Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

Your Last Minute Gift Solution

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers make awesome Christmas Gifts. Here are 9 reasons why you need to buy a Boomerang Books Gift Voucher right now… 1. Ok, admit it…you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, haven’t you? And now you need to buy something quick smart! Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers are the answer. Guaranteed to […]

”A Tapestry of Experiences Folded into Fiction”; Victoria Lane Talks About ‘Celia and Nonna’

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Victoria Lane has made a successful career from writing; as an award-winning financial journalist for many years, editor and correspondent for many leading media publications, and of course, as a picture and chapter book writer for children. Today, we delve into Victoria’s writerly mind as she shares her inspirations behind her touching picture book, Celia […]

Kylie Westaway Makes a Big Splash with her Debut Picture Book, ‘Whale in the Bath’

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Kylie Westaway is the author of her popular debut picture book, Whale in the Bath. She has literally travelled far and wide, worked in foreign schools, events and in theatre. But there’s one thing that has remained constant in her life; her love of writing. Here, I’ll give you the brief run-down of her captivating […]

What I’m reading this Christmas: Alison Green, Pantera Press

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Thanks to Alison Green from Pantera Press for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out a little more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the CEO & co-founder of Pantera Press, what does your job entail? As a boutique publishing […]

What I’m reading this Christmas: Anna O’Grady, Simon & Schuster

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Thanks to Anna O’Grady for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the Marketing and Publicity Manager at Simon & Schuster. What does your job entail? How much time do we have? I […]

Let’s hear if for the boys! – Chrissy Classics you’ve Read with your Kids

Monday, December 8th, 2014

As we romp ever closer to that special night of the year, don’t forget to take a moment or two to sit with someone small and share some magic. You never know, it may extend into a lifetime of golden memories. Today’s classics you’ve read with your kids starts out with multi-talented SE QLD writer, […]

Mission Accomplished! Renee Price Launches ‘Digby’s Moon Mission’

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

New and local indie author, Renee Price, has recently released the growingly popular Digby’s Moon Mission, just in time for Christmas. Fostering children’s natural curiosity and their young imaginations are key elements to creating a successful picture book, and ones that Renee elicits in her picture book. Digby Fixit is a curious boy with a […]

Qld Literary Awards vs Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

The winners of the Qld Literary Awards and the PM Literary Awards are being announced on the same evening – Monday 8th December. You can follow the PM announcements live at ‪#PMLitAwards  or tune into ‪@APAC_ch648  at 7:15pm ‪http://on.fb.me/1pPELkt . It is fantastic that both these awards exist. They include outstanding Australian books and their shortlists promote these […]

Tell us your favourite book of 2014 and WIN!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

2014 is drawing to a close and what another fantastic year of books and reading it has been. To celebrate we are giving away 8 copies of one of our favourite books of 2014; The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (you can read our review here). All you have to do is […]

A Celebration of an Icon

Monday, December 1st, 2014

A Christmas gift packed with retro style and vintage charm! The Kombi, the iconic Volkswagen van that first rolled off the production line on 12 Nov 1949, ceased production at the end of 2013. A van for the people, nearly everyone has a Kombi story: Peter Falconio vanished from one in the outback, in Men […]

Christmas Classics You’ve Read to your Kids – Gabrielle Wang

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Not everyone may have kids, but all of us unavoidably were kids, once. A fair chunk of my childhood centered around books; reading them and collecting them. Certain stories only ever experienced one reading over 30 years ago, but for reasons inexplicable, remain unforgettably potent and as vivid to me as if I’d read them […]

‘When I see Grandma'; A Compelling Account with Author, Debra Tidball

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

I love the way award-winning author Debra Tidball describes her view on valuing connectedness across the generations. I also love the sentiment in celebrating people’s personal histories and appreciating who they are now, and then. Having had a grandmother with whom I had a strong bond, ‘When I see Grandma’ really resonated in my heart. […]

Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

I’m a huge fan of Anne Rice, and her novel Interview With The Vampire is one of my favourite books of all time. Published in 1976, Interview With The Vampire stands the test of time, even surviving a film adaptation in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas. The book was […]

Hey Corinne Fenton, What’s Your Christmas Wish?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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 […]

Secrets from a Celebrity Makeup Artist

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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 […]

Alex Field’s ‘Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding’ is a Real Treat

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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 […]

Australian children’s writer adds to her awards collection

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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.

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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 […]

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

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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 […]

Judith Rossell chats about Withering-by-Sea

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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 […]

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

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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 […]

HarperCollins Trials Print and E-Book Bundling with Boomerang Books

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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 […]

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

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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, […]

Gary Crew chats about The Cuckoo

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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 […]

Count my Cutest Children’s Books for Christmas

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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 […]

Last Woman Hanged – Was she innocent?

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

#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:

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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 […]

Chrissie Michaels – breathing life into history

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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 […]