Author visit with Jacqueline Harvey

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Permalink

The media release from Penguin Random House Australia describes former-teacher now full time author Jacqueline Harvey as a ‘superstar children’s author’. I don’t have kids and am obviously not in her target audience but my local bookshop owner and another bookseller on Facebook told me her books are hugely popular.

When I met the very affable author she was in the midst of a book tour along the coastal areas of southern Queensland, appearing at schools and in bookstores. She’d already had school visits in Maryborough and Hervey Bay by the time I lumbered into her appearance at Mary Ryan’s in Hervey Bay to promote the 15th book in her Alice-Miranda series.

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Book review: Can You Keep a Secret?

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Permalink
by Caroline Overington
Published by Random House Australia
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Psychological Thriller

I really enjoyed Caroline Overington’s last novel No Place Like Home, the first of hers I’d read. As well as an entertaining read, it provided some thought-provoking social commentary on topical issues – immigration and cultural stereotyping.

Her latest release, Can You Keep a Secret, similarly directs our attention to a range of current concerns, such as how much of ourselves we expose online.

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Book review: No Place Like Home

Sunday, October 6, 2013 Permalink
by Caroline Overington
Published by Random House Australia
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense

Here in Australia, the issue of refugees is a biggie. Well… particularly in the minds of our politicians, mainstream media and those who listen to talkback radio. Unfortunately much of what people believe about refugees and asylum seekers is based on scaremongering and misinformation*.

In reality, our intake of refugees pales in comparison to many countries. We rank 69th on the list of refugees per capita (taking 1 per 1000 people). Wow, no wonder we have to worry about all of those asylum seekers and refugees clogging up our hospital waiting lists and causing traffic problems. (Yes that was sarcasm Sheldon. #obscureBBTreference)

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