REVIEW: Sebastian Faulks – A Possible Life (Review by Catherine Horne)

The day after I finished Sebastian Faulks’s astonishing new novel I sat down to a few episodes of Mad Men. In one of his many moments of boozy insight, Don Draper offers this pearl of advertising wisdom to his protégé Peggy Olson: ‘You are the product. You feeling something. That’s what sells.’ This quote momentarily shattered my nostalgia-fuelled swoonfest as I realised that this is exactly ho... Read more

by | September 29, 2012

Swannies Guernsey and Cap Signed by Micky O Up For Grabs!

In time for AFL Grand Final Day, Booktopia has a Swans guernsey and cap both signed by Micky O to give away. Just order Micky O: Determination. Hard Work. And a Little Bit of Magic from Booktopia before midnight Tuesday 2nd October 2012 to go into the draw. How does that sound? Oh, and may the best team win… (Go Swannies!) Click here to order Micky O from Booktopia, Australia’s No. ... Read more

by | September 28, 2012

Jacqueline Harvey, author of Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Jacqueline Harvey author of Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor and The Alice-Miranda Series Six Sharp Questions  —————————————— 1.    Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you? Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor sees the launch of... Read more

by | September 27, 2012

Trudi Canavan, author of The Traitor Queen, Book Three of the Traitor Spy Trilogy, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Trudi Canavan author of The Traitor Spy Trilogy, The Magician’s Apprentice, The Black Magician Trilogy and The Age of the Five 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, raised and schooled in Melbour... Read more

by | September 26, 2012

REVIEW: The One-Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Review by Patricia Purcell)

From the intriguing title (which, incidentally, pretty much sums up this wonderful novel) to the tantalizing epilogue, this book totally captivates. The writing flows at a wonderful pace – it is hard to put down. Although it has numerous characters both current and historical and flicks back and forth between his “escape” and his early life it does not puzzle or confuse the reader. Allan Karlss... Read more

by | September 26, 2012

Top 5 Books for Downton Abbey Addicts by Sarah McDuling

I was supposed to be born in England some time in the late nineteenth century. I firmly believe that. Sadly, by virtue of a cosmic accident, I was born in Australia about a hundred years behind schedule. In hopes of rectifying this obvious mistake, I have written several strongly worded letters addressed to Fate and The Powers That Be. I am still anxiously awaiting a response. Another thing I’m... Read more

by | September 25, 2012

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Or How Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford Kept Me From Springsteen) by Hayley Holland

I arrived back from a week’s leave on Monday to find an advance copy of Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin sitting on my desk, absolutely begging to be read. This is where I should admit to being just a little bit of a Springsteen fan, so having the chance to read a new biography before the publication date was like having Christmas arrive early. Here was my dilemma though; I was already just ove... Read more

by | September 24, 2012

Steve Lillebuen, author of The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story Behind The ‘Dexter Killer’, Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Steve Lillebuen author of The Devil’s Cinema : The Untold Story Behind The ‘Dexter Killer’ 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 Edmonton, Alberta, an oil-rich prairie capital a few ho... Read more

by | September 20, 2012

Nellie Bennett, author of Only in Spain: In Search of My Heart’s Desire, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Nellie Bennett author of Only in Spain: In Search of My Heart’s Desire 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 Sydney, Australia, and I went to a hippy school, a public school and ... Read more

by | September 20, 2012

Australian Jessica Shirvington’s young-adult novel Embrace to be brought to TV by Steven Spielberg

From Michael Idato in The Sydney Morning Herald: Local author Jessica Shirvington, the wife of champion athlete and Foxtel presenter Matt Shirvington, is poised to conquer Hollywood. Shirvington’s supernatural young-adult novel series Embrace is to be adapted into a TV series by the famed producer Steven Spielberg. The project, commissioned by the US network The CW, is already being haile... Read more

by | September 19, 2012