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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.'

Apr 22

Jo Seagar's Classic Anzac Biscuits

by Jo Seagar on 22 April 2015

The classic Anzac biscuit is the most famous of New Zealand’s own biscuits, named after the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought at Gallipoli in World War I.

James Patterson is well known for his much loved series such as Alex Cross, The Women’s Murder Club, Middle School and Maximum Ride to name just a few but how many of his ‘standalone’ books have you read? We recommend the following five standalone books by James Patterson and his co-authors.

Jess Daniell is the hip new home-cook behind  My Underground Kitchen: More than 80 Mouthwatering Recipes for Home Cooks. Taste her amazing Grilled Salmon, Mint Lychee Salad recipe here.

Everyone loves a smoothie and the Bananaberry Breakfast Smoothie from Chelsea Winter’s Everyday Delicious tastes amazing. Whizz it up and have it for breakfast or freeze it in a drink bottle for the kids to have at school.

From the creator of the bestselling Harry Hole series, comes BLOOD ON SNOW, by Jo Nesbo. Could this be the start of another great series? Get a head start and read the first chapter of BLOOD ON SNOW.

In the realms of fantasy stories, turning the traditional beast into a beauty one can emote with is a long trodden path. From vampires to wizards, werewolves to aliens. Making the beast beautiful is now a common sight in books and films, so why not dragons? Enter Rachel Hartman's Shadow Scale...

This September Penguin Random House will be publishing THE SHEPHERD’S CROWN, the final Discworld novel by Sir Terry Pratchett.