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We are delighted with the news that Penguin Random House authors Anne Enright, Anne Tyler, Bill Clegg and Tom McCarthy have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

Behind every book cover, there’s a story. In the case of the cover of Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN that story is an unusual one. Traditionally, just one designer works on a new cover. But for GO SET A WATCHMAN, six in-house designers and art directors were given the chance to submit designs for the book. Here, for your enjoyment, are the many fine designs that paved the way to the wonderful final cover:

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

If you’ve loved THE GIRL ON A TRAIN, then wait till you see the stunning line-up of crime and thriller books about to keep you up and reading through the night: James Patterson’s PRIVATE SYDNEY headlines a stunning list that includes a new thriller by Karin Slaughter and a gripping true crime book, AUSTRALIA’S MOST MURDEROUS PRISON by James Phelps.

They stop the most brutal psychopaths, serial killers, rapists and just plain bad guys while we go about our everyday lives. Who is your favourite hero?

Rick Stein is one of the most well-known and loved chefs and TV presenter and author, who has produced an array of award-winning books and television series. Get to know Rick a little better and take a look at our 10 quick questions that he answered about food and cooking.

Brave and brilliant, Gail JonesA GUIDE TO BERLIN is the perfect choice for your next book club. Take a look at our reading group questions.

Louis de Bernières' magnificent and moving novel follows the lives of an unforgettable cast of characters as they strike out to seek what happiness can be built from the ruins of the old world. Take a look at the discussion questions below for THE DUST THAT FALLS FROM DREAMS.

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.

Bestselling author Kate Forsyth channels the Brothers Grimm in her new novel and our August Book of the Month, THE BEAST’S GARDEN. Filled with danger, intrigue and romance, THE BEAST'S GARDEN is a beautiful, compelling love story set in a time when the world seemed on the brink of collapse.