8 April 2014

Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book announced as a finalist in the Picture Book category of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.


Penguin Group (NZ) is delighted that Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book, most recently featured on the Storylines Notable Picture Book List, has been nominated as a finalist in the 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Boring Book was released in November 2013 with great success. This wonderful picture book, complete with lift-the-flap inserts, is as ingenious as it is delightful, exploring the importance of books and words in a fun and imaginative way. The Boring Book is NOT a boring book! Vasanti Unka is a designer and illustrator based in Auckland. She is the illustrator of The Bean's Story, which was a 2008 Storylines notable book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It won the LIANZA Russell Clark award the same year and was also the first children's book to win the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.

And as the announcement of the awards coincides with the royal visit, Prince George will receive all five finalist' Picture Books, inscribed with a personal message from the authors to the Prince. What a wonderful gift!

14 November 2013

New Zealand Girl Photo Competition revealed

Our New Zealand Girl Photo competition winner has been revealed.  It was an immensely difficult decision. We had so many entries and so many wonderful New Zealand girls to choose from. In the end, however, we made our decision because we wanted someone whose face showed all the determination and love of life that Charlotte, the main character in ‘Charlotte and the Golden Promise’ has.

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7 October 2013

Autobiography by Morrissey 

On 18th October 2013, Penguin Classics will publish Autobiography by Morrissey. Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number one albums in England in three different decades.

Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv.

It has been said, ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’ 

Penguin Classics will publish in the UK & Commonwealth and Europe. Autobiography will be available in New Zealand from 18 October 2013.

7 October 2013

Tom Clancy Remembrance

Tom Clancy, the #1 bestselling author of more than 25 fiction and nonfiction books for the Penguin Group, died on October 1, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.   He was sixty-six. 

Clancy’s blockbuster debut novel, The Hunt for Red October, was published in 1984.  Command Authority, Clancy’s 17th novel, is due out in December 2013. 

Tom Weldon, Chief Executive of Penguin Random House UK said ‘Tom Clancy changed readers’ expectations of what a thriller could do.  He was a master of his craft and it was our privilege to work with him.  He will be greatly missed by millions of fans in the UK and around the world.’

Penguin Group (USA)’s executive David Shanks, who was personally involved in the publication of every one of Clancy’s books, says,  “I’m deeply saddened by Tom’s passing.  He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide.”

Ivan Held, President and Publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons says, “It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books.  He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient.  To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time. He will be missed by everyone at Putnam and Berkley, and by his fans all over the world.”

19 July, 2013

On Song Wins at the PANZ Book Design Awards 2013

Penguin Group (NZ) is delighted to celebrate the success of On Song: Stories behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics, brilliantly designed by Alan Deare, which won both the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book and the Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards last night.

Penguin Commissioning Editor Jeremy Sherlock knew that Alan would be the perfect designer for On Song in the early stages of the book’s inception. “An accomplished graphic designer (and a mean bass-player to boot), Alan brings a quiet cool, deft type selection, and beautifully considered approach to all of his work – evidenced to such stunning effect in On Song, a catchy pop hit in its own right.”

Judges commented: “A book to truly celebrate New Zealand pop classics: bold, brash, colourful and entertaining. The typography shouts eloquently from the pages, and the sometimes challenging use of solid colours brings it all together.”

Author of On Song, Simon Sweetman, also commented in the book’s acknowledgements: “Alan Deare from Area Design had made this book, in that he’s designed a stunning object – its feel and look is down to Alan’s hard work and obvious talent.”

Penguin Group (NZ) congratulates Alan on his outstanding design, and his contribution to making On Song such a success.

On Song


2 July, 2013

CEO Markus Dohle Announces Penguin Random House Global Leadership Team

The global senior executive team for Penguin Random House was announced today by Chief Executive Officer Markus Dohle, following the closing of the transaction by shareholders Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson this morning to formally establish the venture. Bertelsmann owns 53% and Pearson 47% of the company. Penguin Random House will combine the adult and children's fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India; Penguin's trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Random House's German-language publishing group, Verlagsgruppe Random House, is outside the venture, and remains part of Bertelsmann, continuing to report to Mr. Dohle.

Between mid-February and early June, in order of review, Penguin Random House received governmental merger control approval in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, the European Commission, Canada, South Africa, and China, all without condition.

Penguin Random House will employ more than 10,000 people across five continents. It will comprise nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world's most widely read authors.

Effective with today's closing, Markus Dohle, Chairman and CEO of Random House worldwide since 2008, assumes the position of CEO, Penguin Random House, and John Makinson, head of the Penguin Group worldwide since 2002, takes on the position of Chairman of Penguin Random House. The Penguin Random House Board appointments were announced separately by Bertelsmann and Pearson this morning.

Mr. Dohle said, "Today, Penguin and Random House officially unite to create the first truly global trade book publishing company. As separate companies, we have long performed outstandingly by every benchmark; as colleagues, we will share and apply our passion for publishing the best books with our enormous experience, creativity, and entrepreneurial drive. Together, we will give our authors unprecedented resources to help them reach global audiences—and we will provide readers with unparalleled diversity and choice for future reading. Connecting authors and readers is, and will be, at the heart of all we strive to accomplish together."

John Makinson said, "Penguin Random House starts life today as a freshly minted company, but also as a creative enterprise that will draw on the greatest legacies in the history of book publishing. That heritage will help to frame the culture and personality of Penguin Random House as we place our extraordinary shared resources at the service of our authors, our customers, our readers, and our colleagues. It is an exciting day for all of us."

In announcing his senior executive appointments, Mr. Dohle said, "Our global and local leadership comprises proven executives drawn from both sides of the company who are inclusive and collaborative with colleagues in their decision making and who fully support our publishers and our authors in realizing their vision and objectives for our books."

Effective immediately, the following newly appointed executives report to Mr Dohle, who additionally serves as CEO for the Penguin Random House U.S. company: Coram Williams, previously CFO for the Penguin Group, will serve in a dual capacity as Chief Financial Officer for Penguin Random House, in the U.S. and worldwide. Mr. Williams will also oversee the self-publishing business Author Solutions.  David Shanks has stepped down as CEO, Penguin Group (USA). He will serve as Senior Executive Advisor to Mr. Dohle and the U.S. executive team.  Madeline McIntosh, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Random House U.S., becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of Penguin Random House in the U.S.  Brad Martin, formerly President and CEO of Random House of Canada, is appointed CEO of Penguin Random House in Canada.  Tom Weldon assumes responsibility for Penguin Random House in the U.K. as CEO. He was previously Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Group UK.  Gail Rebuck will become Chair of the Penguin Random House U.K. Board.  Ian Hudson will serve as Deputy CEO of Penguin Random House U.K., a position he previously held at Random House UK. Separately, he will oversee Penguin Random House's operations in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and Asia in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Random House International (English Language).  Gabrielle Coyne will be CEO of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific and Gaurav Shrinagesh will be CEO of Penguin Random House India. Ms. Coyne previously served as CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific, and Mr. Shrinagesh as Managing Director of Random House India. Stephen Johnson will continue to lead Penguin Books South Africa. They will all report to Mr. Hudson.

Also, continuing in their current capacities:
Núria Cabutí, Chief Executive, leads the company in Spain and Latin America; it will operate under the name Random House Mondadori.
John Duhigg, Chief Executive, Dorling Kindersley, is responsible for the Dorling Kindersley (DK) business worldwide.
Mr. Dohle announced the appointments of three executives with Penguin Random House global corporate responsibilities: Frank Steinert will be the company's Chief Human Resources Officer, Stuart Applebaum will lead communications, and Milena Alberti will oversee corporate development, each having served in similar capacities at Random House. All will also have responsibility in the U.S. for their respective corporate functions.

Mr. Dohle also announced the newly formed Penguin Random House Global Executive Committee to work together with him to set the company's strategic, operational, and publishing direction and priorities. The Committee's members are:
Núria Cabutí; Gina Centrello, President and Publisher, Random House Publishing Group; Tony Chirico, President, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Gabrielle Coyne; John Duhigg; Leslie Gelbman, President, Mass Market Paperbacks, Penguin Group U.S.; Ian Hudson; Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher, Random House Children's Books; Brad Martin; Maya Mavjee, President and Publisher, Crown Publishing Group; Madeline McIntosh; Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Susan Petersen Kennedy, President, Penguin Group U.S.; Andrew Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Author Solutions; Frank Steinert; Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers Group U.S.; Tom Weldon; and Coram Williams.

Penguin Random House world headquarters are in New York City.

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Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the world's first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children's fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin's trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world's most widely read authors.

For more information please contact: Yvonne Thynne, Publicity Manager, Random House NZ Ph+64 9 984 6173, email:
Below you'll also find an extended bio for Gabrielle Coyne, the new Chief Executive Officer of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific.

Gabrielle Coyne

Gabrielle Coyne has worked in the Australian publishing industry for more than twenty years. She began her career at Penguin 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 remit. She was appointed CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific in October 2009 and has overseen the Penguin operations in Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.

A passionate supporter of the industry, Gabrielle has held various positions on boards in the Australian publishing community. Most recently she was Vice President of the Australia Publishers' Association (APA), and while no longer on the board she is a member of the Trade Publishers Committee of the APA. She is currently a founding board member of the Wheeler Centre; a Victorian Government initiative and the centrepiece of Melbourne's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council of Australia and an Advisory Councillor of the Victorian branch of the Australian Industry Group.

1 July, 2013

NZ Publishing Doyen Ray Richards Dies

Penguin is deeply saddened by the death of Ray Richards, one of this country’s longest serving literary agents and the former publisher of AH and AW Reed. Ray’s publishing career was unrivalled, and his energy and enthusiasm for books continued right up until his death at the venerable age of 92. He will be dearly missed by his authors and publishing colleagues. Our deepest sympathies to Barbara and Ray’s family.

25 June, 2013

David Hill with My Brother’s War wins the Junior Fiction Category at the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards

Penguin Group (NZ) is proud that David Hill’s novel My Brother’s War has won the 2013 Junior Fiction category at New Zealand’s prestigious New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. The award was announced at a ceremony held in Christchurch last night. My Brother’s War was also the winner in the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction category.

My Brother’s War was released in August 2012 with great success. The compelling novel about the First World War – for 9-12 year olds – follows the lives of two brothers; William who eagerly enlists for the army, and his younger brother Edmund, a conscientious objector refusing to fight. While William trains to be a soldier, Edmund is arrested. Both brothers end up on the bloody battlefields of France, but their journeys there couldn’t be more different.

David is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded authors for children and young people. His books have been published internationally and he has won awards for his writing in this country and overseas. David was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004.

Margaret Thompson, Managing Director of Penguin Group (NZ) stated “We heartily congratulate David Hill and are delighted to share in his remarkable success.”

1 March, 2013

Dame Anne Salmond, 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year

Anne Salmond 130px  Trial of the Cannibal Dog  Aphrodite's Island  Bligh

Penguin Group (NZ) congratulates Dame Anne Salmond on being honoured as the 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Salmond is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland and is one of New Zealand’s most prominent anthropologists and historians. Penguin Group (NZ) is proud to have worked with Anne on a series of culturally significant books, including Two Worlds: First Meetings between Maori and Europeans, 1642–1772, Between Worlds: Early Exchanges between Maori and Europeans, 1773–1815,
The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas, Aphrodite’s Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti, and her most recent 2011 publication, Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas.

Salmond is also a committed environmentalist and has been involved in establishing the Longbush Ecological Trust, for the restoration of The Waikereru Ecosanctuary in Gisborne. The royalties for the New Zealand printing of Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas have been donated to this charity.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year honours the achievements and contributions of an inspirational Kiwi; someone who has made a major contribution to the nation, given outstanding service to the country, and provided inspiration to New Zealanders through their achievements. Salmond represents these values in every way and this recognition is well deserved.

23 November 2012

A Message from Penguin Books and Christine Courtenay

It is with sadness Penguin Books Australia wish to advise that Bryce Courtenay AM passed away peacefully at 11:30pm on Thursday 22 November in Canberra with his wife Christine, his family and his beloved pets Tim, the dog, and Cardamon, the Burmese cat by his side. He was 79.

Christine Courtenay said this morning, “We’d like to thank all of Bryce’s family and friends and all of his fans around the world for their love and support for me and his family as he wrote the final chapter of his extraordinary life. And may we make a request for privacy as we cherish his memory.”

Gabrielle Coyne, Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Group (Australia) said, “It has been our great privilege to be Bryce’s publisher for the past 15 years. We, as well as his many fans will forever miss Bryce’s indomitable spirit, his energy and his commitment to storytelling.”

Bob Sessions, Bryce Courtenay’s long standing Publisher at Penguin said, “Bryce took up writing in his fifties, after a successful career in advertising. His output and his professionalism made him a pleasure to work with, and I’m happy to say he became a good friend, referring to me as ‘Uncle Bob’, even when we were robustly negotiating the next book contract. He was a born storyteller, and I would tell him he was a ‘latter-day Charles Dickens’, with his strong and complex plots, larger-than-life characters, and his ability to appeal to a large number of readers.“

Virtually each year for the last 15 years, I have worked with Bryce on a new novel. He would write a 600 page book in around six months, year in, year out. To achieve that feat he used what he called ‘bum glue’, sometimes writing for more than 12 hours a day. He brought to writing his books the same determination and dedication he showed in the more than 40 marathons he ran, most of them when he was well over 50. Not to have a new Bryce Courtenay novel to work on will leave a hole in my publishing life. Not to have Bryce Courtenay in my life, will be to miss the presence of a very special friend.” The last word belongs to Bryce himself. In a moving epilogue in his final book, Bryce said to readers “It’s been a privilege to write for you and to have you accept me as a storyteller in your lives. Now, as my story draws to an end, may I say only, ‘Thank you. You have been simply wonderful.’

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Greg McGee Awarded Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for 2013

Greg McGee  Love & Money  Slaughter Falls  Cut & Run

Penguin Books NZ warmly congratulates Greg McGee on being awarded the prestigious Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for 2013. 

Greg McGee is an author, biographer and freelance writer who lives in Auckland. McGee’s first novel under his own name, Love and Money, was published by Penguin in March 2012. Love and Money is a stunning social commentary on New Zealand in 1987 as the stock market crashed. McGee’s portrait of the era is rich, funny, bitingly sharp, and disturbingly contemporary.

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship is one of New Zealand’s most long-standing and prestigious literary awards. It commemorates the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield who was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1888 and died in France in 1923. The fellowship allows a New Zealand writer to work at the Villa Isola Bella in Menton, France for a period of six months or more in the year of tenure. The successful applicant is paid a sum which is intended to cover return travel to France and living and accommodation expenses, currently not less than $75,000.


Neil Cross Wins Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

Neil Cross  Luther

Last night, following the Great New Zealand Crime Debate at the Christchurch Writers Festival, Neil Cross was announced as the 2012 winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel with his novel Luther: The Calling.

A popular win amongst his fellow finalists Cross had just returned home from the US where he is currently working on a new TV series.

Judging convenor Craig Sisterson commented, 'It was a tough decision for the international judging panel, given the high quality of the finalists and the wider longlist. New Zealand authors have produced some truly world class crime, mystery, and thriller novels in the past year. Crime writing certainly seems to be experiencing something of a renaissance here, as readers, publishers, critics, and others begin to realise and appreciate the quality crime writers we have on these shores.'

Penguin Books NZ also congratulate our other two finalists, Paul Cleave for Collecting Cooper and Vanda Symon for Bound.

7 AUGUST 2012

Penguin Authors Win LIANZA Children's Book Awards

Pyre of Queens  Nga Taniwha

Penguin Books NZ wish to congratulate David Hair, Moira Wairama and Bruce Potter who took home coveted prizes from the 2012 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards ceremony held in Wellington last night.

David Hair’s novel Pyre of Queens has picked up the LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award.

Pyre of Queens is book one in the four book The Return of Ravana series.

Writer Moira Wairama and illustrator Bruce Potter’s Ngâ Taniwha i te-Whanga-nui-a-Tara has received the Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Mâori).

2 August 2012

Paula Morris Wins New Zealand Post Book Award

Paula Morris  Rangatira

Penguin Books NZ is proud that Paula Morris’s novel Rangatira has won the 2012 Fiction category at New Zealand’s prestigious New Zealand Post Book Awards. The award was announced at a ceremony held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum last night.

Rangatira was released in November 2011 with great success. The novel was a long-awaited and especially personal project for Paula Morris as it is based on the life of her ancestor Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu. Rangatira is an immediate, gripping and accessible read that touches on the interesting and difficult dynamics of New Zealand’s colonial history. Extensively researched, Rangatira follows the true story of Paratene Te Manu on a historic journey, with a party of fourteen northern rangatira or elders, to England to meet Queen Victoria.

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