Caroline Baum on Curses and Blessings for All Occasions by Bradley Trevor Greive

Caroline Baum: It might be a bit early to think about stocking fillers, but  make a note of this one, it will tickle the fancy of anyone irreverent and with a playful way with words. These elaborate, imaginative insults and good wishes (phrased to sound like the ancient sayings of a mystic or from a poorly translated fortune cookie) could be the start of a great new parlour game: try and make u... Read more

by | July 29, 2012

11 Books That Inspired Olympic Gold by Andrew Cattanach

Gold, Gold, Gold! If that famous phrase has you bleeding from the ears, you’re probably not alone. But before you run to your Olympic proof, Penguin Classics lined bunker, I would like to point out the incredible parallels to be drawn between the world of literature of the Olympic Games. Just in time for the glory, the majesty and the spandex of the coming weeks here are 11 interesting fa... Read more

by | July 27, 2012

Derek Landy is Coming to Booktopia in August… Which means… Signed copies of Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked!

BIG NEWS: On 15th August Derek Landy will be coming to Booktopia to sign books and to chat with fans on the Booktopia Facebook page. He will be in Australia promoting his new book… Kingdom of the Wicked Magic is a disease. Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives an... Read more

by | July 26, 2012

Mac ‘Serge’ Tucker, author of Fighter Pilot: Mis-Adventures Beyond the Sound Barrier with an Australian Top Gun, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Mac ‘Serge’ Tucker author of Fighter Pilot: Mis-Adventures Beyond the Sound Barrier with an Australian Top Gun 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 Richmond Vic... Read more

by | July 25, 2012

Oh, Sh*t, It’s the Olympics… Five Books to Help You Get Your Olympics On… by Andrew Cattanach

What’s going on you ask? You’re watching morning TV and the newsreader is reporting on the weather in Perth from a London bus. Uncle Toby’s ads are on every 16 seconds. The local paper is selling boxing kangaroo badges and Laurie Lawrence is doing a speaking tour. Yes Booktopians, the Olympics are nearly upon us. A show of global unity for some, national disunity for others, t... Read more

by | July 24, 2012

Thank you, Margaret Mahy

I don’t recall much happening in the small town in NZ where I grew up, but I do remember the day that Margaret Mahy visited my primary school. I have no idea how old I was but I do have a vivid memory of sitting very quietly in our small library, absolutely enthralled, while a woman with a rainbow coloured wig, a brightly coloured cardigan and some sort of toy bird (it was either in the w... Read more

James Foley, author/illustrator of In the Lion, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks James Foley author/illustrator of In the Lion 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, raised and schooled in Perth, Western Australia. For the first 25 or so years of my life, I lived wi... Read more

by | July 23, 2012

REVIEW: Paving the New Road : A Rowland Sinclair Novel by Sulari Gentill (Review by Sarah McDuling)

The only thing better than discovering a new series of books is realising that the author is not going to make you wait too long for the next instalment. Having been introduced to Sulari Gentill’s Rowland Sinclair novels earlier this year with Miles off Course, and then devouring books one and two with all the gusto of a confirmed historical fiction addict, I was pretty much ecstatic when I rea... Read more

by | July 23, 2012

Five Great Books A Literary Woman Can Give To Her Fella With Confidence by Andrew Cattanach

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. What hogwash. To say we both share the same galaxy is an appallingly optimistic assumption. Since the dawn of time men have struggled to break free of the shackles of ordinary life. We want to be allowed to do things we enjoy, like getting drunk or chasing frogs. Just as women have yearned for space away from male madness so they can talk about Florence ... Read more

by | July 20, 2012

L.A. Larkin, author of Thirst and The Genesis Flaw, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks L.A. Larkin author Thirst and The Genesis Flaw 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 England and emigrated to Australia in 1998. I remember the headmistress of my secondary school – a sca... Read more

by | July 19, 2012