Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

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 […]

Review – Hurry Up Alfie by Anna Walker

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Here comes Alfie! Bursting onto the scene. So much to do, so little time. Alfie is plenty busy… too busy to get ready to go out. With classics including the I Love series, I Don’t Believe in Dragons and Peggy, and her beautiful illustrations for Jane Godwin’s All Through the Year, Starting School and Today We Have […]

Want to Win Lunch with Lauren Kate in LA?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

To celebrate the release of Lauren’s latest book, Waterfall, we’re giving one lucky person and their companion the chance to fly to LA and have lunch with Lauren. Enter now to go in the running to win two $3000 Flight Centre vouchers plus lunch to the value of $US200 per person at a restaurant chosen […]

New Cookbook from Donna Hay

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

135+ clever solutions and f lavour-packed recipes for weeknights and weekends This book is all about new ways to make cooking easier and captures how most of us, including Donna Hay, like to cook. It offers solutions to the age-old dilemma of cooks everywhere – what can I put on the table through the week […]

Ready to Play: Peter Carnavas bears all on ‘Oliver and George’

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Peter Carnavas is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, some of his titles including The Children Who Loved Books, Last Tree in the City, The Great Expedition, The Boy on the Page, The Important Things and Jonathan!.   Peter’s books consistently provide both children and adults with heartwarming, humorous and thought-provoking experiences that leave a […]

Susanne Gervay’s Elephants Have Wings

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Susanne Gervay is an award-winning author, speaker, recipient of the Order of Australia and all-round dynamo. She rushed into my life last year at the Central Queensland Literary Festival. I had the pleasure of sharing an apartment, and lots of stories with Susanne during our week-long visit to schools in Rockhampton and Emerald. Her energy was […]

Lena Dunham: Not That Kind Of Girl

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

‘Frank, fearless and funny’ LENA DUNHAM Not That Kind of Girl A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” The first thing you have to know about Lena Dunham is that she’s unafraid to say exactly what she thinks. She’s provocative, very funny, original, dead-pan, disturbing, neurotic, simultaneously deep and shallow, and often way, way out […]

Aaron Blabey’s Lessons With a Twist

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Aaron Blabey is an actor-turned children’s author and illustrator, having great success with award-winning books including Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon, and Pig the Pug, which is becoming one of Australia’s best selling picture books. Fortunate to have Sunday Chutney as the chosen book to be read in schools […]

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

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion I am not going to ruin this outrageously funny book for you by telling you what happens this time round to Don. However Rosie and Don have been married for 10 months so […]

Interview with Dianne Bates, author of A Game of Keeps

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Dianne (Di) Bates makes a living from full-time writing. She has worked as a children’s magazine and newspaper editor, manuscript assessor, book-seller, and writing teacher. Di has a wealth of publishing experience and is a recipient of The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children’s literature. She has written over 120 books, mostly for […]

MY STORY by Julia Gillard: Out Now

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

  ‘I was prime minister for three years and three days. Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation. Three years and three days for you to judge.’ MY STORY is Julia Gillard’s account of her time as Australia’s first female prime minister. It details her rise in […]

Review – Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Having two kids under five is busy enough; constantly picking up after them, the daily hustle and bustle, and the shouts, shrieks and laughter that goes with sibling shenanigans. But what about young, lively, always busy, curious twins? Now that would be a handful! Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner make a great award-winning team, already […]

On My Bedside Table – # 3

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Back by popular demand, the bedside table revelations of our literary heroes and heroines or as some of us like to address the towers of teetering titles yet to be tackled, the TBR List – To Be Read List. Be it on the bookshelf, coffee table, lounge room floor or humble little bedside cube like […]

Loom Bracelet Phenomenon

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

If you have kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids, you’ve no doubt heard of the loom bracelet phenomenon. It’s a new craze of making friendship bracelets from tiny coloured rubber bands using a plastic loom and crochet hook. There are many different patterns and designs and with so many colours to choose from the possibilities are endless. […]

Brisbane Writers Festival Dazzles

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The  2014 Brisbane Writers Festival had an inspiring launch on Thursday night when author/publisher Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What is the What – about the lost boys of Sudan) told a full tent  about the genesis of McSweeney’s publishing company and its 826 Valencia Writing Centres. The tutoring behind these pirate, […]

A Pantheon of Poets: Geoffrey Lehmann

Monday, September 8th, 2014

A pantheon of eminent Australian poets descended onto a marquee slated on a grassy tennis court in leafy Sydney. The canapés, wine and congenial company were to celebrate the launch of esteemed poet, Geoffrey Lehmann’s new book, Poems 1957-2013 (UWA Publishing). Geoffrey and his vivacious wife, Gail Pearson, hosted a large but attentive group of […]

Player Profile: Kaylene Hobson, author of Isaac’s Dragon

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Kaylene Hobson decided at the age of ten that she wanted to be a writer. But it took her till she was ”much older” to act on it, she claims. Writing was always just for pleasure.   Now she has released her first chapter book, Isaac’s Dragon, an amusing and captivating story about a boy […]

Blog Blast! Review – Tottie and Dot

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Hold on to your marshmallows because new girls on the block, Tottie and Dot, have invited us all to their megatabulous Blog Blast party. Today with the help of co-hosts, Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling, we celebrate the explosive launch of picture book, Tottie and Dot. And what a feast for the senses it is. […]

Review – All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

Friday, September 5th, 2014

One of my favourite books of 2013 was A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra so when he reviewed this book in the New York Times I took notice. Set in Russia in 1986 the book follows the events surrounding the nuclear reactor meltdown in Chernobyl. The story doesn’t deal with the accident directly but instead on what it means […]