Cherise Saywell, author of Desert Fish, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Cherise Saywell author of Desert Fish 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 Northern NSW, in Lismore, the oldest of four girls. I grew up nearby in Casino. I hung about after I left school, failed misera... Read more

by | February 28, 2011

The Lost Thing by Oscar winner, Shaun Tan. (Congratulations, Shaun!)

“The Lost Thing” has won the Oscar for animated short film. Directed by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, the short film tells the story of a boy who finds a misshapen creature on a beach and tries to find a home for it. The movie is based on a children’s picture book by Tan. “The Lost Thing” was competing against “The Gruffalo,” “Let’s Pollute... Read more

by | February 28, 2011

And the Oscar goes too…. the book that inspired the film!

The Accidental Billionaires: Sex, Money, Betrayal and the Founding of Facebook by Ben Mezrich The fast-paced story of two Ivy-League outcasts who concocted a scheme to meet girls, and ended up inventing Facebook Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg – an awkward maths prodigy and a painfully shy computer genius – were never going to fit in at elite, polished Harvard. Yet that all changed when mas... Read more

by | February 28, 2011

One Day by David Nicholls – Soon someone will recommend you read it.

The Galaxy National Book Awards honour the best books and authors of the year. The winner of the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year was One Day by David Nicholls. Even though people made lots of noise about One Day when it was released and even though it received good reviews and was visible on the web and in bookshops and sold lots and lots of copies, 99.99% of readers have yet to read it. But this ... Read more

by | February 24, 2011

Christina Hopkinson, author of The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Christina Hopkinson author of The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs 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 London, but was soon moved to a village near Cambridgeshire and spent the next 20 ... Read more

by | February 24, 2011

A Classic Truth: from The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

The Wisdom Of George Eliot: “Plotting covetousness and deliberate contrivance, in order to compass a selfish end, are nowhere abundant but in the world of the dramatist: they demand too intense a mental action for many of our fellow-parishioners to be guilty of them. It is easy enough to spoil the lives of our neighbours without taking so much trouble; we can do it by lazy acquiescence an... Read more

by | February 23, 2011

Tobsha Learner, author of Yearn, Tremble and Quiver, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Tobsha Learner author of Yearn, Tremble, Quiver and more… 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 Cambridge and raised mainly in North West London by parents who were (although not Australian born) Australians. I went to the local comprehens... Read more

by | February 22, 2011

We Have Met the Enemy: Self-control in an Age of Excess by Dan Akst

A witty and wide – ranging investigation of the central problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want. Freedom is dangerous.  Half of all deaths in America, for instance, come from overeating, smoking, drinking too much, failing to exercise, and other deadly behaviours that we indulge in against our own better judgement.  Why are we on a campaign of slow-motion suicide? While tem... Read more

by | February 22, 2011

Fiona McIntosh, author of The Valisar Trilogy, answers Five Facetious Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Fiona McIntosh author of The Valisar Trilogy: Royal Exile, Tyrant’s Blood and King’s Wrath, and many, many more… 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... Read more

by | February 21, 2011

Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith – Reviewed by Kylie Ladd

Zadie Smith is one of those writers other writers love to hate. Not for her the years of unpublished obscurity, the endless tweaking of the query letter, the rejection after rejection after rejection that the rest of us tell ourselves is an unavoidable and indeed vital component of becoming a novelist. Instead, Smith was offered a publishing contract for her first novel on the basis of some sho... Read more

by | February 18, 2011