The Scariest Kids Books This Side Of Elm Street

Halloween in Australia is kind of, sort of, in a way, taking off. Slowly. Whether you love it or hate it, being scared as a kid is something we all share, and there’s nothing like a scary book to teach you the power of imagery. Here’s some of Team Booktopia’s scariest books growing up. Let us know yours by leaving a comment below. Christopher I am David – It was an illus... Read more

by | October 31, 2013

GUEST BLOG: Sulari Gentill On Imaginary Friends

Yasser Arafat is notoriously credited with having said that a war about religion is like having a fight over who has got the best imaginary friend. As provocative as the statement is to people of faith, it cannot be denied that human beings have long been capable of intense personal relationships with figures who have no objective existence. Whether such a person is called devout or insane depe... Read more

by | October 31, 2013

GUEST BLOG: Five Important Books About AC/DC by Jesse Fink, author of The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

With sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world. It’s a family business built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young. And, as with any business, some people prospered while others got hurt along the way. The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book you’ve read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it ... Read more

by | October 31, 2013

Tom Keneally chats with John Purcell about his new book Shame and the Captives

John Purcell reviews Shame and the Captives by Tom Keneally One of the drawbacks of living in a society obsessed with the new is that we fail to recognise the simple fact that many things get better with time. There is just no story in ‘Author Gains Wisdom by Living a Long Interesting Life:  Talking, Travelling, Reading and Writing’. But there should be. Someone gaining wisdom shoul... Read more

by | October 30, 2013

REVIEW: Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson (review by Andrew Cattanach)

I’ll let you behind the curtain of having the best job in the world. Publishers are awesome, and very generous. So when a book comes along that excites and surprises a publisher, so much so that we only get to look at a quick teaser before release instead of the entire book, we tend to take notice. Mike Tyson’s autobiography Undisputed Truth is one of those books. As the sports nerd... Read more

by | October 30, 2013

IN THE NEWS: Jackie Collins says teens must reclaim the pleasures of ‘almost’

When a teenage Jackie Collins was seduced by Marlon Brando at a party, little did she know the experience would come in handy years later while writing her first YA novel… New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins was recently in Australia promoting her new novel, Confessions of a Wild Child, which tells the story of the teen years of her much loved character Lucky Santangelo. Jack... Read more

by | October 29, 2013

A lesson in performing Space Oddity. In Space.

Chris Hadfield has nearly done it all as an astronaut. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield’s success –  and survival –  is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: pr... Read more

by | October 29, 2013

Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Jeff Kinney author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series 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 Maryland in a suburb about ten miles south of Washington, D.C. 2. What did you want to be when you were ... Read more

by | October 29, 2013

Alex Miller, Miles Franklin winning author of Coal Creek, talks books for Booktoberfest

BOOKS HAVE… made a writer of me. It doesn’t get more important than that as far as I’m concerned. Reading is the most satisfying experience of my life. I spend as much time doing it as I possibly can. Finding the right book is critical. And finding a new author whose work I can respond to is always pure magic. I WRITE BECAUSE… I love writing. I think I became a writer in... Read more

by | October 28, 2013

REVIEW: Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough (review by Haylee Nash)

Romance Specialist Haylee Nash has her first taste of Colleen McCullough in Bittersweet…and finds herself going back for more. I must confess something – prior to Bittersweet, I had never read a Colleen McCullough (I know, I know,  take away my romance specialist badge). So when the review copy for Bittersweet landed on my desk, I approached the book with an equal mix of excitement ... Read more

by | October 28, 2013