Joe Abercrombie, author of Red Country, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Joe Abercrombie author of Red Country, The Heroes , The First Law Trilogy 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 and raised in Lancaster, England, and educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School unt... Read more

by | December 31, 2012

The world mourns the death of cricket legend Tony Greig

The Soundtrack of Summer will never be the same as news filters through of the death of former England captain and respected commentator Tony Greig. Many Australians first saw him in his youth as the stubborn resistor of our mighty bowling attack in the 1970’s, a cunning medium-pace bowler and a fielder not to be trifled with. All this was to change with the advent of World Series cricket... Read more

by | December 29, 2012

Andy Allen, author of The Next Element and winner of MasterChef Australia 2012, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Andy Allen author of The Next Element and winner of MasterChef Australia 2012… 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 a town called Maitland, which is 25 minutes N/W of Newcastle a... Read more

by | December 28, 2012

Maureen McCarthy, author of The Convent, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Maureen McCarthy author of The Convent, Careful What You Wish For 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 on a farm outside Yea in country Victoria the 9th ... Read more

by | December 27, 2012

Kathryn Bonella, author of Snowing in Bali, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kathryn Bonella author of Snowing in Bali, Hotel Kerobokan and co-writer of No More Tomorrows… Ten Terrifying Questions ———————- 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? Born, raised and schooled in Melbourne – with one year in Denmark as a Rotary... Read more

by | December 24, 2012

Andrew Cattanach’s Top Books of 2012

2012 has been an incredible year for the arts. We had the sublime documentary series The Shire, the whimsical adaptation of a board game not played since the 50’s, Battleship, and the welcome introduction of dubstep into every song on every radio station across the world. I don’t know how they do it. Actually, I’m pretty sure they just turn a knob clockwise….. …genius is born in many ways. But ... Read more

by | December 21, 2012

Prepare for Armageddon – Booktopia presents the best guides to surviving the Apocalypse

Mortal souls, our time on earth is rapidly coming to a close. As most of you know, the Mayan Calendar predicts the world as we know it will come to an end on the 21st of December, 2012.  When trouble hits there’s no better place to turn than your very own port in the storm, the book. Literature has always been obsessed with the apocalypse and the anarchy that follows. Some of the great works th... Read more

by | December 19, 2012

Maggie Alderson, author of Everything Changes But You, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Maggie Alderson author of Everything Changes But You, Shall We Dance?, Mad About the Boy, How to Break Your Own Heart 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 London, which is something that... Read more

by | December 18, 2012

Hugh Howey, author of Wool, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks Hugh Howey, author of Wool 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 North Carolina. My father was a farmer and my mother a schoolteacher. I’ve bounced around a lot of places ... Read more

by | December 17, 2012

Booktopia favourite Zoe Foster marries Hamish Blake

Huzzah! Booktopia is delighted to hear that one of our favourite authors, Zoe Foster, has tied the knot with her longtime fiancée Hamish Blake. Zoe visited us for a second time earlier this year and was absolutely wonderful once again. She was kind enough to answer questions on Facebook from Booktopia readers and shared her tips on writing, thoughts on life and lots more. We thought we’d ... Read more

by | December 14, 2012