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Not a Review – A Reflection of An ANZAC Tale

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Confession: The day I received Working Title Presses’ latest release, An ANZAC Tale, I was assailed with nostalgia and immense trepidation. How does one do justice to one of the most unjustifiable periods of human history? Ruth Stark and Greg Holfeld have done it and done it admirably well. The result is a meticulously researched […]

Review – The Windy Farm

Monday, March 11th, 2013

I’m not big on wind. Of all the meteorological marvels on offer, it’s the least appealing to me, perhaps because I endured a few too many tropical cyclones and missing roofs as a child. So when The Windy Farm blew onto my shelves, I instinctively hunched my shoulders and wondered what on earth could be […]

How it really feels to close a bookshop

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Bookseller Greg Field is an inspiration. While he closed the NSW bookstore he has run for 10 years, Sunset Books, last week in the face of tough economic realities, Field has also posted the first third of his new mystery novel on global story sharing community Wattpad and launched an app business. His is a […]

Janeen Brian – Part Two

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Do you have an all time favourite book character you secretly aspire to be more like? Discover Janeen Brian’s… Q Who or what was your favourite book character as a child? If you could incorporate that character into one of your own stories, which would it be and why? How would you adapt that character […]

Review – Meet…Ned Kelly

Monday, March 4th, 2013

I have never felt so exposed by a picture book as I did when I first laid eyes on Meet…Ned Kelly. The piercing stare of Australia’s most infamous bush ranger peering from the slit of his armoured headgear sliced through to the very marrow of my bones, anchoring the outlaw’s stare there as if to say, […]

ALS Gold Medal Longlist 2013 announced

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The longlist for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Lola Bensky (Lily Brett, Hamish Hamilton) Darkness on the Edge of Town (Jessie Cole, Fourth Estate) Questions of Travel (Michelle de Kretser, A&U) Montebello (Robert Drewe, Hamish Hamilton) The Engagement (Chloe Hooper, Hamish Hamilton) Cumulus: Collected Poems (Robert Gray, John Leonard Press) Like a House on […]

The Stella Prize Longlist

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The inaugural Stella Prize longlist was announced today, something met with much frisson (at least it was in my one-person household). The announcement has been a long time coming, both because Australian female authors have traditionally been overlooked when it comes to literary prizes and because it’s taken some time for the Stella Prize to […]

Review – The Treasure Box

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Many of my generation (sadly not all) and those of the next, fortunately have not endured the atrocities of war like those seen during the Holocaust. That we are able to feel its impact, appreciate the drama and acknowledge its implications is the unique potency of a picture book. Margret Wild and Freya Blackwood exploit […]

Doodles and Drafts – Peter Allert Part Two

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Today we continue to follow exciting new Queensland talent, Peter Allert and have a sqizz at his first published children’s picture book, Long Live Us! Q Where has your work appeared? My first book was ‘Long Live Us’ written by Edel Wignell and published by IP Kidz in 2011. Since then I have been focussing […]

Doodles and Drafts – An interview with Peter Allert Part One

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I struggle to decipher my own handwriting. I can barely make a stencil look decent and my attempts at creating hangman stick figures always fills my opponents with pitiful glee. This is why I admire anyone who has even an infinitesimal amount of artistic flair. The process of anything emerging be it writer, illustrator, butterfly, […]

Review – The Emu That Laid the Golden Egg

Monday, January 28th, 2013

As I smack down some lamingtons over the Straya Day long weekend, I am reminded of how my first encounter with half of the Aussie Coat of Arms filled me with unaccountable terror. A bristling periscopic neck thrust its way deep into our car’s interior in search of edible morsels as I shrank deep into […]

Review – Not a Nibble!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Family holidays are the stuff many childhood memories are forged from. With just a couple more weeks of summer holidays left, I revisited an old favourite and evoked some happy would-be memories (if mine had been the type of family to embark on seaside camping trips). The excitement is palpable as Susie’s family head to […]

Dandelion Bullying Book to be published by Random House

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Random House Australia has acquired the rights to an ebook and print book version of Dandelion, a popular anti-bullying app for children that was created by Sydney writer and creative director Galvin Scott Davis. Random House will publish the Dandelion ebook on 15 March, followed by a hardcover picture book on 1 April. Davis created the Dandelion app in 2012 in […]

Is your life lacking some Random Romance?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Random Romance is the new Random House Australia digital-first romance list and is launching next month – just in time for Valentine’s Day – with five indulgent titles, including two romcoms, two erotic novellas and a scintillating outback romance. Another five titles will be published throughout the year.   One Little White Lie by Loretta HillThis […]

Reading our leading women

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Are you up for a reading challenge this year? I’ve already started mine, with a Miles Franklin-related project called Reading Stella, which you can learn about on a new dedicated blog, but it ties in with the broader national Australian Women Writers Challenge (see previous post), and I’ll be broadening my reading list accordingly. With […]

Dan Brown Thriller Inferno to be published globally in May

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has penned a new thriller, Inferno, which will publish globally on May 14. In his eagerly awaited follow-up to The Lost Symbol renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon returns. Set in the heart of Europe Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. From […]

Pink Popular Penguins

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Penguin Books has announced that it will publish a limited edition set of 12 of its ‘Popular Penguins’ books with pink covers in March to help raise money for the McGrath Foundation. $1 from the sale of each of the ‘Pink Popular Penguins’ will be donated to the McGrath Foundation, which aims to increase breast health […]

NYR12 and beyond

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Those of you who read my last post about the year that was 2012, may have notice something missing. I made no mention about the National Year of Reading (NYR12). That’s because I figured it deserved its very own post. So here goes… 2012 was the National Year of Reading in Australia. It was a […]

Aussie Gourmand award finalists

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards finalists have been announced. The finalists from Australia and New Zealand are as follows: Authors category Chef: Origin: The Food of Ben Shewry by Ben Shewry (Murdoch Books). Cuisines category Foreign: Cooking from the Heart: A Jewish Journey Through Food by Gaye Weeden & Hayley Smorgon (Hardie Grant) Italian: Limoncello and Linen Water by Tessa Kiros […]

Doodles and Drafts – An interview with Michelle Worthington

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Welcome 2013! No bangs and whistles to launch the New Year this time. No arm-long lists of resolutions (fitted most of them on the back of my hand). Time to just buckle in, knuckle down and devote more hours to all those things we should actually be devoting more time to. One of them being more […]

UK Costa Book Award winners announced

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The winners of the 2012 UK Costa Book Awards have been announced. The Costa Book Awards are presented annually for titles published in the previous year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. The winners are: Novel - Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel First novel - The Innocents by Francesca Segal Biography - Dotter of her […]

Book in for the 2013 Women Writers Challenge!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Which of the many books on your to-read list will you pick up (or click on) next? If you’re as indecisive as me, it’s a struggle each time. In 2013, I will have a mission to guide me. I’m signing up for the second annual Australian Women Writers Challenge, with a plan to read 27 […]

First Tuesday Book Club reveals top 10 Aussie Books

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The First Tuesday Book Club has revealed their 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die, as voted by thousands of Australian readers. The top ten is: Cloudstreet (1991) by Tim Winton The Book Thief (2006) by Markus Zusak A Fortunate Life (1981) by A.B. Facey The Power of One (1989) by Bryce Courtenay Harp in the South (1948) by Ruth […]

Quirky Book for Chrissie? – 100 Uses for a Dead Kindle

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Estimates suggest over 2m Kindles have been sold in the UK over the last three years. The Kindle is now one of the most iconic consumer objects in our culture, changing the way we read books. 101 Uses of a Dead Kindle is a celebration of that status, taking a sideways look and what happens […]

Punter’s autobiography to be published next Christmas

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

HarperCollinsPublishers Australia will publish Ricky Ponting’s end-of-career autobiography in November 2013. Ricky Ponting, 37, who made his final Test appearance this week, is one of the greatest cricketers to have worn the baggy green.  He became Test captain of Australia in 2004 and remained in the post until handing the job to Michael Clarke in 2011. […]

Bookstore installs random book dispenser – the Biblio-Mat

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. Biblio-Mat books, which vary widely in size and subject matter, cost two dollars. The machine was conceived as an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin. When a customer puts coins […]

The Storytime Rocking Chair

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Invented by Hal Taylor when his youngest daughter decided she wanted to be a part of storytime and he realised that there wasn’t going to room for a third child on his lap. http://www.rockingchairs.net/Pages/storytime1.html

Bad Sex Award 2012 – Rowling and James on the outer

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

She smells of almonds, like a plump Bakewell pudding; and he is the spoon, the whipped cream, the helpless dollop of warm custard (The Yips by Nicola Barker) The two authors heavily tipped to take this year’s most coveted and dreaded literary prize have failed to make the shortlist. Neither J.K. Rowling, for her first adult […]

Vale Bryce Courtenay

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Photo: Andrew Zuckerman Bestselling Australian novelist Bryce Courtenay passed away in Canberra last Thursday after a battle with cancer.  Rest in peace Bryce. Media Statement Issued by Penguin Group (Australia) on behalf of Christine Courtenay It is with sadness Penguin Group (Australia) wish to advise that Bryce Courtenay AM passed away peacefully at 11:30pm on […]

Foal’s Bread wins ANOTHER award

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears has won this year’s Colin Roderick Award – the book has already won major awards in both the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as the ALS Gold Medal and The Age Book of the Year. The Colin Roderick Award is presented each year by […]

10 Things you (wished you) didn’t know about Dimity Powell – Children’s author

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Welcome to my first post at Boomerang Books.  I would be lying if I didn’t admit my hands are trembling just a little. Taking hold of the reins that my colleague and dear friend Tania McCartney used to steer her posts so aptly and smoothly with for the past year or so, is by no […]

Human Rights Literature Award shortlist released

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The shortlist for this year’s Human Rights Literature Award has been announced. The shortlist is: Am I Black Enough For You? (Anita Heiss, Bantam) The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die (David Nyuol Vincent & Carol Nader, A&U) Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From (Tim Soutphommasane, NewSouth) The People Smuggler (Robin de Crespigny, Viking). The Human Rights Literature Award […]

Aussies line up for world’s most financially-lucrative literary prize

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A number of books by Aussie authors have been longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most financially lucrative prize for a novel published in English. Books by Australian authors on the longlist are: What the Family Needed (Steven Amsterdam, Sleepers) Estuary (Sam Bunny, Bay Owl Press) Spirit of Progress (Steven Carroll, Fourth Estate) All That […]

The most underrated book in Australia has been announced

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

‘The Cook’ by Wayne Macauley has won the inaugural Most Underrated Book Award for 2012 The award, sponsored by Kobo, was announced at the Wheeler Centre last week as part of the Small Press Network (SPUNC) Independent Publishers Conference. Macauley has won a Kobo Vox Tablet and a $250 book credit. His publisher will also […]

YABBA 2012

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The YABBAs have been announced! The winners have been hailed for their brilliance and popularity. And I’m going to tell you all about it. There are lots of awards around in children’s publishing, but the YABBAs are special. The Young Australian Best Book Awards are entirely nominated and voted on by young people. These awards […]

New Release Picture Books

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Looking for some new-release picture books to stash away for the Christmas stocking? This gorgeous selection will delight both kids and adults with a wide range of themes, striking illustrations and stories to touch the heart or tickle the funny bone. Enjoy! Tree: A little story about big things by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley […]

O’Farrell’s Finest, Most-Fancied Fiction and Non-Fiction Finalists

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary and History Awards have been announced. The shortlists are: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000) and nominees for the People’s Choice Award All That I Am (Anna Funder, Penguin) Sarah Thornhill (Kate Grenville, Text) Five Bells (Gail Jones, Vintage) The Life (Malcolm Knox, A&U) That Deadman Dance (Kim Scott, Picador) […]

Inky Award winners announced

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

The State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature announced the winners of the 2012 Gold and Silver Inky Awards on 23 October. The Gold Inky winner, awarded to an Australian author,  is Shift by Em Bailey. Bailey receives a $2000 cash prize. The Silver Inky winner (for an International book) is The Fault in Our Stars by American […]

Indigenous Authors nominated for Australian of the Year Awards

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Indigenous authors Kim Scott and Anita Heiss are among the finalists for the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. Kim Scott is one of four finalists from Western Australia for the overall Australian of the Year Award. Scott has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award twice with Benang in 2000 and That Deadman Dance in […]

$20,000 ‘Nib’ Award shortlist for research in writing

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The shortlist for the 2012 Waverley Library Award, aka the ‘Nib’ Award, has been announced.  The ‘Nib’ Award is presented annually for excellence in research in the creation of a literary work of merit. The shortlisted titles are: The People Smuggler (Robin de Crespigny, Viking) Double Entry (Jane Gleeson-White, A&U) Sarah Thornhill (Kate Grenville, Text) Kinglake-350 (Adrian Hyland, Text) A […]