Wed, 03/04/2013 - 12:00
Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton has signed a new literary novel which takes its inspirations from Grimm’s fairytales.
Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville is set both in Vienna in 1899, where psychoanalyst Josef Breuer is investigating the case of a girl who insists she is a machine, and Germany 40 years later where...
Wed, 03/04/2013 - 08:00
Amazon and six US publishers have asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit by three American independent booksellers which claimed they combined to restrict the sale of e-books through indie stores.
Amazon told the court in filings this week that the true reason the indie booksellers launched the lawsuit was because Amazon was "...
Tue, 02/04/2013 - 13:22
Penguin division Michael Joseph will publish a new book by "X Factor" band Union J this autumn.
The boyband, who formed on the ITV show last year, are expected to release their first single in June, with an album following later in the year.
Daniel Bunyard, editorial director at Michael Joseph, bought world rights...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 09:30
Booksellers blighted by the snowy weather are looking to Easter promotions to boost their bottom lines.
Book sales were up by 1.2% to £22.1m last week according to Nielsen BookScan, but many shops were down after being hit by heavy snow and retreating customer numbers in the adverse weather, unprecedented for this time of year...
Wed, 27/03/2013 - 13:04
Bertelsmann and Pearson are to win unconditional EU regulatory approval for the Random House/Penguin merger, without concessions, according to Reuters.
Antoine Colombani, spokesman for competition policy at the European Commission,...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 14:00
Australian-born novelist Monica McInerney has signed a global publishing deal with Penguin for her latest novel.
Following a deal with McInerney’s UK agent Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown, the Ireland-based writer’s latest book will be published by Penguin in Australia, the UK, Ireland and the USA.
In the UK, her...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 08:45
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin), the story of two cancer-struck teenagers who meet in a support group and fall in love, has been voted the readers' favourite in W H Smith's Richard and Judy Spring Book Club.
Readers voted which of the 10 titles chosen for the retail promotion they liked best, via the...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 07:00
The Penguin/Random House merger has been cleared by the Commerce Commission in New Zealand, with the organisation's chairman satisfied that it would be "unlikely" to "substantially lessen competition".
The decision was announced today (19th March), and follows clearance from the authorities...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 12:43
Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton will publish a new short story by Zadie Smith later this year.
The Embassy of Cambodia will be released as an A-format hardback in November 2013, just over a year since her last novel, NW, was released.
Like NW, the story will be set in north-west London, and follows...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 11:32
Penguin has signed Bait by J Kent Messum, described by the publisher as a cross between “'Lost’, Trainspotting and The Hunger Games".
Rowland White at Michael Joseph acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Annabel Merullo at PFD, as well as a second novel, Husk...