Prodigal Father, Pagan Son Growing up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club by Anthony Menginie and Kerrie Droban

A shocking true story of one man’s escape from a biker gang – by the son of a notorious gang leader. To the reader: I am 31 years old. I was born the son of the Philadelphia Pagans’ most notorious leader. I’ve been around some of the most hardcore Pagans; Mongo, Conan, S &S, Malicious, Cheese, Terrible Tony and Dominic. The following events happened. This is not fict... Read more

by | June 30, 2011

Kylie Ladd, author of Last Summer, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kylie Ladd author of Last Summer and After the Fall Six Sharp Questions —————————— 1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you? Last Summer is about what happens to a close group of friends when the man at their centre, Rory Buchanan, dies unexpectedly… it’s ... Read more

by | June 30, 2011

ROME by Robert Hughes (Still waiting on my review copy… taps foot)

Rome is irrepressible. It is a city of ruins and yet it is always new. It has been beaten, sacked, bombed and occupied but wakes noisy and smiling every morning. In Rome’s streets we find humanity at its most vital, beautiful, dangerous, sweet and thoughtful. It is no great wonder so many visitors fall in love with Rome. It’s no wonder that so many have tried to understand the city.... Read more

by | June 29, 2011

Sarah-Kate Lynch, author of Dolci di Love, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Sarah-Kate Lynch author Dolci di Love 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 the tiny Central Otago town of Alexandra in New Zealand and raised all over the place but wherever I went I wa... Read more

by | June 29, 2011

The Book Of Rachael by Leslie Cannold. A Review by Kylie Ladd.

Have you found Jesus? The publishing industry certainly has, and they’re not letting him go. Why would they, when he’s responsible for so many sales? There’s that perennial best-seller, the Holy Bible, for a start, for which Jesus can take at least half the credit. There’s the multitudinous scholarly texts and mediations on his legacy; there’s all those prayer books and hymnals that have been c... Read more

by | June 29, 2011

Amazing Face by Zoe Foster (or why we are selling squillions of these…)

Amazing Face Clever beauty tricks, should-own products + spectacularly useful how-to-do-its Author: Zoe Foster (Buy it now) < stupid link didn’t work – it now works Free Excerpt: Introduction I learned how to apply makeup from a girl in the toilets. She was an exquisite, popular, sophisticated* (*It’s all relative) year nine girl (I was a year eight weed and the girls in th... Read more

by | June 28, 2011

Peter Salmon, author of The Coffee Story, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Peter Salmon author of The Coffee Story 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, absurdly, in Southampton – I say absurdly because my parents emigrated to Australia when I was four, so I see myself a... Read more

by | June 28, 2011

Kim McCosker, co-author of the 4 Ingredients phenomenon, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kim McCosker co-author of the 4 Ingredients phenomenon Ten Terrifying Questions —————————– 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? Hi, my name is Kim McCosker. I was born in Stanthorpe and raised there until moving to Mundubbera, Qld.... Read more

by | June 27, 2011

Niromi de Soyza, author of Tamil Tigress, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Niromi de Soyza author of Tamil Tigress 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 Kandy, the central hill country of Sri Lanka and moved to the northern town of Jaffna when I was eight. As the civil war engu... Read more

by | June 27, 2011

Picador’s Big Three: The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst, At Last by Edward St Aubyn and Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift

July is a big month for Picador Australia and it will be a big month for lovers of contemporary literature, too. Three of the most respected writers writing today – Graham Swift, Alan Hollinghurst and Edward St Aubyn – are set to release new novels on July 1st. We recommend buying all three (but then, we would). If you would like to become better acquainted before you take the plung... Read more

by | June 24, 2011