Writing Without a Parachute: The Art of Freefall


by - November 1st, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]



Chrissie Michaels – breathing life into history


by - October 30th, 2014

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It was while researching the French explorer Nicolas Baudin that Australian children’s author, Chrissie Michaels came across one of those gems that every writer loves to find. It was the story of a young convict girl, who was transported to New South Wales for theft and ended up as a passenger on Baudin’s ship as […]



Meet N.J. Gemmell, author of The Icicle Illuminarium


by - October 29th, 2014

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Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Nikki Gemmell,  about The Icicle Illuminarium (Random House Australia) and your other books. It would be fascinating to look inside your brain. Your stories are bursting with interesting, unusual and unexpected ideas, such as the room of a thousand glow worms and the zipping ladders on rails in the Reptilarium. How […]



It’s No Mystery That Lesley Gibbes Loves All Things Scary: Review and Interview


by - October 29th, 2014

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With Halloween fast approaching, what book would be more fitting than the sensationally mysterious, Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King?! Review: Scary Night Ready to be horrified? It’s time to hide! Let out a scream, it’s Scary Night! Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King bring us a spooktacular tale of three brave […]



Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE, SHARE AND ANSWER TO WIN Competition: Win a copy of Pushing The Limits by Kurt Fearnley


by - October 28th, 2014

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Win a copy of Pushing The Limits by Kurt Fearnley To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell us […]



Does anyone actually read on the beach?


by - October 28th, 2014

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With summer well on the way in Australia, I’ve noticed our thoughts have begun to shift away from snuggling down or curling up with a good book and a glass of wine. Instead we start talking and thinking about lying on the grass with our favourite book, reclining in the sunshine and enjoying a good ‘beach read’. […]



The Highlights of a Professional Life: An Interview With Ursula Dubosarsky


by - October 28th, 2014

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Ursula Dubosarsky has written over 40 books for children and young adults. Some of which include The Terrible Plop, Too Many Elephants in This House, Tim and Ed (Tim and Ed Review), The Carousel, The Word Spy series, and The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta series. She is a multi-award winner of many […]



Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


by - October 27th, 2014

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It would not have surprised me if this had won this year’s Man Booker Prize. My heart was supporting Richard Flanagan’s magnificent The Narrow Road To The Deep North but I had a feeling this was going to get the nod. In the end it didn’t win but it would have been a deserving winner […]



Five Favs from Afar – Picture books a plenty


by - October 27th, 2014

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Time to feature a few (plus a few more) stories that originate far from our shores but possess buckets of charisma worth sharing with the small people in your lives. Found by Salina Yoon I am fast becoming a fan of Salina Yoon thanks to her beguiling Penguin picture book series. Her latest (if you […]



The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in November


by - October 27th, 2014

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Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief. Get FREE shipping when you use the promo code “NovBrief” The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed […]



Books Gone to the Dogs!


by - October 26th, 2014

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Check out our great selection of Dog Books this week… Use the promo code “doggone” and get FREE shipping on your order. Offer ends November 3rd Top Dogs by Angela Goode A unique celebration of our remarkable Aussie working dogs, illustrated with photographs taken by the people who love them. This is a celebration of these […]



New book by pop star-turned-professor inspiring a new generation of science fans


by - October 25th, 2014

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PROFESSOR BRIAN COX & Andrew Cohen HUMAN UNIVERSE Pop star-turned-professor, Brian Cox, is today’s foremost communicator of all things scientific. With the amazing ability to make complex science issues sound simple and entertaining, he has hosted a ground-breaking television series as well as written three successful books. In Human Universe, Cox will take readers into […]



Meet Alice Pung, author of Laurinda


by - October 24th, 2014

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Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books about your outstanding first novel Laurinda (Black Inc.), Alice Pung. Thanks for interviewing me! You are well known for your excellent non-fiction, Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and as editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia. Why have you sidestepped into YA fiction? Growing up, I went to five different high schools, […]



Interview with Jo Emery, author of My Dad is a FIFO Dad


by - October 24th, 2014

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My Dad is a FIFO Dad, an uplifting story that has already touched the hearts of many families, has beautifully encapsulated the highs and lows of the life of a child with a father who ‘flies in and flies out’ for work. (See Review here). But let’s not forget the strength, courage, commitment and perseverance […]



Discovering Deborah Levy


by - October 23rd, 2014

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Have you ever found an author that you just want to recommend to everyone you meet? The type of author that you just want to read over and over again. I found this author in 2012 and I am slowly working through her backlist. The first book I read of hers I loved so much […]



COMPETITION! ASK a question to WIN!


by - October 23rd, 2014

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A chance to WIN a copy of Ursula Dubosarsky’s ‘The Terrible Plop‘, AND YOU can ask her a question in an exclusive interview, to be featured on the Boomerang Books Blog! To win: 1. Head to My Little Story Corner and LIKE the page. 2. Find the Competition post, pinned at the top of the […]



Hazel Edwards discusses collaboration and controversy


by - October 23rd, 2014

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On the day that prolific Australian author, Hazel Edwards was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for services to literature, her latest young adult novel was receiving a very different distinction at the other end of the country. Hazel Edwards has written more than 200 books, including the hugely popular Hippopotamus picture book series, […]



Review – My Dad is a FIFO Dad by Jo Emery


by - October 22nd, 2014

My Dad is a FIFO Dad Written by Jo Emery Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn Published by Dragon Tales Publishing Brand new and hot off the press, and already sold out on the first print-run is the popular, My Dad is a FIFO Dad! My Dad is a FIFO Dad was written by Queenslander, Jo Emery, […]



More about the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards


by - October 22nd, 2014

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It is commendable that recent Prime Ministers have continued the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards even though, as with some other literary prizes, its future has often seemed under threat. It is a prestigious national award amongst the also-important state and other literary prizes. And it is lucrative, with winners receiving $80 000 and shortlisted authors […]



Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE, SHARE AND ANSWER TO WIN Competition: Win a SIGNED copy of Through The Seasons by Annabel Langbein


by - October 21st, 2014

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Win a SIGNED copy of Through The Seasons by Annabel Langbein To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell […]



Review – Imagine a City


by - October 21st, 2014

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The sumptuous cloth cover and unfurling clouds swirling across the end pages indicate something special about Elise Hurst’s latest picture book, Imagine a City. You’ll recognise Hurst’s illustrations from her other picture books such as The Night Garden, Flood and The Midnight Club to name a few. Imagine a City is a glorious collection of […]



The autobiographical account of the youngest ever solo circumnavigation of the Earth


by - October 21st, 2014

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If you want to see the other side of the world, you can do two things: turn the world upside down or travel there yourself…  …which is exactly what 14-year-old Laura Dekker did. One Girl, One Dream is her incredible story. Laura Dekker was 14 years old when she started her solo navigation around the world […]



Did Jessica Shirvington predict the Apple Watch?


by - October 20th, 2014

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The destructive technology in Jessica Shirvington’s duology may not be as futuristic as it seems  When a certain multinational corporation announced the creation of the Apple Watch, Jessica Shirvington fans were buzzing. Not because they were excited about Apple’s newest product but because the watch bears an eerie resemblance to the M-band technology used in […]



2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists


by - October 20th, 2014

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In a year of outstanding achievement by Australian writers, today the Government announces the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists. These awards recognise the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world. Australia’s writers are ambassadors for our stories and our cultural life […]



Cooking the Books


by - October 20th, 2014

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Use the promo code “cookthebooks” and get FREE postage. Offer ends 27th October Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world […]



Doodles and Drafts – A bewitching encounter with Angela Sunde


by - October 18th, 2014

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Hold on to your broomsticks because today we have someone special visiting. She’s a bit of a drafter and doodler, a fellow resident of the magical Gold Coast and a wickedly wonderful conjurer of stories. Snap Magic is her latest light-hearted, fairy tale inspired fantasy novel about friendship and young girls approaching the precipitous edge […]



Talking about crime with Sue Bursztynski


by - October 16th, 2014

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I’m a firm believer in the old adage that “the truth is stranger than fiction”. In fact, I’ve living proof. Not too long ago I was swimming at Four Mile Beach in North Queensland when a garfish, not much bigger than my middle finger, jumped out of the water and speared me in the ear. […]



I Am Malala


by - October 15th, 2014

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If the author being the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee—and winner—isn’t impetus enough to warrant seeing what this memoir is about, nothing arguably is. Famous for advocating for education for all—male and female, all around the world—and for surviving a roadside assassination attempt by the Taliban, who were unimpressed with her efforts, Malala Yousafzai is […]



The Narrow Road to the Deep North wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize


by - October 15th, 2014

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Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Richard Flanagan’s affecting and harrowing story of the Burma “Death Railway” and the Australian prisoners of war who were forced to build it has trumped over 150 of the English-speaking world’s best novels to carry off the prize. […]



Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE, SHARE AND ANSWER TO WIN Competition: Win a copy of Travelling To Work


by - October 14th, 2014

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Win one of two copies of Travelling To Work by Michael Palin  To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell […]



Which new business book is Rupert Murdoch buying for all his senior managers?


by - October 14th, 2014

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Rupert Murdoch has indicated via Twitter that he will be buying a copy of Peter Thiel’s new book Zero to One for each of his senior managers. Peter Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook. In the Spring of 2012, he gave a lecture course at Stanford for software […]



Review – Hurry Up Alfie by Anna Walker


by - October 14th, 2014

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Here comes Alfie! Bursting onto the scene. So much to do, so little time. Alfie is plenty busy… too busy to get ready to go out. With classics including the I Love series, I Don’t Believe in Dragons and Peggy, and her beautiful illustrations for Jane Godwin’s All Through the Year, Starting School and Today We Have […]



The Strays by Emily Bitto


by - October 13th, 2014

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Who are the strays in Emily Bitto’s literary novel, The Strays (Affirm Press)? The new Melbourne Modern Art Group tries to set up a bohemian utopia paralleling Sunday and John Reed’s Heide group, or Norman Lindsay’s enclave, on affluent Evan and Helena Trentham’s property during the Depression. Patrick is a stalwart and Ugo, Maria and […]



Books At The Movies


by - October 13th, 2014

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Use the promo code “atthemovies” and get FREE postage. Offer ends 20th Oct. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The most addictive page turner of the decade! Nick returns home of his 5th wedding anniversary to discover that his wife Amy has gone missing. He contacts the police and reports her missing. Meanwhile you read portions of […]



Review – A House of Her Own


by - October 13th, 2014

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Five something-year-olds can be delightfully brutal and unsparing with their observations and subsequent proclamations on life. Audrey is one such five year-old. She may be younger or slightly older; but one thing’s for certain, she does look bigger than she did yesterday, which is why she announces to her father that, ‘your house is getting […]



Review – The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida


by - October 10th, 2014

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Translated by David Mitchell and his wife Keiko Yoshida this is a fascinating look into the world of autism. Written by a 13 year old boy, using an alphabet board, this book is a first hand account of what it is like for somebody with autism. There is not a lot known about autism and […]



Want to Win Lunch with Lauren Kate in LA?


by - October 10th, 2014

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To celebrate the release of Lauren’s latest book, Waterfall, we’re giving one lucky person and their companion the chance to fly to LA and have lunch with Lauren. Enter now to go in the running to win two $3000 Flight Centre vouchers plus lunch to the value of $US200 per person at a restaurant chosen […]