26 August 2011

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

Apologies for next to nothing happening this month on ABR. I've been busy with work and haven't felt like sitting in front of the computer at home too much.

There's lots to do though. I've picked a winner for the ABR second anniversary mini-review competition and will be announcing that in the next post. The prize has been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now.

You will have also seen a few additions to the promoted books down the right-hand side of every ABR page. I will write blurbs for some of these - namely Remember Me, Finish Forty And Home, Upside Down In The Dark, the new editions of Under A Bomber's Moon and The RAAF In Russia and, leading the sudden surge in books covering Australians flying in the Pacific, Darwin Spitfires. DS is already in its second printing after its release earlier this year and preceded two other books on the subject - Peter Ewer's Storm Over Kokoda and Whispering Death by Mark Johnston. As an aside, all three have been published by long-established publishers so should get wide distribution to large chain stores.

I will also be looking at the new e-book version of the Edwards/Lavigne classic Kittyhawk Pilot which, like Michael Cumming's Pathfinder Cranswick, is set to re-vitalise this title's availability. Speaking of the latter, watch this space for some exciting news regarding the 50th anniversary edition of this great book.

Of course these little blurbs are to help promote the books and keep ABR active. The next full reviews (Phil Davenport's Hurrah For The Next Man and then My New Guinea Diary by Ernest Ford) are probably a month away as my next few weekends are mostly full. I will endeavour to get these written as soon as I can.

In the meantime if you hear of a new book coming out, or have a new book coming out, I am always happy to help promote it. Authors of several of the ABR-featured books above have commented on contacts made via this website. That's what it's here for. Onwards and upwards!