Peter Allison, author of How to Walk a Puma, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Peter Allison author of Whatever You Do, Don’t Run,  Don’t Look Behind You, But…  and now How to Walk a Puma Six Sharp Questions  ————————– 1.    Congratulations, you’ve a new book – How to Walk a Puma – what is it about and what does this book mean to you? This book shakes me out of... Read more

by | January 31, 2012

Lose weight quickly and safely – guest blogger, Susie Burrell, shows you how…

Lose Weight Fast. Could there be a better title for a book? Who doesn’t want to lose weight fast? It may take us months if not years of eating too much and not moving our bodies enough to gain weight but once we finally get so sick of it that we want to do something about it, we want the extra weight gone as quickly as possible. And this is the reason that the various detox programs and any qui... Read more

by | January 30, 2012

M. J. Rose, author of The Book of Lost Fragrances, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks M. J. Rose author of The Book of Lost Fragrances 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 New York City – on the upper east side – and raised there. In the shadow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. I went to an all girl school ... Read more

by | January 30, 2012

Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany: Review by Toni Whitmont

This is a particularly sensual novel, and in that respect, it fits very well into that bush setting. The reader feels the ooze of the soil under hoof, smells the diesel of the red Fergy in the shed, hears the plop of the milk in the pail. And when it comes to longings of a more human kind, Tiffany's sparse and unsentimental style is both deft and poetic. Read more

by | January 29, 2012

REVIEW: Miles off Course by Sulari Gentill (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

There are few things more gratifying than discovering an author whose books seem so perfectly suited to your tastes as a reader that it feels as though they may have been written especially for you. After devouring Sulari Gentill’s Miles Off Course in a whirlwind reading session – a reading session interrupted only by a quick break to jump online and purchase A Few Right Thinking Men and ... Read more

by | January 28, 2012

Carrie Tiffany, author of Mateship with Birds, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Carrie Tiffany author of Mateship with Birds and Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living 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 Halifax, England. My family migrated to Wes... Read more

by | January 28, 2012

Marina Endicott, author of The Little Shadows, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Marina Endicott author of The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault 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 west of Canada, high in the Rocky Mountains, in Golden, British Columbia. My father... Read more

by | January 27, 2012

Celebrate Australia Day by Pre-Ordering Some Great New Australian Fiction!

Sweet Old World by Deborah Robertson ‘He goes down the stairs, singing Johnny Cash. It’s a song about a man who’s fallen real low, but he’s not low, he’s forty-three years old today, there’s still time. You never know what is waiting, you just never know. This morning he can hope. And this is the thing he doesn’t ever talk about: He wants to be a father... Read more

by | January 26, 2012

Nick Lake, author of In Darkness, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Nick Lake author of In Darkness, The Secret Ministry of Frost 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 north of England, in a place called Hexham, which I’ve never been to, apart... Read more

by | January 25, 2012

News from the UK: Costa book award: Andrew Miller wins for sixth novel, Pure

Vivid tale of life in pre-revolutionary Paris beats Matthew Hollis’s biography of Edward Thomas to £30,000 prize cheque writes Mark Brown in The Guardian A vividly told story of life in pre-revolutionary Paris on Tuesday won the 2011 Costa book award in what turned out to be a bitterly fought two-way tussle between fact and fiction. Andrew Miller was given one of the UK’s most prest... Read more

by | January 25, 2012