Tad Williams, bestselling author of The Dirty Streets of Heaven and many more, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Tad Williams author of The Dirty Streets of Heaven, and the  Otherland, Shadowmarch and Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series 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 in Palo Alto, California, the college tow... Read more

by | August 31, 2012

RAY BRADBURY IS MY ‘FATHER’ writes Michael Robotham, bestselling author of Say You’re Sorry

Growing up in a small country town in Australia, my only experience of the wider world came through grainy black and white TV images and the magic of the books that I borrowed from the local library. I remember being eight-years-old, in July 1969, when teachers assembled the entire school – barely a hundred students – into one classroom. They wheeled in a television and we watched Neil Armstron... Read more

by | August 30, 2012

Sam Bowring, author of The Legacy of Lord Regret and The Lord of Lies, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Sam Bowring, author of The Legacy of Lord Regret and The Lord of Lies, Books One and Two of the Strange Threads Duology 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 Glebe, and I went t... Read more

by | August 30, 2012

Jesse Fink: The Top 5 Books I Would and the Top 5 Books I Wouldn’t Want To See On A Woman’s Dating Profile

Like a lot of men, Jesse Fink never thought it would happen to him. But it did. His wife of 10 years and mother of his child walked out on him and into the arms of another man. In that moment he lost his best friend, his soul mate, his family, his identity. LAID BARE is his brutally honest account of one man’s emotional and mental oblivion after separation and divorce. Jesse’s searc... Read more

by | August 29, 2012

Ed Chatterton, author of A Dark Place To Die, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Ed Chatterton (aka Martin Chatterton) author of A Dark Place To Die 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 Liverpool, England at the start of the sixties. I went to school ... Read more

by | August 29, 2012

Asa Larsson, author of Until Thy Wrath Be Past, The Black Path, The Savage Altar and more, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Åsa Larsson author of Until Thy Wrath Be Past, The Black Path, The Savage Altar 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 Kiruna, a small mining town 200 km north of the Arctic... Read more

by | August 28, 2012

Caroline Baum’s Highlights from the September Booktopia BUZZ

What’s your take on coincidence? Sometimes it’s hard not to ask yourself how themes and ideas come to share  the same moment in the ether… so when I read Courtney Collins’ The Burial this month, a remarkable début novel based on the true story of a female bushranger, swiftly followed by Amanda Coplin’s The Orchardist, another very polished first novel from the US, ... Read more

by | August 28, 2012

REVIEW: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (Review by Andrew Cattanach)

Booktopians, I’ve got a real treat for you. Within the folds of The Orchardist, I give you not only Amanda Coplin’s debut as a novelist, but also her debut as one of the most poignant, tender and gripping writers to emerge from the US in many years. The Orchardist, set in the late 1800’s, tells the story of the tender, if slightly hermitish orchardist, William Talmadge, as he encounters two pre... Read more

by | August 26, 2012

REVIEW: The Twelve by Justin Cronin (Review by Eboni Robson)

“You decided to re-engineer an ancient virus that would transform a dozen death-row inmates into indestructible monsters who live on blood..?” asks  the Chief of Special Weapons disbelievingly in The Twelve, Justin Cronin’s sequel to The Passage. Answer: Yeah, they did. If you’re unfamiliar with The Passage, allow me to enlighten you. It begins with a Nobel-Prize winning scientist finding... Read more

by | August 24, 2012

Su Dharmapala, author of The Wedding Season, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Su Dharmapala author of The Wedding Season 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 Singapore but grew up between Sri Lanka and Singapore before I immigrated to Australia... Read more

by | August 23, 2012