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2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlists Announced
23 Nov 2015

Congratulations to the following Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.


AMNESIA, Peter Carey 

GOLDEN BOYS, Sonya Hartnett 

THE GOLDEN AGE, Joan London 


Young adult fiction

ARE YOU SEEING ME?, Darren Groth 



Children's fiction

TWO WOLVES, Tristan Bancks 


The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise exceptional literary achievement by Australian writers in fiction, non‐fiction, young adult fiction, children's fiction, poetry and Australian history.

These Awards celebrate Australian literature and historical scholarship, and recognise the unique role these endeavours play in communicating Australian stories. They also play an important role in strengthening the profile of Australian writers and illustrators and contribute to the growth of audiences for Australian books.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia has a dynamic and creative literary sector which is a marker of the sophistication and confidence of contemporary Australian culture.

"This is a first‐rate selection of literary and historical works, representing the depth and diversity of contemporary Australian creativity," Mr Turnbull said.

"The shortlists were selected on the recommendations of three expert judging panels, who commended the 30 shortlisted books on their exploration of the Australian experience, artistic endeavour, and scholarly insight."

Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield congratulated the shortlisted authors and emphasised the value of Australian stories.

"The 2015 shortlists is a collection of the best from Australia's established and emerging authors, with books that will delight readers both young and old," Mr Fifield said.

"I encourage all book‐loving Australians to celebrate the exceptional talent of Australia's literary sector by reading a book or two from the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists."

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards have been recognising excellence in Australian literature since 2008.

Bestselling Author Sylvia Day’s New Crossfire Novel to Hit Bookshops on April 5, 2016
18 Nov 2015

Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House, announced today it will publish international bestselling author Sylvia Day’s One with You, the highly anticipated fifth and final novel in the global blockbuster Crossfire series on April 5, 2016.  The date has been chosen in celebration of the fourth anniversary of the release of Sylvia Day’s first book in this phenomenally successful series, Bared To You. 

The Crossfire series is a quintet that follows the emotional and romantic journey taken by Gideon Cross and his wife, Eva.  The rollercoaster love story has captivated millions of readers in more than 40 countries and has made Sylvia a number one bestselling author in 28 countries.

“We are so thrilled to be announcing the publication of One with You, the fifth part of Sylvia Day’s incredible Crossfire series. This is the last chapter in Gideon and Eva’s breath-taking story, and once again Sylvia has written an utterly beguiling and intriguing novel – fans of the Crossfire series are going to love this book so much” says Alex Clarke, publishing director, Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House UK.

 “It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to Eva and Gideon,” says Sylvia.  “I can’t wait for readers to discover how their story ends.  Writing One with You has been both painful and wonderful.  I’m very proud of the result and hope readers love this send-off as much as I do.”

Sylvia Day, a veteran author of over twenty award-winning novels over a career spanning a decade, is one of Penguin Random House’s biggest fiction authors of the last five years. The previous four novels in her Crossfire series are all No. 1 international bestsellers, with over 17 million copies sold worldwide. 

Bared to You, the first instalment in the Crossfire series, was one of Penguin’s biggest books of 2012. It spent 17 weeks in the paperback fiction top 10 The Sunday Times chart, 45 weeks on The New York Times trade paperback bestseller list and 67 weeks on the USA Today bestseller list. Reflected in You, the second instalment in the series, had Penguin’s biggest pre-order sales of all time. It also went straight to No. 1 in the overall Sunday Times chart. Entwined With You went straight to No. 1 in the overall Sunday Times chart beating James Patterson, Lee Child and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Captivated By You, the fourth instalment was published in 2014 and sold over 70,000 copies in the UK its first ten days.


About Sylvia Day:

Sylvia Day is the No. 1 Sunday Times, No. 1 New York Times and No. 1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a No. 1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. The Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate.
Visit Sylvia at, and on Twitter @SylDay

About One With You:
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free ... or break us apart.

Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

One With You

By Sylvia Day

Published by Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House

Publication date: 5th April 2016

Paperback: 9781405916424

Ebook: 9781405916462


Media Enquiries

Alysha Farry
Head of Consumer Marketing, Penguin Books
Penguin Random House Australia
Ph: +612 8923 9945

New CEO Appointed Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand
06 Nov 2015

(Melbourne: 6th November, 2015) Penguin Random House today announced that Julie Burland has been appointed as CEO Australia and New Zealand.

Julie, previously, Director, Children’s Division Random House Australia and Business Development Random House Australia, will start her new role with immediate effect. She will report to Ian Hudson, CEO Penguin Random House International (English Language).

Hudson said: “I am delighted to appoint Julie to this pivotal leadership role. She is one of Australian publishing’s brightest stars, and has the publishing, sales, and managerial skills, as well as the vision and collaborative style to lead our talented teams. A true entrepreneur, she is passionate about her business, her authors and their books and her ambition to connect authors to their largest possible audiences has helped achieve record sales for, among many, Dan Brown, Christopher Paolini and brands such as MasterChef. 

“Julie will bring a fresh and a forward-looking management focus to these dynamic markets, and I am confident that she will deliver the success both we and our authors expect.”

Julie began her publishing career at Penguin as a sales rep in 1993. She left to join Carter Holt Harvey in 1995 before joining Random House Australia in 2000 as National Account Manager. Julie launched the Business Development Department in 2007, and set up ebook sales, established export customers and developed a successful custom publishing programme. In 2010 she was appointed Director, Children’s Division in charge of publishing, sales, marketing and publicity.

In her CEO role, Julie will draw upon her track record as a business builder and many long-standing relationships among authors, agents, booksellers and colleagues. Her career has spanned multiple disciplines across both adult and children’s publishing. Combined, these will help her identify and implement opportunities for growth and innovation, together with continuing the Penguin Random House commitment to bringing its authors’ books to the widest possible readership.

Julie’s collaborative and inclusive management style is underpinned by her determination, creativity and passion. Most recently, she has demonstrated this by the way she has transformed the Random House Australia Children’s Division into a highly successful and profitable business, achieving both commercial and critical acclaim.

Julie Burland, said: “I am honoured to be given the chance to work with our colleagues and our authors to build on our unrivalled heritage of local and international publishing. I want to play my part in ensuring that Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand fulfil their amazing potential in connecting authors and readers in ever more imaginative and meaningful ways.”

Also announced today was the appointment of Margie Seale, former Managing Director Random House Australia and New Zealand, as Non-Executive Chairman Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand.

Margie returns having left Random House in 2012 for a new portfolio career with positions including non-executive director for the Telstra Corporation Ltd.

Hudson said: “Margie’s unrivalled knowledge of both the Australian and New Zealand publishing markets and her local knowledge and long-standing relationships will be valuable to our company, our colleagues and our authors.”

Margie Seale, said: “I am delighted to be working with Julie. This is a great opportunity to cement our past performance into the foundations of even greater future success.”

There are also the following reporting line changes: Margaret Thompson, MD Penguin Random House New Zealand, will report to Julie; Eddy Teo, MD Penguin Random House Singapore, will report to Graham Buckel, Finance and Operations Director, Penguin Random House International (English Language).  Jo Lusby, MD Penguin Random House North Asia, will report to Ian Hudson.



Press enquiries in Australia: Hannah Glenny, Communications Manager, Penguin Random House (in Melbourne) +44 7769 617881

Gabrielle Coyne to Leave Penguin Random House
06 Nov 2015

(Melbourne: 6th November, 2015) Penguin Random House today announced that Gabrielle Coyne, CEO Penguin Random House APAC, will leave the company.

Ian Hudson, CEO Penguin Random House International (English Language), said: “Gabrielle has made a unique contribution to our business especially after taking over the Penguin leadership mantle from Peter Field in 2003.

“She has been an outstanding advocate of Penguin in Australia before expanding her influence to Penguin Random House APAC.

“Gabrielle has long been a powerful voice for the value of books and publishing, initially in Australia and then beyond. Her passion for writing and ideas and for discovering and nurturing authors throughout their careers has shone through.

“She can be proud of her many achievements. Gabrielle takes with her our very best wishes for her future endeavours.”

Gabrielle said: “I’ve had 25 extraordinary years at first Penguin and latterly at Penguin Random House and it has been a real privilege to work with some of the world’s greatest authors and publishers. I’m confident that the talented teams will go from strength-to-strength.”

Gabrielle started her Penguin career in 1990 in the marketing department and became Marketing Director in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed Managing Director of Penguin Australia, and in 2006, New Zealand was added to her responsibilities. She was appointed CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific in 2009, overseeing the Penguin operations in Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia.

She has held various positions on boards in the Australian publishing community, including Vice president of the Australian Publishers Association.



Press enquiries in Australia: Hannah Glenny, Communications Manager, Penguin Random House (in Melbourne) +44 7769 617881

Rebecca Johnson awarded Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
21 Oct 2015


The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for excellence in scientific research, innovation and science teaching.

Rebecca Johnson, Windaroo State School, Logan, Brisbane - Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools

Improved primary science teaching at no extra cost

Fifteen years ago Rebecca Johnson, from Windaroo State School, initiated a new method for teaching science more effectively in primary schools without costing the government anything extra.

“No-one ever questions the need to have specialist teachers for subjects such as music, physical education and languages other than English, in primary schools,” says Rebecca.

“Particular skill sets and qualities are required to teach these subjects effectively, and I believe the same applies to teaching science.”

With a fully-resourced science room Rebecca, with her teaching partner, teaches science to every student at Windaroo State School. Because of this designated space and the importance that has been assigned to this subject area, the children are able to experience a depth of science learning usually reserved for high school. And it’s all effectively done during the classroom teachers’ non-contact time, at no extra cost.

Almost a hectare of the school grounds have been turned into teaching gardens which, under Rebecca’s guidance, the students created and built. Here they work with real-life examples of what they are learning about in the classroom and they sell the harvest to staff.

This teaching model provides continuity and consistency across the vital key learning areas of science. By the time the students enter high school they have had consistent, engaging, positive introductions to all science strands, making them far more likely to continue on with these subjects at high school and beyond.

This model has now been widely adopted by other Queensland primary schools, and Rebecca now assists teachers to set up their own specialist science programmes. For her contributions to science teaching and fostering a love of science in her students, Mrs Rebecca Johnson has been awarded the 2015 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools.

Shortlisted for the Inaugural Australian Sports Book of the Year award
21 Oct 2015

Congratulations to the following authors who have been shortlisted for this award:

Roy Higgins by Patrick Bartley

The Short Long Book by Martin Flanagan

For more information regarding this award please visit the William Hill website.

2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid ‘Old School' Read-a-thon Winners
20 Oct 2015

Congratulations to Samuel Cousins of Perth, Western Australia and Joel Doherty of Auckland, New Zealand – Winners of the Grand Prize for our 2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid ‘Old School' Read-a-thon! These two lucky winners will soon be travelling to Sydney to meet Jeff Kinney in person at his only Australian event!

Our congratulations and thanks to all the fabulous readers who took part in the 2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid ‘Old School' Read-a-thon.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Old School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 10
In the latest instalment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.
In the latest instalment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.
Published: 03/11/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143309000
RRP: $14.99
15 Oct 2015


Bestselling author Jeff Kinney visits FIFTEEN International VENUES 

NEW YORK, NY—October 13, 2016—Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, announces today the cities for bestselling author Jeff Kinney’s unprecedented worldwide author tour. Promoting the release of book 10, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, the itinerary includes stops in fifteen cities on five continents, where the series has topped bestseller lists for more than eight years. 

Working closely with the local publishers, Kinney, who was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world, will be featured in major media outlets, meet tens of thousands of fans during author events held in major venues, and will discover local cultures. A dynamic multi-platform social-media campaign, which will include videos documenting each tour stop, will be coordinated with all publisher partners. Fans can also stay up to date on Jeff Kinney’s travel at Upon publication of book 10 there will be more than 164 million copies of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in print around the globe. 

Worldwide tour cities include: New York, NY Ÿ Boston, MA Ÿ Tokyo, Japan Ÿ Beijing, China Ÿ Sydney, Australia Ÿ Madrid, Spain Ÿ London, UK Ÿ Lisbon, Portugal Ÿ Frankfurt, Germany Ÿ Athens, Greece Ÿ Istanbul, Turkey Ÿ Bucharest, Romania Ÿ Amsterdam, Netherlands Ÿ Riga, Latvia Ÿ Rio de Janerio, Brazil

“I’m incredibly excited to be embarking on a global tour to celebrate the launch of my tenth book. One of the biggest surprises of my life is that kids from all over the world seem to relate to Greg Heffley and his comic struggles,” says Jeff Kinney. “What I’ve learned is that childhood itself is a universal condition that transcends culture and language. I can’t wait to meet as many Wimpy Kid fans in as many countries as possible during the tour. I’m sure my life will be enriched beyond measure.” 

Participating Wimpy Kid book 10 tour publishers include the originating publisher, ABRAMS, in the United States, Poplar Publishing in Japan, Guangdong New Century Publishing House in China, Penguin Random House in Australia, RBA Group in Spain, Penguin Random House in the United Kingdom, 20/20 Editora in Portugal, Baumhaus Verlag in Germany, Psichogios Publications in Greece, Epsilon in Turkey, Editura Art in Romania, De Fontein in The Netherlands, Zvaigzne ABC in Lativa, and V&R Editoras in Brazil.

“The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and series has had an incredible reach all around the world,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS. “We are thrilled and privileged to organize this truly global tour so that Jeff can meet his fans—kids, parents and caregivers, teachers, librarians and booksellers worldwide to coincide with the release of Old School.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School follows Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley as he goes on a weeklong field trip to a farm and deals with a generation gap between the kids and their chaperones. The November 3 coordinated global on-sale tour is a milestone for the Wimpy Kid series and for children’s book publishing.  

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The series has remained on the New York Times bestseller lists since the publication of the first book, for more than 425 weeks total, and more than 325 on the series list. The books have been sold in more than 53 editions in 48 languages. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $250 million internationally. Jeff Kinney won two Children’s Choice Book Awards. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers around the globe. The Wimpy Kid Island (Wimpy Wonderland) on, a virtual world for kids, remains one of the most visited on the site.

For more information, interviews, or images, please contact:
Tina Gumnior, Senior Children's Publicist

Related Books

Book Cover:  Old School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 10
In the latest installment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.
In the latest installment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.
Published: 03/11/2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670079087
RRP: $17.99
Here Come the Dogs shortlisted for 2015 ACT Book of the Year
13 Oct 2015

Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa has been shortlisted for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year Award.

For more information regarding this award visit the ACT Book of the Year Awards website.

Penguin Random House to publish John le Carré’s memoir in September 2016
12 Oct 2015

Sydney, 10 October 2015: Penguin Random House is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by acclaimed novelist, John le Carré.

To be published in September 2016 in the UK in Viking Hardback and simultaneously in Australia by Penguin Random House. The audiobook, read by the author, will be released at the same time.

“Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I’m sitting now,” from The Pigeon Tunnel, by John le Carré.

For more than fifty years John le Carré has written novels that have come to define our age, from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to The Constant Gardener, from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to A Most Wanted Man. His books have been admired by writers such as Philip Roth and Graham Greene, Ian McEwan and Robert Harris, and by figures from world politics such as Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi. He is one of only a handful of writers whose novels have been successfully adapted for the big and small screen and whose characters have been mastered by the greatest actors of their time: in the 1960s by Richard Burton; in the 1970s by Alec Guinness; in 2005 by Ralph Fiennes; in 2014 by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré’s memoir and his first work of non-fiction, opens up this extraordinary writing life for the first time. It is an exhilarating journey into the worlds of his ‘secret sharers’ - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author’s unique and personal engagement with the last half-century.

“It is a huge honour for Penguin Random House to be publishing John le Carré’s memoir. The Pigeon Tunnel is the story of our times as seen through the eyes of one of this country’s greatest novelists. It will be a thrill to publish it in 2016,” Tom Weldon, CEO Penguin Random House UK.

“For as long as I have had the privilege of working with David Cornwell, people have asked me when he would write his memoirs. Those people will be surprised and delighted by what is about to be published – insights into the creative mind, tales of adventures in the movie trade, encounters with the great and the not-so-good, intensely moving stories drawn from over 50 years of observing the world –  told in prose other writers would envy,” Jonny Geller, CEO Curtis Brown.

Media Enquiries:

Heidi McCourt, Publicity Manager, Penguin Books
Penguin Random House Australia
Ph: +612 8923 9925


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23 Nov 2015
2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlists Announced
Congratulations to the following Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.FictionAMNESIA, Peter Carey (Penguin Books Australia)GOLDEN BOYS, Sonya Hartnett (Penguin Books Australia)

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