books

Holly Ringland’s gorgeous giveaway

2018-09-21T16:32:54+00:00 Categories: Giveaway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Thanks to Harper Collins and Murdoch Books, Word of Mouth TV has two beautiful book packs to give away this week for our Holly Ringland episode. What’s in the box? Holly Ringland's The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart , The Country Women's Association of NSW's Everything I Know About Cooking I Learned from the Country Women's Association of NSW , Kate Forsyth's Beauty in Thorns, and S.L. Mills' GOM’s Gold.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

2018-09-22T14:17:39+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
An astonishingly assured debut, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story of love, loss, betrayal and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is both heart-breaking and life-affirming. A coming-of-age story with a vividly evocative Australian setting, this novel follows the story of Alice Hart who must learn to escape the shadows of an abusive father in order to build a life for herself. The Australian landscape, and its strange and beautiful flora, has a potent presence in the novel.

Pineapple and mint salsa and herby tomatoes

2018-09-21T17:35:21+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Portrait of a recipe
Something light and fresh was needed to accompany our Balmain bugs for the Holly Ringland interview and this pineapple and mint salsa paired with a tomato and herb salad fitted the bill. It was 29 degrees in the shade for this interview and not a scrap of salad was left in the bowls by the end of the day - simple hot-weather crowd pleasers. We hope you enjoy these salads as much as we did.

Holly Ringland’s Balmain Bugs in lemon myrtle

2018-09-26T19:06:37+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |

Portrait of a recipe
Holly Ringland's novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is an ode to Australia's unique and exquisite flora, so it seemed fitting to use an Australian herb - lemon myrtle - to dress these delicious local Balmain bugs for our interview. Accompanied by a pineapple and mint salsa, it was the perfect al-fresco meal for this unseasonally hot Autumn day.

Episode 7: Holly Ringland’s Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

2018-09-25T13:59:13+00:00 Categories: Episodes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Word of Mouth TV caught up with Holly Ringland on her whirlwind tour of Australia. Her novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, was one of the debut sensations of the year. Holly talks with us about the language of flowers and what it feels like to have your writing dreams come true. She also offers a great cookbook recommendation for all our vegan fans (we know there are a few).

Episode 6: Writing NSW’s Kids & YA Festival

2018-09-03T19:10:35+00:00 Categories: Episodes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Word of Mouth TV had such a great time interviewing authors at Writing NSW's Kids & Young Adult Festival. The events were packed but we still managed to persuade authors Jaclyn Moriarty, Garth Nix and Belinda Murrell to spare some time to talk about their latest books and share their book and food tips. Everyone else must have had a great time too, because the event trended fourth on Twitter for the day, no mean feat.

Kids & YA Fest – Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

2018-09-03T18:49:12+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
I have always thought that Jaclyn Moriarty has one of the freshest and most original voices in Australian children’s literature and so was eager to read her latest children’s fantasy, beautifully presented as a hardback with whimsical illustrations by Kelly Canby. The book did not disappoint – it was a sparkling delight from beginning to end, with lots of unexpected discoveries, wondrous encounters and madcap adventures.

Lauren Chater, a well-read cookie, crunches answers

2018-08-29T14:04:19+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Author Q&A
Every time authors come to dine with Word of Mouth TV, we ask them questions about their latest book, their next project and, of course, their relationship with food and their take on the intersection between food and literature. This episode, Lauren Chater, talks about her blog, The Well Read Cookie, her love of baking and ... chocolate!

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2018-08-27T19:11:02+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
Looking for something to read in your next quiet moment? Never fear! Word of Mouth TV is here. Lauren Chater, author of The Lace Weaver, Kate Forsyth and Sarah Mills serve up the best books they've read lately, and a couple of their favourite cookbooks.

The Lace Weaver – Lauren Chater

2018-09-22T16:29:24+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sarah's review
A charming debut novel from author Lauren Chater, The Lace Weaver is set in Estonia, just prior to World War II. Squeezed between the two major powers of the Soviet Union and Germany, Estonia is coveted by both. Maintaining independence is all but impossible, and the Estonians endure great hardship as two evil empires - the Russians, then Germans - occupy their land. The people take great heart from their traditions, particularly lace weaving.

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