Mal Peet, author of author of Life: An Exploded Diagram, Keeper, The Penalty, Exposure and more, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Mal Peet author of Life: An Exploded Diagram, Keeper, The Penalty, Exposure 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 a place called North Walsham, in Norfolk, England. It was a one-ho... Read more

by | September 30, 2011

Death Comes to Pemberley: A Very Different P. D. James Detective Novel

P.D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted detective story. The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live within seventeen miles, t... Read more

by | September 30, 2011

Great Trailer for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness who was inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

Review by Toni Whitmont: You are only young once, but doesn’t it go on for a long time, more years than you can bear. This is not the way my day was supposed to start, waking a couple of hours before dawn and then reading compulsively until I reached sobbing stage at the final few pages of Patrick Ness’ stunning new book. As it was, I had been up late having started, and then devour... Read more

by | September 30, 2011

Elliot Perlman chats to Toni Whitmont about his new book, The Street Sweeper

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman From the scars of the civil rights struggle in the United States to the crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau, there are even more stories than there are people passing each other every day on the crowded streets of any major city. Only some of these stories survive to become history. Adam Zignelik, an almost 40-year-old untenured academic historian at New York’s... Read more

by | September 29, 2011

Maile Meloy, author of The Apothecary, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Maile Meloy author of The Apothecary, Half in Love, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It  and Liars and Saints 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 and raised in Helena, Montana... Read more

by | September 29, 2011

Misery Bear, author of Misery Bear’s Guide to Love & Heartbreak, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Misery Bear author of Misery Bear’s Guide to Love & Heartbreak 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 shop somewhere in London,... Read more

by | September 28, 2011

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (The welcome return of the big, fat literary novel)

Those who think there is no room in the current market for lengthy literary novels will feel pretty silly when Murakami’s new novel 1Q84 breaks all sales records. This book has already sold a million copies in Japan. A million copies, people. Even so, I bet there are some pretty nervous publishing types awaiting the launch date of the English language edition. Murakami has been offering u... Read more

by | September 27, 2011

Judy Nunn, bestselling author of Tiger Men, Maralinga, Floodtide and many more… answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Judy Nunn author of Tiger Men, Maralinga, Floodtide and 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? Home town Perth, Western Australia. Raised on the banks of the swan river. I had an idyllic... Read more

by | September 27, 2011

It’s Not Pornography, It’s Erotica. There is a Difference, You Know, and Women Are Leading the Way

Apparently, some women like sex. They like the idea of it. They like having it. They even do ‘it’ as often as they can. I know! Imagine that? Did you know that some women think about sex all the time? It’s true. You just don’t see them having sex everywhere because, well, some people frown upon such exhibitionism. They have even enacted laws preventing such things. But t... Read more

by | September 23, 2011

What Joseph Heller’s Masterpiece, Catch 22, Means to Me by John Purcell

My reading life began when I was handed a copy of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. I was eighteen. Till then I had read for others. I had read because I had been asked to. I read Catch 22 for myself, because I wanted to. From then on, my life was different. I looked for and read books which promised to enhance my life as Catch 22 had. Why did it have such an effect on me? I think it was because ... Read more

by | September 22, 2011