GUEST BLOG: Six Masterclass Picture Books by Nicki Greenberg, author of The Naughtiest Reindeer

I love picture books in so many different ways: as stories, as works of art, as frolics, as meditations, and of course for the joy and fascination that they spark in my own kids. But sometimes I encounter a book that especially inspires me as a practitioner. These are picture books that perform their dances with such mastery that I want to stand up and applaud – and then sit down again to study... Read more

by | December 31, 2013

Winner of the Game Changer Prize!

The Game Changer Prize Winner: C. Bertolino, Albury, NSW The prize includes: – Two courtside tickets to a 2014 Australian Open Day 8 night match – you’ll be sitting with Paul McNamee! – Return flights to Melbourne from any Australian capital city – A night at a 5-star hotel. Grab a copy of Game Changer here Congratulations to the winner! A Booktopia representative ... Read more

by | December 30, 2013

Joanna Trollope on Jane Austen

The Austen Project Sense & Sensibility A Q&A with Joanna Trollope 1. Sense & Sensibility is launching the Austen Project –  what was it about the idea of a modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s novel that caught your imagination? My first – and I have to say, last – reaction when the idea of updating those novels was put to me, was: how brilliant! Jane Austen’s preoccupations – r... Read more

by | December 30, 2013

Paullina Simons, author of Bellagrand, The Bronze Horseman and more, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Paullina Simons author of Bellagrand, The Bronze Horseman, Tully and more, answers Six Sharp Questions —————————— 1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you? Bellagrand is a story of a passionate, troubled love affair between Harry and Gina, who are the parents of... Read more

by | December 30, 2013

GUEST BLOG: 5 Literary Apocalypses by Michael Adams, author of The Last Girl

The Stand by Stephen King Stephen King’s epic has a weaponised superflu germ escaping a military facility and wiping out 99 per cent of the world’s population. Guided by shared dreams, the isolated survivors form up in opposing groups and ready themselves for a showdown of Bibical proportions. The scope of the devastation is breathtaking, with scenes of New York City clogged with corpses utterl... Read more

by | December 29, 2013

T.M.Clark, Author of My Brother-But-One, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks T.M.Clark author of My Brother-But-One 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 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and although I spent my junior school years in boarding school and on a ranch in Zimbabwe, my Senior school years (Standard 6 – 10 or as they say i... Read more

by | December 29, 2013

Top Ten (ish) Picture Books to Give to Adults – instead of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” again.

I have received three copies of Oh, The Places You’ll Go in the past two years. It’s read at graduations. It’s the perfect promotion gift. It’s so good that it’s used time and time again. So good that other great picture books sometimes get overlooked. So here at Booktopia we have decide to take a stand. We have compiled a list of books which make the perfect gift ... Read more

by | December 28, 2013

Amanda Prowse, Author of A Little Love, Clover’s Child, What Have I Done and more answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Amanda Prowse author of A Little Love, Clover’s Child, What Have I Done? and 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 East London (for anyone that hasn’t been there, think of the glamour of the West End, the shiny lobbies of smar... Read more

by | December 28, 2013

Caroline Baum Wrap-Up: All About Me

Caroline Baum’s author interviews have been one of the biggest highlights of our year at Booktopia. Join us as we revisit the best interviews of 2013, and perhaps discover a new favourite author along the way. Writing a memoir is something of a balancing act; trying to reveal as much as possible, without oversharing or overexposing those involved. It also requires a great deal of vulnerab... Read more

by | December 27, 2013

How Many Ways Can You Say “Fifty Shades of Grey?”

“I gasp, and I’m Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he’s the serpent, and I cannot resist.” – Anastasia, Fifty Shades of Grey It is almost impossible to have missed the Fifty Shades of Grey juggernaut, as the erotic novel has skyrocketed from Twilight fanfiction to e-book to the poster-child of “mummy porn.” The novel’s titillating mix of classic girl-meets-damag... Read more

by | December 27, 2013