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Shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards
29 Jul 2014

The following Penguin Randhom House titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier's Book Awards:

Children's Books

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox; illustrator Emma Quay

Fiction

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Eyrie by Tim Winton

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

West Australian History

Kerry Stokes: Self-made Man by Margaret Simons

For more information visit the WA Premier's Book Prize website: http://pba.slwa.wa.gov.au

The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by The West Australian. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted fiction books by visiting www.thewest.com.au/bookawards.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Baby Bedtime
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075195
Book Cover:  Eyrie
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571346
Five Penguin Random House titles longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
24 Jul 2014
Kate Richards wins 2014 Dobbie Award for Madness: A Memoir
24 Jul 2014

We are delighted to announce that Madness: A Memoir, by Kate Richards, has been named the winner of the 2014 Dobbie Literary Award for a first published work from an Australian woman writer.

Kate attended the presentation at today’s 2014 Kibble Literary Awards in Sydney along with fellow Penguin Random House author and shortlisted nominee, Fiona McFarlane (The Night Guest).

Congratulations to Kate for such a wonderful achievement.

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Book Cover:  Madness: a Memoir
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571391
Book Cover: The Night Guest
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571339
Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison
22 Jul 2014

Penguin Books Australia mourns the loss of critically-acclaimed author Liam Davison, who died, along with his adored wife Frankie, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July 2014. Remembered for his artistry, insight, and passion for Australian writing – a gifted writer, an inspiring teacher and a warm, wonderful man. Our thoughts go to their children, Milly and Sam.

The Wilderness Society: Shortlist Announced for the 20th Environment Award for Children’s Literature
21 Jul 2014

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Book Cover:  Bush Baby Rescue: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 4)
A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos.  Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive.  Chelsea and I have never been busier!  There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.
A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos.  Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive.  Chelsea and I have never been busier!  There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307143
Book Cover:  Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076758
Book Cover: The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals
From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin's stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world.
From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin's stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world.
Published: 27/02/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076468
Penguin Random House books shortlisted for the 2014 ABDA Book Design Awards
16 Jul 2014

Shortlisted for the 62nd Australian Book Design Awards 2014

Best designed commercial fiction book

Lola Bensky by Lily Brett, designed by Laura Thomas

Best designed non-fiction book

Madness a Memoir by Kate Richards, designed by Allison Colpoys

The End by Bianca Nogrady, designed by Sandy Cull

Best designed series

Penguin Australian Classics, designed by Adam Laszczuk, illustration by Josh Durham

Best designed fully-illustrated book under $50 RRP

Naples: A Way of Love by Carla Coulson and Lisa Clifford, designed by Evi O

Edible Garden Design by Jamie Durie, designed by Evi O

Best designed fully-illustrated book over $50 RRP

Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan, designed by Arielle Gamble, cover illustration by Daniel New

Best designed cookbook

A Bite of the Big Apple by Monica Trapaga & Lil Tulloch, designed by Arielle Gamble

Love Italy by Guy Grossi, designed by Daniel New

Best designed young adult book

The First Third by Will Kostakis, designed by Marina Messiah

Best designed Children's fiction book

The Andy Flegg Survival Guide by Mark Pardoe, designed by Anthony Palmer

The Wish Bird by Gabrielle Wang, designed by Anthiony Palmer, illustrated by Gabrielle Wang

Best designed children's/young adult series

The Lost World Circus by Justin D'Ath, designed by Marina Messiah, illustrated by Sam Hadley

Young designer of the year

Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan, designed by Arielle Gamble, cover illustration by Daniel New

A Bite of the Big Apple by Monica Trapaga & Lil Tulloch, designed by Arielle Gamble

101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration by Meredith Gaston, designed by Arielle Gamble, illustrated by Meredith Gaston

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget, by Dr Manny Noakes & The CSIRO, designed by Arielle Gamble

Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie, illustrated by Chris Nixon, designed by Kirby Armstrong

Run by Tim Sinclair, designed by Kirby Armstrong, illustrated by Brett Armstrong

For more information on these awards please visit www.abda.com.au

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Book Cover: The Last Elephant: The Lost World Circus Book 1
An electrifying new animal adventure series from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series. Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. But can he save the last animals on earth?
An electrifying new animal adventure series from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series. Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. But can he save the last animals on earth?
Published: 27/02/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307266
Book Cover: The First Third
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568179
Book Cover: The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to Losing your dog, your Dad and your dignity in 138 Days
Hilarious book about a boy coping with puberty, family break-ups, friends, enemies and girls - all recorded in a journal that he has to keep if he wants the Xbox that is rightly his!
Hilarious book about a boy coping with puberty, family break-ups, friends, enemies and girls - all recorded in a journal that he has to keep if he wants the Xbox that is rightly his!
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143306771
Book Cover: The Wishbird
The girl's hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly.  She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.
The girl's hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly.  She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307525
Book Cover:  Lola Bensky
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569190
Book Cover:  101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration
101 moments to colour your world and brighten your life.
101 moments to colour your world and brighten your life.
Published: 03/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383526
Book Cover:  CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This brand new collection of more than 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising on quality or nutrition.
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This brand new collection of more than 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising on quality or nutrition.
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670076321
Book Cover:  Run
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is an unmissable paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is an unmissable paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567684
Book Cover:  Naples: A Way of Love
Photographer Carla Coulson and writer Lisa Clifford know this dazzling, magical city intimately: in this book they take you on a journey through the Naples most tourists never see.
Photographer Carla Coulson and writer Lisa Clifford know this dazzling, magical city intimately: in this book they take you on a journey through the Naples most tourists never see.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382994
Book Cover:  Edible Garden Design: Delicious Designs From the Ground Up

Practical and inspiring, Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design is a book for our times. As more and more of us recognise the environmental, financial and health benefits of growing our own food, all over the country flower beds are being transformed into vegie patches and empty windowsills into flourishing windowboxes.

Practical and inspiring, Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design is a book for our times. As more and more of us recognise the environmental, financial and health benefits of growing our own food...

Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383083
Book Cover:  Obsessive Creative
When I design a collection there is always a story.  I imagine the mood, the time, the place, who will be wearing the clothes, who else might be there.  Anything might inspire me - fields of flowers, a flock of birds, old mosaics, or even a row of striped deckchairs.
When I design a collection there is always a story.  I imagine the mood, the time, the place, who will be wearing the clothes, who else might be there.  Anything might inspire me - fields of flowers, a flock of birds, old mosaics, or even a row of striped deckchairs.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383298
Book Cover:  Love Italy
Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it. Then cook your way through 150 rauthentic & irresistible recipes inspired by his journey.
Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it. Then cook your way through 150 rauthentic & irresistible recipes inspired by his journey.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382420
Book Cover:  Madness: a Memoir
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
Published: 30/01/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074778
National Biography Award shortlist announced
10 Jul 2014

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the National Biography Award, which recognises ‘the continuing importance and value of life writing’. Congratulations to Gideon Haigh shortlisted for On Warne. The winner will be announced on 4 August at an event at the State Library of NSW, which coincides with the beginning of the library’s Biography Week. 

Read more about the prize and Biography Week events here.

Related Books

Book Cover:  On Warne
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? 
Published: 20/11/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569176
Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2014
08 Jul 2014

Congratulations to the following authors and illustrators who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

Birth to Three Years

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Ann James

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox and illustrated by Emma Quay

Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester

Three to Five Years

Starting School by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker

Davy and the Duckling by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Julie Vivas

Five to Eight Years

The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

Eight to Ten Years

Runaways by Sherryl Clark

The Kensington Reptilarium by NJ. Gemmell

For more information regarding this award please visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Baby Bedtime
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075195
Book Cover:  Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076758
Book Cover:  Starting School
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Published: 09/08/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076765
Book Cover:  Davy and the Duckling
From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075614
Book Cover:  Runaways
The red balloon explodes my blood runs hot from skull to toes I grab my bag  and run. Cassie and her brother, Jack, are on the run from the past, from the future and from their failure of a family. But where can they go? And can you ever really run away?
The red balloon explodes my blood runs hot from skull to toes I grab my bag  and run. Cassie and her brother, Jack, are on the run from the past, from the future and from their failure of a family. But where can they go? And can you ever really run away?
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307150
Book Cover:  I'm a Dirty Dinosaur
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076154
2014 Miles Franklin Award
27 Jun 2014

Congratulations to Random House AustraliaEvie Wyld for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award win for All the Birds, Singing.

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing, published by our colleagues at Random House Australia has been named winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award.

This announcement continues the overwhelming response that Evie has had to this novel, described by the Financial Times as ‘extraordinarily accomplished, one of those books that tears around in your cerebellum like a dark firework, and which, upon finishing, you immediately want to pick up again.’

The judges’ notes were equally as emphatic in their praise, describing All the Birds, Singing as a ‘powerful road-movie-in-reverse…Saturated with menace, the novel’s upside-down pastoral elegy traces with great subtlety the alienation felt by this youthful outsider. In Darwin and also in remote outback Australia, Jake has sold herself all too cheaply, and her flight from an ever-present past builds narrative momentum into a vivid and unforgettable moral fable.’

Named in 2013 as one of the top 20 writers under 40 by Granta magazine, Evie was shortlisted this year for the Costa Novel Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. More recently, winning the Encore Award and Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize have cemented Evie’s place as a rising star and a resonant new voice.

At the awards presentation last night, Evie said, “It's such an honour to be amongst writers whose work I love so much. Every book on the shortlist is spectacular and I'm floored to have won it.”

Congratulations to Evie on this remarkable and prestigious honour.

Small Town Storm Wins Clue Award
17 Jun 2014

Small Town Storm by Elise Ackers (Destiny) was awarded first place in the 'Romantic Suspense' category of this year's US-based Clue Awards for outstanding new talent. 

See the awards website here for more information.

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Book Cover:  Small Town Storm: Destiny Romance
Fans of Nora Roberts will love this thrilling romantic suspense.
Fans of Nora Roberts will love this thrilling romantic suspense.
Published: 16/08/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536101

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03 Aug 2015
BOOKTOPIA ACQUIRES BOOKWORLD AND ANGUS & ROBERTSON ONLINE
 Melbourne 11.30am, 3 August 2015: Penguin Random House Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne today announced the sale of Bookworld, the online book retailer that operates bookworld.com.au and angusrobertson.com.au, to Booktopia.The transaction will bring together Australia’s two largest online book businesses.Coyne said “As publishers, connecting authors with readers is at the core of what we do and a strong online player is but one of the many ways this happens.

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