Jaclyn Moriarty, author of A Corner of White, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Jaclyn Moriarty author of A Corner of White,Feeling Sorry for Celia, Dreaming of Amelia and many 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 Perth, grew up in Sydney, and wa... Read more

by | November 30, 2012

REVIEW: On Warne (Review by Andrew Cattanach)

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST CONTAINS GRATUITOUS MAN LOVE. Imagine two men. One capable of changing history with drift and turn from the rough, the other capable of making it riveting to those who think drift and turn from the rough was illegal in Tasmania until 1997. Imagine they meet, one as artist, the other his subject. Imagine no longer. I will say from the outset that I think Gideon Haigh is the... Read more

by | November 29, 2012

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Caroline Baum talks to Judith Lucy – Australia Funniest Spiritual Guide

DRINK, SMOKE, PASS OUT – An Unlikely Spiritual Journey by Judith Lucy Caroline Baum: I wasn’t sure whether Judith Lucy’s deadpan drollery would work as well on the page as it does in her stand up shows and TV series. But the good news is it does. She had me giggling helplessly in chapter one, and it doesn’t let up. She doesn’t spare herself. In fact she lays hersel... Read more

by | November 26, 2012

Matthew Mitcham, Olympic Gold Medallist and author of Twists and Turns, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks Matthew Mitcham Olympic Gold Medallist and author of Twists and Turns Ten Terrifying Questions  ———————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? All in Brisbane. QEII (coopers plains), raised in Camp Hill (I had no chance to be straight!) educat... Read more

by | November 23, 2012

You could win one of two signed Michael Palin book packs! (They were worth over $200 each – now they are priceless!)

I met Michael Palin the other night at a function put on by his publisher, Hachette Australia. Michael gave a short talk about his new TV show and accompanying book, Brazil and then he mingled. I behaved very well. I’d left my Monty Python repertoire at home. And I restrained my inner teenage girl who wanted to scream and faint when he said hello. He is as he appears on the screen in his ... Read more

by | November 20, 2012

Robert Drewe on drowning, sharks and other watery obsessions…. (In an Interview with Caroline Baum)

Montebello : A Memoir by Robert Drewe Listen to me,’ my mother says. ‘They’ve let off an atom bomb today. Right here in W.A. Atom bombs worry the blazes out of me, and I want you at home.’ In the sleepy and conservative 1950s the British began a series of nuclear tests in the Montebello archipelago off the west coast of Australia. Even today, few people know about the th... Read more

by | November 19, 2012

BIG NEWS: Olympian Matthew Mitcham is coming to Booktopia to sign copies of Twists and Turns!

Twists and Turns People kept remarking on how they were surprised that a gold medal and fame hadn’t changed me. I always responded, ‘Why would I change? Being me is the easiest person to be.’ I was lying. It wasn’t. At the Beijing Olympic Games, he made history with an unforgettable dive, the first to ever score perfect tens from all four judges, and won gold for Australia. Grinning with pride ... Read more

by | November 17, 2012

Lentil as Anything : Everybody Deserves a Place at the Table by Shanaka Fernando

“When money loses its value, the goodwill and kindness we extend to each other will emerge as the ultimate and most sustainable currency of exchange.” ——– Lentil as Anything : Everybody Deserves a Place at the Table by Shanaka Fernando Shanaka Fernando is often hailed as a modern-day revolutionary. As the founder of the Lentil As Anything community restaurants in Melbourne tha... Read more

by | November 16, 2012

Peter FitzSimons, author of Eureka Stockade: The Unfinished Revolution, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Peter FitzSimons author of Eureka Stockade: The Unfinished Revolution, Mawson, Batavia, Kokoda and many more… Six Sharp Questions ————————————– 1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you? Eureka Stockade: The Unfinished Revolution, details ... Read more

by | November 15, 2012

Bryce Courtenay’s new – and final – novel, Jack of Diamonds

The new – and final – novel, Jack of Diamonds, by Australia’s favourite storyteller, Bryce Courtenay, is now available. Celebrating the golden age of jazz, Jack of Diamonds is a true Bryce Courtenay classic spanning three continents and starring the irrepressible, quick-witted and big-hearted Jack Spayd. Inspired by Bryce’s love of jazz and his own experiences working in the mines in Africa, Ja... Read more

by | November 13, 2012