26 NEW POPULAR PENGUINS (and one lucky customer will receive them all, gratis)

Penguin Books has released 26 new Popular Penguins, taking the total number of books in this much-loved series to 200. I am slowly collecting them all. I’ve read about forty but I am sure there are plenty of people who have read more than me. (How many have you read?) Today I am personally recommending five of the twenty-six new titles (see below) but of the others, well, you and I will j... Read more

by | August 31, 2011

Women of Letters: Reviving the Lost Art of Correspondence. Edited by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire

Available 31 October 2011 In a world of the short and swift, of texts and Twitter, there’s something of special value about a carefully composed letter. In homage to this most civilised of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire created the literary afternoons of Women of Letters. Some of Australia’s finest dames of stage, screen and page have delivered missives on a series o... Read more

by | August 31, 2011

Andy Griffiths, author of 13 Storey Treehouse, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Andy Griffiths author of 13 Storey Treehouse, The Bad Book, The Day My Bum Went Psycho and many many more Six Sharp Questions  ————————- 1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you? 13 Storey Treehouse is about a writer called Andy and an illustrator called Terry living in a 1... Read more

by | August 31, 2011

Emily Rodda, author of The Deltora Quest series and now The Golden Door, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks Emily Rodda author of The Deltora Quest series and now The Golden Door 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 grew up with my two younger brothers on Sydney’s North Shore; I went to Abbotsleigh Ladies College and late... Read more

by | August 30, 2011

Women on Twitter: A cyber-room of one’s own, says Grace Dent

I have just read English journalist, author, and broadcaster, Grace Dent’s amusing, insightful and ultimately helpful book on the Twitter phenomenon, entitled How to Leave Twitter. In the middle of the book, under the heading Justifying your Twitter addiction, is the eighth justification: Women on Twitter: A cyber-room of one’s own. The first sentence of which is: ‘On Twitter I feel something t... Read more

by | August 30, 2011

John Long, author of Hung Like an Argentine Duck, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks John Long author of Hung Like an Argentine Duck:  A Journey Back in Time to the Origins of Sexual Intimacy 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’m a Melbourne boy, raised in Balwyn area, went to All H... Read more

by | August 30, 2011

Get Reading: James Bradley on Ten Short Stories You Must Read In 2011

Today marks the launch of Get Reading 2011, an Australia-wide program designed to promote books and writing. As part of the campaign anybody who buys a book in a participating bookshop will receive a free book, Ten Short Stories You Must Read in 2011, featuring contributions from John Birmingham, Charlotte Wood, Caroline Overington, Cate Kennedy, Larissa Behrendt, Jessica Rudd and myself (among... Read more

by | August 29, 2011

Carol Altmann, author of Four Seasons with a Grumpy Goat, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks Carol Altmann author of Four Seasons with a Grumpy Goat 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 grew up on acreage right in the heart of Warrnambool, Victoria, and within walking distance of the... Read more

by | August 29, 2011

Sylvia Johnson, author of Watch Out For Me, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks SYLVIA JOHNSON author of Watch Out For Me 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 Sydney, raised in Mosman and the Blue Mountains, schooled by some truly terrifying nuns in primary, and eventually dropped out of... Read more

by | August 27, 2011