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Read PINK and make a difference
19 Mar 2013

Penguin Books Australia and the McGrath Foundation have announced the launch of a new series, Pink Popular Penguins, to assist the McGrath Foundation continue their invaluable work expanding the Breast Care Nurse network and promoting breast awareness in throughout Australia. 

To be released on March 19, 2013 for a limited time only, the Pink Popular Penguins include classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Perfume, The Great Gatsby, A Room of One's Own, Love in a Cold Climate, Madame Bovary, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, A Spy In The House Of Love, as well as the bestselling Alphabet Sisters by popular Australian novelist Monica McInerney.

With every purchase of these special editions $1 will be donated to help place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast health awareness in young women.   

“Penguin is proud to turn pink for the McGrath Foundation.  We have chosen 12 of the most popular classics to ensure that this program, with the support of booksellers and booklovers alike, delivers a great level of assistance to the McGrath Foundation to enable them to continue their invaluable work.” Troy Lewis, General Manager, Penguin Brands & Licensing

McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director, Tracy Bevan, is thrilled by the McGrath Foundation’s new friendship with Penguin Group and believes the Pink Popular Penguins program will go a long way in telling the next chapter of the Foundation’s story where every family experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse.

“Bookworms right across Australia can now enjoy the satisfaction of reading literary classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Wuthering Heights and of doing their bit to make a difference to the lives of Australian families experiencing breast cancer.” Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director

Co-founded by Jane and Glenn McGrath, the McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young women.

The McGrath Foundation believes 150 of these specially trained nurses are needed to ensure that every family experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation.  McGrath Breast Care Nurses offer a unique service to families who can self-refer to this free support.

To find out how you can make a difference visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au

Penguin Group announces the release of the Amazing Face App
14 Mar 2013

Penguin Group is delighted to announce the release of the Amazing Face App for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch, available now on the App Store®.

The Amazing Face App is the ultimate beauty guide from one of Australia’s most respected and refreshing beauty editors around – Zoë Foster.

In the irreverent, light-hearted tone that is her trademark, Zoë spills the secrets on how to choose the right concealer, how to look younger instantly, how to kill and cover a cold sore, the best way to curl your hair, and all her amazing advice to ensure you never fall prey to an overzealous haircutter, colourist, waxer or facialist again.

Key features will help you:

• Discover Zoë’s must-have beauty products and where to purchase them online or in a bricks-and mortar store (mapped) near you

• Feel confident knowing you have expert on-the-go advice for SOS situations like totally uncalled for and very aggressive pimples, fake-tan fails and even cold sores

• Use your iPhone’s front-facing camera as a mirror and follow Zoë’s step-by-step on-screen instructions to master a bunch of new looks

• Watch how-to videos on everything from the easiest, quickest up-do in history to the foolproof winged eyeliner technique

• Save a photo of your amazing face to your camera roll or share it instantly on Instagram

• Create a detailed personal shopping list to save/store/immediately act on

• Use the ‘My Kit’ section to store a photo and notes about your favourite products (never forget the details of that awesome lipstick colour again)

After almost a decade of beauty journalism, Zoë Foster knows a thing (or 627) about making women look good and feel incredible. She is the bestselling author of beauty bible Amazing Face, has worked as the beauty director of Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR magazines, written numerous beauty columns in newspapers, websites and industry titles, created and edited beauty nirvana Primped.com.au, and started a cult beauty blog called fruitybeauty back when bloggers were still viewed as pond scum. Zoë is also the author of three novels, Air Kisses, Playing the Field, The Younger Man and a relationship guide called Textbook Romance (with Hamish Blake). She is currently a contributor with News Limited’s Sunday Style and dating columnist for Cosmopolitan.

The Amazing Face App is available for AU$4.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore

Related Books

Book Cover:  Air Kisses

After Hannah Atkins, the magazine world's most unlikely beauty editor, is dumped for the local TV weather girl, she adopts some hardcore rules to attain the Perfect Life.   She will learn how to blend her eye makeup so she doesn't resemble an over-emotional beauty queen.   She will triumph over the catty mag-hags waiting to see her trip in her new-season Jimmy Choos.   She will not...

After Hannah Atkins, the magazine world's most unlikely beauty editor, is dumped for the local TV weather girl, she adopts some hardcore rules to attain the Perfect Life.   She will learn how to...

Published: 31/08/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143009627
Book Cover:  Playing The Field
Frothing with frocks and cocktails, bling and acrylics, Playing the Field is a sassy expose of the glossy world of footballers' WAGs, where love is the toughest game of all.
Frothing with frocks and cocktails, bling and acrylics, Playing the Field is a sassy expose of the glossy world of footballers' WAGs, where love is the toughest game of all.
Published: 31/01/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204244
Book Cover:  Younger Man, The

When Abby enjoys a memorable night with a delicious 22-year-old, she easily waves him out of her life the next morning.  She doesn't have time for these sorts of distractions.  And he's only 22, after all!  A child.  But the charming young Marcus isn't going to let her get away that easily.  He knows what he wants and takes it upon himself to prove that age is irrelevant where...

When Abby enjoys a memorable night with a delicious 22-year-old, she easily waves him out of her life the next morning.  She doesn't have time for these sorts of distractions.  And he's only...

Published: 22/02/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534817
Book Cover:  Textbook Romance
Zoe Foster, relationships guru, provides whip-smart step-by-step lessons in successful romancing, with male commentary from self-confessed male, Hamish Blake.
Zoe Foster, relationships guru, provides whip-smart step-by-step lessons in successful romancing, with male commentary from self-confessed male, Hamish Blake.
Published: 26/10/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143009474
Australian Publishers Association 61st Annual Book Design Awards - shortlisted
14 Mar 2013

With 21 nominations across 11 categories Penguin Australia has dominated the shortlist for the 61st Annual Book Design Awards. Congratulations to our talented team of designers, illustrators and authors; Kirby Armstrong, Aaron Blabey, John Canty, Allison Colpoys, Tom Jellett, Adam Laszczuk, Claire Llyod, Marina Messiha, Daniel New, Emily O’Neill, Evi Oetomo, Tony Palmer, Katie Quinn Davies, Karen Scott, Laura Thomas and Elissa Webb.

Best Designed Children’s Series

Best Designed Children’s Picture Book

Best Designed Children’s Fiction  

Best Designed Children’s Non-Fiction  

Best Designed Specialist Illustrated

Best Designed General Illustrated

Best Designed Fiction

Best Designed Fiction Literary Fiction

Best Designed Cookbook

Best Designed Children’s Cover

Best Designed Cover of the year

And congratulations also to our Pearson colleagues for their nomination:

Best Designed Secondary Education

  • Pearson Year 9 English: Student’s Book – cover design by Glen McClay, Miranda Costa, Jo Ground, Kim Ferguson; internal design by Miranda Costa

For more information visit the APA website.

 

Penguin Announces 2012 Results
26 Feb 2013

Strong second half performance with market share gains in all major territories in the fourth quarter

London, 25th February 2013: Penguin, the international publishing company, today announced its 2012 results reporting sales of £1,053m on a headline basis (£1,019m underlying) and operating profit of £98m (£96m underlying). Penguin performed particularly strongly in the second half of the year, gaining market share in all its major territories in the crucial fourth quarter. This was driven by a publishing schedule that was weighted towards the second half of the year. These results were achieved against a backdrop of continuing tough retail trading conditions.

These results were part of Pearson’s 2012 results announcement. For the Pearson press release, please click here: http://www.pearson.com/news/2013/february/pearson-2012-results.html

Penguin Chairman and CEO John Makinson, said: “We always knew that it would be tough to match Penguin's remarkable 2011 results in 2012 but, as we anticipated, our performance strengthened over the course of the year culminating in an outstanding fourth quarter around the world. It was a momentous year in many ways and I am proud that Penguin took centre stage for two of the defining moments, through the acquisition of Author Solutions, which has got off to a fantastic early start, and through the proposed merger with Random House, which we expect to conclude in the second half of this year. We can say with some confidence that 2013 will be no less momentous than the year on which we are reporting.”

For more information please see the attached press release.

The Stella Prize 2013 - The People Smuggler longlisted
22 Feb 2013

Congratulations to Robin de Crespigny's The People Smuggler, which has been longlisted for the inaugural Stella Prize for Australian women's writing, worth $50,000.  The shortlist is announced 20 March and the winner 16 April.

To see the complete longlist or for further information, see the The Stella Prize webpage here

Related Books

Book Cover:  People Smuggler: The True Story Of Ali Al Jenabi, The
The gripping, inspiring and confronting story of how one man escaped from Saddam's Iraq and eventually became 'the Oskar Schindler of Asia'.
The gripping, inspiring and confronting story of how one man escaped from Saddam's Iraq and eventually became 'the Oskar Schindler of Asia'.
Published: 26/04/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670076550
Leading NRL coach Craig Bellamy signs with Penguin Books
18 Feb 2013

Melbourne Storm Premiership coach Craig Bellamy has signed with Penguin Group (Australia).

His inspirational book, written with experienced rugby league journalist Matt Marshall, promises to reveal the principles and philosophies underpinning one of Australian sport’s most successful and widely-respected coaches.

‘After coaching Melbourne Storm for the past 10 years, and committing my future to the club, I felt the time was right to share my personal experiences, management principles and thoughts on subjects such as leadership, adversity, character, loyalty and emotion. I hope this book gives an insight into the values I hold as important in my life, not just my life in football. I hope it will hold some interest not only to rugby league fans, but people from all backgrounds. I'm really pleased to be working with Matt and Penguin to produce a book I'm sure myself and my family will be proud of.’ Craig Bellamy

‘I'm excited and humbled to be working with Craig, and Penguin, on this publication. The heartbeat of this book, and why I am so passionate about it, is that while Craig is an exceptional coach, he's an even better bloke. Craig is a man with old-fashioned values: and his principles illustrate why he is so widely respected and has been so successful.’ Matt Marshall, journalist and author

‘We're very pleased to be publishing Craig Bellamy's book - it's a great insight into what he stands for and what makes him arguably the best coach going around. Indeed having just signed a record NRL coaching contract extension with Melbourne Storm, and having led them to NRL best-winning percentage of 71.7% over the past five years while navigating the club through the adversity of the 2010 salary cap scandal, we feel Craig has a lot to offer anyone interested in leadership, management, and teamwork and this is what his book will be all about.’ Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General

Craig Bellamy’s book, written with Matt Marshall, will be published by Penguin on 24 July 2013.

For media enquiries please contact Anyez Lindop, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Penguin Group (Australia) on anyez.lindop@au.penguingroup.com or 03 9811 2512.

Create Your Very Own Valentine’s Day Romance Book Cover
14 Feb 2013

Create and share your very own romance book cover with the Destiny Romance web app.

www.destinyromance.com.au

The Best of Kylie Kwong and The Best of Maggie Beer Now Available from the Apple App Store
05 Feb 2013

Following on from the success of The Best of Gary and George App, Penguin Group is delighted to announce the release of two new cooking Apps, The Best of Maggie Beer App and The Best of Kylie Kwong App for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch, available now on the App Store®.

These new cooking Apps feature two of Australia’s best-loved foodies, Maggie Beer and Kylie Kwong,  guiding users through a feast of their classic recipes. With step-by-step instructions, gorgeous colour photography and exclusive videos, these apps will be great to help with planning your next dinner party.

Each of the apps include:

• Easy to follow, step by step recipe instructions for 50 classic dishes • Fully illustrated with beautiful photography • Expert tips in six exclusive videos • Fantastic new kitchen skills • One-touch function to create instant shopping lists • All recipes searchable by ingredient • Ability to share your favourite dishes direct via Facebook, Twitter or Email • Extensive photographic glossary of ingredients and kitchen tools

The Best of Kylie Kwong and The Best of Maggie Beer apps are available for AU$5.49 each from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Best of Kylie Kwong

Media centre: http://www.penguin.com.au/apps/9781742534152/best-of-kylie-kwong/media.html

Best of Maggie Beer

Media centre: http://www.penguin.com.au/apps/9781742534145/best-of-maggie-beer/media.html

2013 Indie Awards - shortlisted
30 Jan 2013

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Book Cover:  Essential Leunig: Cartoons From A Winding Path, The
Four hundred of Michael Leunig's most brilliant cartoons from the past five decades, including some previously uncollected.
Four hundred of Michael Leunig's most brilliant cartoons from the past five decades, including some previously uncollected.
Published: 21/11/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670074686
Penguin Australia & Google + 200th Anniversary of Pride & Prejudice Hang Out Series
28 Jan 2013

Susannah Fullerton bestselling author and President of the Jane Austen Society in Australia and award winning British actress Miriam Margolyes will be hanging out live on +Penguin Books Australia  from Monday to Friday, January 28th-1st February at 6.00pm in a  series of hangouts to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. 

Join us as Susannah leads us through the world of Jane Austen from Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy, film versions to zombie adaptations and we’ll have the wonderful actress Miriam Margolyes read excerpts from the book as well as an exclusive musical performance by +Lizzy Spit with a special Pride and Prejudice inspired tune.  See below for the themes we'll cover each night.

Hangouts on Air Series:

Monday, 28 January Elizabeth Bennet

Tuesday, 29 January Mr Darcy

Wednesday, 30 January  Austen's Style

Thursday, 31 January  On the Screen

Friday, 1 February  Pride and Prejudice

Lives on  Special performance by +LIZZY SPIT

 

Penguin Australia’s Marketing & Digital Director, Sally Bateman said “We’re always looking at how we can create irresistible online experiences for readers and it’s great to have the opportunity to collaborate with Google + to bring the world of Jane Austen to life.  Whether you’re watching the hangouts live or catching up later, looking at the clothes, the manners, the dialogue  – or just enjoying the romance - we hope you have heaps of fun chatting about this wonderful classic in a new forum.”    

 

Event details here:  http://bit.ly/13tcmBt*

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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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