In partnership with the Graduate Diploma in Publishing at Whitireia Community Polytechnic Ltd, Penguin Random House New Zealand is delighted to announce a new publishing scholarship for Māori and Pasifika students.
The presidential memoirs of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, will be published in two volumes.
Epic plant-based comfort food for everyone...with gluten-free options for just about everything.
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.
Penguin Random House New Zealand believes that all children should have access to books and stories and be encouraged to develop a love of reading.
Penguin Random House authors Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share the 2019 Booker Prize.
Multi-talented illustrator and children’s writer, Gavin Bishop (Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Mahuta, Tainui) has will be honoured for non-fiction and his outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature.
Winners to be announced Monday 14 October.
We were thrilled to hear Netflix announce its second Danish original series, The Chestnut Man, at Copenhagen TV Festival this week.
February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019
Further details about the publication of Philip Pullman’s highly-anticipated new book, The Secret Commonwealth, are revealed today.
Earlier this year, as part of Puffin’s upcoming 80th Anniversary Celebrations, Penguin Random House NZ offered to fund bookseller initiatives to get kids reading, to the value of $5000 each.
Dame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy.
We're excited to announce the August release of Driven, from New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon.
Elisabeth Moss, star of the hit TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, has narrated the audiobook edition of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel.
This extraodinary memoir, from American artisitc visionary Prince, will be released worldwide on 29 October, 2019.
Volume Two of The Book of Dust is set to arrive on 3rd October 2019, jumping 20 years forward from Volume One, La Belle Sauvage.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know will be published in September 2019.
E L James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey series has broken sales records for contemporary adult publishing (150 million copies sold worldwide), has written a new novel, The Mister, which will be published on 16 April 2019.
Your first look at The Mister, the new book from Fifty Shades author E L James.
From the creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs comes a new story of evil, greed and the consequences of dark obsession.
Agent Running in the Field will be published in October 2019.
Big Sky will be published on 18th June 2019.
The Testaments is to be published September 2019.
It turns out the place we stopped for the night was a public park.
A slap. A cry. Distress, which seems a poor enough start to things.
Your house glows at night like everything inside is on fire.
Twig dolls peculiar to the small Sussex village of Chapel Croft.
I’m late for dinner again, but this time it’s not my fault. There’s a mansplainer in my way.
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.
Most morning, my husband, Doug, wakes up before me and reads the news in bed.
IT TOOK BOBBY a week to decide where to park. It had to be close to the wedding, but not too close.
The night she died, all our phones were turned off.
Twenty-Five years ago, Sam Neill wrote the introduction to this book’s predecessor, Timeless Land.
Some believe that at the beginning there was nothing.
Aroha mai, aroha atu.
As I reach for the doorbell, my phone bleeps with a text and my head instantly fills with a roll call of possibilities.
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.
I open my eyes and I am tangled in the sheets, books upside down on the floor.
‘Normal is a cycle on a washing machine’ is something my dad always told me.
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.
The sickle moon had just slipped below the western horizon when the file of mounted men emerged from the trees.
The decision to begin my world trip in Australia was an easy one.
I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure.
On the day I was born, 3rd August 1986, ‘The Edge of Heaven’ by Wham! was number one.
Where will you be when your life ends?
Try to imagine two more different couples than these. You can’t.
Pripyat in the Ukraine is a place unlike anywhere else I have been. It is a place of utter despair.
Hairy Maclary and his friends are known and loved all over the world. But how familiar are you with Dame Lynley Dodd's other creations? There are plenty to discover, and just like Hairy Maclary, they all feature Lynely's uniquely exuberant artwork and gorgeously readable rhymes! Here are some suggestions to get you started.
After an exhausting and unusual 2020, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be grateful for a new year, not least because of the stellar line up of children’s books we have coming your way over the next few months!Read on for a sneak peek at some of the best new children’s books we’re bringing to you in 2021.
Sometimes a story is best told alongside a beautiful picture, Here's a small selection of some of our favourite 2020 picture books from local creators.
If you’re planning to head to the shops for a last-minute Christmas here's what destitute gourmet wants you to think about!
If you’re new to the world of audiobooks and aren’t sure where to start or if you’re looking for the perfect book to listen to on your summer road trip adventures, we’ve got some great suggestions for you!
Done binging the latest TV sensation? Pick up a book and keep the good times rolling.
From inauguration through to Operation Neptune’s Spear, take a look at the milestones covered in Barack Obama's riveting memoir.
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.
Here's a selection of children's stories that have received a big thumbs up from Barack and Michelle Obama.
Fiona McIntosh shares five surprising facts she learned while researching The Champagne War.
Ever wanted to know a bit more about Slinky Malinki's friends?
Meet the characters from the beloved children's series.
Rick Riordan's books are perfect for 12+ readers who love action, adventure, and a good dose of humour from their books. We've outlined some of Rick Riordan’s most impressive, imaginative worlds so you can decide which adventure to go on first.
2020 marks Monica McInerney’s 20th year as a published author. Here she offers 20 memories and observations on her writing career.
What do NZ YA fans really think of Jennifer Niven's latest book?
Monica McInerney on the family secrets, overseas trips and strange times that shaped her heartwarming new novel.
Inspired by DOT, Anxiety NZ asked their supporters to share some self-care tips that help them manage stress.
Book club ideas and notes for the top three books we’re talking about in the office right now!
Kōrerotia te reo! Wherever you may be on your learning journey, we have a book to help you.
Kōrerotia te reo with the help of Penguin Books!
Alick’s spelling of some names may be incorrect, especially those of Belgians, French and Germans. Sometimes people are addressed by their nicknames or first names only. Where known, in this list I also include their official enlisting number.
There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good book and a cosy blanket, especially when it’s a bit chilly outside.Here are some great escapist reading suggestions that’ll have you staying up well past your bedtime and saying “just one more chapter…”
Are you looking for the perfect book to help send your dad on an adventure this Father’s Day? We’ve got a great list of suggestions.
Hint: no it doesn’t involve reading books all day!
This recipe has been a fan favourite for over a decade. Cut it into slices for the kids or into tiny squares as a treat with your cuppa. It also freezes well, so you can stash a few squares away for when no one is looking.
This hearty soup is a proper hug in a mug. The ricotta and Parmesan topping really fulfills the 'lasagne' promise, but if you don’t want to bother you can just top it with grated cheese and it’ll still be a winner. The super-cheesy garlicky toasties are a good addition to any tomatoey soup — or just eat them on their own!
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.
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.
Sausage rolls will always be über-cool, no matter what anyone says. They're always the first to be nabbed at morning tea, classily dressed-up with a generous splurt of store-bought tomato sauce... crispy, juicy little taste bombs.
A fruity dish from Ottolenghi Flavour by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage.
A vegetarian recipe that is simply as good as any steak (with mash), if not better.
With red pesto-layered filo, Cheddar and cottage cheese.
With fragrant spices, tomatoes, cashew butter and yoghurt.
With cajun spice, mango, sweet cherry tomatoes and lime.
One of the rather pathetic realities of the fact that so many of the restaurants in France are disappointing these days is the almost tearful joy in finding one that’s everything you would have hoped for, often from your childhood or teenage memories. Such a place is Le Bistro du Paradou near Arles.
Sprouts (and the whole brassica family) go fantastically with Asian flavours. Out of season, use a mix of the rest of the brassicas – broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, spring greens etc. You could also make a spring version with asparagus and peas.
We ate many dishes similar to this while spending time in Italy and they were all different depending on the part of Tuscany that we were in. This is our version of a Tuscan chicken casserole and it’s very moreish and flavoursome. I love it in the winter and any leftovers get tossed through some pasta the next day.
With root veg, porcini mushrooms, marmite & crispy rosemary.
Try this free recipe from Country Women’s Association Preserves.
This is a great Nordic recipe — the tartness of the citrus cuts through what would otherwise be the overbearing sweetness of the shortbread. The flavours complement each other brilliantly . . . it’s definitely a combination made in Valhalla. We’ve decorated it with preserved lemon slices, which you can buy from any good gourmet or speciality food store.
Being a huge fan of cabinet food, we were looking for a good gluten-free, vegetarian alternative to potato cakes to serve for lunch straight out of the cabinet.
One of Palestine’s national dishes, where chicken is cooked and served with layers of olive-oil-drenched flatbread.
A fish dish that can be on the table less than fifteen minutes after you’ve started making it.
A cheesecake recipe that is sweet, of course, but at the same time punchy and totally distinct.
The beauty of a frittata is that anything goes – really, it does! In this case, broccoli is the star, but let whatever is in your fridge take the lead. Always aim for some green as it’s often the green veg that most of us could do with more of.
I absolutely love the flavour and texture combination of this salad. Halloumi is not often used in my kitchen, but it is underrated, and magically adds the squeak to this dish.
These little meatballs have a great flavour to them and can also be served as a canapé with the yoghurt dressing – just serve on a platter with toothpicks and the dressing in a little dipping bowl to the side. The meatballs can also be frozen once rolled, so it’s great to make up plenty of them and have some in the freezer to call on for an easy week-night dinner.
This moreish slice is fabulous with a cup of tea to give you an energy boost mid-afternoon or as a decadent after-dinner treat.
Dame Lynley Dodd on what comes first, the stories or the illustrations, where her ideas come from and more!
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.
The bestselling author on thrilling reads and the things that scare her.
The Women and Leadership co-authors answer our questions on gender equality and finding the inspiration to lead.
The international bestselling author on cryptozoology, life in the 1950s and writing the ending early.
Falastin authors Tara Wigley and Sami Tamimi lift the lid on Palestinian cooking.
Debut author Sam Lloyd on the chess tournament that inspired his thrilling novel, The Memory Wood,
The artist on his inspiration for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.
The author of Dear Edward on the real plane crash and sole survivor who inspired her novel.
An in-depth discussion between Lee Child and George Martin in Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2018.
Margaret Atwood discusses her return to Gilead.
Wondrous and wild, The Brilliance of Birds gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of some of New Zealand’s feathered friends. We the extraordinary minds behind this beautiful book Skye Wishart and Edin Whitehead all about this New Zealand Birdventure!
We sat down for a chat with David Hill and Phoebe Morris, the great minds behind the latest story in the Kiwi Heroes series: Dinosaur Hunter.
We sat down with best-selling author - Eleanor Ozich, to find out about her latest book, Homemade.
The Star-crossed author takes on our rapid-fire questions.
The bestselling master of suspense reveals why he swapped psychology for crime writing.
Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella on her new book, I Owe You One.
Questions and answers with the witty and wonderful Catherine Robertson about her latest novel; What You Wish For - A Gabriel's Bay Story.
Questions and answers from Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle series and creator of the magical world of Alagaësia.
Questions and answers with the former First Lady.
When you’re an author/ photographer/ horse tamer/ adventurer is there any such thing as ‘a usual day’? Find out in our interview with Kelly Wilson, author of the Showtym Adventures series.
We love seeing the work spaces of creative folk. Join us as award-winning picture book creator Ruth Paul invites us into her studio for a nosy around!
The co-creators of Hero of the Sea interview each other about writing, illustrating and their latest collaboration.
10 questions with Dr Nic Gill, All Blacks’ strength and conditioning coach and author of Health Your Self.
Dive into Bluey: The Pool this summer and download this colouring-in sheet!
Get little ones prepped for school with these printable activity sheets. Learn to count, write first words, and finish off with a fun dot-to-dot.
Beware, the Witches are here. And we have the perfect activity pack to keep you prepared.
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.
Are you more of a Greg or a Rowley? Take your pick then DIY your Wimpy Kid costume with these printable masks.
Be in to win the full set of Gavin Bishop's Aotearoa books!
Test your creativity and brush up your building skills in this Halloween-themed LEGO activity pack.
Each week on our Facebook page we've been sharing a whakataukī from Aroha by Dr Hinemoa Elder. Now you can download them to share or use as email signatures!
You can even download everything you need to throw your own frolicking Hairy Maclary birthday party!
We've put together this activity pack so you can take a sneak peek and try out a couple of the activities. Use your hunting skills in Wordfind Warrior, crack the Land Loss Labyrinth code and get creative thinking about what your Atua would be as a supernatural being!
Organising a beach clean-up is a great way to help keep Little Hector's (and Mini Maui's) home safe. Download our beach clean-up pack to organise your own community clean-up event!
Lots of wondrous ideas for how to celebrate at home or in the classroom.
Download this Father's Day activity pack complete with colouring in, a DIY card and a fill-in-the-blanks to show what kids of all ages love about their dad.
For this crossword, you simply need to translate the given word. Don’t forget, though: to enhance your learning, take some time to learn the meanings of the words in English and commit them to memory once you have completed each crossword.
Celebrate dads and father figures everywhere with these make-at-home cards and poster, from their most FANTASTIC moments to their most magnificent WHIZZPOPS!
Help Hound solve the case!
Download and print this handy notebook and tick off the items on the list as you make your way through Hound the Detective!
Everything you need to celebrate the new Jeff Kinney release.
Colouring in = an eternally reliable rainy day activity. Download our adorable Abigail and the Restless Raindrop coloring sheet for a few minutes of peace today!
Mabel and the Mountain is a story about believing in yourself and the importance of keeping going even when things get a little tough!
Parents: Click here for 10 minutes of peace. (You're welcome).
We delve into the science behind Abigail and the Restless Raindrop with this fact sheet about the rain cycle.
Learn about famous inventors and then have a go at designing your own invention!
Got a teenager at home? Everything feel heightened during COVID-19? Help is at hand.
Sweep your book club off to Malaysia with this spellbinding novel of war and family betrayal.
A classic whodunit for the most perceptive reading groups.
Settle in for a memorable reading group discussion, with Barack Obama’s long-awaited memoirs: A Promised Land.
Sweep your book club off to the sun-kissed vineyards of rural France.
Eileen Merriman, author of The Silence of Snow, has provided some background information on her latest book along with some discussion points for your book club meeting!
Carl Nixon shares some discussion points and questions for his new book The Tally Stick in this book club guide.
Rajorshi Chakraborti shares discussion points, ideas and questions for his new book Shakti in this book club guide. Special powers are gifted, but there is a Faustian price to pay in this epic novel, packed with laughter, darkness, pain, dreams, superpowers, love and light.
Laurence Fearnley shares her process for writing Scented along with discussion points, ideas and questions for your next book club meeting.
Christine Leunens shares discussion points, ideas and questions for her book Caging Skies in this book club guide. Caging Skies is a gripping, atmospheric novel about obsession and love.
Two female spies, a banned masterpiece, a book that changed history... The Secrets We Kept is perfect for book club.
Eileen Merriman shares discussion points, ideas and questions for Moonlight Sonata - Book Club Guide. Moonlight Sonata is Eileen Merriman's first adult book, it is a bitter-sweet novel of forbidden love and family secrets. Some secrets should never be told... will the truth be revealed?
Nailing Down the Saint explores modern movie making, friendship, fatherhood and the limits of the possible by following Duncan Blake on his quest to resurrect his career by scouting locations for the biopic of Saint Joseph of Copertino.
Award-winning author Charlotte Grimshaw shares discussion points, ideas and questions for The Bad Seed - Book Club Guide. Now combined into a major TV drama, these two connected novels by award-winning writer Charlotte Grimshaw take an unflinching look at politics and power, contemporary New Zealand society and the arid morality of the privileged.
Auckland-based writer Rosetta Allan's latest novel, The Unreliable People is a compelling, contemporary story where love and loss intersect. We asked Rosetta for questions and discussion points to guide your book club.
Lloyd Jones’s fable-like novel The Cage is both profound and unsettling. We asked the multi-award winning Kiwi author to share the story's origins and create book club questions to help guide your discussion.
Incredible NZ author and Ockham 2019 Award Winner Dame Fiona Kidman shares some thoughts and questions to get the ball rolling in a book club discussion for This Mortal Boy.
NZ author and poet Owen Marshall shares with us some questions to get the ball rolling in a book club discussion for his latest Novel, Pearly Gates.
NZ author Maxine Alterio shares with us her love for book clubs plus questions you can use with your friends and family when you read her new novel, The Gulf Between.
The stars have aligned for your next book club hit.
A reading guide for Michelle Obama’s intimate, powerful and inspiring memoir.
Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 29 November 2018.
A sweeping, epic story of love and betrayal from Fiona McIntosh; The Pearl Thief will leave a lasting impression on your book club.
Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 13 December 2018
Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 18 October 2018