Three Authors Offer Advice for Writers: Matthew Reilly, Sandy Thorne and Leah Giarratano

I had promised to post a new set of three authors offering writing tips every Friday evening but this is the second time in a row I have forgotten to do so. Hmmm… Maybe I should just promise to post every Saturday? Or even better, forgo the promise… I know what I’ll do. New announcement: I have long thought the advice offered to aspiring writers in answer to question ten of my... Read more

by | March 31, 2012

Sue Williams, author of Welcome to the Outback & Outback Spirit, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Sue Williams author of Welcome to the Outback & Outback Spirit 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 UK, just outside London, as an ‘Essex Girl’ – British shorthand for the most bogan of bogans. Even worse, Essex Girl has now be... Read more

by | March 31, 2012

Chris McCourt, author of The Cleansing of Mahommed, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Chris McCourt author of The Cleansing of Mahommed 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, in Lakemba, which was a very different, very white bread Lakemba back in those days. ... Read more

by | March 30, 2012

Michael Pryor, author of 10 Futures, The Laws of Magic Series, and the Chronicles Of Krangor series, answers Six Sharp Questions:

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Michael Pryor author of 10 Futures, The Laws of Magic Series, and The Chronicles Of Krangor series Six Sharp Questions ——————————- 1. Congratulations, you have a new book, 10 Futures. What is it about and what does it mean to you? 10 Futures is a series of linked stories looking at ten different, possible f... Read more

by | March 30, 2012

George Lois, author of Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!), answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks George Lois author of Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!), Iconic America, $ellebrity, 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 Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, by Greek immigrant parents. I worked in my father’s florist store,... Read more

by | March 28, 2012

REVIEW: The Hanging Garden by Patrick White – reviewed by John Purcell

The Hanging Garden may just change the way Patrick White is thought of by Australian readers. For many years now, the mere mention of his name has sent shivers down readers’ spines. Granted, for a small percentage of readers, these were the shivers of ecstasy but for the vast majority they were aroused by fear, dread and, for some, loathing. Australia’s only recipient of the Nobel Prize for Lit... Read more

by | March 28, 2012

The Miles Franklin Literature Award Longlist 2012

From where I sit the 2012 Miles Franklin Literature Award longlist seems right. The names I expected to see are listed, Elliot Perlman, Kate Grenville, Gail Jones, Alex Miller, as are some of the names I hoped to see, Charlotte Wood, Charlotte Wood and Charlotte Wood. There are a few disastrous exclusions,  though. The Life by Malcolm Knox, for one. Kylie Ladd’s Last Summer, is another. A... Read more

by | March 28, 2012

Fiona McIntosh, author of The Lavender Keeper, Fields of Gold, and also author of The Valisar Trilogy, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Fiona McIntosh author of The Lavender Keeper,  Fields of Gold, and also author of The Valisar Trilogy 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 Brighton on the south coast of England – so windswept promenades and piers are in my soul. I was raise... Read more

by | March 27, 2012

REVIEW: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

So fairytales are pretty hot right now. If that seems like a ridiculous sentence, consider the fact that we have not one, but two “Snow White” movies set to hit the big screen this year. It seems like all of a sudden the world had gone bonkers for stories about fairytale princesses living happily ever after. I blame Kate Middleton. Still, having suffered from a pretty serious fairytale addictio... Read more

by | March 26, 2012

Fleur McDonald, author of Red Dust, Blue Skies and now, Purple Roads, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Fleur McDonald author of Red Dust, Blue Skies and now, Purple Roads, and Booktopia Twitter Buddy Six Sharp Questions ——————————- 1.    Congratulations, you’ve a new book, Purple Roads – what is it about and what does this book mean to you? Actually this book is quite special. I grew up around trucks –... Read more

by | March 25, 2012