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Penguin Random House UK appoints first Corporate Responsibility Manager

Siena Parker

Penguin Random House UK today announced the appointment of Siena Parker to the newly-created role of Corporate Responsibility Manager. Siena, who will report to UK CEO, Tom Weldon, will develop and champion a corporate responsibility strategy around areas including literacy, charity and the environment, creating awareness and driving interest across Penguin Random House.Siena joins from Heineken U...


Penguin Platform: a new home for young readers to get closer to the stories they love

Penguin Platform

Penguin Random House UK today launches Penguin Platform, a new online community for 16-19 year olds to call their own where they can share and discover the stories that they love, including ‘Young Adult’, cross-over and adult books. Based on extensive research with young people and named by readers themselves, Penguin Platform is a place for Penguin Random House UK to talk directly to teens about the books they’re reading, deliver exciting experiences around authors, and build on the phenomenal success of its ‘Young Adult’ publishing. Through branded spaces on Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, Penguin Platform gives readers access to an unrivalled lis...


Penguin Random House UK launches ‘The Scheme’ to find the marketers of tomorrow

Penguin Random House UK

Penguin Random House UK has today launched ‘The Scheme’, an entry-level programme which aims to attract the marketers of tomorrow and find people with creative talent and potential who may have never considered a career in publishing.  Designed to attract and assess applicants based on their potential rather than experience, ‘The Scheme’ is open to everyone, whether ...


William Heinemann to publish a recently discovered novel by Harper Lee, Author of To Kill A Mockingbird

William Heinemann

William Heinemann to publish recently discovered novel by Harper Lee, Author of To Kill A Mockingbird Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House, has acquired UK and Commonwealth Rights (exc. Canada) in a newly discovered novel by Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird. The deal was struck with Andrew Nurnberg of Andrew Nurnberg Associates. The novel will be published in hardback and as an ...


Slightly Foxed Awarded Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year Award 2014

(L to R): Staff of Slightly Foxed: Alexia Coronini-Cronberg, Tony Smith and Charlotte Colwill

London-based Slightly Foxed has been named this year's Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year.For the first time, Vintage has partnered with Hotel du Vin over the award. Slightly Foxed wins £1000 in prize money and a two-night stay at a Hotel du Vin of their choosing.The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to independent bookshops of all sizes and is awarded to the shop that, in t...


Cape author Helen Macdonald wins the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014 for H is for Hawk


At the prize giving ceremony held at RIBA last night the judges, chaired by Claire Tomalin, awarded Helen Macdonald the UK's premier prize for non-fiction, worth £20k. It is the first time a memoir wins the prize. Previous winners include Lucy Hughes-Hallett The Pike, Philip Hoare Leviathan, or the Whale and Kate Summerscale The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Vintage author Wade Davis Into the Silence in 2012, to name a few.Claire Tomalin said 'Congratulations to Helen Macdonald, who has written a book unlike any other, about an obsession with a wild creature, brought to life in prose sometimes technical and always striking, and set in English landscapes observed with a visionary eye. W...


Richard Flanagan announced as winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Narrow Road to the Deep North published by Chatto & Windus

Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize

"In Australia the Man Booker prize is seen as something of a chicken raffle. I just didn't expect to end up being the chicken. I do not share the pessimism of the age about the novel. Novels are not content. Nor are they are a mirror to life or an explanation of life or a guide to life. Novels are life, or they are nothing". Richard FlanaganRichard Flanagan was announced as the 2014 winner ...


Royal Mail celebrates Man Booker 2014 prize winner with postmark

Richard Flanagan - Royal Mail postmark

Richard Flanagan was presented with the prestigious Man Booker Award for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at ceremony on Tuesday 14th October. The Royal Mail is celebrating the award with a special postmark which will be printed on millions of items of mail delivered nationwide from Wednesday 15th October - Saturday 18th October. The postmark will re...


Baroness Rebuck, DBE, is to be the new Chair and Pro-Provost of Council at the Royal College of Art

Baroness Rebuck, DBE

Gail Rebuck, who was appointed for a term of 4 years, will succeed current Chair Sir Neil Cossons, who will retire at the end of February, 2015. Her appointment is effective from March 2015.The Council is the governing body of the Royal College of Art. The membership of 34 is made up principally of lay (non-College) members and includes a number of staff and Student Union President and Vice-President. As Chair of Council, Baroness Rebuck will lead Council in its responsibility for managing the affairs of the College. Council's responsibilities include determining the College's objectives and strategy, and ensuring the effective discharge of the College's functions and the most efficient use...


Gail Rebuck Appointed to the House of Lords


Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House UK, was today appointed to the House of Lords.Responding to the news, Gail said: “I feel very privileged to be joining the House of Lords as I have always seen politics and Parliament as vital forces shaping our national and global lives.“I hope to make a contribution to debates and legislation based on over 30 years at the heart of the book publishing business. I have campaigned for literacy and literature, the arts, culture and education and I have focussed on women’s empowerment in the workforce increasing diversity at the top of companies.“I look forward to championing the issues I have cared about for decades includ...


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