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WIN ‘The Jane Austen Society’ by Natalie Jenner

“Hope can sometimes be just enough…” This week’s giveaway is The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – described as a heartbreaking and uplifting novel of hope, loss and love in the style of bestselling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Here’s a quick synopsis: It’s only a

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide’

Easy, do-able, down to earth ideas and suggestions for everyone to help save the planet… Feeling guilty about your role in destroying our precious world? Never fear, because this week we’re giving away three copies of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Small Changes That

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Furious Fiction June 2020 winner and shortlist

This month on the Furious Fiction show, we asked contestants to conjure a short story out of thin air using the following criteria: Each story’s first and last words had to begin with J. Each story had to include a game being played. Each story had to include the phrase

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COMP CLOSED ‘To the Lions’ by Holly Watt

A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her… A treat for suspense-lovers this week, with this week’s giveaway having won the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award – given out to best thriller of the year by the British Crime Writers Association. The book

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COMP CLOSED The award-winning ‘The Botanical Kitchen’

This week, we have Elly McCausland’s beautiful book The Botanical Kitchen to be won – itself the winner of the 2019 Jane Grigson Trust Award – given out for excellence in non-fiction culinary books. The Botanical Kitchen places botanical ingredients at the fore, emphasising the power of a few small

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COMP CLOSED ‘Seven Lies’ by Elizabeth Kay

“If lies are dangerous, the truth can be catastrophic . . .” This week, we’re giving away three copies of the new novel Seven Lies by debut author Elizabeth Kay. It’s being described as the most mesmerising and unsettling thriller you’ll read this year! “It all started with just one

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COMP CLOSED The purrfect ‘Pussweek Pack’!

Cat lovers assemble! This week, we’re having kittens as we excitedly offer up three Pussweek packs by AWC alumna, Bexy McFly. Bexy created the global feline-zine hit series Pussweek – By Cats, For Cats and has since gone on to collaborate with artist Megan Lynn Kott on 2019’s Cats Are

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Silence’ by Susan Allott

This week we have three copies of The Silence – a powerful and heart-wrenching debut from author Susan Allott. Here’s a synopsis: It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father, Joe, phoning from

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Furious Fiction May 2020 winner and shortlist

May was another huge month for our spritely little Furious Fiction competition – with our second highest entries ever (highest was last month!). It just shows what great word of mouth and marketing–cough cough lockdown pandemic cough— can do! Being the fifth month of the year, or maybe because we

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Enter the 2020 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Calling all unpublished writers: the $10,000 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, which can be awarded to both fiction and creative non-fiction writers, is open for 2020. The winner will also get a year’s mentorship from a Hachette Australia publisher. Entries close on July 10, 2020.  From the Emerging Writers’ Festival

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COMP CLOSED: ‘Australian Code Breakers’ by James Phelps

The extraordinary story of a headmaster turned cryptographer, and our top-secret war with the Kaiser’s Reich… This week we have three copies of Australian Code Breakers by James Phelps to be won. James is Australia’s #1 bestselling true crime writer and recently we enjoyed a video conversation with James –

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ARA Historical Novel Prize now open

Have you written a historical novel?  The ARA Historical Novel Prize is now open and the winner is set to receive $30,000 AUD!  Who’s eligible? From the Historical Novel Society Australasia website: “The ARA Historical Novel Prize is open to authors who are citizens or residents of Australia or New

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COMP CLOSED ‘Pedantic’ by Ross & Kathryn Petras

This week’s giveaway book is one for the word nerds out there (you know who you are). The book is Pedantic by language boffins Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras – a hilarious and useful guide to the 100 terms smart people should know… So, what is Pedantic? Well, it’s a

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COMP CLOSED: ‘Husband Replacement Therapy’ by Kathy Lette

What do you do when you’re told you’ve got terminal cancer at 50? Take up crochet, find religion and bow out gracefully? OR upend your life and spend every remaining minute exploring new pleasures? These are just some of the questions posed in this week’s book giveaway – Puberty Blues

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Your COVID-19 words

It’s no secret that the global pandemic of 2020 is a time that history will remember. For many, it has been a confusing time, one of personal loss or substantial upheaval. For others, a different kind of experience, a detox of sorts; a return to simple habits or new beginnings.

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COMP CLOSED: ‘Up on Horseshoe Hill’ by Penelope Janu

“A kiss can change your life…” This week we have three copies to give away of AWC alumna Penelope Janu’s latest novel, Up on Horseshoe Hill. This is Penelope’s fourth novel in just TWO years – hitting it out of the park since completing our Popular Women’s Fiction course. (The

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Furious Fiction April 2020 winner and shortlist

My my… it seems the combination of people being stuck at home and perhaps starved for creativity has led to this month’s Furious Fiction competition smashing previous records as 1700 entries came flooding in! These were the criteria: Each story had to begin on the side of a road. Each

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Cobra Queen’ by Tara Moss

“You don’t know the New York fashion world until you know its haunts.” This week we’re excited to be offering up three copies of the newly published The Cobra Queen by Tara Moss – the bestselling author of The Blood Countess, The Spider Goddess and The Skeleton Key. We’ll be

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New $30,000 Australasian literary prize celebrating historical fiction

There’s a major new literary prize set to award $30,000 to an outstanding historical novelist. The ARA Group is partnering with The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) to bring you the ARA Historical Novel Prize. According to the media release: “The new ARA Historical Novel Prize gives Australian and New

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