Books of Summer – For Kids

by - January 7th, 2015


In Australia we’re in the midst of Summer, although here in Melbourne we’ve already had all four seasons in one, sometimes even in one day! A great way to familiarise children with all that the season encompasses is through engaging language experiences. That means providing children opportunities to see, do, touch, listen, read and think […]

Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

by - January 7th, 2015


This is an incredible exploration of grief, family and identity and the pressures of expectations that come from each. The book opens with a death, one that nobody else knows about yet, the death of Lydia Lee; middle child of Marilyn and James and sister to older brother Nathan and younger sister Hannah. Lydia’s death […]

Review – An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

by - January 6th, 2015


One of the most uncompromising, unflinching, page-turning books I have read in a long time. It is a harrowing story that forces you to confront and challenge many important issues; gender, poverty, race and class to list but a few. Mireille is visiting her Haitian parents in Port-au-Prince with her American husband and baby son […]

Christmas haul containing 4 classic novels

by - January 5th, 2015

Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde book cover

As I pack away my Christmas tree for another year, I took stock today of my Christmas haul of books. I’m planning on reading more classics in 2015 and was fortunate enough to receive a few beautiful clothbound editions for Christmas. I hope you too were lucky enough to receive a book or two at Christmas time, […]

10 mini- reviews

by - December 31st, 2014


Time for another catch-up blog before 2014 ends. I’ve been doing a lot of reading but haven’t had enough time to review each book separately. So here is a bunch of mini-reviews.   Great Southern Land, edited by Stephen C Ormsby and Carol Bond This is an eclectic collection of stories, with Australia as the […]

A Riveting Novel Based on the True Brutal Murder of Three Teenage Girls

by - December 29th, 2014

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A novel this good is a rare and precious gift for lovers of fiction A riveting novel about the aftermath of the real life brutal murder of three teenage girls, written in incantatory prose ‘that’s as fine as any being written by an American author today’ (Ben Fountain) see how small SCOTT BLACKWOOD Shortly before […]

More Ladies-Doing-Well Lists, Please

by - December 29th, 2014


I’m frustrated that we require ‘women who did well in their respective fields’ articles and blogs, occasionally even allowing myself to wonder how much we still need them or how useful they are any more. But then our ‘prime minister’ and, worse, ‘minister for women’ (and yes, I’m using those rabbit ears extremely deliberately—I called […]

Holidays – the chance to read: short fiction, poetry, YA …

by - December 28th, 2014

Only the Animals

The Christmas holidays are most likely your best chance in the year to read. If your family or close friends aren’t as keen as you, send them off on other pursuits – the Sydney Festival if you’re in NSW (or even if not); bush walks, tennis or whitewater rafting; the beach; the movies, especially moonlit […]

Ebook Data for the Win

by - December 28th, 2014

The Goldfinch

That ebook data records who does and doesn’t get through books isn’t surprising. That this data’s only just being tabled now is. The Guardian has just reported that Kobo announced that Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch—the bestselling book that won that a Pulitzer in 2014—was completed by less than half the people in Britain who bought […]

New Year’s Reading Resolutions

by - December 27th, 2014

Love and Terror on the Howling Plains to Nowhere

I’m pretty dismissive of new year-related resolutions—they’re too superficial and too fleetingly discarded. I’m more of the mind that you should set your goals and refresh yourself on them daily. That’s what I do. And yes, I understand if you want to slap me. What a prattish, self-congratulatory thing to say. But I will admit […]

Yes Please to Yes Please

by - December 27th, 2014

Yes Please

There are much more eloquent reviews of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please out there, and all of them published upon the book’s release months ago. But I finally got to finish Yes Please (albeit reading it guilt-riddenly surreptitiously when I should have been doing other things), and I think the wisdom she imparts is both comforting […]

Our Hopping Mad Sale – Up To 30% Off – Ends New Year’s Eve

by - December 27th, 2014


Our annual ‘Hopping Mad’ Sale has kicked off and you can enjoy up to 30% off a great range of books right now atBoomerang BooksWe hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying a restful Boxing Day. Besides being a day of recovery, dish-washing, eating ‘leftovers’ and cricket-watching, Boxing Day also signals the […]

Into The Woods

by - December 22nd, 2014

Into The Woods

There are far, far worse ways to spend the steamy Sunday before Christmas than attending the preview of a film due to be released on Boxing Day. For starters, it’s great to see anything before its official release. It’s even better when you do so while simultaneously escaping the crowds and the heat. Into The […]

Review: Emergence by John Birmingham

by - December 22nd, 2014


John Birmingham delivers in spades in the first book of his explosive new trilogy. Dave Hooper is not your typical hero. In fact he is a bit of an arsehole. He works on the oil rigs and blows most of his pay packet on booze, drugs and women much to the ire of his very-soon-to-be […]

Your Last Minute Gift Solution

by - December 19th, 2014


Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers make awesome Christmas Gifts. Here are 9 reasons why you need to buy a Boomerang Books Gift Voucher right now… 1. Ok, admit it…you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, haven’t you? And now you need to buy something quick smart! Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers are the answer. Guaranteed to […]

Best-Of Book Lists

by - December 17th, 2014

In Cold Blood

I have a love–hate relationship with best-of book lists. I find sometimes people try too hard to seem clever about what they’ve chosen and not hard enough about including honest-to-goodness good reads. But I am simultaneously unable to abstain from perusing said lists. I feel an innate need to gauge whether or not I think […]

”A Tapestry of Experiences Folded into Fiction”; Victoria Lane Talks About ‘Celia and Nonna’

by - December 16th, 2014

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Victoria Lane has made a successful career from writing; as an award-winning financial journalist for many years, editor and correspondent for many leading media publications, and of course, as a picture and chapter book writer for children. Today, we delve into Victoria’s writerly mind as she shares her inspirations behind her touching picture book, Celia […]

Doodles and Drafts – Drawing Boxes with Peter Carnavas

by - December 15th, 2014

Jessica's Box CPA edition

Every once in a while something special sneaks into your life, so unassuming you are barely aware of its presence. However, its ability to change and influence is a forceful undercurrent with powerful impact. It might be meeting a new friend for the first time. It could be finding a dog to call your own. […]

The Twelve Books of Christmas

by - December 15th, 2014


You may have noticed, with Christmas fast approaching, that the Boomerang Books bloggers have been writing about the festive season — recommending books for Chrissy presents; sharing festive reads; reminiscing about Christmas-themed books; etc. I was originally planning to recommend some Christmas reads… but then I changed my mind. I thought I’d do something a […]

Kylie Westaway Makes a Big Splash with her Debut Picture Book, ‘Whale in the Bath’

by - December 15th, 2014


Kylie Westaway is the author of her popular debut picture book, Whale in the Bath. She has literally travelled far and wide, worked in foreign schools, events and in theatre. But there’s one thing that has remained constant in her life; her love of writing. Here, I’ll give you the brief run-down of her captivating […]

What I’m reading this Christmas: Alison Green, Pantera Press

by - December 12th, 2014

Alison Green Pantera Press

Thanks to Alison Green from Pantera Press for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out a little more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the CEO & co-founder of Pantera Press, what does your job entail? As a boutique publishing […]

My Bookish Confession

by - December 12th, 2014


It is time for some book confessions and I have got a real strange one to confess. Some people break spines, some read the last page first, mine is completely different. I first really noticed this while reading the Russian sci-fi classic Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. I was half way through the […]

What I’m reading this Christmas: Anna O’Grady, Simon & Schuster

by - December 9th, 2014

Anna O'Grady in front of her home library

Thanks to Anna O’Grady for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the Marketing and Publicity Manager at Simon & Schuster. What does your job entail? How much time do we have? I […]

What I’m reading this Christmas: Galina Marinov, Leading Edge Books

by - December 8th, 2014

Three Stories

Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Galina Marinov. Thanks for having me. You’re the buyer and marketing manager at Leading Edge Books and you’re going to share your Christmas picks with us. But first let’s find out about you and your work. Leading Edge Books has a national profile. What does LEB do?  Leading Edge […]

Let’s hear if for the boys! – Chrissy Classics you’ve Read with your Kids

by - December 8th, 2014

Grinch Christmas

As we romp ever closer to that special night of the year, don’t forget to take a moment or two to sit with someone small and share some magic. You never know, it may extend into a lifetime of golden memories. Today’s classics you’ve read with your kids starts out with multi-talented SE QLD writer, […]

Mortal Heart (Book 3 of the Assassin Nuns)

by - December 6th, 2014

Mortal Heart

Book Three of the His Fair Assassins series both aided and abetted my desire to take refuge from my overwhelming work and study load and alleviated and exacerbated my anxiety around ever successfully wrestling those work and study things into line. But I’m done reading the gripping historical fiction series now, I think, for there […]

Mission Accomplished! Renee Price Launches ‘Digby’s Moon Mission’

by - December 4th, 2014


New and local indie author, Renee Price, has recently released the growingly popular Digby’s Moon Mission, just in time for Christmas. Fostering children’s natural curiosity and their young imaginations are key elements to creating a successful picture book, and ones that Renee elicits in her picture book. Digby Fixit is a curious boy with a […]

Qld Literary Awards vs Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

by - December 3rd, 2014

Coal Creek

The winners of the Qld Literary Awards and the PM Literary Awards are being announced on the same evening – Monday 8th December. You can follow the PM announcements live at ‪#PMLitAwards  or tune into ‪@APAC_ch648  at 7:15pm ‪ . It is fantastic that both these awards exist. They include outstanding Australian books and their shortlists promote these […]

Dark Triumph (AKA Book 2 of the Assassin Nuns)

by - December 3rd, 2014

Dark Triumph

The only upside to sustaining significant damage in the frankenstorm that swept Brisbane last week was that two books I was desperately waiting for arrived on the Friday, a day written off by power outages and clean-ups. Unable to face the damage to my apartment from 150 roof tiles being wrecked, and that now will […]

Christmas for Literature Lovers

by - December 3rd, 2014


There are so many great books published each year. Here are my favourite 2014 literary novels. They’re the best I’ve read, with the exception of The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – which I’ll write about soon. You will have other selections (and we’d love to hear them) but these are my Christmas […]

Michael’s Merry Christmas List

by - December 2nd, 2014


Christmas is almost here and like all book nerds, now is the time to think about the books to buy and give to our loved ones. I secretly try to find books that will turn my friends and family into bibliophiles, it is all about matching the right book with the right person. Here are […]

Tell us your favourite book of 2014 and WIN!

by - December 1st, 2014


2014 is drawing to a close and what another fantastic year of books and reading it has been. To celebrate we are giving away 8 copies of one of our favourite books of 2014; The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (you can read our review here). All you have to do is […]

My Top 5 Reads of 2014

by - December 1st, 2014


What another outstanding year of great books. My book of the year was a real stand-out but there was a very close second. Sorting out the rest was nearly impossible. My biggest discovery was David Mitchell. I devoured all his books and loved them all and could have include all them in my top 10 […]

A Celebration of an Icon

by - December 1st, 2014


A Christmas gift packed with retro style and vintage charm! The Kombi, the iconic Volkswagen van that first rolled off the production line on 12 Nov 1949, ceased production at the end of 2013. A van for the people, nearly everyone has a Kombi story: Peter Falconio vanished from one in the outback, in Men […]

Christmas Classics You’ve Read to your Kids – Gabrielle Wang

by - December 1st, 2014

Gabrielle Wang

Not everyone may have kids, but all of us unavoidably were kids, once. A fair chunk of my childhood centered around books; reading them and collecting them. Certain stories only ever experienced one reading over 30 years ago, but for reasons inexplicable, remain unforgettably potent and as vivid to me as if I’d read them […]

‘When I see Grandma'; A Compelling Account with Author, Debra Tidball

by - November 29th, 2014

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I love the way award-winning author Debra Tidball describes her view on valuing connectedness across the generations. I also love the sentiment in celebrating people’s personal histories and appreciating who they are now, and then. Having had a grandmother with whom I had a strong bond, ‘When I see Grandma’ really resonated in my heart. […]

Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles

by - November 27th, 2014

Prince Lestat book cover Anne Rice

I’m a huge fan of Anne Rice, and her novel Interview With The Vampire is one of my favourite books of all time. Published in 1976, Interview With The Vampire stands the test of time, even surviving a film adaptation in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas. The book was […]

What I’m reading this Christmas: Claire Smith, Walker Books

by - November 25th, 2014


Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Claire Smith.  You’re the marketing assistant at Walker Books, Australia, and you’re going to share your Christmas picks with us. But first let’s find out about you and some books you’ve been working with. Walker Books  (based in Sydney)  is known for its children’s and YA books. Which do […]

Hey Corinne Fenton, What’s Your Christmas Wish?

by - November 25th, 2014

Corinne's Launch of Little Dog-5842

Corinne Fenton is established as one of Australia’s treasured authors of beautiful picture books. They often contain an element of social history, and her knowledge and passion for writing is regularly shared in schools, libraries and workshops.   This Christmas, there are TWO Corinne Fenton picture books that are unmissable and will have children from […]

The Anzacs: 100 Years On in Story and Song by Ted Egan

by - November 25th, 2014


A unique contribution to the commemoration of the centenary of the Anzacs. Ted Egan weaves personal stories and songs into a highly readable history of the Anzacs and the two nations, with amusing anecdotes and tales of great courage and ingenuity serving to leaven somewhat the brutal truth exposed, of a tragic and senseless war. […]