13 rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro

Like Flaubert's Madame Bovary more than a century earlier, and Alex Miller's very fine LoveSong of last year, Shapiro writes with enormous insight about the confusion between a woman's desire for a child and her desire for a man. Read more

by | December 31, 2010

The 50 Must Read Australian Novels (20 to 11) (The Popular Vote 2010)

A quick glance at the full list of your (remember, you voted for it) 50 Must Read Australian Novels will reveal which publisher is leading the way when it comes to keeping affordable editions of the Australian Classics in print. The Orange Revolution. This list shows that not only are these wonderful books remembered, but they are being read, talked about and shared amongst friends. So publishe... Read more

by | December 29, 2010

The 50 Must Read Australian Novels (30 to 21) (The Popular Vote 2010)

We are counting down The 50 Must Read Australian Novels as voted by our good and learned friends on twitter and facebook – today we move from 30 to 21. The list creation process was fairly simple – I asked for nominations and hundreds of titles were suggested. I then made a list and asked people to vote for their favourites. The response was vigorous. And we soon had the makings of ... Read more

by | December 24, 2010

Jean Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and the upcoming The Land of Painted Caves, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

I never dreamed that the book I wrote for myself would find more than 45 million readers in more that 35 countries. How could I wish for a more ambitious goal...Jean Auel of The Land of Painted Caves speaks to Booktopia Read more

by | December 21, 2010

Mike Lancaster, author of 0.4 – It’s a Brave New World, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Mike Lancaster author of 0.4 – It’s a Brave New World 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 Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire in the UK. I was raised in small rural villages around Huntingdon, and then when I was eleve... Read more

by | December 20, 2010

The 50 Must Read Australian Novels (40 to 31) (The Popular Vote 2010)

If we mometarily ignore the genius of Hal Porter (37) and the Nobel Prize winning Patrick White (32), the next ten titles on our list could be said to represent the best of modern writing in Australia. Who am I trying to kid? I can’t ignore Hal Porter or Patrick White. The next ten, therefore, can be said to represent the best of Australian writing. No more said. (Full List of 50 Must Rea... Read more

by | December 18, 2010

The 50 Must Read Australian Novels (50 to 41) (The Popular Vote 2010)

A while ago now, whilst playing… ahem… doing important and vital Booktopia business on twitter and facebook, I decided to ask Booktopia’s followers and friends what they thought were the ‘must read’ Australian novels. Many disparage twitter and facebook by suggesting that it is both frivolous and time wasting (I being of their number some few short months ago). Whe... Read more

by | December 13, 2010