Lisa Heidke, author of Claudia’s Big Break, answers Five Facetious Questions:

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Lisa Heidke author of Claudia’s Big Break, What Katie Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even Five Facetious Questions: —————————- 1. Every writer spends at least one afternoon going from bookshop to bookshop making sure his or her latest book is facing out and neatly arranged. How far have you gone to draw at... Read more

by | January 31, 2011

Losing the Last 5 Kilos by Michelle Bridges

Okay, so I went to England for Christmas and because it was so bloody cold I may have eaten four or five times my normal intake of food. Yes, you could call me tubby. Yes, you could call me flabby. No, these aren’t man-boobs! Okay, okay, I admit it, I ate like a pig while away (no offence to any pigs reading). But I swear I will change.  I will work hard. I will get back my one or two pac... Read more

by | January 28, 2011

We Had it So Good by Linda Grant

We Had It So Good is the exquisitely crafted new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACKS – the thoughtful and engaging story of a London family from the late sixties to the present. In 1968 Stephen Newman arrives in England from California. Sent down from Oxford, he hurriedly marries his English girlfriend Andrea to avoid returning to America and the dra... Read more

by | January 28, 2011

O : A Presidential Novel by Anonymous

There has been a lot of talk about this book in the US press –  much of it scathing… The New York Times reviewer, Michiko Kakutani writes: “Well, now we know why the author of this much gossiped about, heavily marketed new book wanted to remain anonymous: “O: A Presidential Novel” is a thoroughly lackadaisical performance — trite, implausible and decidedly unfunny.” The ... Read more

by | January 27, 2011

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

This months Women’s Weekly book club title is… The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home to upstate New York from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one n... Read more

by | January 27, 2011

WIKILEAKS: INSIDE JULIAN ASSANGE’S WAR ON SECRECY by David Leigh and Luke Harding

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy is the first in-depth account of the WikiLeaks phenomenon, from the website’s launch in 2006 to the latest developments… Written by top Guardian journalists, David Leigh and Luke Harding, who were behind the unique deal with WikiLeaks which revealed to the world last year’s unprecedented mountain of secret data… The... Read more

by | January 25, 2011

Lisa Heidke, author of Claudia’s Big Break, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Lisa Heidke author of Claudia’s Big Break, What Katie Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even 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 Melbourne, trotted off to Malaysia when I was ... Read more

by | January 25, 2011

Wendy Orr, author of Raven’s Mountain, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Wendy Orr author of Raven’s Mountain,  Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea, Spook’s Shack, Mokie and Bik, and for teenagers, Peeling the Onion. 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: Edmonto... Read more

by | January 24, 2011

Oh Mexico! Love and adventure in Mexico City by Lucy Neville

An irresistibly funny and romantic memoir of love and adventure in Mexico City – a tale of salsa, soap operas and one young woman’s bid to evade the realities of life after graduation. Graduating from university, Lucy Neville faces a dilemma: find a job or disappear to Latin America, the exotic land of her childhood dreams? She arrives in Mexico City with little money and only basic... Read more

by | January 21, 2011