Review – Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey

by - May 18th, 2014


John Harvey has written a superb final case for the enduring and never weary (ok, just a little weary) detective Charlie Resnick. It has been a while between drinks and the way Cold In Hand finished a few years ago had me thinking that might have been the last we’d seen of Resnick. However John Harvey had […]

A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie – Giveaway

by - 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 […]

Review: One Boy Missing by Stephen Orr

by - May 15th, 2014


This is one of the best crime books I have read in a while. Totally absorbing, emotionally gripping it is one of those books that sinks its teeth into you and doesn’t let go. Set in the South Australian town of Guilderton the book not only explores life in a small rural town but the […]

Green Is The New Red

by - May 14th, 2014

Green Is The New Red

I reviewed Will Potter’s Green Is The New Red—a book not about fashion, but perceived terrorism as the new communism kind of fear-inducing threat—for an environmental publication around 12 months ago. At the time, although the Queensland government was reaping horrors, the federal changeover was yet to happen. The dystopian American society Potter describes in […]

Choose your own interactive adventure

by - 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 […]

Review: The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

by - May 13th, 2014


Elmore Leonard is known for his fantastic crime novels and his cool, crisp dialogue but he started out writing westerns way back in the 1950s. This collections showcases his western short stories and his immense talent as a writer. I think it is easy to pass Elmore Leonard off as a writer of crime novels […]

Blankety Books

by - 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 _ _ […]

Reviews – Ripping Mid-Grade Reads Two Wolves & Little Chef, BIG Curse

by - May 12th, 2014

Little Chef Big Curse

Mid-grade readers, tween fiction, early YA; call them what you will, but books for 8 -13 year-olds must satisfy vital criteria. They require substance, humour be it belly-busting or cloaked as parody, and a completely honest rendering of imagination, no matter how fantastical the premise. Little Chef, BIG Curse and Two Wolves fulfil on all […]

Review – The Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya

by - May 5th, 2014


Dennis Tafoya is one the best kept secrets in crime fiction. Which is a shame because he deserves to be heralded in the same breath as George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane. And his new novel only confirms this, in spades. Frannie Mullen is a US Marshall. After a bungled operation she takes full responsibility for […]

Magical Moments for Mum – Mother’s Day Reviews

by - May 5th, 2014

My Says the Strangest Things

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, […]

Review: Veronica Mars The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

by - May 2nd, 2014


Ten years after the TV series was heartbreakingly axed Veronica Mars is making a comeback. First there was the much-anticipated, kickstarter funded, movie and now there is a series of novels that continue the Neptune universe. A TV/Movie spin-off book is not usually on my radar and I don’t think I would have read this […]

Review – Fallout by Sadie Jones

by - April 29th, 2014


I am a massive Sadie Jones fan. The Outcast was a debut from a writer of the highest calibre that could easily stand up to comparisons to Ian McEwan. Small Wars only confirmed this but The Uninvited Guests didn’t connect with me. So there was a little trepidation before I started reading her new book. Completely unnecessary trepidation because not only […]

Doodles and Drafts – How to Get to Rio with Julie Fison

by - April 28th, 2014

Julie Fison

The choices kids are offered in life are often not worth writing about, at least not in their books. ‘Eat your brussel sprouts or go to bed hungry.’ Hardly welcome decision making. Yet understanding action and consequence is vital for building character, strengthening confidence and learning that ‘choice, not chance, determines ones future. Opportunities might […]

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

by - 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 […]

Groovy books for Girls – Chapter book reviews

by - April 22nd, 2014

Ava Appleton Up Up Away

Sugar and spice. Not a mix that causes every little girl to drool. In fact even in my day, the more mystery, adventure and intrigue they could dish up, the faster I devoured stories. They continue to do so; they being in this case, the savvy publishers of Scholastic Australia and Random House. Hot off […]

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

by - 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 […]

The Poppy

by - April 14th, 2014


The Poppy is a new book from author/illustrator Andrew Plant. It’s difficult to describe. It’s not a standard picture book, but it’s not quite a graphic novel either. It’s set in the present, but deals with the past. It recounts actual events, but is presented in a ‘storybook’ context. Having said all that, what it […]

Amazing books for ANZAC Day – Picturebook reviews

by - April 14th, 2014

Along the Road to Gundagai

Occasionally a thing that you witness, a song that you hear or a line that your read manifests itself indelibly within you, seemingly forever. Sometimes, not always, you remember the exact time and place and occasion that these erasable impressions mark your memory for the first time. Often this phenomenon occurs when you are still […]

Player Profile: Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky

by - 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 […]

Review – Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Power

by - April 11th, 2014


When I received a copy of Kevin Powers’ collection of poetry I was quite apprehensive. I definitely wanted to read the collection as The Yellow Birds was beyond amazing. It still resonates very strongly with me everytime I think about it and Powers’ poetry background really comes through in his writing. But I wasn’t sure whether or […]

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

by - 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 […]

Review – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

by - April 9th, 2014


This book draws immediate comparisons to Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. But where Life After Life was about a character who kept reliving their life over and over without knowing they were doing so, this is about a character who keeps reliving their life over and over and remembers everything. And this difference changes everything. I loved Life After Life and […]

Review – Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

by - April 8th, 2014


I have been completely and utterly addicted to (and obsessed by) True Detective so when I found out the show’s creator and writer had written a crime novel I had to read it. And what a cracking book it is. Using some of the same elements as his television show Pizzolatto has constructed a highly atmospheric, slow […]

Here Comes Peter Cottontail – Easter Reviews

by - April 7th, 2014

We're going on an Egg Hunt

Is your freezer full of hot cross buns? Are you feeling bilious after over-eroding the stash of chocolate eggs you’ve had hidden for weeks from the kids? If so, you may already be over Easter. But wait. There’s more! While you won’t find a great deal of religious meaning in the following titles, they do […]

Gone Girl

by - April 4th, 2014

Gone Girl

I’m probably the last person in the universe to getting around to reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, so let me preface this blog with: I finally got round to reading it after (and despite) being subjected to its enormous hype. I’m also an aspiring book writer, so commercially and critically successful books invoke in me […]

Rooftop Beekeeping

by - April 1st, 2014

The average age of a beekeeper is circa 60 years old. So, as a Gen Y female, I don’t exactly fit the beekeeper mould. It also explains—forgive me for insulting just about every beekeeper out there—why I’ve had trouble finding beekeeping books tailored to my tastes and needs. Much of the beekeeping knowledge is, it […]

Review – The Duck and the Darklings

by - April 1st, 2014

The Duck and the Darklings

From beneath a mountain of brightly coloured picture books all screaming for review, I spied the oddly unassuming cover of The Duck and the Darklings. Odd because apart from Peterboy’s candle-hat, this was one sombre looking picture book. Even the title sounded desolate, quirky. Surely though something fantastical had to be dwelling between those black […]

Review – Redeployment by Phil Klay

by - April 1st, 2014


What an amazing book! This is a firm candidate for my book of the year already and it is beyond doubt the best collection of short stories I have ever read. I literally could not put this book down but at the same time wanted each story to last as long as possible. I went […]

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

by - March 28th, 2014


This was of the funnest books I can remember reading in a long time. Gripping, funny and told in a totally original and authentic voice you can’t help but be hooked in by this part-Apollo 13, part-Castaway survival story. Mark Watney is an astronaut, part of the third manned mission to Mars. Six days after […]

Review – My Nanna is a Ninja

by - March 24th, 2014

My Nanna is a Ninja

With its incongruous title, brazen bright yellow cover and be-speckled bun-toting nanna leaping straight at you, this picture book is hard to ignore. I was suitably intrigued and barely aware of the smile creeping across my face as I picked it up. I don’t know many ninja nannas you understand. Actually, I don’t know any, […]

Player Profile: Kathryn Fox, author of Fatal Impact

by - 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 […]

Player Profile: Naomi Wood, author of Mrs Hemingway

by - March 19th, 2014


Naomi Wood, author of Mrs Hemingway Tell us about your latest creation: The latest creation is called Mrs. Hemingway. It’s a historical novel, told from the perspectives of Hemingway’s four wives and mistresses: Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary. Set from 1921-61 it all happens in France and America, in places you’d probably like to go on holiday to, and which […]

Review – The Human Division by John Scalzi

by - March 18th, 2014


Firstly, WOW! John Scalzi has already blown my mind with Redshirts and the previous Old Man’s War series but his new book is something else. For any literary snob that still looks down on genre writers I pity you because the way Scalzi has constructed this novel is something to behold. The Human Division was originally released in 13 parts, over 13 […]

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

by - 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.’ […]

Review – The Free by Willy Vlautin

by - March 17th, 2014


I have always meant to read Willy Vlautin. My old sales rep practically begged me for years to read him (I still have two books in my to read pile). One of my favourite authors, George Pelecanos, ranks him as one of his favourite writers (which should have been enough for me). But what finally […]

Review – The Simple Things

by - March 17th, 2014

The Simple Things

Great Aunt Lola is about to die. At least ten year-old Stephen thinks she could because she’s that old, and grumpy. And Stephen, labouring under a self and parent imposed ‘shy label’, is more than a little scared of her. He simply wants to flee, but is stuck in Aunt Lola’s house for the next […]

Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful

by - March 15th, 2014

Eat Yourself Beautiful

Necessity is, as they say, the mother of all invention. Or rather, the reason we begin to investigate and address issues that have become too troubling to ignore. Even though she’s been investigating many more issues and things than most of us for a long time, certified holistic health coach, yoga teacher, wholefoods chef, and […]


by - March 15th, 2014


It’s a peculiar and depressing phenomenon that women—far more than men—who have moved past youthful attraction and procreating age tend to become invisible. So a film featuring a 58-year-old female divorcee is something of an anomaly (you can watch the trailer here). Trend-bucking protagonist Gloria (who lends the film its name) refuses to be typecast. […]

Doodles and Drafts – A Blog Tour with Alison Reynolds

by - March 13th, 2014

A new friend for Marmalade

A couple of years ago a diminutive orange cat sprang into our hearts and homes courtesy of picture book creators, Alison Reynolds and Heath McKenzie. That cat was, Marmalade. He caused quite a sensation around our home, so when we heard he was on tour with Alison Reynolds, purrs of satisfaction reverberated throughout the house […]

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

by - 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 […]