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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.

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Atwood, Evaristo: joint Booker winners

Penguin Random House authors Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share the 2019 Booker Prize.

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Gavin Bishop wins 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

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. 

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Announcing the 2019 Booker shortlist

Winners to be announced Monday 14 October.

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The Chestnut Man to become Netflix Original series

We were thrilled to hear Netflix announce its second Danish original series, The Chestnut Man, at Copenhagen TV Festival this week.

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Vale Toni Morrison

February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019

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Cover and publication details for Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth revealed

Further details about the publication of Philip Pullman’s highly-anticipated new book, The Secret Commonwealth, are revealed today. 

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Puffin grants – recipients announced!

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.

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This Mortal Boy wins Ockham New Zealand Book Award

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.

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Explosive new autobiography from Hayden Paddon

We're excited to announce the August release of Driven, from New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon.

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The Handmaid’s Tale audiobook read by Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss, star of the hit TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, has narrated the audiobook edition of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel. 

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The Beautiful Ones by Prince coming this October

This extraodinary memoir, from American artisitc visionary Prince, will be released worldwide on 29 October, 2019.

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Philip Pullman announces new book The Secret Commonwealth

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. 

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Malcolm Gladwell announces his first book in six years

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know will be published in September 2019. 

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The Mister, a new novel from E L James, to be published in April

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. 

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A new novel from E.L James

Your first look at The Mister, the new book from Fifty Shades author E L James.

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Announcing a new novel from Thomas Harris

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.

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Announcing a new novel by John le Carré

Agent Running in the Field will be published in October 2019.

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Sons of a Good Keen Man

'Barry was an awesome dad to many children, just not his own.'

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Return to Harikoa Bay

Yes, quite a lot of people do ask me how I lost the little finger of my left hand.

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Poor People With Money

Do you remember when I was a hero, Eddy? Back when everyone thought I saved you, before my face looked like a broken dinner plate.

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Deception

Alice Kent turned up the volume on her car radio as Eric Clapton, playing her favourite number, ‘Layla’, came on.

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The Family Remains

I stare down at the young man who stands below me ankle-deep in the mud of the banks of the Thames.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty

We’d been driving for about seven thousand years. Or at least that’s how it felt.

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No Excuses

One morning in March 2014, I woke up and wondered just how the hell I’d got here. I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a one-room sleep-out at a community home in South Auckland, with rapists and drug addicts as my neighbours.

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How to Be a Bad Muslim

 To'asavili was dreaming of cows swimming under the sea.

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Killing Floor

I was arrested in Eno’s diner. At twelve o’clock. I was eating eggs and drinking coffee.

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Book of Night

Charlie’s ugly Crocs stuck to the mats on the floor behind the bar, making a sticky, squelching sound.

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Dark Vector

Jun Chu stood on the deck of a three-masted junk given the auspicious name Silken Dragon.

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The Whalebone Theatre

Cristabel picks up the stick. It fits well in her hand. She is in the garden, waiting with the rest of the household for her father to return with her new mother.

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With a Mind to Kill

The death of Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, known to some as ‘M’, had been announced to a largely uninterested world a few days before.

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The Lion: Book 1 of the Golden Age

In darkness, the trireme struck the beach at the speed of a running man, knifing through shingle in a hissing roar. A second followed, almost the shadow of the first. One after the other, they came to a halt and leaned.

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Winter Time

Eddie had been the only one not to leave Lake Matariki.

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The Palace Papers

They chose Valentine’s Day 2005 as the date to release the engagement news and Camilla’s new title of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall bestowed by the Queen.

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22 Seconds

Cindy Thomas was working at the dining table she’d bought at a tag sale down the block.

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Idol

Samantha watched the girls as they filed into the event hall, tilting their heads back to stare at the ornate vaulted ceiling with its oversized chandeliers dripping silver and blue crystals.

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No Less the Devil

Malcolm ran. One hand curled against his chest, the wrist swollen and aching, the fingers numb and almost black in the sickly yellow streetlight.

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Book Lovers

When books are your life – or in my case, your job – you get pretty good at guessing where a story is going.

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French Braid

This happened back in March of 2010, when the Philadelphia train station still had the kind of information board that clickety-clacked as the various gate assignments rolled up.

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Death of the Black Widow

Could a building sweat? If someone were to ask him, Walter O’Brien would say no.

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Lessons in Chemistry

The thirty-year-old mother of Madeline Zott rose before dawn every morning and felt certain of just one thing: her life was over.

Articles

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Five of the most beautiful beasts from A Load of Bull

Take a sneak peek at some of our favourite bovine beauties from Amanda King’s awesome new photographic book, A Load of Bull, out now!

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The book that made John Green want to become a BookTokker

Learn all about John Green’s BookTok recommendation: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

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DK Eyewitness bookseller guide

Explore DK's revitalised travel list, covering everything local and abroad.

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DK Catalogue 2022

Be inspired by DK's vast array of wonderful books in our 2022 catalogue.

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Love Dolly Alderton? This is what you should read after Everything I Know About Love

Wondering what to read after Everything I Know About Love? If you’re a fan of Dolly Alderton’s first book, then you’ll love her second book: Ghosts. Learn all about it and discover more similar titles.

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Meet the 6 most important characters from The Summer I Turned Pretty

Meet the characters from The Summer I Turned Pretty books. Learn about the main characters and important family members who play a role in the trilogy.

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Quiz: Which The Summer I Turned Pretty character am I?

Take this quiz to find out which character you’re most like from The Summer I Turned Pretty.

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The easy breathing technique that will help reduce your anxiety

These five easy steps will teach you how to do square breathing for anxiety. Using this simple mindfulness tool can help lower your heart rate and curb anxious thoughts the moment they arise.

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Find your perfect winter read!

Temperatures are dropping, the nights are getting darker and it’s the perfect time to find a cozy spot to curl up with a good book . . .

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Lynette Noni shares sage advice for developing lifelike characters

Lynette Noni, bestselling author of YA fantasy The Prison Healer trilogy shares how she creates unforgettable characters that feel like real people.

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Real readers review: Faraway Girl

What do NZ YA fans really think of Fleur Beale's latest book?

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QUIZ: Which Emily Henry book should you read?

If you're a fan of contemporary romance with humour and wit, you've probably heard of Emily Henry - find out which of her novels you should pick up with this handy quiz!

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The book that gets teenagers reading

International bestselling author Karen M. McManus is known for her high school thrillers

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3 tips to help flatten your glucose curves

For most of us, energy peaks and troughs throughout the day are something we accept as part of life – but what if it didn’t have to be that way?

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Meet the family at the centre of our must-have whodunnit

The Cunninghams don't really get along, and every one of them has killed someone. Meet the family to help you find the culprit.

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The Origin of Elizabeth Zott

Bonnie Garmus shares the Inspiration behind her uncompromising and unconventional character, Elizabeth Zott!

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Shane Warne: five facts

Setting the record straight on an extraordinary life.

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How to start your own book club

Book clubs are a great way to get to talk about the books you’re reading with friends, they can also help you read across new genres. Here are a few tips from the Penguin New Zealand team about how to get started.

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Build better habits in 4 simple steps

Does changing a habit seem like a daunting task? Atomic Habits author James Clear has four simple steps for making it stick.

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Three practical tools for finding calm

Dr Sarb Johal, a leading New Zealand psychologist and author of Finding Calm, shares three practical tools for finding calm in your life.

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Find your perfect summer read!

Need help finding your next great beach read? This collection has every kind of reader covered.

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5 intermediate books we're looking forward to this year

Get your kids excited to get back into reading after the summer holidays with these fantastic adventures!

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Real readers review: You'll Be The Death of Me

What do NZ YA fans really think of Karen McManus' latest book?

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5 books to take to the beach this summer!

Summer is a great time to catch up on prizewinners from the previous 12 months, return to old favourites or for a bit of personal development. Here are our top five suggestions.

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Zingy Vietnamese-Style Noodles with Fried Sesame Tofu

For a nutritious meal you can whip up in a flash without compromising on delicious flavour, you can't go past this.

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Creamy Dahl & Crunchy Roast Potatoes

Creamy, richly flavoured lentil curry softly spooned on top of the most golden, crispy potatoes — pure comfort food that’s also good for you.

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Chiles rellenos with salsa roja risotto

While it isn't risotto in the traditional sense, Ixta Belfrage has reimagined the dish with delectable results.

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3-minute pasta sauce

This is perfect for lunch or dinner, and is even a winner in packed lunch boxes, served hot or cold.

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Porcini ragù

Mushroom lovers rejoice! This flavour-packed vegetarian main dish from the co-author of bestselling Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, Ixta Belfrage, is sure to impress.

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The ultimate chocolate chip cookie

A delicious treat that everyone will enjoy.

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Cheesy courgette pizza

A delicious and easy lunch recipe that kids will love.

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Tartara Marshmallow

This light and airy marshmallow beautifully harnesses the natural citrus aroma and flavour that tarata has to offer. Serve them torched, or not – they’re delicious either way.

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Dolly's Hangover Mac and Cheese recipe from Everything I Know About Love

Now that the TV adaptation of Dolly Alderton's iconic memoir is screening on TVNZ, may we suggest you pair your viewing with her totally indulgent mac and cheese recipe from Everything I Know About Love.

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Cauliflower steak

Try your hand at James Strawbridge's vegetarian pub classic.

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Crispy chilli chicken | Swadilo piro tareko valeko masu

Try your hand at this traditional Nepalese dish from Santosh Shah.

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Sticky, Spicy Basil Shrimp

I developed a habit of eating the entire shrimp when I was a kid.

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Speculoos cake

This cake is a must for speculoos biscuit lovers.

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Cod with tahini, pine nuts and spinach

I confess that I was seduced by the man who made this dish for me.

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Baked rhubarb posset with almonds

I love rhubarb and used to grow it outside my window in east London.

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Luscious lemon, raspberry & rosemary bars

If you’re a lemon-lover you will adore these decadent, keto-friendly, luscious lemon bars studded with succulent raspberries and fragrant rosemary. Beware! – HIGHLY ADDICTIVE :)

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Turkish-style eggs, whipped ricotta & brown chilli butter

The magic of warm, runny eggs and cold garlicky ricotta with a spicy kick of bolshy butter will blow your mind. . . So simple but so delicious, a magical dish to impress with ease.

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Greens and herbs quiche

A dairy-free and gluten-free tart that's full of flavour.

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Frankie and Olive’s roast chicken

An extra tasty roast that the whole family will love.

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Vodka lemon drizzle pancakes with blackberry compote

There is, I have to confess, no need to put the vodka in the blackberry compote that accompanies these, but it does add to the sense of occasion.

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Vietnamese poached chicken salad with mint & coriander

What appeals to me about this salad is the combination of lightly poached chicken, bean sprouts, spring onions and herbs with roasted chopped nuts and sesame seeds, and the slightly gloopy fish sauce, lime juice and chilli dressing.

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Confit tandoori chickpeas

These chickpeas have had their fair share of Insta fame for a multitude of reasons.

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Sticky miso bananas with lime and toasted rice

This dessert ticks all our flavour boxes.

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Roasted nectarines and beetroot with watercress and burrata

Sweet beetroot, perfumed nectarine, peppery watercress and creamy burrata — don’t take this to your next BYO barbecue or people will fight over it. Save it for home instead.

Q&A
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! 

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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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Lisa Jewell Q&A

The bestselling author on thrilling reads and the things that scare her.

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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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Rachel Joyce Q&A

The international bestselling author on cryptozoology, life in the 1950s and writing the ending early.

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Falastin Q&A

Falastin authors Tara Wigley and Sami Tamimi lift the lid on Palestinian cooking.

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Sam Lloyd Q&A

Debut author Sam Lloyd on the chess tournament that inspired his thrilling novel, The Memory Wood, 

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Charlie Mackesy Q&A

The artist on his inspiration for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse​.

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Ann Napolitano Q&A

The author of Dear Edward on the real plane crash and sole survivor who inspired her novel.

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Lee Child and George R.R. Martin Q&A

An in-depth discussion between Lee Child and George Martin in Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2018.

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Margaret Atwood Q&A

Margaret Atwood discusses her return to Gilead.

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The Brilliance of Birds author Q&A

 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!

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Unearthing Dinosaur Hunter with David Hill and Phoebe Morris

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. 

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Eleanor Ozich - Q&A

We sat down with best-selling author - Eleanor Ozich, to find out about her latest book, Homemade. 

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Minnie Darke Q&A

The Star-crossed author takes on our rapid-fire questions.

Activities

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Making Memories mini mindfulness kit

Encourage kids to discover and embrace mindfulness in this fun activity pack.

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Little Tales of Hedgehog and Goat word search

The perfect fun-day Friday activity! Keep your eyes peeled for keywords from Little Tales of Hedgehog and Goat in this word search.

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Nature's Treasures scavenger hunt activity pack

Go outside and explore nature with this fun scavenger hunt activity pack from Nature's Treasures.

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Bluey and Bingo's Fancy Restaurant Activity

Join Bluey and Bingo at their Fancy Restaurant and learn how to make lots of yummy recipes - for real life.

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Masher finger puppet activity

Make It If You Dare!

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Goose the Artist activity sheet

Make your own portraits with Goose the Artist!

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The Lighthouse Princess colouring sheet

Colouring in is the perfect afternoon activity! Why not download this gorgeous colouring sheet for The Lighthouse Princess for your little one?

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The Lighthouse Princess spot the difference

Spot the difference between these two beautiful illustrations by Rose Northey from The Lighthouse Princess!

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Bluey Easter Quiz

How well do you know the Bluey: Easter book and episode?

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Peter Rabbit's 120th birthday activity pack

Celebrate Peter Rabbit's 120th birthday with this activity pack! Design Peter's birthday cake, colour in a beautiful birthday card and help Peter through a maze to find his birthday cake.

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Crane Guy colouring sheet

Let's see all the things we can spy, high above the city with Crane Guy! Keep the kids busy with this awesome Crane Guy colouring sheet!

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Bluey Easter Biscuits

Decorate some Easter biscuits with Bluey and Bingo

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Which timeless Kiwi yarn should you read next?

Use our handy flowchart to help you decide which NZ classic you should add to your young reader's to-be-read pile.

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Colour in the Heeler sisters

Bluey and Bingo need the help of your colouring pencils!

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It's a Bluey Christmas colouring page

Happy holidays from Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli Heeler.

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Bluey's Summer Explorer activity pack

Let's go camping with the Heelers!

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Grandude's Green Submarine: Colouring sheets

Colour in your own submarine with these fun sheets featuring illustrations from Paul McCartney's new book Grandude's Green Submarine. Plus, if you've got a special grandparent in your life, print off and give them one of our Grandude or Nandude-inspired cards!

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Which Harding-Pencroft House do you belong to?

Take the aptitude test to find out!

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Everything Under The Sun Fun

A curious question for every day of the year.

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Roald Dahl Story Day 2021 party pack

Download activities for school and home.

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Ten Minutes to Bed Activity Sheets

Little ones can colour in their favourite characters from the hit Ten Minutes to Bed series with this set of activity sheets. Plus, there are some fun mazes to solve.

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Design a collar for Mittens

Design a collar fit for Wellington's most famous cat.

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Sports Heroes activity pack

How do little kids become sporting superstars? Find out in this inspiring activity pack featuring three Olympic legends.

Book clubs

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Book clubs
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.

Book clubs
Lessons in Chemistry book club notes

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

Book clubs
Hush Little Baby book club kit

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

Book clubs
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.

Book clubs
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.

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The Last Station book club notes

An unputdownable Australian novel to read with your book club.

Book clubs
The Herd book club notes

A standout book club novel. Unputdownable and thought-provoking.

Book clubs
The Frog Prince book club conversation starters

James Norcliffe shares discussion points and questions for his new book The Frog Prince in this book club guide.

Book clubs
The Spy's Wife book club notes

Much loved author Fiona McIntosh is back with an historical adventure to enjoy with your book club.

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A Slow Fire Burning book club notes

An exciting new thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train to discuss with your book club.

Book clubs
The Paper Palace book club notes

A magnificent literary pick for book club.

Book clubs
Mirror Man book club notes

Ponder whether one life is worth more than another with Fiona McIntosh's latest thriller.

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The Deep book club notes

This heart-stopping thriller set on the rugged coast of Tasmania is an excellent choice for book club.

Book clubs
The Chase book club notes

Track down your reading group to discuss Candice Fox's latest thriller.

Book clubs
Everything Changes book club conversation starters

Stephanie Johnson shares discussion points and questions for her new book Everything Changes in this book club guide.

Book clubs
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot book club notes

A tale of extraordinary friendship and a lifetime of stories to share with your book club pals.

Book clubs
Fragile Monsters book club notes

Sweep your book club off to Malaysia with this spellbinding novel of war and family betrayal.

Book clubs
Thursday Murder Club book club notes

A classic whodunit for the most perceptive reading groups.

Book clubs
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.

Book clubs
The Silence of Snow book club conversation starters

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! 

Book clubs
The Tally Stick book club conversation starters

Carl Nixon shares some discussion points and questions for his new book The Tally Stick in this book club guide.

Book clubs
Shakti book club conversation starters

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.