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

The Simple Things

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

Dead Dog In The Still Of The Night

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

The Lion and the Bird

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

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

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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 […]



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


by - November 20th, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]