Posts Tagged ‘non-fiction’

Review: Shelter

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Photographer and stylist Kara Rosenlund spent a year traversing Australia, towing her trusty vintage caravan to homes to photograph based on word-of-mouth recommendations. The result is Shelter, an exquisite coffee table keepsake with a whole heap of heart. Shelter wasn’t the book Rosenlund was supposed to write. She had a contract to create another book […]

Review: Fun Home

Friday, November 6th, 2015

I bought Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home tragicomic some years ago despite not really having considered myself a graphic novel reader. My purchasing decision came off the back of some glowing recommendations from people whose reading opinions I completely value. But then, as so often happens, the book got relegated to the books-I’ll-get-to-one-day shelf of good […]

Queensland Literary Awards 2015 – still time to vote

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

After its recent tumultuous history, the Qld Literary Awards are growing from strength to strength under the banner of the State Library of Queensland and a bevy of eminent sponsors. The 2015 shortlists have just been announced and the winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 9th October in Brisbane. Some categories […]

Books about the English language with a dash of humour

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Being a booklover and an avid reader, I occasionally enjoy reading and learning more about the English language. I’ve read some great books on the topic over the years and thought I’d share some of them with you below. Let’s start with two Australian books for those with a general interest in the origins and future direction of our […]

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

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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 […]

The Highlights of a Professional Life: An Interview With Ursula Dubosarsky

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ursula Dubosarsky has written over 40 books for children and young adults. Some of which include The Terrible Plop, Too Many Elephants in This House, Tim and Ed (Tim and Ed Review), The Carousel, The Word Spy series, and The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta series. She is a multi-award winner of many […]

Talking about crime with Sue Bursztynski

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

I’m a firm believer in the old adage that “the truth is stranger than fiction”. In fact, I’ve living proof. Not too long ago I was swimming at Four Mile Beach in North Queensland when a garfish, not much bigger than my middle finger, jumped out of the water and speared me in the ear. […]

Aussie New Releases To Look Forward To

Friday, July 25th, 2014

There are several books by Australian authors being published in the last six months of the year that I’m really looking forward to, so I thought I’d share them with you. The first is already out, and it’s Kate Forsyth‘s Dancing With Knives.  Set on a farm outside Narooma in NSW, Dancing With Knives is a rural murder mystery […]

What is the Eve Pownall Award?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) shortlist is Australia’s most important award for children’s and YA literature. These books are celebrated in Book Week. The CBCA shortlist generates most sales of awarded books – for children’s books, although perhaps not for YA books – in Australia. The shortlist is used as a buying guide […]

What Is It? Genre, Part I

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

In this What Is It? article we’re going to take a look at genre.  Identifying a genre of books you love can be exciting and rewarding, but readers can become lost in the terminology; so let’s look at the very basics of genre. Fiction & Non Fiction All books can be separated into either fiction […]

Tara Moss, The Fictional Woman and Feminism

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

I had the great fortune to attend an author event for Tara Moss who was promoting her new book The Fictional Woman. For those who don’t know, Moss is a Canadian-Australian author that started out as a model at 14 years old. She claimed she was a tall nerdy girl at the time but kept […]

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 […]

Review – FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL by Sheri Fink

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The disaster that was Hurricane Katrina meets the disaster that is the American healthcare system. There is something about Hurricane Katrina and it’s aftermath that continues to fascinate me, even nine years on from the disaster. The storm and the subsequent flooding of New Orleans exposed a part of America that is often hidden, ignored […]

Non-fiction prize casts a wide net

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The shortlist for the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction was been announced on Friday 5 October and it’s an impressively mixed bag. The nominated books will are as varied in location as they are in subject matter. They will take you up Everest, across UK on foot, and down into the slums of Mumbai. […]

The first rule of book club is…

Friday, March 30th, 2012

…bring a bottle of wine, apparently. I’m not sure what the rest of the rules are – this is my first ever book club – but everyone was very clear about the wine. Despite a lifetime of loving books and reading books and obsessing about books and occasionally fresking people about by thrusting books at […]

Review – Children’s Book of Sport

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

It’s Australia Day and we’re a nation of sport-lovers. Want to know the score? This is what you need. DK’s remarkable and very visual stylings bring sport alive in this encyclopedic hardcover book. Starting with Team Sports, the astonishing photos begin with a double-page photo of a mid-play NFL tackle, followed by football (soccer or […]

Mid-month round-up – the strange edition

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Strange World – John Long’s Hung Like an Argentine Duck The truth is stranger than fiction and Dr John Long has (literally) dug up some of the weirdest evidence and facts from the evolution of sex for this book; he’s the discoverer of the Gogo Fish, a 380-million-year-old fossilised armoured shark-like fish replete with a […]

Review – Every Minute in Australia by Yvette Poshoglian

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

There’s many a fact book on the Australian market – and there’s a reason for this. Kids love them. I mean, who doesn’t? Isn’t fact stranger and sometimes more mind-boggling than fiction? We may be a young country with a small populace but there’s a heck of a lot going on here at any given […]

Not For Sale (But For Loan)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The other day both my friend and my father voiced what I had myself been feeling—that although they loved the current crop of books I’ve been distributing to them as must-reads, that they might need to inject a few slightly trashier ones for some light relief. Phew. Me too. I’d encountered a bumper crop of […]

The Leak That Launched a Thousand Political Memoirs

Monday, November 29th, 2010

News surfaced today of a cache of over a quarter million confidential US diplomatic cables between embassies and consulates and the US State Department. The leak has been released to news organisations and has been made available to the public via the website WikiLeaks, a not-for-profit organisation devoted to releasing confidential documents that may have […]