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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.

From attending shooter training, to simulating attacks and tying people up, these are just some of the things crime authors such as Karin Slaughter and Jaye Ford do in the name of research . . . 

The Writers` Academy`s next 10-week long Creative Writing for Beginners course starts on 22nd September with course leader, Selina Walker, one of Random House`s most experienced editors. We’ve had the pleasure of asking Selina about her experience as an editor and what top tips for writers she would have.

It was Ernest Hemingway who said the best way to avoid writer’s block is to stop writing when you’re going well and when you know what will happen next. While author, Terry Pratchett, believes there’s no such thing as writer’s block. Who’s right? We decided to ask four of our local Australian authors about what they do when they just can’t get the words out on the page.

Is it time to 'man up?' We've asked four male authors their views on men watching sport vs. reading and the falling literacy levels in Australia, here's what they had to say . . .

Jul 25

From Blog to Book

by Random House Australia on 25 July 2014

One could say that writing a blog is pretty similar to writing a book. It’s an exercise of diligence that takes not just effort but a lot of time. And many bloggers don’t realise that, after a few years blogging, they’re probably sitting on enough content for a book! Still, the transition from blog to book isn’t easy . . . where do you start, how much new content do you need, how do you keep up your blog as well as produce a book? Three of our authors have tackled this arduous task and successfully made the transition from blogger to author. Read more about their blogs (and books) below.

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?

It is 1954. Thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia. At The Golden Age Children's Polio Convalescent Hospital in Perth, he sees Elsa, a fellow-patient, and they form a forbidden, passionate bond. This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life, from one of Australia's most loved novelists. THE GOLDEN AGE is our Book of the Month – take a look at the Reading Group Questions below.

Keep calm and ‘dinna fash’, enter our competition and you could be one of the first in Australia to see Outlander!

Over the years there have been many duos that give our Crime & Thriller reading that extra ingredient that makes the book more exciting, enticing and entertaining. Check out our favourite crime duos . . .