Drum roll…. We’re announcing the winners of our 2015 Kids Month Competitions!

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In August we gave you the chance to enter our Kids Month competitions! Lots and lots of goodies were up for grabs! See below if you’re a winner…


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All you had to do to enter was order anything in the Kids Month range, during Kids Month!

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Old School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Book 10

by Jeff Kinney

The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs
and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles and fumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood. Sometimes helped by his friends and family, often not helped by himself!

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is more…

 

…and the winner is:

K.Paloni, Downer, ACT


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All you had to do to enter was order any book from The Netball Gems series by August 31st!

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The Netball Gems Series : Book 2

by Bernadette Hellard, Lisa Gibbs

A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia

Can shy Phoebe find her place in the Gems?

Phoebe loves to shoot goals, and she’s great at it too. She dreams of being a famous netballer and playing in front of thousands. The problem is that she’s nervous all the time, even around her teammates – and there are only seven of them! Why can’t she make friends as easily as Lily and Sienna? Things don’t get any easier when her overenthusiastic dad starts coaching from the sidelines. Could anything more…

…and the winner is:

L.Harris, Campbelltown, NSW


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All you had to do to enter was order any book from the Alex Rider series during Kids Month!

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Alex Rider Series : Book 10

by Anthony Horowitz

The deadly prequel to the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.

An international contract killer has been given his orders. His next target is a fourteen-year old spy… Alex Rider. The man’s name is Yassen Gregorovich. He knows Alex well. The two of them share a secret from the past. As he considers his next mission, Yassen remembers the forces that turned him from an ordinary schoolboy into a hired assassin. What is it that makes more…

…and the winners are:

K.Sinclair, Melrose Park Dc, SA

K.Wilson, Minlaton, SA

J.Sargent, Seaforth, NSW

R.Yu, North Sydney, NSW

S.Summerfield, Vaucluse, NSW


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All you had to do to enter was order any book from The Just! series during Kids Month!

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JUST! Series: Book 8

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It’s been five long years since Just Shocking! was published.

Just Doomed!, the next fabulous JUST title from the creative genius of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, is destined to be one of the greatest JUST titles yet. With nine superb stories of mischief and crazy happenings, readers will be hooked instantly.

But is this the right book for you?

Take the DOOMED TEST and find out.

…and the winners are:

B.Cashel, Weyba Downs, QLD

L.Robson, Albion Park Rail, NSW

L.Needham, Kelso, QLD


Congratulations to the winners!

Missed out on the prize? Hey, turn that frown upside up, we’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited editions signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page, where you could be a winner every day!

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Hear Good Things: Four of the latest and greatest Audiobooks for your earballs.

I have a confession to make.

happy-smiling-man-listening-to-music-on-headphones-sWith a long drive to work, a busy workload and a severe case of reader’s FOMO, I find myself listening to as many books as I read these days. Okay, not quite as many, but I’m going through a couple of audiobooks a week at the moment, which is something I never thought I’d do.

And you know what? I’m loving it.

Gone are those long hours staring at a sea of brake lights, listening to the radio as Fitzy or Jimbo or Spanner or The Gregster give away tickets to a Nickleback concert. Forgotten are the days of sitting on a cramped train trying to read a book while someone next to me shouts down the phone about patio furniture.

I’m in a world of peace, with great reads streaming into my earballs all week long. It’s really quite lovely, and I can’t recommend it enough. Here are a few of my favourites…

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go-set-a-watchmanGo Set A Watchman

Author: Harper Lee
Narrator: Reese Witherspoon

It was a big event when Reese Witherspoon was announced as the narrator of the audiobook of Go Set a Watchman (she also narrated the new edition of To Kill a Mockingbird) and listening to it, I see why. Witherspoon has a gorgeous Southern twang that adds so much to Watchman.

As for the book itself, don’t listen to the critics, who judged it on a scale of Mockingbird or bust. Sure, it isn’t up to To Kill a Mockingbird standards, but not much is. It’s still a great read. Or listen, in this case.

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Author and Narrator: Richard Glover

Flesh Wounds is one of my favourite books of the year. The funny, touching and often harrowing autobiography of writer and broadcaster Richard Glover. Glover has been in the radio game for a long time and puts those golden tonsils to good use, narrating his memoir with appropriate conviction and poise.

Great books don’t always translate into great audiobooks, but Flesh Wounds does in spades.

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Author and Narrator: Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry’s More Fool Me was one of my favourite books of last year, another wonderful addition to his bestselling autobiographical series. I could listen to Stephen Fry talk about soup for days on end, let alone one of the most prolific and turbulent periods of his mighty career, the late 80s and early 90s.

The book is magnificent, as are its stablemates Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles. With Fry’s dulcet tones driving the story along, the audiobook is even better.

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Author: Bill Bryson
Narrator: William Roberts

Oh Bill, you magnificent bastard. I love, love LOVE everything Bill Bryson does, but A Short History of Nearly Everything is undoubtedly my favourite, and narrator William Roberts does a fine job pulling Bryson’s infectious enthusiasm for knowledge from the page. Think of the most interesting podcast you’ve ever listened to, and make it 15 hours long. It’s a seemingly endless joy you can return to over and over again.

If you’re new to audiobooks, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the perfect place to start.

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Like the sound of these sounds?

See more in Booktopia’s Audiobook Collection.

Happy Hogwarts Day: J.K. Rowling Wishes Harry Potter’s Son a Good First Day of School

Yesterday (Australian time) marked the anniversary of the day little Harry Potter boarded the Hogwarts Express: at 11 a.m. sharp at London’s Kings Cross Station.

And doesn’t J.K. Rowling know how to set twitter in a spin!

Have you won $500 worth of Euro Crime or the ENTIRE DISCWORLD SERIES?

To celebrate the release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, written by David Lagercrantz, and The Shepherd’s Crown, released after the passing of Terry Pratchett, we gave Booktopians the chance to win $500 of Euro Crime and THE ENTIRE DISCWORLD SERIES, worth $800!

Here’s what you had to do to enter…


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All you had to do to enter was order The Girl in the Spider’s Web, by August 27th!

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Millennium : Book 4

by David Lagercrantz, George Goulding (Transcribed by), Stieg Larsson (Created by)

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo. Lisbeth Salander. An uncompromising misfit whose burning sense of injustice and talent for investigation will never respect boundaries of state or status.

He is a campaigning journalist. Mikael Blomkvist. A lone wolf whose integrity and championing of the truth bring him time and again to the brink of unemployment – and prosecution.

The call comes in late at night: a superhacker has gained access to more…

…and the winner is:

M.Wykoff, Bayview, NSW


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All you had to do to enter was order The Shepherd’s Crown, by August 27th!

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Discworld Novels : Book 41

by Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel.

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must more…

…and the winner is:

G.Tavendale, Trevallyn, TAS


Congratulations to the winners!

Missed out on the prize? Hey, turn that frown upside up, we’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited editions signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page, where you could be a winner every day!

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Our August Competitions Are Coming to an End…

We have some awesome competitions ending midnight TONIGHT!


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Fletch

by Dustin Fletcher

Order any title from The Pan Macmillan Father’s Day Collection by August 31st and you could win Dad a book pack valued at over $300! Terms and Conditions apply.

In the tough, adrenaline-fueled world of Australian Football, Dustin Fletcher is a legend. In 2014, the 39-year-old Essendon Bomber runs out for his 22nd season not only as the oldest man in the game, but also one of the best-loved by sports fans, commentators, coaches and fellow players alike.

Fletch tells Fletcher’s incredible true story in his own words: from his beginnings growing up as the son of Essendon legend Ken Fletcher to his prodigal son debut aged just 17, and his meteoric rise with premiership-winning dream team “The Baby Bombers” led by iconic coach Kevin Sheedy and more…


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100 Classic Sandwiches from Reuben to Po’boy and Everything in Between

by Jonas Cramby

Order a copy of The Ultimate Sandwich by August 31st and go in the draw to win a Gourmet Hamper valued at $300! Terms and Conditions apply.

At last a cookbook that affords the modest sandwich all the respect it deserves, from BLTs to banh mi

When John Montagu, the fourth Duke of Sandwich, got the brilliant idea of putting slices of cold meat between two pieces of bread, he not only invented the first, really modern meal – he created a global obsession. today there are variations of the portable, cheap (but, above all, good) sandwich in most cultures and it is about time a book appeared that takes the subject seriously. In more than 90 recipes, you learn such skills as how to make more…


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by Mark Webber

Order Aussie Grit by August 31st and you could win a Red Balloon F1 Racing Simulation Experience for one! This experience is only available at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast QLD & Darling Harbour, Sydney. Terms and Conditions apply.

In the exhilarating, high-stakes world of Formula One, only the fastest make it to the top.

And no one knows this better than Australian Formula One legend Mark Webber. His career in F1 stretched for an incredible eleven years, seeing him garner thirteen poll positions, earn forty-two podiums and win nine races including the crown jewel of F1, the Monacco Grand prix, twice.

But there’s more than F1 to the more…


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The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules – and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

by James Coventry

Order Time and Space by August 31st and go in the running to win an Official AFL Sherrin Football valued at $179.00! Terms and Conditions apply

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An accomplished book about the genius and ingenuity of the game’s greats (and the forgotten) and how they have shaped the game through the innovation of tactics.

From Pagan’s Paddock to Clarkson’s Cluster, from Fitzroy’s huddle to Sydney’s flood, the tactics of Australian football have become part of the vernacular.

In this groundbreaking book, ABC journalist James Coventry reveals the more…


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by Graeme Cameron

Buy Normal by August 31st and you could win 1 of 10 crime prize packs! Terms and Conditions apply

“The truth is I hurt people. It’s what I do. It’s all I do. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving you into the lane ahead of him.

What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is more…


You Are Dead

A Roy Grace Novel : Book 11

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by Peter James

Buy You Are Dead by August 31st and you could win the complete Roy Grace series. Terms and Conditions apply.

THEY WERE MARKED FOR DEATH.

The last words Nick Walton hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for more…


Head to our Promotions and Competitions page, where you could be a winner every day!

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Oliver Sacks, inspirational neurologist and author, dies aged 82

From The Guardian:

Oliver Sacks, the eminent neurologist and writer, has died at his home in New York City. He was 82.

the-man-who-mistook-his-wife-for-a-hatThe cause of death was the cancer, Kate Edgar, his longtime personal assistant, told the New York Times, which had published an essay by Sacks in February revealing that an earlier melanoma in his eye had spread to his liver and that he was in the late stages of terminal cancer.

The London-born academic, whose book Awakenings inspired the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, wrote: “A month ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out – a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver.”

Sacks was the author of several books about unusual medical conditions, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and The Island of the Colourblind. Awakenings was based on his work with patients treated with a drug that woke them up after years in a catatonic state. The 1990 film version, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, was nominated for three Oscars including best picture.

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by Oliver Sacks

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: ‘Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.’ It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going.

From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California and then in New York, where he discovered a long forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, as well as with a group of patients who would define his life, it becomes clear that Sacks’ earnest desire for engagement has occasioned unexpected encounters and travels – sending him through bars and alleys, over oceans, and across continents.

With unbridled honesty and humour, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions – bodybuilding, weightlifting, and swimming – also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual, his guilt over leaving his family to come to America, his bond with his schizophrenic brother, and the writers and scientists – A.R. Luria, W.H. Auden, Francis Crick – who influenced him.

Fiona Palmer on the 2015 RWA Conference in Melbourne

20150629_133200I’ve just returned from the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Melbourne, catching up with fellow authors, publishers and agents, so I thought I’d mention three books from other Australian romance writers that I’ve loved in recent times. They are all from different genres but they can all be connected through similar threads – a touch of romance, suspense and action.9781864712032

Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford is such an engaging read. It tells the story of Jodie, who survived a terrifying assault at seventeen. She goes to a cabin with friends to relax but is convinced they are being watched. Her friends think she is over-reacting and she starts to doubt herself.  This was such a page-turner, but you just had to keep reading, even at the scary parts.  Jaye writes terrific, easy-to-read thrillers filled with suspense. You won’t be disappointed. It was loved by all at our book club.

I do enjoy reading action-packed stories, as much as I like watching a James Bond movie or spy thriller. I find Tony Park’s novels just as engaging, with a great mix of romance, action, and the gorgeous landscapes of Africa. The Delta was one I really enjoyed about Sonja, an ex-soldier turned mercenary, who is out to save her beloved Delta. There is also a bit of romance to keep me happy. Tony writes about Africa so well, you feel as if you are there. Considering he spends half his year travelling Africa, it’s easy to see why.  He is a master at 9780330404037weaving all the details in and even though the book seems large, you’ll not want it to end.

This last book I want to mention was a great surprise. Elise K. Ackers’ Small Town Storm was a fabulous read. It had me guessing and I love it when I’m wrong. It’s about Erica, who returns home to the place where nineteen years ago a crime almost killed her. But not long after she’s back, a woman goes missing and fingers are pointed at Erica – and the cop in charge of the investigation, Jordan, is a man who she has history with. I guess I went into this story expecting a romance but ended up with so much more.

Check out Fiona Palmer’s author page here


the-saddler-boysThe Saddler Boys

by Fiona Palmer

For a limited time only, pre-order The Saddler Boys and you will receive a signed copy. Please note: offer available while stocks last.

School teacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead.

When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the swarm of inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.

As Nat’s school comes under threat of closure, and Billy’s estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her life in Perth and the new community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she’s really made of – and where she truly belongs.

PRAISE FOR FIONA PALMER

‘Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better.’ Rachael Johns

‘Palmer’s passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.’ Book’d Out

‘Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia’s much-loved genres.’ Countryman

Pre-order your copy of Fiona’s The Saddler Boys here

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