John Purcell Sensationally Bunny-Eared by Stella Prize Winner Clare Wright

Clare Wright visited Booktopia today fresh from her Stella Prize win last night at a ceremony in Sydney. She posed alongside Booktopia Book Guru John Purcell with copies of her incredible new book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. It looks as though last night’s festivities had no effect on the acclaimed writer and historian, as she threw in one of history’s finest photo pranks on her... Read more

by | April 30, 2014

New Extended Trailer for The Fault in Our Stars

A new The Fault in Our Stars trailer has just been released!!!!! 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 Su... Read more

by | April 30, 2014

Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of Foreign Soil, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Maxine Beneba Clarke author of Foreign Soil 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 Sydney, schooled in Sydney’s outer West (Kellyville and Baulkham Hills), before going to University on the South Coast (Wollongong). But now my hom... Read more

by | April 30, 2014

Clare Wright wins the 2014 Stella Prize for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka  

Melbourne writer, historian and broadcaster Clare Wright has won the second annual Stella Prize for her groundbreaking work The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. The book was previously named as one of Booktopia’s Books of the Year for 2013. Kerryn Goldsworthy, chair of the 2014 Stella Prize judging panel: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka sheds a bright new light on a dark old Australian story. I... Read more

by | April 29, 2014

Who will win The Stella Prize for 2014?

Tonight is a big night on the Australian literary landscape, with the second annual Stella Prize being awarded in Sydney. Will Hannah Kent continue her amazing year of success with Burial Rites? Will Fiona McFarlane take the gong for her hauntingly beautiful The Night Guest? Could Alexis Wright add a Stella to her Miles Franklin with The Swan Book? Or perhaps 2014 will see the first non-fiction... Read more

by | April 29, 2014

ABIA 2014 Book Awards shortlists announced

The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) shortlists were announced this morning in Sydney, with a raft of new categories and a host of wonderful writers and books. The inaugural International Book of the Year award contains Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton and Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt, while the hotly contested Literary Fiction Book of the Year has some extraordinary authors jo... Read more

by | April 29, 2014

Josephine Moon, author of The Tea Chest, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Josephine Moon author of The Tea Chest 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 Brisbane and raised in the north-western suburbs. I went to three Catholic schools, St William’s Primary School in Grovely, St Benedict’s College in Wilston and Mt Maria Senior... Read more

by | April 29, 2014

René Redzepi, author of A Work in Progress, wins World’s Best Restaurant for a fourth time

René Redzepi has taken the top spot at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. The Noma chef and A Work In Progress author was the surprise win of the night, taking back his world’s best restaurant crown from last year’s winner El Celler de Can Roca. Noma has now won the award an astonishing four times. How do you achieve greater creativity at the world’s best restaurant? René Redzep... Read more

by | April 29, 2014

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Belinda Hawkins, author of Every Parent’s Nightmare, in conversation with Caroline Baum

Grab a copy of Every Parent’s Nightmare here The story of Jock Palfreeman has captivated Australia. Booktopia’s Andrew Cattanach took a look at award-winning journalist Belinda Hawkins’ account of the harrowing story of a young Australian jailed for murder. Wrong place, wrong time. Some phrases are uttered so often in our daily lives that they lose their punch, struggling to convey the re... Read more

by | April 29, 2014

Steven Spielberg to direct Roald Dahl’s The BFG

It’s official. A Big Friendly Giant is coming to a cinema near you. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to adapt Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG for the big screen. The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either. The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement ... Read more

by | April 28, 2014