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These five books are full of wonderful reasons to turn on the night light, plump up the pillows and settle in for some page-turning tales. We recommend taking these books to bed.

Edward St Aubyn, author of the acclaimed Patrick Melrose novels, joins the Hogarth Shakespeare series to retell one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, King Lear. St Aubyn is the eighth author commissioned for the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which sees Shakespeare’s plays reimagined by some of today’s bestselling and most celebrated writers.

Here are five things you may not realise about the enigma that is the busiest man in publishing.

Feb 25

Top 10 Inspiring Women

by Random House Australia on 25 February 2015

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’ve picked our Top 10 Inspiring Women. From political leaders to fashionistas to comediennes and CEOS – the one thing these women all have in common is that they've stepped out of their comfort zone, overcome obstacles and achieved success.

Funny, moving, truthful, rousing, tragic, insightful and challenging these books remind us how far today’s women have come in the fight for equality and how much we owe to the suffragettes, the movers, the shakers and the quiet achievers who paved the way.

Set in 1950s Mississippi, MISS HAZEL AND THE ROSA PARKS LEAGUE by Jonathan Odell, is the story of a town, a people and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things . . . like an unexpected friendship. 

THE PAINTED SKY is the work of five members of a Sydney book club, writing under the collective pseudonym Alice Campion. They challenged themselves to write a ‘21st Century Thorn Birds' and the result is a captivating rural novel, brimming with romance, mystery and suspense. Get to know each member and find out how they first joined a book club and started writing as a group.

Alice Campion is the pseudonym for five members of a Sydney book club who challenged themselves to write a ‘21st Century Thorn Birds'. The result is THE PAINTED SKY – a captivating rural novel, brimming with romance, mystery and suspense. Here’s our Q&A with the group and take a look at our Q&A with each member.

Margareta Osborn's latest novel ROSE RIVER, is a romantic comedy, in which city slicker Jaime Hanrahan accepts a house-sitting job in the country. In the chaos that follows, Jaime could’ve done with some tips on how to survive in the bush! If you're heading to the country check out these survival tips from Margareta Osborn before you go. 

THE TRUTH ABOUT FRENCH WOMEN focuses on who French women really are, and why they're more interesting than the clichés. It calls on women throughout French history who have defied societal norms and created their own destiny. Grab a copy of the book and then take a look at the reading group questions below.