Book Launch: Michael, we really have to talk …

The book will be launched at the West End Library on Saturday morning, 31st October 2015 Time: 10:30 am for 11 am start Place: Upstairs at West End Library 178-180 Boundary St West End Price: The book will be sold at the launch for $20 (RRP $25). The book will be introduced by Julie Cork and Abraham and Dan O'Neill. Music by Jumping Fences Refreshments are available.

Munching the Millions

AUSTRALIANS will gamble on two flies. crawling up a wall, they say. Aussie bookmaker Tom Waterhouse is currently betting on how much Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream will fetch at a Southey’s auction this month. Waterhouse has previously wagered on the winners of reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars and The Voice to … Continue reading Munching the Millions

Lazarus Syndrome inspires comic short story

Return from the dead: read a fictional short story about a true-life medical conditionANOTHER LAZARUSBelinda JanzDEAR Aunty Jo,This last fortnight has been such an emotional rollercoaster ride that I have decided to write this letter as we can hardly believe it. Really, it’s too much to relay to the Captain of your ship.As you know … Continue reading Lazarus Syndrome inspires comic short story

Autistic boy teaches colorful magic

Enjoy this illsutrated short story from the anthologyCan you believe it...BRILLIANT COLOURSKay CurranTHERE are many ways of experiencing colour! The artist and the poet express the colours around them in amazing ways. Some people see their feelings in colour from the golden joy of a parent when they hold their child for the first time … Continue reading Autistic boy teaches colorful magic

Guest Book Review

4.0 out of 5 starsIraqi Icicle by Bernie Dowling, 22 Dec 2012Interesting theatrical, musical and political diversionsByKathy Hennessy - See all my reviewsThis review is from: I ENJOYED this story and I liked the main character, Steel Hill, who delivers as a first person narrator.We start in Brisbane, Australia, where the story is focused initially on low-life … Continue reading Guest Book Review

Festive Fun

A shout-out from my favourite witch4.0 out of 5 starsFun book for the person who loves journalism!ByBookish Witch "Heather" (Kentucky) This review is from: 7 Shouts (My Shout) (Kindle Edition)Bernie Dowling has compiled years of journalistic endeavors into one compendium, along with pictures (some of them quite funny), and has thus given readers "7 Shouts". For … Continue reading Festive Fun

Aussie thriller sings and zings

Brother reviews brother. Oh, Brother! 4.0 out of 5 stars National music and international politics in Australian thriller THIS novel is an epic detective story of more than 400 pages. Private investigator Steele Hill is a larger than life character who has the happy knack of being there when the action is happening. His world … Continue reading Aussie thriller sings and zings

Iraqi Icicle excerpt

The comic detective novel Iraqi Icicle is being released at Pine Rivers Art Gallery Queensland Australia on December 20 in a multi-art event as part of the world-wide A Big Project.Here is an edited excerpt. It was a week before I saw the cops again. They tried to kick down the door of my flat, which … Continue reading Iraqi Icicle excerpt

Vision gets even better

5.0 out of 5 stars Harper Fan December 7, 2012By Ruth GAmazon Verified PurchaseI LOVED this book possibly more than the first. The short stories are easy to read and Vision II: The Reluctant Psychic Returns takes the reader on a great journey.  Even though I know the main characters of the books, each of the short stories can stand alone but … Continue reading Vision gets even better

Bent Christmas and Banana New Year

Avoir un Bent Noël et une Bonne Année Banana Nouveau!Werfen Sie einen Bent Weihnachten und ein Banana New Year!एक तुला क्रिसमस और एक केले New Year!ベントクリスマスと新年のバナナを持っている!Bíodh na Nollag Bent agus Athbhliain Banana Nua!Have a Bent Christmas and a Banana New Year!GIVE a gift of a Bent Banana Book this Christmas to family, friends and yourself.At … Continue reading Bent Christmas and Banana New Year

Trudy returns

RELUCTANT psychic Detective Trudy Harper is back with her paranormal “gifts’’ stronger but still beyond the conscious control of the young woman.Vision II: The Reluctant Psychic Returns follows the popular series debut which gathered reader praise including favorable comparisons with hit television shows, The Mentalist, Law & Order and Medium.Vision II starts with Lucky Luke … Continue reading Trudy returns

Free Spirit soars

FREE!  Free at last! Not quite but Vision: The Reluctant Psychicis free this Saturday. The new paranormal crime drama is free Saturday, US time.You might want to set your world clock. has a default time of Brisbane, Australia. You might want to change that.Vision: The Reluctant Psychic is knocking on the heavenly door of Top … Continue reading Free Spirit soars

To sex or not to sex

THAT is the question: to sex or not to sex.A lot of websites are saying no to sex. On the first page of a Google search of mine, six websites had this exact same bait line: 'American Playwright David Mamet explains why no play or movie he writes or directs include explicit sex scenes.'Oh! Calcutta! you are … Continue reading To sex or not to sex

Amazon declares me profane

Amazon thinks we are profane.They said my profile was unacceptable because it contained a profanity. WTF! I carefully re-read my profile and tried a few changes but the message came back: PROFANEI deleted the only remaining  thing I could see they might object to. Sure enough, the new version passed muster.And the deletion: bentbananabooks. That's … Continue reading Amazon declares me profane

Critical readers have their say about 7 Shouts

A fun read June 10, 2012By Jane.SBernie Dowling has a unique voice that really brings his columns to life. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys Australian humour. Even if you don't laugh you will be entertained and informed. My favourite is the Slanguage chapter. For the record I say 'marown'.Fun book for the person who … Continue reading Critical readers have their say about 7 Shouts

Je m’apelle a winner babe

Our best bet for Australia today is Glaneuse, a 6-year-old gelding by Blevic out of the mare Qu'Appelle.Qu'Appelle. is French for What’s your Name  and is also the name of a Canadian village.French artist Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) painted the famous Les Glaneuses or The Gleaners oil-on-canvas in 1857.Les GalneusesGlaneuses were … Continue reading Je m’apelle a winner babe

Reviews roll on

REVIEWS are coming in to Amazon for Bernie Dowling's non-fiction work 7 Shouts:The Best of My Shout.Gleaned from seven year's of his My Shout newspaper columns, the book establishes Australian humour at the off-centre of the Universe.The first two reviewers each gave 7 Shouts four stars.Here is what they had to say.4.0 out of 5 … Continue reading Reviews roll on

Them ol’ Publisher blues

I came across another mainstream publisher at a conference the other day - very depressing. I don't mind so much they are in denial that ebooks will send them spiralling into obsolescence just like epublishing sent the big  record companies down the drain. If I was in their shoes, I would be dreading the future … Continue reading Them ol’ Publisher blues