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One of the world's bestselling series, OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon has finally made it to our screens on Foxtel's Soho channel, screening Thursdays at 8.30pm AEST. Take a closer look at the key characters in OUTLANDER, an epic tale of romance, passion, history and adventure.

It’s confirmed! THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS movie is happening and better yet, it’s happening soon!

To celebrate the release of COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE, here are five of our favourite Haruki Murakami novels scored against our highly scientific ‘Surreal’ scale. Telekinesis and a storm of fish rate quite highly, a sky of two moons falls mid-range, while the sudden return of a childhood friend sits at the lower end of the scale. Bonus points were awarded for cats.

The Berkelouw family of  Berkelouw Books has been trading in books for six generations, so it goes without saying they know what makes a book great. And it seems, SKINJOB by Bruce McCabe has ticked all the boxes . . .

Over twenty young Australian book lovers read the biggest international book of the year – six months before publication! So what did they think?

It's the buzz book of the moment; with Hollywood star Emma Watson signing on to star in and produce the film adaptation after staying up all night to read it. With the depth of character and sinuous drama of Game of Thrones, the narrative drive of The Hunger Games, and a kickass female lead, THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING is a dazzling debut from author Erika Johansen.

While we firmly believe that the book is always better than the movie, we love the process of reading the book, seeing the film or television adaptation and then comparing the two to see how the well story transitioned from book to screen. Was the casting spot on? What did they leave out? Is it how we imagined? Plus, given we are total book nerds, we can’t help but find some satisfaction in reading the book before the movie comes out, not after. Although with the amount of film and television tie-ins in the works, it’s not always possible to read them all before you see them. Luckily for you, we’ve narrowed down our top nine books to read before they become blockbusters. Here they are . . .

Sometimes real life events can be more shocking and terrifying than fiction. The following five books unlock the grisly truth behind some of the most notorious cases our country has witnessed.

FACT or FICTION? This criminal case from Atlanta could be a real crime or fiction take from one of Karin Slaughter's chilling thrillers. What do you think?

The shortlist for the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards was announced today by State Library of Western Australia CEO and State Librarian, Margaret Allen. We are pleased to let you know that the shortlist features four Penguin Random House authors.