​Stuart Kells’ Penguin and the Lane Brothers wins prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize

“We were impressed by the quality of all the short listed books, but we found the winner was a delight to read – informative and entertaining at the same time.”

Alan Cameron

AO, Chair of the judging panel

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

“Kells’ story is informative and entertaining and will appeal to anyone with the slightest interest in the world of books.  In more than 30 years at Penguin Australia, I never got this close to the truth about Penguin.”

Robert Sessions | August, 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald

Penguin and the Lane Brothers is written in a conversational style, wearing the enormous amount of Kells’ research lightly. It will be essential reading for all those fascinated by “books about books” and about the foundation stories of great businesses.”

Tim Coronel | July 2015

Books+Publishing Magazine

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synopsis

Relying on unprecedented access to Lane family sources, including Richard’s diaries, Penguin and the Lane Brothers sheds new light on the relationship of Allen, Richard and John, so crucial as a driver of Penguin’s spirit and success. By turns hilarious and tragic, moving and insightful, this is a groundbreaking counter-history of an unlikely publishing triumph.

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Book details

Author: Stuart Kells

Imprint: Black Inc.

Publication date: 26/08/2015

Format: Hardback, 320 pages

Price: $39.99

ISBN: 9781863957571

The Lane Brothers

John was … appointed to the escort carrier HMS Avenger… On the morning of 15 November 1942, the Avenger went down with more than 800 souls on board. John Lane was not among the four survivors.”

Stuart Kells

Penguin and the Lane Brothers, pp. 184, 185

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