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Hint: fans of John Flanagan will be pleased.

There is no doubt that the following female crime writers are some of the best in the business. From Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen’s forensic expertise to Karin Slaughter’s hard-hitting style or Paula Hawkins entwined plots. All of our ‘deadly female crime writers,’ provide chilling stories that will have you immersed in the world of their characters and feeling every spine-tingling minute.

A perfect Sunday afternoon means many things to different people, but for us there is nothing more enjoyable than a cosy spot in the sun with a great romantic read (and maybe a cup of tea). These six books, filled with love, friendship, family and heartache, are our top picks for a perfect afternoon of reading.

Bed is comfy and cosy and quiet and the perfect place to curl up with a book. As bed-loving, book-reading bibliophiles we are all for the idea of spending a day in bed with a book (or ten!). But if spending all day in bed is a little beyond your realm of reality, then we have the next best thing: curling up with a book at night that is guaranteed to deliver sweet, sweet dreams.

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.