Jen Storer on the inspirations behind her bestselling Truly Tan Series

One of Australia’s most popular children’s authors Jen Storer writes this exclusive blog on her inspirations behind her Truly Tan Series. In the Truly Tan series, Tan is discovering her world at the same time as the reader (and the writer) and this provides pleasure and enriches the reading experience. The goings on in Peppercorn Valley pay homage to all the old stories that I hold ... Read more

by | November 29, 2013

Pamela Williams Wins Walkley Book Award With Killing Fairfax

Pamela Williams has won the prestigious Walkley Book Awrd for 2013 for her book Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch And The Ultimate Revenge – an incisive, hard-hitting and utterly compelling exposé of media, powerful mates and multimillion-dollar deals. Killing Fairfax tells the inside story of the decline of hallowed media company Fairfax, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age An... Read more

by | November 29, 2013

47 Rejections, Now The 2013 Guardian First Book Award

Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart, has won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award. A wonderful, career defining achievement. But what is the story behind his win? Ryan was born in a village in North Tipperary and works for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Limerick. In his 20s, he wrote in short bursts but having children gave him the motivation he needed to finish two nov... Read more

by | November 29, 2013

REVIEW: The Lives of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve (Review by Terry Purcell)

This unusual mystery opens in a field hospital in Marne in early 1916 when a woman finds herself suffering from minor shrapnel injuries, shellshock and amnesia.  Her VAD uniform tells her that she must be a nurse’s aid but she knows little else about herself or her name.  She believes her name is Stella Bain, and learns that she is an American. Once her physical injuries are healed she goes bac... Read more

by | November 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix – His Memoir Starting At Zero Is Out Now

Jimi Hendrix was born on this day 71 years ago. Any excuse to play some Hendrix is a good excuse, particularly with a fantastic collection of his writing, Starting At Zero, out now. Here are some things you might not have known about Jimi: – Jimi Hendrix was actually born as Johnny Allen Hendrix. – His father changed his name to James Marshall Hendrix in memory of his late brother. ... Read more

by | November 27, 2013

Jackie French Named Australian Children’s Laureate For 2014-2015

Jackie French, best-selling author of over 140 books, including the iconic Diary of a Wombat and Hitler’s Daughter, has been announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014 – 2015. French was presented with her Magpie Award, the symbol of the Laureate, at a ceremony at the National Library of Australia in Canberra by actor, director and former Play School presenter Rhys Muldoon. ... Read more

by | November 27, 2013

Best of Booktopia TV: Fast and Furious Thrillers

Matthew Reilly – The Tournament Bestselling author Matthew Reilly is one of Australia’s most reliable writers. Every couple of years he delivers his fans quality popular fiction and every couple of years he can be counted on to break Australian sales records. But till now, all of his successes, Ice Station, Seven Ancient Wonders, Temple, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow, to nam... Read more

by | November 26, 2013

Matthew Reilly chats to John Purcell about his latest book The Tournament

Grab a copy of Matthew Reilly’s The Tournament here The Tournament by Matthew Reilly (Review by John Purcell) Bestselling author Matthew Reilly is one of Australia’s most reliable writers. Every couple of years he delivers his fans quality popular fiction and every couple of years he can be counted on to break Australian sales records. But till now, all of his successes, Ice Station... Read more

by | November 26, 2013

MOVEMBER: Regrets, we’ve had a few. Status Update (It’s not pretty)

Booktopia is committed to changing the face of Men’s Health this November, so some of the Team are sporting hairy lips in the name of Movember. We thought we’d take a look at some of the celebs our Team Members are slowly morphing into. The intense brooding of Freddie Mercury is matched only by the world’s tallest bookseller John Purcell. Jack Black’s energetic charisma ... Read more

by | November 25, 2013

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: How Ricky Ponting Helped Booktopia Build The MCG

Ricky Ponting visited Booktopia recently, and to celebrate we decided to put together a little surprise for him. To scale, so to speak. Grab a copy of Ricky Ponting: At The Close of Play here Building… Building… Built! Grab a copy of Ricky Ponting: At The Close of Play here BONUS VIDEO Check out our chat with Ricky, and watch his OFFICIAL final game of Test Match Cricket Read more

by | November 25, 2013