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The shortlist for the 2015 RSL Ondaatje Prize has been announced. Congratulations to the following shortlisted Penguin Random House authors:
- The Architect’s Apprentice, Elif Shafak
- Bagdhad: City of Peace, City of Love, Justin Marozzi
- The Lie, Helen Dunmore
The winner will be announced 18 May. For more information, go to the website here.
In the latest instalment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.
Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, announced today.
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
Only the Animals, Ceridwen Dovey
Golden Boys, Sonya Hartnett
The Golden Age, Joan London
UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
Here Come the Dogs, Omar Musa
Douglas Stewart Prize for Non‐fiction
The Reef: A Passionate History, Iain McCalman
The Bush, Don Watson
Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
The First Voyage, Allan Baillie
Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult’s Literature
Are You Seeing Me?, Darren Groth
Congratulations to all of our authors on this fantastic achievement. The winners will be announced Monday 18 May 2015.
For the full list of shortlisted titles visit the awards website here.
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.
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
The following Penguin Random House Australia books have been shortlisted for the 2015 YABBA Awards.
Picture Story Books
Fiction for Younger Readers
Fiction for Older Readers
Fiction for Year 7-9
For more information on these awards and to see all of the books that have been shortlisted please visit the YABBA Awards website: yabba.org.au/2015-shortlist
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
Book of the Year: Younger Readers
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:
- The Bush, Don Watson
- The Wife Drought, Annabel Crabb
- Where Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed The World, Tim Low
- Gallipoli, Peter Fitzsimons
Biography of the Year:
Older Children Book of the Year (age range 8 to 14 years):
- Alice-Miranda In Japan, Jacqueline Harvey
- Brotherband 5: Scorpion Mountain, John Flanagan
- Friday Barnes 1: Girl Detective, R. A. Spratt
- Loyal Creatures, Morris Gleitzman
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: http://abiawards.com.au
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 email@example.com
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.
Sonya Hartnett stars in True Stories: Close to Home
Visit the official site for Omar Musa - Here Come the Dogs