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Stuart Kells’ Penguin and the Lane Brothers wins prestigious $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Author and antiquarian book publisher Stuart Kells has won the 2015 Ashurst Business Literature Prize for his ground-breaking counter-history of the 20th century’s greatest publishing house.

In Penguin and The Lane Brothers (Black Inc.), Kells, relying on unprecedented access to Lane family sources, sheds new light on the intimate partnership of brothers Alan, Richard and John, the drivers of Penguin’s success.

Launched in 2004 by Ashurst (then Blake Dawson) and administered by the State Library of NSW, the $30,000 prize is Australia’s largest and most significant award for business literature. It was established to encourage the highest possible standards of literary commentary on Australian business and financial affairs.

An independent judging panel - Alan Cameron AO, Narelle Hooper; and Richard Fisher AM – selected Kells’ book as the winner from a shortlist of five including:

  • Quentin Beresford – The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd (NewSouth Publishing)
  • Jill Margo – Frank Lowy: A Second Life (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Matt O’Sullivan – Mayday: How Warring Egos Forced Qantas Off Course (Penguin)
  • David Uren – Takeover: Foreign Investment and the Australian Psyche (Black Inc.)
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