Looking for something different to do this Friday night? Why not attend a local author’s book launch. We spoke to Brisbane author Patrick Holland about his latest novel One, ‘a work of the imagination based on real events’… real events that occurred in Western Queensland where the author spent his formative years.
One Synopsis : The last bushrangers in Australian history, James and Patrick Kenniff, were at the height at their horse thieving operation at turn of the 20th century. In One, troops cannot pull the Kenniff Gang out of the ranges and plains of Western Queensland – the brothers know the terrain too well, and the locals are […]
Three titles this week – two literary, a new author and an old favourite, and a crime thriller.
A couple of big name authors releasing new books in April including the likes of Joanne Harris and Chris Cleave, plus several debut titles getting lots of pre-release buzz spanning the literary, historical fiction and science-fiction genres. As always there is no shortage of great books to choose from, but sadly never enough time in […]
In this Brisbane Writers Festival panel, artists Samhita Arni, Eka Kurniawan, Ivy Alvarez and Patrick Holland shake the boundary fence to explore identity, acceptance and belonging through artistic expression in the new world of globalism and ‘self-culture’, and ask if Australia really is the world’s cultural melting pot. Samhita Arni is the author and illustrator […]
Navigatio Synopsis : Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan’s battles with the sea and the cosmos bear out what William Faulkner once called ‘the human heart in […]
Three books arrived during the past few weeks. This week Penguin are releasing four more titles in their beautiful Penguin Australian Classics series – Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, A Fortunate Life by A B Facey, The Bodysurfers by Robert Drewe and The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper. Penguin kindly sent me a copy of this hardback edition of […]
Today we welcome Patrick Holland, author of the recently released title Navigatio to Booklover Book Reviews. Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan’s battles with the sea and the […]
After collating my Best Books of 2013 So Far list last month and noticing that 4 out of the 15 books included were written by Aussies, I though it high time I reflected on the titles I have read for my Aussie Author Challenge 2013 so far. As you would expect from the challenge host, I […]
Riding the Trains in Japan Synopsis Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East Arriving late in Kyoto Patrick Holland cannot find a room for the night. Homeless and disorientated and in a place where loitering is not encouraged his only solution is to ride the trains. The train journey becomes a thread in book that […]