Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

Player Profile: Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky Tell us about your latest creation:  Unwrapped Sky sits somewhere between fantasy and science fiction, in a little subgenre sometimes called the New Weird. It’s set in the fantastic city of Caeli-Amur, which is something like an industrial version of Ancient Rome. Steam trams chug along the streets. A ruined […]

Player Profile: Anna Jaquiery, author of The Lying Down Room

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Anna Jaquiery, author of The Lying Down Room Tell us about your latest creation: It’s a crime novel set in France and the first in a series. The main character is a senior French detective at the Criminal Brigade in Paris. This book opens with an investigation into the murder of an elderly woman. Others […]

Player Profile: Kathryn Fox, author of Fatal Impact

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Kathryn Fox, author of Fatal Impact Tell us about your latest creation:  It’s Anya Crichton’s latest adventure. This time she’s in Tasmania, visiting her increasingly erratic GP mother. Anya becomes involved in the death of a young girl and a fatal outbreak of food poisoning. Evidence of the source points to an organic farm, facing […]

Guest Post from Tristan Bancks – Stuck in Head. Forget You Have Body

Monday, March 17th, 2014

‘All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.’ ― Friedrich Nietzsche A few years ago, on a stopover in Singapore, I had reflexology on the fourth floor of a haphazard shopping mall on Orchard Road. The man charged with the unfortunate task of reviving my crusty, travel-worn hooves asked, ‘What your job?’ I replied, ‘Writer.’ […]

Player Profile: Jaclyn Moriarty, author of The Cracks in the Kingdom

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Jaclyn Moriarty, author of The Cracks in the Kingdom Tell us about your latest creation: The Cracks in the Kingdom is the second book in ‘the Colours of Madeleine’ trilogy.  The Royal Family of the Kingdom of Cello are trapped in our world.  Madeleine, who lives in Cambridge, England has been exchanging letters with Elliot […]

5Q Interview with Marion von Adlerstein

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Marion von Adlerstein worked as an advertising copywriter in Melbourne, London and New York in the fifties and sixties. Between 1976 and 1998 she held several posts with Vogue Australia publications, including Travel Director. During those years Marion wrote about many subjects, including fashion, beauty and interiors. She is the author of The Passionate Shopper, […]

Player Profile: Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar For Life

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar For Life Tell us about your latest creation: I see this as a follow-up book to help make cooking, eating and our health more elegant and joyous. A framework for simple, no-brainer health that supports sugar-free living. Which is what we’re after, no? Where are you from / […]

Review – You Will Never Find Me by Robert Wilson

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Robert Wilson is a master thriller writer and he proves it again with his new novel. You Will Never Find Me picks up right where Capital Punishment ended which is a challenge in itself. Wilson give himself no time to ease into the story, reintroduce characters or build tension and still pulls off an exceptional page-turner. At the end of Capital […]

How I Discovered Peter Temple

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

I first discovered Peter Temple with THE BROKEN SHORE and was blown away. I have to admit to a bit of cultural cringe when it comes to Australian writing in the crime genre but Peter Temple has completely and utterly broken this down. I discovered THE BROKEN SHORE via my favourite UK crime writer, John […]

Player Profile: Chris Muir, author of A Savage Garden

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Chris Muir, author of A Savage Garden Tell us about your latest creation: It’s a powerful, thought -provoking and action-packed thriller set in the lawless wilds of the Congo. A Savage Garden takes you inside the Congo’s secret wars and one man’s battle to save the child soldiers who fight them. I’m originally from Brisbane…about a bazillion years ago. […]

Review – Lulu Bell and the Moon Dragon

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Memories of school holidays for me involved curling up in a cool corner somewhere in the backyard with my friends. I was pretty tight with Trixie Beldon in those days but always had more of an affiliation with animals than solving mysteries. If Lulu Bell had been around some 38 years ago, she would have […]

Player Profile: Loretta Hill, author of The Girl in the Yellow Vest

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Loretta Hill, author of The Girl in the Yellow Vest Tell us about your latest creation: The Girl in the Yellow Vest. (Out Jan 2014) Set on the glorious Queensland coast, it’s all about falling in love with the wrong guy. Where are you from / where do you call home?: I’m from Perth and I still call […]

Five Faves from Afar

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Summer has nudged spring well and truly out of the garden but there’s still time to sit back, cool off and relax with this month’s Fave Five. Five sweet, syrupy offerings to help you remember the mellifluous moments of last season before we dive head first into the next silly one… “Wake Up Do, Lydia […]

Doodles and Drafts – A visit from Santa and Glen Singleton

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Is there anybody else out there who, like me, thinks it can’t possibly be only 5 weeks until Christmas? Just 37 days left to sort the cards, deck the halls, knock back a cup or two of good cheer and squeeze in a few book signings, never mind about drafting a list for Santa. Thankfully […]

Player Profile: Peter FitzSimons, author of Ned Kelly

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Peter FitzSimons, author of Ned Kelly Tell us about your latest creation: Ned Kelly. It is written in the form of a novel, but – with 2000 footnotes – is all true. I want readers to not only read the story, but actually feel like they are IN the story. It is a staggering tale that has fascinated Australians […]

Review – A Swim in the Sea

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

My first foray into the sea was a moment in time I remember as vividly as a blistering Aussie summer sky. It was in the surf off Magnetic Island in a sea a mere metre high but to a person of toddler stature, the waves were mountainous. It was a character building exercise my mother […]

This might just be George Pelecanos’s best work to date.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Review – The Double by George Pelecanos This might just be Pelecanos’s best work to date. Which when I look back at his books that is a big call but one I am more than willing to make because George Pelecanos is carving out something pretty special with Spero Lucas. We first met Spero in […]

Review – The Boy on the Page

Monday, October 14th, 2013

A children’s book reviewer’s recent proclamation to ‘only review good books from now on’ got me wondering. What constitutes a good children’s book? Is it something that causes your mouth to twitch into happy crescent-moon-shapes with each page turn? Is it a bubble bath for your heart, leaving you awash with warm joy? Or does […]

Re-Reading Donna Tartt’s The Secret History

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Review – The Secret History by Donna Tartt With Donna Tartt’s highly anticipated The Goldfinch due for release on October 23  (don’t miss out on our special pre-order offer) and remembering how brilliant Donna Tartt is I decided it was time to re-read The Secret History. I don’t normally have time to reread books because there are just […]

Player Profile: Walter Mason, author of Destination Cambodia

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Walter Mason, author of Destination Cambodia Tell us about your latest creation: “Destination Cambodia” An affectionate journey through one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations. Where are you from / where do you call home?: I grew up in a country town in North Queensland, but these days I live in Cabramatta in Sydney’s Southwest. When you were a kid, […]

A masterwork by one of Australia’s best writers

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Review- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Richard Flanagan has been working on this novel for over 12 years, writing other novels in between. He’d gone through countless drafts, reworked the story, started completely over. The reason it troubled him so much was because central to the story are the Australian […]

WIN a Donna Tartt, signed and numbered, collectors edition boxed set of The Secret History & The Little Friend worth $350

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Donna Tartt is a true enigma. She is a phenomenal bestseller with a cult following. There isn’t very much known about her but you wouldn’t call her a reclusive author either. The Goldfinch is her third novel in twenty years, a decade gap between each book. All of them worth the wait. And the wait is almost […]

Player Profile: Eleanor Learmonth, author of No Mercy: True Stories of Disaster, Survival and Brutality

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Eleanor Learmonth, author of No Mercy: True Stories of Disaster, Survival and Brutality  Tell us about your latest creation: “No Mercy: True Stories of Disaster, Survival and Brutality” considers the fate of stranded, isolated groups from 134 BC to 2010 AD. What causes these small groups trapped in hostile and remote locations to turn on each other with catastrophic results? No Mercy […]

It’s Roald Dahl Day – What’s your favourite Roald Dahl book? Here’s my Top 5

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on the birthday of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller. This year Roald Dahl Day coincides with Friday 13th – the perfect excuse for even more mischief and mayhem than usual. The fantastic thing about Roald Dahl’s books is you can literally grow up with them, from […]

Player Profile: Ed Chatterton, author of Underland

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Ed Chatterton, author of Underland Tell us about your latest creation: ‘Underland’. This is the sequel to last year’s ‘A Dark Place To Die’ which was Random House Book of the Month for August. Set in Liverpool, England and in LA, this is a gritty psychological crime thriller which builds from an apparently ‘ordinary’ murder-suicide to a climax of […]

Player Profile: Bill Cheng, author of Southern Cross The Dog

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Bill Cheng, author of Southern Cross The Dog Tell us about your latest creation: Southern Cross the Dog, a novel set in the Jim Crow-era American South Where are you from / where do you call home?: New York When you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An author?: I wanted to be an […]

Player Profile: Deborah Abela, author of Ghost Club

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Deborah Abela, author of Ghost Club Tell us about your latest creation: Ghost Club: Part 3 A Transylvanian Tale After dealing with a haunted castle and ridding their school of its very own pesky paranormal, Ghost Catchers, Angeline and Edgar Usher, are off to the Annual Ghost Club Convention and this year it’s in Transylvania, home of the […]

Player Profile: Maria Takolander, author of The Double

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Maria Takolander, author of The Double Tell us about your latest creation: The Double is a book of short stories. The stories range in their subject matter from rural Australia to northern Europe and beyond, and from the dark past of the Soviet era to a terrifying vision of the near future. The stories are bold and original, unnerving […]

Player Profile: James Phelan, author of The Last Thirteen

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

James Phelan, author of The Last Thirteen Tell us about your latest creation: The Last 13. It’s a new series for kids/teens about a battle between good and evil to control the dream world. 13 books, 13 nightmares, 1 destiny… Where are you from / where do you call home?: Melbourne. When you were a kid, what did […]

Player Profile: Jenni Fagan, author of The Panopticon

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Jenni Fagan, author of The Panopticon Tell us about your latest creation: The Sunlight Pilgrims. It is my second fiction novel, based on the lives of four characters who live in a caravan park. Around them there is a huge mountain, a city dump, an industrial park and a nearby motorway. There are rumours of an insipid sea. […]

Win a SIGNED Ricky Ponting Cricket Bat

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

  Well, there hasn’t been too much to write home about when it comes to Australia’s sub-par performance in the Ashes in England, but here’s some writing that cricket lovers need to get their hands on – Ricky Ponting’s new autobiography, to be launched on 1 November, just in time for the return Ashes Test […]

Player Profile: Persephone Nicholas, author of Burned

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Persephone Nicholas, author of Burned Tell us about your latest creation: My book is called Burned and is the winner of this year’s Random House/National Seniors Literary Prize. It’s the story of four families on two sides of the world brought together by one terrible event. Where are you from / where do you call home?: I was […]

Player Profile: Chris Allen, author of Hunter

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Chris Allen, author of Hunter Tell us about your latest creation: The second Alex Morgan novel in my black-ops Intrepid series is Hunter: Intrepid 2. It’s a rapid-paced action-packed rollercoaster of a story and it deals with a current issue with the backdrop of the Serbian warlords being brought to justice in the Hague – the sentencing is happening […]

Player Profile: Steve Bisley, author of Stillways

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Steve Bisley, author of Stillways Tell us about your latest creation: I have just had my first book launched on August the first. It is an early memoir of my life growing up on a small farm on the central coast of N.S.W. Its is called “Stillways” Where are you from / where do you call home?: […]

Player Profile: Hannah Richell, author of The Shadow Year

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hannah Richell, author of The Shadow Year Tell us about your latest creation: The Shadow Year is the story of a group of friends who stumble upon an abandoned cottage and decide to drop out for a year and attempt to live self-sufficiently. What begins as a fun experiment soon spirals into darkness and tragedy. Thirty years later, […]

Player Profile: Jacqueline Harvey, author of Alice-Miranda Shines Bright

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Jacqueline Harvey, author of Alice-Miranda Shines Bright Tell us about your latest creation: Alice-Miranda Shines Bright (#8 in the series).  Alice-Miranda and Millie make an accidental but dazzling discovery in the woods near school but it seems they are not the only ones looking.  Throw in a missing villager, a ruthless property developer and a hapless Mayor and there […]

Player Profile – Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena Tell us about your latest creation: My first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, is set in Chechnya from 1994-2004. It follows a cast of ordinary civilians who attempt to transcend the wreckage of war as they search for, flee from, collide with, and find one another. Where are […]

Five Faves (Picture Books) for Book Week

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Here are 5 fantastic favourites you should reach out and grab onto with both hands – FAST!  Silver Buttons by Bob Graham, Walker Books UK August 2013 Jodie draws a duck just as her baby brother, Jonathon, takes his first steps. An exquisite and poetic glimpse at a speck in time overflowing with life; beginnings […]

Player Profile: David Whish-Wilson, author of Zero At The Bone

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

David Whish-Wilson, author of Zero At The Bone Tell us about your latest creation: Zero at the Bone is my most recent novel, a follow-on from my 2010 crime novel Line of Sight. It’s set in 1979 Perth, and looks at some of the mining scams of the period before WA really started booming – linked to some of […]

Player Profile – Adrian McKinty, author of In The Morning I’ll Be Gone

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Adrian McKinty, author of I Hear The Sirens In The Streets Tell us about your latest creation: In The Morning I’ll Be Gone: a locked room mystery set in Northern Ireland in 1985 featuring Detective Inspector Sean Duffy. Where are you from / where do you call home?: I’m from Belfast and I live in St Kilda. When […]