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2024 NZ Booklovers Awards Shortlist

See the Penguin Random House NZ books shortlisted for the 2024 NZ Booklovers Awards

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Praised and popular books nominated for 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

See the Penguin Random House NZ books longlisted for the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

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Penguin Random House to expand Bluey publishing program with new illustrated chapter books in 2024

Penguin Random House Australia and BBC studios are thrilled to announce that the Bluey publishing program will expand in 2024 to include three new illustrated chapter books.

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Call for applications for Māori and Pacific Publishing Scholarship

Applications are open for the 2024 Penguin Random House Māori and Pacific Publishing Scholarship.

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2023 Storylines Notable Books List

The highest quality books in five genres published between August 2022 and November 2023.

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Penguin Random House to publish Serena Williams’ memoir

Penguin Random House will publish two books by cultural icon Serena Williams, winner of 39 major tennis titles, four-time Olympic gold medallist, and champion for equality and justice in sports.

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2023 New Zealand Book Design Awards Winners!

The 2023 PANZ Book Design Awards Winners have been announced!

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2023 New Zealand Book Design Awards Shortlist

Design awards celebrate the beauty of physical books

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Hairy Maclary Lookalike Winners!

Check out the real life raggedy rascal's gang!

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Māori poet and photographer Trinity Thompson-Browne wins 2023 Māori and Pacific Publishing Scholarship

Trinity Thompson-Browne has been awarded the 2023 Māori and Pacific Publishing Scholarship thanks to a collaboration with Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited and Penguin Random House New Zealand (PRH).

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Win 50 Books for Our 50 Year Celebrations!

Be in to win a year's supply of books!

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The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration is now open for submissions!

The award aims to encourage the publication of new and exciting high-quality picture books from new New Zealand illustrators.

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Emissions reporting at Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand

'We can’t solve a problem like climate change without an honest accounting of how much we need to do and what obstacles we need to overcome.' – Bill Gates, How To Avoid a Climate Disaster

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SPARE, the memoir from Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, to be released on January 11

The Prince's new book will tell his extraordinary life story in his words for the first time.

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2022 Booker Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2022 Booker Prize has been announced, with two Penguin Random House novels named this year.

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Meet our Sustainability Officer

As part of our efforts to become a greener workplace, we've recently appointed our very own Penguin Random House Sustainability Officer. Keep reading to meet Jordan, find out what inspired her to take on this role, and learn about her favourite books.

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A Q&A about our eco-friendly distribution efforts

We chatted with our partners at United Book Distributors (UBD) to find out what's being done to make our shipping and distribution practices more environmentally-friendly. See what Matt O'Brien, Operations Director at UBD had to say.

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Pacific educator and author Lisa Fuemana-Foa'i wins 2022 Māori and Pacific Publishing Scholarship from Penguin Random House NZ and Whitireia

Lisa Fuemana-Foa'i has been awarded the 2022 Māori and Pacific Publishing Scholarship thanks to a collaboration with Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited and Penguin Random House New Zealand (PRH).

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Penguin Random House New Zealand welcomes Pacific Arts Legacy Intern Faith Wilson under new partnership with Creative New Zealand

Pasifika artist, writer and publisher Faith Wilson has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Pacific Arts Legacy Internship.

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Penguin Random House NZ announces new scholarship in partnership with Whitireia!

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.

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A Promised Land, by Barack Obama, to be published in New Zealand 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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NEW CHELSEA WINTER BOOK COMING 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

Epic plant-based comfort food for everyone...with gluten-free options for just about everything.

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

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.

Extracts

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The Familiar

If the bread hadn’t burned, this would be a very different story.

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The Space Between

‘Go,’ the other soldier said. ‘Move.’

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Bird Child and Other Stories

She did not groan or gasp, or even sigh for me. Could only cry for me, silent rivers in the inert forest light.

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Nine Girls

I WAS SIX WHEN MY goat left home to go work for Santa.

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Feel-Good Productivity

‘Merry Christmas Ali. Try not to kill anyone.’

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Foul Play

Jack hadn't wanted to go but Kate had pleaded with him over the phone.

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Beach Read

I HAVE A FATAL flaw. I like to think we all do.

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Water

The first thing I do when I arrive on the island is change my name.

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The Bee Sting

In the next town over, a man had killed his family.

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Unruly

There was a moment in 1940, the bleakest year of the Second World War with the Wehrmacht carrying all before it, when Winston Churchill made the French government a curious offer.

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Shakespeare

Macbeth was the reason I went into the theatre.

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Good Material

Summer 2019 - Reasons Why It’s Good I’m Not With Jen

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The Year of the Locust

I once went to kill a man.

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The Twat Files

When I was very young, I was massively influenced by television. And comics.

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No Brainer: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (18)

The most popular books were from this series called Commando Crocodile, and no matter how many copies she bought, Ms. Masie couldn't keep them on the shelves.

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Be Useful

The happiest and most successful people in the world do everything in their power to avoid bad decisions that confuse matters and drag them away from their goals.

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The Night House

‘Y- y-y-you’re crazy,’ Tom said, and I could tell he was scared, seeing as he stammered one more time than he usually does.

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The Secret

Keith Bridgeman was alone in his room when he closed his eyes.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods

Look, I didn’t want to be a high school senior.

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The Diary of a CEO

Law 1 - Fill Your Five Buckets In The Right Order

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The Sugar Palace

'Where've you been?'

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Adventures with Emilie

The wind is silent until it encounters objects.

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The Last Devil To Die

Kuldesh Sharma hopes he’s in the right place.

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The Other Bridget

There’s only one thing that could make me agree to dress up like a playboy bunny and parade around half-naked in front of my col­leagues and library patrons on a Wednesday night.

Articles

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Get School Holiday Ready!

Books and activities for the kids these school holidays

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Generate a husband

Generate a husband in honour of Holly Gramazio’s debut novel, The Husbands.

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What we'll be reading on the long weekend . . .

A long weekend means bonus reading time! Here's what the PRH team recommend picking up this easter break.

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Books to keep older kids busy this Easter

Easter is just around the corner, and more and more parents are opting to gift books instead of chocolate.

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Where to start with: Māori Made Easy

Keen to start your language learning journey but don't know where to begin? Scotty Morrison's bestselling series is the resource you need!

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How well do you know Formula 1?

Author and motorsport journalist Andrew van Leeuwen shares some surprising facts (and fictions) about the sport.

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Win a trip for two to Waiheke Island

Win big with the brand-new novel from the International No 1 Bestselling phenomenon and author Marian Keyes

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Real Readers Review: The Space Between

Find out what readers really think of Lauren Keenan's historical fiction debut The Space Between

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Look inside Blank Spaces

Sneak a peek into the unofficial Taylor Swift fan journal.

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Our Favourite Literary Relationships

From trad-romance to machine love, here's a rundown of some of our favourite romances, relationships and couplings in literature.

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A series guide to Orphan X

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. If you're searching for your next thriller obsession, and you haven't checked out the Orphan X series, read on!

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What you should read in February and why

Thrills, romance, fantasy and a novel collaboratively written by a collection of literary legends; check out our top reads for February!

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Real Readers Review: The Book of Doors

What do fans really think of The Book of Doors?

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Ali Abdaal’s best tips for goal-setting in 2024

We caught up with productivity expert Ali Abdaal to get his best advice for smashing our 2024 goals, overcoming challenges and enjoying each step of the process.

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Books to read after Atomic Habits

Love Atomic Habits but don’t know what to read next? Never fear, we’ve got the perfect guide for you.

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4 books that will immerse you in the world of Willy Wonka

Four books featuring the master chocolatier to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Staff recommends: Summer Reads

It's been a fantastic year in books for Penguin HQ! Here are some of our favourite reads from 2023 which we think would be perfect for kicking back with this summer.

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Get ready to meet a whole new side of Willy Wonka

Everything you need to know about the new Willy Wonka movie and book.

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The Penguin Summer Reading Club Chapter Sampler

Dive into our summer reading picks to decide which Penguin (or Penguins) you want to escape with this summer!

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Real readers review: Water

What do NZ fans really think of John Boyne's latest novel?

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Music from My Name Is Barbra

Did you know there's a Spotify playlist with music from My Name is Barbra?

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Audiobooks Perfect for Kids

The best audiobooks for kids to get your little ones reading more.

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The Penguin Present Picker

Having trouble finding the perfect bookish gift for your secret santa? Our state-of-the-art Present Picker is here to help!

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Who are you voting for in New Zealand Bird of the Century?

Now at Penguin Random House we may be biased towards a particular penguin alliance... but that doesn't mean that there aren't some wonderful other birds to vote for.

Recipes

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Fuss-Free Crumbed Fish with Roasted Potatoes & Tartare Sauce

This easy fish traybake makes for a fresher, more luxurious version of fish and chips.

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Chicken, lemon & garlic traybake

A tremendously tasty traybake.

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Popcorn Tofu Bites

I’m a long-time tofu lover and when it comes to cooking it, I’ve tried it all. Baking, frying, grilling, shredding, slicing, crumbling . . . the list goes on. So, believe me when I say this is one of the best.

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Red Roasted Pasta

This homemade pasta sauce is so simple, it feels like you’re cheating.

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Butter chicken wings

Butter chicken and chicken wings, together at last.

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Texas toast smashburgers

A truly tasty Texan sandwich.

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Cheese Scones

I simply had to include our cheese scone recipe again, after sharing it in my second book. However, this time I have simplified it — sometimes I find that cheese is all that is necessary. Of course, if you prefer, feel free to add some diced bacon, onions or herbs.

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Stewed plums, whipped yoghurt, mint & granola

Stewed plums in a tasty and decadent sweet dish.

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Chicken & ricotta meatballs

Delicious meatballs in a mouth-watering broth.

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Raspberry & Rosewater Cupcakes

Oh so pretty and fragrant — almost too good to eat! I find that just a hint of rose flavour is enough, so when making the icing start with a small amount and add more if desired.

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Epic prawns & beans

Harissa & garlicky sourdough croutons

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Couscous & Chicken Bake

Tzatziki marinade, sweet red peppers & charred onion

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Winter Greens Gnocchi

Vivid black cabbage & mascarpone Gorgonzola sauce

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Raunchy Cauli Tacos

This was originally called Crunchy Cauli. But one day, after Otis had written up the blackboard menu, a customer must have leaned up against it and smudged the ‘CR’ — so now it looked like ‘RA’. Nek minnit, a customer asked us what Raunchy Cauli was. And the name stuck.

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Chicken, lemon and olive traybake

A simple, classic dish.

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Fancy zucchini rolls

Feel fresh and fancy with these zucchini rolls.

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Harissa chicken gyros

A stunning lunchtime chicken gyros.

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French toast bites

Tasty French toast, in bite-sized form.

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Creamy chicken, chorizo & sundried tomato pasta

The delicious pasta recipe from Nathan Anthony that's gone viral around the world.

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Garlic mac & cheese

A flavourful fuss-free favourite, perfect for lunches.

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Beef noodles with peanut sauce

Prepare your ingredients, and let the slow cooker do the rest!

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Pasta and Meatballs

A tasty dish to make with the kids from Jamie Oliver’s first children’s book ‘Billy and the Giant Adventure’

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Peanut Butter & Blackberry Freezer Fudge

Feel-good fudge that is rich, nutty, creamy and studded with succulent sour blackberries . . . Ummm yes pa-lease.

Q&A
Ferdia Lennon shares the Plutarch passage that inspired Glorious Exploits

Plus, find out why he taught himself to memorise an entire deck of cards while researching for the novel.

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Gareth Brown shares how a yearning to travel inspired The Book of Doors

Plus find out why he’d choose to live in Middle Earth and main difference between him and Hugh Jackman.

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Lottie Hazell shares how she came up with the idea for Piglet

Plus, the cosy fictional world she’d most like to live in.

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Alex Michaelides shares why his upcoming novel was his favourite to write

Learn about Alex Michaelides’s new book, the real-life people who inspired his characters and how growing up in Cyprus contributed to the setting.

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Rachael Johns shares her trick for getting words onto the page

We caught up with Rachael Johns to learn about her writing routines, favourite rom-coms and new book The Other Bridget.

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21 Questions with Terry Hayes

The author of I Am Pilgrim shares his thoughts on finding inspiration, the books that shaped his youth, and what to expect from The Year of the Locust, his long-awaited second novel.

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Dolly Alderton on heartbreak, finding inspiration, and her new novel Good Material

The bestselling author talks heartbreak, fiction versus non-fiction, and her latest novel Good Material

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Arthur C. Brooks shares the selfish reason for his new book with Oprah

Find out what inspired ‘Build the Life You Want’ and what both authors hope readers take away from it.

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A conversation with James Clear

Learn from James Clear about starting over after a serious injury, the margin between success and failure, and why it’s totally okay (encouraged, even!) to spend just five minutes at the gym.

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Writing Q+A with Witi Ihimaera

As he has been publishing now for 50 years, we emailed some questions about writing to Witi, who answered them on a plane journey.

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How Emily Henry's own friendships inspired characters in Happy Place

Dive into the mind of romance novel superstar, Emily Henry as she discusses all things Happy Place

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Q&A with Shelley Read author of Go as a River

Get to know author Shelley Read and delve into the inspiration behind her soaring, heartstopping novel Go as a River!

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Eloise Head (AKA Fitwaffle) shares her all-time favourite baking ingredients

We caught up with Eloise Head ahead of the release of her cookbook, ‘Fitwaffle’s Baked In One.’ Learn about her favourite ingredients, ultimate comfort food and more.

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Jamie Oliver – ONE Q&A

Jamie talks us through creating his latest cookbook, One.

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Author's bizarre Google search while writing new book

Benjamin Stevenson talks to us about his new must-have mystery and his friend's odd act that inspired his book.

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Fiona McIntosh on writing a 'fish out of water' tale

The much-loved author chats to us about researching The Spy's Wife on the cusp of the pandemic starting, studying 1930s German history and baking cherry cakes.

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Q&A with Molly Oldfield

Bursting full of children’s curiosity Everything Under the Sun is a glorious celebration of life on earth.

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How I wrote it: Femi Fadugba on The Upper World

The debut author of the YA novel soon to hit Netflix on discipline, working with Daniel Kaluuya, and the complications of writing about time travel.

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Fiona McIntosh on DCI Jack Hawksworth

The bestselling author discusses tapping back into Jack's world, twisty-turny stories and her favourite crime dramas.

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Maggie Shipstead Q&A

The Great Circle author on inspiring travel, research and spending seven years on her latest novel.

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First Person Singular cover design Q&A

Vintage Creative Director Suzanne Dean and artist Lena Peters on circles, Murakami and monkeys.

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Krystal Sutherland Q&A

House of Hollow author on ghost doors, googling corpses and advice to aspiring YA authors.

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Q&A with Richard Fairgray

Author Richard Fairgray talks about what he thinks makes a good scary story, what scares him and more in this Q&A!

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Q&A with Dame Lynley Dodd

Dame Lynley Dodd on what comes first, the stories or the illustrations, where her ideas come from and more! 

Activities

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Colour in Ring Ting Tūī!

Colour in these sheets from the melodious counting picture book bursting with troublesome tūī!

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Play and Grow with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar on his adventures with these fun activities.

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Bluey Easter activity pack

Celebrate Easter with this free printable download.

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Emma Memma colouring-in activity

Colour in with Emma Memma!

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Bluey Christmas Activity

Get in to the Christmas spirit with Bluey

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid No Brainer QUIZ

Test your knowledge in this fun No Brainer quiz put together by Sylvie from Waterview Primary!

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Blue, Blue Christmas colouring sheet

Get into the holiday spirit with this Blue, Blue Christmas colouring in activity!

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Keep entertained this long weekend!

Activities to keep the children engaged this weekend (regardless of the weather!)

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Make your own Diary of a Wimpy Kid costume

Zoo-wee-mama! Dress up in your best DIY Wimpy Kid outfit with these fun printable Greg and Rowley masks.

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Critters of Aotearoa Colouring in Sheet

Meet some of our cute and curious critters with this colouring in sheet!

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The Māori Alphabet with Stacey Morrison

A simple pronunciation guide to the Māori alphabet

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Lulu and the Dance Detectives The Pool Party Poisoning word search

Magnifying glasses at the ready! Channel your inner detective to complete this word search

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Bluey and Bingo's guide to making Dad laugh

Bluey and Bingo share their guide for making Dad laugh this Father's Day.

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DIY Ranger's Apprentice cloak

How to make your own Ranger's Apprentice Cloak for book week and beyond!

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There Was an Odd Farmer Who Swallowed a Fly Word Search

A fun word search to see what the odd farmer might swallow in this favourite nursery rhyme with a pitch-perfect Kiwi twist!

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Throw a Hairy Maclary Party!

Download everything you need to throw your own frolicking Hairy Maclary birthday party!

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QUIZ: Which classic picture book do you belong in?

Take this fun quiz to find out which classic picture book you belong in.

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Get creative with Para the pūkeko and Heahea the tuatara!

Get creative with Para the pūkeko and Heahea the tuatara with these colouring in sheets from Book Ruffle's graphic novel Para Pūkeko!

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Bluey Pencil Toppers Activity

Follow along with Bluey to make your own pencil toppers

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Bluey Mother's Day Queen's Crown

Follow along with Bluey and make mum a queen's crown for Mother's Day!

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Cooking with Kids

Want to get the kids involved in the kitchen?

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A look inside 'Bluey: How to Draw'

Get a sneak peek inside Bluey’s fun-filled drawing book.

Book clubs

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The Space Between - Book club notes

Delve deeper into this story of love, class and belonging, set at the brink of the New Zealand Wars. A great bookclub pick!

Book clubs
The Other Bridget book club questions

A feelgood romantic comedy by Australia's bestselling romance writer.

Book clubs
The Bee Sting book club questions

A thought-provoking book about family and fortune to read with your book club.

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Foul Play book club questions

A heart-stopping Jack Hawksworth novel to read with your book club.

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The Sugar Palace book club questions

A heart-stopping romantic adventure to read with your book club.

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Build The Life You Want Book Club Guide

Build the Life You Want introduces you to the cutting-edge science that can change your life, in understandable terms and with actionable strategies. Along the way, Arthur and Oprah share hard-earned wisdom from their own lives and careers.

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Hamlet is Not OK classroom discussion points

Some great points to discuss with your classroom or book club, from this quirky new take on Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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The Waters Book Club Notes

Unravel Carl Nixon's brilliant story of a fractured family told over 40 years with these book club questions

Book clubs
Wifedom questions for your book club

A powerful blazing genre-bending masterpiece to discuss with your book club.

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The Deck book club notes

A perfect literary pick for your book club, dive deeper into The Deck with these discussion questions

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Laughing at the Dark book club questions

A top pick for book clubs, Laughing at the Dark is a funny, moving memoir about rebellion, identity and laughter

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Kind book club notes

Get discussing Stephanie Johnson's funny and fearless New Zealand novel with the help of these book club questions!

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Go as a River reading group guide

A soaring coming-of-age novel of female resilience and becoming, Go as a River is the perfect literary pick for your book club

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow book club questions

A New York Times bestseller, Grazia summer reading pick, and word-of-mouth sensation to read with your book club.

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How to Get Fired book club notes

A cleverly wry and relatable collection of short stories, perfect for book club discussions!

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Amazing Grace Adams Book Club Questions

A fierce, funny and utterly captivating book to read with your book club.

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The Queen's Wife book club notes

Delve into Joanne Drayton's modern love story of a memoir with these book club notes!

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The Secret History book club questions

A fast-paced modern classic perfect for book clubs.

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Atlas of the Heart book club questions

Atlas of the Heart should be your next book club pick. A guide to mapping meaningful connection, this book is compelling, enlightening and ripe with discussion points.

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Lessons in Chemistry book club notes

A Sunday Times bestseller and BBC Between the Covers Book Club pick.

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Hush Little Baby book club kit

Get your book club talking with these discussion questions on R. H. Herron's book Hush Little Baby.

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Return to Harikoa Bay Bookclub Notes

Find discussion questions to get you thinking about Owen Marshall's book Return to Harikoa Bay in this book club guide.

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Winter Time book club notes

Laurence Fearnley shares notes and discussion questions on her new book Winter Time in this book club guide.

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Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone book club notes

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone is a fiendishly clever mystery that will keep your book club guessing and introduces a family of characters brilliant for discussion.