Your Last Minute Gift Solution


by - December 19th, 2014

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Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers make awesome Christmas Gifts. Here are 9 reasons why you need to buy a Boomerang Books Gift Voucher right now… 1. Ok, admit it…you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, haven’t you? And now you need to buy something quick smart! Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers are the answer. Guaranteed to […]



Best-Of Book Lists


by - December 17th, 2014

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I have a love–hate relationship with best-of book lists. I find sometimes people try too hard to seem clever about what they’ve chosen and not hard enough about including honest-to-goodness good reads. But I am simultaneously unable to abstain from perusing said lists. I feel an innate need to gauge whether or not I think […]



”A Tapestry of Experiences Folded into Fiction”; Victoria Lane Talks About ‘Celia and Nonna’


by - December 16th, 2014

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Victoria Lane has made a successful career from writing; as an award-winning financial journalist for many years, editor and correspondent for many leading media publications, and of course, as a picture and chapter book writer for children. Today, we delve into Victoria’s writerly mind as she shares her inspirations behind her touching picture book, Celia […]



Doodles and Drafts – Drawing Boxes with Peter Carnavas


by - December 15th, 2014

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Every once in a while something special sneaks into your life, so unassuming you are barely aware of its presence. However, its ability to change and influence is a forceful undercurrent with powerful impact. It might be meeting a new friend for the first time. It could be finding a dog to call your own. […]



The Twelve Books of Christmas


by - December 15th, 2014

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You may have noticed, with Christmas fast approaching, that the Boomerang Books bloggers have been writing about the festive season — recommending books for Chrissy presents; sharing festive reads; reminiscing about Christmas-themed books; etc. I was originally planning to recommend some Christmas reads… but then I changed my mind. I thought I’d do something a […]



Kylie Westaway Makes a Big Splash with her Debut Picture Book, ‘Whale in the Bath’


by - December 15th, 2014

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Kylie Westaway is the author of her popular debut picture book, Whale in the Bath. She has literally travelled far and wide, worked in foreign schools, events and in theatre. But there’s one thing that has remained constant in her life; her love of writing. Here, I’ll give you the brief run-down of her captivating […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Alison Green, Pantera Press


by - December 12th, 2014

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Thanks to Alison Green from Pantera Press for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out a little more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the CEO & co-founder of Pantera Press, what does your job entail? As a boutique publishing […]



My Bookish Confession


by - December 12th, 2014

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It is time for some book confessions and I have got a real strange one to confess. Some people break spines, some read the last page first, mine is completely different. I first really noticed this while reading the Russian sci-fi classic Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. I was half way through the […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Anna O’Grady, Simon & Schuster


by - December 9th, 2014

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Thanks to Anna O’Grady for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the Marketing and Publicity Manager at Simon & Schuster. What does your job entail? How much time do we have? I […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Galina Marinov, Leading Edge Books


by - December 8th, 2014

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Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Galina Marinov. Thanks for having me. You’re the buyer and marketing manager at Leading Edge Books and you’re going to share your Christmas picks with us. But first let’s find out about you and your work. Leading Edge Books has a national profile. What does LEB do?  Leading Edge […]



Let’s hear if for the boys! – Chrissy Classics you’ve Read with your Kids


by - December 8th, 2014

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As we romp ever closer to that special night of the year, don’t forget to take a moment or two to sit with someone small and share some magic. You never know, it may extend into a lifetime of golden memories. Today’s classics you’ve read with your kids starts out with multi-talented SE QLD writer, […]



Mortal Heart (Book 3 of the Assassin Nuns)


by - December 6th, 2014

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Book Three of the His Fair Assassins series both aided and abetted my desire to take refuge from my overwhelming work and study load and alleviated and exacerbated my anxiety around ever successfully wrestling those work and study things into line. But I’m done reading the gripping historical fiction series now, I think, for there […]



Mission Accomplished! Renee Price Launches ‘Digby’s Moon Mission’


by - December 4th, 2014

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New and local indie author, Renee Price, has recently released the growingly popular Digby’s Moon Mission, just in time for Christmas. Fostering children’s natural curiosity and their young imaginations are key elements to creating a successful picture book, and ones that Renee elicits in her picture book. Digby Fixit is a curious boy with a […]



Qld Literary Awards vs Prime Minister’s Literary Awards


by - December 3rd, 2014

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The winners of the Qld Literary Awards and the PM Literary Awards are being announced on the same evening – Monday 8th December. You can follow the PM announcements live at ‪#PMLitAwards  or tune into ‪@APAC_ch648  at 7:15pm ‪http://on.fb.me/1pPELkt . It is fantastic that both these awards exist. They include outstanding Australian books and their shortlists promote these […]



Dark Triumph (AKA Book 2 of the Assassin Nuns)


by - December 3rd, 2014

Dark Triumph

The only upside to sustaining significant damage in the frankenstorm that swept Brisbane last week was that two books I was desperately waiting for arrived on the Friday, a day written off by power outages and clean-ups. Unable to face the damage to my apartment from 150 roof tiles being wrecked, and that now will […]



Christmas for Literature Lovers


by - December 3rd, 2014

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There are so many great books published each year. Here are my favourite 2014 literary novels. They’re the best I’ve read, with the exception of The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – which I’ll write about soon. You will have other selections (and we’d love to hear them) but these are my Christmas […]



Michael’s Merry Christmas List


by - December 2nd, 2014

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Christmas is almost here and like all book nerds, now is the time to think about the books to buy and give to our loved ones. I secretly try to find books that will turn my friends and family into bibliophiles, it is all about matching the right book with the right person. Here are […]



Tell us your favourite book of 2014 and WIN!


by - December 1st, 2014

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2014 is drawing to a close and what another fantastic year of books and reading it has been. To celebrate we are giving away 8 copies of one of our favourite books of 2014; The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (you can read our review here). All you have to do is […]



My Top 5 Reads of 2014


by - December 1st, 2014

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What another outstanding year of great books. My book of the year was a real stand-out but there was a very close second. Sorting out the rest was nearly impossible. My biggest discovery was David Mitchell. I devoured all his books and loved them all and could have include all them in my top 10 […]



A Celebration of an Icon


by - December 1st, 2014

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A Christmas gift packed with retro style and vintage charm! The Kombi, the iconic Volkswagen van that first rolled off the production line on 12 Nov 1949, ceased production at the end of 2013. A van for the people, nearly everyone has a Kombi story: Peter Falconio vanished from one in the outback, in Men […]



Christmas Classics You’ve Read to your Kids – Gabrielle Wang


by - December 1st, 2014

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Not everyone may have kids, but all of us unavoidably were kids, once. A fair chunk of my childhood centered around books; reading them and collecting them. Certain stories only ever experienced one reading over 30 years ago, but for reasons inexplicable, remain unforgettably potent and as vivid to me as if I’d read them […]



‘When I see Grandma'; A Compelling Account with Author, Debra Tidball


by - November 29th, 2014

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I love the way award-winning author Debra Tidball describes her view on valuing connectedness across the generations. I also love the sentiment in celebrating people’s personal histories and appreciating who they are now, and then. Having had a grandmother with whom I had a strong bond, ‘When I see Grandma’ really resonated in my heart. […]



Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles


by - November 27th, 2014

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I’m a huge fan of Anne Rice, and her novel Interview With The Vampire is one of my favourite books of all time. Published in 1976, Interview With The Vampire stands the test of time, even surviving a film adaptation in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas. The book was […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Claire Smith, Walker Books


by - November 25th, 2014

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Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Claire Smith.  You’re the marketing assistant at Walker Books, Australia, and you’re going to share your Christmas picks with us. But first let’s find out about you and some books you’ve been working with. Walker Books  (based in Sydney)  is known for its children’s and YA books. Which do […]



Hey Corinne Fenton, What’s Your Christmas Wish?


by - November 25th, 2014

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Corinne Fenton is established as one of Australia’s treasured authors of beautiful picture books. They often contain an element of social history, and her knowledge and passion for writing is regularly shared in schools, libraries and workshops.   This Christmas, there are TWO Corinne Fenton picture books that are unmissable and will have children from […]



The Anzacs: 100 Years On in Story and Song by Ted Egan


by - November 25th, 2014

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A unique contribution to the commemoration of the centenary of the Anzacs. Ted Egan weaves personal stories and songs into a highly readable history of the Anzacs and the two nations, with amusing anecdotes and tales of great courage and ingenuity serving to leaven somewhat the brutal truth exposed, of a tragic and senseless war. […]



Meet the Man Who Makes Learning any Language Possible!


by - November 25th, 2014

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FLUENT IN 3 MONTHS  Break down the language barrier with Benny Lewis’ Fluent in 3 Months  Benny Lewis has been described as a tech-nomad; an e-entrepreneur; a language hacker, and a digitally fuelled globetrotter… In his new book, Fluent in 3 Months, Benny shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using […]



Dim’s Top 25 Cracking Christmas Reads for Kids


by - November 24th, 2014

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All righty, you’ve noted what others are reading this Christmas. You are possibly getting a little woozy from a department store diet of flashy titles and quick fixes but you still haven’t managed to locate that special literary treasure for the younger person or young at heart person in your life. The following list is […]



Secrets from a Celebrity Makeup Artist


by - November 24th, 2014

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The one beauty book every girl and woman must have With over 20 years’ experience in the makeup industry, Liz Kelsh has captured the hearts of a long list of celebrities, as well as the fashion elite, charming them with her warmth, wit and impeccable makeup artistry. Now she shares the secrets that have made […]



Player Profile: Karen Foxlee, author of Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy


by - November 24th, 2014

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Karen Foxlee, author of Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy Tell us about your latest creation: “Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy”.  It’s the story of a lonely young girl who finds a three-hundred and three year old boy locked away in a museum room. It’s a fast paced adventure story with lots of twists and turns. Where are you from […]



Archimede Fusillo talks about Dead Dog In The Still Of The Night


by - November 23rd, 2014

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Award-winning Australian author, Archimede Fusillo delves deep into what it is to be a man in his latest coming-of-age novel for young adults, Dead Dog In The Still Of The Night.  The story follows the journey of Primo as he attempts to navigate his way though his final year of school with an emotionally brittle […]



Seeking Sanctuary in Children’s Books


by - November 23rd, 2014

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I’ve spent a lot more time than usual poring over and considering children’s books of late. That’s in part because friends are starting to have babies and I am a giver of books as presents for any and all occasions that require (even if that makes me the un-fun ‘auntie’ in these early years). I’ve […]



Grave Mercy


by - November 22nd, 2014

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You know those days/weeks/months that are so bad you just want to go to bed, read a book, and block the world out? I’ve had one/all of those. So, despite having more deadlines than I can actually keep in my head and the reminders of which fair nearly inspire a full-blown panic attack, I took […]



Chicken Cheeks


by - November 22nd, 2014

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I took a punt ordering children’s picture book Chicken Cheeks while on my everlasting quest to find great books about chickens. I am, after all, far from being in the book’s target audience. It was the title and the cover image that sold me. I mean, who can go past the words ‘chickens’ and ‘cheeks’ […]



Alex Field’s ‘Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding’ is a Real Treat


by - November 22nd, 2014

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Alex Field‘s talents as an author, publisher and speaker, her love of Christmas pudding, and her overt enthusiasm for Jane Austen all cleverly amalgamate in the latest of her series, Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding. Having previously featured her beloved Pride and Prejudice characters in Mr Darcy and Mr Darcy the Dancing Duck, Alex […]



Launching LynC’s Nil by Mouth


by - November 21st, 2014

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In June this year, at Continuum X (the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention), I launched LynC’s debut science fiction novel Nil by Mouth. Today’s blog post (the third in a series of launch related posts) is an approximation of my launch speech. I say approximation, because although I had notes, I actually winged a […]



Christmas Classics you’ve read to you kids – Christine Bongers


by - November 21st, 2014

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Fellow Boomerang Blogger, Romi Sharp recently congratulated me on hitting my first century. Gob smacked! I mean I don’t even own a cricket bat, let alone know how to hold one. She meant blogs of course. I hardly noticed. They rack up and slip by like birthdays these days. Nonetheless, even numbers deserve celebration (especially […]



Australian children’s writer adds to her awards collection


by - November 21st, 2014

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Queensland author Karen Foxlee has won three prestigious overseas awards for her gothic children’s fantasy released this year. Foxlee’s book Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy (Hot Key Books) has been selected for three awards in the Middle School category. Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy has been named ‘Best Book of The Year’ by the School […]



Boomerang Books is Australia’s first online bookstore to become a Google Trusted Store.


by - November 21st, 2014

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Boomerang Books has become Australia’s first online bookstore to become a Google Trusted Store. To gain accreditation Boomerang Books passed a 30-day qualification period in which online suppliers must maintain a high level of customer service, reliable delivery time-frames and high customer ratings. The Google Trusted Stores program was launched in Australia earlier this year […]



Mockingjay: Part 1 (AKA All The Feelings)


by - November 20th, 2014

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I turned up to watch the Mockingjay: Part 1 film today, its official day of release, without any prep. I’d like to say that’s because I deliberately withheld re-reading the book or reading advance film reviews, but the reason is much more pedestrian: I’ve been so otherwise occupied with speedbumps I’ve hit in life that […]