Launch of the Aussie Author Challenge 2015

Aussie Author Challenge 2015

The Aussie Author Challenge is back for its sixth year! Whether you are a patriotic Australian, an aspiring or armchair tourist or simply an international reader wanting to discover some talented new authors and interact with like-minded readers, the Aussie Author Challenge could be for you! The objective of this challenge is to showcase the […]

Book Review – MAKING SOAPIES IN KABUL by Trudi-Ann Tierney

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Making Soapies in Kabul Synopsis : Hot days, crazy nights and dangerous liasons in a war zone On an impulse, Trudi-Ann Tierney, Sydney producer and former actress, goes to Kabul to manage a bar. She quickly falls into the local TV industry, where she becomes responsible for producing a highly popular soapie. Trudi’s staff are hugely inexperienced. […]

Book Review – THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion

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The Rosie Effect Synopsis : ‘We’ve got something to celebrate,’ Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered a place in the psychiatry-training programme. This would be extremely good news, and […]

Book Review – INFAMY by Lenny Bartulin

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Infamy Synopsis : REWARD: Twenty gallons of Rum for the Delivery into My Custody of one Colonel George Bloody Arthur. The Reprobate’s Offences include Fraudulently Impersonating a Lieutenant Governor. For I Am the TRUE George! William Burr, the son of an English settler in South America, had a steady job hunting mahogany pirates in British Honduras. One […]

Ned Kelly Awards 2014 – The Shortlist

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The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prizes honouring our crime fiction and true crime writing. Now run by the Australian Crime Writers Association, the categories are Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, True Crime and the Sandra Harvey Short Story Award. The winners of the 2014 Ned Kelly Award winners will be […]

Aussie Author Challenge Spotlight – August 2014

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An additional 27 book reviews have been published as part of the Aussie Author Challenge since our May Spotlight. Many participants are nearing completion of their selected challenge level, and some, like Shelleyrae have already reached it. The mystery/thriller genre was popular as always, with Bruce McCabe’s debut Skinjob provoking conversation at Devoted Eclectic and Book’d Out. Deb @ Debbish discussed […]

2014 Reading Challenge progress

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I committed to four annual reading challenges this year – my Aussie Author Challenge, Australian Women Writer’s Challenge, The Eclectic Reader Challenge and the Global Reading Challenge. I’ve been reading with very little structure this year, so it’s a good time to check on my progress… Books Written by Australian Authors Since my reading for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge is […]

Book Review – AFTER DARKNESS by Christine Piper

After Darkness by Christine Piper

After Darkness Synopsis: The winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2014 It is early 1942 and Australia is in the midst of war. While working at a Japanese hospital in the pearling port of Broome, Dr Ibaraki is arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Loveday internment camp in a remote corner of South Australia. […]

Aussie Author Challenge Spotlight – May 2014

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An additional 15 book reviews have been published as part of the Aussie Author Challenge since our March Spotlight. Rural contemporary fiction featured with Carol being ‘surprised and delighted’ by the strength of Kerry McGinnis’ writing in Tracking North, and that theme continued with Shelleyrae’s 4 star review of Charlotte Nash’s second novel Iron Junction. Caroline Overington’s work has been […]