About Us

Penguin Random House Australia is part of Penguin Random House.


About Penguin Random House Australia

Penguin Random House Australia has a reputation for excellence, commitment and service. We are dedicated to both quality and diversity in our publishing activities.

Penguin Random House Australia invests strongly in Australian publishing and has established a firm reputation for an impressive array of Australian titles from literary fiction to popular fiction, non-fiction, illustrated and children's books. Our authors enjoy considerable success on national bestseller lists and are the recipients of major Australian literary prizes.

Penguin Random House, established 1 July 2013


Penguin Random House is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher.  It was formed on 1 July 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent company, owning 53% and 47% respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa, as well as Dorling Kindersley worldwide, and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

An award-winning publisher


Australian Publishing

Penguin Random House Australia invests strongly in Australian publishing and has established a firm reputation for an impressive array of Australian titles from literary fiction to popular fiction, non-fiction, illustrated and children's.

Authors published under local imprints include Deborah Abela, Anita Bell, Georgia Blain, Richard Branson, Peter Carey, Matthew Condon, Susan Duncan, Keith Fennell, John Flanagan, Richard Flanagan, Peter FitzSimons, Janet Frame, Leah Giarratano, Bradley Trevor Greive, Wendy Harmer, Robert Hughes, Kate Jennings, Susan Johnson, Gail Jones, Tom Keneally, Joan London, David Malouf, Roger McDonald, Susan Mitchell, Drusilla Modjeska, Frank Moorhouse, Judy Nunn, Elliot Perlman, Deborah Robertson and Don Watson.

International Publishing

Some of the international authors we publish include:

Peter Ackroyd, Kate Atkinson, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, A S Byatt, Lee Child, Louis de Bernieres, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Umberto Eco, Ben Elton, Nicholas Evans, Sebastian Faulks, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, Robert Goddard, John Grisham, Ainsley Harriott, Joanne Harris, Mo Hayder, Sophie Kinsella, Nigella Lawson, Henning Mankell, Armistead Maupin, Ian McEwan, Andy McNab, Toni Morrison, Irene Nemirovsky, Christopher Paolini, John Pilger, Terry Pratchett, Kathy Reichs, Ruth Rendell, Anne Rice, Tom Robbins, Salman Rushdie, Nicholas Shakespeare, Karin Slaughter, Danielle Steel, Joanna Trollope, James Patterson, Irvine Welsh and Jacqueline Wilson.

Our list also includes BBC Books and Virgin Books.


Sales and Distribution


Hardie Grant Publishing


In addition to distributing Penguin Random House Australia books we distribute books for Hardie Grant Publishing and its international agencies including Chronicle Books, Quirk Books, Quadrille, Ryland Peters & Small, Rizzoli, Wisden, Workman and Pomegranate. Selected titles for Carlton Books, Greystone, Overlook Press and the National Portrait Gallery, London are distributed for Hardie Grant as well.




Bauer Books


Penguin Random House Australia sells and distributes Bauer Books. Bauer Books is one of the world's best-selling publishers of cookbooks and their titles include the famous Australian Women's Weekly cookbooks as well as gardening, craft, parenting, computer books and children's books.


Melbourne University Press

Melbourne University Publishing


Penguin Random House Australia sells and distributes Melbourne University Publishing. Melbourne University Publishing takes great pride in producing books that contribute to the conversation about Australia's political and cultural landscape. With a proud ninety-year history, MUP is excited about its future with more of Australia's best non-fiction writing to come. Covering a broad range of genres, MUP is a leader in both news-making political and current affairs publications, and beautiful and definitive Australian art and lifestyle books, as well as a firm commitment to producing leading academic monographs.



Penguin Random House Australia Charity Partners

Charity Partners

Penguin Random House Australia is passionate about supporting local organisations that promote literacy and creativity in our community, and is proud to support the Sydney Story Factory and Books in Homes Australia as their two charity partners. Penguin Random House Australia supports its two charities in both a fundraising and volunteering capacity, and encourages people in the wider community to contact these fantastic organisations if they would like to get involved in any of their wide-ranging projects.

The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people, based in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. Trained volunteer tutors offer free help to students to write stories of all kinds, with many programs targeting marginalised young people, and those from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, although the classes are open to everyone. The programs develop students’ use of expressive language and improve their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Sydney Story Factory aims to increase enthusiasm for writing and boost confidence, thus allowing students to find their own voice. RHA's Sydney staff volunteer in some of the many programs that SSF runs, as well as providing support in other capacities, such as administration and financial support.  http://www.sydneystoryfactory.org.au/

Books in Homes Australia provides books-of-choice to families and children living in remote and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong success. Books in Homes empowers children and families living in disadvantaged circumstances in Australia, through their delivery of a choice of brand new books for every child, which promotes a love of reading and, ultimately, much improved literacy skills in communities that truly need it. Random House Australia is proud to provide financial support for one of Books in Homes many recipient schools, which is a stand-alone community school in the remote Barkly region of the Northern Territory. http://www.booksinhomesaustralia.com.au/



Green Policy


At Penguin Random House Australia we believe that, like all businesses, we need to examine and assess our environmental impact. This belief inspires action and we continually monitor our emissions output assessing where we can reduce our carbon footprint. We strive for the responsible use of energy, water, materials and space: our warehouse uses energy efficient bulbs, we recycle all plastic, paper, cardboard and shrink wrap generated in our warehouse and offices and we use environmentally friendly packing material made from wheat base because it's biodegradable.

Where possible, our Australian books are printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council A.C. (FSC). FSC promotes environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forest. We are constantly striving to minimise the influence we have on the environment. We are working together with the rest of the publishing industry and our business partners to identify and address various environmental concerns.

Our printer for instance, recycles waste paper, waste metal, reuses their grey water and is investigating carbon offsets. We encourage our employees to support our local community, treasure our local environment and behave responsibly within society at large. We do all this because we believe that we can make a difference to the world now and in the future.