Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

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 […]

Player Profile – Michael Robotham, author of Watching You

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Michael Robotham, author of Watching You Tell us about your latest creation: WATCHING YOU is a psychological thriller featuring some family characters – psychologist Joe O’Loughlin and former detective Vincent Ruiz. It also introduces someone new – Marnie Logan, a mother of two, whose husband has been missing for more than a year. Suffering from blackouts and increasingly desperate, […]

Media tie-in books

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Media tie-in books are those that are in some way associated with a film, television series or game. I’m interested in these types of books both as a reader and a writer. I recently read a book about tie-in writing — Tied In: The Business, History and Craft of Media Tie-in Writing. So tie-in writing […]

Double Dipping – Two ‘Small but Special’ Reviews

Monday, August 12th, 2013

This month’s double whammy review is courtesy of UQP. From their impressive collection for younger readers comes two new titles certain to cause a stir for primary aged girls in particular; Smooch and Rose by Queensland author Samantha Wheeler and Chook Chook Little and Lo in the City by Wai Chim. A rose by any […]

Player Profile: Banafsheh Serov, author of The Russian Tapestry

Friday, August 9th, 2013

  Banafsheh Serov, author of The Russian Tapestry Tell us about your latest creation: The Russian Tapestry is a tale of love and turmoil based on the true story of my husband’s grandparents, a romance that spans the years of the Great War and the Russian revolution, and is set in the ballrooms of St Petersburg, the streets of […]

Player Profile: Duncan Lay, author of Valley of Shields

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

  Duncan Lay, author of Valley of Shields Tell us about your latest creation: My latest trilogy is Empire Of Bones, beginning with the bestseller Bridge Of Swords. Valley Of Shields came out in April and went into reprint after 17 days. Wall Of Spears, the third book, is out in February 2014. It’s the story of a […]

Player Profile: Richard Beasley, author of Me and Rory MacBeath

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Richard Beasley, author of Me and Rory MacBeath Tell us about your latest creation: “Me and Rory Macbeath” is a novel set in the 1970’s about the friendship between two boys (Jake and Rory) who meet at the start of the summer when they are both twelve. They have the kind of fun together that kids did in […]

Player Profile: Angela Savage, author of The Dying Beach

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Angela Savage, author of The Dying Beach Tell us about your latest creation: The Dying Beach, set in the exquisite southern Thai province of Krabi, finds expatriate PI Jayne Keeney investigating the death of a young tour guide, a case that takes her into the murky world of corruption and environmental destruction. Where are you […]

Player Profile: Kate Forsyth, author of The Wild Girl

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Kate Forsyth, author of The Wild Girl Tell us about your latest creation: THE WILD GIRL tells the story of star-crossed lovers Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales. Set during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic Wars, THE WILD GIRL is a […]

Player Profile: Hugh Howey, author of Wool

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Hugh Howey, author of Wool Tell us about your latest creation: My newest release is DUST. It wraps up the Silo Saga that began with WOOL and continued with SHIFT. As I write this, it’s been two years to the day that I released WOOL, which changed my life forever. Putting the final touches on […]

Doodles and Drafts – A Very Jumpy Tour with Tania McCartney

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The most spectacular thing about a plain old butter cake is often its layers. Colour them, stack them and then you have a thing of unique beauty and depth. This is exactly what makes a stand out picture book for me: its multiple layers. And today I am honoured to share the latest delectable offering […]

On My Bedside Table – # 2

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Does your bedside table feature nothing more than a sedate, sleek bedside lamp and the latest eReader? Or is an outrageous collection of self-help, kids’ lit, how-to, YA, book club, must-review-reads piled unceremoniously on top of each like mine? I tried reading one book at a time. Found it just wasn’t for me. I now […]