity and diet-related disease with better food education for all. At its heart is a powerful strategy to get people cooking again and keep cooking skills alive.

Jamie Oliver said, "I’ve been working in Australia for 15 years now and recently, through the amazing work of my Ministry of Food Centres and trucks, as well as my partnership with Woolworths, I’ve really got to know and understand the scale of the problem in your beautiful country. You guys have access to such incredible fresh produce but still there are millions of Australians who don’t know how to feed themselves and their families properly. This show is designed to inspire real change so I hope you’ll join me and together we’ll make a real positive difference, while having loads of fun at the same time.”

Sydney Opera House Head of International Development and Senior Producer of Ideas at the House, Danielle Harvey, said, “Our Ideas at the House audiences love talking about food, health and sustainability. In the last three years, Michael Pollan, Yotam Ottolenghi and Alice Waters have taken to Sydney Opera House stages to share their visions. We are excited to see Jamie Oliver join the roll call to inspire kids and their families to get cooking.” 

Obesity and diet-related disease is on the rise in Australia and the statistics are frightening: 
· Obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness
· 63% of adults & 26% of children are overweight or obese 
· Only 5.5% of adults eat the recommended daily intake of both fruit and vegetables 
· Less than 1 in 3 (30%) children aged 5–14 meet the daily fruit and vegetable consumption

Ideas at the House is Sydney Opera House’s talks and ideas program. It presents ideas, conversation and debate from leading thinkers and culture creators. Ideas at the House online extends the reach of live events with unique content.
As well as a year-round program of inspiring events, Ideas at the House features the annual festivals All About Women and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

EVENT DETAILS
WHAT: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution LIVE at the Sydney Opera House
WHEN: 29 March 2015, 10am & 1pm
WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
TICKETS: Concessions from $30 & Adults from $49

 

 

Eight Rockets, the debut novel from David Dyer, acquired by Penguin Random House
05 Mar 2015

Australian author David Dyer’s debut novel Eight Rockets has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2016 by Penguin Books.  UK rights have been acquired by Atlantic Books and the US rights by St Martin’s Press.

A brilliant exploration of the small human failings that can lead to the greatest disasters, the novel tells the captivating true story of Captain Lord, and others of the ship Californian, whose crewmen saw eight distress rockets fired by the Titanic on that fateful night, but unfathomably failed to act. 

Commenting on the acquisition, Ben Ball, Publishing Director Penguin General said, “Eight Rockets is one of the most vivid, convincing, compelling historical novels I’ve ever read, born of a deep knowledge and a deeper storytelling skill. By looking at a grand historical moment through the prism of the smallest human actions – and inactions – David brings something fresh and exciting to one of the world’s best-known catastrophes. I’m delighted his exhilarating voice will be heard around the world.”

David, a high school English teacher in Sydney, worked for many years as a lawyer in the London law firm that represented the Titanic’s owners back in 1912, and he has also spent time at sea as a ship’s officer.  In 2013 he completed his Doctorate of Creative Arts at UTS under the supervision of bestselling author Debra Adelaide. Although a work of imaginative fiction, Eight Rockets is the result of many years of his research in New York, Boston, London, Liverpool and mid-Atlantic, over the Titanic wreck site itself.

“For many years I have been fascinated by the Titanic, but even more so by the strange ship that stood by and watched her sink. So I am very pleased that my novel about the Californian is now to be published by Penguin Books, and I hope people enjoy reading the story of this intriguing ship and her enigmatic captain as much as I have enjoyed writing it,” said David.

For further information, please contact Publicity Manager, Heidi McCourt, on +612 8204 3316 or heidi.mccourt@au.penguingroup.com


(Photo credit: JOM Photography

Sylvia Day is coming to Australia
19 Feb 2015

Sylvia Day, the number one Sunday Times and number one international bestselling author of the Crossfire series and more than a dozen novels translated into forty languages, is coming to Australia in March 2015. There are millions of copies of Sylvia's books in print, and she is a number one bestseller in twenty-seven countries. A Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Best Author, she has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.

Sylvia will be a keynote speaker at the fourth Australian Romance Readers Convention, to be held at QT Canberra Hotel on March 6-8, 2015. Following this, Sylvia will embark on a book tour that includes public signings in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. For more information, please see http://www.penguin.com.au/tour/sylvia-day or http://www.sylviaday.com/events/2015-australian-book-tour/ 

Visit the author at sylviaday.comfacebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay, and twitter.com/SylDay.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures.
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures.
Published: 23/10/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405910255
Book Cover:  Entwined With You: A Crossfire Novel
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires . . .
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires . . .
Published: 04/06/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405910279
Book Cover:  Captivated by You: A Crossfire Novel
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
Published: 19/11/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405916400
Book Cover:  Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel
Bared to You by Sylvia Day is the first in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating - the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Bared to You by Sylvia Day is the first in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating - the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Published: 06/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405910231
Penguin Random House Authors Named on Stella Prize Longlist
12 Feb 2015

Penguin Random House Australia is delighted with today’s announcement of The Stella Prize longlist, which features three Penguin Random House authors:

The Golden Age by Joan London

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

The Stella Prize recognises and celebrates Australian women’s writing, putting a spotlight on their talent and providing role models for girls and women, particularly emerging female writers. The shortlist will be revealed in March and the winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced in May.

Congratulations to our authors for this wonderful acknowledgement. 

 

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03 Aug 2015
BOOKTOPIA ACQUIRES BOOKWORLD AND ANGUS & ROBERTSON ONLINE
 Melbourne 11.30am, 3 August 2015: Penguin Random House Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne today announced the sale of Bookworld, the online book retailer that operates bookworld.com.au and angusrobertson.com.au, to Booktopia.The transaction will bring together Australia’s two largest online book businesses.Coyne said “As publishers, connecting authors with readers is at the core of what we do and a strong online player is but one of the many ways this happens.

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