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New Zealand children's  author, Jack Lasenby, has been awarded a 2014 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement for Fiction. Established in 2003, The Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement recognise authors who have made a significant contribution to the literary arts and are awarded $60,000 in recognition of their outstanding input to New Zealand literature.

The Children Act is the brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam, Ian McEwan. It is a book that sparks intense debate, and is perfect for your reading group.

Moving, unforgettable and guaranteed to change the way you think about dying, how one lives with regret and of course, love . . . THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY is the parallel story to the bestselling book THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY and our Book of the Month.

It’s mega-history that’s presented in a readable and memorable way. Read five of the many amazing facts we learnt from SAPIENS that instantly made us smarter and find out how you can win a signed copy!

To celebrate the launch of The Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, the book’s editor Paula Green arranged for student contributors to interview some of the poets included. Here Gemma Lovewell finds out some surprising things about national treasure Joy Cowley!

The Penguin Random House Writers' Academy's next 10-week long Creative Writing for Beginners course starts on 17 November with course leader, Michal Shavit, one of Penguin Random House`s most experienced editors. We’ve had the pleasure of asking Michal about writing clichés and what she has learnt about the writing process.

Oct 21

Kathy Reichs on the Case

by Random House NZ on 21 October 2014

If you haven’t read any (or you’ve only read a few) Kathy Reichs books from her thrilling series based on forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan, we have put together the ultimate case file to help get you on track.

Is it just something we have noticed or has conversation about feminism been brought to the forefront of the media landscape in the last few years? From Julia Gillard’s misogynist speech and the recent passionate call by Emma Watson for men to support equality to Beyonce’s performance at the MTV VMAs featuring giant letters blazing the word FEMINIST across the stage  – this dialogue is encouraging for young women all around the world, whether you’re a feminist or not. To acknowledge this, we’re celebrating womanhood with our pick of the eight essential books every modern woman (and man!) should own.

We are thrilled by the wonderful news that Richard Flanagan’s novel, THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH, has been named winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. We are absolutely delighted for Richard for this most-deserved honour, recognition of a novel, by his own admission, 12 years in the making.

Research quoted on James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD website shows that kids who don’t read over the summer holidays end Year Six with a reading level as low as two years behind kids who do. Parents play a vital role in getting and keeping kids reading especially older primary school and intermediate kids who are at the greatest risk of stopping reading. Here are some tips we’ve combined from various experts.