All Great Libraries Must Start Somewhere

I have the greatest of luxuries – a personal library of over 5000 wonderful books. But I wouldn’t have been able to amass such a delicious collection if I had been forced to pay retail! All of Booktopia’s fiction titles are reduced by at least 10% – everyday, all year round. But we also have thousands of titles reduced by up to 80%! Here is a small selection of literary ... Read more

by | May 28, 2010

The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 Shortlist

The Very Thought of You Rosie Alison England, 31st August 1939: the world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an en... Read more

by | May 27, 2010

A Review: Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

Beautiful Malice is a novel by Australian author Rebecca James and what a brilliant novel it is. My sister (who had a proof-reading copy) recommended this book to me and I was hooked from the very first page, the very first line even. It is a suspenseful and often thrilling story that doesn’t reveal itself to the final chapter – it is well worth the read. I was so enthralled with this nov... Read more

by | May 25, 2010

This Barren Rock : A True Tale Of One Woman And Forty-Seven Men, Shipwrecked In The Southern Seas by Sylvie Haisman

One woman, forty-seven men and a three-year-old boy, shipwrecked on a tiny sub-Antarctic island. For seven months they eat albatross and burn penguin skins for fuel, before a passing whaler picks them up. The woman was my great-great-great-grandmother Fanny Wordsworth. She and her son Charlie, my grandfather’s grandfather, were migrating from Scotland to New Zealand. Two months out, their ship ... Read more

by | May 24, 2010

The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Michael McGurk

UPDATE: THE former wife of the Sultan of Brunei has obtained a court injunction stopping distribution of a best-selling book on the murder of Michael McGurk, the Sydney developer, conman and extortionist. SMH. Finally, the true story of that very public murder whose investigation uncovered dark and crooked business dealings reaching into the upper echelons of the Labor Party. In September 2009 ... Read more

by | May 24, 2010

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Brooklyn is Colm Tóibín’s most beautifully executed novel to date. Like The Heather Blazing (1992) it is an intimate portrait of a sad life, built up steadily from simple descriptive sentences, laid down with precision at a controlled pace. Reading Tóibín is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect. The Times L... Read more

by | May 21, 2010