Your Invitation to an Advance Screening of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Live in Sydney? Want a chance to see one of the biggest films of the year before everyone else? Hachette Australia are giving you and a friend the opportunity to attend an exclusive pre-screening of Long Walk To Freedom, the award-winning film starring Idris Elba and Naomi Harris, on February 5th at Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney. All you need to do is buy Nelson Mandela’s bestselli... Read more

by | January 31, 2014

Kathryn Ledson, author of Monkey Business and Rough Diamond, answers Nine Naughty Questions

The Booktopia Guru asks Kathryn Ledson author of Monkey Business and Rough Diamond Nine Naughty Questions ___________ 1.    Headless washboard abs, a torrid embrace, the sprawling homestead, an elegantly dressed décolletage, or the vaguely kinky object against a dark background – what’s your favourite type of romance cover and why? The headless abs, no doubt. (Oh. Are there biceps in that pic?)... Read more

by | January 31, 2014

ElBulli 2005-2011 – Every recipe from the last seven years of the world’s most creative restaurant

elBulli 2005-2011 is the catalogue raisonné of elBulli, which was widely regarded as the world’s best restaurant until its closure in 2011. Having held three Michelin stars from 1997 to 2011, and regularly voted ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ by a panel of 500 industry professionals, elBulli was at the forefront of the restaurant scene from when Ferran Adrià became sole head c... Read more

by | January 31, 2014

Would You Like An Author To Visit Your Book Club?

A peculiar thing has begun to occur at Book Clubs in New York. Yes, you can enjoy the same cheap wine and soft cheese. But a new member is joining. The author. As discussed in The New York Times yesterday, a new service called Book The Writer is offering book clubs the opportunity to have the author present at their book club for around $750. You could ask Winner of the Women’s Prize of F... Read more

by | January 30, 2014

Watch The First Trailer For The Fault In Our Stars

Do I really need to say anything else? Grab a copy of The Fault in Our Stars here The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s... Read more

by | January 30, 2014

Share in Booktopia’s Red Obsession

In case you didn’t know, our Editorial Director Caroline Baum is just one half of an incredibly talented duo. Her husband David Roach is one of Australia’s most popular screenwriters, as well as a celebrated producer and director. David, along with his creative partner Warwick Ross, yesterday won Best Direction in a Documentary at The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts... Read more

by | January 29, 2014

GUEST BLOG: How to Think About Exercise by Philosopher and Author Damon Young

If I say I’m “researching a new book”, you might imagine an image like this: If so, you’d usually be spot on. In this case, I’m reading the Bhagavad Gita, the ancient Hindu scripture. It’s for the chapter on yoga, meditation and oneness in How to Think About Exercise. But for that chapter, I also did research like this (often badly): The book included high-minded study like this: And so m... Read more

by | January 29, 2014

2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winners

People’s Choice Award Burial Rites by Hannah Kent In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with ... Read more

by | January 29, 2014

Win a signed poster of The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book written before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making. Buy a copy of The Youngs before the end of February 2014 to go in the draw to win a laminated poster of The Youngs signed by: &#... Read more

by | January 28, 2014

Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – The Full List

This January we asked you to vote for your Favourite Australian Novelist. The response was overwhelming, with tens of thousands of votes cast. Thanks to everyone for being a part of this amazing journey. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join us in congratulating Australia’s 50 Favourite Novelists for 2014, as voted by you. 50. Kate Grenville Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-kno... Read more

by | January 28, 2014