Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

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 […]

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

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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 […]

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

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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 […]

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

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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!

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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 […]

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

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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 […]

COMPETITION! ASK a question to WIN!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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 […]

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

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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 […]

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

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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. […]

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

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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 […]