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Fresh Voices

Meet some of our hottest debut authors!

At Penguin Random House, we’re all about hearing exciting new stories from fresh voices. With a focus on new authors, we’re celebrating 'Fresh Voices' to platform some of the biggest up-and-coming names in literature.

With so many debut authors offering up their individual writing styles, plotlines and insights, we can’t help but celebrate their amazing work. By spotlighting these fresh voices, we hope to introduce readers to new favourite works from the authors who will shape literature in Australia and beyond over the next few years.

Check out the featured authors on the slider below, and find related articles including Q&As, exclusive interviews, preview extracts, fun activities and more!

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