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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 ...

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Royal Mail celebrates Man Booker 2014 prize winner with postmark

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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...

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

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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...

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Gail Rebuck Appointed to the House of Lords

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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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Penguin Random House UK Joins The Future8 Awards As Exclusive Sponsor Of The Blogger Category

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SuperAwesome is today announcing that Penguin Random House UK, the UK’s biggest book publisher, is partnering with the Future8 Awards to exclusively sponsor its Blogger Category for aspiring bloggers aged 7-17. Shannon Cullen, Publisher at Puffin, which is part of Penguin Random House UK Children’s, will join the illustrious line-up of Future8 judges that also includes Wil Harris ...

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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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