INTERVIEW: A simpler life: Inga Simpson on ‘Mr Wigg’

In his review, John Purcell credited Inga Simpson’s Mr Wigg with giving him ‘that warm feeling which comes from having read something that has strengthened or even reawakened a sense of what is right and good about the world’. John spoke with the author about her life and work. John: You’ve taken some of the most conservative aspects of rural life and have turned them into a rebel’s song. What ... Read more

by | June 30, 2013

Booktopia a Five-Time Finalist in the 2013 Online Retail Industry Awards

We’re very excited and proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in five categories of this year’s Online Retail Industry Awards. Those categories are: – Best Pure Play Online Retailer – Best Social Commerce Initiative – Most Innovative Online Retailer – Best Online Retail Marketing Initiative And last but not least, our CEO Tony Nash has been... Read more

by | June 27, 2013

First Trailer for Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor

Ladies and Gentlemen, I warn you I may get a little fanboy up in here. Because the first trailer for Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor, based on his screenplay, has arrived. While this is McCarthy’s first screenplay, many of his books have been adapted into major films, the most notable being 2007’s No Country For Old Men, which snared the Academy Award for Best Picture. Other n... Read more

by | June 27, 2013

The Vatican Diaries: A Review from Guest Blogger Justin Cahill

Guest Blogger Justin Cahill shares his thoughts on John Thavis’ much talked about book The Vatican Diaries. What is it about large, hierarchical institutions that attracts so much interest? Is it their enormous wealth and power? The eccentricities of their leaders? When that leader is, in name at least, Jesus Christ, and its power are said to include universal salvation, such questions as... Read more

by | June 27, 2013

Nicola Marsh, author of Banish, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Nicola Marsh author of Banish 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’m a Melbourne girl through and through. Love living in this amazing cosmopolitan city. Went to a Catholic girls’ high school,... Read more

by | June 26, 2013

Claire Scobie, author of The Pagoda Tree, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Claire Scobie author of The Pagoda Tree 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 Newbury, England, and brought up near Oxford. We always lived about an hour from London so in my teens ... Read more

by | June 26, 2013

Every Parent’s Nightmare by Belinda Hawkins: A Review from Andrew Cattanach

The story of Jock Palfreeman has captivated Australia. Booktopia’s Andrew Cattanach took a look at award-winning journalist Belinda Hawkins’ account of the harrowing story of a young Australian jailed for murder. Wrong place, wrong time. Some phrases are uttered so often in our daily lives that they lose their punch, struggling to convey the real horror behind them. Sometimes you ca... Read more

by | June 25, 2013

Tim Fischer, author of Holy See, Unholy Me, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Tim Fischer author of Holy See, Unholy Me 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 at Lockhart in the Riverina, south eastern Australia in 1946 as a baby boomer, and went to school at Boree Creek and Melbourne. I served in the Army before... Read more

by | June 25, 2013

Why I Love Bonkbusters – a guest post by Victoria Fox

Bestselling author Victoria Fox talks sun loungers, starlets and the secret to escapism… Celebrity is the new religion. Today’s pop culture is fascinated by the rich and famous, the exclusive and the elite, and yes, while we might look to these exotic creatures for a glamour fix or a twist of scandal, for me their appeal centres around something more straightforward: a desire for escapism... Read more

by | June 25, 2013