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#LoveOzYAbookclub – November 2017 discussion post: WRECK

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

I am feeling very victorious, as I have finished writing a book – booyah – so I’m definitely in the mood to hear your reviews of a story that starts out being about a girl who wants to report only ‘good news’  and then becomes a thrill ride action adventure, where you hope for Tamara’s victory all the way through…

A number of people have commented to me that WRECK is their favourite Ferris book, and by far the most suspenseful. We’ve mentioned this month, that Fleur Ferris has had previous careers as both a police officer and a paramedic, […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub Nov 2017 Author interview: Fleur Ferris (WRECK)

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Excuse me for being a bit late – I’ve been crook – but I’m glad I managed to get this interview in front of you before the end of the month! Our discussion post for WRECK will be going up late this week, but it’ll work out okay because everything slows down in the lead up to Christmas: as is my wont, I’ll be scheduling a title for December2017-January2018 that will take us through the end of the year and into the New Year.

I’d like to say thanks so much to Fleur Ferris for visiting with us today, and answering our crazy bookclub questions. Fleur grew up in […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – November 2017 title announcement: WRECK

November 8th, 2017|0 Comments

We’re reaching the pointy end of the year now, when everything seems to speed up and you realise you haven’t even thought about Christmas gift shopping, or what’s happening when the summer holidays start (it’s coming into summer here, if you’re from someplace Not Australia). This is when my list of Things To Do begins to get excessively long and detailed, and chores pile up…

Thank goodness I can still retreat to a good book.

WRECK is Fleur Ferris’s third book – her debut title RISK was one of the hottest things on the OzYA school library circuit and made background-scenery guest appearances on Home & Away, and her […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub October 2017 discussion post – THIS IS SHYNESS (Leanne Hall)

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Wolfboy is getting restless. ‘Are you ready to go?’

I grab one of his hands and pancake it between mine. His eyes are so dark, I think of the impossibility of ever really knowing him.

‘One more thing. See all this…’ I look up at the stars and the lights and the velvety night and the strange, strange world. ‘This is all we have, just this. Just now.’

It’s the little things – the stars and the lights and the velvety night and the strange, strange world – in THIS IS SHYNESS that really get me. Leanne Hall’s prose is so subtle and […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub October 2017 author Q&A – Leanne Hall (This is Shyness)

October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Our lovely guest this month is YA writer, ace bookseller, skilled raconteur and all-round Highly Talented Person, Leanne Hall. A Melbourne native, she began her writing career with short stories in Meanjin, Sleepers Almanac and Best Australian Stories, then won the Text Prize in 2009 for THIS IS SHYNESS (and believe me, the follow-up, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, is just as awesome).

Check out the amazing artwork (by Noelle, below) that SHYNESS has inspired, and make sure you catch up with Leanne’s website, The Long Blinks, which contains lots of extra SHYNESS content (including deleted chapters! and you might […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – October 2017 title announcement: THIS IS SHYNESS

October 9th, 2017|0 Comments

“The bouncer looks down from his concrete stoop with bloodhound eyes. He’s worked too many nights in a row. I push my shoulders back in my too-tight t-shirt. This is up to me and the motivational power of my two best assets…”

I remember reading these words, from THIS IS SHYNESS by Leanne Hall, to a class of Year 10 students one day. Their reaction was priceless: they weren’t sure what this ‘YA’ thing was, but it sounded pretty good (even talking about ‘assets’! Lol), and maybe the teacher standing in front of them reading aloud wasn’t a total loss…

THIS […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2017 discussion post – SPARK (Rachael Craw)

September 29th, 2017|1 Comment

SPARKArmy, present!

 

 

 

 

A couple of things for me personally:

  1. I am very attached to the idea of a local ‘superhero’ story. I don’t think Aus/NZ fiction does much of that, and I applaud Rachael Craw for going for it with this series.
  2. On the same theme – much local YA is rewarded for being literary, but I think there is a real hunger for more out-there genre fiction. I’d like to see more of this type of fiction take off in the Aus/NZ market, because it’s the kind of stuff I used to prefer reading as a teenager, so SPARK was […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2017 title selection – SPARK (Rachael Craw)

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Right, it’s time to change things up a bit 🙂

We’ve had a bit of a run of deep-thinks books, and now I reckon it might be time for us to read something fantastical – this month we’ll be reading SPARK, the first book in Rachael Craw’s Death by Design series.

And yes, I’m aware we’ve had a bit of a run of NZ books too – I know this is supposed to be LoveOZYA, but I hope folks don’t mind if we give a little bookish love to our neighbours across the water.

Here’s the blurb for SPARK, just to get […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub August 2017 discussion post: BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS (Jane Harrison)

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Ever read a little book that leaves a big mark?

Last year I tried to get stuck into reading as much popular fiction by Indigenous authors as I could. Jared Thomas, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Tony Birch and Jane Harrison all left their mark on my mind, but something about KIRRALI LEWIS remained with me. I think it was because the quiet heartbreak and joy of Kirrali’s story really changed the way I looked at the world, reminded me that a white perspective is not the only perspective – for all that it tends to be the dominant one in Australia, a land […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – August 2017 author interview: Jane Harrison (BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS)

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Our book this month is written by one of the loveliest people you could hope to meet – Jane Harrison is a descendent of the Muruwari people of NSW, and is an award-winning playwright and author. Apart from all her amazing achievements, and being an awesome writer, Jane is just an all-round ace person – I got to know her through her work as the Director of Blak & Bright at Writers Vic, and was even more awestruck after I read BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS.

So, in usual fashion, I asked Jane all the oddball questions we usually throw at […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub August 2017 title selection: BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS (Jane Harrison)

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Sometimes I like to choose a book for bookclub that I feel has been a bit overlooked. Next month I’m planning to give you a wild ride, but the book for August 2017 is something a bit quieter and a bit special: local YA author and playwright and generally wonderful person Jane Harrison’s lovely book, BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS.

Set in the tumultuous era of civil rights activism in the 1960s and the changed landscape of the 1980s, BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS is a coming of age story about Kirrali, a Koori girl who’s been ‘raised white’ in a loving adoptive family. […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub June-July 2017 discussion post: INTO THE RIVER (Ted Dawe)

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Okay, first of all: I have no idea why this book was banned.

The story exposes an unpalatable side of elite private boarding school education. But this is a side we know from (many) previous books – I was vividly reminded of Bryce Courtenay’s Power of One, and even Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour springs to mind – and it’s not exactly a taboo subject. Even everyone’s most beloved school, Hogwarts, has a touch of that archaic prep school nonsense (and a certain amount of bland bigotry) that makes boarding school sagas so bizarrely fascinating, particularly to people (like me) who’ve never […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – June 2017 author interview: Ted Dawe (Into the River)

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Hey bookclubbers! This month’s book, INTO THE RIVER, is sure to create some interesting discussion, especially around the issue of how and why it was banned in New Zealand. But before we get into the serious business, I thought it’d be nice to ask the author, Ted Dawe, to answer some lighter questions about himself and his writing process. Thanks for joining in, Ted 🙂

 

 

* One curious or unusual thing about you that most people don’t know:

When my first novel failed to find a publisher and my confidence was at a

low ebb I sent the manuscript […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub June 2017 title selection

June 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Hi team! May proved to be one of the busiest months on record for me, but now we’re in June! Phew! And we have a great new book to read, which is good, because I really want to spend some time flopping around and reading. I reckon I’ve earned it.

The title for June 2017 is INTO THE RIVER by Ted Dawe.

I know, I know – the author is a New Zealander, which makes this book not strictly ‘OzYA’. But I’m more than willing to extend the OzYA umbrella to cover our neighbours across the water. Plus, I think […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub May 2017 discussion post – A SINGLE STONE (Meg McKinlay)

May 23rd, 2017|2 Comments

It would seem to be a bit of an oxymoron, but there’s a lot of same-yness in fantasy/spec fiction, particularly the work pitched to younger audiences. Stories of magic, and dragons, and evil forces, and objects of power, and lots of characters who seem to have slightly elvish features, or be carrying swords or crossbows or wands… Perhaps it’s the comfortable familiarity of these worlds after repeated re-visiting, or perhaps the Western legends of Excalibur and so on are just the ones that resonate hard with Western audiences because we grew up with them, but many of the landscapes in fantasy are distinctly Tolkien-esque, or of the King Arthur […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – May 2017 title selection

May 18th, 2017|0 Comments

 

If one tiny thing, one moment, could change the way you and your community lived – for better or worse – would you take it? Jena’s whole life is thrown into turmoil with such a question in A SINGLE STONE by Meg McKinlay, our bookclub title for this month.

Jena lives with her family in an isolated community that has developed and changed in peculiar ways. Cut off from the outside world centuries ago, the girls of the community are all trained from birth to serve the Mountain as tunellers and harvesters, collecting the valuable rock that keeps the […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – April 2017 discussion post (ZEROES)

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Okay, so I have personal preferences for super-heroes. They have to be human, be able to do cool but slightly weird stuff (please don’t give me your standard telekinesis and ‘Look, mum, I can fly!’), have interesting backstories, and above all, they have to be real – blood, sweat, zits, swearing, BO…yup, gimme the real stuff. That’s it. Basically, I like contemp superheroes, bwahaha.

That’s why I have fallen so hard in the past for folks like the Tick, and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and the crew from Misfits (they are the best – if only for the first two seasons). I really don’t like the glamour versions of […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – title selection April 2017

April 8th, 2017|2 Comments

This month’s title for bookclub is ZEROES by the collaborative team of Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, and Margo Lanagan.

I think the first book of Margo Lanagan’s that I ever bought was Black Juice, her collection of short stories – and I quickly bought the companion collections, Red Spikes and White Time, once I realised what I was reading. Fiercely original, with sensuous language, the story Singing My Sister Down – about a family spending time with their rebellious daughter before her unusual execution – is probably the best-known of the stories, after it was nominated for both the […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2017 discussion post: A SHADOW’S BREATH

March 30th, 2017|0 Comments

It’s time to talk about Tessa and Nick, and the different facets of A SHADOW’S BREATH by Nicole Hayes. I’d like to open by saying that I’ve read every single one of Nicole’s books, and she seems to develop further as a writer with each subsequent novel – which I find satisfying, because to my mind, an author who’s working on her craft with each book is really putting effort into the stories she creates. I like watching the evolution of style and skill, and Nicole’s skills are pretty solid by this point.

Tessa is a great character, finely drawn and […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2017 Author Interview: Nicole Hayes

March 25th, 2017|0 Comments

 

So I’ve already told you a little bit about Nicole Hayes, the author of this month’s title, A SHADOW’S BREATH: she’s written two other YA books (The Whole of My World, and One True Thing) and she’s deeply involved in The Outer Sanctum, AFL football commentary in general, and the brand new AFLW comp in particular. Now Nicole is here to answer a few questions herself and put the record straight about her sordid ballet history…

 

 

* One curious or unusual thing about you that most people don’t know:

A lot of people know I played footy as a kid […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2017 title selection

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Greetings and salutations, folks – I’ve had some time away from social media, which was both necessary and nourishing, and now I’m back just in time to announce the bookclub title for March.

This month, we’re reading a brand new title by Nicole Hayes, the author of The Whole of My World and One True Thing, and proud footy tragic. Nicole has been one of the forces behind The Outer Sanctum, a podcast that spends time on the big questions of AFL (like, will Cyril Rioli ever come to Richmond? – unlikely *sads*). These rockin’ women were the team who broke the Caroline Wilson-Eddie McGuire story last year, […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Dec-Jan 2017 discussion post – INBETWEEN DAYS (Vikki Wakefield)

January 30th, 2017|0 Comments

I’d originally planned to send out this discussion post on Jan 28, but given the tumultuous events in America over the weekend I opted to delay going live until today. It didn’t seem quite right to be promoting bookclub chats when people in the US were being herded off airplanes like cattle, and to be honest, people’s attention seemed to be diverted elsewhere. Nonetheless, the show must go on – and I’m sure many of you have thoughts on this month’s bookclub title that you’re keen to air.

 INBETWEEN DAYS by Vikki Wakefield was our ‘lazy summer holiday’ read over […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Dec-Jan author interview: Vikki Wakefield (InBetween Days)

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Hello! I’m back, after a long stretch away, camping with the family. I find getting to the beach refreshing, like I can finally stretch my arms after being cocooned for a long time. I also find completely abandoning all tech and social media (letting my phone die, no pics, no reception, no charging capability, nil, nada, nothing) for an extended period incredibly rejuvenating. I recommend it highly. I got a lot of writing and thinking done, and did a lot of kayaking, and hung out with my fam and friends, and basically had a really excellent, relaxing time.

But I wasn’t […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – thanks! and December-January 2016/7 title selection

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Team, we’ve made it to the end of the year.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a very large, Christmas-wrapped thank you to all the authors who have participated in bookclub this year. Authors are usually pretty busy people, but everyone I’ve contacted during the course of 2016 has been unfailingly generous of their time, and given us all the chance to have a good chinwag on Facebook, or provided thoughtful replies to the (slightly silly) questions I ask on behalf of bookclub, all in an effort to give us some insight into the writing process or the book we’ve read.

So thank you to (in receding order) Jay […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Nov/Dec 2016 discussion post: GEMINA (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

I’m often reluctant to schedule Big Books for bookclub. I’m sure you know what I mean by Big Books – novels that are so heavily promoted and frequently talked about that additional introduction seems unnecessary. It seems almost a shame to give these books extra attention because they already have such huge buzz, and there are so many other under-appreciated OzYA books out there that are begging to be read. I generally prefer to schedule books that I think need some special lovin’ from new fans, so I generally have a knee-jerk, ‘Uuuhhh, no’ when a Big Book comes along.

My primary consideration for scheduling novels in bookclub is generally: […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – November-Dec 2016 – author spotlight: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Summer has finally arrived here – very late indeed. We’ve had buckets of rain, and highly unusual temperature fluctuations that have seen us lighting the woodfire stove at least twice this November, which is totally weird for November.

We’ve also had some weird action in bookclub: I’ve extended the reading period for this month’s book into December. It’s to give people time to catch up with their reading of our title, GEMINA, but mainly it’s a chance for me to draw out the announcement of our end-of-year title, which will hold us over until I get back from family camping in December-January.

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#LoveOzYAbookclub – November 2016 title selection: GEMINA

November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

The title for this month’s bookclub read is GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *mic drop*

 

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I’ve chosen this book for a number of reasons. First, I think almost everyone will already have a copy (and if you don’t, you can order from Boomerang Books, using the ‘loveoz‘ code to get free shipping). Second, we kicked off #LoveOzYAbookclub last year in November (I know! Our one year anniversary! Awww…) with ILLUMINAE, the first in this series, so it felt appropriate. And third, this book kicks arse, and I want the whole world to know 🙂

As I’ve mentioned, I’m […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – October 2016 Discussion post: SUMMER SKIN (Kirsty Eagar)

October 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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When I first bumped up against Jess Gordon, I wasn’t sure I liked her. Or Mitch Crawford, Jess’s opposite number in Kirsty Eagar’s SUMMER SKIN. Both Jess and Mitch seemed abrupt, crass, careless of themselves and sometimes the people around them. But they were trying – that’s what brought me back to them, again and again. They were both trying to reconcile things – their opinions, actions, ethics, their dysfunctional approach to relationships, their hopes for the future. They were both stuck in the artificial environment and community of university college/pub life. They were both reaching for something more. And […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – October 2016 title selection

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Omg, it’s still freakin’ raining! It’s been raining non-stop here for weeks. Please tell me that it’s warm and dry somewhere in the world – I feel like I’m living in the middle of a swamp.

This month’s title is the first one I get to choose since the kick-off month of bookclub! And I had a book in mind (which rhymes with ‘Femina’, ahem) but unfortunately that book is not available for orders until the end of October, so I’ve chosen another excellent book for our reading pleasure…

SUMMER SKIN by Kirsty Eagar is a story about sex – in fact, it’s the story of blossoming love between a […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 discussion post: A SMALL MADNESS

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

A small madnessRight, it’s time to get into the meat and potatoes of Dianne Touchell’s A SMALL MADNESS. I’ve been looking forward to this discussion, as the book raises a whole heap of issues with its plot and characters, as well as with its form, and I’m very interested to hear other peoples’ opinions on it.

First of all, issues of form. A number of people have said to me that they didn’t feel A SMALL MADNESS was a YA book. What constitutes a ‘YA book’ seems harder and harder to get a handle on these days. The chief concerns, I […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 – author interview: Dianne Touchell

September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

floods-at-our-placeWe have not been washed away in the rains here, although it was a near thing (for those of you living far away, south eastern Australia has had some of its highest Spring rainfalls and worst flooding in about ten years – at left is an actual picture of our actual access road during last week’s deluge).

I’m not that bothered by flooding in my vicinity because I’ve always felt that I could cope quite well with being cut off – so long as I had a stock of teabags and condensed milk, a few bottles of wine, and a stack of […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 title selection, August Hiatus results

September 5th, 2016|1 Comment

Welcome to Spring here on my side of the world!  It’s time for flowers to bloom, baby chicks to hatch, sunny skies, and…er…hayfever. So while I’m sniffing and nose-blowing at my place, here’s something to take us on to a new era in bookclub.

Our August hiatus is over. The competition we ran, asking for responses from bookclubbers about how we might value-add to the group, was very useful – a lot of suggestions and ideas were provided about how we might improve the #LoveOzYAbookclub experience, and here’s some of the recommendations I’m adopting:

* Title Selection: After long consideration, I’ve decided to change the title selection process for bookclub. The […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – August 2016: Hiatus Contest

August 24th, 2016|1 Comment

Hey bookclubbers!

So here we are, having a little breather.  I’m totally okay with that, and I hope you are too – if you’re anything like me, you’ll already have a pile of books on your bookshelf (or nightstand, also on the floor next to your nightstand, in my case) that you have had a chance to reacquaint with, and a change is as good as a holiday I reckon.

I decided to give everyone, including me, a chance to catch up this month. #LoveOzYAbookclub has officially been going since October last year – that’s when people first started signing up – so it’s been ten months of non-stop action, and […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – July 2016 discussion post: RUBY MOONLIGHT (Ali Cobby Eckermann)

August 8th, 2016|0 Comments

How’s it going, folks? Are you keeping up with your bookclub reading? This month’s book discussion has been dragged out into August. But never fear – I’ve had some new ideas for spicing up bookclub (which I’ll share more in the next post) and everyone will get a chance to join in!

ali cobby eckermannSo what did you think of RUBY MOONLIGHT? It was a very quick read, and I inhaled it all in one sitting. Ali Cobby Eckermann is a winner of the Kuril Dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship, part of the black&write! Indigenous Writing Project sponsored by the State […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – July 2016 book selection

July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

We are past the halfway mark of the year – how on earth did that happen? – and…we have another title for bookclub!  I’ve had a few delays on my end with Real Life stuff, so I’m sorry this post is a bit late, but the wait will be worth it, I promise 🙂

One of the things I love about bookclub (and YA itself) is the incredible variety of forms – in the last nine months, we’ve read Illuminae, which played with multi-form texts and graphics, How To Be Happy, a YA memoir, and Notes from the Teenage Underground, which highlighted where YA has come from.  […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – June 2016 Discussion Post: THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF (Ambelin Kwaymullina)

July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Good morning! (or afternoon, or evening, etc)  It’s 3 July here in Australia, and while we may not yet have a stable government after yesterday’s election, d’you know what we have got?  Yes!  We’ve got the first Indigenous woman in the House of Representatives!

That’s right: Linda Burney, the new Member for Barton, is the first female Indigenous MP for Labor.  And regardless of political affiliations, I think we should all be cheering that (despite the fact that it took us this long to get here).

In honour of Ms Burney’s election, and because I think we all need a bit of a boost after the strange and curious democratic […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Five Messy Questions with Ambelin Kwaymullina (Ashala Wolf)

June 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Hi bookclubbers!

Ambelin KwaymullinaWelcome to a new round of Five Messy Questions with our author of the month.  Our June author in the hot seat is Ambelin Kwaymullina, who wrote THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF.  I’d like to thank Ambelin for taking the time to join us, and for having a bit of fun with these questions!

 

* One of your favourite words and why:

Rhythm. I can’t spell it. No matter how many times I write it, the exact combination of letters never sticks in my head. The word is an eternal mystery to me. To write this answer I spelt […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: June 2016 book selection

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

This month’s title selection has been generously provided by Chris Currie, author of May’s book, CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW (and proud new dad, as of Saturday May 4th – congratulations Chris!  Love to the whole family!!).

Chris has chosen…*drumroll*…

THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF by Ambelin Kwaymullina!!  Yay!  Kermit flail!

Ashala wolfIn this first book of The Tribe series, Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose, and is about to be subjected to the Machine – memories and thoughts will be yanked straight from her mind, exposing her Tribe, the runaway Illegals with extraordinary powers hiding in the Firstwood.  […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: Title Suggestions Masterlist and How This All Works

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

[Yes, this is the very first post for #LoveOzYAbookclub – I’ve added it here as info for new members and to keep everything in one place.  If you have suggestions for bookclub – titles, features, whatever – add it in the comments here or on the FB page!]

 

Hi all, this is the introductory post for the #LoveOzYAbookclub – welcome!  If you enjoy reading YA books, and specifically Australian YA, then this is the club for you.  I’m not going to make stupid references to Fight Club, cos that is passe, and the only rule of #LoveOzYAbookclub is talk all you want about bookclub.  Oh, and invite whoever you want – young readers, older […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – May 2016 Discussion Post: Clancy of the Undertow (Chris Currie)

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Hi bookclubbers!

How did you all go with CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW?  I found the directness of the prose wove its own magic, and although it took me a few pages to sink into Clancy’s scratchy, raw personality, I was truly converted within a few chapters.

It’s kind of fascinating to see where writers leap off, from an original idea into a full-blown novel.  Chris Currie has offered this link to Stop and Go Man, the story he wrote (that was later featured in Kill Your Darlings journal) that provided the jumping-off point for his development of CLANCY – and you can see the tone is already set, even though […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Five Messy Questions with Chris Currie (Clancy of the Undertow)

May 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Chris is our special guest in the hot seat for this month’s bookclub grilling – and not only did he rise to the challenge, concocting an amazing-sounding cocktail in honour of Clancy, but he dug through his archives to find (in draft form) some of the earliest words he wrote that made the book happen (ahh, writing in the Myer Centre…as a former Brisbane native, I remember it well).  So keep reading beyond the questions to find out where Chris wrote a big chunk of the novel, and for a window into the thoughts that went into the development of the characters.  Thanks for being our May 2016 guest, […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: May 2016 book selection

May 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Another exciting month ahead, and we have another fantastic title on our list.  This is one that I read a while back, but it was just so damn good, that I can’t wait to share it…

It’s always an honour to announce new titles, and this month’s book was selected by Dave Burton, the author of HOW TO BE HAPPY, which we read in April.  To keep us bushy-tailed in May, Dave has chosen CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW by Chris Currie.

clancy  of the undertowCLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW is the second novel from Chris Currie, a Queensland author. Chris’s previous […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – April 2016 Discussion Post: How to be Happy (Dave Burton)

May 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

propitiating the godsFor those of you who didn’t get the note I sent out last weekend, boundless apologies for not getting this discussion post up in time.  I have been plagued by some kind of malicious internet god this week…let’s just call it the Telstra God…which has made it impossible for me to a) load Google Homepage in under 5 minutes, b) trust that my internet connection won’t just suddenly drop out FOR NO REASON while I’m in the middle of doing whatever thing I’m doing, c) reliably receive phone calls or texts or email or…well, do anything much at […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: April 2016 – Five Messy Questions with Dave Burton

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

 

Dave BurtonWell, we’re at it again, picking the brains of our favourite authors.  This month’s author in the hot seat is Dave Burton, the author of How to Be Happy, and he’s answered five slightly offbeat questions to give us some insight into his writing process (or at least, what his Writing Must-Haves consist of).

 Dave is a Queenslander, and he blogs here, at his website.  He has taught theatre and literature at USQ, and created award-winning theatrical work, including the community musical Boomtown and April Fool’s, about illicit teenage drug use.  He has directed Shakespeare, and […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: April 2016 book selection

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Good morning, and welcome to April!  In our patch of the world, the leaves are turning gold and red, and the temperatures are cooling.  We’re approaching that time of the year when it’s time to light the fire, and curl up on the couch with a hot mug of something, and a good book to read (in other words, my favourite time of the year 🙂 ).

This month’s book has been kindly selected by last month’s author, Simmone Howell, author of NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND.  In a refreshing change from fiction, she has chosen a book of YA memoir, so I’m delighted to announce […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: March 2016 Discussion Post – Notes from the Teenage Underground (Simmone Howell)

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

In a staggering display of organisational skill, I have put up the Discussion Post on time.  Yes, I know you’re shocked!

But enough about my organisation (or lack thereof) – what did you think of this month’s book?  NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND was a book that had  me lying on the bed in the late afternoon, happily reading away, when I probably should have been doing something more industrious (like making dinner, or washing dishes…  Nah!).  I was delighted to lose myself in the Happenings of Gem and her friends.  I was moved by Gem’s moments with her dad, and I especially loved the bits with Dodgy.  And if you’d […]

“Looking Back, Looking Forward”: Notes from the Teenage Underground and LoveOzYA

March 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Notes Teen UndergroundIt’s nearly upon us: that time when we add our thoughts and comments to the discussion thread about this month’s book.  Usually I ask authors to either answer Five Messy Questions, or participate in a Facebook chat (which I’m still getting the hang of, you might have noticed).  This month, with our book NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND, I thought we’d have a bit of a break from normal programming.

Instead of one of our usual interactions, I asked Simmone if she would be kind enough to contribute something personal – in light of the fact that […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2016 book selection

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Rain!  We had rain yesterday!  Such excitement – Autumn, my favourite season, is finally here!  So with the changing of the seasons, it’s time for a change of title…

Notes Teen UndergroundA giant thank you to our February author, Alison Goodman, who has selected this month’s title for bookclub: I hope you’ll join me in saying a big ‘YAY!’ for our March title, Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell.

Notes was first published in 2007, which almost makes it an Australian YA classic – it was released only a year after Twilight took the world by […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – February 2016 Book Discussion Post: Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Alison Goodman)

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Final call folks! We’ve read LADY HELEN, and talked with Alison, and had a lovely Q&A, and now is the moment you get to put down your last thoughts on LADY HELEN, before the new title announcement tomorrow.  Is there anything further you’d like to add?  Any last lingering comments about Lord Carlston, perhaps?  Or maybe you’d like to make a particular nod to the research involved in the writing of this lovely book – or the sexual or class politics?

Kirkus

Then now’s the time – if you’d like to read what Kirkus Reviews had to say about LADY […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Author Q&A – Alison Goodman (Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club)

March 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

 

This month’s author in the hot seat is Alison Goodman, the author of Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club.  Alison has been a wonderful guest at Monday’s debut FB Author Chat, and today I present her answers to five (slightly more weird) questions for your edification.

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Tomorrow I’ll be posting the discussion thread for LADY HELEN, and we’ll shortly have a new title announcement for March!  Until then, enjoy 🙂

 

* One curious or unusual thing about you that most people don’t know:

On a European trip, I was accidentally left behind in the middle of France. My husband […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: December 2015 book selection

December 6th, 2015|1 Comment

Can you hear the Christmas sleigh bells tinkling?  No?  Well, I hope this tinkles in your ear then – we have our second book for bookclub!

This month’s book has been selected by the authors of last month’s title – as#LoveOzYAbookclub operates on a domino system for titles.  So big thank yous to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, who have chosen Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson as our book of the month.

Green ValentineGreen Valentine is the story of Astrid (Lobster Girl), a perky eco-warrior, and Hiro (Shopping Trolley Boy), a slouchy non-participator, and how they find common ground while […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: November 2015 Book Discussion Post – Illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)

November 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Hi and welcome to our first book club Discussion Post!

Now, as book club host, it’s kind of my job to be impartial, but this is the first book off the rank, and (hopefully) the only book I’ll get to choose over the course of book club.  And I’ve got to say, I loved Illuminae – it shook up my head in the best possible way.  I’ve seen a few books that have tried to meld the narrative aspects with graphic-novel style, but this is the first book that I think actually managed to pull it off.  From page one to finish, I absolutely could not put it down (I […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: Author Q&A – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Illuminae)

November 21st, 2015|0 Comments

To value-add to our book club experience, I’ve asked authors whose books we’re reading to either a) answer a short Q&A, or b) participate in an FB author chat, if they’re able.  As authors can get very busy, I’ve tried to keep it light-hearted, with the emphasis on something fun and easy.

The authors of our November book, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, have been very busy indeed of late, so I’m hugely appreciative that they’ve agreed to join in at #LoveOzYAbookclub with the answers to a few silly questions.  The Discussion Thread for Illuminae will go up early next week – until then, enjoy!

* One curious or unusual […]