If you were a child in the 1980s, or indeed if you had a child in the 1980s, you would certainly remember Grug. If you still have any of the Grug books, they would be collectors’ items by now because the series by Ted Prior has been out of print since 1992.

Well the world has changed since the 1980s. Grug is on Facebook and he has more than 50,000 friends (and a couple of videos). And he has entered the world of flash mobbing.

And September will see the first new Grug book in 30 year’s as Ted Prior’s lovable character will be the official face of the children’s campaign for Books Alive.

Meanwhile, at Booktopia, we have another one of those great exclusive deals for you.

We have put together four Grug packs,  each one with 6 of these very appealing  books. That’s $30 worth of Grug for $22.95, not that you can buy the packs anywhere else.

Of course, the books retail individually for $4.99 (our price $4.46) but once you have one you will definitely want the lot. So for little ones, or the little one still inside you, click on the packs below the re-enter the joyous world of Grug.

Pack 1
Grug, Grug and his Garden, Gurg and the Big Red Apple, Grug and the Rainbow, Grug in the Playground, Grug and the Green Paint.

Pack 2
Grug Goes to School, Grug Meets Snoot, Grug Learns to Swim, Grug Goes Fishing, Grug Has a Birthday.

Grug Plays Soccer, Grug at the Zoo, Grug at the Snow, Grug and His Bicycle, Grug Plays Cricket, Grug and His Music.

Grug Builds a Car, Grug Learns to Cook, Grug Builds a Boat, Grug and His Kite, Grug Learns to Dance, Grug Goes Shopping.

Popular Penguins…the Next 50

There is something extremely reassuring about those orange jackets and that little bird. Put the two together and you know you are looking at great writing and great value.

Following on from the first release of these extremely well priced gems last September, the good people at Penguin have added another 50 to the Popular Penguin range of  great classic and contemporary writing. The books retail for $9.95. Our price is $8.96.

Have a browse through the list here. All 100 of the books are listed. The most recent ones are displayed with their publication date of June 29 clearly showing. There are blurbs and extracts so take your time. Then go to our site and start clicking. Its that simple!

A fitting finale for the Millennium Trilogy

A sigh of relief. The wait for Luftslottet som sprängdes is almost over.

9781906694173Known as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest in the English speaking world, Stieg Larsson fans will be lining up on October 1 to get the final installment of phenomenally popular Millennium Trilogy.

Stieg Larsson’s three thrillers about a crusading journalist and a rather twisted punk heroine have so far sold 13 million copies in 35 countries.

The Swedish movie adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is being released in Australia towards in the end of the year. Meanwhile, across the Pacific, there is talk of Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt giving us the Hollywood version (inevitable really).

9781906694678August will see the release in this country of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  special edition (with its handsome embossed cover and the first chapter of book 2). If you can’t wait for that one, we have the original one in stock now.  The B format of the The Girl Who Played with Fire is coming out in August too if you want to pre-order but if you can’t wait, you’ll just have to read the trade paperback version. If you have read numbers one and two, you will want to pre-order The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

To get a glimpse of the Millennium Trilogy world, click here.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Where would movie makers be without the novels that inspire them?

9780099464464The latest celluloid make-over is Audrey Niffenegger’s marvellous imagining, The Time Traveler’s Wife. We have it in stock now.

In the meantime, to see Rachel McAdams as Clare and Eric Bana as Henry, look at the trailer. I can’t tell you anything about the movie because it isn’t being released until August, but I can tell you that the book is absolutely compelling.

Bush fire appeal book raises $300,000

9780732290108black saturdayAustralians have responded in droves to the Harper Collins bushfire fundraiser through their purchases of Black Saturday: Stories of Love, Loss and Courage from the Victorian Bushfires. In fact, more than $300,000 has been raised through this initiative.

The book was put together to raise money for the The Salvation Army’s bushfire appeal, with Harper Collins producing it for free, and booksellers selling it for cost. That meant that just about all of the $24.99 that people spent buying it, went directly to the appeal (minus GST of course).

We sold about 75 over a couple of weeks before the publishers ran out of stock. If you are interested in this remarkable book, you might still be able to find it –  dare I say it? –  elsewhere.

Tim Winton’s Breath wins Miles Franklin Award

timwintonCongratulations to Tim Winton who last night picked up the Miles Franklin Award for the fourth time for his novel Breath.

“I’m stoked, of course, but also mindful that there are terrific writers who will be feeling pretty stiff tonight, because their books are more than good enough to have won,” said Winton.

“To some extent I feel like the kid who’s simply left holding the parcel when the music stops.”

9780143009580breathAs far as the award judges were concerned, Breath is “a searing document about masculinity, about risk, and about young people’s desire to push the limits. Winton is at the height of his powers as a novelist, and this is his greatest love letter yet to the sea, to the coast of West Australia, and a compelling testimony to the role of surfing in Australian culture.

“Written in Winton’s own distinctive voice, we can sense that it is also a homage to some of his favourite writers:  Salinger, Faulkner, Melville and Hemingway.”

If you haven’t already read it, you are in for a real treat.  You can browse for Breath here. We’ve got both the hardback and the paperback in stock and marked down. There is also a full CD version.

In the meantime, the Breath microsite is packed full of goodies – readings, interviews, a very evocative booktrailer. Have a look.

Lone Wolf on Wall Street eyes off Australia

Well, well, well, prepare to say welcome to the Wolf.

9780733624148wolf of wallYes, Jordan Belfort aka the Wolf of Wall Street himself is coming to Australia. He will be arriving mid August and will be doing a series of high profile corporate and public events (details to follow). It will be a media mash up – everyone wants a piece of this guy. And he is currently the bestselling author in the business category in Australia with both books.

We have the latest one, Catching the Wolf on Wall Street in stock and marked down.  But to get the full flavour of this fascinating insight into corporate greed, you’ll need to start at the very beginning with The Wolf of Wall Street.

9780733623974catching the wolfWe profiled Jordan Belfort in Booktopia Buzz in March. Meanwhile, to launch news of the tour and to get a few pulses racing there will be a large feature in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 20 June and the Today Show will do a live cross to Jordan in LA that following Monday.

To get a taste, watch this.


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