Pause: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

To persons standing alone on a hill during a clear midnight such as this – the roll of the world eastward is almost a palpable movement. The sensation may be caused by the panoramic glide of the stars past earthly objects, which is perceptible in a few minutes of stillness; or by a fancy that the better outlook upon space afforded by a hill emphasizes terrestrial revolution; or by the win... Read more

by | September 30, 2010

The Case of the Pope by Geoffrey Robertson QC

THE CASE OF THE POPE delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? Should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them abov... Read more

by | September 30, 2010

A film of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

A story of love, friendship and memory. In one of the most acclaimed and strange novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fat... Read more

by | September 29, 2010

The Dead by Charlie Higson, follow up to the extremely popular zombie novel The Enemy

The Dead A TERRIBLE DISEASE IS STRIKING EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN. DEATH WALKS THE STREETS. NOWHERE IS SAFE. Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren’t the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other... Read more

by | September 28, 2010

Richard Hine, author of Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks Richard Hine author of Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch Ten Terrifying Questions —————————————– 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in West London and grew up in North London, two stops from the end... Read more

by | September 28, 2010

To The End Of The Land by David Grossman

I started reading To The End Of The Land by David Grossman on the weekend. I feel a review coming on. This is the kinda book I’ve been looking for. Solid. Got lots of words. Confident. Evocative. I feel safe in his hands and will follow where he leads… Of course, I may be wrong. I’ve only just begun. But what a beginning! Unusual, dark and profound. It’s out in hardcover... Read more

by | September 27, 2010

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

JUMP THE QUEUE GET YOUR COPY NOW! SAVE 20% A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherber... Read more

by | September 27, 2010

Hugh Mackay, author of What Makes Us Tick?, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks Hugh Mackay author of What Makes Us Tick? 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 Sydney, classic nuclear family (two parents, two kids), grew up in the bushland of Cas... Read more

by | September 27, 2010

Daily Show and Jon Stewart Present: EARTH (The Book) – A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race

The eagerly awaited new book from the Emmy-winning, Oscar-hosting, Daily Show-anchoring Jon Stewart–the man behind the megaseller America (The Book). Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a ... Read more

by | September 27, 2010

The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days by Kate Holden, author of In My Skin

This is the spellbinding follow-up to Kate Holden’s memoir In My Skin, but it has a different story to tell. The Romantic describes Kate’s journey from Melbourne to Rome and Naples, from romance and sex to love, from loss to understanding—and back again. This is a book about everything from sex with strangers to the heartbreaking realities of being in love. It’s about the pride of fierce indepe... Read more

by | September 25, 2010