Steve Worland, author of Combustion, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

‘A brilliant rollercoaster ride of a novel. I couldn’t put it down.’
Hugh Jackman

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Steve Worland

author of Combustion and Velocity

Ten Terrifying Questions

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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 for the early part of my life in Tokyo, then came back to Australia to attend Knox Grammar School. After that I studied Film Production at North Sydney TAFE part time, then completed a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting at the Australian Film Television & Radio School.

I’ve written two action-adventure novels, Velocity and Combustion and I’m currently writing a third, set in the world of Formula One. Also, a movie I co-wrote is shooting at the end of this year. It’s an Aussie kids adventure, in the vein of Stand By Me, called ‘Paper Planes’. Robert Connolly (‘The Bank’, ‘Balibo’, Tim Winton’s ‘The Turning’) is directing. We don’t make many kid’s movies in this country so I’m thrilled Screen Australia decided to fund this one.

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The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy: Read It, Then Watch It

GREED is greatly overrated… BUT FEAR ISN’T

In early 2012 it was announced that Cormac McCarthy had written his first original screenplay – news which provoked huge excitement, a swift deal and the appointment of Ridley Scott to direct.

But this is no ordinary screenplay. This is a work of extraordinary imagination which draws on many of the themes of McCarthy’s work as well as taking it to new dark places. It is also written with great descriptive passages counteracting the dialogue, so the reader is given the full experience of the McCarthy prose.

It is the story of a lawyer, the Counselor, a man who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancee Laura, that he becomes involved in a drug-smuggling venture that quickly takes him way out of his depth. His contacts in this are the mysterious and probably corrupt Reiner and the seductive Malkina, so exotic her pets of choice are two cheetahs. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent and more sexually disturbing than the Counselor has ever imagined.

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy is the author of eleven acclaimed novels. Among his honours are the National Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Click here to buy The Counselor from Booktopia
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Click here to buy The Counselor from Booktopia
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

crazy-rich-asiansThe Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kevin Kwan

author of Crazy Rich Asians

Ten Terrifying Questions

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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 and enjoyed a blissful childhood climbing trees, taunting neighbourhood dogs and eating five meals a day. I went to a private school where I was taught the Queen’s English and drilled in all subjects, including a class called “Moral Education.” When I was eleven, I was dragged (kicking and screaming) to Houston, Texas, where I was put in a suburban public school. I learned to get rid of my Queen’s English accent FAST. After surviving high school and then college at the University of Houston, where I majored in Media Studies and Creative Writing, I moved to New York and enrolled in Parsons School of Design to study photography. (Of course, that was just an excuse to remain in New York forever.)

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The Incompetent Cook Road Tests… Bill’s Italian Food by Bill Granger

Every couple of weeks Booktopia’s Andrew Cattanach reviews a cookbook. He is an Incompetent cook. He is The Incompetent Cook.


Bill’s Italian Food
by Bill Granger

The meals:

Mozzarella, Roasted Capsicum and Caper Pizza

Artichoke and Ham Lasagne

Pistachio and Orange Loaf Cake

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First Official Full-Length Trailer For Tim Winton’s The Turning Released

The first full length trailer for the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s 2005 short story collection, The Turning, has been released. Have a peek below.

Doesn’t it look fantastic! A huge production across all facets of the Australian arts community featuring acclaimed writers, directors, actors and cinematographers, along with the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Stephen Page, and Shaun Gladwell, one of Australia’s most acclaimed video artists.

Check out the list of directors for each chapter of the film.

  • Jonathan auf der Heide (“Fog”)
  • Tony Ayres (“Cockleshell”)
  • Cate Blanchett (“Reunion”)
  • Jub Clerc (“Abbreviation”)
  • Robert Connolly (“Aquifer”)
  • Shaun Gladwell (“Family”)
  • Rhys Graham (“Small Mercies”)
  • Justin Kurzel (“Boner McPharlin’s Moll”)
  • Yaron Lifschitz (“Immunity”)
  • Anthony Lucas (“Damaged Goods”)
  • Claire McCarthy (“The Turning”)
  • Ian Meadows (“Defender”)
  • Ashlee Page (“On Her Knees”)
  • Stephen Page (“Sand”)
  • Warwick Thornton (“Big World”)
  • Marieka Walsh (“Ash Wednesday”)
  • Mia Wasikowska (“Long, Clear View”)
  • David Wenham (“Commission”)

Click here to buy The Turning from Booktopia,
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Romance at Booktopia’s Saucy Six with Beth Kery

Booktopia’s Romance Specialist, Haylee Nash pins down bestselling erotic author Beth Kery for the Saucy Six…and gets all hot and bothered in the process

 1.       When do you feel your most beautiful?
Probably on a day when I actually take care of myself and think about how I look. Unfortunately, that’s too rare these days due to work, which is a shame. I am a huge spa-lover. I adore pampering myself, not just because I’m into self-indulgence, but because it’s a reminder that I need to relax and focus on myself for a precious moment. A big favourite thing is to do a spa day with my friends or sisters, think healthy, drink lots of water, get a treatment, do hair and make-up there and then go out on the town. I feel like I’ve checked in with myself on a day like that, had fun. And yes, it makes me feel beautiful. :) Continue reading

Never Go Back by Lee Child: Jack Reacher Returns In 2013

‘It’s said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world… Lee Child’s genius has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore’ Daily Express.

By addictive bestseller Lee Child, the brand new, action-packed, high-tension Jack Reacher thriller, which sees Reacher, at the end of his long journey, honing in on his target in Virginia at last…

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP.

It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Read an excerpt of
Never Go Back

Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn’t a woman.

Why is Susan Turner not there?

What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide.

And he certainly doesn’t expect to hear these words:

‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’

Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?

Click here to buy Never Go Back from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

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