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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. 


2015 Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award
01 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Dennis McIntosh, author of The Tunnel: Penguin Special,

Celebrating Where Song Began
22 May 2015

​Congratulations to Tim Low for his win at the ABIAs last night. Where Song Began was named the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

This award and the critical reception we have had with this book are a reflection of Tim's ability to speak to both birdwatchers and enthusiasts and the layperson interested to understand more. In his review, Sean Dooley of Sydney Morning Herald said, "'Tim Low is the rare author who is able to turn complex and sophisticated research into a form digestible to the general reader without 'dumbing down' the science . . . A brilliantly readable book that not only gives Australian birds recognition long overdue, but allows for a fresh understanding of the way the world (and particularly our island continent) functions."

For the full list of award winners visit the ABIA Awards website.

A Special Night at the NSW Premier's Awards for Don Watson
20 May 2015

​Congratulations to Don Watson.

We are thrilled by the news from last night's NSW Premier's Awards that The Bush was awarded both the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction and the NSW Premier's Book of the Year.

Our own Tom Keneally, writing in Weekend Australia, described the book as a "magnificent, celebratory, contradictory study of the Australian bush will challenge the national imagination . . . An amiable, learned, playful and engrossing book . . . There is a sense that an amiable and eloquent uncle is telling us everything piquant he knows about theology and culture and land use and the beasts and flora and families of the bush."

For more information on the awards visit the NSW Premier's Literary Awards website.

2015 Miles Franklin Shortlist Announced
18 May 2015

We are delighted with the news today that two Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Congratulations to Sonya Hartnett shortlisted for Golden Boys and Joan London shortlisted for The Golden Age.

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, said:

'The 2015 Miles Franklin shortlist presents a powerful group of Australian novels with a rich cast of unforgettable characters, and themes ranging from childhood gangs and domestic violence to itinerant thieves, wartime internment and the post-war polio epidemic.'

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is regarded as Australia's most prestigious literature prize and was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. First awarded in 1957, the prize is awarded each year to the novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 will be revealed on 23 June 2015. 

New Jamie Oliver book announced
14 May 2015

In fantastic news, the new book from Jamie Oliver, Everyday Super Food, out later this year will make eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun.

No matter how busy you are, you'll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.

The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it's totally up to you.

In Everyday Super Food, Jamie's done all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.

Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.


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

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