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Quentin Blake to illustrate rediscovered Beatrix Potter Tale
27 Jan 2016

 

Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally written

London – 26 January 2016

In September 2016, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, will publish a brand-new tale by one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, Beatrix Potter.

THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS, a manuscript by Beatrix Potter, was rediscovered two years ago when Jo Hanks, publisher at PRH Children’s, stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Beatrix Potter from the early 1970s. Hanks found in the book both a reference to a letter that Potter had sent her publisher in 1914, which referred to a story about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life’, and an unedited manuscript of the tale.

A trip to the V&A archive, where many of Potter’s items are kept, revealed three manuscripts, handwritten in children’s school notebooks, one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a dummy book with some of the typeset manuscript laid out and a pencil rough of arch-villain Mr. Tod.

Other letters in the archive revealed that Potter intended to finish the tale, but ‘interruptions began’ – and continued: from the beginning of the First World War, to marriage, to sheep farming, to colds. And so she never went back to the story.

Jo Hanks said, ‘The tale really is the best of Beatrix Potter. It has double identities, colourful villains and a number of favourite characters from other tales (including Mr. Tod, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Ribby and Tabitha Twitchit). And, most excitingly, our treasured, mischievous Peter Rabbit makes an appearance – albeit older, slower and portlier!’

 

QUENTIN BLAKE TO ILLUSTRATE THE REDISCOVERED TALE

A unique book like this needed not only a special moment to be revealed but also a special illustrator. PRH Children’s approached Quentin Blake, and he was thrilled to take on the project. 

Hanks continued, ‘As soon as we began the conversation about finding an illustrator, we knew it had to be Quentin Blake. It’s a challenging brief to illustrate a manuscript written over a hundred years ago by one of the world’s most beloved authors, but we knew that Quentin’s energy, rebelliousness and humour were in keeping with Beatrix’s own artistic sensibilities and therefore exactly what this fantastic book called out for. We couldn’t be happier that Quentin agreed to come on board, and we feel that combining these two world-class talents is something truly unique and at last the marvellous and wonderful THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS can be enjoyed by readers everywhere.’ 

Quentin Blake said, ‘It seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter; one which had lain unpublished for a hundred years and which, with the exception of a single drawing, she had never illustrated. I liked the story immediately – it’s full of incident and mischief and character –and I was fascinated to think that I was being asked to draw pictures for it. I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.’

Frederick Warne & Co. is publishing THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS in hardback on 1 September 2016, 150 years after Potter’s birth and just over a century after she penned the tale about the mischievous kitten.

 

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For further information, please contact Dorothy Tonkin, Head of Children’s Marketing and Publicity on DTonkin@penguinrandomhouse.com.au or 02 8923 9902

   

About Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, with her most famous creation The Tale of Peter Rabbit having sold in excess of 45 million copies globally since its initial publication by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. She personally oversaw the launch of subsequent products, making Peter Rabbit the oldest licensed character in history. Today over 2 million of her ‘little books’ are sold globally every year, and Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and products in more than 110 countries throughout the world

150 years after her birth, we celebrate an incredible woman, an artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and businesswoman. Beatrix Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer. Single-mindedly determined and ambitious, she overcame professional rejection, academic humiliation and personal heartbreak, going on to earn her fortune and a formidable reputation. On her death, she left an incredible legacy of land and property to the care of the National Trust to ensure that future generations would continue to enjoy the countryside that she was so passionate about, as well as the much-loved characters and stories that were created over a lifetime.

NB: Penguin Ventures (part of the Penguin Random House group) together with licensing agency Silvergate Media manages Frederick Warne’s licensing programme based on the works of Beatrix Potter, and most notably Peter Rabbit. It remains one of the world’s longest-running and largest international literature-based licensing programmes, and Warne is committed to growing and protecting the Peter Rabbit™ brand.

 

About Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s most successful illustrators. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator. He has won many awards, including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.

Indie Book Awards 2016 shortlist annoucement
19 Jan 2016

Congratulations to Penguin Random House authors shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2016

In the Fiction category, award-winning Sydney author Gail Jones has been shortlisted for her brave and brilliant novel, A Guide to Berlin  (Vintage), a title which references a Vladimir Nabokov short story of the same name and a story that traces the strength and fragility of our connections through biographies and secrets. In the Debut Fiction category, San Francisco based author, and former bookseller and publicist, Antonia Hayes, has been shortlisted for her critically acclaimed debut, Relativity (Viking), an irresistible novel about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.

In the new Young Adult category (introduced by popular demand) John Flanagan has been shortlisted for The Ranger's Apprentice origin story his fans have been waiting for, The Early Years 1: The Tournament at Gorlan (Random House), and Morris Gleitzman has been shortlisted for Soon (Viking), which continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.

Since 2008 Australian Independent Booksellers have celebrated 'the enormous depth and talent and range of literary talent in this nation' through their affectionately named Indie Book Awards. The Indie Book Awards recognize and reward the best Australian writing – as voted for by more than 170 independent booksellers across metropolitan and regional Australia. The Indie Book Awards 2016 category winners and the Book of the Year 2016 will be announced at an event in the Sydney CBD on Wednesday 23 March.


For the full shortlist and more information on the history and background of the Indie Book Awards, please see the dedicated website: http://www.indiebookawards.com.au/

 

 

 

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2016 shortlists announced
11 Jan 2016

The shortlists for the 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature have been announced. Congratulations to the Penguin Random House authors shortlisted in the following categories:

Fiction

Nonfiction

Young adult fiction

Children’s literature

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 27 February during the 2016 Adelaide Writers’ Week. One of the category winners will also receive the overall Premier’s Award. For more information, visit the awards website here.

Joan London wins the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction
15 Dec 2015

The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, presented West Australian author Joan London with the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for her acclaimed novel, The Golden Age, at a ceremony in Sydney on Monday 14 December.

Set in a convalescent home for polio-stricken children in Perth in the 1950s, The Golden Age tells the story of the passionate bond between thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, son of Hungarian refugees, and his fellow patient, Elsa, as they negotiate the changing world around them.

Describing Joan London’s third novel as one “of great beauty and depth” the Prime Minister’s Award judges explain how The Golden Age “is in fact a large novel writ small. Frank Gold, the young son of Hungarian Jewish immigrants, is confined to a convalescent home for polio victims. Within this severely limited environment, Frank will discover love, death and his vocation as a poet. An encounter with Sullivan, an eighteen-year-old scholar-athlete who composes poetry in his head, while entombed in an iron lung, will teach Frank about the value of the life of the mind. In recording this young man's poetry on prescription pads, Frank will learn how poetry is made and also about its capacity to make sense of oneself and the world. Love for a fellow child patient will also shape the poet-in-making, as will the complicated bonds between the protagonist and his deeply deracinated parents wrestling with the trauma of displacement from cosmopolitan Budapest to suburbia. Joan London's novel takes the restricting condition of illness as its starting point and weaves a story of irreducibly powerful emotion. This is a grand narrative written on a most intimate and modest canvas.”

Reflecting on being chosen as the Fiction category winner, Joan London says, “To win an award sponsored by and named for the Prime Minister is a fantastic affirmation of the role of literature in our country and I feel pride to be part of its history.” 

This is the fourth major literary prize for The Golden Age, which has also won the 2015 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, the 2015 NSW Premier’s People’s Choice Award (joint winner) and the 2015 Kibble Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Stella Prize, ALS Gold Medal, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, The Asher Literary Award and the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year.   

Joan’s publisher, Nikki Christer, Publishing Director, Random House Australia, says: “I am truly proud to have published Joan London’s beautiful novel, The Golden Age, and am delighted that it is receiving the accolades it so deserves.” 

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life and the Prime Minister’s office has commended this year’s winners “for sharing Australian stories which capture the complexity of contemporary life and insightfully reflect on the past. From a children’s book set on the shores of Gallipoli, to the collected works of a distinguished Australian poet, these books demonstrate the breadth and creativity of Australia’s literary sector.”

 

For more information on all the Prime Minister’s Literary Award winners: http://arts.gov.au/topics/pms-literary-awards

Peter Greste wins 2015 Human Rights Medal
10 Dec 2015

Peter Greste, the Australian journalist who focussed the nation’s attention on media freedom, has won the prestigious 2015 Australian Human Rights Medal.

The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, presented the Human Rights Medal today at the 2015 Human Rights Awards.

A record-breaking crowd of more than 500 people attended the annual awards, hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission at the Westin Hotel in Sydney to mark International Human Rights Day.

Craig Reucassel from The Chaser emceed the celebrations, and Professor Triggs delivered a keynote speech on the future of human rights in Australia.

In presenting the Human Rights Medal, Professor Triggs described Mr Greste as a humble and inspiring individual who fought for freedom and justice.

“Journalists must be free to report news and criticise governments without fear of punishment,” Professor Triggs said.

“After his release from prison in Egypt, where he was imprisoned for allegedly spreading false news, Mr Greste campaigned tirelessly for the release of his colleagues, and campaigned for freedom of speech as a cornerstone of democratic societies.”

Professor Triggs also congratulated the winners of six other Human Rights Awards, including 23-year-old Yen Eriksen, who won the Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

“These outstanding Australians have come from different walks of life but they share a commitment to freedom, justice and equality,” Professor Triggs said.

“We honour all of our 2015 Human Rights Awards winners for their commitment to protecting and advancing human rights in Australia.

“We also acknowledge and thank all of the people and organisations who nominated for this year’s awards and who attended the presentation today,” Professor Triggs said.

“We received an unprecedented 329 nominations for the 2015 Human Rights Awards and I congratulate the more than 500 people who came today to join these celebrations. These are record numbers, and they highlight the wide-ranging support for human rights that exists at all levels of the community.”

Find more information about the 2015 Human Rights Awards here.

2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist Announced
07 Dec 2015

Congratulations to the following Penguin Random House authors shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. 

The Prize for Fiction

CLADE by James Bradley

Highly commended: SIX BEDROOMS by Tegan Bennett Daylight

The Prize for Non-fiction

AUSTRALIA’S SECOND CHANCE by George Megalogenis

SECOND HALF FIRST by Drusilla Modjeska

 

The works comprise some of the best fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults produced in Australia in the past 12 months.

“The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards showcase the strength and diversity of Australian literature, celebrating our most exciting stories and story tellers”, said the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley.

The winners of the five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults – each receive a prize of $25,000, and go on to contest the Victorian Prize for Literature. 

The public are encouraged to participate in the Awards by voting for their favorite shortlisted work. The winner of the $2,000 People’s Choice Award will be named alongside the main category winners on Thursday 28 January 2016.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were established by the then Labor Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The Awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

Senior Appointments at Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand
04 Dec 2015

Senior Appointments at Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand

Julie Burland, CEO, Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand, today announced several senior appointments for the company.

Gavin Schwarcz is appointed Sales and Operations Director, Penguin Random House Australia. Gavin, previously Sales Director, Penguin Random House Australia with responsibility for Product & List Management, now also takes overall responsibility for the company’s Distribution, Production and Penguin Random House Business Development teams. Gavin joined Random House in 1991 as a Sales Account Manager and during 23 years he successfully steered its Field Sales, then Product, and Sales departments, before taking up his Group role in 2014. Gavin will work closely with Matt O’Brien, Head of Supply Chain & Logistics, to deliver the best distribution solutions for Penguin Random House and its client publishers.

Alysha Farry, previously Head of Consumer Marketing, Penguin Books Australia, becomes Marketing Director, Penguin Random House Australia. In her 7 years first with Random House and then Penguin, Alysha has masterminded publicity and marketing campaigns for authors including Nigella Lawson, Curtis Stone, Ben Elton and Michelle Bridges. In her new role, Alysha will lead a team of consumer experts responsible for capturing readers’ attention for authors and books in ever more imaginative and exciting new ways.

Karen Reid is promoted to Publicity and Communications Director, Penguin Random House Australia. During 23 years in publicity, first with Transworld and most recently as Head of Marketing and Publicity, Random House Books, Karen has delivered show-stopping international campaigns for authors including Bill Bryson, Ruth Rendell, Richard Flanagan and Julia Gillard. Karen will now lead a fully integrated Publicity team, working across the unrivalled Penguin and Random House adult lists, to connect authors with as many readers as possible. She will also deliver the company’s corporate communications.

Dorothy Tonkin is promoted to Head of Children’s Marketing and Publicity, Penguin Random House Australia. Dot, who previously held the role of Children's Marketing and Publicity Manager, Random House Australia, will lead a specialist cross-company Children’s marketing and publicity team, drawing on her extensive experience of working with Children’s authors and brands as diverse as Jacqueline Harvey, John Flanagan and Christopher Paolini, to help tomorrow’s readers discover stories they love.

In HR, Belinda Hansen is appointed Human Resources Director, Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand. Belinda was instrumental in bringing together an integrated HR team following the merger of Penguin and Random House and in her three years as Head of Human Resources, Random House Australia, colleagues across the Group have benefitted from her expert counsel in HR issues, change management and organisational design.

Each of these senior appointments will report to Julie Burland, CEO, Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand, and is effective immediately.

Alongside these internal promotions, Richard Alweyn, previously Vice President Finance at CEVA Logistics, will join the company as Chief Financial Officer, Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand, on 21st December. Richard has 25 years’ experience in wide-ranging, strategic business and finance roles at multinational companies including CEVA, PMP, Monsanto Australia and Mobil Oil Australia.  He will take responsibility for Finance, Commercial, IT, Facilities and APAC Services, reporting to Julie Burland, and will be focused on driving greater efficiency and profitability in the business.

Julie Burland said:  “I am delighted to announce these much-deserved promotions and appointments. Here, we have the perfect blend of long-serving talent with strong industry relationships and fresh expertise and perspectives to support our wonderful publishing programme, grow our distribution business, and strengthen our open and creative culture.

“At Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand, we all share the same passion for books and authors and connecting them with readers everywhere. This new structure gives our brilliantly talented teams the opportunity to work more closely and creatively with each other and our authors and readers to achieve this with even greater success.”

These appointments follow a restructure announcement last week in which Penguin Random House said 15 roles, sadly, would be impacted in its Australian business.

Julie added: “Today I would like us to start looking forward to the future with the excitement it deserves for our colleagues, our authors and their readers. It has been a difficult week but, by taking this necessary action, I’m confident we have put our company on a clearer path to future growth and to realising our full potential as the home for the very best creative talent here in Australia and New Zealand.”

For further information:
Karen Reid, Publicity and Communications Director, Penguin Random House Australia
KReid@penguinrandomhouse.com.au
P +61 2 8923 9832
M +61 417496719

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.

Fiction

AMNESIA, Peter Carey 

GOLDEN BOYS, Sonya Hartnett 

THE GOLDEN AGE, Joan London 

 

Young adult fiction

ARE YOU SEEING ME?, Darren Groth 

TIGERS ON THE BEACH, Doug MacLeod 

 

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 www.SylviaDay.com, Facebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay 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

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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.

 

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Press enquiries in Australia: Hannah Glenny, Communications Manager, Penguin Random House (in Melbourne) hglenny@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk +44 7769 617881

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Quentin Blake to illustrate rediscovered Beatrix Potter Tale
  Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally writtenLondon – 26 January 2016In September 2016, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, will publish a brand-new tale by one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, Beatrix Potter.

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