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Penguin Literary Prize 2022 Winner Announced

And the winner is . . . Annette Higgs!

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Penguin Random House wins Publisher of the Year

Penguin Random House was named Publisher of the Year at the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards. Thank you to all of the authors, agents, booksellers, suppliers, staff and our amazing readers who made it possible. 

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2022 ABIAs shortlist announced

Winners to be announced on Thursday 9 June.

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Acknowledgement of Country now in local titles and audiobooks

The new addition is an important opportunity to show respect for Traditional Owners.

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Reese Witherspoon's debut picture book announced

Busy Betty features a creative, curious, and exuberant young girl who has big plans.

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CBCA Book Award Notables 2022

Fourteen Penguin and Puffin books have been selected for the CBCA Book Awards Notables list.

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Netflix film inspired by The Power of the Dog leads Oscar nominations

The movie based on Thomas Savage's dark poetic tale has received 12 Academy Award nominations.

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Legend Nat's What I Reckon wins 2021 FAB Award

Hey champions, Nat's What I Reckon has won the Booktopia award for the second year in a row.

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Edgy new murder mystery optioned for TV series

Benjamin Stevenson's new book Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone is set to become a limited series.

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Indie Book Awards 2022 shortlist revealed

We're excited to announce four of our authors have made it to the shortlist.

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Tim Winton unveils new book covers

To celebrate 40 years of Tim Winton's publishing career, we are re-releasing 18 of his titles with all new book covers.

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Indie Book Awards 2022 longlist announced

Congratulations to our five authors who have been longlisted for the awards.

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The Yield wins Kate Challis RAKA 2021 Award

A huge congratulations to Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch on her recent achievement.

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2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence longlist

We're thrilled to have 14 books featured on the longlist.

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Gathering Dark shortlisted for the Ned Kelly

Candice Fox reveals secrets to success after latest Ned Kelly shortlisting.

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Superproofs are here!

In stores July 2021, until stocks run out.

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Penguin Literary Prize 2021 winner announced

And the winner is... James McKenzie Watson!

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The Queen's Birthday Honours 2021

Penguin Random House authors and publisher Julie Watts recognised in this year's list.

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Write It Fellowship recipients 2021

We're delighted to announce the recipients of the 2021 Write It Fellowship.

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2021 Stella Prize winner announced

​We are thrilled to share The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld has won the 2021 Stella Prize!

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Smell-E books arrive

Scintillate your senses with the latest scent-sation in publishing.

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Penguin Literary Prize shortlist announcement

We're thrilled to reveal the shortlist for the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize.

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Local Gone Missing

There was something buzzing. A fly.

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Stone Town

He shouldn’t have brought them here.

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The League of Gentlewomen Witches

Charlotte could listen no more in silence. For several minutes now a young man at the teahouse counter had been abusing a waiter with language that pierced her soul.

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The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

There was no possibility of walking to the library that day. Morning rain had blanched the air, and Miss Darlington feared that if Cecilia ventured out she would develop a cough and be dead within the week.

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Jen is glad of the clocks going back tonight. A gained hour, extra time, to be spent pretending she isn’t waiting up for her son.

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Meredith, Alone

I’ve got six minutes to walk to the train station, plenty of time if I wear my flat boots.

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Sixty-Seven Days

My fifteenth birthday is stinging with a blistering heatwave. Balloons and streamers are dangling off the clothesline, motionless.

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The Lion

Pausanias took a deep breath, feeling calm spread through him.

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Everything I Know About Love

For some, the sound that defined their adolescence was the joyful shrieks of their siblings playing in the garden.

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Book of Night

Charlie’s ugly Crocs stuck to the mats on the floor behind the bar, making a sticky, squelching sound.

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Dark Vector

Jun Chu stood on the deck of a three-masted junk given the auspicious name Silken Dragon.

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Diddly Squat

For more than twenty years I have written about cars in the Sunday Times.

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Gathering Storms

Lisa arrived in Southbend in mid-November on a day of gathering storms, when the air dripped with humidity and the huge grey-white cumulus clouds were piled like soapsuds above the line of timber fronting the banks of the Rainsford River.

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James Patterson: The Stories of My Life

My writing career unofficially began at McLean Hospital, the psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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One Night on the Island

‘You genuinely want to send me to a remote island to marry myself?’

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The Swimmers

The pool is located deep underground, in a large cavernous chamber many feet beneath the streets of our town.

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Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon

The day she turned eleven was the day Zadie Ma discovered her superpower.

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The Palace Papers

They chose Valentine’s Day 2005 as the date to release the engagement news and Camilla’s new title of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall bestowed by the Queen.

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We Run Tomorrow

My face is pressed into the ground. The dirt tastes like blood.

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22 Seconds

Cindy Thomas was working at the dining table she’d bought at a tag sale down the block.

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Hip Hop & Hymns

I didn’t keep a journal during the most traumatic parts of my life because, let’s face it, I didn’t want to remember that shit.

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The Making of Her

The day started early. Joan had been up for hours.

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Idol

Samantha watched the girls as they filed into the event hall, tilting their heads back to stare at the ornate vaulted ceiling with its oversized chandeliers dripping silver and blue crystals.

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The Blood Traitor

The woman was crying. Tears ran like rivers down her face, dripping off her chin and soaking her tunic. She had to stay silent. No one could learn of her sorrow. Because no one would understand.

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Meet the 6 most important characters from The Summer I Turned Pretty

Meet the characters from The Summer I Turned Pretty books. Learn about the main characters and important family members who play a role in the trilogy.

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Author shares the one theme nobody has noticed in new children’s book

All about Gabrielle Wang's new book, Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon.

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Quiz: Which The Summer I Turned Pretty character am I?

Take this quiz to find out which character you’re most like from The Summer I Turned Pretty.

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Try a new genre with an audiobook

Want to try something new? These popular audiobooks from different genres will help you explore new subjects and themes while listening. You might just discover an unexpected favourite!

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To Your Eternity: Everything you need to know about the popular manga series

All about To Your Eternity, the manga series that has taken the world by storm.

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The easy breathing technique that will help reduce your anxiety

These five easy steps will teach you how to do square breathing for anxiety. Using this simple mindfulness tool can help lower your heart rate and curb anxious thoughts the moment they arise.

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The interesting reason why James Patterson began writing at 18

When did James Patterson start writing? It might be earlier than you expect. At the mere age of eighteen, he began scribbling down short stories and the rest is history.

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Anita Heiss awarded Member of the Order of Australia for Queen’s Birthday 2022

Author of Am I Black Enough For You?, Anita Heiss, has received an AM for services to tertiary Indigenous Studies and the Arts.

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Julia Gillard announces new book, Not Now, Not Ever

Ten years after the famous Misogyny Speech comes Julia Gillard's new book, Not Now, Not Ever.

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Here’s what judges are looking for from Penguin Literary Prize entries in 2022

Learn about last year's winner and find out what judges are looking for in 2022.

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10 amazing fun facts about Dolly Alderton

Learn about her favourite sandwich, hair advice, and career journey thus far.

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Find out the very best time to work, based on your chronotype

An easy tip from Time Wise to help maximise your productivity.

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The best books to revisit with your book club this year

Did you forget about these books after adding them to your TBR list? It's time to revisit these favourites, perfect for book clubs.

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With 10 women sworn into office, now is the best time to read Women and Leadership

On 1 June 2022, a record-breaking ten women were sworn into cabinet positions under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. With more women in parliament, now is the perfect time to read Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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The best books to read for World Environment Day 2022

Celebrate World Environment Day 2022 by picking up one of these fascinating reads about sustainability, the climate crisis, and what we can do to make our planet a better place.

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How author unites people and place to create atmosphere in Stone Town

Margaret Hickey, prolific author, teacher, and playwright shares how her passion for landscape saturates her story development and characters in her new novel Stone Town.

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9 stars who are said to practice The Wim Hof Method

See Wim Hof's list of famous fans and try a breathing exercise from his book.

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8 steps to becoming a racial influencer

How to apply the rules of social media influencing to effect change in the arenas of race, human rights, equality and inclusion.

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4 reasons why Atlas of The Heart is taking the world by storm

Everything you need to know about the book, the audiobook, and the TV series.

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7 of the best chapter books for ages 6-9

Seven amazing chapter books for children ages 6-9.

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11 fun facts about Gild by Raven Kennedy

Everything you need to know about TikTok’s most hyped fantasy series.

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Did you know? Bill Gates reads 50 books a year

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft, credits his hefty reading list for his success.

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The Glucose Goddess’ number one trick for dessert without the sugar crash

If you love dessert but hate the sugar crash that follows, this trick is for you. Jessie Inchauspé – AKA The Glucose Goddess – shares her top tip for enjoying sweets, so you can have your cake and eat it too!

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The ultimate chocolate chip cookie

A delicious treat that everyone will enjoy.

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Chickpea Glow Bowl

Enjoy this wholesome, beautifully spiced meal from the Fibre Fuelled Cookbook.

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Cheesy courgette pizza

A delicious and easy lunch recipe that kids will love.

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Paella

This divine paella dish is sure to be loved by all.

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Quinoa, Corn and Black Bean-Stuffed Peppers

These delicious stuffed peppers are a hearty addition to your weekly meal rotations.

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Pork and Caramelised Apple Sausage Rolls

We’ve sealed the deal on these pork sausage rolls by adding a sweet apple mixture to bring them to life.

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Creamy Garlic Chicken (Slow Cooker)

This irresistible creamy garlic sauce will work well with chicken, pork or veal, or for a vegetarian option use root vegetables.

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Tray-Bake Ginger Beef Meatballs with Vegetables

A tray-bake twist on the standard stir-fry!

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Get cooking with Bluey and Bingo

It's Pizza Night at the Heeler house . . . and now at yours, too!

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Cauliflower steak

Try your hand at James Strawbridge's vegetarian pub classic.

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Crispy chilli chicken | Swadilo piro tareko valeko masu

Try your hand at this traditional Nepalese dish from Santosh Shah.

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Salsa Agresto

This flavourful salsa makes an excellent topping for a huge variety of meat and vegetable dishes – a true all-rounder.

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Halloumi with Lemony Honey and Sesame Salt

Fried cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and having experienced many of them, I feel confident saying so.

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Sticky, Spicy Basil Shrimp

I developed a habit of eating the entire shrimp when I was a kid.

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Cherry Clafoutis

This delightful recipe from Maggie Beer's Summer Harvest Recipes is sure to delight your guests.

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Golden Chicken Stock

I just can’t cook without a good stock, and a chook stock is the one I use most of all.

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Child-friendly beef stroganoff

A scrumptious winter favourite, perfect for the whole family.

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Buttery Beef and Peanut Stir-Fry

I get these intense cravings for stir-fries. Whether it’s the hottest humid night or a blistering cold day, a stir-fry energizes me in a way that few dishes can. This one is on regular rotation in my home kitchen.

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Herby Rice and Black Bean Salsa Burrito Bowl

Both fresh and substantial, this burrito bowl is packed with fresh herbs which elevate the rice to something special.

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Cheesy stuffed mushrooms

A quick and easy favourite from the Healthy Keto Air Fryer Cookbook.

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Banana chocolate-chip oat cookies

Try your hand at this delicious vegan cookie recipe.

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Grilled eggplant salad | yam makreua yao

An attractively smokey salad from Thai Food.

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Marinated prawn salad with grated coconut | pla gung mapraow krut

A delicious and easy dish that's full of flavour.

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Beef Panaeng | geng panaeng neua

A panaeng curry is perhaps one of the most popular in the Thai repertoire.

Q&A
How winner of the Penguin Literary Prize 2021 used life experiences to inspire upcoming novel

James McKenzie Watson, winner of the Penguin Literary Prize 2021, shares how growing up in rural NSW, past struggles with mental health, and his present nursing career helped shape his debut novel, Denizen.

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How author abandons classic notions of the afterlife in Here Goes Nothing

Steve Toltz shares his inspiration for the afterlife, how he freed his characters from technology, and how he envisioned a near-future world in his new novel, Here Goes Nothing.

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The questioning of faith that led author to write his debut novel

Ashley Goldberg talks favourite scenes, lived experience, and the real-life events that inspired his debut novel, Abomination.

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The infuriating meeting that pushed author to write novel

Bonnie Garmus was seething when she got back to her desk after a work meeting. It was then she began writing Lessons in Chemistry.

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Meet Stuart Wilson

'For me, horror is inextricably linked to comedy, so I loved writing the icky replantation scene.'

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Author's bizarre Google search while writing new book

Benjamin Stevenson talks to us about his new must-have mystery and his friend's odd act that inspired his book.

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Bob Hawke: The former PM's last interview and diary entries revealed

Troy Bramston brings us the real story of Bob Hawke, revealing his stunning triumphs and shocking failures.

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Adam Hills shares the inspiration for his debut children's book

Rockstar Detectives is out now at your local bookshop.

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Lizzie Pook reveals the real people behind her characters

Debut author Lizzie Pook talks about the years-long process of writing her novel and the real-life stories behind the characters.

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Fiona McIntosh on writing a 'fish out of water' tale

The much-loved author chats to us about researching The Spy's Wife on the cusp of the pandemic starting, studying 1930s German history and baking cherry cakes.

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Tristan Bancks shares story behind Ginger Meggs

Author shares story behind Australia’s longest-running comic strip

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Phillip Gwynne Q&A

Bestselling author of DEADLY, UNNA? on his latest coming-of-age YA novel, THE BREAK.

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Q&A with Molly Oldfield

Bursting full of children’s curiosity Everything Under the Sun is a glorious celebration of life on earth.

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Five Minutes with Mem Fox

Five minutes with one of Australia’s most beloved children’s authors

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Charlotte McConaghy Q&A

'I want reading my novels to feel like walking through a forest or swimming in the ocean, to offer a breath of fresh air and remind readers of the beauty that still remains in the world.'

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How I wrote it: Femi Fadugba on The Upper World

The debut author of the YA novel soon to hit Netflix on discipline, working with Daniel Kaluuya, and the complications of writing about time travel.

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Sophie Overett Q&A

The Penguin Literary Prize winner on inspiration, advice and what's next.

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Abigail Balfe Q&A

Meet the author-illustrator and autism advocate behind A Different Sort of Normal.

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Fiona McIntosh on DCI Jack Hawksworth

The bestselling author discusses tapping back into Jack's world, twisty-turny stories and her favourite crime dramas.

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Anna Zobel Q&A

Meet Anna Zobel, author and illustrator of Little Gem.

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Shirley Marr Q&A

A Glasshouse of Stars author on second-person narration, immigration and childhood fears.

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Maggie Shipstead Q&A

The Great Circle author on inspiring travel, research and spending seven years on her latest novel.

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First Person Singular cover design Q&A

Vintage Creative Director Suzanne Dean and artist Lena Peters on circles, Murakami and monkeys.

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Josephine Moon Q&A

The Jam Queens author on the joy of writing foodie fiction.

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A World Full of Poems activity pack

Explore the world of poetry in this fun activity pack! Inspire your kids to get creative and write their own poems.

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Bluey and Bingo's Fancy Restaurant Activity

Join Bluey and Bingo at their Fancy Restaurant and learn how to make lots of yummy recipes - for real life.

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Recycle and Remake activity pack

Recycle a t-shirt and turn it into a tote bag!

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Song of the White Ibis activity pages

Download these free colouring-in and activity pages from Phillip Gwynne's latest picture book.

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How to Do Hard Things activity pack

Take some time for your mental health and wellness with this free activity pack.

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Princess Olivia Investigates activity pack

Explore world science topics with Princess Olivia!

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Bluey: Typewriter Activity Page

Colour in Snickers, Bluey and Winton!

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Alfie the Brave Activity Page

Colouring in with Alfie the Brave!

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365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks activity pack

Design a LEGO dream home with this fun activity pack!

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The LEGO Ideas Book activity pack

Organise your desk with a LEGO stationary holder!

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The Sea Book activity pack

Find out how you can protect the ocean and its creatures in this fun activity pack!

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Bluey Easter Quiz

How well do you know the Bluey: Easter book and episode?

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Rockstar Detectives word search

Download a free activity page.

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That Cat colouring page

Colour in THAT CAT!

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It's a Wonderful World activity pack

Find out how you can make a difference in this fun activity pack!

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Fish and Forest activity pack

Embark on an adventure with fisherman Finn and his dog, Skip!

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Bluey Easter Biscuits

Decorate some Easter biscuits with Bluey and Bingo

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English home learning pack: grammar and punctuation

Test your grammar with this fun DK activity pack!

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Terry Denton's activity pages

Download these free activity sheets for the holidays.

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Maths home learning pack: multiplication

Feel prepared for the school year with this maths activity pack!

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Bluey: Hammerbarn Colouring Sheet

Join Bluey and Bingo on their trip to Hammerbarn!

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Penguin Teen Christmas Bingo

Join the Penguin Teen read-a-thon this summer.

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Colour in the Heeler sisters

Bluey and Bingo need the help of your colouring pencils!

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It's a Bluey Christmas colouring page

Happy holidays from Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli Heeler.

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The Book of Wondrous Possibilities Reading Group Questions

Here are some questions to get your discussion started about The Book of Wondrous Possibilities!

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The Making of Her book club notes

An absorbing story to discuss with your book club.

Book clubs
Abomination book club questions

Explore friendship, faith, family and identity with this compelling debut, perfect for book clubs.

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All Four Quarters of the Moon book club questions

There’s so much to talk about in this big-hearted story starring sisters and storytellers Peijing and Biju, a lost family finding their way, a Little World made of paper, a Jade Rabbit, and the ever-changing but constant moon . . .

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What We All Saw book club questions

Discuss the biggest YA thriller of 2022 with your reading group.

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Five Bush Weddings book club notes

A delightful, Australian-bush style romantic comedy that will keep your book club enthralled with hilarity and delight.

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Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone book club notes

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone is a fiendishly clever mystery that will keep your book club guessing and introduces a family of characters brilliant for discussion.

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The Last Station book club notes

An unputdownable Australian novel to read with your book club.

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The Ex Talk book club notes

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon's sparkling romantic comedy debut.

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The Herd book club notes

A standout book club novel. Unputdownable and thought-provoking.

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Empires book club notes

A compelling and inventive novel in five parts to share with your book club.

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The Spy's Wife book club notes

Much loved author Fiona McIntosh is back with an historical adventure to enjoy with your book club.

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You and Me on Vacation book club notes

Two friends. Ten summer trips. Their last chance to fall in love.

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Daisy Jones and The Six book club notes

A fun rock 'n' roll story that's perfect for book club.

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Great Circle book club notes

Take your book club on an enthralling journey over oceans and continents.

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If I Had Your Face book club notes

A glitteringly dark and unsettling debut that's perfect for book club.

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Showtime! book club notes

Let Judy Nunn take you on a scintillating journey through the golden age of Australian show business.

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The Farmer’s Friend book club notes

An uplifting Australian drama from rural midwife and bestselling author Fiona McArthur.

Book clubs
How to start a book club

Get your very own book club off the ground with these tips from The Wattle Island Book Club author.

Book clubs
Wattle Island Book Club book club notes

A story filled with courage, passion and hope to share with your reading group.

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A Slow Fire Burning book club notes

An exciting new thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train to discuss with your book club.

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The Paper Palace book club notes

A magnificent literary pick for book club.

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Cutters End book club notes

A desert highway. A remote town. A murder that won’t stay hidden.

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The Garden of Hopes and Dreams book club notes

A timely and uplifting story about the importance of community and connection from much-loved author Barbara Hannay.