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London, 15th January 2014

Penguin Random House UK Creates New Children's Division

Penguin Random House UK today announced it is creating one children's division to bring together some of the very best talent in children's publishing. Francesca Dow, currently MD Penguin Children's, is appointed MD of Penguin Random House UK, and Philippa Dickinson, currently MD of Random House Children's Publishers, takes on the new role of Consultant Children's Publisher.

Announcing the news today, Tom Weldon said the creation of Penguin Random House UK Children's would deliver a brilliant and dynamic division capable of capturing the attention of the readers of tomorrow.

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London, 4th October 2013

Autobiography Morrissey to be published by Penguin Classics on 17 October 2013

On 17 October 2013, Penguin Classics will publish Autobiography by Morrissey.
Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.

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London, 27th June 2013

Rights deals to Young Adult novel Half Bad acquired by Penguin in 25 languages

Penguin is delighted to announce that within a mere 13 weeks of acquiring this sensational novel, we have secured rights deals in 25 languages. With film rights acquired by Fox 2000, and Karen Rosenfelt, producer of Twilight, Percy Jackson and The Book Thief, on board, Half Bad looks set for whole world domination.

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London, 9th April 2013

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.

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.

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London, 25th February 2013

Penguin announces 2012 results, reporting a strong second half performance with market share gains in all major territories in the fourth quarter.

Penguin, the international publishing company, today announced its 2012 results reporting sales of £1,053m on a headline basis (£1,019m underlying) and operating profit of £98m (£96m underlying). Penguin performed particularly strongly in the second half of the year, gaining market share in all its major territories in the crucial fourth quarter. This was driven by a publishing schedule that was weighted towards the second half of the year. These results were achieved against a backdrop of continuing tough retail trading conditions.

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London, 3rd January 2013

The first instalment in a sensational series of stories celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is written by Eoin Colfer — bestselling author Artemis Fowl.

The authors of the subsequent eshorts will be unveiled on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on the first Tuesday of every month throughout the year. A promotional video eaturing the author will be released on the 11th of each month on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who YouTube channel.

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London, 3rd January 2013

Puffin to celebrate 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by releasing a yearlong eshort series by some of the most exciting names in children's fiction.

Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi TV show in the world and celebrates its 50th anniversary on 23rd November 2013. To celebrate, Puffin — in partnership with BBC Worldwide — is publishing an exclusive series of eleven ebook short stories each based on ne of the Eleven Doctors, priced at £1.99 and to be released on the 23rd of each month, starting in January 2013.

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London, 7th December 2012

Penguin Expands Intellectual Property Portfolio With Acquisition of the Film Rights to Raymond Briggs' Classic The Snowman.

Penguin is proud to announce that it has taken full ownership of Snowman Enterprises Limited (SEL). As a result of the acquisition, Penguin now controls key publishing, film, TV, digital and merchandise rights to Raymond Briggs' iconic children's character and brand, The Snowman, adding to a growing portfolio of IP ownership across children's entertainment brands.

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London, 22nd November 2012

Zoo-wee-mama! Join the Wimpy Kid fun at Westfield, Shepherds Bush on Sunday 2nd December.

Zoo-wee-mama! Join in with the most AWESOME Diary of a Wimpy Kid fun in The Wimpy Kid Fun Zone which will be located outside the ground floor entrance to Debenhams in Westfield, Shepherds Bush. In this special activity zone, run in conjunction with Save the Children (Westfield’s charity partner for Christmas), fans of this phenomenal series can meet author Jeff Kinney and much more.

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London, 29th October 2012

Penguin and Random House to Combine Creating the World's Leading Trade Publisher

Pearson and Bertelsmann today announce an agreement to create the world’s leading consumer publishing organisation by combining Penguin and Random House. The combination brings together two of the world’s leading English language publishers, with highly complementary skills and strengths.

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London, 16th October 2012

Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series to be released as ebooks

Puffin announces the release dates for the first-ever Diary of a Wimpy Kid ebooks. Available for download on October 31, 2012 will be books 1-6 in the bestselling series. The seventh book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, will also become available in ebook simultaneously with the publication of the hardcover book on November 14, 2012.

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London, 5th October 2012

Penguin/Razorbill Discovers 16 Year-Old Talent on Teen Self-publishing Site Movellas.com

Senior Fiction Editor, Lindsey Heaven, was browsing the online youth writing community, movellas.com, when her attention was drawn to a fan fiction story written and published by teenager, Emily Baker, who is a massive One Direction fan. It was the most popular story on the whole site with over 30,000 dedicated fans asking for more.

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London, 1st October 2012

Penguin Acquires Self-publishing Success Story Rebecca Donovan

Penguin has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in The Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan. Rights were acquired by Lindsey Heaven, Senior Fiction Editor, from Alex Slater on behalf of Erica Spellman Silverman at Trident Media Group.

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London, 4th September 2012

Razorbill UK Acquires New Adult Self-Published Bestseller

London, 4th September 2012: Razorbill, the teenage imprint of Penguin Children's, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in six books by New York Times bestselling author Tammara Webber, including the smash-hit New Adult title Easy. Rights were acquired by editorial director Shannon Cullen from Kate McLennan at Abner Stein, on behalf of Lauren Abramo of Dystel & Goderich. Webber has self-published her books since 2011, and this is her first publishing deal in the English language, with foreign rights sales to Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

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London, 27th July 2012

Penguin announces half-year results and looks ahead to a strong second half

London, 27th July 2012: Penguin, the international publishing company, today announced its results for the first half of 2012. The industry continued to be characterized by dramatic growth in digital retail channels, self-publishing and pressure on high street booksellers and was dominated by two trilogies, The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey. Penguin's first half numbers reflect some impact from these challenges, combined with a lighter first-half publishing schedule, particularly in North America. Sales were £441m (£457m in 2011) and operating profit was £22m (£42m in 2011).

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London, 19th July 2012

Penguin to take a leading position in the fast-growing self-publishing market with acquisition of ASI

London, 19th July 2012: Pearson, the world's leading learning company, is today announcing the acquisition of Author Solutions, Inc (ASI) from Bertram Capital for $116 million in cash. ASI will become part of the Penguin Group from today.

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London, 22nd June 2012

Penguin walks around the world for literacy

London, 22nd June 2012: Today sees over 1000 Penguin Group employees from across the globe unite to raise awareness of literacy. Staff from each of the company's worldwide offices will take part in the company's fifth annual Penguin walk, covering a range of distances in aid of a number of organisations, all focused around reading and literacy.

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London, 16 April 2012

Penguin to publish US phenomenon John Green

London, 16th April 2012: In a deal that makes Penguin the UK home of bestselling writer John Green, Penguin Children's has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Dutton, a division of Penguin US, in the critically acclaimed The Fault in Our Stars.

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London, 13 April 2012

Penguin reveals big new reads in run up to 2012 London Book Fair

London, 13th April 2012: Penguin editors have been busy acquiring some fantastic new titles ahead of the London Book Fair.

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London, 27 February 2012

Penguin announces 2011 results

London, 27th February 2012: Penguin Group announces record profits despite toughest trading conditions in a generation.

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London, 20 December 2011

Jamie Oliver is number one for Christmas

London, 20th December 2012: Jamie's Great Britain, Jamie Oliver's celebration of the very best of British food, is the number one book of Christmas. Following on from the huge success of his last title Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, which topped the chart at Christmas in 2010, Jamie's Great Britain secured the top spot in the last Nielsen Bookscan figures to be published before Christmas 2011.

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London, 23 November 2011

Wimpy Kid becomes fastest selling book of 2011

London, 23rd November 2011: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, the 6th instalment in the Wimpy Kid series, has become the fastest selling book of 2011. With sales of 81,656 copies, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever has recorded the highest first week sales for any book in 2011, and was the fastest selling book across the UK Bookscan children's chart in 17 months ‚¨" debuting at number 1.

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London, 12 November 2011

Penguin announces Penguin Shorts

London, 12th November 2011: Penguin today announces Penguin Shorts, a new digital series of exclusive short works from some of the world‚¨"s best and most exciting writers. Launching with nine titles, Penguin Shorts offers readers a wide range of engaging, entertaining fiction and non-fiction ‚¨" including memoirs, novellas, long-form journalism, essays, stories, history, politics, science - for approximately the same price as a cup of coffee.

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London, 13 October 2011

Penguin acquires Chinese language rights to inspirational book by tennis champion Li Na

London, 13th October 2011: 2011‚¨¶International publisher Penguin Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Chinese language rights to an inspirational memoir by global tennis champion Li Na. This acquisition of rights to a book by a Chinese author to be published in the Chinese language is a first for Penguin, marking a new direction for Penguin‚¨"s growing business in China.

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London, 09 October 2011

Penguin heads to Frankfurt with a raft of new titles

London, 9th October 2011: In the run-up to Frankfurt Book Fair, Penguin unveils a superb list of new titles.

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London, 29 September 2011

Penguin releases Life of Lee

London, 29th September 2011: From a Bristol council estate to selling out six nights at the London 02 arena, Britain‚¨"s favourite comedian tells his life story.

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London, 15 September 2011

Penguin Children's Division unveils a raft of brand new products

London, 15th September 2011: Penguin Children‚¨"s - the UK‚¨"s number one children‚¨"s publisher - today announces a number of innovative digital products based on some of the world‚¨"s most popular characters and brands, plus an entirely new list dedicated to publishing beautiful, collectable editions of children‚¨"s books.

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London, 15 September 2011

Emma Thompson to write new tale to celebrate 110 years of Peter Rabbit

London, 15th September 2011: Beatrix Potter‚¨"s publisher Frederick Warne today confirms that they will be publishing a brand new Peter Rabbit story by Emma Thompson on 6th September 2012.

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London, 30 August 2011

Puffin Announces Unprecedented 0.5 Million Print Run for Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid Christmas Title

London, 30th August 2011: Puffin Books today 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).

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London, 29 July 2011

Penguin Announces Half Year Results for 2011

London, 29th July 2011: Penguin, the international publishing company, today announced its results for the first half of 2011. The company has made a strong and competitive start to the year in spite of major retail disruption in its key markets.

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London, 29 July 2011

Penguin Announced as Official Publishing Partner for Dickens 2012

London, 29th July 2011: Penguin Books is delighted to announce it has been selected as the official publishing partner of Dickens 2012, an international celebration of the cultural and educational significance of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the bicentenary of his birth.

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London, 26 July 2011

Penguin to Publish book by Tom Watson MP about Phone Hacking Scandal

London, 26th July 2011: Penguin Press is delighted to announce the publication, before the end of 2011, of a book by Tom Watson MP and Martin Hickman of the Independent which will tell the full behind-the-scenes story of the phone hacking scandal.

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London, 27 June 2011

Peter Andre inspires new children's series for Ladybird Books

London, 27th June 2011: Ladybird Books will be collaborating with Peter Andre to publish a series of preschool children's books this September.

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London, 20 June 2011

Jack Kerouac On The Road amplified edition launched

London, 20th June 2011: Penguin is proud to announce that Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat novel, On The Road, is being brought to life on the iPad with a unique and absorbing amplified edition.

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London, 13 June 2011

Penguin ranks seventh in Sunday Times Green List 2011

London, 13th June 2011: Penguin has been ranked number seven in The Sunday Times Best Green Companies List, an annual survey which recognizes the UK√Ę‚¨‚"Ęs most environmentally aware companies.

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London, 17 May 2011

Penguin Children√Ę‚¨‚"Ęs Books wins Children√Ę‚¨‚"Ęs Publisher of the Year award

London, 17th May 2011: 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 √Ę‚¨Ň"the best children√Ę‚¨‚"Ęs publisher in the business at the moment√Ę‚¨¬Ě with an amazing all round performance which made the win difficult to argue against.

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