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Penguin Random House Australia is thrilled by the wonderful news that Richard Flanagan’s novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage Australia, Chatto & Windus UK, Knopf US), has been named winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. We are absolutely thrilled and delighted for Richard for this most-deserved honour, recognition of a novel, by his own admission, 12 years in the making. Fellow Booker Prize winner, Thomas Keneally, described as “a grand examination of what it is to be a good man and a bad man in the one flesh and, above all, of how it is to live after survival.”
In accepting the award, Richard said, "I'm astonished. You do not expect these strokes of good fortune to come your way, you're just grateful to be back at the table the next day writing."
Nikki Christer, Richard’s publisher, said, “I have worked with Richard Flanagan for nearly twenty years, and I have always known in my heart that he is one of the most original, talented, creative and exciting voices writing in the English language. With this accolade we have confirmation that he is also one of the most important. He now joins a very select group of writers as a Booker Prize winner, cementing his already high reputation and status as a writer of books that are loved by readers around the world.
“Today is a great day for the world of letters and for all of us. In the company of such wonderful books, open for the first time to American writers, it is an immense achievement to have won this prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book that critics and readers worldwide have called a masterpiece. Australia should be so proud of Richard – I, for one, could not be more proud of the writer whom I am honoured to publish, and call a friend.”
The 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Awards have been finalised and Penguin Random House Australia has one winner in the following category:
Birth to Three Years (the let's Read category)
For more information on these awards and to see the full list of winners please visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.
Penguin Australia is deeply saddened by the passing of acclaimed Melbourne writer Morris Lurie. During a career which spanned almost 50 years, Morris wrote numerous books, short stories, essays and plays, including the novel Seven Books for Grossman and the children’s book Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race published by Penguin. He received the Patrick White Award for under-recognised, lifetime achievement in literature in 2006. A fine writer, who will be greatly missed.
The first book from Australian Rugby League legend, Adam MacDougall, a health and fitness book aimed squarely at men, has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2015 by Penguin Books.
Adam, a former Australian Kangaroos winger and two-time Newcastle Knights premiership player has been in the fitness and wellness industry for many years and his no-nonsense approach to food and exercise will appeal to men of all ages. In Man Up, Adam offers simple solutions for men to lose their gut and live a healthier lifestyle without giving up everything.
Speaking on the acquisition, Andrea McNamara, Associate Publisher Non-fiction and Partnerships for Penguin, said “Adam carves through a lot of the fads out there. His message is so simple that you can make a difference to your health in just ten minutes a day. We're thrilled to partner with him in getting this book into the mass market.”
Adam, who holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics degree majoring in finance, Masters of Business Coaching and is a certified Process Communication Model (PCM) trainer, has studied extensively in the fields of sports science, strength and conditioning and nutrition. He runs Cranky Health, the company behind the hugely successful Man Shake products.
Commenting on the news, Adam said “I am extremely excited to be working with Penguin who have a proven track record and success with providing books that promote key messages around health and wellness and help improve the lives of their readers. I am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me to help the forgotten everyday man who has been left behind in the growing men’s health crisis we are now facing.”
For further information, please contact Alysha Farry on 02 8204 3323 or email@example.com
The Man Shake
The CHASS Australia Prizes are awarded by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (CHASS).
For more information and to see the full shortlist please visit the CHASS website: https://www.chass.org.au/forum/australiaPrizes.htm
The following Penguin Random House titles have been chosen as winners in the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for 2014.
Western Australian History Award
People's Choice Award presented by The West Australian
For more information on these awards please visit this website: http://pba.slwa.wa.gov.au
We are so happy Monica McInerney will tour Australia to talk about her new novel, Hello from the Gillespies. Meet Monica at one of these upcoming events. Also, share a favourite family memory in our #DearMonica competition to win $5,000. Monica would love to hear from you.
Visit the Monica McInerney 2014 Australian Tour webpage
Sudanese-Australian writer goes back to his roots to deliver a dark and moving story
17 September 2014
Majok Tulba has been announced as the 2014 winner of the Kathleen Mitchell Award for young novelists.
Sudanese-Australian writer Mr Tulba was presented with the award for his debut novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, by The Trust Company, part of Perpetual, as trustee of the award.
Mr Tulba grew up in South Sudan and in this compelling novel, depicts the fate of children recruited as unwilling conscripts in a civil war. Set in South Sudan, he tells the story of Obinna, a young boy kidnapped to serve as a soldier in the rebel army.
Uncompromising, vivid and raw, Beneath the Darkening Sky is an astonishing portrait of a mind trying to make sense of a senseless world.
Perpetual’s General Manager of Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas, said: “On behalf of Perpetual, I congratulate Majok on winning this award for his extraordinary novel.
“As a philanthropist, Kathleen Adele Mitchell established the award to support young authors, such as Majok, and to invest in the future of Australian literature. Literature is an important way to share experiences from Australia and around the world, and I’m proud of the role Perpetual is playing in helping writers like Majok tell their stories.”
Established in 1996, the Kathleen Mitchell Award is aimed at encouraging the “advancement, improvement and standing of Australian literature”. The Award provides young Australian authors under 30 (at the time of publication of the nominated book) with funding “to improve their literary efforts”.
“The international success and film adaptation of the winning book of 2006, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, is testament to the relevance and power of the Kathleen Mitchell Award,” Mr Thomas said.
This year’s judging panel included: Dr Camilla Nelson, Senior Lecturer - School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame; Dr Rachel Franks, Project Officer, Scholarly Engagement at the State Library of NSW; and Marilla North, Principal, The Creative Writing Workshop and freelance lecturer in Australian cultural and literary history.
The judges collectively said of Mr Tulba’s work: “Beneath the Darkening Sky is a powerful novel, beautifully constructed. The issue of child soldiers in South Sudan is one that cannot be ignored. It demands our compassionate – and urgent – attention”.
Jamie's Comfort Food, starts 7.30pm Tuesday September 16 on TEN
Jamie's brand new six-part Comfort Food series is all about those simple, delightful guilty pleasures we all love. It celebrates nostalgic memories, traditions and childhood favourites. It embraces the ritual of cooking and dishes that will pick you up and raise your spirits.
It's about recipes that really hit the spot – from the perfect burger and the No. 1 toasted cheese sandwich, to reinvented old-school classics, such as Shepherd's pie, Crispy duck lasagne and many more – it's food that can wrap its arms around you and give you a great big hug. You'll also find nostalgic favourites, such as Chicken Kiev and Bolognese ravioli, plus beautiful new classics from all over the world, as well as some insanely good, seriously naughty puds, including Scrumptious sticky toffee pudding and an epic Pavlova with a bit of a twist.
Filmed at Jamie's Essex home with friends and family – including his kids, Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy – the series is brimming with inspirational dishes, epic flavour combinations and some seriously clever cooking.
The 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced today in the UK and we are absolutely thrilled to announce that five of the six titles are published by Penguin Random House. As if this news alone weren’t cause enough for celebration, we are doubly delighted to say that the list includes The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, published by Random House Australia.
Richard Flanagan, in Seattle in the middle of an American book tour to promote the novel, was woken by phone at 3am with the news. “I am speechless in Seattle,” Flanagan said. “It is a great honour and I am delighted, but it is overwhelming news.”
Richard’s place on the list, his first Man Booker Prize nomination, is just recognition for this remarkable novel and a source of particular pride for all of us at Penguin Random House in Asia Pacific, Richard being the only Australian on the list this year. Nikki Christer, Richard’s publisher of 18 years said, “I am so proud of Richard and this book. To see him shortlisted for the Man Booker is recognition of Richard as a world-class writer.”
Penguin Random House titles included on the shortlist:
Congratulations to Richard and all our authors from all of us at Penguin Random House Asia Pacific.