Grave Mercy


by - November 22nd, 2014

Grave Mercy

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

Chicken Cheeks

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

1330-20120419211614-sophia

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

NilByMouth

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

Little Golden Books The Night Before Christmas

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

9781471403361

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

google

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

Mockingjay

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 […]



Renée Treml Reveals Answers About Her Picture Book, ‘The Great Garden Mystery’


by - November 20th, 2014

me

Renée Treml is a talented artist and author, originally from the States, now residing in Melbourne. She creates her stunning illustrations primarily using the scratchboard technique, setting her work apart with its unique qualities. Her artwork can also be seen at design markets and art exhibits through a range of gorgeous products. Renée has three […]



Launching Michael Pryor’s Machine Wars


by - November 20th, 2014

Machine Wars

In May this year, I had the great pleasure of launching Michael Pryor’s middle grade science fiction novel Machine Wars. The launch took place at Merri Creek Primary School in front of a room full of upper primary kids and their teachers. Here’s what I said (without all the ums and ahs and unplanned pauses […]



Judith Rossell chats about Withering-by-Sea


by - November 20th, 2014

withering front cover

Judith Rossell’s prodigious talents as an illustrator and writer, her inimitable wit and her obsession with Victoriana come together superbly in her latest book for children – Withering-by-Sea. The story follows the trials of Stella Montgomery, an 11-year-old orphan, who lives with her dreadful aunts in a damp, dull hotel in Victorian England. But everything […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Amanda Diaz, HarperCollins Publishers


by - November 19th, 2014

Love a Sunburnt Country

Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Amanda Diaz. Thank you for having me! You’re a publicist at HarperCollins Publishers 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 on. HarperCollins Australia (based in Sydney) is known for its children’s/YA books as […]



Launching a book


by - November 19th, 2014

YouChoose_cover01

A book launch is a common way of celebrating the publication of a new book. As well as being an excuse for the author’s friends and relatives to get together for a bit of congratulating, it can also be a good way to kick start the book’s promotions. Sometimes they are organised by publishers, sometimes […]



Player Profile: Jane Rawson, author of A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists


by - November 18th, 2014

headshot3

Jane Rawson, author of A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists Tell us about your latest creation: A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists: it won the Most Underrated Book Award for 2013 and was shortlisted for the Aurealis sci-fi prize. It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been […]



Player Profile: Trish Morey, author of Stone Castles


by - November 18th, 2014

5902889_orig

Trish Morey, author of Stone Castles Tell us about your latest creation: Stone Castles is a contemporary romance that spans New York City to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. My heroine, Pip Martin, returns home from her high powered job in NYC to say goodbye to her dying Gran in a small town on they Yorke […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Jane Pearson, Text Publishing


by - November 17th, 2014

This House of Grief

    Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Jane Pearson. You’re a senior editor at Text 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 on. Text Publishing (based in Melbourne) is known for its adult list, as well as its YA/children’s books. […]



HarperCollins Trials Print and E-Book Bundling with Boomerang Books


by - November 17th, 2014

Untitled-1

Boomerang Books, in partnership with Harper Collins Australia and Kobo, are trialling the bundling together of print books and ebooks. From today until the end of January Boomerang Books customers will have the opportunity to buy a selection of bestselling Harper Collins titles that will include a copy of the ebook. The bundled books contain […]



Rounding up the Reindeers – Frivolous Fun Reads


by - November 17th, 2014

Deck the Shed with Bits of Wattle

Okay, so the countdown is on: Chrissy pudding curing away; Christmas turkey ordered; extra chairs stacked ready for those visiting hoards. Santa’s list might even already be on its way to the North Pole but you realise you have a few more stockings to stuff. Here are a bunch of playful festive reads that may […]



Kim Fleming Draws on Her Experience as Illustrator of ‘Mummy, You’re Special To Me’


by - November 17th, 2014

9781742839813

Kim Fleming knows how to tell a great story. She tells stories through pictures. Kim’s art creates a sense of affection, warmth and joy. Born in Canada, this now Melbournite has found her calling in illustrating children’s books. She has previously illustrated such picture books as the gorgeous True Blue Santa written by Anne Mangan, […]



Christmas (Back Catalogue Of) Book Ideas


by - November 15th, 2014

Yes Please

It’s that time of year when we turn our thoughts to what the heck we are going to source for our loved ones without having to set foot in a physical, upselling store amid millions of similarly harried customers who may or may not have experienced or dished out some carpark rage on their way […]



Gary Crew chats about The Cuckoo


by - November 15th, 2014

Gary Crew

Multi-award winning author Gary Crew delivers a dark, but compelling Australian fairy tale in his latest illustrated book, The Cuckoo (Ford Street Publishing). The story follows the journey of Martin, a boy on the cusp of becoming a teenager, living in the Blue Mountains. Deserted by his mother, bullied by his brothers and neglected by his father, […]



Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer


by - November 14th, 2014

9781863957014

Who is Clive Palmer, and what does his ascent say about Australia’s creaking political system? In Clivosaurus, Guy Rundle observes Palmer close up, examining his rise to prominence, his beliefs, his deals and his politics – not to mention his poetry. Rundle shows that neither the government nor the media have been able to take […]



Christmas wish list


by - November 14th, 2014

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Christmas holidays are all about catching up with friends and family, and catching up on all the books that I haven’t had a chance to read during the year. I’m not a fan of reading on the beach – too sunny, too many kids to watch, too many friends to chat with. But once I […]



The Most Underrated Book Award 2014 Winner


by - November 14th, 2014

9781921924439

A Wrong Turn at The Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson, published by Transit Lounge, has been recognised as the Most Underrated Book of 2014. The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) is presented annually to the best title released by a small, independent Australian publisher that, for whatever reason, didn’t receive its fair dues […]



Best/Worst Book Dedications


by - November 13th, 2014

Lemony Snicket

Deeply personal, yet so public and permanently writ, book dedications always intrigue and more often confound me. Sometimes they’re so extraordinarily touching I’m dying to know the backstory. Other times they’re so obtuse I’m frustrated I don’t understand to what they’re referring. Often one of the last things written before the book goes to print, […]



Gothic Tales for Christmas


by - November 13th, 2014

Withering-by-Sea

Three gothic novels by Australian authors will intrigue primary-school aged (and slightly older) readers who enjoy reading about danger cloaked in mystique and how children can overcome this. Withering-by-Sea (ABC Books) is written and illustrated by Judith Rossell, whose talent is really taking wings. She has also illustrated picture books, which include Ten Little Circus […]



Count my Cutest Children’s Books for Christmas


by - November 12th, 2014

count-my-christmas-kisses

What a wondrous time for the kidlets; so much sparkle, magic, excitement and curiosity in the air. Christmas time is about bringing families together, and what better way to get close to your ‘little’ loved ones than to snuggle up with some adorable books. Here we count through three delightful books that foster a love […]



Christmas Countdown – Kids’ reads to keep you calm and collected


by - November 10th, 2014

Tea and Sugar Santa

If you’re already thinking how to fill the sleigh this Christmas, climb on in and assume the brace position because it’s only 44 more days until Christmas. Yes! As terrifying as that may sound, here are three fantastic new reads to lessen the impact. They are cheerfully Christmassy, are already, or destined to be classics […]



Christmas Collectibles


by - November 10th, 2014

One Night

A plethora of picture books about Christmas are published each year. Some are froth and bubble, as unsatisfying as cheap tinsel. Others are excellent, and should be shared with children and families in the lead-up to Christmas Day or join the collections of  avid Christmas book collectors. Some standouts for 2014 that are already available […]



Easy Weekends


by - November 9th, 2014

Easy Weekends

It’s fitting to review a cookbook entitled Easy Weekends* while indulging in a rare, phone-less, relatively easy weekend myself. This recent-ish cookbook by award-winning and celebrity chef Neil Perry** arrived on my doorstep with perfect timing: it was late in the work week and I was yearning for a quiet couple of days in. With […]



The Forgotten Works of Australian Poet C. J. Dennis


by - November 9th, 2014

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke cover C. J. Dennis

I recently stumbled across the works of Australian poet C. J. Dennis (1876 – 1938) and have been enjoying his poetry and writing from The C.J. Dennis Collection – from his forgotten writings edited by Garrie Hutchinson. You may have come across his most well known work, a humorous verse novel called The Songs of […]



The Fault In Our Stars


by - November 7th, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Watching The Fault In Our Stars movie for the first time in public on a long-haul flight and without having read the book—and therefore not having been forewarned of its heart-wrenching plot twists—is arguably among one of the more foolish things one could do. In my defence, I didn’t crack and watch the film until […]



Last Woman Hanged – Was she innocent?


by - November 6th, 2014

9780732299729

One Woman. Two Husbands. Four Trials. One Bloody Execution LAST WOMAN HANGED Louisa Collins was one of the only people in the world ever to be tried not once, but four times, for murder. In her day she was one of the most notorious women alive. But her story is unknown. Until now: On 8 […]



Who do you share your biggest secrets with?


by - November 5th, 2014

9780062339010

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND THE MOST TRUSTED STRANGER IN AMERICA RETURNS WITH HIS MOST PROVOCATIVE COLLECTION YET THE WORLD OF POSTSECRET BY FRANK WARREN Frank Warren earned his reputation as ‘the most trusted stranger in America’ a decade ago when he started the PostSecret project, inviting people to anonymously share their deepest […]



Getting Kids Talking About Books! Our Kids’ Reading Guide:


by - November 4th, 2014

krg600w

The annual Kids’ Reading Guide has been released! Handpicked and reviewed by Australia’s leading booksellers, the Kids’ Reading Guide showcases all the very best recent-release, in-stock books for kids. It’s a fantastic guide for Christmas Gifts! Follow the links below to order your books from Boomerang Books today. Use the promo code “krg14″ to receive […]



Reviews – YA fiction addiction


by - November 3rd, 2014

State of Grace

According to teen author, Charmaine Clancy there are a few issues that rate more highly than others for teen readers of YA fiction. These include problems dealing with: sexuality, freedom, relationships and friendships, social power, anger, fear, risk taking, social responsibility and bullying, to name a few. The following YA titles represent modern day takes […]



Writing Without a Parachute: The Art of Freefall


by - November 1st, 2014

9781925048292

This highly acclaimed book is the first in a new list of books on writing craft from Finch Publishing, designed to complement our search for the best in Australian life writing through the Finch Memoir Prize. In Writing Without a Parachute respected writing teacher Barbara Turner-Vesselago shows both beginning and experienced writers how to get the […]



Prepare Yourself for these Film Adaptations


by - October 31st, 2014

mockingjaymovie

The summer is almost upon us, which means the season for blockbuster movies is here. With the successful adaptation of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I thought I would talk about some other movies that come from books. Like me, I am sure a lot of people out there would prefer to read the book […]



The first official book from international pop-punk sensation 5 Seconds of Summer


by - October 31st, 2014

9780007594894

It’s here! The first official book from international pop-punk sensation 5 Seconds of Summer, Hey, Let’s Make a Band!, chronicling the group’s amazing journey to super-stardom. These four Australian boys — Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton — are a global sensation. From posting videos of themselves performing cover versions of hit songs to YouTube, they […]



Connected: Phillip Johnson’s Sustainable Garden Designs


by - October 30th, 2014

Connected

The ‘do something you love so you’ll never work a day in your life’ edict is both trite and too often touted. But in the case of Phillip Johnson, it’s probably the one time the saying should be applied: the award-winning landscape designer slash horticulturalist seems to truly have found his perfect-fit career. Johnson relished […]