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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

Peter Carey wins inaugural Randwick Award for Literature
22 Oct 2010

Peter Carey has won the inaugural Randwick Award for Literature ($10,000) for his novel Parrot and Olivier in America.

In an acceptance speech read out on his behalf Peter said, “I’m so happy and proud to win an Australian prize for Parrot and Olivier. But I am particularly honoured to be the first winner of a prize which is unlike any other. The Randwick Award for Literature 2010 has been created by a community and it celebrates not only those of us who have been short-listed but also a very particular Australian place which tonight declares itself a home to those vital people without whom a book can never live. I mean, the readers, which means, in turn, that the voters, the councillors, the librarians, the citizens of a large diverse community have tonight declared how important books are in all their lives.

I wish there were a thousand Randwicks, even while I know myself lucky there is only one. I’m in New York tonight, but less far from Randwick than you might expect. That is, I have books about Randwick in my library. They are not there by accident, but because Randwick plays a part in two of my novels, in Illywhacker and Oscar and Lucinda. Indeed I have spent many hours nosing around the streets of Randwick where I have met enough glass blowers and snake dancers, pigeon enthusiasts, vets and horse trainers, enough talkers, enough characters, enough quirky reading lives to tell me that there is a lot more to Randwick than the very considerable beauties of its beaches.”

Parrot and Olivier in America has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010, Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2010, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2010, The Age Book of the Year 2010, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards - Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 2010, as well as being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010.

For further information please contact Anyez Lindop
03 9811 2512

2010 Inky Awards - shortlisted
20 Oct 2010

The Gold Inky (Australian books):

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Swerve by Phillip Gwynne

The Silver Inky (International books):

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

2010 USA National Book Award Finalists
14 Oct 2010

Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Great House by Nicole Krauss

For more information on the award please visit

Penguin Group (Australia) – Product Safety Recall
08 Oct 2010

Penguin Group (Australia) is recalling all “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” made available for sale from 7 April 2010 and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” made available for sale from 23 April 2010.

ISBN 9781405356824 My First Animals: Let's Squeak and SquawkISBN 9781405359818 My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting

There have been no reported incidents in Australia.  However, “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” have failed an international safety test and therefore we are withdrawing the products from sale in Australia.  One of the tabs can be torn off and may cause a potential choking hazard. 

What to Do - Customers

In order to prevent any accidents, we are contacting all of our customers to ask them to stop selling this title immediately and to return all existing stock for a full credit.  Should a consumer return this title to a bookseller, the bookseller should credit the consumer in full and return the book to us in the usual way for a full credit.

Should customers have queries regarding this recall, they are advised to contact United Book Distributors Customer Service line on 1800 331 015.

What to Do - Consumers

Consumers can return “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” to their place of purchase for a full refund.  Alternatively they can return these products to Penguin Group (Australia) directly c/o

My First Animals/My First Numbers Recall

Penguin Group (Australia)

250 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124

Penguin Group (Australia) apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Penguin to publish Anna Funder’s First Novel
06 Oct 2010

Penguin Group (Australia) is delighted to confirm it will publish Anna Funder’s long-awaited first novel All That I Am

Publisher Ben Ball said “I was the distraught underbidder for Stasiland in London, when I said to the agent that were there a novel that Anna was thinking of writing I’d be glad to offer for that too, whatever it was. So almost ten years later, I was thrilled to receive the manuscript of All That I Am – and after I finished reading it, excited in the extreme. We always knew Anna was one of our best writers; now she shows herself to be one of our best novelists, producing one of the finest novels written in the intervening decade, one that will be read for decades to come. Based around a set of concerns recognizable from the author of Stasiland, it has a depth of humanity and wisdom – as well as an absolutely compelling story – that was beyond even my expectations. So for me, this acquisition has been a long time coming, and I and everyone at Penguin is excited to have the privilege of bringing this gripping, important novel to the widest possible Australian audience.”

Anna Funder’s utterly compelling first novel All That I Am is about the heroic and largely tragic fate of a small group of left-wing German activists who opposed the rise of Hitler. It centres on two real people: the playwright Ernst Toller (famously eulogized by his friend WH Auden), and one of his associates, Ruth Koplowitz. Ruth was also a friend of Toller, and came to live in Sydney after WW2, where Anna got to know her well in later life. Their lives were tied together by the charismatic, passionate Dora – All That I Am vividly, passionately and irresistibly brings back to life their struggles, their hopes, their fears and their fates.

All That I Am will be published by Penguin Australia under the Hamish Hamilton imprint in 2011.

For further information please contact Anyez Lindop
03 9811 2512

Randwick Award for Literature 2010 -shortlisted
30 Sep 2010

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Breath by Tim Winton

The awards presentation is Thursday 21 October 2010 at the Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay, Sydney.

2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Winners
29 Sep 2010

The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-fiction

Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life by Brenda Walker

The Prize for Young Adult Fiction

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

For more information please visit:

Butterfly shortlisted for the 2009 Colin Roderick Award
23 Sep 2010

Butterfly by Sonia Hartnett

The winner will be announced at the annual dinner of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, held in Townsville on Thursday 4th November 2010.


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05 Aug 2015
Sisters in Crime’s 15th Davitt Awards Shortlist
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced its shortlist for its 15th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women and the list features a number of titles from Penguin Random House authors:

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