THE EYE OF THE STORM by Patrick White

UPDATE:

THE EYE OF THE STORM by Patrick White

Patrick White’s seminal book about family relationships and the stuff of love and hate has been made into a film which will be screening from September 15. You can read all about the book, and see the film trailer, here. The film stars Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davies.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows + movie ticket

For a limited time only, this Australian published Harry Potter Signature Edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will come with a free movie pass to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (valid from July 21).

The book and the movie pass for $22.99 – this is exceptional value and exclusive to Booktopia. Hurry while stocks last.
Click here to order your copy from Booktopia.

Harry Potter Signature Edition of
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by JK Rowling 

In this thrilling climax to the phenomenally bestselling series, J.K. Rowling reveals the fate of Harry Potter when he must confront the Dark Lord.

Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. But the future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him – and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord’s forces of evil.

In this dramatic conclusion to the Harry Potter series, Harry must leave his most loyal friends behind, and in a final perilous journey find the strength and the will to face his terrifying destiny: a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight.

Winners of the 2011 Australian Book Industry Awards

What follows is a selection of the winners announced at last night’s awards ceremony.

ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2011


WINNER: Bereft

written by Chris Womersley, published by Scribe Publications

It is 1919. The Great War has ended, but the Spanish flu epidemic is raging across Australia. Schools are closed, state borders are guarded by armed men, and train travel is severely restricted. There are rumours it is the end of the world.

In the town of Flint, Quinn Walker returns to the home he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of an unspeakable crime. Aware that his father and uncle would surely hang him, Quinn hides in the hills surrounding Flint. There, he meets the orphan Sadie Fox — a mysterious young girl who seems to know more about the crime than she should.

A searing gothic novel of love, longing and justice, Bereft is about the suffering endured by those who go to war and those who are forever left behind.

‘Bereft is a dark, brooding story of war, family secrets and a man’s search for justice. Chris Womersley knows how to shine light into the darkest corners of rural Australia.’ – MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

‘Bereft is a beautiful novel . . . Womersley writes with such compelling power it is barely possible to put the book down.’ – DEBRA ADELAIDE

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Read Chris’s answers to my Ten Terrifying Questions here


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The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman: review by Toni Whitmont

It is not often that a book give me goosebumps but by the second page of The Street Sweeper I was covered in them. I had an inkling on page one with the opening paragraph.

Memory is a wilful dog. It won’t be summoned or dismissed but it cannot survive without you. It can sustain you or feed on you. It visits when it is hungry, not when you are. It has a schedule all of its own that you can never know. It can capture, corner you or liberate you. It can a leave you howling and it can make you smile.

A page later I knew I was in the hands of a master – someone whose deliberately crafted prose, stunning ability to weave a story, intelligently thought through issues leaves the reader humbled, in a state of grace, in awe.

I don’t know about his career as a barrister, but in his writing, Elliot Perlman has rarely hit a wrong note. Known for Three Dollars, and then for the very satisfying Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Street Sweeper will certainly cement the reputation of man already described as having “traces of Dickens’ range and of George Eliot’s generous Continue reading

Nick Earls, author of The Fix, Zigzag Street, The True Story of Butterfish and many more, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Nick Earls

author of The Fix, Zigzag Street, The True Story of Butterfish and many more

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?

Born: Northern Ireland. For years I thought I was born on the fire escape of Newtownards Hospital, since someone pointed to the building when I was three and said ‘That’s where you were born’. It’s still the first image I see when anyone asks me.

We moved to Australia not long before I turned nine, and I’ve lived in Brisbane since then.

I went to Churchie (now the Anglican Church Grammar School) in Brisbane and then did Medicine at UQ, scraping through with the dodgiest honours degree in my year, probably due to my examiners being distracted by the Continue reading

Paul Daley, author of Armageddon: Two Men on an Anzac Trail, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Paul Daley

author of Armageddon: Two Men on an Anzac Trail

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?

My background is completely unremarkable, especially for a writer. I was born in Melbourne to middle-class parents and I had a fairly cloistered, traditional Catholic upbringing – parish primary school with nuns (among them Sister Brendan; I kid you not) who were tougher than any trooper I’d ever go on to meet, then private boy’s school. The priests and brothers were a mixed lot: some were incredibly compassionate and dedicated to teaching – others unthinkably cruel and driven by frustration. I was blessed to receive a free tertiary education. University bought me time – time to carouse and experiment more energetically than I’d like my kids to. But time also to figure out what I wanted to do with myself when play-time was Continue reading

Christopher Kremmer, author The Chase, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Christopher Kremmer

author of The ChaseThe Carpet Wars
and more

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 Bethesda Hospital overlooking Enmore Park in Sydney. On the day I was born I was given the last rites because my lungs collapsed, but I survived after spending six weeks in an oxygenated crib. After that things slowly Continue reading

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