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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.

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

Related Books

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
RRP: $9.99
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
RRP: $19.99
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
RRP: $24.99
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

Related Books

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
RRP: $14.99
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
RRP: $17.99
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
RRP: $16.99
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
RRP: $14.99
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
RRP: $19.99
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.

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
RRP: $24.99
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
RRP: $19.99
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
RRP: $24.99
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
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover: The Brothers Quibble
Spalding Quibble ruled the roost. He shared it with no other. But then his parents introduced a brand new baby brother.
Spalding Quibble ruled the roost. He shared it with no other. But then his parents introduced a brand new baby brother.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076000
RRP: $24.99
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
RRP: $14.99
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
RRP: $19.99
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.

The following books have been Longlisted for the 2014 John Button Prize
16 Jun 2014

The following Penguin Random House books have been longlisted for the 2014 John Button prize:

Hearts and Minds: A Blueprint for Modern Labor by Chris Bowen

Dangerous Allies by Malcolm Fraser with Cain Roberts

End of the Road?: Penguin Special by Gideon Haigh

The Reef: A Passionate History by Iain McCalman

The winner will be announced at the John Button Oration to be held as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday 23 August 2014.

For more information please visit The John Button Foundation website.

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