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Internationally bestselling author Simon Beckett had been planning to write the next book in his Dr David Hunter series when the idea for Stone Bruises, his new standalone psychological thriller, came about.

What to bake? Our own expert home baker, Jessie, took a break from sweet treats to make some delicious savouries from Sophie Gray's big, beautiful new baking book, Fill the Tins.

Announcing DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE, a new Terry Pratchett collection of childrens stories. Full of Pratchett's trademark wit and imagination, these stories will be adored by anyone aged 8-108. Brimming with knights, dragons, abominable snowmen and even more abominable crooks, they are a joy to read and share with young readers. 

With her first novel, BLACKLANDSBelinda won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. Her second and third novels,DARKSIDE and FINDERS KEEPERS, were highly acclaimed, and in 2013 she was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library Award for her entire body of work. Her new novel, THE FACTS OF LIFE AND DEATH, is an exceptional, genre-defying read. Why not suggest it for your next book club? Take a look at the Reading Group Questions here.


A PLEASURE AND CALLING by Phil Hogan is completely unsettling. If your book club is looking for a thrilling read, pick up this book and take a look at our Reading Group Questions.

'Discovering Brunetti is like meeting someone and knowing instantly that you are going to become lifelong friends.' Find out more about Commissario Guido Brunetti from Donna Leon's bestselling series in this overview from our Marketing and Publicity Director, Brett Osmond. 

This year marks an extraordinarily high standard of children’s literature, say the judges for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and Random House is pleased to announce that three of our authors have been announced as finalists today.

Alisha is one of many resident foodies at Random House, and the latest book on her kitchen counter is Aaron Brunet's Cook With Me. With Croatian roots of her own, she was delighted to find that his recipe for the traditional Cevapcici dish exceeded expectations.

Random House New Zealand is thrilled to have seven books included in the 2014 Storylines Notable Books List.

Red velvet cake is a relatively recent addition to the baking scene in New Zealand. It’s an American invention that combines a mild chocolate sponge with red food colouring to create a strikingly coloured cake. It looks particularly impressive when presented as a layer cake, with contrasting white cream cheese icing. Jessie baked Karla Goodwin's version from Bluebells Cakery.