Once, When We Were Innocent – My Pre-Internet Pursuit of the Forbidden

Back when I was growing up, in the dark days before the Internet, there were very few ways to learn about sex. There were, on occasion, a few glimpses of nudie pictures –  usually someone’s older brother’s Playboy. But these pictures were inert and added to the mystery surrounding sex, instead of offering illumination. As a child of the eighties, I looked to TV for entertainme... Read more

by | April 29, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Miles Franklin Shortlist

Lovesong by Alex Miller Chez Dom – a small, rundown Tunisian cafe in Paris run by the widow Houria and her niece Sabiha – offers a home away from home for the North African immigrants working at the abattoirs of Vaugiraud. One day a lost Australian tourist, John Patterner, seeks shelter in the cafe from a sudden Parisian rainstorm. John is like no one Sabiha has met before – h... Read more

by | April 23, 2010

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

Some classics demand to be read. We hear of them incessantly. We feel we must read them before we die. I’m thinking now of War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Les Miserables, David Copperfield, Hamlet, Gulliver’s Travels, Don Quixote and Robinson Crusoe. Then there are classics which are pivotal in the history of literature but rarely mentioned, never recommended and almost always ... Read more

by | April 21, 2010

Joanne Fedler Answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks Joanne Fedler author of When Hungry, Eat Ten Terrifying Questions ________________________________ 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, raised during Apartheid, schooled in South Africa and the US, and moved to Australia in 2001. 2. What did you want to b... Read more

by | April 19, 2010