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  • Lia Mills’ stunning novel Fallen selected as Dublin & Belfast’s One City, One Book choice for 2016

    24-03-2016
    For the first time two cities have adopted the same book for their festivals. Over the Easter weekend, the Ireland 2016 Festival celebrations - the biggest and most ambitious festival in the history of the State - will take place. There will be street theatre, reenactments, music and talks taking place, to be broadcast Live on RTE TV. The Dublin One City, One Book team be there and will be doing readings, dramatizations and singing around the book on Easter Monday in their specially adapted library bus.
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  • Penguin Random House to publish Ferne McCann's Cross My Heart

    24-03-2016
    Penguin Random House today announced a deal for the autobiography of TV personality Ferne McCann. Ferne McCann is a TV personality and presenter, style icon and influencer. Since arriving on our screens in The Only Way is Essex in its ninth series in 2013, Ferne has become one of the stand-out cast members and is widely highly regarded for her style and inimitable personality. After gaining the nation’s heart during her stint on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Ferne became the showbiz reporter for This Morning in January. Ferne has one of the UK’s most popular fashion & food blogs on www.fernemccann.co.uk– the site attracts over 1.2 million visits per month. She is one of the most popular UK celebrities on Snapchat and has been the face of numerous brand and endorsement deals. She is the girl who loves a challenge - anything from scaling Machu Picchu to recently taking up the task of learning to drive a bus with Stagecoach, passing with flying colours!
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  • Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen wins the PEN/Hemingway Award

    21-03-2016
    Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen has won the 40th PEN/Hemingway Award – America’s most prestigious award for a first novel. Previous winners include Marilynne Robinson, Jhumpa Lahiri, Teju Cole and Kevin Powers.
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  • The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House launch first novel competition

    21-03-2016
    The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House have announced a major competition to search for a new writing talent. The winner will receive a £20,000 advance and publishing contract with Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK, and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi. Entrants are invited to submit the first 5,000 words of their novel along with a 600 word synopsis. The submissions can be from any adult genre though entrants must not have had a novel published before.
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  • Hemsley + Hemsley on Channel 4

    18-03-2016
    Recently Hemsley + Hemsley have taken off with their latest book Good + Simple (Ebury Press), touring the country and hitting the press by storm. Channel 4 have announced that they will be airing the UK premiere of Eating Well With Hemsley + Hemsley, the Hemsleys’ first TV show, at the end of April. The 10-part series will include some of their classics from the bestselling The Art of Eating Well and some new treats from Good + Simple. Recipes from each episode will be made available on Channel4.com for viewers to download and enjoy.
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  • Penguin Random House UK partner Ministry of Stories presents: a new series of events

    17-03-2016
    Experience a little Ministry magic with a brand new series of events, The Ministry of Stories presents. Join their Junior Ministers as they grill world-class writers, behind the scenes at some of London’s most inspiring venues.
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  • Anita Brookner, author of the Booker Prize winning novel Hotel du Lac, dies at the age of 87

    15-03-2016
    Anita Brookner, the prize-winning British author and renowned art historian, passed away peacefully on 10th March 2016 according to an announcement in The Times.
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  • The launch of the brand new Peter Rabbit website

    15-03-2016
    The official brand new, more user friendly Peter Rabbit website went live this week, making it easier for fans to discover all things Peter Rabbit.
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  • Penguin Random House UK launches The Scheme to find the editors of tomorrow and help make the frontline of publishing more inclusive

    14-03-2016
    A programme to reach and recruit future book editors from a wide range of backgrounds based on their potential is launching today in an effort to make the frontline of the publishing industry more inclusive. The Scheme, Penguin Random House UK’s entry-level recruitment programme, which is open to all regardless of experience or qualifications, is opening today with a specific focus on finding the book editors of the future. The publisher is working with secondary schools and partner networks including the Big Choice Group, and recruiting via social media site Snapchat to reach talented people who may never have considered a career in publishing.
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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11 to be published on 1st November 2016

    11-03-2016
    Exciting news for Wimpy Kid fans everywhere. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 11 will be published simultaneously worldwide on 1st November 2016. This new book follows the enormous international acclaim of book 10, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School. As one of the most anticipated books of the year, needless to say millions of Wimpy Kid fans worldwide will eagerly await this newest volume, which is set to be another great milestone in this phenomenal series!
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  • Penguin Random House receives 27 shortlistings in the British Book Industry Awards

    11-03-2016
    Penguin Random House UK has received 27 shortlistings in the British Book Industry Awards, including 16 nominations in trade categories and 11 in the new Book of the Year awards.
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  • Three Penguin Random House titles on the Man Booker International Prize 2016 Longlist

    10-03-2016
    This year’s longlist, which includes books from 12 countries including Angola, South Korea and Brazil, is the first by the Man Booker International Prize since it joined forces with The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The Booker used to award authors for a body of work, but now it is for a single novel, shared with the translator. We’re delighted to announce that there are 3 Penguin Random House titles in contention, from some of our greatest living authors.
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  • Jonathan Cape author David Szalay wins The Plimpton Prize for Fiction

    09-03-2016
    The Plimpton Prize for Fiction is a highly prestigious annual award, given by the Paris Review and named after its founder, George Plimpton, to a new voice who has emerged in their magazine over the last year. Recent winners include Wells Tower, Otessa Moshfegh and Emma Cline, while the Prize counts luminaries including Philip Roth, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson and Annie Proulx as past recipients.
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  • The Orwell Prize for Books 2016: six books from Penguin Random House UK on the longlist

    08-03-2016
    The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year for the book which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
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  • Hannah Telfer appointed MD of new standalone division Penguin Random House UK Audio

    08-03-2016
    Penguin Random House UK today announced it is establishing its audio business as a standalone division under the leadership of Hannah Telfer. She adds the title of MD, Penguin Random House Audio to her existing role of Group Director, Consumer and Digital Development and will oversee an ambitious audio growth programme for 2016 and beyond.
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  • Penguin Random House Children’s to publish picture book with astronaut Tim Peake

    08-03-2016
    GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN, written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Nick East, is inspired by astronaut Tim Peake’s mission and his own young sons, Oliver and Thomas, who watched their father, along with the rest of the UK, launch into space in December.
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  • The Baileys Longlist revealed – another super six for Penguin Random House

    08-03-2016
    Launched in 1996, the Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.
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  • Baroness Rebuck to receive The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

    08-03-2016
    Gail Rebuck is a towering figure of British and international publishing, who has contributed much to the industry both as a business leader and through her passionate support for reading and literacy. As Chair and Chief Executive of Random House UK for over 20 years, Gail Rebuck built a formidable international publishing house with a hugely influential and successful author list. Together, authors published by Random House have included numerous international and UK bestsellers and have been awarded 32 Nobel Prizes, 18 Booker Prizes and more than 100 Pulitzer Prizes.
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  • Penguin Random House joins World Book Day record breakers

    03-03-2016
    An elite team of Penguin Random House quiz enthusiasts took part in World Book Day’s attempt to break a Guinness World Record.
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February

  • Congratulations to our 2015 Publisher’s Publicity Circle Award winners!

    29-02-2016
    Many of our brilliant publicity campaigns were among those honoured at the Publisher’s Publicity Circle (PPC) Annual Awards last night (29th February). They celebrate the “best PR campaigns” carried out in 2015.
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  • Penguin Random House UK launches 2020 strategy to help bridge the creativity gap

    25-02-2016
    Penguin Random House UK is today launching its Creative Responsibility manifesto to help thousands of young people discover and reach their creative potential regardless of their background.
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  • Umberto Eco

    20-02-2016
    We are very sad to announce that Italian author Umberto Eco died on Friday 19th February 2016 aged 84.
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  • Harper Lee

    19-02-2016
    It is with great sadness that Harper Lee’s literary agent Andrew Nurnberg confirmed today that Harper Lee passed away peacefully in Monroeville, Alabama last night, aged 89. Andrew Nurnberg said “Knowing Nelle these past few years has been not just an utter delight but an extraordinary privilege. When I saw her just six weeks ago, she was full of life, her mind and mischievous wit as sharp as ever. She was quoting Thomas More and setting me straight on Tudor history. We have lost a great writer, a great friend and a beacon of integrity”.
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  • Century to Publish The Life Of a Scilly Sergeant by Colin Taylor

    19-02-2016
    Century is proud to announce the acquisition of a new book by Sergeant Colin Taylor based on his life and police work on the Isles of Scilly. Editor Ajda Vucicevic bought World English rights in a deal struck with Tim Bates, Pollinger Ltd.
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  • Ruth Rendell Award launched to recognise authors who champion the literacy cause

    17-02-2016
    The National Literacy Trust and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society are launching a new annual award in memory of best-selling Penguin Random House author, Ruth Rendell.
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  • Arrow to publish The People v. O.J. Simpson

    09-02-2016
    Selina Walker, Publisher at Century and Arrow, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (exc. Canada) for The People v O.J Simpson by the former assistant U.S attorney, turned staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin.
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  • First Story and VINTAGE 100 Word competition winners announced

    09-02-2016
    First Story and VINTAGE are delighted to announce the winner of the 2015-2016 First Story 100 Word Competition.
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  • Johanna Basford to publish two new books with Ebury

    04-02-2016
    Virgin Books, a division of Ebury, are pleased to announce Magical Jungle and Johanna's Christmas, two new colouring books from New York Times and Sunday Times international bestselling illustrator Johanna Basford. With over 16 million copies of her books sold worldwide, fans are clamouring for more from Johanna.
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  • Book World raises £1M for Syrian refugee crisis

    03-02-2016
    In September 2015 Penguin Random House donated 14,000 books to support Waterstones’ ‘Buy Books for Syria‘ campaign. The campaign sold a range of titles in stores across the UK which were stickered with ‘Buy Books for Syria’, with all proceeds going to Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal. Today the campaign has hit its target of raising £1 million. On the eve of a major conference on Syria in London, participating authors have taken the opportunity to call on wealthy governments to ramp up their aid response and to resettle more refugees.
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  • Penguin Random House partners with Editions at Play digital experiment

    03-02-2016
    Penguin Random House are partners in an exciting new initiative that launched today called Editions at Play. This is an experiment by Visual Editions and Google’s Creative Lab to explore the potential of digital books: that is, books that change dynamically on your phone or tablet, using all the attributes of the modern mobile web to do things that printed books never could. Simply put, keeping the integrity of reading, but playing with the book’s digital form.
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  • Winner of the 2015 Bodley Head/ Financial Times Essay Prize Announced!

    02-02-2016
    The Bodley Head and The Financial Times are proud to announce the winner of their fourth annual essay prize: Laurence Blair, 24, from London, with the essay ‘150 Years of Solitude: Bolivia’s Dreams of the Sea’
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