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Penguin Literary Prize 2021

We are thrilled to announce that submissions for the annual Penguin Literary Prize are now open.

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Write It Fellowship 2021 now open

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2021 Penguin Random House Australia (PRHA) Write It Fellowship is open for submissions.

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A Promised Land, by Barack Obama, to be published in Australia on 18 November

The presidential memoirs of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, will be published in two volumes.

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Puffin water bottles are in stores now!

Celebrate 80 years of Puffin in 2020.

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The 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Is…

We’re thrilled to share that Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch’s The Yield has won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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One million Bluey books sold in Australia

June 18, 2020 — Penguin Random House announced today that one million copies of Bluey books have sold in Australia.

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2020 Miles Franklin shortlist

Winner to be announced on 16 July 2020.

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Penguin Literary Prize 2020 winner announced

And the winner is... Sophie Overett!

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New Richard Flanagan novel this October

We’re delighted to announce the publication of Richard Flanagan’s new novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, in October 2020.

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Happy 40th birthday, Spot!

​In 2020, our favourite lovable puppy celebrates his 40th birthday and we're celebrating!

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Bluey: the Beach wins 2020 ABIA Book of the Year

For the first time, a children’s picture book has won the Australian Book Industry Awards prestigious Book of the Year prize.

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2020 ABIAs shortlist

Winners to be announced on Wednesday 13 May.

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Michelle Obama documentary, Becoming, released on 6 May

Netflix have announced a new documentary following Michelle Obama during the publication of her bestselling memoir, Becoming, which will be released on Wednesday 6 May.

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2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Tara June Winch has won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the Book of the Year.

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Penguin Random House Australia open licence: online story time and read-aloud videos and live events

Penguin Random House Australia believes that all children should have access to books and stories and be encouraged to develop a love of reading.

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Penguin Literary Prize shortlist announcement

We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2020 instalment of the $20,000 Penguin Literary Prize.

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Stella Prize 2020 shortlist announced

Penguin Random House authors Caro Llewellyn and Tara June Winch have been shortlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize. 

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Australian Book Design Awards 2020 longlist announced

Congratulations to all our designers longlisted for Australian Book Design Awards in 2020.

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Dan Brown's picture book debut

WILD SYMPHONY will thrill both children and adults with a beautiful story, illustrations and music through augmented reality.

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New Margaret Atwood poetry collection

Coming this November, a landmark collection from one of contemporary literature’s biggest names. 

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More Bluey books on their way in time for Easter!

Following on from the success of the first three Bluey books, your favourite Heeler family is back with more must-have books for Easter and beyond! 

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Announcing the shortlist for the 2020 Indie Book Awards

Winners will be revealed on 23 March 2020.

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Authors For Fireys

Australian authors band together to support the Country Fire Authority.

Extracts

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Wreck This Picture Book

BLUMP. This is the sound of a book sitting.

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How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints)

I was a forty-three-year-old mother of two when I lost my orgasm.

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To Love, Honour and Betray

Like all prisoners, I feel the presence of my captor like tentacles reaching down to where I’m cowering at the bottom of the stairs.

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The Boy Who Fell to Earth

The car hits my sixteen-year-old son at 35 miles per hour.

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Fragile Monsters

A slap. A cry. Distress, which seems a poor enough start to things.

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The Push

Your house glows at night like everything inside is on fire.

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The Burning Girls

Twig dolls peculiar to the small Sussex village of Chapel Croft.

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The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

When I was born my insides lay outside my body for twenty-one days.

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A Zero Waste Family

How many of us know our neighbours? Interact with our greengrocer? Know the names of the people who make our clothing?

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The Cousins

I’m late for dinner again, but this time it’s not my fault. There’s a mansplainer in my way.

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Fire Flood Plague

April in Melbourne is always glorious but through most of the autumn of 2020, between the hours of five and six, there was an exquisite clarity to the rose-gold sheen of the sky

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Underground Asia

This book tells the story of a connected wave of revolution across Asia from its beginnings in the first years of the twentieth century to a crescendo of protest, rebellion and war between 1925 and 1927.

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A Promised Land

I began writing this book shortly after the end of my presidency—after Michelle and I had boarded Air Force One for the last time and traveled west for a long-deferred break.

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The Truths We Hold

How Kamala Harris felt the morning Donald Trump won in 2016

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Hollow Empire

You never get used to poisoning a child.

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Marauder

Captain Omar Rahal tracked the small boat racing across the placid waters of the narrow strait.

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The Flip Side

One hundred and thirty-five metres above London, with one of the most spectacular city views in the world as your backdrop, who could say no?

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NYPD Red 6

IT TOOK BOBBY a week to decide where to park. It had to be close to the wedding, but not too close.

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Terry Denton's Really Truly Amazing Guide to Everything

The Universe is everything around you, beyond you, and IT IS ALSO YOU . . .

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Life After Truth

Her daughter had just fallen back asleep in the crook of her elbow when Mariam noticed the man on the bench in the courtyard below.

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The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow

The night she died, all our phones were turned off.

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The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars

Hidden in the shadows of the forest, Bo peeked under the low-hanging branches of a tree and watched the village children play a game.

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Breathless

I open my eyes and I am tangled in the sheets, books upside down on the floor.

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Catvinkle and the Missing Tulips

Most people don’t expect cats and dogs to get along.

Articles

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5 Reasons We Love Little Gem

(and You Will Too!)

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Read these books before your kids go back to school

Books for first timers, experienced students or parents at home.

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Australia’s top 10 kids’ books of 2020

Here are some of the best selling books of the year.

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DK Catalogue 2021

Be inspired by DK's vast array of wonderful books in our 2021 Catalogue. 

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Why Renée Treml’s picture books should be on every Aussie bookshelf

One art form that has always celebrated Australiana is picture books.

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Six stages of separation

In Breakup Bootcamp, Amy Chan walks readers through the first steps of dealing with heartbreak.

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Fuel your fierce

Brita Fernandez Schmidt offers three tips for harnessing inspiration.

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The 50/30/20 rule

In Financially Literate Youth, Marlies and Jai Hobbs offer practical advice for managing your finances.

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Author recommendations: romantic reads

Make a date with a book this Valentine's Day.

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New Year’s reading resolutions

Tips to help you pick a reading goal and achieve it.

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What you should read next based on your fave Netflix shows

Done binging the latest TV sensation? Pick up a book and keep the good times rolling. 

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The allure of fantasy

The author of City of Lies discusses revisiting Silasta and exploring the traumas and triumphs of her characters in the sequel.

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The oldest dog in the world

Meet Maggie, unofficially the world’s oldest dog – and officially dairy farmer Brian McLaren’s best mate for nearly thirty years.

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Use it or lose it

In Right-brain Workout 2 you’ll find 70 fresh exercises to stimulate your mind.

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Start your zero waste family journey

Bestselling author, rocket scientist, medical doctor and mother Anita Vandyke offers her top five tips for becoming a zero waste family.

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Classic of the Month: Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

This December we found exquisite rays of light amongst the dark verse of an American maestro.

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Funky but smashable

In What’s it Like to be Chased by a Cassowary? you can get on-trend with your wine speak.

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6 incredible book series to get your 7-year-old hooked on reading

Inspire an eternal love of reading with these accessible series for new readers, featuring large print, fun images, simple vocabulary, and best of all, captivating stories!

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Staff picks of 2020

It's been a bumper year for books, read on to hear about some of our favourites.

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9 great environmental books for children

Including fun craft projects, incredible facts and stories of real children changing the world!

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Australia’s top 12 kids books for Christmas 2020

Twelve predictions of Christmas-time bestsellers for preschoolers, juniors and teens.

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A Promised Land: key events

From inauguration through to Operation Neptune’s Spear, take a look at the milestones covered in Barack Obama's riveting memoir.

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Themes from A Promised Land

From the influence of family to his political rise and the world events that shaped his presidency, Barack Obama covers enormous ground in his Presidential Memoirs, Volume 1: A Promised Land. Here we break down some of the key themes and turning points.

Recipes

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Keto air fryer lemon pound cake

“Pound” cake comes from using a pound each of four ingredients, but Aaron Day shows how to get the same buttery-rich texture without the sugar and extra carbs in this delicious keto air fryer recipe.

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Plum pudding

So-named because it contains prunes, this is a classic Christmas dish, here using butter instead of the traditional beef suet.

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Christmas fruit mince pies

The fruit mince in this recipe is quick to prepare and needs no time to mature, making these an easy festive treat to bake.

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Chicken in a pot with lemon and orzo

This is not exactly the same as perhaps the most precious recipe in my repertoire, My Mother’s Praised Chicken, which found a home in my eighth book, Kitchen, but it owes a lot to it. A family favourite, it’s a simple one-pot dish which brings comfort and joy, and it is my pleasure to share that with you.

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Chocolate, tahini banana bread

I have been making a banana bread with chocolate and tahini on repeat for a while now, and every time I’ve eaten it over the last year or so, I couldn’t help thinking that the particular combination of intense chocolatiness, sweet, texture-softening banana and the rich earthiness of tahini would make the perfect warm pudding.

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Sourdough starter

Learn how to make your own sourdough starter with James Strawbridge. 

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One-pan salmon with zucchini and potato wedges

So easy to whip together, this one-pan meal has dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

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Berry platter with sheep’s labneh and orange oil

A fruity dish from Ottolenghi Flavour by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage.

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Portobello steaks and butter bean mash

A vegetarian recipe that is simply as good as any steak (with mash), if not better.

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Stuffed aubergine in curry and coconut dal

A satisfying aubergine and lentil dish from Ottolenghi Flavour by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage.

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Easiest broccoli quiche

With red pesto-layered filo, Cheddar and cottage cheese.

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My kinda butter chicken

With fragrant spices, tomatoes, cashew butter and yoghurt.

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Crispy salmon tacos

With cajun spice, mango, sweet cherry tomatoes and lime.

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Slow-cooked pork pibil

With pink pickled onions.

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S’mores rocky road

With peanuts, marshmallows and chocolate.

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Slow roasted peppers

With chilli, lemon and garlic beans.

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Classic banana bread

A mash of ripe bananas is delicious baked in this sweet, bread-like cake, while spices and nuts add flavour and crunch.

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Vegan banana bread

Use up those ripes bananas in this easy, delicious recipe. And it's completely animal product free!  

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Banana bread

A divine recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess.

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Banana bread in a jar

An innovative way to bake banana bread from Food Hacker.

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Tropical margarita cocktail

These creative margarita recipes from Let's Get Tropical put a delicious twist on a refreshing classic. 

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Traditional Sicilian orange cake

The story goes that monks at the Benedictine monastery in Catania invented this cake – while we’ll never know for sure, they certainly had a reputation as true food connoisseurs.

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Allotment cottage pie

With root veg, porcini mushrooms, marmite & crispy rosemary.

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Chicken noodle stir-fry

With black bean sauce and tenderstem broccoli. 

Q&A
Julietta Henderson Q&A

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman author on grief, happiness and her favourite comedy legend.

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Sue Brierley Q&A

The Lioness author shares a message of love, determination and hope.

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Mary Li Q&A

The international ballet star on dance, deafness and discipline. 

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Future Women Q&A

The Future Women team reflect on the themes of Untold Resilience and extraordinary women interviewed for the book.

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Lee Child and Andrew Child Q&A

Lee Child and younger brother Andrew have collaborated for the first time on The Sentinel and Jack Reacher fans are in for a treat.

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Essie Davis Q&A

The Australian actress on the daunting task of narrating The Living Sea of Waking Dreams audiobook for Booker Prize winning author (and family friend) Richard Flanagan.

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Richard Flanagan Q&A

The Booker Prize winning author answers our questions about his strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams.

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Turia Pitt Q&A

The inspirational author on gratefulness, savouring, self-love and getting through tough times.

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Benjamin Stevenson crime and thriller Q&A

The Either Side of Midnight author on comedy vs crime, writing advice and pointy things near eyeballs.

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James Rebanks Q&A

The English Pastoral author reveals some lessons learned on and from the land.

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Lisa Jewell Q&A

The bestselling author on thrilling reads and the things that scare her.

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Megan Goldin crime and thriller Q&A

The Night Swim author shares her thoughts on heroes, villains and toilet paper (?!).

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John Wood Q&A

One of Australia's best-loved actors looks back on his lifetime in the spotlight.

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Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Q&A

The Women and Leadership co-authors answer our questions on gender equality and finding the inspiration to lead.

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Janeen Brian Q&A

Author of AUSSIE KIDS: MEET MIA AT THE JETTY, Janeen Brian, takes us behind the scenes of her work.

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Rachel Joyce Q&A

The international bestselling author on cryptozoology, life in the 1950s and writing the ending early.

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Kyle Perry Q&A

The Bluffs author takes us deep into the Tasmanian wilderness.

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Pandora Sykes Q&A

The co-host of The High Low and author of How Do We Know We're Doing It Right? discusses modern life, millenials and motherhood. 

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Science of Running Q&A

Learn more about the science of running with physiotherpaist, Chris Napier, as he provides some insights on his book.

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Imbi Neeme Q&A

The 2019 Penguin Literary Prize winner on her inspiration, writing process and club sandwiches.

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Katherine Firkin Q&A

Sticks and Stones author and journalist Katherine Firkin on the true crime that’s helped shape her thrilling fiction debut.

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Kathy Lette Q&A

We sat down with celebrated comic writer Kathy Lette to talk about throwing her knickers at Tom Jones, the time she met the Queen and more.

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Falastin Q&A

Falastin authors Tara Wigley and Sami Tamimi lift the lid on Palestinian cooking.

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Katherine Scholes Q&A

The international bestselling author on motherhood, the meaning of family and empathising with her main character.

Activities

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Little Gem colouring pack

Meet everyone's new favourite witch

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Super-Me Activity Pack

Download free mindfulness worksheets for kids.

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The Secret Explorers activity pack

Join The Secret Explorers on a fact-filled adventure in this free activity pack!

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Meet The Secret Explorers

Meet the group of brilliant kids from around the world who come together to fix problems, solve mysteries, and learn new things!    

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The Witches Activity Pack

Beware, the Witches are here. And we have the perfect activity pack to keep you prepared.

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30 days of gratitude from My Journey Starts Here

Practising gratitude is scientifically proven to make you happier. Use the prompts in this download to help you fill out the table of all the things you are grateful for. 

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Back to Sleep Activity Pack

From the hilarious new picture book from Zoe Foster Blake, comes the fun activity pack.

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LEGO Halloween Ideas activity pack

Test your creativity and brush up your building skills in this Halloween-themed LEGO activity pack.

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I'm a Hero Too activity pack

You can join Arty and be a hero too!

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Catvinkle Activity Pack

Celebrating the launch of book two, Catvinkle and the Missing Tulips.

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The Thank-you Present Activity Pack

Write your own thank-you letters!

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Timelines of Everyone activity pack

Discover the lives of incredible people in this free kids activity pack! 

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Aussie Kids: Meet Matilda at the Festival

Download a word search and colouring page.

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Activities to celebrate 80 years of Puffin

So . . .  what noise DOES a Puffin make?

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Roald Dahl Story Day 2020 party pack

Lots of wondrous ideas for how to celebrate at home or in the classroom.

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Mysteries of the Universe activity pack

Explore the vastness of the universe in this epic activity pack!

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Wild Scientists activity pack

Uncover nature's greatest scientists, engineers, and mathematicians from plants that can count to architect insects in this fun activity pack!

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Make Your Own Honeycomb with Edie's Experiments

Observe the chemical reaction of making honeycomb at home in National Science Week 2020.

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Small Town activity sheets

Come and visit Gong Gong – the town so nice, they named it twice.

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Father's Day activities and poster

Celebrate Father's Day with these DAD-TASTIC activities!

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Hound the Detective activity pack

Search for clues hidden in the pictures and help Hound to solve the riddle in this delightful return to the world of Puffin the Architect.

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Awesome Friendly activity pack

Everything you need to celebrate the new Jeff Kinney release.

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A new colouring in page every day!

Parents: Click here for 10 minutes of peace. (You're welcome).

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Inventors activity pack

Learn about famous inventors and then have a go at designing your own invention!

Book clubs

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Fragile Monsters book club notes

Sweep your book club off to Malaysia with this spellbinding novel of war and family betrayal.

Book clubs
Thursday Murder Club book club notes

A classic whodunit for the most perceptive reading groups.

Book clubs
A Promised Land book club notes

Settle in for a memorable reading group discussion, with Barack Obama’s long-awaited memoirs: A Promised Land.

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The Champagne War book club notes

Sweep your book club off to the sun-kissed vineyards of rural France.

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Life After Truth book club notes

These friends think they know everything about one another, but time has a way of making us strangers to those we love...

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The Godmothers book club notes

Your reading group will adore this family drama from much-loved author Monica McInerney.

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Untamed book club notes

Take your book club on a journey of self-discovery, with Glennon Doyle’s famed Untamed.

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The Bush Telegraph book club notes

Gather your book club and get ready to gossip about the inhabitants of Spinifex.

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The Fire Star book club notes

Reading group discussion questions for ages 12+.

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The Sister’s Gift book club notes

Explore themes of surrogacy, consequences and the redemptive power of love with your reading group.

Book clubs
The Last Migration book club notes

Gather your book club and find out why everyone is talking about The Last Migration.

Book clubs
The Night Swim book club notes

An electrifying and propulsive pick for your next book club meeting.

Book clubs
Online book clubs: a step-by-step guide

Take your literary discussions into new territories – at an appropriate distance.

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The Porpoise book club notes

Travel to ancient times and back again with Mark Haddon’s transcendent, spellbinding novel.

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The Snakes book club notes

Invite your reading group on a French escapade with a twist.

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Conviction book club notes

Treat your reading group to a suspenseful thrill ride like no other.

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century book club notes

Challenge your reading group to consider the biggest questions of our times.

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Homo Deus book club notes

Transport your reading group to our not-too-distant future.

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Sapiens book club notes

Take your reading group on a journey of self-discovery.

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The Spill book club notes

Explore the cycles of love, loss and regret, that can follow a family through the years, with your reading group.

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The Cake Maker’s Wish book club notes

Journey to the English Cotswolds with your book club in the latest heartwarming family drama from Josephine Moon.

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HRT book club notes

Kathy Lette’s Husband Replacement Therapy is a perfect spontaneous reading group choice.

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Ghost Species book club notes

Chew over some of life’s big questions with James Bradley’s timely thriller, Ghost Species.

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The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan book club notes

Cut loose like an octogenarian with Lisa Ireland’s heart-warming romp.