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Category: Books

New book series to take young readers on an adventure

A new book series is set to inspire young readers with a story about friendship that’s full of adventure.   Pepper Creek Ponies, written by Newcastle-based author Jess Black, follows the lives of...

Singleton library welcomes best-selling author Peter FitzSimons

Best-selling author, former rugby Test player and popular media commentator Peter FitzSimons will present a free talk at Singleton Library on his latest book, Breaker Morant, later this month, signifying the return of face-to-face...

Book talk: 3 new crime novels

Jeff Popple reviews three new crime novels by Australian authors. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Author plows ahead with alpine crime series

Ice, snow, fog, and darkness set the scene in Newcastle-based author Lee Christine’s chilling delve into the niche genre of romantic alpine crime. Christine’s first book in the series, Charlotte Pass, quickly became...

Book talk: 3 books for Australia Day

Jeff Popple reviews three books for Australia Day. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com

Newcastle author’s ‘inspiration’ a family affair

Drawing inspiration from her daughter, Newcastle-based author Sheree Chambers is set to release a new children’s book series to encourage young readers to witness the beauty of our nation. And, the first offering...

Book talk: 5 great summer reads

Jeff and Michael Popple recommend five great summer reads. More of their reviews can be found on their blogs.

New dates for 2021 Newcastle Writers Festival

The Newcastle Writers Festival will welcome new dates for next year. The ninth event is scheduled to take place alongside the first weekend of the City of Newcastle’s arts festival from 24 to...

The Spotty Socked Lops book bounces onto shelves

Can you imagine what the pandemic might look like to a pair of rabbits? An emerging children’s author in Newcastle has published a book that explores just that. Former University of Newcastle student Meg...

Book talk: Recent releases for Christmas

This week, Michael Popple recommends three excellent recent releases to buy this Christmas. More of Michael’s reviews can be found on his blog

Rugby league legend Wally Lewis’ new tell-all book

Rugby league legend Wally Lewis has penned a new tell-all autobiography, which is expected to quickly become a bestseller.  The book, which took three years to compile, documents ‘the Emperor of Lang Park’s’...

Iconic Aussie pair produce ‘Darn a Good Yarn’

There are few organisations that encapsulate the Australian spirit more aptly than the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia (RFDS) and the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWA). For almost a century, the...

Book talk: Families and adventures

Jeff Popple reviews three books about families, adventurers and that ‘Reacher Guy’. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Before the Storm by Di Morrissey Macmillan, $34.99 Di Morrissey is one...

Sir Peter Cosgrove to land in Maitland

One of Australia’s most decorated soldiers, General Sir Peter Cosgrove is bringing his book tour to Maitland. The event is a part of Maitland Libraries’ popular Look Who’s Talking Program. Having won the Military...

Book talk: 3 new novels by Australian authors

Jeff Popple reviews three new novels by Australian authors. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Consolation by Garry Disher Text, $32.99 Few, if any, authors do outback crime as well...

“An eventful two decades”: Newcastle captured in new book

A little girl catching raindrops in King Street, the Pasha Bulker, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement are moments in history that have been captured by a new book. Newcastle duo Greg...

Paterson’s history recorded in pages of new book

A new book is set to explore the people, places and buildings around Paterson to help shed light on the Lower Hunter town's history. Written by local Alison Pitkin and published by the...

Newcastle author pens series that began as a gift

Julie Keating is a Novocastrian who loves local history. The retired librarian says she savours the time spent researching her favourite topic, Newcastle in the 1800s. Ms Keating published Adamstown and Broadmeadow: The early...

Book talk: Books about entertainers

Jeff Popple reviews three books involving actors, musicians and a television presenter. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Chasing the Moon captures Newcastle’s magic

When her two-year-old daughter couldn't sleep, Liesel Rickarby's husband began a tradition of driving her around Newcastle, until she finally dozed off. The weary first-time dad would pass some of the city's most...

Novelist inspired by Tudor dynasty

A Newcastle-based author has penned a sequel in her much-acclaimed young adult Tudor romance series. Natalie Murray, daughter of the revered SBS football commentator Les Murray, recently released Emmie and the Tudor Queen,...