Authorized Margaret Thatcher biography to be published on 23rd April
Allen Lane, the imprint of Penguin Books, has announced today, 10th April 2013, that it will publish the first volume of the authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore on St. George’s Day, 23 April 2013. It also unveils the jacket cover for Volume One, titled Not For Turning.
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning by Charles Moore will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Allen Lane @ £30 RRP hardback / £18 ebook, and in the USA by Alfred A. Knopf. Charles Moore is now completing the second and concluding volume of the biography, Herself Alone.
Allen Lane confirms first volume of official Margaret Thatcher biography
Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books UK, announced today, 8th April 2013, that it is to publish the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher immediately following her funeral.
The biography was commissioned in 1997 on the understanding that it would not be published during Lady Thatcher’s lifetime. Charles Moore was given full access to Lady Thatcher’s private papers and interviewed her extensively; she supported all his requests for interviews with others, including those who worked most closely with her and her own family. Permission was granted to former and existing civil servants to speak freely about the Thatcher years and Charles Moore was given early access to government papers held back from public view under the thirty-year rule. Lady Thatcher did not read the manuscript before her death earlier today.
I am very sorry to announce the death of Peter Carson who died at home this morning after a long illness. Peter was Editor-in-Chief of Penguin’s adult publishing through the 1980s and 90s, in which time among many achievements he oversaw the establishment of Viking as an imprint in the UK and the separation of the company’s adult publishing into its General and Press Divisions.
His particular interests were history (he had begun his publishing career as a history editor at Longman) and the classics, and one of his lasting legacies is Penguin’s formidable history list which grew initially under his direction and continues to thrive today. He remained to the last a consultant to Penguin Classics, where he was equally at home with the Ancient Classics as he was in the nineteenth century.
Peter was a much revered figure in publishing for forty years, a mentor and guiding light to generations of younger editors who appreciated the range of his enthusiasms, from American thrillers to obscure Russian novels, his extraordinary generosity to younger colleagues and his belief in Penguin as a great cultural and business enterprise.
Our thoughts and sympathies are so very much with his wife Eleo Gordon, herself a stalwart, of course of Penguin’s publishing for four decades. Together they were a formidable, much loved pair.
A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson
The above book, about the fictional Asadi club of Nairobi and its members, could have been read as meaning that Juanita Carberry may have carried out the murder of Lord Erroll in 1941, and also that she was no longer alive. We are happy to firstly confirm that Ms Carberry is alive and well and living in London. Secondly, we wish to make it clear that what was said in the book about her possible involvement in the murder was entirely fictional and was never intended to lead readers to conclude that in fact she was or might have been his killer. There is no truth at all in the speculation contained in the book to this effect. Penguin regrets publishing the book in this form and we have apologised to Ms Carberry for the embarrassment and distress caused by it.
T-Rex Trying: The Unfortunate Trials of the Tyrant Lizard King
He might be top predator in the Jurassic kingdom, but in modern life, T-Rex's comically short arms doom him to the most charming failure.
T-Rex has teeth the size of bananas and eats Triceratops for breakfast, but when it's time to brush his teeth ...
T-Rex is 12 metres long and 4 metres tall, but somehow he just can't change that light bulb ...
T-Rex Trying began as an inside joke that artist Hugh Murphy shared with his friends and family, then he uploaded them to a Tumblr blog (http://trextrying.tumblr.com/) which went onto to achieve a staggering 2.5 million hits in two weeks. Since then, the Tumblr has been shared on Facebook over 230,000 times – it’s a new viral treasure!
This week we can't stop talking aboutEverybody's Hacked Off by journalist and press reform campaigner Brian Cathcart.
With the party conferences under way and the relationship between politics and the media continually under close scrutiny, there's no better time to have a read of his Penguin Special on the Leveson inquiry. It's a complete overview of the trial and shows just how the British media abused their position of power – from the phone hacking of Milly Dowler and Sienna Miller, to the corruption at the heart of the British press. Hugh Grant's introduction gives the insiders view of the trial, and explains exactly how it feels when your life is invaded by the media.
If you want to get up to speed and know exactly what went on behind closed doors at the major newspapers, it's a great summary - and as it's a digital short, it's the perfect book to sit down with during your coffee break or at lunch.
Check out some of the pictures from the launch party which include the lovely Hugh Grant!
Released in App format 18 October 2012
by Viking & TradeMobile
Monday, 03 September - Viking, Penguin and TradeMobile are honoured to publish The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank in App format for the first time on 18 October 2012. A trailer for the App is available here.
Anne's diary movingly reveals how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with the daily threat of discovery and death, being cut off from the outside world, petty misunderstandings and the unbearable strain of living like prisoners. The Anne Frank App enables a deeper understanding of Anne's thoughts and experience, bringing readers closer emotionally to the diary.
Yesterday we asked readers to tell us the tracks they enjoy listening to whilst reading, and what an eclectix mix we got! From Einaudi to a video game hit, it's a great mix which we recommend listening to on shuffle. So grab a book, pop on the headphones and get listening!
Yesterday we recorded a fantastic interview with Jacqueline Wilson for the Penguin Podcast. We chatted about her modern retake of E. Nesbit's Five Children and It. We REALLY recommend Jacqueline's Four Children and It as it manages to keep with the spirit, and captures the voice of the Psammead so perfectly, of E. Nesbitt's classic but also translates the story so well into her own world of a jigsaw family.
I was really happy to find myself joint winner of last night's publicity Nibbie, alongside Riot's Anwen Hooson for Claire Tomain's Charles Dickens: A Life. We had huge fun running the campaign together alongside an incredibly energetic author, who was a true inspiration. Highlights of the campaign included securing a double whammy of big features in one week in both the Mirror and the Sun (sample headline 'Oliver Twisted'), William Boyd's ecstatic review of the book in the Observer, which saw sales surge, and getting a sneaky peek in Michael Frayn's and Claire's studies at their home in Petersham, before Claire treated us to a slap-up lunch at the Petersham nurseries. The highpoint of the campaign for me, was Claire's impassioned piece on the front page of the Guardian on Dickens' actual 200th birthday, in which she wrote:
'In London, you would notice at once that the great black bulging dome of St Paul's, as you described it, is no longer black. The fog, the mud and the filthiest slums have gone. The absence of workhouses and the small number of street children would please you .... but you would see the same gulf between the rich, at ease enjoying their money and power, and the poor, relying on out-of-date food thrown out by supermarkets and food parcels from charities, and fearing for their jobs. And since you were obsessively interested in prisons all your life, you might be daunted by the huge increase in our prisons and number of prisoners.
A glance at the newspapers would tell you that your crooked financier, Mr Merdle, has many successors, and that Lord Decimus Tite Barnacle and his Etonian friends and relations are still running things.'
Claire's book brought Dickens to life for 21st century readers and shows us how the novel was and could still be a force for change in the world.
Penguin General Communications Director
Claire Tomlin wins the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature
We’re thrilled to announce that Claire Tomalin has won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature, in an awards ceremony last night, for her book, Charles Dickens: A Life. The award was presented by Terry Pratchett and she beat out fellow nominees Andrew Miller (Pure) and Jeanette Winterson (Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?).
Puffin Books, is delighted to announce the seventh book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which has sold more than 75 million copies worldwide, will be on sale nationwide from Wednesday 14th November 2012.
Get ready to cheer extremely loud & be incredibly emotional - the 2012 Oscar Nominations have just been announced and there is a long list of categories with Penguin interest:
Both The Help and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close have been nominated for Best Picture; Max von Sydow has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; Viola Davis has a shout at Best Actress and Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer have both been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Help. Gary Oldman is up for Best Actor for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which also has a chance at taking home the prize for Best Original Score and Adapted Screenplay. Jane Eyre has been nominated for Best Costume Design.
We wait with baited breath for the 84th Academy Awards on 26th February.
World-famous publisher Penguin Books UK is teaming up with leading British independent menswear brand Albam. The partnership will take advantage of the two companies’ similar ideals, brand aesthetic and commitment to quality and will look to help both reach new audiences and garner new fans.
The partnership will launch with Penguin providing each of Albam’s four stores with an ‘Essential Albam Gentleman’s Library’, comprised of twenty-one Penguin titles that are must-reads for the Albam man. The launch library will comprise outright classics such as Kerouac’s On the Road and Chandler’s The Big Sleep alongside less well-known but no less essential books including Gay Talese’s ground-breaking collection of essays Frank Sinatra has a Cold and Ted Simon’s inspirational motorcycle travelogue, Jupiter’s Travels. These will sit in-store alongside specially created P.O.S. and be available for customers to browse.
As well as the library, Albam will be selling a Penguin ‘Book Club choice’, chosen to have particular appeal to the Albam customer. The first Albam + Penguin Book Club choice will be Paul Murray’s novel Skippy Dies, already a cult hit and described by the Sunday Times as ‘Savagely funny, brimful of wit, energy, poetry and vision, unflaggingly entertaining’. This will be sold in each Albam store and will again have specially-created P.O.S. material.
The Book Club title will change roughly every 5 to 6 weeks, while the library will be updated roughly every 8 weeks, enjoying themed collections as the partnership evolves. Throughout, both Albam and Penguin will promote the partnership heavily through their mailing lists, websites and social networking channels, and through specially written author content and in-store events.
Joe Pickering, Publicity Manager at Penguin, said “What Albam have achieved since they were founded in 2006 is incredible, in terms of building brand loyalty and profile, a coherent identity, and producing constantly brilliant products that look great and always have a grounding in real-life application. They have a committed – and growing - set of customers that we believe are also the kind of people who will appreciate Penguin’s commitment to superb books, award-winning design, innovation and our unrivalled heritage. We hope that this partnership will help our authors and books find new readers and, of course, help Albam continue its fantastic success.”
James Shaw, co founder of Albam said “We are delighted to be working with the guys at Penguin. They have introduced us to some great authors both past and present and we wanted to share a concise collection of books that we at Albam believe to be essential material for our like-minded customers.”
After the huge success of 2011, World Book Night is back for 2012 promising to be bigger, better and with a whole new list of books to share on one night only.
2012 sees World Book Night taking place on 23rd April, the UNESCO appointed Day of the Book (and Shakespeare’s Birthday), and this year the event is truly earning its ‘World’ title as the project is going international.
The event is a unique evening with 1,000,000 books, 40,000 copies of each of the 25 selected, being given away by volunteers, or ‘givers’, to the public with the aim of encouraging people to read and share their favourite books. Not only that, but there’ll be author readings and celebrities a plenty taking part. Last year Penguin were lucky enough to rub shoulders with authors Margaret Atwood, Alan Bennett and David Nichols.
The list of 25 books have been chosen by an appointed committee of book lovers and include three Penguin titles…Someone like you – Roald Dahl’s first collection of Adult Stories, A Tale of Two Cities - the bestselling book of all time by Charles Dickens and Guardian Children’s Book prize winner Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now!
We can’t wait to get out there and share these great titles. If you’d like more information on becoming a ‘giver’ for the evening, then head on over to the World Book Night website, join the community, and get involved!
To celebrate the launch of his new book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Jeff Kinney will be touring the UK between Monday 28th November- Sunday 4th December 2011!
Jeff will be appearing live at theatre events in Dublin, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Bath where he will reveal his top secrets for becoming a best selling author and his inspiration behind the series.
This will be your chance to find out how Jeff creates the jokes for his books and discover how the characters made the transition from page to screen in the Wimpy Kid films with a special appearance by the actors from the Wimpy Kid movies, Zachary Gordon (Greg) and Robert Capron (Rowley). At the end of the presentation, they'll be a thorough Q&A session where you can ask all your burning questions!
Jeff will also be signing books at WHSmith Brent Cross Shopping Centre and WHSmith Lakeside Shopping Centre!
Find all the dates and times that you’ll need to know here.
Maus by Art Spiegelman has been chosen by customers of City Books in Brighton as their favourite book of 1986, in a competition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the shop:
The Best Book of 1986!
As part of our 25th birthday festival we asked our customers to pick their favourite book of 1986 – the year City Books was founded.
We can now announce the winner: Maus by Art Spiegelman.
As part of the celebration of 25 years of Maus, Viking are publishing a limited edition hardback version of The Complete MAUS, and MetaMAUS, a book complied by Spiegelman about the making of the classic.
The award is organised jointly by the publishers Longman and History Today to foster a wider understanding of, and enthusiasm for, history. A prize of £2,000 is given for an author’s first or second book, written in English, on any aspect of history. The winning book will have contributed significantly to making its subject accessible and rewarding to the general reader of history and will display innovative research and interpretation in its field. Books must have been published during the year October 1st, 2010 to September 30th, 2011.
Penguin's top ten horror titles this Hallowe'en...
If plastic vampire fangs and purple witches' wigs don't do much to frighten you, it's time to go back to some classic gothic fiction. This Hallowe'en forget easy thrills and scare tactics – these masters of fear really know how to get into your mind and make your hair stand on end. This is no trick - treat yourself to some of our favourite spooky stories!
World Book Night 2012 officially launched this week at Waterstone's flagship store
in Piccadilly, with the announcement of the list of 25 titles for next year’s nationwide
celebration of the reading, recommending and giving of 1,000,000 books. World Book Night is a unique collaboration between publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers and individual members of the public – all of whom are committed to sharing their love of books and reading with the wider world.
Penguin are extremely pleased to see that this diverse list, spanning from the classics to popular contemporary titles, includes three of our own titles: Someone Like You by Roald Dahl, A Tale of Two Cities – the bestselling book of all time by Charles Dickens – and Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now!
For more information about World Book Night which will take place on 23rd April next year, take a look at the official website.
Best-selling Author Roald Dahl's Books Donated to Worldreader
Widely famed as the perfect author to inspire a love of reading in children with his unique imagination and wicked sense of humour, some of Roald Dahl's classic children’s books will now be available to children and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Puffin have donated these books to participants in the programs of Worldreader, a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to bring electronic books to children and families in the developing world.
An incredibly worthy organisation, Puffin are delighted that this partnership will allow Roald Dahl's book’s will be able to reach even more widely around the world.
WIN Preview Screening tickets of THE HELP on Spinebreakers
WIN a pair of FREE cinema tickets to exclusive pre-screenings of The Help on October 13th - Spinebreakers have got over 100 seats up for grabs for you and a friend, aged 13-18, across the country at different Cineworld locations including:
1. Fulham Road (London)
4. Renfrew Street (Glasgow)
5. Cambridge 6. Cheltenham
7. Didsbury (Manchester)
To be in with a chance of winning, visit the Spinebreakers website. But hurry, competition closes this Sunday 9th October.
Neil Young, one of the most iconic and important musical figures of the last half-century, will write his memoir, it was announced today.
Young's book, tentatively titled Waging Heavy Peace, has been acquired by Tony Lacey for Viking in the UK and by David Rosenthal for Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. The book is scheduled for publication in autumn next year. World print, eBook, and audio rights were acquired by Rosenthal from Elliot Roberts, Young's manager at Lookout Management in Los Angeles.
"I felt like writing books fit me like a glove; I started and I just kept going. That's the way my Daddy used to do it on his old Underwood up in the attic. He said, 'Just keep writing, you never know what will turn up'," Mr. Young said of his newest project.
At Viking in the UK, Tony Lacey commented:
'Neil Young has been making extraordinary, original music for over 40 years, and his influence goes deep across a couple of generations. It's a real privilege to be publishing his autobiography in the UK'
"Neil's extraordinary music and his influence on American culture is singular," said Rosenthal, who also acquired and published Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. I. "This promises to be a revealing, intimate book that will provide the window into Neil's life and career that fans and admirers have always wanted."
Puffin Books announces the largest first print run in its history
Puffin Books announces a not so wimpy initial print run of half a million – the largest first print run in Puffin’s history - of the sixth book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Cabin Fever (published Wednesday 16th November 2011).
Cabin Fever follows the sales and publicity momentum of the April 2011 release of the Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, the May release of the second film Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules and the June release of the updated Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, a journal filled with interactive pages and space for readers to record their own stories.
‘The ability of fiction to convey injustice with a unique emotional power means that novels can change history . . . Mr Matar is the writer who has done most to convey the reality of Col Gaddafi's Libya’ - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Hisham Matar is Libya's most famous novelist and commentator, whose novels Anatomy of a Disappearance and In the Country of Men explore the ways that families' lives are torn apart by the cruelty in both Egypt and Libya. With the fall of Gaddafi's regime imminent, Matar thinks to Libya's future of unity, democracy and the rule of law. Read his article on the Guardian website.
Demetri Martin Concert Tickets on Sale from 11th August
To celebrate the publication of his new book, This Is A Book, Demetri Martin will be doing a concert on 15th October at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. General sale tickets for this event will be available on Friday 12th August. Click to Book Online.
Between 1pm and 2pm today John Bradshaw, the author of In Defence of Dogs, will be featuring on the Guardian's Live Webchat. So if you have an questions you would like to ask John about his new book, then go to the Guardian Books Blog website and post a question.
Katherine Howe and the Salem Witch Trial Conspiracy
Join Penguin author Katherine Howe on the National Geographic Channel for the UK premiere of Salem Witch Trial Conspiracy, as she embarks on a historical journey to bring you the truth behind the world's most famous witch-hunt.
In 1894 a charlady stole an undated and unsigned letter from the wastepaper bin of the German military attaché in Paris. Torn to pieces, it was pieced back together by French intelligence and found to discover explosive military secrets.
A Jewish military captain called Alfred Dreyfus was accused of being at the heart of the scandal, causing such public outrage that the death penalty was almost reintroduced in order to have him guillotined. Narrowly escaping that fate, he was condemned instead to solitary confinement on the desolate Devil's Island, in murderous conditions. He was also entirely innocent.
So undisputed was Dreyfus’ conviction that no one had any inkling it would become the scandal that nearly brought down the French state. It changed the political course of the nation, in the process transforming the way the country was viewed both by itself and by the rest of the world.
Ruth Harris brings this dark and shocking story to life with justice, imagination, intelligence, and formidable historical research.
Praise for the book:
‘An extraordinary study’ The New York Review of Books
‘A triumph of research and analysis’ The Irish Times
‘One of the most thorough and eloquent accounts of this turbulent episode’ Scotland on Sunday
‘A highly imaginative, deeply-researched inquiry’ TLS
Penguin Children's Books wins Children's Publisher of the Year!
Penguin Children's Books won the prize for Children's Publisher of the Year last night, at the Bookseller Book Industry Awards.
Judges declared Penguin to be "the best children's publisher in the business at the moment" with an amazing all round performance which made the win difficult to argue against.
Francesca Dow, who was recently made managing director of the division, said on collecting the award: "It is an honour and a privilege to receive this award and I accept it on behalf of everyone at Penguin Children's Books. This award is a testament to the talents and commercial drive we have in the team. But of course the award is also for all of our authors and creative partners who are so key to our success."
Sponsored by the BBC, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of all non-fiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.
Three of our favourite Penguin books have been longlisted for the prize:
Editor and Imprint of the Year - Juliet Annan and Fig Tree
Children's Publisher of the Year - Penguin Children's Books
Bonnier Publisher of the Year - Penguin
PPC Publicity Campaign of the Year - Alex Hippisley-Cox PR (Viking, Penguin):
Andrew Rawnsley's The End of the Party
Nielsen Marketing Campaign of the Year - Puffin's 70th Anniversary
FutureBook Digital Innovation of the Year - Penguin Facebook and Twitter Campaigns
Jacqueline Wilson re-imagines Five Children and It.
Jacqueline Wilson has announced she is to write a contemporary version of E.Nesbit's well-loved Five Children and It. Jacqueline says: 'E. Nesbit is my all-time favourite classic children's author, so I'm delighted to have this chance to write a contemporary version of Five Children and It. It will be a very exciting challenge.'
Jacqueline's new novel will be published by Puffin in August 2012. We can't wait!
Fancy a week of "bibliotherapy," cocktails and sunset storytelling in Antigua? We've got just the thing! The Reading Week with Penguin in partnership with Kuoni and Elite Island Resorts is the perfect holiday for book lovers, where you can kick back and relax with a good book, like-minded company and no pesky distractions. It's an all-inclusive week and the literary program is in addition to the varied facilities on offer on at St James's Club, from tennis to mountain biking and spa treatments to sailing.
You can now bring Ladybird's Baby Touch books to life on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with Penguin's first app for babies. The app is a bright, interactive peekaboo game for babies from six months, based on Ladybird's best-selling Baby Touch books. The app draws on the strong Baby Touch philosophy and applies it to the fantastic functionality that the iPad and iPhone offer, helping to develop a baby's eye tracking skills, hearing ability and motor and touch skills.
One of the best-loved children's writers of all time passed away on Monday January 4th 2011. Dick King-Smith, author of The Sheep-Pig (the inspiration for the film Babe), The Hodge-heg, The Mouse Family Robinson and many other wonderful novels will be sadly missed.
For more on this unforgettable author, have a look at the Puffin Blog.