William and Catherine: The Royal Wedding


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Andrew Morton, author of William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Andrew Morton

author of William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding

Ten Terrifying Questions

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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 Dewsbury, West Yorkshire in 1953. My father had a picture framing and artists’ materials shop and so I got to see a lot of pictures and paintings as a youngster. I went to grammar school in Leeds, my home town. Two brothers, one sister, I am the eldest.

2.    What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At 12 I thought about going into the family business but I was useless at Continue reading

On China by Henry Kissinger

For the first time in a full length book Henry Kissinger writes about the country he has known intimately for decades, and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. Drawing on historical records as well as his conversations with Chinese leaders over the past forty years, Kissinger examines how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history, and reflects on the consequences for the 21st-century world.

The unique conditions under which China developed continue to shape its policies and attitudes toward the outside world. For millennia, China rarely encountered other societies of comparable size and sophistication. It was the ‘Middle Kingdom,’ treating people on its periphery as vassal states. At the same time, Chinese statesmen – facing threats of invasion from without, and the contests of competing factions within – developed a canon of strategic thought that emphasized long-term structural advantage rather than absolute victory, and that prized the virtues of subtlety, patience, and indirection over feats of martial prowess.

With the enduring institutions of Chinese statecraft and civilization clearly in mind Kissinger examines key episodes in Chinese foreign policy from the earliest days through the 20th century. He illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such events as the initial encounters between China and modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, the opening of relations with the United States, the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. He also analyzes the two towering figures of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, and their divergent visions of China’s modern destiny. The book provides a sweeping historical perspective on Chinese foreign policy from one of the premier statesmen of the 20th century.

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Hana Schofield and Atka Reid, authors of Goodbye Sarajevo, answer Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Hana Schofield
and Atka Reid

authors of Goodbye Sarajevo

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Hana: I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia where I lived until the outbreak of the Bosnian war. At the age of 12, I was a refugee in Zagreb, Croatia for two years where I finished my intermediate school. I went to St Margaret’s College in Christchurch, NZ, then studied at the University of Canterbury in the same city. I graduated with First Class Honours in Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian.

Atka: I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia. I was studying Political Science when the war broke out Continue reading

Bernie McGill, author of The Butterfly Cabinet, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Bernie McGill

author of The Butterfly Cabinet

Ten Terrifying Questions

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 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 the parish of Lavey in County Derry, Northern Ireland, the youngest of ten children. I went to Primary School there, Secondary in the nearby town of Maghera and to Queen’s University in Belfast to study English and Italian. As part of my studies, I spent a year working in a school in Italy from 1987-88. When I’d finished my undergraduate studies, I completed an Continue reading

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

For the occasional crime fiction reader the appeal of The Devotion of Suspect X was irresitsible. The first of Keigo Higashino’s books to be translated into English, it has sold over a million copies in its native Japan, it has inspired a cult film and it has a genuinely creepy cover with neither a blood print or a bleak snowy landscape to be seen.

And there was definitely something about going into the Japanese space. It seems we have mined the world for fresh voices in thrills. Not content with home grown or gritty Scottish, or Los Angeles underbelly locations, we moved first to English speaking writers in foreign settings (Barbara Nadel in Turkey, Donna Leon in Venice, Alexander McCall Smith in Botswana and Colin Cotterill in Laos)  and now increasingly to more exotic Continue reading

Rachel DeWoskin, author of Big Girl Small, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Rachel DeWoskin

author of Big Girl Small

Ten Terrifying Questions

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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 Kyoto, Japan, because my parents were adventurous academics, there studying and teaching. I spent my infancy sleeping in a suitcase, my childhood excavating ancient instruments and eating sea slugs in rural Chinese villages, and my adolescence falling in love and writing bad poetry about it. I went to college in NYC and wrote lots of academic papers about very good poetry. When I was 21 I moved to China and acted in a ludicrous Chinese soap opera called “Foreign Babes in Beijing,” about sexy Western girls falling in love with macho Continue reading

John Elder Robison, author of Be Different, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

John Elder Robison

author of Be Different and Look Me In The Eyes

Ten Terrifying Questions

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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 Athens Georgia, while my parents attended the University of Georgia. I was raised on both coasts of the United States as my dad attended graduate school before settling as a Professor of Philosophy in Amherst, Massachusetts

I attended various schools before ending up in Amherst High School, from which I was ejected in the tenth grade. I remained a proud and defiant high school dropout until 2008, when the Monarch School of Houston, Texas, gave me an honorary diploma.

Beyond that, I pretty much schooled myself. I was lucky my father was a college professor, and I had the Continue reading

HBO brings George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones to the small screen

During 2011, the first volume of George R R Martin’s glorious high fantasy, A Song of Ice and Fire, will be aired in Australia as an HBO series on Foxtel.

It premièred on Sunday in the USA & UK and pulled in 4.2 million viewers

You have the chance to read the trilogy before it screens here in Australia…

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Game of Thrones : Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come Continue reading

Eoin Colfer, author of Plugged and the enormously successful Artemis Fowl series, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Eoin Colfer

author of Plugged
and the enormously successful Artemis Fowl series

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born and raised in the small town of Wexford in South East Ireland in 1965. Boringly enough I was also schooled there and schooled others there as a teacher, with a brief diversion to Dublin to get the qualifications to come home. I still live in Wexford if you hadn’t guessed.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and Continue reading

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