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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

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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
Important Note about Belle Gibson and The Whole Pantry recipe book published by Lantern Books
16 Mar 2015

Despite our best endeavours, we have not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations. As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia. We remain hopeful that we will receive the formal assurances we have requested in the coming days.





Sir Terry Pratchett: 1948 – 2015
13 Mar 2015


It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.

Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers:

"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA1 in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease. 

Golden Age by Joan London has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize
12 Mar 2015

The Golden Age by Joan London has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize, it was announced today.

We are so proud to see Joan recognised amongst an impressive selection of Australian women writers for a novel described as ‘a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humor’ by The Washington Post.

The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced in Melbourne on 21 April.


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27 Jan 2016
Quentin Blake to illustrate rediscovered Beatrix Potter Tale
  Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally writtenLondon – 26 January 2016In September 2016, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, will publish a brand-new tale by one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, Beatrix Potter.

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