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Evie Wyld scores prize hat-trick as she wins the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Evie Wyld - All the Birds, Singing

Evie Wyld has won the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel All the Birds, Singing. The prize, announced at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday night, is Australia's highest literary honour, and celebrates 'Australian Life in any of its phases'. The novel was selected from a shortlist of authors which included Richard Flanagan, Fiona McFarlane, Cory Taylor, Tim Winton and Alexis Wright.Commenting on behalf of the judging panel, State Library of New South Wales Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, described Ms Wyld's writing as "spare, yet pitch perfect", with her novel being both "visceral and powerfully measured in tone".Coverage for the prize has already run in The G...

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Alan Johnson does the double O

There were more celebrations for former home secretary Alan Johnson and his publishers Transworld last night as his childhood memoir This Boy (Bantam Press) scooped a second literary award in a week - the Orwell Prize for Books.The prize, which recognises books which match George Orwell's ambition of making "political writing into an art", was announced at a ceremony in London yesterday evening (21st May 2014).It followed on the heels of another prestigious prize. Johnson took the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize on Monday (19th May) for his debut book, which has already received blanket critical acclaim and been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.The book prize was judged by Sue MacGregor, Rober...

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Congratulations to our winners at the British Sports Book Awards 2014

Several Penguin Random House authors were among the winners at the prestigious British Sports Book Awards last night, now in their 12th year.Former tennis ace Jimmy Connors' hard-hitting autobiography, The Outsider, published by Bantam Press, won the coveted Autobiography/Biography of the Year Award, beating books including Stillness & Speed by Dennis Bergkamp with David Winner (Simon & Sc...

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Hundreds of ‘Bookshops’ Opening Across the UK Today

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Hundreds of new ‘bookshops’ were opening in the UK today as part of a campaign to championthe personal recommendation of books. Authors including Terry Pratchett, Tony Parsons and Lisa Jewell were among the first to join the ‘My Independent Bookshop’ network by opening their own virtual bookshops and giving people an inside-the-covers look at their favourite reads. The init...

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Penguin Random House books which defined their decade

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On Sunday the Sunday Times published a list of the top 10 books by decade starting from the 1970s, right through to the 2000s. These are books that defined a decade and Penguin Random House UK has a very healthy showing in every one of the decades' top ten lists.We take a look at the 1970s and animal related books dominate the top ten with Watership Down by Richard Adams (Puffin), No.7 and T...

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Michael Morpurgo edits First World War anthology for all ages

Only Remembered

Only Remembered is a collection of powerful words and pictures about the war that changed our world, chosen by some of the UK’s leading cultural, literary and political figures, and edited by one of the world’s master storytellers and creator of War Horse. Only Remembered will be published on 3 July to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.High-profile contributors include Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, actors Joanna Lumley and Emma Thompson, authors Jacqueline Wilson, Terry Pratchett, Jilly Cooper, Charlie Higson and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, as well as many other well-known figures including Sarah Bro...

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New Terry Pratchett book from Random House Children’s Publishers this Autumn

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Random House Children's Publishers UK (RHCP) are excited to announce the acquisition of a new collection of children's stories, Dragons at Crumbling Castle, from bestselling author, Terry Pratchett, which will be published in print and ebook in September 2014. RHCP will also be publishing a collector’s special edition of Dragons at Crumbling Castle with extra content in November.Ab...

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RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S PUBLISHERS UK ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF 365 DAYS OF WONDER, COMPANION BOOK TO #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING WONDER

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RHCP UK ALSO ACQUIRES WONDER E-ORIGINAL AND ANNOUNCES NEW NOVELS BY AUTHOR R.J. PALACIO 13th February, 2014 (London, UK) Random House Children’s Publishers UK (RHCP UK) has acquired three new books and an e-original by R.J. Palacio, author of the blockbuster bestseller, Wonder. The announcement is made today simultaneously by Francesca Dow, Managing Director of RHCP in the UK and Barbar...

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Winners of 2013 Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize published as free Bodley Head e-shorts today

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‘British Muslim Soldier’ - Adnan Sarwar, a 35-year old former British soldier who served in the Iraq War, beat more than 200 entrants to win the second Financial Times and Bodley Head essay competition. His essay is a meditation on identity, dealing with why he, a Pakistani boy from Burnley with no degree, decided to join the British army. It is a work of non-fiction with all the veloc...

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Penguin Random House UK Creates New Roles For Consumer-First Audience Strategy

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Penguin Random House UK today announced it is bringing together its digital, audio and consumer insight teams as part of its new consumer-first audience strategy. Hannah Telfer will lead the team in her new role as Group Director, Consumer and Digital Development and will focus on realising the unique potential Penguin Random House UK has to understand and build direct relationships with read...

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