Book Watch, The Herald on Sunday, 3 June 2012

Not Drowning, Reading By Andrew Relph (Fremantle Press, $30) A memoir for readers, Not Drowning, Reading is an affecting meditation on a life of reading (or not reading). Relph had a reading disability as a child so there’s a real intensity to this “literary conversation”. I was simultaneously moved and spirited by Relph’s reflections on […]

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Book Review: Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd

Ruby Blues cover

Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd, Text Publishing, RRP $37, ISBN 9781921758560, Available now. Funny. Smart. Exhausting. Ruby Blues starts with a bang (ah-ha, pun) and keeps an incredible momentum. How did Jessica Rudd managed to write a story with this much pace and not go mad? Well, her Dad is an Aussie ex-PM (yes, that Rudd), I […]

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Exclusive ‘Down-Under’ create a character competition from Derek Landy!

While writing Mortal Coil, bestselling children’s author, Derek Landy gave his readers around the world the chance to put their powers of imagination to the test and create a character to be written into the book. Of the entries, Derek said ‘it’s been STAGGERING. It’s been MIND-BLOWING. The quality has been immense, the imagination has […]

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Noni Hazelhurst reads Go the F**k to Sleep (NSFW language)

Beloved Noni Hazelhurst (Aussie Playschool presenter for 20+ years) reads the not-for-little-children picture book by Adam Mansbach). NSFW language! From Text Publishing. Update 14 July: Youtube have currently removed the video! You can still view ithere: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/noni-hazlehurst-reads-expletiveridden-childrens-book-20110713-1hd2s.html Updated update: New link to Vimeo video instead. Bah Youtube.

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Book Review: A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French

A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French, Angus & Robertson (Harper Collins NZ), RRP $24.99, ISBN 9780732290214, Available now. Fantastic Young Adult fiction that has absolutely zero to do with vampires, angels, speculative fiction, werewolves, strange creatures that live underground and anything sparkly? Jackie French, you haz it. A Waltz for Matilda is young adult […]

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Book Review: The Women in Black by Madeline St John

The Women in Black by Madeline St John, Text Publishing, RRP $30, ISBN 978-1-921656-79-8, Available now. The Women in Black is packaged as chick lit – that frivolous genre which is light on literature, and heavy on shoes and bagging a man. But it edges away from chick lit towards something both worthier and more […]

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