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Warm, down to earth and inspiring, and lushly illustrated with lip-smacking images and recipes, A TABLE IN THE ORCHARD is breathtaking proof of how seductive a taste of slow living in one of the most beautiful valleys in Tasmania might be. Like Michelle, you might be tempted to make your own apple crumble –or run away to the Apple Isle.

We have some of our hand-picked favourites guaranteed to get you laughing out loud, crying real tears and your heart pounding all at the same time. We hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

James Patterson is well known for his much loved series such as Alex Cross, The Women’s Murder Club, Middle School and Maximum Ride to name just a few but how many of his ‘standalone’ books have you read? We recommend the following five standalone books by James Patterson and his co-authors.

Whether you’re searching for book to give to a teenager or just to read yourself, the following five books are fantastic reading. From the classic PUBERTY BLUES to a new standout, GIRL UNDERWATER these books are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, cry or bite your nails in suspense.

The Better Read than Dead bookshop in Newtown reviews the latest offering from Kate Atkinson - A GOD IN RUINS.

Apr 15

Get on Board Mission Possible

by Massimo Damiani on 15 April 2015

Read Massimo's touching account of the rare disease he has called Leukodystrophy and learn about his amazing family's 'mission' to help other children with the disease, find a cure and send someone to the moon! 

Congratulating our shortlisted authors and illustrator in the CBCA Awards 2015.

We know that a series of books can be a daunting prospect, and Lee Child has now written 19 books in his highly successful Jack Reacher series. Do you have to start at the beginning? Which book is the first one? Which book is the best one? We’re here to help bring some clarity to this confusion . . .

Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who have been shortlisted for the 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards, announced today.

As a publisher, I’m often asked, ‘How do I get my book considered if I don’t have an agent?’ It’s tough – because to get noticed you have to conquer the ‘slush pile’, that mountain of unsolicited typescripts that builds up in every publisher’s postroom.  And how many of those hopeful submissions become published books? Beverley Cousins, publisher at Random House Australia, tells her story about striking gold in the 'slush pile' and her tips for aspiring authors.