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Jan 28

My First Valentine: Loretta Hill

by Loretta Hill on 28 January 2015

Loretta Hill, author of well-known books such as THE GIRL IN THE HARD HAT and ONE LITTLE WHITE LIE, shares her first Valentine with us. Take a look at her latest book, THE MAXWELL SISTERS, for some Valentine's Day reading.

Margareta Osborn is the author of HOPE'S ROAD and BELLA'S RUN. Her latest book, ROSE RIVER is available now. Today, she reflects on her first Valentine's Day gift. 

The following books are hand-selected reads to get you thinking; thoughts about life, reactions, situations and events from the perspective of individuals around the world. These are the stories that stay with you, well after you've read the last page and closed the book.

THE KING OF THE ROAD by Nigel Bartlett is a compelling story that is almost impossible to stop reading – a hero's journey, of sorts, with a momentum that is breathtaking even while the subject matter is confronting. THE KING OF THE ROAD is a great choice for any book club.

ARKIE’S PILGRIMAGE TO THE NEXT BIG THING is a delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage, and one woman's chance to rediscover what she's lost. Here’s our Q&A with the author of ARKIE’S PILGRIMAGE TO THE NEXT BIG THING, Lisa Walker, and don’t forget to check out our Reading Group Questions too!

Read a review of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Grace from the Co-Op bookshop and find out why this debut thriller by Paula Hawkins is fast becoming the the must-read book to kick off 2015.

Before you dive into 14th DEADLY SIN by James Patterson take a closer look at the four tough and intelligent women that make up the Women's Murder Club. This formidable group are not only great friends but together have solved some of the biggest crimes to hit the San Francisco area.

This year marks 202 years since the publication of arguably the most-loved classic novel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen. For two centuries readers have revelled in Elizabeth Bennet’s intelligence and wit, while pining over the dashing Mr Darcy. And while no character will ever replace the original Lizzy (or Mr Darcy), we think this anniversary of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is the perfect time to celebrate the many variations of this classic!

February is the month of love and if all the heart shaped candy and constant questioning of what you’re doing on Valentine’s Day has left you feeling a little weary about love, we have the best books to get you back brimming with affection, all chosen by the Random House team.

Jan 27

10 Reasons to Love Your Library

by Dorothy Tonkin on 27 January 2015

Why do you love your library? Dorothy Tonkin, the Random House Australia Children’s Marketing and Publicity Manager, tells us 10 reasons to visit your local library.