BOOK REVIEW: Where Song Began by Tim Low (Review by Justin Cahill)

Way back in 1987, while flicking through New Scientist, an article on birds caught my eye. It was about research that indicated the ancestors of Lyrebirds were among the world’s earliest songbirds. Back then, Australia was thought to be a refuge for species left over after it spit from the supercontinent, Gondwana. Songbirds were generally associated with Europe. The idea they had first evolved... Read more

by | July 31, 2014

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Michael Robotham, award-winning author of Life or Death, chats to Andrew Cattanach

There seems to be two types of people in this world. Those who love Michael Robotham, and those who haven’t heard of him yet. Life or Death is for the crime fan who likes a story, not just an account. Brilliantly written, intelligent, funny, sad and meticulously mapped out, it’s easy to understand why there has already been so much interest in a big screen adaptation of the novel. There is noth... Read more

by | July 30, 2014

The State of the Nation? Take Two Books and Call Me in the Morning

What the hell has happened to politics in Australia? Never before have I felt so repulsed by the goings-on in our various parliaments. The last few years have left me feeling completely disenfranchised. I am certain good work has been done in that time, but how would I know? The coverage of politics has been less about the ideas being debated and more about the personalities debating them. Corr... Read more

by | July 30, 2014

Georgia Clark, author of Parched, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Georgia Clark author of Parched and She’s with the Band 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 Manly, which is ironic because I certainly am not. Raised in Hornsby Heights where I shunned the bush to keep my nose in a book. I went to s... Read more

by | July 30, 2014

GUEST BLOG: Oh, What Fun! By Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell has been one of Australia’s favourite romance writers for a long time now, charming readers everywhere with her unforgettable characters and turn of phrase. In this exclusive blog, Anna talks about the F word. Fun. Recently there has been a spate of very earnest articles about how reading romance can improve your mind, your health, your fine motor skills, and your love life,... Read more

by | July 29, 2014

Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann, authors of The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, chat to John Purcell

After the runaway success of The Marmalade Files, it was inevitable that Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann would be returning for another healthy dose of political intrigue. They chat to John Purcell about their latest book The Mandarin Code, the difficulties of co-writing, and how life in Canberra can often be stranger than fiction. Grab a copy of The Mandarin Code here Grab a copy of The Mandarin... Read more

by | July 29, 2014

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander TV series is nearly here, celebrate with Signed Bookplates!

Finally Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has made it onto the small screen, with the TV series on it’s way. These are books for a reader to obsess over. Hours, days and weeks can be lost in the sheer enjoyment of wonderful storytelling. And now Diana has delivered book eight, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Whether you’re a fan or a newbie, grab a copy of the special T... Read more

by | July 28, 2014

What Cathryn Read – The July Round Up (by bestselling author Cathryn Hein)

Popular Australian novelist Cathryn Hein, author of Rocking Horse Hill, Heartland and more gives her verdict on the books she’s been reading. Regency-set intrigue and determined rakes, a classic adventure, some sexy magic and mystery, wallbanging and a hot Scot in a kilt. My July reads were as romantic as they come. Son of the Morning by Linda Howard When Australian historical romance aut... Read more

by | July 28, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Longlist For The 2014 Man Booker Prize announced

Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell and Ali Smith are among the British heavyweight writers who will compete for the Man Booker prize in its first incarnation as a global literary award. Australia’s own Richard Flanagan has also made the cut with his stunning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Thirteen novels were named on the longlist for the prize which for more than 40 years has rewa... Read more

by | July 23, 2014