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2024 ABIAs shortlist announced

Check out the Penguin Random House books that have been shortlisted for the ABIAs in 2024. The winners will be announced on 9 May 2024.

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Two Penguin Random House books have been shortlisted for the 2024 CBCA awards

Check out the Penguin Random House books that have been shortlisted.

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2024 Penguin Literary Prize shortlist announced

See the six shortlisted titles for the 2024 Penguin Literary Prize. Winner to be announced 6 June 2024.

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Penguin Random House Australia to expand Bluey publishing program with new illustrated chapter books in 2024

Penguin Random House Australia and BBC studios are thrilled to announce that the Bluey publishing program will expand in 2024 to include three new illustrated chapter books.

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Submissions for the $20,000 Penguin Literary Prize 2024 now open

The annual Penguin Literary Prize returns, offering literary fiction writers the opportunity to win $20,000 and publish with PRH AU.

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Penguin Random House to publish Serena Williams’ memoir

Penguin Random House will publish two books by cultural icon Serena Williams, winner of 39 major tennis titles, four-time Olympic gold medallist, and champion for equality and justice in sports.

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Write It Fellowship recipients 2023

We're delighted to announce the recipients of the 2023 Write It Fellowship.

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Neverlanders wins the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Older Readers 2023

Tom Taylor and Jon Sommariva have won the 2023 Book of the Year for Older Readers for their graphic novel, Neverlanders, published 20 September 2022.

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Penguin Random House AU celebrates first-ever Penguin Noir event

On 9 August 2023, Penguin Random House AU hosted our first-ever in-house author event for Penguin Noir: A Crime Author Showcase.

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T2 and Penguin Random House AU announce limited edition gift packs

T2 and Penguin Books Australia have joined forces to honour the perfect paring of tea and books.

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All about the Be Well team

Meet our Be Well team, dedicated to workplace wellness and employee empowerment.

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Penguin Noir: A Crime Author Showcase

An exciting Penguin Random House author showcase on 9 August!

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Darren Hayes announces new book coming late 2024

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of World rights in a memoir from singer, songwriter and former front man of Savage Garden, Darren Hayes.

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Penguin Literary Prize 2023 Winner Announced

And the winner is . . . Michelle See-Tho!

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Tim Winton has just been awarded the 2023 Lloyd O’Neil Award

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has named Tim Winton the recipient of the 2023 Lloyd O’Neil Award, which honours outstanding service to the Australian book industry.

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2023 ABIAs shortlist announced

Winners will be announced on 25 May 2023.

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Penguin Random House AU takes home two awards at the 2022 Shop! ANZ Retail Marketing Awards

Penguin Random House AU (PRH AU) took home one Gold and one Silver honour for our fan-favourite permanent penguin bookcase.

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Penguin Random House Australia to publish 'Question 7' by Richard Flanagan

Penguin Random House Australia acquires 'Question 7', by Richard Flanagan, Booker Prize-winning author.

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2023 Penguin Literary Prize shortlist announced

See the six shortlisted titles for the 2023 Penguin Literary Prize. Winner to be announced 15 June 2023.

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Write It Fellowship 2023 now open

Applications for the 2023 Write It Fellowship are now closed.

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Penguin Random House donates $30,000 to Story Factory in 2022

PRH is excited to announce that we will increase our contribution to Story Factory by $10,000 this year to provide funding for internships, work experience placements and a novella program to inspire young writers.

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How Penguin Random House AU implemented diversity & inclusion initiatives in 2022

Look back at how PRH AU implemented social impact initiatives in 2022.

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Penguin Random House ANZ donated $100,000 to Indigenous Literacy Foundation in 2022

In a longstanding relationship with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Penguin Random House is proud to contribute $100,000 to support literacy programs in remote Communities across Australia.

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The Sweet Blue Distance

Carrie had just dropped off to sleep when the tuba woke her.

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The Art of Longevity

Like most people, I’ve had my fair share of health issues.

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My Favourite Mistake

There’s more to this story than the clickbait headlines, but yes, in simple terms, I had a dream life – then I took a flamethrower to it.

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Earth

I dreamed that I dreamed about the musty grey soil of the island and the sweet perfume it emits after rainfall, a double remove from a place I will never visit again

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The Familiar

If the bread hadn’t burned, this would be a very different story.

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Show Up

For most people, it’s not easy figuring out what to do with your life, let alone how to turn your passion into a lifestyle.

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Devil’s Kitchen

‘We know you’re a cop,’ Matt said.

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Wrong Answers Only

‘Lavora troppo!’ Nonna throws her hands in the air, one of them holding a crisp white tea towel with a lemon embroi­dered on one corner.

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Deep Water

In early 2020 while on a field trip in the Cocos Islands, I took some time out and went snorkelling.

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Nightwatching

There was someone in the house.

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Miss Austen Investigates

By moonlight, Jane hitches up the hem of her muslin gown and darts across a neatly scythed lawn.

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The Cancer Finishing School

‘Make sure you write the end first,’ Alan, one of my cancer patients, suggests when I tell him I plan to write the story of my own illness.

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The Idea of You

I suppose I could blame it all on Daniel.

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Where The Dark Stands Still

The festivities of Kupala night are just beginning when Liska Radost leaves the village behind.

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The Warm Hands of Ghosts

Freddie’s clothes came to Veith Street instead of Blackthorn House, and the telegram that ought to have preceded them didn’t reach Laura at all.

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Fourteen Days

Call me 1A. I’m the super of a building on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side of New York City.

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Supercommunicators

If there was one thing everyone knew about Felix Sigala, it was that he was easy to talk to.

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Joy Moody is Out of Time

It was always busier in the cold months at Joyful Suds, Bayside's Premier Laundromat.

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Beautiful Chaos

I was told my world would change.

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The Soul

This is a history of the soul, or what we now call the mind, the mysterious inner voice that wills us to think and act and is unique to each of us.

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Kind of, Sort of, Maybe, But Probably Not

It was fair to say that Phoebe Cotton's brain was like a mixing desk where some of the controls were a little bit broken.

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Only the Astronauts

My love, we need to talk.

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Lead Us Not

It was dark in the gym.

Articles

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A guide to Marian Keyes

Want to read Marian Keyes’s books but aren’t sure where to start? Check out this run-down on the bestselling author and her many wonderful works.

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Books recommended by Marian Keyes

If you love Marian Keyes, you might also enjoy these books. See the titles she’s praised publicly and get ready to add them to your ‘must read’ list.

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The best books to read with your book club in autumn 2024

These are the Penguin Random House books that over 80,000 book clubs voted as the best group reads this month.

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Look inside Creating Effective Spaces

Natasha Swinger, the creator behind the @effectivespaces Instagram has released a book to help you organise everything in your life. Sneak a peek here.

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An Inheritance Games series explainer

Learn about the Inheritance Games series, how the books relate to each other and the correct order in which to read them.

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8 tips for aspiring authors from Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman shares his top tips for writers ahead of his new book, Tweet.

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What are writers' festivals like? A book publisher shares

Go behind the scenes at Adelaide Writers' Week with publisher Meredith Curnow.

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Generate a husband

Generate a husband in honour of Holly Gramazio’s debut novel, The Husbands.

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Award-winning and shortlisted books of 2024

Discover some of the best Penguin Random House books of 2024 with this list of award-winning and shortlisted titles this year.

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A brief guide to Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series

Everything you need to know about Evan Smoak – known as Orphan X – and the books that follow his complex life.

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Natasha Swingler shares her #1 tip for starting your decluttering journey

We caught up with the creator behind @effectivespaces to learn about her upcoming book.

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The series adaptation of A Gentleman in Moscow is almost here!

Eight years after the book was first published, fans of A Gentleman in Moscow will finally be able to see Count Rostov on screen.

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Meet the characters from Lessons in Chemistry

Learn about a few of the major characters from Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

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Meet the characters from The Tea Ladies

Meet the tea ladies from Amanda Hampson’s Tea Ladies series.

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Candice Fox explains how she gleaned insight from real firefighters for her upcoming novel

The author shares how she approached New York firefighters and what she learned from them while researching for Devil’s Kitchen.

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CBCA Book of the Year Notables 2024

5 Penguin books have made the Notables list this year. Learn more about them here.

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Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Friday Barnes with these fun activities

2024 marks ten years of the Friday Barnes book series. Discover a few ideas for celebrating this impressive milestone.

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Look inside The Tale of Benjamin Bunny Picture Book

Sneak a peek at the brand new picture book edition of the original tale.

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Look Inside Peter’s First Easter

Look inside this cute and colourful board book, perfect for introducing children to the world of Peter Rabbit.

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Books to keep older kids busy this Easter

Easter is almost here – and there is no better gift to give than a book! Learn more about some of the best books to gift older readers.

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What to read this International Women’s Day – as recommended by authors

In honour of International Women’s Day, we asked some of our inspiring women authors to share the books they love.

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How well do you know Formula 1?

Author and motorsport journalist Andrew van Leeuwen shares some surprising facts (and fictions) about the sport.

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If you liked This Time It’s Real, you’ll love Ann Liang’s new book

Learn more about Ann Liang’s new book, I Hope This Doesn’t Find You.

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9 of the best new books for early readers to read this summer

Check out some of the best books for early readers this summer. From your kids’ favourite characters to heartwarming tales, children will adore these fun reads.

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Double Chocolate and Hazelnut Quinola

Who said delicious dessert had to be unhealthy?

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Baked Spiced Aubergine with Hummus Mint and Pomegranate

A scrumptious eggplant with a marinade packed full of flavour.

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Chermoula Chicken with Papaya

A delicious chicken with a tasty traditional North African marinade.

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Chicken Fried Rice

As seen on This Morning, this flavour-packed air-fryer chicken fried rice from Bored of Lunch is a healthy alternative to a classic takeaway dish. Best of all, it will be on the table in just 30 minutes so it's ideal for busy weeknights.

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Air Fryer Sweet Chilli Prawn Cocktail Pitta

This ultra-speedy lunchtime dish packs crispy air fried pittas with a fresh sweet chilli mayo prawn cocktail.

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Marinara Meatball Sub

Meatballs, cooked in a rich marinara sauce, are topped with melted cheese and piled into crusty rolls in this easy air fryer recipe from Bored of Lunch.

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Fitwaffle's Lemon Cheesecake

Finished with whipped cream and plenty of lemon zest this easy no-bake cheesecake is one to whip up on warm summer days.

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Fitwaffle's Cinnamon Swirl Mug Cake

Fans of cinnamon rolls will love this easy mug cake from Fitwaffle, made in the microwave this simple sweet treat is ready in minutes.

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Fitwaffle's Cookies and Cream-Stuffed Brownies

These moreish chocolate brownies have a hidden layer of Oreo cookies in every bite, adding an unexpected but very welcome crunch.

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Sea bass with lemon butter sauce

A tasty, buttery and zesty fish meal.

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Fitwaffle's Chocolate Egg Cheesecake

Perfect for a low-effort Easter dessert, this no-bake cheesecake can be whipped up in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to be served.

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The Best Swedish Meatballs

These Swedish meatballs are made from scratch, full of flavour, and smothered with a rich and creamy sauce everyone—even your picky eaters—will like. Try them served over over egg noodles or rice for a warm, hearty meal.

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Creamy Zuppa Toscana

This is a hearty and creamy soup made with bacon, sausage, kale, and all sorts of delicious seasonings. It's the perfect combination of flavours that will warm you up on a chilly day.

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Bradford Omelette

Take the humble omelette and give it some oomph with cumin seeds, verdant coriander and the fresh clean heat of green chilli to wake you up of a morning.

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Cucumber, Pickled Wild Garlic Oil, Thick Yogurt, Walnuts, and Honey

A healthy and mouth-watering traditional North Macedonian dish, packed with flavour.

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Kifli

Learn how to made a traditional Balkan baked treat.

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Burek

Learn how to perfect a delicious burek. You can swap out the minced meat for any other ingredients!

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Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Overnight oats + cake + air fryer = easy and tasty!

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Creamy cauliflower risotto with dark chocolate

This smoothly savoury risotto has a surprising addition in the form of grated dark chocolate.

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Roasted corn and elderflower iced tea

You can get Korean roasted corn tea from Asian supermarkets or online – it tastes a little like drinking popcorn.

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Air Fryer Chicken Parm

Crispy chicken is topped with a rich tomato sauce and plenty of Cheddar cheese and Parmesan in this easy, high protein dish.

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Breakfast Pizza

Topped with spinach, tomatoes and cheesy eggs this breakfast pizza is perfect for a speedy high protein breakfast.

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Spicy Noodle Soup

This high protein soup is packed with rice noodles, bean sprouts and juicy king prawns in a spicy, coconut sauce.

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Raspberry, White Chocolate and Pecan Brioche Bake

Whip up this easy brioche bake for a crowd-pleasing brunch dish or prep in advance and pop in the freezer for a low effort weekend breakfast in the future.

Q&A
A day in the life of Senior Designer, Olivia Mead

Learn what a day in the life of a senior designer at Penguin Random House looks like.

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Tobias Madden shares the inspiration behind his new novel, Wrong Answers Only

We caught up with Tobias Madden to learn about his new novel, Wrong Answers Only. Plus, discover his secrets for tapping into your creativity and his top tips for aspiring authors.

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Georgia Harper says she ‘ruined her mum’s fantasy’

Find out why Georgia Harper’s writing routine ruined her mum’s idyllic vision of a writerly life. Plus, learn about her love for Anne Rice and her unlucky skill for attracting strangers’ stories.

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Fun Fact: Sarah-Jane Collins wrote much of her debut novel in a bar

Sarah-Jane Collins shares how her background as a reporter inspired her to write her debut novel, Radiant Heat.

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Ferdia Lennon shares the Plutarch passage that inspired Glorious Exploits

Plus, find out why he taught himself to memorise an entire deck of cards while researching for the novel.

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How drama school inspired Chris MacDonald to write The Actor

Plus, learn about which fictional character he’d like to dine with and the musician he always turns to when singing karaoke.

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Jessica Bull shares how she entered Jane Austen’s world while writing her debut novel

She took up a few new hobbies, including horseback riding, sewing and Georgian dance.

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Lottie Hazell shares how she came up with the idea for Piglet

Plus, the cosy fictional world she’d most like to live in.

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An interview with Ela Lee about her debut novel, Jaded

We caught up with debut author Ela Lee to learn about how she made time for writing while working full-time, her ‘big break’ into publishing and more.

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Gareth Brown shares how a yearning to travel inspired The Book of Doors

Plus find out why he’d choose to live in Middle Earth and main difference between him and Hugh Jackman.

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How the characters from Abbey Lay’s Lead Us Not came to her in an imagined conversation

The debut author also shares the fictional character she’d most like to meet and why she loved Lemony Snicket’s writing as a child.

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Alex Michaelides shares why his new novel was his favourite to write

Learn about Alex Michaelides’s new book, the real-life people who inspired his characters and how growing up in Cyprus contributed to the setting.

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Rachael Johns shares her trick for getting words onto the page

We caught up with Rachael Johns to learn about her writing routines, favourite rom-coms and new book The Other Bridget.

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Shannah Kennedy and Colleen Callander explain what the word 'elevate' means to them

We caught up with the co-authors of Elevate to learn more about their work, their goals for 2024, and their best advice for getting out of a slump.

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Former MasterChef judge Matt Preston picks a favourite cravat of all time

In honour of his memoir, Big Mouth, we caught up with Matt Preston. Learn about what inspired him to write the book, how it differs from his journalism experience and whether – if forced to choose – he’d pick fashion or food.

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Two authors share their Grandparents’ Day plans

We caught up with Fiona McArthur and Morris Gleitzman to learn about their Grandparents’ Day plans, the books they read with their grandchildren and advice for new grandparents.

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Richard Flanagan shares how dreams inspired his new book

We caught up with Richard Flanagan to learn more about his new book, Question 7. Find out why he chose the title and how science is a form of creativity.

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Arthur C. Brooks shares the selfish reason for his new book with Oprah

Find out what inspired ‘Build the Life You Want’ and what both authors hope readers take away from it.

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How a dream inspired Jessica Yu's debut novel

We caught up with Jessica Yu to learn more about her writing routine and the shortlist award that helped launch her career.

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Jessica Seaborn on inspiration, observation and navigating the publishing process

Debut author Jessica Seaborn shares a few things that helped her get her debut novel, Perfect-ish, published.

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Claire van Ryn shares her unique 3-step writing process

Plus, find out what inspired Claire's first novel and how her previous work experience helped her write The Secrets of the Huon Wren.

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Why Karen Kirsten chose to share her family’s true World War II story

Karen Kirsten shares what it was like writing her family history and the research process behind her new book, Irena’s Gift.

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How fanfic inspired sydney khoo to become an author

We chatted with sydney khoo about writing routines, fanfic, and how the Write It fellowship lead to their first book deal and debut novel, The Spider and Her Demons.

Activities

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Bluey Mother's Day colouring-in activity for the whole family!

Wackadoo! Unwind with this great colouring-in activity, just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Play and Grow with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar on his adventures with these fun activities.

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Bluey Easter activity pack

Celebrate Easter with this free printable download.

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Countdown to Yesterday Word Search

Download a free activity pack!

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Emma Memma colouring-in activity

Colour in with Emma Memma!

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Chico the Schnauzer colouring activity

A fun colouring-in activity for dog lovers!

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Bluey Christmas Activity

Get in to the Christmas spirit with Bluey

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Say ‘happy holidays’ with this printable Ranger’s Apprentice card

Print and customise this Ranger’s Apprentice holiday card to share with your loved ones this year.

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Print a free card for Grandparents’ Day

Celebrate Grandparents' Day with this free, printable card featuring Spot the dog.

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Grandparents' Day book bingo

Celebrate Grandparents' Day with a reading challenge!

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Alice-Miranda and the Christmas Mystery Activity

Get in to the Christmas spirit with the Alice-Miranda activity!

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Bluey and Bingo's guide to making Dad laugh

Bluey and Bingo share their guide for making Dad laugh this Father's Day.

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10 easy book week costumes

In need of some book week costume ideas? Look no further, these book week costumes are super simple and kid approved.

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DIY Ranger's Apprentice cloak

How to make your own Ranger's Apprentice Cloak for book week and beyond!

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An A to Z of Dreaming Differently Activity

Dream differently with this beautiful activity pack!

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Being Jimmy Baxter

Colour in with Jimmy Baxter

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Football Fever Activity

Everyone's got football fever!

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Bluey Pencil Toppers Activity

Follow along with Bluey to make your own pencil toppers

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We Are Matildas Colouring In

Celebrate football and the team spirit of the CommBank Matildas with this activity

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Bluey Mother's Day Queen's Crown

Follow along with Bluey and make mum a queen's crown for Mother's Day!

Book clubs

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The Cryptic Clue book club questions

The second book in The Tea Ladies series is a fun mystery to read with your book club.

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What I Would Do to You book club questions

A stunning, thought-provoking debut to read with your book club.

Book clubs
A Gentleman in Moscow book club questions

A letter from the author and book club questions for one of Amor Towles' most popular books.

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Kind of, Sort of, Maybe, But Probably Not book club questions

A charming, quirky novel to read with your book club.

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The Bee Sting book club questions

A thought-provoking book about family and fortune to read with your book club.

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The Other Bridget book club questions

A feelgood romantic comedy by Australia's bestselling romance writer.

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Foul Play book club questions

A heart-stopping jack Hawksworth novel to read with your book club.

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Eleanor Jones is Not a Murderer Book Club Questions

Amy Doak on the creation of Eleanor Jones is Not a Murderer.

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The Sugar Palace book club questions

A heart-stopping romantic adventure to read with your book club.

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Black Sheep book club questions

A sweeping historical novel to read with your book club.

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Others Were Emeralds book club questions

A stirring coming-of-age novel to read with your book club.

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Back to Bangka book club questions

A gripping wartime memoir with a twist, to read with your book club.

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On a Bright Hillside in Paradise book club questions

A book about faith and family to read with your book club.

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As the River Rises book club questions

A medical romance to read with your book club.

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Love Match book club questions

An Australian country romance to read with your book club.

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Doll's Eye book club questions

A story of love, loss and survival to read with your book club.

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Perfect-ish book club questions

A smart, funny and heartfelt anti-romcom to read with your book club.

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Why We Are Here book club questions

A love story for strange days to read with your book club.

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The Secrets of the Huon Wren book club questions

A deeply moving novel to read with your book club.

Book clubs
Wifedom book club questions

A powerful blazing genre-bending masterpiece to discuss with your book club.

Book clubs
Hamlet is Not OK classroom discussion points

Some great points to discuss with your classroom or book club, from this quirky new take on Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Book clubs
The Days Toppled Over book club questions

An exploration of mental health and family to read with your book club.

Book clubs
I Look Forward to Hearing From You book club questions

A satirical, madcap roller-coaster ride through Hollywood to read with your book club.

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Broken Bay book club questions

A captivating and intriguing new novel to read with your book club.