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ALS Gold Medal longlist announced
23 Apr 2015

The longlist for the 2015 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. Congratulations to the following longlisted Penguin Random House authors:

The shortlist will be announced in May, ahead of the winner announcement at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) conference in July. 

Final instalment of Isobelle Carmody’s The Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen to be published in November
15 Apr 2015

Obernewtyn Chronicles,  The Red Queen to be published in November


15 April, Melbourne: Penguin Random House Australia is delighted to announce the publication date of The Red Queen, the final book in the internationally acclaimed Obernewtyn series by bestselling author Isobelle Carmody.  The Red Queen will go on sale nationally 12 November 2015 and is set to be a major publishing event.

“The Obernewtyn series started when I was fourteen – not much older than my main character Elspeth – and together we’ve made an almost thirty year journey,” Isobelle Carmody said.

“Many fans too have made that journey with me, some having started as children, now having children themselves. While it’s exciting and beautiful to be able to bring The Red Queen to them, a part of me is very nervous and sad to say goodbye to these characters and the readers who embraced them. I can only hope Obernewtyn fans will enjoy The Red Queen as much as I have enjoyed the journey with them through thirty years of books.”

Laura Harris, Penguin Young Readers Publishing Director said, “Obernewtyn fans have been waiting with breath that is bated...but the wait is over. We are thrilled to be working with Isobelle Carmody once again to bring her final instalment to the world.”

The Obernewtyn series began 1987 has sold more 350,000 locally and has been published internationally including the USA, Canada and the UK. The series includes Obernewtyn (1987), The Farseekers (1990), Ashling (1995), The Keeping Place (1999), The Stone Key (2008) and The Sending (2011.)  The series has been shortlisted for numerous awards throughout the years including the CBCA Book of the Year and Aurealis Awards Young Adult Novel award.

The Red Queen, book 7 in the Obernewtyn Chronicles will be available in paperback and as ebook, from Thursday 12 November 2015.

 For more information please contact:

Tina Gumnior, Senior Publicist
T: 03 911 2549 - 0419 329 466


Where it all began: Obernewtyn: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1

2015 YABBA Shortlisted books
15 Apr 2015

The following Penguin Random House Australia books have been shortlisted for the 2015 YABBA Awards.

Picture Story Books

Max by Marc Martin

My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andew Joyner

Fiction for Younger Readers

Alice-Miranda in Japan by Jacqueline Harvey

Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil

OAG: Meet Grace by Sofie Laguna, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

OAG: Meet Letty by Alison Lloyd, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman

The Lost Circus: The Last Elephant by Justin D’Ath

You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove by George Ivanoff


Fiction for Older Readers

Brotherband: The Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan

Con-Nerd by Oliver Phommavanh

My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up by Tristan Bancks, illustrated by Gus Gordon

New City by Deborah Ablea

Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon

The Sequin Star by Belinda Murrell

Fiction for Year 7-9

Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks

When We Were Two by Robert Newton


For more information on these awards and to see all of the books that have been shortlisted please visit the YABBA Awards website:

CBCA 2015 Book of the Year Shortlist
14 Apr 2015

Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, announced today.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia, celebrating its 70th year in 2015, celebrates Australian authors and illustrators and is the most prestigious prize in Australian children’s literature.

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Intruder, Christine Bongers

Are You Seeing Me?, Darren Groth

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Two Wolves, Tristan Bancks


For the full list visit the CBCA website.

Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for 2015 ABIA Awards, announced today.
13 Apr 2015

Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for 2015 ABIA Awards, announced today.

The annual ABIAs, now in its 15th year, is the biggest industry event on the nation’s book calendar acknowledging the best books and finest talent in the business. 

Our shortlisted authors are:

Literary Fiction Book of the Year:

General Non-fiction Book of the Year:

Biography of the Year:

Older Children Book of the Year (age range 8 to 14 years):

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

International Book of the Year:

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer:

Congratulations to all of our authors on this fantastic achievement. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 21 May in Sydney.

For the full list of shortlisted titles visit the ABIA Awards website:

Penguin Random House to publish definitive account of the dismissal
10 Apr 2015

Penguin Random House will publish the definitive account of the dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s government, co-authored by Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston, to mark the 40th anniversary of this landmark event in November this year.

This ground-breaking new book will reveal the story of Australia's greatest political crisis with fresh interviews, the discovery of new archival material and a dramatic reinterpretation of events that will surprise readers.

Four decades after the dismissal in November 1975, and following the deaths of Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, it is time to draw a line under the events that continue to reverberate through Australian politics and form a final judgment.

The treasure trove of new information already discovered by the authors deepens our understanding of what we know about the dismissal, reveals startling new information and contradicts some recently published claims.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ben Ball, publishing director of Penguin General, said, ”In the wake of the passing of both Whitlam and Fraser, the fortieth anniversary of Australia’s most controversial political moment will see its definitive book.  And there’s no-one better to write it than Kelly and Bramston for deep historical and political knowledge, first-hand experience of the event, and extensive, new, revelatory research”.

Paul Kelly is editor-at-large on The Australian newspaper and Australia’s preeminent contemporary political historian. He reported on the crisis as it unfolded in 1975. He is an award-winning author of several books, including two previous accounts of the dismissal, November 1975 (1995) and The Unmaking of Gough (1976).

Troy Bramston is a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper. He is the author of two previous books, including Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014), and the editor of four other books, including The Whitlam Legacy (2013).

Both authors have written extensively on the dismissal, they know the archival material well and have each interviewed most of the key players involved in this tumultuous event.

The archival material they have obtained – some of which has never been made public – fundamentally challenges our understanding of key events in the crisis and the interplay of the principal characters.

The authors examine the crisis from the vantage point of key institutions and leading participants: the Prime Minister and his staff, the Governor-General and Government House, Buckingham Palace, the High Court and the Opposition led by Malcolm Fraser.

This fresh new account of the dismissal will be dispassionate in its analysis, vivid in its narrative and brutal in its conclusions.

It will divulge the role played by key political, judicial and vice-regal figures. It will expose the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion. It will recount the stunning climax on Remembrance Day 1975. And, for the first time, the book will reveal what happened next, as a second crisis began to unfold.


For further information please contact:

Heidi McCourt, Publicity Manager, Penguin Books

P +61 (2) 8204 3316   E

2015 Miles Franklin Longlist Announced
31 Mar 2015

We are delighted with the news today that three Penguin Random House authors have been longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett, The Golden Age by Joan London and Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa represent the diversity of Australian life and its cultural and physical landscape, past and present; we are very proud to see our authors acknowledged in this way.

Congratulations to Sonya, Joan and Omar. The shortlist will be announced on 18 May.


Sonya Hartnett stars in True Stories: Close to Home

Visit the official site for Omar Musa - Here Come the Dogs

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 10 to be Published Simultaneously Worldwide on November 3, 2015.
27 Mar 2015

Unprecedented Global Release Sets the Stage For Biggest Around-the-World Author Tour Ever

NEW YORK, NY, March 26, 2015—At least eighteen international publishers will unite to simultaneously release and publish a milestone volume in the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Book 10, an all-new original story by bestselling author Jeff Kinney, will go on sale in more than 90 countries around the world on November 3, 2015. As one of the most anticipated books of the year everywhere, fans will herald its arrival.

In November, bestselling author Jeff Kinney will embark on an unprecedented tour around the world, a first for the series. Jeff will be featured in international media and will meet tens of thousands of fans during author events held in major venues. All publicity, marketing, and social-media promotions will be coordinated on a global scale with all publisher partners.

“For me, the most surprising thing about Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been how kids of different cultures around the world have embraced Greg Heffley,” says Jeff Kinney. “I’m very excited that we’re able to simultaneously publish in so many languages, and I’m eager to meet as many fans as I can across the world.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10—originating from ABRAMS's Amulet imprint—will go on sale for publishing houses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Greece, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Hungary, Sweden, Taiwan, Lithuania, Latvia, and Norway. A striking, original new teaser image Jeff Kinney featuring Greg Heffley accompanies this release.

“Few series have the staying power of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and fewer still have the global reach that these books have achieved,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS. “We, and our publishing partners around the world, are thrilled to be able to bring Jeff's new book, the tenth in this ongoing series—a milestone in itself—to as many kids as possible around the world at once.”  

The cover of book 10 will be revealed in New York City on April 27 at 9:30 a.m. EST by Jeff Kinney with XM Sirius satellite radio’s kids’ host Absolutely Mindy, to a live audience of Wimpy Kid fans and through a webcast available worldwide live. It will then be available on 

The second annual Wimpy Kid Month, established in 2014, begins April 1 and is a celebration of reading, writing, and all things Greg Heffley. Beginning with April Fool’s Day and ending with the reveal of the cover of the latest book in the series, people everywhere will celebrate Wimpy Kid’s ability to get kids hooked on reading through events, social media, and much more.

Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. With each subsequent book, in-print numbers continue to grow exponentially both here and abroad. The ninth book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, sold over 2 million copies in all formats around the world in its first week. There are more than 150 million copies of the series in print.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The series has remained on the New York Times bestseller lists since the publication of the first book, for more than 400 weeks total, and more than 300 on the series list. The books have been sold in more than 44 territories in 42 languages. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world. Three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $250 million internationally. The book series won four Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Jeff Kinney won two Children's Choice Book Awards. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers around the globe. The Wimpy Kid Island (Wimpy Wonderland) on, a virtual world for kids, remains one of the most visited on the site.

For media enquiries please contact Tina Gumnior:

Cover reveal: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
26 Mar 2015

We are delighted to reveal the cover for GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee to be published 14 July 2015.  


GO SET A WATCHMAN is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

One of the most exciting publishing events in history, you can be one of the first to read Harper Lee's new book by pre-ordering your copy of GO SET A WATCHMAN.

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Winners at the 2015 Indie Awards
26 Mar 2015

Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who were winners at the 2015 Indie Awards, announced last night in Sydney.

Don Watson received the Indie for Non-Fiction for his The Bush, an exploration into bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don't. 

Sonya Hartnett’s Golden Boys was the winner in the Fiction category, which the Australian Book Review described as: 'An absorbing, fiercely elegant and tangibly believable novel that raises questions about our responsibility to bear witness – and details the complex obstacles to doing so.'

The Indies, as they are affectionately known, are the awards hosted by the 170+ independent Australian booksellers that make up Leading Edge Books.  Each year they select their favourite Australian titles for the Indie Book Awards.

Congratulations to both authors on this wonderful achievement.

Related Books

Book Cover: The Bush
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:  Golden Boys
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428611


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23 Nov 2015
2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlists Announced
Congratulations to the following Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.FictionAMNESIA, Peter Carey (Penguin Books Australia)GOLDEN BOYS, Sonya Hartnett (Penguin Books Australia)

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