Allyse Near wins two categories at the 2013 Aurealis Awards

Double congrats to Allyse Near on her double win at the 2013 Aurealis Awards.  Her debut novel FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS (Random House) was awarded 'Best YA Novel' (tie) & 'Best Horror Novel'.  Well done!


Hélène Young wins at the ARRA Awards

HALF MOON BAY by Hélène Young has been voted 'Favourite Romantic Suspense'  novel by the Australian Romance Readers Association in Sydney on March 22. The cover was also voted 'Favourite Cover'. Congratulations to Helene, and her publisher, Penguin Books.

Zusak, Markus. 2013 (upper body B&W). Credit Page Thirteen

Markus Zusak wins Margaret A. Edwards Award 2014

A huge congratulations to Markus Zusak on receiving the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. This prestigious award is presented annually by the American Library Association for a "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature". See the press release here. Well done, Markus!

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THE BOOK THIEF opens in Australia

A big congratulations to Markus Zusak on the release of THE BOOK THIEF film, which premiered nationwide on 9 January 2014.

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Andy Griffiths,Terry Denton, Belinda Murrell and Markus Zusak honoured at the 2013 KOALAs

Our authors had a successful day at the 2013 KOALAs (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards)! THE 26-STOREY TREEHOUSE (Pan Macmillan) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton won the Fiction for Older Readers category, whilst THE FORGOTTEN PEARL (Random House) by Belinda Murrell was listed as an Honour Book.  THE BOOK THIEF (Pan Macmillan) by Markus Zusak was also listed as an Honour Book in the Fiction for Years 7-9 category. Congratulations to Andy, Terry, Belinda and Markus.

Edmond, Martin. 2013. Credit Liz March

Martin Edmond wins New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement

Congratulations are in order for Martin Edmond, who has been awarded the nonfiction prize at the 2013 NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement in recognition of his overall 'outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature’.
Martin's forthcoming book is a dual biography of painters Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira, which he completed as part of his Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, and will be published by Giramondo in 2014.
Photo credit: Liz March


Tom Keneally awarded 2012 Colin Roderick Award

We were very happy to hear that Tom Keneally has won the  Colin Roderick Award for the second time. His book, THE DAUGHTERS OF MARS (Vintage, Random House) was chosen from a shortlist of seven titles to take out the 2012 price, which is presented annually to ‘the best book published in Australia which deals with any aspect of Australian life’. Congratulations, Tom.


Patti Miller awarded 2013 NSW Premier’s History Award

Big congratulations to Patti Miller whose book THE MIND OF A THIEF (UQP) has won the NSW Community & Regional History Prize at the 2013 NSW Premier's History Awards.  The judges said the work was "written with style and empathy, conveying a strong sense of place, identification and reconnection". Well done, Patti!