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So much chatting!

This month, we meet, greet and chat to our hearts content...

As you can see, this month we're enjoying conversations with two talented Australian authors - Kate Forsyth and Honey Brown. It's a fantastic chance to get to know these authors a little better, and to find out more about how they write, about their titles and a little of what's next for them! Online author chats are a new addition to TBYL and I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I do.

Also, there's lots of new reviews to be read on the TBYL Blog, a chance to win a copy of the intriguing novel Torn, by Karen Turner, and also great new items in the TBYL Store.

Happy reading, enjoy our August edition!

Meet Kate Forsyth!

Tonight we hold our second online TBYL Event...

In July, the TBYL Book Club read Kate Forsyth's latest novel The Wild Girl, a fantastical new take on the brothers Grimm and Wilhelm's muse Dortchen Wild. We had a fantastic conversation on the Facebook page about the novel, its characters and the heartbreaking realism weaved with dreamlike fairy tales.

For our next TBYL Event I'm thrilled to have been able to arrange an online chat with the author, Kate Forsyth. Kate will be chatting on the TBYL Facebook page tonight, Monday, 5 August 2013. 

Join us at 7:30pm to ask Kate questions, and get involved in in the conversation.

It’s free, online and a great opportunity to find out a little more about Kate, and about her beautiful fantasies!

Join in here...


Meet Honey Brown

In August I'm going to find out how Honey Brown scares us so skilfully...

The TBYL Book Club book for August is the thrilling and spooky Dark Horse by Honey Brown. Rather than just chat amongst ourselves about her book, Honey is joining us for a TBYL online event on Monday, 26 August 2013. I can't wait to chat with her about just how she managed to build such mood, electricity and slow-burning fear in her latest novel.

Join us at 7:30pm to ask Honey questions, and get involved in in the conversation.

It’s a free event offering a wonderful opportunity to find out a little more about how Honey Brown puts together her suspenseful brand of fiction.

RSVP here...

In Review

Featuring my favourite review from the month just gone... 

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador) is a skilfully researched and beautifully treated re-imagining of the story of Agnes 
Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland.

Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love. 

I really enjoyed this book and found its meandering pace balanced nicely with a sense of foreboding and borrowed time, a really interesting reading experience. It’s great to see such impressive literature coming from a young Australian author.

Read the full review here...

TBYL Book Club: August

This month we'll be getting spooky...

This month, you're invited to read and discuss Honey Brown's suspenseful Dark Horse (Penguin), and you can join in the conversation in the week starting 26 August 2013.

We'll be holding the club conversation on our Facebook page, make sure you Like Us on Facebook to join in.

To buy Dark Horse, click here... and to read my review of Honey's novel, click here!

New on the Reading Pile

My Reading Pile is tall and varied, but here's my pick of the bunch...

New on the Reading Pile this month is another debut novel which promises to deliver a fateful, heartbreaking tale of love and loyalty... Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R Lyster (Harlequin).

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney... 
Heartbreaking and haunting, The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love."

I'm looking forward to reviewing the story of star-crossed lovers, Rip and Sahara!

Find out more...

New in The TBYL Store!

There are few things I like better than new goodies in store...

Enjoy a story of bravery, inspiration and unwavering devotion in Ondine Sherman's The Miracle of Love (Allen and Unwin) now available in the TBYL Store.

Miracle of Love is Ondine's story of the rollercoaster ride she experienced as doctors tried to work out why her beloved boys weren't meeting the normal milestones. It is also an intimate account of her spiritual journey as she deals with her sons' condition, which ultimately leads to acceptance, love, meaning and a new understanding of 'miracles'.

Shop now at the TBYL Store

Win a Copy!

Each month, TBYL brings you new and exciting give-aways...

This month, a lucky reader will win a copy of Torn by Karen Turner, courtesy of Palmer Higgs Books.
1808. When 14 year old Alexandra meets Patrick, her handsome and notorious step-brother, she is confused and resentful as he shakes the foundations of everything she has ever known. Driving a wedge between Alex and her brother Simon, he tears apart the fabric of her quiet world. Yet she is intrigued by the enigmatic Patrick and finds herself increasingly drawn to him...

Set during the napoleonic wars, this will make a really nice follow on from Forsyth's The Wild Girl... 
To enter, email
info@thatbookyoulike.com.au subject line 'TORN' and include your name and postal details. A winner will be chosen at random on 31.08.13 and notified by email.


And the winner is...

Congratulations to...

The winner of a copy of The Son-in-Law by Charity Norman from Allen and Unwin is Tracy Grayson.

Happy reading Tracy and keep and eye out for an email from TBYL soon! Thanks to Allen and Unwin for sponsoring this give-away.

If you'd like to find out more about the book, you can read our review here.

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