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Curl up with a Penguin: digital chapter sampler

Not sure which book you should pick up first? We've compiled the first chapter of each of the below titles so that you can give the ones you're interested in a go! 

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Spotify playlists for your reading adventures

We’ve all been there. . . reading the perfect book, completely invested in a fictional world, only to be disturbed by a neighbour mowing their lawns or the distant sound of dogs barking. Suddenly you’re pulled back to reality wondering what on earth happened.

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The people’s choice

In Women and Leadership, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reflects on the importance of role-modelling in shattering gender stereotypes.

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Real readers review: The Unadoptables

We asked young Kiwi readers all over NZ to read and review Hana Tooke's debut novel, The Unadoptables. To a person, every reader adored this book. Out in all good bookstores from 2nd July 2020. Read on for more! 

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FABOStory winner

This week's story starter came from NZ author Melinda Szymanik. Congratulations to Taylor Goddard on the winning entry. Read on for the story and Melinda's judging report. 

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Tales From a Financial Hot Mess: making sure your KiwiSaver is set up right

With the recent instability in the world and our finances, how would you feel if I told you there was an easy way to get free money to save for your future? That it was tightly regulated for safety, loaded with tax breaks and extra cash, and all you had to do was put some money into it yourself?

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Toddler Whispering: Sharlene Poole’s top tips for welcoming a new sibling home

The addition of another baby to your household is a big step. Over many years of working with families, Sharlene Poole has developed a few new habits and simple tips that will enable the new baby’s addition to the family to go a little more smoothly.

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How well do you know Artemis?

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind. With this hit series coming to Disney+ there’s never been a better time to dive into his nefarious world. Read the book, watch the movie then see how you stack up with this masterful quiz.

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The first chapter from The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child

Read on for the first chapter from The Sentinel. The new Jack Reacher by Lee Child and Andrew Child coming Spring 2020. 

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Ways into Witi Ihimaera's works

Writing about the Māori world, both rural and urban, often knocking into the Pākehā status quo, Witi Ihimaera’s writing has always offered a broader view of what New Zealand literature could be – should be – about. But with numerous short stories, novels, libretti, plays, memoirs – well over 20 books, plus many more he has edited or contributed to –  where do you begin? Following is a sampling from our Fiction Publisher, Harriet Allan. 

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What you should read next based on your fave Netflix shows

When your eyes inevitably begin to glaze over on your 29th episode of Gossip Girl in almost as many hours (yes, we speak from experience), picking up a book is the perfect way to escape.

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Zoom backgrounds

Beautiful bookish backgrounds to improve your next Zoom meeting.

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Choice YA ebook reads!

Looking for your next YA read? The Penguin team is proud to bring you some of our faves, all available as ebooks. And remember, YA isn’t just for teens!

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The Divorce Diaries launch speech from Harriet Allan

As a launch for The Divorce Diaries by Sarah Quigley could not go ahead, we asked our Fiction Publisher, Harriet Allan to share the speech she would have given at the event. 

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Hello Strange launch speech from Harriet Allan

Harriet Allan, our Fiction Publisher, shares the speech she would have given at the launch event for Hello Strange by Pamela Morrow.

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The Night of All Souls launch speech from Harriet Allan

As the launch for The Night of All Souls by Philippa Swan could not go ahead as planned our Fiction Publisher, Harriet Allan, has shared the speech she would have given. 

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Best ebooks for young readers!

Looking for a new book (or 3!) to get your young reader stuck into? This month we’re bringing you the best ebooks for junior readers.

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How to start enjoying eBooks and audiobooks

If you’re new to the world of eBooks and audiobooks and are wondering how to start reading them we’ve put together this handy list of links for you. 

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