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.
Kate's reviewI 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.
Kate's reviewAs part of our Writing NSW's Kids & Young Adult Festival special, Kate interviewed Garth Nix and Belinda Murrell and reviews their latest books. Garth's Frogkisser! - a fun retake on an old fairytale - was widely acclaimed by all at the festival. Belinda's latest offering is The Lost Sapphire, a wonderful story for girls who like to imagine what life was like in the past.
Recommended readsLooking 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.
Kate's reviewA heart-wrenching novel of love, war and resistance set in Estonia in the 1940s, The Lace Weaver tells the story of two very different young women and their struggle to survive in a country caught between two of the greatest evils of the 20th century: Stalin’s Red Army and Hitler’s Third Reich. This is a novel of love and war, heartbreak and hope, and the bonds between women, delicate as lace and yet as unbreakable as steel.
We are so excited. This week we feature our first debut author Lauren Chater, who has written a beautiful novel set in World War II Estonia, called The Lace Weaver. It's a story of love and courage in one small country caught between warring powers. We cook Estonian ribs and investigate Lauren's blog The Well Read Cookie.
Kate's reviewThe Beast's Heart by debut Australian author Leife Shallcross is a retelling of the classic French fairy-tale ‘La Belle et la Bête’, told from the perspective of the Beast. Like many lovers of fairy-tales, it is one of my own personal favourites and I have drawn upon its symbols and structures in my own novel, The Beast’s Garden, which is set in Nazi Germany.
Welcome to Part 2 of our WOM Sydney Writers' Festival coverage - our fourth episode! Debut sensation Sophie Green, talks about her outback adventure The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club; Stella Prize Winner Charlotte Wood discusses her latest novel Love and Hunger - such a good book for a cooking show; and Welsh debut author Emma Glass talks about her astonishing novel Peach.