Archive for July, 2011

Will Digital Publishing Bring Back the Short Story?

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Digital publishing gives authors, publishers and agents lots of exciting opportunities that they do not have in print. The ability to play around with form is perhaps one of the most interesting. Not only have we seen interactive books, book apps and ‘vooks’ since digital publishing began to take off a few years ago – […]

My Family And A Sausage

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

A former work colleague has a drawing above her desk drawn for her by the child of a family friend. Entitled My Family And A Sausage (MFAAS) it is, as the name suggests, a stick-figure picture of the child’s parents, siblings, pet dog, and a, er, sausage. We can’t pretend to understand children’s logic, but […]

Goldie and the youngest cameleer

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Goldie Alexander is a versatile Australian author of books for kids and teens. She has written both fiction and non-fiction, chapter books and novels, and everything from science fiction to historical fiction. Her latest book is a YA historical novel, The Youngest Cameleer, and she joins us today to provide a little insight into the […]


Friday, July 29th, 2011

iHarry is a hilarious new children’s book by Australian author, Laurine Croasdale. It hardly seems fair. Harry’s dad designs mobile phones and Harry must be the only kid on the planet who’s not allowed to have one. So when Dad is bedridden for a week after an accident on Harry’s skateboard, Harry makes the most […]


Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Today at Kids’ book Capers, we’re talking with Australian Children’s author, Laurine Croasdale, about her writing journey and the inspiration behind her new Aussie Chomp, iHarry Laurine has published around fifteen books in a range of genres and topics. ABOUT LAURINE * Laurine started by selling ideas for non-fiction for kids, such as game books […]

Nothing Says Hooray Like Harry Potter

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Nothing says ‘hooray for getting in a draft of a really difficult project and giving yourself a couple of hours off from deadlines as far as the eye can see’ as going to see the breathlessly anticipated Harry Potter finale. This is precisely the moment I need to issue an apology to those people—who read […]

Children’s Writing in the Spotlight at Ballarat Festival

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Writers, illustrators and publishers from the children’s and young adult industry will appear at the Alexandria on Lydiard for the Ballarat Writers and Illustrators Festival, September 2 and 3. This year’s festival will have a theme of ‘Words and Pictures’. Festival attendees are invited to submit the first page of their unpublished work for critique […]

It’s finally over

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Over the weekend I went to see the final Harry Potter movie. The post-film discussions with family and friends made me think I should blog about it. I know I’ve blogged about the end of Harry Potter before, and at the risk of over-Pottering my readers, I’m doing it again anyway. Firstly, let me say […]

Plotting for a plane – big bad reads

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

This time next month I will be winging and training it all over the USA and Canada for two weeks, and with 70 hours of that time to be spent in transit I have one huge worry – what am I going to read? I’d like to lie and say that I will be tackling […]

Bend/Bless It Like Beckhams

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

About eight years ago, some friends of mine named their newborn baby girl Harper after Harper Lee, the talented author of the groundbreaking, heart-warming book To Kill A Mockingbird. I was both surprised and impressed at the name selection. Surprised because I hadn’t ever met anyone with that name (and, not knowing much about the […]

Carol and Lili chat online

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Sometimes talent runs in the family. Case in point: Australian author Carole Wilkinson and her daughter, author Lili Wilkinson. Carole is best known for her series of Dragonkeeper children’s novels, which have won a plethora of awards over the years. She has also written a wide range of other books, including the YA novel Sugar […]


Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Great suspense, quirky characters, action and humour are features of the six mind twisting stories in Head Spinners by Thalia Kalkipsakis. Thalia is best known for her Go Girls and Girlfriend Fiction, but she’s really hit the boy’s market running with her new short story collection. In Head Spinners, There are six engrossing tales featuring […]

Read to me – learning to love audiobooks

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Being read was one of my favourite things when I was young but once I was old enough to read for myself (and conceal a torch under my duvet for late night reading binges) it became a past pleasure. Until recently, when a repeated spate of headaches highlighted that I need to give my poor […]

Daleks and Cave-monsters

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Last week I read and reviewed Michael Moorcock’s Doctor Who novel The Coming of the Terraphiles. I wasn’t especially enamoured with this book and had to follow it up with some classic Doctor Who novelisations — The Dalek Invasion of Earth by Terrance Dicks and The Cave-monsters by Malcolm Hulke. I read both these books […]


Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Changing Yesterday is the sequel to the highly acclaimed, Before the Storm and is the work of one of Australia’s leading SF and Fantasy authors, Sean McMullen. It’s 1901, and Battle Commander Liore has travelled back in time to stop a war that will rage for over a hundred years. But time itself is against […]

Noni Hazlehurst Lays Waste to Our Collective Childhood

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    It was bad enough when Werner Herzog, professional hippy and filmmaker, read aloud the children’s-book-for-adults Go the F*** to Sleep and destroyed documentaries for me forever. But things just got worse and worse. Even though I had heard Samuel L. Jackson, beloved star of such children’s classics as Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, […]

If You Had $120 To Spend With Boomerang Books…

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I’m turning this blog entry over to you in the hope you’ll let me pick your brains. I’ve got a $120 voucher to spend with this here good, carbon neutral, online bookstore but am completely stumped for which books to add to my cart. I have, quite incredibly, run out of ideas about books I […]

Subliminal Reading

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Forget the the-sky-is-falling-in panic over the rise of e-books and the demise of p-books (a shortened reference to physical books that all the cool kids are using right now). Not only do I want books to go digital, I want them embedded in my brain. Remember those tapes that promised you could lose weight/learn a […]


Friday, July 15th, 2011

Silvermay is the first book in the Silvermay Series by acclaimed Australian author, James Moloney, and it’s going to leave readers wanting more. Sixteen year-old Silvermay falls for Tamlyn, a handsome young refugee who comes to live with his ‘wife’ in the village. When the couple are forced to flee once more, Silvermay goes with […]

Interview with Larry Writer – author of Underbelly Razor

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

MD of Boomerang Books, Clayton Wehner recently caught up with biographer Larry Writer to talk about the impending Underbelly Razor TV series, which is based on Writer’s 2001 book, Razor.  A new TV tie-in edition of the book has been released as Underbelly Razor. Thank you very much Larry, for the opportunity to speak with […]

The best non-fiction of all time?

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

When lists are compiled of the “Best Books of All Time”, two things tend to happen. The first will be that, despite stating “of all time”, most of the books will be recent releases (for example when the Sydney Morning Herald published a list of the top 100 books of all time, and the Harry […]

Michael Moorcock writes a Doctor Who novel

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

There’s long been a bit of a relationship between the television series Doctor Who and famous scribes. During his televised time travelling adventures, the good Doctor has met Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, HG Wells and even the great bard, William Shakespeare. And back in the 1970s and 80s, Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the […]


Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Award winning author, James Moloney has 35 books published. Today he is visiting Kids’ Book Capers to talk about his brand new Silvermay Series. I asked him how he became a writer. Once I began to enjoy books and reading, (about 16 years old) I started to think about writing. Early dabbling went nowhere, but […]

Recent Acquisitions (The Friends’ Recommendations Edition)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami Turns out the guy who recommended Murakami for Book Club was right – Norwegian Wood is much better than Sputnik Sweetheart (thank goodness), and my review of it will be up soon. I’ve already been recommended another one by him, in fact – The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. A […]


Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I’m reading seven (yes, SEVEN) books at the moment. It’s no better than a tragedy. I am shameless – I’m putting down one book for a moment only to rip into another book the next. I’m carrying a different one in my handbag on the bus and leaving it in my drawer at work so […]

Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher is Swiss-born artist and illustrator, Céline Eimann’s first authored and illustrated book. Céline says, When I was a child my father used to tell me many little stories. I grew up in Switzerland and there we have a saying that If you dig a hole through the planet and throw a stone in […]

Céline Eimann – Author and Illustrator

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Today we’re talking to author and illustrator, Céline Eimann about her two new books with IP Kidz and her first foray into writing. How did you become a writer? I’ve always considered myself as a visual artist, so it almost came as a surpise to become an author. I just had this story in mind […]

The Freebie Condundrum

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

One of the long-running and most frustrating aspects of being a writer is that everyone expects you to work for free. I’d argue that it happens more in this industry than in any other. The freebie conundrum is something that I’ve noticed more and more writers discussing in recent times—either it’s because a) I and […]

Deal with the Devil – Ebooks and Exclusivity

Monday, July 11th, 2011

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about exclusivity when it comes to ebooks. Self-publishing mavens Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler, in one of their increasingly long but still interesting chat logs, recently discussed the decision by Eisler to sign his ebook rights exclusively to Amazon; a decision he decided to make almost entirely on […]

A chat with Tristan Bancks, part 2

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Last time around, Tristan Bancks talked about his transition from actor to children’s and YA author, and one of his new books, Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space. Now he’s back to tell us a little about his other new book, My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up, as well as some of his […]

Anne Morgan’s Brave Picture Book

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Anne Morgan is visiting Kids’ Book Capers today to talk about being an author and the difficult journey she took writing her picture book, The Sky Dreamer, published this year by IP Kidz. Anne is the author of seven children’s books and a book of poetry. As a teenager I used to read bedtime stories […]

From book to screen – fandom, fanaticism and Game of Thrones

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Season one of George R. R. Martin‘s excellent Game of Thrones has just finished and, like most of the fans of the books, I am thrilled with how it was interpreted. In fact, like many fans of the books, I have been insufferably excited by the whole thing. I keep getting into long hyperbolic conversations […]

Things That Make You Go Phwoar

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

This blog comes in three parts and features things that make you go phwoar. Part One Travelling for work to somewhere where you’re both insanely busy and don’t happen to speak the language mean that you invariably exist in a media-blockout bubble. So when things happen that would normally make you go phwoar, they kind […]


Friday, July 8th, 2011

Golden Bat is the sixth book in Sandy Fussell’s widely read Samurai Kids series and its lively characters, strong themes, fascinating setting and fast-paced action give the book sparkle from cover to cover. Golden Bat features Sandy’s popular characters; Kyoko the albino girl, Mikko the one-armed boy, Niya, the one-legged boy who narrates the story, […]

A chat with Tristan Bancks, part 1

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

As an actor, Tristan Bancks is best known for playing Tug O’Neale on the popular tv series Home and Away. But that was way back in the 1990s. These days Tristan is an author and he’s had two books released this month — Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space and My Life and Other Stuff […]


Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Today, Julie Nickerson is visiting Kids’ Book Capers to talk about her new Aussie Nibble about the delightful Pippa from Pippa’s Perfect Ponytail. Pippa’s new adventure, Pippa the Perfect Flower Girl is about Pippa’s very important job as flower girl at Aunty Sophie’s wedding and of course Pippa wants everything to be perfect – but […]

Pearson, REDgroup, Amazon and the Depository: The Market Concentrates

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Big news the past couple of days! So very big that I’m still having trouble digesting it all. But here it is – Pearson, the parent company of Penguin Australia – have bought the online arm of the bankrupt REDgroup (that is, Angus & Robertson and Borders). That was a couple of days ago. And […]

I Have A Book Type

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I’ll keep this blog post short and sweet for a few reasons: it’s late in Germany I’m completely mentally and physically shattered I don’t know what day it is I’m in my 6th hotel in 11 days I’m still grappling with what one clever tweeter dubbed the ‘Hand of OMG’ (if you’re not following the […]

Poetry in slow motion

Monday, July 4th, 2011

If you pause at the right time almost anything can become profound. Just ask Sarah. Normally the words “Sarah Palin” and “book” combined in a sentence is all I need to run screaming from the conversation but a recent e-book release managed to not only intrigue but entertain the hell out of me. I Hope […]

Sean McMullen changes yesterday

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Australian speculative fiction author Sean McMullen was recently nominated for a Hugo award, the granddaddy of honours in the international science fiction scene — a huge achievement for which Sean deserves much congratulations. But that’s not what this blog post is about. Today, Literary Clutter is focusing on Sean’s new book Changing Yesterday. It’s a […]