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Queensland Floods
12 Jan 2011

Penguin Group (Australia) wish to advise customers that UBD will begin processing orders on Monday 17 January.  Queensland customers are advised to contact UBD customer service on 1800 338 836 should they require further information at this time.  The Penguin office in Coronation Drive will also reopen on Monday 17 January. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules the movie
05 Jan 2011

Exciting news for Wimpy Kid fans!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, will be released in Australian cinemas on April 14, 2011!

Can we wait that long?

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010
16 Dec 2010

The following seven titles are national winners:

Best First Book
The Crunch Time Cookbook by Michelle Bridges

Best Children and Family Cookbook:
The Great Aussie Family Cookbook by Kim Terakes

Best Local Cuisine Book:
Country Style, Country Chefs by Country Style

Best Arab Cuisine Book:
Ablas´s Lebanese Kitchen by Abla Amad

Best Entertaining Cookbook:
Feasting by Karen Martini

Best Cookbook Cover:
Just Add Spice by Ian Hemphill and Lyndey Milan

Best Culinary Travel Guides:
A Food Lover´s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Dee Nolan

Best Easy Recipes Book:
The Country Cookbook by Belinda Jeffery

Best Chinese Cuisine Book:
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong

5.A Sustainable:
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong

Penguin’s Australian winners will compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World.

The results will be announced on March 3, 2011 at the annual awards event on the first day of the Paris Cookbook Fair.

For more information please visit the Gourmand Cookbook Awards website

2010 Costa Book Awards - shortlisted
29 Nov 2010

Costa First Novel Award

The Temple-Goers by Aatish Taseer

Costa Novel Award

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - longlisted
17 Nov 2010

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Mother's Day by Laurence Fearnley

Access Road by Morris Gee

Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy Memoir available as an App
08 Nov 2010

Paul Kelly’s critically acclaimed memoir How to Make Gravy is now available as an iPhone/iPad App through iTunes. More than just an app, this is a reading experience.

The How to Make Gravy app brings to life the words, music and magic of one of Australia’s best loved singer/songwriters. Mirroring the unique structure of his memoir, this app will not only let you read the unabridged ebook of How to Make Gravy, it will also consult your iPod library, so you can listen to any versions of songs you might already have.

The first six songs referred to in the book are included to get you started. The app also contains a very personal video introduction by the iconic entertainer and six audio extracts.

The app builds on the already rich publishing program surrounding Paul Kelly’s extraordinary memoir. As well as the hardback version of How to Make Gravy, there is the special edition slipcase package which contains the memoir along with the companion A-Z Recordings box set. This includes eight CDs of new live recordings of songs that form the book’s chapters and a 64-page booklet of colour photographs.

“The publication of How to Make Gravy is the most innovative I’ve ever been involved with,” said Ben Ball, Publisher at Penguin. “Paul’s vision has been to offer readers and listeners as many different ways as conceivable to engage with the words and music – as physical objects, as an ebook or as an app. It’s a great example of what’s now possible and how the reading experience can be enhanced.”

Paul Kelly said "The app is the format closest to my original conception of the book which is as much for the ears as the eyes."

How to Make Gravy has its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them and from those stories grew How to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other.

The app is available for iPhone/iPad devices for $19.99 from iTunes.

For more information please contact:
Kim Noble. Publicity Manager, Penguin Group (Australia)
Ph 02 8204 3317 or email:

2010 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards - Winner
04 Nov 2010

Fiction for years 7-9

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

Australian Food Media Awards 2010
03 Nov 2010

Simon Johnson Award for Best Food Related Book


Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander

Highly Commended:

Fire by Christine Manfield

AAFP Award for Best Recipe Book Over $40


The Really Useful Cookbook by David Herbert

For more information please visit

Jeff Kinney on Skype for SuperClubsPLUS
27 Oct 2010

Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid head to SuperClubsPLUS Australia to register for a very special Skype event Friday 29 October 10am AEST with Jeff Kinney. Jeff's new book The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 5 is out 10 November.

SuperClubsPLUS Australia is the first Australian Cybersafe Social Learning Network, supported by Australian governments and specifically designed for young children and their teachers.


Penguin and Pearson on the Move
26 Oct 2010

Pearson Australia Group is delighted to announce that it will be relocating to new premises in April 2012. More than just an office move, it will mean bringing together Penguin Group (Australia) and Pearson Australia, into a truly collaborative and creative space.

The new premises will be located in the heritage listed The Southern Goods Shed, which traverses the eastern boundary of Walker Corporation’s 735 Collins Street development in Melbourne.

Central to public transport and part of a developing precinct, the building will be converted to retain the heritage listed features of the original building - high ceilings, clerestory windows, exposed trusses, brickwork and cast iron columns - whilst transforming the interior into a contemporary, light-filled, open office environment incorporating state-of-the-art technology.

The Goods Shed was built in 1889 and was renowned for its outstanding aesthetic and historical significance as the largest and most elaborate railway goods building in Victoria. Its huge scale and grand style reflect Melbourne’s boom for almost a century and most of the materials for Victoria’s industries passed under its soaring, gabled roof.

Basso Project Management and architects BVN will work closely on the redevelopment of the new space. As a part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the historic building upgrade is being designed to achieve a 5 star Green Star= Rating and use green principle for the office interiors.

“This is an exciting precinct and a building that really suits the creative, collective nature of the Pearson Australia Group,” commented Chief Operating Officer, Dionne Higgins. “Our thanks go to Stuart Allison from CB Richard Ellis Global Corporate Services, who has helped to select and secure our tenancy in this great property.”

Penguin Australia’s CEO, Gabrielle Coyne described it as an exciting move into a lively area. “It’s an opportunity to work in an open plan environment which will naturally make us more collaborative. Residing under the same roof with Pearson’s Education business will also see us share ideas and collaborate in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. Plus for Penguin, there’s a nice circular aspect to this – we originally commenced trading in Australia in a tin shed nearby in South Melbourne in 1946, so it feels a little bit like coming home.”

Pearson Australia’s CEO, David Barnett said the “The Southern Goods Shed will be a great work space for our Melbourne-based Education teams, close to first-class amenities and public transport. In addition it will be wonderful to be housed, for the first time, in the same building as colleagues from Penguin. We look forward to exploiting the collaboration opportunities.”

The 735 Collins Street development is the largest commercial mixed-use development in Australia, comprising five commercial towers alongside the refurbishment of the Southern Goods Shed, and a world class retail precinct fronting Collins Street.

Executive Chairman of Walker Corporation, Lang Walker, welcomed Pearson Australia Group to the new precinct, adding that he was delighted that a world-leading organisation had made the decision to move to this iconic new development.

“735 Collins Street has unprecedented transport and retail amenity, creating a vibrant new quarters for the western end of Collins Street. We know that the Pearson Group Australia will thoroughly enjoy their new premises and being part of the 735 Collins Street precinct. It’s fantastic to be able to undertake a heritage restoration the size and scale of the Southern Goods Shed as part of this iconic new development – it will set a new benchmark for environmentally sustainable, heritage restoration projects in Australia.”

The $1 billion 735 Collins Street precinct is one of four major projects Walker Corporation has underway in Melbourne.

For more information please contact: Sally Bateman, Penguin Group (Australia) Ph 03 9811 2496 or email:

Tessa McMahon, Walker Corporation Ph: 02 8273 9678 or


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