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Read Sophie Kinsella’s letter to her readers and learn more about her new young adult book – FINDING AUDREY.

The wait is over - GREY: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN is out now.

Annie Barrows, celebrated co-author of the global bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US is her latest book and our book of the month for June.

The PANZ Book Design Awards are the premier New Zealand awards for book design. Seven Penguin Random House New Zealand books have been shortlisted in the 2015 awards, some in more than one category.

It’s been an action-packed year already, but there are plenty more fantastic crime novels and thrillers to come. We can't wait for the next books in the Jack Reacher and Alex Cross series. Jo Nesbo has another fiendishly twisting tale up his sleeve. There’s the next Temperance Brennan novel from Kathy Reichs, and a brand new thriller from Karin Slaughter.

June 1, 2015 – London – On social media earlier today bestselling author E L James announced that she will shortly release a new version of her worldwide bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey -- this time written from Christian Grey's point of view.  The new book, titled Grey, will be published on June 18th – a date that devotees may remember as Christian’s birthday.

Whether it’s due to the loss of a friendship or the death of a loved one, grief affects everybody at some time or another, and we all react differently. There’s no perfect formula for coming to terms with losing someone close but because of the universal nature of grief, the territory’s been well covered by many celebrated writers and thinkers. Below is a list of 10 great reads that explore the nature of loss. They might bring insight and comfort, and possibly a few tears as well.

Read an exclusive sneak peek of James Patterson's upcoming thriller PRIVATE SYDNEY before it hits stores in August. The world's bestselling thriller writer teams up with Australia's bestselling crime writer, Kathryn Fox for the latest action-packed instalment of the PRIVATE series.

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is giving bookstores in New Zealand and Australia up to $5000 each to spend on initiatives to get children reading. The total prize pool available is $100,000.

May 5

Jo Seagar Bakes Fay's Mumbles

by Jo Seagar on 5 May 2015

'My mother Fay's famous Mumbles remain a central part of our family’s baking folklore.'