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'Discovering Brunetti is like meeting someone and knowing instantly that you are going to become lifelong friends.' Find out more about Commissario Guido Brunetti from Donna Leon's bestselling series in this overview from our Marketing and Publicity Director, Brett Osmond. 

 

Michael Pryor is an award-winning writer of fiction for both children and adults

Take a look at our pick of the perfect books to help mum unwind, relax and escape this Mother’s Day.

Deborah O'Brien is the author of three novels, MR CHEN'S EMPORIUM, THE JADE WIDOW and A PLACE OF HER OWN. She shares with us five things she loves about writing fiction.

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.

With her first novel, BLACKLANDS, Belinda won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. Her second and third novels, DARKSIDE and FINDERS KEEPERS, were highly acclaimed, and in 2013 she was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library Award for her entire body of work. Her new novel, THE FACTS OF LIFE AND DEATH, is an exceptional, genre-defying read. Why not suggest it for your next book club? Take a look at the Reading Group Questions here.

A PLEASURE AND CALLING by Phil Hogan is completely unsettling. If your book club is looking for a thrilling read, pick up this book and take a look at our Reading Group Questions.

There’s a striking juxtaposition between the elegance of these writers and the brutality of their subject – a dynamic captured in these beautifully designed Vintage jackets. While all of the books in this series are indisputable classics, here are four of our favourites.

Apr 2

The Three Best Spy Thrillers

by Terry Hayes on 2 April 2014

In nominating what I believe to be the best three spy thrillers ever written, I have to declare a vested interest here – as I AM PILGRIM has been out for more than six months now, a number of reviewers and readers have been kind, or deluded, enough to compare it to my three candidates.

Kylie Kaden is the author of LOSING KATE, a mesmerising debut that is part love story, part mystery, telling the captivating story of two lovers torn apart by tragedy and the secrets they kept of one devastating night.

mesmerising debut is part love story, part mystery, telling the captivating story of two lovers torn apart by tragedy and the secrets they kept of one devastating night. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/kylie-kaden/losing-kate-9780857983404.aspx#sthash.ogKmovde.dpuf