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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.

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.

The train has left the station! It’s official; THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is the runaway success of 2015. Paula Hawkins is the name on everyone’s lips.

Do you know what other famous book F. Scott Fitzgerald's editor published? Or how many film adaptations there has been of THE GREAT GATSBY? Find out now with our Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About THE GREAT GATSBY.

The Scandinavians seem to have an uncanny knack for producing some fantastic crime thrillers, but there are so many to choose from it’s almost impossible to know where to start. So here is a list of our top five favourite Scandinavian crime books. 

It’s been eleven years since James Patterson last visited Australia but he is heading down under again in May 2015. So don't miss your chance to meet the world's bestselling author, book your tickets to the Sydney Town Hall event and The Athenaeum Theatre event in Melbourne. 

This September Penguin Random House will be publishing THE SHEPHERD’S CROWN, the final Discworld novel by Sir Terry Pratchett.