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2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards
09 May 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was crowned “Author of the Year” at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala in New York City.

Romantic Book of the Year - finalists
09 May 2012

Penguin has had some success in the Romantic Book of the Year awards.

The Shelly Beach Writers' Group by June Loves is a finalist in the Romantic Elements category and The Voyagers by Mardi McConnochie is a finalist in the Long Romance category.

Winners are announced at the Romance Writers of Australia national conference on 18 August.

For the complete shortlist see the RWA website.

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Book Cover: The Shelly Beach Writers' Group

What do you do when your husband dumps you for his PA, your company goes broke and your nearly published novel is cancelled?

What do you do when your husband dumps you for his PA, your company goes broke and your nearly published novel is cancelled?

Published: 28/11/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143566601
2012 Miles Franklin Award - shortlisted
03 May 2012

All That I Am by Anna Funder

For more information please visit milesfranklin.com.au

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Book Cover:  All That I Am
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567516
2012 National Biography Award - shortlisted
02 May 2012

Paul Kelly'sHow To Make Gravy has been shortlisted for the National Biography Award ($25,000).

The award encourges the highest standards of writing biography and autobiography and promotes public interest in these genres.

The shortlist is announced 1 May and the winner 14 May as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival.

For further information see the State Library of NSW website.

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Book Cover:  How to Make Gravy
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428277
2012 National Biography Award - longlisted
20 Apr 2012

Paul Kelly's How To Make Gravy has been longlisted for the National Biography Award ($25,000). The award encourges the highest standards of writing biography and autobiography and promotes public interest in these genres.

The shortlist is announced 1 May and the winner 14 May as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival.

For further information see the State Library of NSW website.

Related Books

Book Cover:  How to Make Gravy
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428277
2012 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) - shortlisted
12 Apr 2012

Congratulations to the following authors who have been shortlisted for the 2012 ABIAs

International Success of the Year

Midnight in Peking by Paul French

Illustrated Book of the Year

Tasting India by Christine Manfield

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

Women's Stuff by Kaz Cooke

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years)

One Small Island by Alison Lester, illustrated by Coral Tulloch

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

All That I Am by Anna Funder

General Fiction Book of the Year

Lola's Secret by Monica McInerney

Book of the Year

All That I Am by Anna Funder

 

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Book Cover:  Midnight in Peking
Midnight in Peking is the unputdownable true story of a murder that will make you hold your loved ones close, and also a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era.
Midnight in Peking is the unputdownable true story of a murder that will make you hold your loved ones close, and also a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era.
Published: 29/08/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670080922
Book Cover:  Tasting India
Journey through India with Christine Manfield, tracing the food, spices and culture of this amazing country and cook your way through more than 250 recipes for traditional and contemporary Indian dishes.
Journey through India with Christine Manfield, tracing the food, spices and culture of this amazing country and cook your way through more than 250 recipes for traditional and contemporary Indian dishes.
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781920989927
Book Cover:  Women's Stuff
Providing info at your fingertips, if and when you need it, whichever stage your life is at, Women's Stuff  is an expert guide to health, body image, sex and relationships by one of Australia's most trusted writers on issues concerning women.
Providing info at your fingertips, if and when you need it, whichever stage your life is at, Women's Stuff  is an expert guide to health, body image, sex and relationships by one of Australia's most trusted writers on issues concerning women.
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670073696
Book Cover:  One Small Island
This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?
This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?
Published: 01/08/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670072361
Book Cover:  All That I Am
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567516
The Power of One Australian Hero Award Shortlist
10 Apr 2012
The Power of One Australian Hero Award rewards and recognises one special person whose commitment to the great er good is an inspiration to those around them. A prize of $50,000 will be presented by Bryce Courtenay to the winner of The Power of One Australian Hero Award to assist that person to continue their work in the community. This annual award is a joint initiative between Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Books Australia.
The power of one is the decision to make a difference without expecting recognition.' Bryce Courtenay

The Power of One Australian Hero Award rewards and recognises one special person whose commitment to the greater good is an inspiration to those around them. A prize of $50,000 will be presented by Bryce Courtenay to the winner of The Power of One Australian Hero Award to assist that person to continue their work in the community. This annual award is a joint initiative between Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Books Australia.

Congratulations to the following people shortlisted for The Power of One Australian Hero Award: Sarah McFarlane-Eagle, Carole Cooke, Grace Fava, Andrew Hughes and Sean Wilmore. The winner will be announced Friday 27 April,  2012.

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Book Cover: The Power of One

First with your head and then with your heart …

To Peekay, a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world, this is a piece of advice that he will carry with him throughout his life.

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay...

First with your head and then with your heart …

To Peekay, a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world, this is a piece of advice that he will carry with him throughout...

Published: 05/06/2006
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143004554
Christine Manfield wins two IACP Awards
10 Apr 2012

Tasting India, a diverse cookbook and travelogue written by Christine Manfield, was awarded two awards at the 26th Annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards in New York City. Tasting India is a labour of love and an inspiring journey through India’s cities, temples, dining rooms, street food and restaurants of India that Christine collected over more than a decade of travel to the country.
The coveted IACP Awards Program acknowledges the best of the best within myriad aspects of the culinary industry. With over 50 award categories, the cookbook awards are considered the gold standard among cookbook awards and widely lauded as the most selective in the industry promoting quality and creativity in culinary writing and publishing.

Tasting India won:
Best Cookbook of the Year Award, which was chosen from the winners of the 18 cookbook categories. This was the ultimate award in the Cookbook category. Christine’s work represents the first-ever Australian win in this category.
Culinary Travel Award, which is a new category for the IACP award that focuses on culinary travel. Entries could range from guidebooks, travelogues, or other types of books that illuminate the culture of a place through an exploration of its food, anywhere in the world.
'This recognition is immensely rewarding and quite overwhelming. I am thrilled that Tasting India, a complete labour of love has been embraced so thoroughly and exalted to this special status, to sit amongst the best in the world. It is an amazing achievement,' enthused Christine.

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Book Cover:  Tasting India
Journey through India with Christine Manfield, tracing the food, spices and culture of this amazing country and cook your way through more than 250 recipes for traditional and contemporary Indian dishes.
Journey through India with Christine Manfield, tracing the food, spices and culture of this amazing country and cook your way through more than 250 recipes for traditional and contemporary Indian dishes.
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781920989927
The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year 2012 - shortlisted
03 Apr 2012

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Book Cover:  When We Were Two
This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.
This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143566830
Book Cover:  Come Down, Cat!
From the combined talents of Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo comes this tale of friendship and bravery, and the things we are capable of doing for those we treasure most.
From the combined talents of Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo comes this tale of friendship and bravery, and the things we are capable of doing for those we treasure most.
Published: 29/08/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670074754
Book Cover:  One Small Island
This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?
This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?
Published: 01/08/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670072361
Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney is coming to Australia
30 Mar 2012

We are pleased to announce Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney will visit Australia in May. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was released in 2007 and quickly landed on the New York Times bestseller list, before reaching the #1 spot. This super popular and best-selling series has sold millions of copies worldwide! The Wimpy Kid series won Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010 and 2011, and Jeff Kinney was nominated for a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2009, Jeff Kinney was named one of TIME magazine’s most influential people in the world.

Jeff Kinney was born in 1971 in Maryland and attended the University of Maryland in the early 1990s. It was there that Jeff ran a comic strip called ‘Igdoof’ in the campus newspaper, and he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist.

Jeff is the design director of a Boston-based Internet publishing company, where he created Poptropica.com.

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2015 Man Booker Prize longlist announced
We are delighted with the news that four Penguin Random House titles have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize:Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill CleggThe Green Road, Anne EnrightSatin Island, Tom McCarthy

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