18 NOVEMBER 2015
NO. 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SYLVIA DAY’S NEW CROSSFIRE NOVEL TO HIT BOOKSHOPS ON APRIL 5, 2016
London, November 17, 2015: Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House, announced today it will publish number one Sunday Times and No. 1 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.
“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 UK’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. Sylvia Day is the fifth biggest paperback author in the UK since 2012 with over 2.2 million books sold.
Bared to You, the first instalment in the Crossfire series, was Penguin UK’s biggest book of 2012 and the publisher’s fastest-selling paperback of the last ten years. Bared to You 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 UK’s biggest pre-order sales of all time. It also went straight to No. 1 in the overall Sunday Times chart, selling 83000 copies in its first week. 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. The third novel in the series also dominated The Bookseller’s newly established e-book chart for the first three months of its existence, with almost double the digital sales volume of the second-bestselling title over the same time period. Captivated By You, the fourth instalment which was published in 2014, sold over 70,000 copies in its first ten days; in terms of new paperback fiction in 2014, only Dan Brown’s Inferno sold faster.
Day and the Crossfire series have been featured in The Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Evening Standard among others. In the US she has featured in USA Today, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Variety and many more.
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.
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
6 NOVEMBER 2015
NEW CEO APPOINTED PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Penguin Random House New Zealand is delighted that the Film and Literature Board of Review has reached a majority decision that will allow Into the River to once again be freely available to young readers in New Zealand. The Board’s decision to uphold the removal of the R14 restriction by the Classification 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) firstname.lastname@example.org +44 7769 617881
15 OCTOBER 2015
INTO THE RIVER - A VICTORY FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Penguin Random House New Zealand is delighted that the Film and Literature Board of Review has reached a majority decision that will allow Into the River to once again be freely available to young readers in New Zealand. The Board’s decision to uphold the removal of the R14 restriction by the Classification Office in August will allow the book to be freely distributed in future and openly displayed in libraries, especially school libraries, which we know play such a valuable role in guiding young people’s reading choices.
9 SEPTEMBER 2015
FILM AND LITERATURE BOARD OF REVIEW ORDER REGARDING INTO THE RIVER BY TED DAWE
Penguin Random House New Zealand, the publisher of Ted Dawe’s book Into the River, is disappointed that the Film and Literature Board of Review has issued an interim order to restrict distribution of this award-winning book.
Into the River was chosen as the 2013 New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year by a respected panel of judges. The book deals with difficult issues such as bullying and racism, which are topics adolescents should be able to read about as they may well experience these issues in their own lives.
Penguin Random House believes that young people benefit from having access to coming of age books that help them to understand the complex society in which they live.
3 SEPTEMBER 2015
RANDOM HOUSE U.S. AND PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE U.K. CHILDREN’S DIVISIONS ACQUIRE SELF-PUBLISHED #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP
New Print Editions’ Simultaneous Publication Date is Friday, October 2, with the eBook editions available on September 8
New York and London (September 2, 2015)—The Random House U.S. and Penguin Random House U.K. children’s divisions of Penguin Random House have jointly acquired THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP, the current runaway #1 international bestseller self-published by Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin. The acquisition was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (U.S.), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s U.K., who obtained World English rights from Julia Angelin of the Stockholm-based Salomonsson Agency.
The new Penguin Random House print editions will go on sale Friday, October 2, with the ebook edition available on September 8, and will be available at physical and online retailers nationwide across the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.
The Penguin Random House editions share a fresh cover design newly updated from that of the self-published edition.
Two additional stand-alone books written by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin also have been acquired by the publishers. Information about them will be presented at a later date.
THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP has soared to the top of bestseller lists at numerous retailers internationally, including in the U.S. and the U.K., after receiving widespread media attention for its reported success in lulling children to sleep in minutes, by employing positive-reinforcement techniques to promote relaxation and induce sleep. Online parent testimonials affirm and rave about the speed and ease with which Ehrlin’s book has helped their children fall asleep.
Ehrlin’s bedtime story was originally published in Swedish in 2011. In 2014, an English translation was released, and it is now available in seven languages.
In the U.S., the Listening Library imprint of Penguin Random House Audio will simultaneously publish an audiobook edition on October 2. It will be available as a digital download in two separate editions, one with a male narrator and one with a female narrator, giving parents the option to choose which voice to listen to. A CD edition including both narrations will be available on November 3. Penguin Random House Children’s U.K. will also simultaneously publish a U.K. originated audiobook digital download on October 2, with both male and female narrations. An audio CD including both narrations will be available on October 22.
“We are so pleased to expand the availability and potential readership of Ehrlin’s captivating book in North America, and in the UK., together with our colleagues,” says Marcus. “We know there is a vast audience of eager parents that will both respond to and benefit from, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.”
“We’re thrilled to be publishing The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep—a phenomenon that’s grabbing people’s attention all around the world,” says Dow. “We are excited now to be bringing this book to an even bigger audience here in the UK and internationally. As a publisher we want to publish books that speak to people and have the power to support them. This book is very clearly doing that.”
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and Verlasgruppe Random House will publish Spanish and German-language editions.
Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin was born in Huskvarna, a small town in Sweden. He is a behavioral scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and teaches communications at a Swedish university. He is also a life coach and leadership trainer. He has published three books with themes of personal development and psychology. THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP is his first for parents and children.
14 AUGUST 2015
3 AUGUST 2015
We are delighted with the news that four Penguin Random House titles have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize:
Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg
The Green Road, Anne Enright
Satin Island, Tom McCarthy
A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler
You can read the announcement here.
The shortlist will be announced on 15 September and the winner will be announced on 13 October.
Congratulations to all our authors.
5 MAY 2015
28 APRIL 2015
COVER REVEAL FOR DIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOK 10: OLD SCHOOL
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.
15 APRIL 2015
FINAL INSTALLMENT OF ISOBELLE CARMODY'S THE OBERNEWTYN CHRONICLES, THE RED QUEEN, TO BE PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER
15 April, Melbourne: Penguin Random House Australia is delighted to announce the publication date of The Red Queen, the final book in the internationally acclaimed Obernewtyn series by bestselling author Isobelle Carmody. The Red Queen will go on sale nationally 12 November 2015 and is set to be a major publishing event.
“The Obernewtyn series started when I was fourteen – not much older than my main character Elspeth – and together we’ve made an almost thirty year journey,” Isobelle Carmody said.
“Many fans too have made that journey with me, some having started as children, now having children themselves. While it’s exciting and beautiful to be able to bring The Red Queen to them, a part of me is very nervous and sad to say goodbye to these characters and the readers who embraced them. I can only hope Obernewtyn fans will enjoy The Red Queen as much as I have enjoyed the journey with them through thirty years of books.”
Laura Harris, Penguin Young Readers Publishing Director said, “Obernewtyn fans have been waiting with breath that is bated... but the wait is over. We are thrilled to be working with Isobelle Carmody once again to bring her final instalment to the world.”
The Obernewtyn series began 1987 has sold more 350,000 locally and has been published internationally including the USA, Canada and the UK. The series includes Obernewtyn (1987), The Farseekers (1990), Ashling (1995), The Keeping Place (1999), The Stone Key (2008) and The Sending (2011.) The series has been shortlisted for numerous awards throughout the years including the CBCA Book of the Year and Aurealis Awards Young Adult Novel award.
The Red Queen, book 7 in the Obernewtyn Chronicles will be available in paperback and as ebook, from Thursday 12 November 2015.
For more information please contact:
Tina Gumnior, Senior Publicist
T: 03 911 2549 - 0419 329 466
Where it all began: Obernewtyn: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1
1 April 2015
18 March 2015
Important note about Belle Gibson and The Whole Pantry recipe book published by Lantern Books
Despite our best endeavours, we have not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations. As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in New Zealand. We remain hopeful that we will receive the formal assurances we have requested in the coming days.
18 March 2015
The New Zealand Book Council and the Auckland Writers Festival are pleased to announce this year’s Great Kiwi Classic is Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame. >more
15 January 2015
Penguin Random House crime and thriller author Paul Cleave speaks about his new book Five Minutes Alone and puts the magnifying glass on the dark and twisted world that is his New Zealand >more
15 October 2014
Richard Flanagan Wins 2014 Man Booker Prize
We are thrilled by the wonderful news that Richard Flanagan’s novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has been named winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. We are absolutely delighted for Richard for this most-deserved honour, recognition of a novel, by his own admission, 12 years in the making.
Fellow Booker Prize winner, Thomas Keneally, described as “a grand examination of what it is to be a good man and a bad man in the one flesh and, above all, of how it is to live after survival.”
In accepting the award, Richard said, "I'm astonished. You do not expect these strokes of good fortune to come your way, you're just grateful to be back at the table the next day writing."
Nikki Christer, Richard’s publisher, said, “I have worked with Richard Flanagan for nearly twenty years, and I have always known in my heart that he is one of the most original, talented, creative and exciting voices writing in the English language. With this accolade we have confirmation that he is also one of the most important. He now joins a very select group of writers as a Booker Prize winner, cementing his already high reputation and status as a writer of books that are loved by readers around the world.
“Today is a great day for the world of letters and for all of us. In the company of such wonderful books, open for the first time to American writers, it is an immense achievement to have won this prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book that critics and readers worldwide have called a masterpiece. Australia should be so proud of Richard – I, for one, could not be more proud of the writer whom I am honoured to publish, and call a friend.”xxxxxxx
24 September 2014
New Leadership Team for Penguin Random House New Zealand
Margaret Thompson, MD, Penguin Random House New Zealand, today announced a new leadership team for the organisation. The new Penguin Random House Leadership team will include:
Becky Innes has been appointed Head of Marketing. Becky’s contribution to the enormous and continuing sell-through of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy; the partnerships developed in support of sell-through of key titles, such as What Was I Thinking and the MasterChef winners’ books; and her management of the new website, increasing traffic by 300%, have all been significant factors in Random House winning the Booksellers New Zealand Sales and Promotional Support award four years in a row. Becky’s experience planning local marketing strategy for brand authors and guiding digital strategy for Random House will be invaluable for Penguin Random House New Zealand.
In the role of Head of Publicity is Yvonne Thynne. Responsible for the Australian Women’s Weekly sponsored tour for Jo Seagar, a model which proved so successful that later this year it will be leveraged for Chelsea Winter, Yvonne also played an instrumental role in assuring the attendance of high profile international authors such as Kate Atkinson and Irvine Welsh at book festivals in New Zealand. Her skills in creating mass market media campaigns and tour management have been utilised by local and international authors from Paul Henry to Terry Pratchett.
Carrie Welch will take on the role of Sales Director. A strong and vocal advocate for New Zealand in decisions made on international titles, Carrie has also led the Business Development team at Penguin responsible for sourcing products including: the Roald Dahl Phizz Whizzing Collection, Hairy Maclary Bag of Books and the Mister Pip limited edition hardback. Under Carrie’s guidance, the Jojo Moyes brand was reinvigorated in the New Zealand market. Me Before You, Penguin’s first Jojo Moyes title, saw a 70% increase in sales through bookseller tills.
Debra Millar has accepted the role of Publishing Director. Most recent amongst Debra’s successes in a long career in Publishing, was the acquisition of John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, a fixture on the bestsellers list since its launch at the end of June 2014. In addition to the acquisition of the bestselling Treats from Little and Friday cookbook and Lady Pippa Blake’s book, Pippa Blake: Journey, she has overseen a range of innovative publishing formats that have extended the reach and appeal of author Lynley Dodd’s much-loved Hairy Maclary and Friends books. Over the years, Debra has worked closely with a number of leading New Zealand authors across a range of genres, including Lloyd Jones, Patricia Grace, Anne Salmond, Alexa Johnston, Simon Gault and Allyson Gofton.
A PDF version of the press release is available here.
24 September 2014
Nicola Legat to Depart Penguin Random House New Zealand
Margaret Thompson, MD, Penguin Random House New Zealand, today announced that Nicola Legat, Random House Publishing Director will be departing the organisation.
This announcement follows an earlier statement regarding the appointment of a new Leadership Team for Penguin Random House New Zealand, including Debra Millar in the role of Publishing Director, Penguin Random House New Zealand.
Since joining Random House in 2005, Nicola has published a number of award-winning books, including: Coast by Bruce Ansley and Jane Ussher (New Zealand Post 2014 Illustrated Non-fiction), Trust by Pip Desmond (New
Zealand Post 2010 Best First Book for Non-fiction), Mates & Lovers by Chris Brickell (New Zealand Post 2009 Best First Book for Non-fiction).
She is a valued council member of Publishers Association New Zealand, a board member of the Auckland Writers Festival and a judge for various awards, for architecture, publishing and journalism.
Margaret Thompson said, “Nicola has had a remarkable career at Random House and was part of the team that won Publisher of the Year seven years in a row. She leaves with our sincere thanks and best wishes for the future.”
A PDF version of the press release is available here.
10 September 2014
Man Booker Prize shortlists five Penguin Random House authors
The 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been announced in the UK and we are absolutely thrilled that five of the titles are published by Penguin Random House. Find out more about each of the titles below:
How to be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
|J by Howard Jacobson (Johnathan Cape)|
Set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.
|The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)|
An epic saga telling the story of a Bengali family in Calcutta – exploring a family that is decaying as the society around it fractures, and one young man who tries to reimagine his place in the world.
|The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Random House Australia/Chatto & Windus)|
What would you do if you saw the love of your life, whom you thought dead for a quarter of a century, walking towards you? The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a novel of the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
|To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (Viking)|
Paul O'Rourke - dentist extraordinaire, reluctant New Yorker, avowed atheist, disaffected Red Sox fan, and a connoisseur of the afternoon mochaccino - is a man out of touch with modern life. While his dental practice occupies his days, his nights are filled with darker thoughts, as he alternatively marvels at and rails against the optimism of the rest of humanity.
23 July 2014
Seven New Zealand Post Awards finalists from one great publisher.
Today the New Zealand Post Book Awards announced their selection of 7 Penguin Random House books as finalists in the Fiction, Non-fiction Illustrated, General Non-fiction and Booksellers Choice categories of the awards.
‘We are delighted with the range of Penguin Random House books selected as finalists for this year’s New Zealand Post Awards.’ says Margaret Thompson, Managing Director of Penguin Random House New Zealand. ‘It is a wonderful recognition of the commitment we and our authors have to producing high quality and creative books which reflect the uniqueness and diversity of our country.’
The Penguin Random House finalists are:
New Zealand Post Book Awards Fiction finalist
The Bright Side of My Condition is based on the true story of four convicts who were marooned on the remote Snares Islands in the early years of the nineteenth century. A gripping story of survival from a brilliantly intelligent novelist.
New Zealand Post Book Awards Illustrated Non-Fiction finalist
A magnificent celebration of New Zealand's long, complex, varied coastline, written by one of the country's finest writers, and with photographs by one of its most distinguished photographers.
The full story of New Zealand's involvement in the First World War, complete with over 500 images – historical imagery, archival paintings, fold-out maps, object photography, lift-out letters, postcards, posters – a dynamic, thrilling portrayal for readers of all ages.
New Zealand Post Book Awards General Non-Fiction finalist
The 2011 earthquake that shook Christchurch to its core led Lloyd Jones to investigate his own foundations and family past. And so begins a quest to revisit what has been buried by a legacy of silence
The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk by David Grant, Random House NZ
A major biography of arguably New Zealand's greatest modern political leader.
Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award finalist
Beyond the State: New Zealand state houses from modest to modern by Bill McKay, Andrea Stevens & Simon Devitt, Penguin Books NZ
A stunning tribute to New Zealand's state house traditions.
The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson, Random House NZ
How do you stalk a trout? How do you skin a rabbit? How does a bullet work? Instructional and highly illustrated, this is a beginner's book of hunting and fishing for all ages.
For more information on the New Zealand Post Awards visit www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz
24 June 2014
Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book wins the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Boring Book is also the winner of the Awards’ Picture Book category.
Penguin Random House New Zealand is incredibly proud that Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book (Puffin) has won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the prestigious New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Boring Book was also the winner of the Awards’ Picture Book category. The awards were announced at a ceremony held in Auckland last night.
The Boring Book was released in November 2013 and has already attracted a 2014 Storylines Notable Book award. This wonderful picture book, complete with miniature book 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 most certainly 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 for illustration 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.
“The Boring Book exhibits the highest quality of design and its presentation is thoroughly original. The story takes delightful unexpected turns that charm afresh with each reading. Small children and older readers alike will be delighted by its subversive touches, and they’ll be entertained by its warmth and fun,” says Barbara Else, the Awards’ Convenor of Judges.
Margaret Thompson, Managing Director of Penguin Random House New Zealand states, “We are delighted to congratulate Vasanti on winning these awards and are thrilled to share in her remarkable success.”
19 June 2014
Paul Moon's Encounters:The Creation of New Zealand is shortlisted for the 2014 Ernest Scott Prize.
Paul Moon's Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand together with three other publications has been short-listed for the 2014 Ernest Scott Prize. The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded to work based upon original research which is, in the opinion of the examiners, the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation. The prize is worth approximately $13,000. The judges for 2014 are Professor Paula Hamilton from the University of Technology, Sydney, and Professor Tom Brooking from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Below the comments from the judges on Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand:
This volume engages with a wide range of source material especially imagery, narratives and sites to explore how New Zealand has been imagined across two centuries. The very different ways migrants, visitors, settlers and Maori experienced and interpreted the landscape reveal competing visions which shaped New Zealand’s future. While it has resonances with Richard White’s Inventing Australia (1981) and Ross Gibson’s earlier research on the southern lands that were the subject of rich mythologising by Europeans, The Diminishing Paradise (1984), this volume draws on two more recent areas of scholarship to create a very different and innovative work. The first is research in environmental history and the cultural construction of landscape which has led Moon to examine ideas about ‘wild’ New Zealand, environmental ‘purity’ and the concept of the sublime utilised to understand and explain the magnificence of New Zealand as a place of encounter. The second is the field of heritage tourism and popular historical consciousness, which allows Moon to explore memory that is ‘more of a cultural practice which drifts into the imagination’ or nostalgia for objects and ruins that has sometimes ossified Maori traditions and romanticised the colonial past. The result is a richly evocative study which should be read by all who value the distinctiveness of this country.
More information here.
Image of Paul Moon by Alyson Young.
11 June 2014
Eric Hill 1927-2014
Puffin Books are deeply saddened by the death of author and illustrator Eric Hill, the beloved creator of Spot. He has died aged 86 after a short illness at his home in California.
'Eric Hill was a master of simple design. He created one of the world’s most loveable children’s book characters - Spot, the charming, naughty, playful puppy, loved and appreciated across the world. Eric's ingenious lift-the-flap device turned the reading of a Spot book into a glorious game of hide and seek, enjoyed by children and adults alike. Puffin is proud to publish Eric Hill and will ensure Spot continues to delight children for generations to come.’ Francesca Dow, MD, Penguin Random House UK Children’s.
Eric Hill's books about a mischievous puppy named Spot have sold over 60 million copies around the world since Spot's debut in 1980, but Eric was singularly uninterested in public appearances and the trappings of fame and often referred to himself simply as Spot's Dad.
More information here.
10 June 2014
David Hill’s Brave Company announced as a finalist in the Junior category of the 2014 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.
Penguin Books (NZ) is delighted that David Hill’s Brave Company has been nominated as a finalist in the Esther Glen Junior category of the 2014 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. A gripping novel for 9 to 12-year-olds about the Korean War, Brave Company was released in September 2013 and subsequently featured on the New Zealand Listener's 50 best children's books 2013.
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.
30 April 2014
Margaret Thompson appointed Managing Director of Penguin Random House New Zealand
Penguin Random House today announced a new leadership structure in New Zealand with Margaret Thompson appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director, Penguin Random House New Zealand.
Gabrielle Coyne, Chief Executive Officer Penguin Random House Asia Pacific, said, “I am delighted Margaret has accepted this important new role. Along with her wide ranging experience, Margaret brings a strong mix of publishing acumen, matched with an unwavering sales optimism and flair.”
Margaret Thompson’s career in publishing spans more than 30 years across Australia and New Zealand. She has been Managing Director of Penguin New Zealand since 2005. In 2007 Margaret steered the acquisition of Reed Publishing and in 2009 led Penguin’s acquisition of Mallinson Rendell Publishing; the originating publisher of Lynley Dodd, author of the global bestselling Hairy Maclary books, which have now sold over 9 million copies worldwide.
Margaret Thompson said, “I am delighted to accept this position and look forward to leading the Penguin Random House team to create an exciting new company which will continue to be committed to local publishing, supportive of our authors and booksellers and focused on maintaining a vibrant and creative presence in New Zealand.”
With Margaret’s appointment, Karen Ferns Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand will sadly leave the company on 16 May. Karen has made an invaluable contribution to Random House growing the sales and company over many years. Highly respected within the publishing industry, Karen has been a passionate advocate for New Zealand and New Zealand publishing. She joined Random House New Zealand as Sales and Marketing Director in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director in 2008. In 2012 she was appointed Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand.
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!
28 FEBRUARY 2014
PAULO COELHO MOVES TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE IN THE UK, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND INDIA
Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone, has acquired rights to Paulo Coelho’s new novel, ADULTERY, acting on behalf of Hutchinson at Cornerstone, Hamish Hamilton in Australia and New Zealand, and Random House India. The six figure acquisition, with separate deals for each territory, was struck with Mônica R. Antunes at Sant Jordi Asociados. ADULTERY will be published this August simultaneously with Knopf in the US.
ADULTERY is a thought-provoking novel about the blurred lines between love and infatuation, adventure and self-sabotage. Linda is happily married to a wealthy man, has two children and works as a journalist – she knows she is lucky which only makes her unhappiness more confusing. While being afraid of change, she is also terrified of life continuing as it is. A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, ignites a side of her she thought had been shut-down with far-reaching consequences for everyone. The inspirational message for the reader is that you need to discover the passion in the life you have, not the life you imagine.
Ben Ball, Publishing Director Penguin General said, “I'm thrilled to be able to announce that we're publishing the new novel of Paulo Coelho, one of the world's most loved writers. The publication of ADULTERY in August 2014 will be a major event for us, and we'll be publishing in cooperation with Penguin Random House worldwide. It's wonderful to have such an accomplished and exciting writer on our Hamish Hamilton list.”
Note to editors:Paulo Coelho has sold more than 150 million books worldwide. His work is published in 80 languages and he is the most translated living author in the world. Paulo has an enormous digital media presence. He is the writer with the highest number of social media followers reaching over 17 million fans through his Facebook page and 9 million followers on Twitter. For further information, please contact Anyez Lindop, on +613 9811 2512 or email@example.com.
Penguin Random House (http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/) 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Below you'll also find an extended bio for Gabrielle Coyne, the new Chief Executive Officer of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific.
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
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
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.
2 SEPTEMBER 2012
Neil Cross Wins Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
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.'
7 AUGUST 2012
Penguin Authors Win LIANZA Children's Book Awards
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
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.