Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

A Snapshot of Australian YA and Fiction in the USA

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’ve just returned from visiting some major cities in the USA. It was illuminating to see which Australian literature is stocked in their (mostly) indie bookstores. This is anecdotal but shows which Australian books browsers are seeing, raising the profile of our literature. Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief was the most prominent Australian book. I […]

Doodles and Drafts – On a Quest with Rosanne Hawke

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Tales of aid working in disaster-ravaged lands may not be the first thing young readers reach for. However, Rosanne Hawke’s junior novel, Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll is a captivating mixture of enchantment and adventure with the added bonus of being rich in cultural awareness and humanity, attributes Hawke is well known […]

Review – Silence Once Begun by Jesse Bell

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

This is one of those great novels that blends up truth and imagination so well that the lines between fact and fiction are so blurred you don’t even know where to begin trying to unravel it. It also doubles the intrigue especially the way Jesse Ball structures the story to unfurl piece by piece, layer […]

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

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief   Fiction Books The Lie by Kestin Hesh A complex political thriller full of suspense, set within the Israel security organisation. A rescue operation that will have you on the edge of your seats. So many lies, so many rationalisations for […]

Pakistan for Children – Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

  It is rare to find an exceptional novel for children with the current emphasis on YA literature rather than on children’s books. Kelsey and the Porcelain Doll by Rosanne Hawke (UQP) is an exceptional Australian book for younger readers. With her background of living in Pakistan as an aid worker, Hawke has incorporated cultural and […]

What Is It? Haiku

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Launch of new series: What Is It? I’d like to introduce a new series of posts I’m going to be writing called: What Is It?  I’ll be exploring topics related to the world of books and reading as well as taking suggestions from you. What Is It? Haiku To kick things off, I’ve decided the first […]

Aussie Appeal – Picture Book Reviews

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Worrisome wombats, bouncing bilbies and even talking gumnuts may not be your de rigueur when it comes to picture book characters. Yet their antics make up a substantial percentage of picture book storylines and provide vital introductions and links between Aussie kids and our rich, endemic Australian flora and fauna. Look around and you’ll find […]

Poignantly perfect picture books Part Two – The Stone Lion

Monday, May 26th, 2014

When picture books have the ability to make your heart beat a little faster, fill your eyes with tears and send your spirits soaring. When they effortlessly harness thoughts and project feelings with poignant clarity; to say they are exceptional seems woefully insufficient. Rare are the picture books that can fit this bill, yet Margaret […]

Return of the Slow Cooker

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Winter is almost upon us, and as the days grow darker and the nights become cooler, my mind turns to comfort food from my slow cooker.  Anyone with me? It’s time to pull out your slow cooker from the back of the cupboard, box or garage and begin to look forward to some delicious meals.  Slow cookers are a […]

A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie – Giveaway

Friday, May 16th, 2014

We love A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie so much we want to give copies of the book away. 1914 and a soldier is returning from Ypres to his home in Pakistan. His loyalty to Britain is about to be challenged. Also in 1914 a young English woman is following an interest in archaeology and […]

Choose your own interactive adventure

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Interactive books! Remember reading them as a kid? Choose Your Own Adventure and Pick-a-Path are the two series I remember best. But there were lots of others, including Fighting Fantasy and Twistaplot. Although they’ve never completely gone out of vogue, they seem to be having a bit of a resurgence at the moment with series […]

Blankety Books

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Play Blankety Books and WIN Books! 5pm every Friday on Twitter Follow @boomerangbooks and #blanketybooks to be part of the action! How do you play? We will post on twitter a book title and author with all the letters missing. eg _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ by _ _ […]

Magical Moments for Mum – Mother’s Day Reviews

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Dear Mums, whether you begin it with burnt offerings and flowers in bed or embark on a 24 respite from the usual onslaught of bickering and demands, you are celebrating Mothers’ Day because you are part of one of the most magical clubs in the world. The following assortment of picture books, all out now, […]

Guest Post: Karly Lane, author of Poppy’s Dilemma, on Anzac Day

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Anzac day has always been special for most Australian’s. We’ve grown up hearing the stories of our ANZACs. We’ve watched movies and read books about it; it makes up part of our DNA, but it wasn’t until I read a small article from 1920 about an incident that happened in my home town around this […]

Player Profile: Jane Paech, author of Delicious Days in Paris

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Jane Paech, author of Delicious Days in Paris Tell us about your latest creation: Delicious Days in Paris. It’s a series of walking tours that explore the food and culture of Paris, with visits to both legendary and little-known cafés, restaurants and pâtisseries along with small museums, art galleries, gardens and markets – all at a civilised pace, with time […]

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 […]