The new Culture novel. Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks

It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself. Lededje Y’breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it com... Read more

by | September 24, 2010

GUANTANAMO: My Journey by David Hicks

Random House to publish David Hicks’ memoirs Random House Australia  announced today it would publish the personal memoir of former Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, with the book, Guantanamo: My Journey, to go on sale Saturday 16 October. Guantanamo: My Journey is the first published account by David Hicks of the years leading up to his incarceration in the infamous US mil... Read more

by | September 23, 2010

Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward’s first book on the administration of President Barack Obama, “Obama’s Wars,” will be published by Simon and Schuster on September 27. After working behind the scenes for 18 months, Woodward has written the most intimate and sweeping portrait of Obama at work with his team. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most ... Read more

by | September 23, 2010

Reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (A review, of a kind by John Purcell)

I once read a book review written by Theodore Dreiser . The book he was reviewing was Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. What I recall of that review, read many years ago, is that Dreiser had come clean, saying something like – it took Maugham 500 odd pages to convey all that is conveyed in the novel, and so much is, what hope have I of giving you an impression of such a novel in a ... Read more

by | September 21, 2010

The Penguin Book of the Ocean (edited by James Bradley)

The world’s finest writing about the world’s wildest place. Ever since the first travellers reached the coast of Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ocean has been one of the wellsprings of the human imagination. Its restless immensity has given us new horizons to cross, new possibilities to explore, and inspired wonder, heartache and heroism. In The Penguin Book of the O... Read more

by | September 21, 2010

Coming in December: The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead (Good start. Now publish all of her work.)

“I am convinced that tens of thousands of people would bless the day that this book was published, if only they could be exposed to it.” JONATHAN FRANZEN The Man Who Loved Children is Christina Stead’s masterpiece about family life. Sam and Henny Pollit are a warring husband and wife, he a fully blown narcissist and she spoiled and prone to fits of despair. Their hatred, aggra... Read more

by | September 20, 2010

Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré

John le Carré‘s latest novel, Our Kind of Traitor, is set in contemporary, recession gripped Britain. A left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and... Read more

by | September 20, 2010

Kim Scott, author of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Winning – That Deadman Dance, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks Kim Scott – winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book in south-east Asia and the Pacific for That Deadman Dance – and author of the Miles Franklin Award Winning Benang and True Country Ten Terrifying Questions UPDATE: Kim Scott has won the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award – details here —————̵... Read more

by | September 19, 2010

Jason Akermanis: Open Season (or Open Season on Jason Akermanis)

Loathe him or loathe him, there is no escaping the ill-informed pronouncements of this most unappealing of sportsmen. If you are inclined to laugh at sexist jokes, smirk at racist and homophobic slurs, if you find yourself nodding in agreement to speeches made by Pauline Hanson, Fred Nile and Senator Bill Heffernan, then you may find this book interesting and, at times, amusing. If not,  I reck... Read more

by | September 17, 2010

DBC Pierre, Man Booker Prize winning author of Lights Out in Wonderland, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Ten Terrifying Questions have turned 50! To celebrate this unexpected achievement (coach said I’d never ‘mount to nuffin) we’re delighted to present our 50th author… the Man Booker Prize winning DBC Pierre! ——————– So here it goes… for the 50th time! The Booktopia Book Guru Asks DBC Pierre, author of Lights Out in Wonde... Read more

by | September 17, 2010