Magpies reviews Beyond Carousel

In the latest issue of Magpies (Volume 31 No. 4 September 2016) Beyond Carousel is reviewed.

“It is a well-constructed narrative and Nox is an honest and relatable narrator … it is unput-downable.”

Head over to their website to find out more information on where to buy your copy of Magpies.

Summer Reading Club — interview with Brendan Ritchie

You can read an interview with Brendan over on the Summer Reading Club’s (awesome) website.

“I like everyday heroes like Ellie in Tomorrow, When the War Began and Ponyboy in The Outsiders. Characters who are just regular people forced to deal with really intense scenarios. I think that overcoming these things – without superpowers or anything like that – is heroic and inspiring.”

Summer Reading Club is delivered online and in participating libraries for children and young adults. The program is led by the State Library of Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) and other state and public libraries across Australia. 👏

WritingWA: Love to Read Local 2016 Reviews

Beyond Carousel was included in writingWA’s Love to Read Local 2016 Reviews.

“This novel is a fascinating commentary on an arts world that has lost its soul and on finding meaning, purpose and understanding through art.”

To read the full review & find out about other great West Aussie books head over to the writingWA website. While you’re there, please read about their Writing Matters campaign, and sign the petition.

Brendan on RTRFM – Breakfast with Caitlin

Brendan was interviewed by Caitlin Nienaber on RTRFM’s Breakfast show this morning.

Brendan and Caitlin talked about the sequel to Carousel, Beyond Carousel (out now in all good bookshops!). They also discussed how two overseas musicians could end up in the sprawling mall of Carousel shopping centre, and what post-apocalyptic Perth might look like.

If you missed it, you can listen over on the RTRFM website or below.

 

 

Christmas gift ideas – books for young adults and children

In the latest episode of Cover to Cover, Meri Fatin, Beck Blaxell (The Literature Centre) and Beth Herbert (Dymocks) discuss their favourite children’s and young adult books of 2016.

If you’re stuck on what to buy for a Christmas present for the children or teenagers in your life, watch on for some great book recommendations.

Thanks for including Beyond Carousel in the list, Cover to Cover!

Trying to find a copy of Beyond Carousel? Head out and support one of the many great local bookshops in your area. You can usually find it in the Young Adult section. If they don’t already have it in stock they can order one (or two!) in for you.

Can’t bear to face the shops around this time of year? Thank Tim Berners-Lee for the web. Here are a few sites we’d recommend:

And importantly, Cover to Cover is brought to you by Writing WA, Western Australia’s peak writing body. Along with other incredible literary establishments they have had their funding discontinued by the state government. Please head over to their website to learn more, and show your support by signing their petition, writing a letter, and spreading the word. Writing matters.

WritingWA Book Club Book of the Month

Does your book club have that difficult conversation every single month of what to read next? Debate no more, WritingWA has you covered with a recommended book each month.

WritingWA’s book of the month is Beyond Carousel, Brendan Ritchie’s sequel to Carousel. If you haven’t yet read Carousel, why not make it a challenge to read both in the one month? The combined total of both books is just 707 pages, shorter than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, or The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (you should read them too, if you haven’t already).

Read more on WritingWA’s website or download the book club notes.

More photos from the Beyond Carousel launch

Beyond Carousel was launched at Beaufort Street Books on the 12th of October, 2016. Here are a few more photos from the night – thanks to Emma Jarvis for attending and snapping some shots!

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie Launch - Beaufort Street Books

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie Launch - AJ Betts

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie Launch - Guests

Brendan Ritchie at the launch of his second book Beyond Carousel


Have you read Beyond Carousel yet? Don’t forget to write a review on Goodreads / all over the Internet! If you haven’t got a copy in your hands yet, hot damn you can buy it without leaving your home / changing out of your pjs / brushing your hair.

Dog on Keyboard buying Beyond Carousel

Storylines Festival 2016

Brendan will be presenting at the All Saints’ Storylines Festival on the 3rd and 4th of November in Perth.

He’ll be discussing the subject Perth as you’ve never seen it before: How to find inspiration in your own backyard, as well as appearing on two creative writing panels.

For more information, head to the Storylines Festival website.

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