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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.

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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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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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Marauder

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

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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.

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Down to Earth

2020 was a year like no other.

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Animals Make Us Human

Sometimes I look at my dogs, their furry, clawy feet, their silly noses, their ridiculous tails, and I think, why?

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The Scomo Diaries

In case it’s not obvious to all readers, this is a work of satire, and while names may be real, the actions or statements of any person mentioned in this book must not be taken literally by anyone reading it.

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Love Your Life

As I reach for the doorbell, my phone bleeps with a text and my head instantly fills with a roll call of possibilities.

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Three Women Disappear

“LET’S KILL him again in slow motion,” I said.

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Lioness

I am Saroo Brierley’s second mother. He came into the lives of me and my husband, John, as a six-year-old from India, making us parents for the first time.

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Deadly Cross

DEVON MONROE TORE HIS EYES off the two dead bodies in the powder-blue Bentley convertible, top down, idling not twenty yards away, and glanced at his best friend.

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The Freedom Circus

‘Here comes the princess, always dressed for a ball,’ the nurse affectionately said to my grandmother-in-law as we passed in the corridors of the Montefiore Jewish nursing home.

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Troy

Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean.

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Un-cook Yourself

‘Normal is a cycle on a washing machine’ is something my dad always told me.

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The Champagne War

As the new year of 1910 moved closer to its second month, the world marvelled that there had been so few deaths in Paris when the River Seine rose more than eight metres and flooded the city.

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Mary's Last Dance

I was born into utter poverty in Mao’s Communist China, one of seven sons of hardworking peasant parents in the north-east.

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Ranger's Apprentice The Royal Ranger 4: The Missing Prince

The sickle moon had just slipped below the western horizon when the file of mounted men emerged from the trees.

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Born to Run

My first ever race could have been a complete disaster.

Articles

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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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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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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.

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Managing anxiety as a brand new mum

Anxious Mums author Dr Jodi Richardson offers suggestions for taking care of your mental health in the early days of motherhood.

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A greater purpose

In Bachar Houli​: Faith, Football and Family, AFL star Bachar Houli reveals how little by little he found his voice as an advocate for inclusion, understanding and tolerance.  

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Too good to be true

In Cheat, Titus O’Reily offers a handy how-to guide for the professional athlete in your family.

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Gifting suggestions from our authors

Make this year the year you get your Christmas list ticked off early with a little help from your favourite authors.

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The Freedom Circus photo album

Sue Smethurst on five of the remarkable images she discovered while researching the story of her grandmother-in-law.

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The appeal of crab apples

At Paul Bangay’s beloved Stonefields, spring is a time of floral aroma.

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Flabbergasting fungi facts

As Merlin Sheldrake reveals in Entangled Life, there’s a lot more to fungi than you could ever imagine.

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A Champagne sojourn

Fiona McIntosh shares five surprising facts she learned while researching The Champagne War.

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Classic of the Month: Little Women

This November we revisited Louisa May Alcott’s towering work of American fiction.

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An (almost) all-Australian gala

International ballet star Mary Li reflects on a long-awaited opportunity to dance for the Australian Ballet.

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Inspiring conversations about climate change

Deborah Abela delves into the inspiration behind her hit middle grade series, Grimsdon, and reflects on how her books spark discourse around climate change. 

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Read-aloud from afar this Christmas

A step-by-step guide to creating a virtual storytime for the kids you’re missing this holiday season.

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Twenty insights: twenty years as an author

2020 marks Monica McInerney’s 20th year as a published author. Here she offers 20 memories and observations on her writing career.

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On facing our fears

Award-winning YA author Shivaun Plozza shares the inspiration behind her latest book, The Boy, The Wolf and the Stars.

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Put yourself in someone else's shoes (or fur)

Bestselling author Elliot Perlman shares the inspiration behind his second children's book, Catvinkle and the Missing Tulips.

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How dogs communicate

Dogs constantly talk to us, and each other, with posture and movement and through sounds and scent – whether we notice it or not!

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Book trailers for kids

Find your new favourite book by checking out the book trailer first! 

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Let us tell you a story

Australian authors and personalities read some of our favourite picture books.

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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. 

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Giant veg rösti

With poached eggs, spinach & peas.

Q&A
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.

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Quick questions: Ronnie Scott

The Adversary author on inspiration and essential reading.

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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!

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Finding François activity pack

A lonely piglet, a heart full of hope and a message in a bottle.

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World Environment and Ocean Day: educational activity pack

Learn how to become an Earth protector with this educational home project pack!

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What's My Teenager Thinking?

Got a teenager at home? Everything feel heightened during COVID-19? Help is at hand. 

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Boat pose exercise

Yoga is a great way to work on your mental and physical wellbeing. Challenge yourself to try the core strengething Boat Pose!

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LEGO activity packs

Share the joy of LEGO bricks with the whole family. 

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Wackadoo! Here's a Bluey quiz!

Test your Bluey knowledge with this fun quiz.

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Online learning: Making Your Mark with The Tell

Humans have felt the need to describe the world around them since the very beginning of our existence.

Book clubs

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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.

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The Last Migration book club notes

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

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The Night Swim book club notes

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

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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.

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The Dickens Boy book club notes

Transport your book club to 1860s Australia, with Tom Keneally's The Dickens Boy.

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The Huddle

Introducing: The Huddle – an online book club to connect you with authors and fellow readers.