Blossom, author of Eat, Spray, Love, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Blossom author of Eat, Spray, Love 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 and raised in Sydney, I am an autodidact. In fact most of what I know I figured out for myself. I find that if you observe life and ... Read more

by | March 25, 2011

Wendy Harmer, author of Friends Like These, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Wendy Harmer author of Friends Like These, The Pearlie Series, Farewell My Ovaries 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? For me it’s a very long-winded answer! I was born in Yarram, then raised in five little... Read more

by | March 24, 2011

Author Kylie Ladd reviews Swallow the Air, a novel by Tara June Winch

I didn’t come across Swallow The Air, the début novel of indigenous author Tara June Winch, by accident. In 2010, my family and I left our Melbourne home to spend a year in Broome in the far northwest of Australia. It was an eye-opening experience. There was the sheer physical beauty of the region for a start, and the radically different lifestyle of the tropics, dictated as it is by the climat... Read more

by | March 23, 2011

Nicole Avery, author of Planning with Kids, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Nicole Avery author of Planning with Kids 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 Mildura, a country town 550km north west of Melbourne. I lived and went to school there until I was 17, when I moved to Melbourne to go Deakin ... Read more

by | March 23, 2011

Wilbur Smith, author of Those in Peril, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks WILBUR SMITH author of Those in Peril, When the Lion Feeds, Elephant Song, River God, Assegai, Hungry as the Sea, Cry Wolf, Warlock and many, many 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 ... Read more

by | March 22, 2011

Elisabeth Holdsworth, author of Those Who Come After, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Elisabeth Holdsworth author of Those Who Come After 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 a south-western province of The Netherlands, called Zeeland, not long after the end of the second world war. My p... Read more

by | March 21, 2011

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos In this exhilarating new book, Brian Greene explores our most current understanding of the universe, its deepest laws of nature, and our continuing quest to know more. The Hidden Reality reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics—relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, compu... Read more

by | March 18, 2011

The Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2011

Congratulations to all of the longlisted authors! Update: Click here for The 2011 Miles Franklin Award Shortlist The longlisted authors are: Jon Bauer – Rocks in the Belly How far can you push a child before he snaps? Rocks in the Belly tells the story of an eight-year-old boy and the adult he becomes. When he is young his mother fosters boys, despite the jealous turmoil it arouses in her... Read more

by | March 17, 2011

2011 Orange Prize for Fiction – The Longlist

Longlist in full Leila Aboulela – Lyrics Alley A lyrical and deeply moving novel by a twice Orange-listed rising star, set in pre-Independence Sudan, Egypt and post-war Britain. With Mahmood Bey at its helm, the family can do no wrong. But when Mahmood’s son, Nur – the brilliant, charming heir to his business empire – suffers a near-fatal accident, his hopes of universit... Read more

by | March 16, 2011