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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.

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Book Cover:  Where Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed TheWorld
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:  Bush, The
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.

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Book Cover:  Where Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed TheWorld
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:  Bush, The
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
Jamie Oliver’s new book, Everyday Super Food, out nationwide this week
31 Aug 2015

Over the last year, in the run up to his 40th birthday, Jamie Oliver has been on a personal journey, exploring his relationship with food and his body, and rediscovering how to make his ‘engine’ run as efficiently as possible.   By making some gradual and significant changes to his diet and lifestyle, he has seen a dramatic improvement in his own health and wellbeing. Now he wants to share what he has learnt with everyone else.

His new book, Everyday Super Food, contains recipes for 30 breakfasts, 30 lunches and 30 dinners as well as fresh and original ideas for healthy snacks and drinks. The recipes are simple, tasty nutritious and really accessible. This is a flexible, every day, healthy cookbook that lets the reader choose whether to fundamentally change their lifestyle or to simply adopt the recipes for a tasty midweek meal or two.

In addition to helping us to be mindful about what we eat, Jamie has also taken advice from top experts in the world of nutrition, health and sleep and the result is what Jamie does best, lots of bite-sized information and delicious recipes.

Jamie says, “My wish is that through incredible food, this book will inspire and empower you to live the healthiest, happiest, most productive life you can. Food is there to be enjoyed, shared and celebrated and healthy, nourishing food should be colourful, delicious and fun. This book is full of exciting, well-rounded, balanced recipes that will fill you up, tickle your taste buds and most importantly, because I’ve done all the hard work on the nutrition front, every choice is a healthy choice.”

To hear Jamie talk about the book, watch here.

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Book Cover:  Everyday Super Food
In Everyday Super Food, Jamie's done all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.
In Everyday Super Food, Jamie's done all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.
Published: 27/08/2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780718181239
Readings New Australian Writing Award 2015 shortlist announced
26 Aug 2015

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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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
2015 Ned Kelly Awards Shortlist Announced
10 Aug 2015

The shortlist for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards was announced on Saturday at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Penguin Random House authors had a good showing on the list, making up two-thirds of the True Crime category:

2014 Best Crime Novel

EdenCandice Fox

2014 Best First Crime Novel

King of the RoadNigel Bartlett

What Came Before, Anna George

2014 Best True Crime

The FallAmy Dale

The Family Court MurdersDebi Marshall

He Who Must Be ObeidKate McClymont and Linton Besser

The Murder of Allison Baden-ClayDavid Murray

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, Liam Pieper

The winners of the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards will be announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday 22 August.

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Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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