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Shortlisted for the 2013 Colin Roderick Award
26 Aug 2014

The following titles have been shortlisted for the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Limited Colin Roderick Award 2013.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

The Reef: A passionate history by Iain McCalman

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

For a complete shortlist see here:

The Winner will be announced at the Foundation’s Award Presentation Dinner, which will be held at the George Coates Restaurant, TAFE Queensland North, corner Fulham Road and Hugh Street, Pimlico, Townsville on Tuesday, 14 October, 2014.

Penguin Books Australia launches new True Stories feature with Sonya Hartnett
25 Aug 2014

25 August 2014: Melbourne: Penguin Books Australia today launches the third installment of True Stories, the non-fiction series designed especially for online readers.

True Stories reinvents reading online. Each True Story is inspired by a Penguin publication, and brings the written word to life through audio, video, stunning design and deep interactivity. The series invites readers to explore fascinating moments in remarkable Australian lives, in a way that is fun, surprising and beautiful.

True Stories: Close to Home follows Sonya Hartnett, one of Australia’s most popular and at the same time edgiest writers, on a 23-year, 25-book, 12-house journey in search of new inspiration.

Golden Boys, published this month by Penguin Books Australia, is everything that readers around the world love about Sonya Hartnett. It is delightful, it is dark, and it is utterly compelling. A tale of kids growing up and adults who are supposed to be looking after them, it is also the most personal and self-revealing of all Hartnett’s books.

Yet Hartnett will tell you Golden Boys did not originate from her. She found Golden Boys, the same way she has found all her books – she moved into a new house, and there it was. “I always feel that the book has been waiting for me in that house. It had to be in that house. It couldn’t just be anywhere,” says Hartnett. True Stories: Close to Home asks if the secret to inspiration could really be as simple as right place, right time.

Designed for online readers, True Stories: Close to Home combines text with stunning visuals, including video interviews, hand drawn sketches, and soulful photography of the Melbourne suburbs in which Hartnett has hunted for inspiration.

Kylie Robertson, Penguin’s Creative Director - Digital said: “True Stories is a destination for a new kind of reading experience. The mix of interactivity and layered content is a unique way of placing the reader in the very centre of the storytelling experience.”

Previous True Stories features include John Safran: Murder in Mississippi and Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest.

Stylish and compelling, True Stories: Close to Home takes the reader on a fascinating journey with Sonya Hartnett, a writer like no other.

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For more information, please contact: Rhian Davies, Penguin Group (Australia) Ph 03 9811 2509 or email
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett is available as an eBook and in paperback.

62nd Australian Book Design Award Winners 2014
25 Aug 2014

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners for the 2014 Book Design Awards at a gala event in Melbourne on Friday August 22. Congratulations to all our designers who received an award.

Best designed non-fiction book
Madness a Memoir by Kate Richards, designed by Allison Colpoys

Best designed fully-illustrated book under $50 RRP
Naples: A Way of Love by Carla Coulson and Lisa Clifford, designed by Evi O

Best designed cookbook
Love Italy by Guy Grossi, designed by Daniel New

Bookworld People's choice award for best designed book of the year
101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration by Meredith Gaston, designed by Arielle Gamble, illustrated by Meredith Gaston

Designers' Choice Book of the Year (Joint winners) 
Love Italy by Guy Grossi, designed by Daniel New and Decade designed by David Pidgeon, Hardie Grant

For more information on these awards please visit

Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House
20 Aug 2014



Australian author Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity has been acquired by Penguin Random House, and will be published in 2015 by Penguin Books.

Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, has worked in publishing for several years as a book publicist, in bookshops, and she has co-directed Australia's National Young Writers' Festival.  Her debut, Relativity, is an irresistible story about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.  

Enthusiastic to be publishing a fresh new Australian talent, Ben Ball, Publishing Director Penguin General said, “I'm delighted that we've acquired ANZ rights to Relativity after an exciting auction. Readers at publishing houses around the country have responded to Antonia's beautifully drawn, complex and profoundly engaging characters. With touches of A Beautiful Mind and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Relativity will be a huge and exciting book for us in 2015.”


Commenting on the news, Antonia said, “I'm extremely excited that Relativity will be published by Penguin and can't wait to work with their creative and talented team. It's also such an honour to be included in Penguin's strong local fiction list, alongside so many authors and books that I hugely admire.”

For further information, please contact Alysha Farry on +612 8204 3323 or

Dark Horse and A Bitter Taste shortlisted for the Davitt Awards
17 Aug 2014

Dark Horse by Honey Brown and A Bitter Taste by Annie Hauxwell have both been shortlisted in the Best Adult Novel category for the fourteenth Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women.

For more information on these awards and the full list of shortlisted titles visit

2014 NSW Premier's History Awards shortlist
15 Aug 2014

Iain McCalman's website The Reef (www.the‐, a companion website to his latest book The Reef: a Passionate History, has been shortlisted for the Multimedia History Prize category in this year's NSW Premier's History Awards. 

The winner receives $15 000, and will be announced on 5 September.

For more information, as well as the full shortlistings in all categories, see here.

Shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards 2014
14 Aug 2014

The following books have been shortlisted for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing, the announcement was made at the Bendigo Writers Festival by the Australian Crime Writers Association.


Beams Falling by P. M. Newton

First Fiction

Blood Witness by Alex Hammond

True Crime

Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

Hades by Candice Fox

Winners will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 6, 2014.

For more information on the Ned Kelly Awards visit the Australian Crime Writers Association website.

New Bryce Courtenay in time for Christmas
14 Aug 2014

We are delighted to announce the publication of The Silver Moon: Reflections on Life, Death and Writing by Bryce Courtenay on 22 October 2014.

The Silver Moon gathers together some of the most personal and sustaining life-lessons from Australia's favourite storyteller.  In these short stories and insights, many written in his final months, Bryce reflects on living and dying, and how through determination, respect for others and taking pleasure in small moments of joy, he tried to make the most out of life.

In the words of Bryce’s beloved wife, Christine, who revealed today via Bryce’s Facebook page, “writing was in Bryce’s DNA and it meant everything to him to be writing until he could write no more”.

“Since Bryce passed away, I have received thousands of messages from people from all over the world who were heartbroken thinking that there would never be another Bryce Courtenay book,” says Christine.

From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.

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


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:

The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by The West Australian. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted fiction books by visiting

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Colin Roderick Award
The following titles have been shortlisted for the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Limited Colin Roderick Award 2013.The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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