Archive for March, 2010

Why Everything You Think About Ebooks is a Filthy Lie

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

So this is going to be a blog about book technology. And I want to kick it off by talking about the title … The Smell of Books. In the last few years I have read hundreds of pages of blogs and newspapers about ebooks. I’ve also been working in a publishing company, where people […]

There Was an Old Sailor Who came to Kids’ Book Capers

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Today, the old sailor from Claire Saxby and Cassandra Allen’s lively new picture book, There Was An Old Sailor is visiting Kid’s Book Capers. This man will eat just about anything – and he’s here to tell us how and why: Old Sailor, in this book you swallowed a krill. Eww! What made you do […]

A Booklover Moves House

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The house movers are not impressed. When we booked, we told them the move was for essential items and it wouldn’t take long. But, two hours in, it appears the problem is my definition of essential items. Namely, the boxes of books. They were thinking essentials meant bed, sofa, washer, dryer; I was thinking Rough […]

Welcome to Kids’ Book Capers

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I’m so excited to be one of the new bloggers for Boomerang Books. My new blog, Kids’ Book Capers is going to be full of fun things to do with books, and the people who write and illustrate them. Today is a special day for Australian Children’s Books with the announcement of the CBCA Shortlistings […]

Lost Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The Lost Man Booker is a one-off prize to honour the books that missed out on the opportunity to win the Booker Prize in 1970. The six books are: • The Birds on the Trees by Nina Bawden • Troubles by J G Farrell • The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard • Fire From Heaven […]


Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Random House sat Ian McEwan down to answer questions about his buzzed-about new release, Solar.

On Inspiration

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Inspiration is a tricky thing. It comes and goes, and mostly, its habits are unpredictable. If I knew how it all worked, believe me, my second novel would’ve been out by now. Usually someone in front of me has to do something stupid, or something horrible has to happen to me, and when I stop […]

BOOK TRAILER: Gone by Mo Hayder

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Okay, so yes, I was attracted to this trailer for Mo Hayder’s new release, Gone, because the publisher issued a strong warning about it. It’s very powerful, and perhaps the greatest example of a book trailer I’ve ever seen. Those that have been reading the blog will know that I’m very skeptical when it comes to book […]

Upcoming Event: CBCA Triple A: The Shortlist

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The CBCA will announce the 2010 list of Notable Books and the Short List for the 2010 Children’s Book of the Year Awards in Brisbane on March 30. In NSW, they invite all children’s literature lovers to mingle with authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers to enjoy a day of Professional Development. Join me, and a host […]

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Monday, March 15th, 2010

“A modern Love-story” says the blurb. But this book is more than that, and no brief description captures the freshness,

VIDEO POST: Commando Steve talks ‘No Excuses!’

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Biggest Loser‘s Commando Steve talks to Random House about his upcoming release, No Excuses!

Books for ANZAC Day

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Under A Bomber’s Moon by Stephen Harris They were the best of enemies – dedicated, skilled and deadly. In the night skies above wartime Germany an RAF navigator-bomber from New Zealand and a Luftwaffe pilot seek out their targets, testing the gap between success and their own destruction as they cross each other’s paths. The […]

I was brave and shaved – support leukaemia research now

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Today I (Clayton Wehner, MD of Boomerang Books) have lost my hair to help the Leukaemia Foundation raise money to provide practical care and support to patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.  Wait until my wife sees this…roll on 5.30pm. Boomerang Books supports a variety of Australian charities and […]

RECAP: Amanda McInerney at the Adelaide Writers Week 2010

Monday, March 8th, 2010

We couldn’t make it to the Adelaide Writers Week 2010, but lucky for us, long-time Boomerang Books customer Amanda McInerney was a constant presence at the festival, and we were lucky enough to have her blog for us. For those that missed her posts, here’s a recap: Day One • Day Two • Day Three • Day Five Amanda McInerney is passionate […]

USER REVIEW WINNER: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Reviewed by TeresaS Margaret Lea lives for books. When she is offered the challenge of writing the biography of the most famous writer in England, she finds uncanny parallels with her own life. The Thirteenth Tale is a book for greedy bibliophiles. It’s a book for all those of […]

Penguin’s Publishing Vision for the iPad

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Wow – look at this demo of digitised books on the iPad… I think I just got sold on the concept (well… on all books except novels). [via Gizmondo].

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Collins… Slightly Skewed

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

I started The Slightly Skewed Life of Toby Chrysler about three years ago. However, about that time I thought I’d like to start publishing other authors’ books so I had two careers happening at once. The trouble is, I’d created a monster with Ford Street Publishing. Although publishing seven to eight books a year doesn’t […]

Free Shipping!

Friday, March 5th, 2010

We’ve just activated Free Shipping on purchases made in-store! What better way to celebrate the impending Labour Day, Eight Hours Day, Adelaide Cup Day and Canberra Day long weekends? Unless, of course, you live in Queensland, WA, NSW or NT – in which case, Happy March. This great deal is available until midnight on Friday […]

Adelaide Writers Week Day 5 with Amanda McInerney

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Writers Week day 5 and Adelaide reverts to type –  a blazing hot day with everyone searching for a shady spot! This afternoon my two daughters and I sat in on the “Meet the Author” session with the improbably youthful looking Marcus Zusak, who had the audience eating out of his hand!!  My daughters were […]

Support the ‘Baldies’!

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Everybody here at Boomerang Books is shaving it off this month to help the Leukaemia Foundation to provide practical care and support to patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Want to shave with us? Join the Boomerang Books ‘Baldies’ team now and start raising money… Don’t wanna get your […]

Adelaide Writers Week Day 3 with Amanda McInerney

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Day 3 at Adelaide Writers Week and I could only pop in for a brief visit today.  I was running late and missed the first part of “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh’s discussion on his writing experiences, but managed to catch some of the question/answer time.  He was just as I expected him to be – […]

March Book Giveaway

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Another month, another giveaway for our Boomerang Books Members – and this month’s is one to get excited about. It includes: Time’s Long Ruin by Stephen Orr The Slightly Skewed Life of Toby Chrysler by Paul Collins Painful in Daily Doses by Anthony Steel Edie Amelia and the Monkey Show Mystery by Sophie Lee Going […]

Adelaide Writers Week Day 2 with Amanda McInerney

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Day 2 of Adelaide Writers Week and another day of glorious sun with a gentle breeze.  Some past Writers Weeks have been blighted by scorching hot weather, so these mild days are very welcome! My first session today was to hear Richard Dawkins, who spoke about his new book, giving a precis of the chapters […]