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2015 Man Booker Prize longlist announced
30 Jul 2015

We are delighted with the news that four Penguin Random House titles have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize:

Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg

The Green Road, Anne Enright

Satin Island, Tom McCarthy

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler

You can read the announcement here.

The shortlist will be announced on 15 September and the winner will be announced on 13 October.

Congratulations to all our authors.

Penguin Random House to publish Tim Winton’s provocative meditation on Australia and its landscape
28 Jul 2015

To be published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books, in September 2015, Island Home is a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, and a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.

For over thirty years, Tim Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. What is true of his work is also true of his life: from boyhood, his relationship with the world around him – rockpools, seacaves, scrub and swamp – has been as vital as any other connection. 

‘I’m increasingly mindful of the degree to which geography, distance and weather have moulded my sensory palate, my imagination and expectations. The island continent has not been mere background. Landscape has exerted a kind of force upon me that is every bit as geological as family…’

In a new collection of non-fiction, Island Home – a landscape memoir, Winton explores the story of how his relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life.  It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country’s. 

Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General, says, ‘Tim Winton’s Island Home is a revelation – an insight into the life and work of one of our finest authors and an inspiration about how to live in and listen to this land. It’s an answer to the question of what it means to be Australian, in which we learn a lot about its author’s views and practices, and even more about ourselves.’

Island Home – a landscape memoir by Tim Winton, will be published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books, on Wednesday 23 September 2015.

Read an extract:


Penguin Random House announces changes to Lantern imprint
22 Jul 2015

 Sydney 22 July 2015:  Penguin Random House Australia today announced changes to the Lantern imprint which will see a reduction in the number of illustrated books published in 2016 and 2017.

Gabrielle Coyne, CEO Penguin Random House said the changing base retail market had challenged the existing model.

“The prevailing market conditions mean there is no longer the retail footprint there once was to support the number of illustrated books in our future 2016 and 2017 programme. 

“With this changing base, we are unable to achieve the commercial success we and our authors desire.

“The 2015 Lantern programme remains firmly in place, as does our commitment to the successful publication of this year’s books.”

With a focus on food, travel, gardening, lifestyle, interior design and art, Lantern was launched in 2004. Collecting a host of design, industry and publishing awards locally and internationally, Lantern has been recognised as a leader in content and production standards. 

Lantern Publishing Director Julie Gibbs will stay with Penguin Random House until the end of the year, to guide the team and the development of the 2016 and 2017 publishing programme.



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Corporate Communications Manager

Penguin Random House Asia Pacific

Ph: + 613 9811 2542; +61 401 135 391


The Golden Age wins 2015 Kibble Award
15 Jul 2015


We are delighted by news that Joan London’s third novel, The Golden Age, has been named winner of the 2015 Kibble Award.

The response to this novel, which tells the story of thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, a refugee from wartime Hungary, learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia, has been quite exceptional. Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, the Stella Prize and the ALS Gold Medal Award, the Kibble Literary Award win confirms Joan’s status as, in the words of The Australian: “our finest living writer of marriage and family life.”

The Sydney Morning Herald described the novel as being written in “the poetic language of love”, going on to say: “the novel is also a universal meditation on nostalgia and hope, belonging and exile, love and loss, old world and new.” While Joan herself recently shared some of her thoughts on the book’s central themes along with an extract from the novel with The Guardian Australia.

Joan London "To be recognised by such advocates for reading in Australia is an absolute honour. I feel so privileged to be recipient of the 2015 Kibble Award."

The Nita B Kibble Awards aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community. The Kibble recognises established authors, while the Dobbie is awarded to women writers for their first published work.

Congratulations to Joan on this exceptional honour.

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2015 - shortlisted
06 Jul 2015

The following Penguin Random House titles have been shortlsted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2015

Three to Five years:

The Great Garden Mystery by Renee Treml

Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Five to Eight Years:

Hasel and Rose by Caroline Magerl

Stories for Simon by Lisa Miranda Sarzin & Lauren Briggs

Eight to Ten Years:

Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman

Meet Douglas Mawson by Mike Dumbleton, illustrated by Snip Green

Indigenous Children:

Our Island by Children of Gununa, Alison Lester & Elizabeth Honey

Speech Pathology Australia website.

Announcing the release date for Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat
26 Jun 2015

The release date for Kings Rising: Book Three of the Captive Prince Trilogy by C. S. Pacat has been announced:

Pre order from your favourite retailer.

Print ISBN: 9780143799610
eBook ISBN: 9781743484951

Important changes to
17 Jun 2015

Dear Readers,

Over the coming weeks we will be making changes to the website. We’re making some essential improvements to our website to make search faster, and discovering books easier. These include changes to our shopping pages, which means from July 2015 you won’t be able to buy books directly from us for the moment. 

Instead, we will be making it easier for you to click through and purchase from many of our retailer partners who stock our books. 

For those of you who have purchased eBooks from, all eBook titles purchased will still be accessible by logging into your Penguin account from the home page on  

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our best wishes,

The team at

Sisters in Crime’s 15th Davitt Awards Longlist Announced
10 Jun 2015

​The longlist for the Davitt Awards was announced today and Penguin Random House has a smashing showing, with 20 authors on the list.

Adult novels

Honey Brown, Through the Cracks

Jaye Ford, Already Dead

Candice Fox, Eden

Candice Fox, Hades

Anna George, What Came Before

Annie Hauxwell, A Morbid Habit

Wendy James, The Lost Girls

Kathryn Ledson, Monkey Business

P M Newton, Beams Falling

Helene Young, Safe Harbour

Young adult novels

Christine Bongers, Intruder

Sophie Masson, The Crystal Heart

Children’s Novels

Jacqueline Harvey, Alice-Miranda in Japan

Sofie Laguna, Do You Dare? Fighting Bones 1836

Alison Lloyd, Do You Dare? Bushranger Boys 1841

Belinda Murrell, The Sequin Star

R A Spratt, Friday Barnes: Big trouble

Non-Fiction Books

Amy Dale, The Fall

Xanthé Mallett, Mothers Who Murder: And infamous miscarriages of justice

Debi Marshall, The Family Court Murders: Four murders.Five bombings. No convictions

Virginia Peters, Have You Seen Simone? The story of an unsolved murder

The shortlist will be announced in July.

For more information on these awards visit:

2015 Kibble Literary Award Shortlist Announcement
04 Jun 2015

We are delighted with the news that Penguin Random House author Joan London has been shortlisted for the 2015 Kibble Literary Award for her novel The Golden Age.

Amongst some of Australia's most prestigious awards for women writers, the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards (the Kibble Awards) aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community.

The Awards recognise the works of women writers of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.

The Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established Australian woman writer while the Dobbie Literary Award recognises a first published work from an Australian woman writer.

The 2015 Kibble Awards winners will be revealed at an event in Sydney on 15 July 2015. 

2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Announcement
04 Jun 2015

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is British novelist Ali Smith for How to Be Both.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. An annual award, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world. 



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30 Jul 2015
2015 Man Booker Prize longlist announced
We are delighted with the news that four Penguin Random House titles have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize:Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill CleggThe Green Road, Anne EnrightSatin Island, Tom McCarthy

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