Hello – I’m Dina Ross and this blog will share news and interviews about the world of books from around the corner to across the world.
I’m an arts journalist who has produced and presented programmes for BBC radio and I’ve also contributed as a feature writer and critic for many publications including The Sunday Times, The Age and Good Reading magazine.
There are so many book blogs around, why start a new one? Well, for a start, I hope the link to my monthly books programme will be of interest to readers: I love to interview authors in person and find out what inspires them and discover more about their books.
Initially, this blog was going to be called Page Turners, to match my radio show: but I discovered dozens of Page Turners book blogs out there in cyberspace (so much for being original….) However, Books Now! was free: simple, to the point. Just how I like it.
Which brings me to the Books Now! style. I hope this blog will be intelligent, without being overly academic. I’m a voracious and eclectic reader and enjoy sharing my passion for books, but I’ll never patronise – or dumb down either.
Books Now! will focus on writing national and international. Several book blogs concentrate on Australian fiction and they do so very well. But I’d like this to be a melting pot. Basically, if a book interests me, it will find its way onto these pages and into the programme. I do have a penchant for fiction, but I’ll try and broaden subject matter out to appeal to a wide readership.
Do feel free to comment and let me know about the books you love. I look forward to the journey.