Kimberley Freeman, author of Evergreen Falls, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kimberley Freeman author of Evergreen Falls, Wildflower Hill 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 London to Australian and New Zealand parents who brought me back to Australia when I was three. I was raised at Redcliffe, wh... Read more

by | August 29, 2014

And the winner of The Ploughmen prize pack is…

During July/August we gave you the chance to win a book pack for dad valued at $199. All you needed to do to enter was buy The Ploughmen by Kim J. Zupan And the lucky winner is… J.Scott, Neerim Junction, VIC   The Ploughmen by Kim J. Zupan The story of two men – a killer awaiting trial, and a troubled young deputy – sitting across from each other in the dark, talking thro... Read more

by | August 29, 2014

The Best First World War Novels (in my opinion)

You’re going to hear, see and read a lot about the First World War in the next few years. A hundred year anniversary is a big deal. But most of what you’re going to be told is bullsh*t. If you want to know something closer to the truth, read the works of those who were there. The First World War was an equal opportunity war, destroying the lives of rich and poor, simpleton and geniu... Read more

by | August 29, 2014

GUEST BLOG: What Katie Read – The July Round Up (by award-winning author Kate Forsyth)

One of Australia’s favourite novelists Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl, continues her monthly blog with us, giving her verdict on the books she’s been reading. Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn This gorgeous romantic adventure begins when the heroine, Poppy Hammond, climbs out a window in her wedding gown, determined to escape her marriage to a stu... Read more

by | August 28, 2014

Shake It Up For National Dog Day

Yesterday was National Dog Day in Australia, with our American cousins celebrating their Dog Day today. Let’s be honest, we just wanted to post this awesome Shake video we found. So here it is. Enjoy. Shake by Carli Davidson Original, amusing, and brilliantly documented, Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one beguiling dogs caught in the most candid of moments: mid-shake. This gl... Read more

by | August 27, 2014

GUEST BLOG: My Inspiration for The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer

My latest release, The Sunnyvale Girls, has real life past and present moments weaved into it. My inspiration for this story originated from the Italian prisoners of war stationed on farms in our wheat belt area in rural Western Australia. One of my friends and her family told me about Giulio Mosca, who was on their farm Sunnyvale, during the war. Hearing about Giulio and his house building ski... Read more

by | August 27, 2014

And the World’s Best Diet is…. World’s Best Diet

World’s Best Diet is not a ‘diet’, it’s a lifestyle change designed for real people. Having achieved your goal weight, this is how you eat for the rest of your life. The program is based on one of the world’s largest dietary studies and combines a higher protein intake with low-GI carbs, which has been proven to prevent weight regain ‘creep’. With delic... Read more

by | August 26, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Review by Andrew Cattanach)

Haruki Murakami’s quest to honour his literary hero Franz Kafka has resulted in Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, one of his most moving and accessible novels in years. While Franz Kafka remains best known for his genre-bending novella The Metamorphosis, most will point to his 1925 novel The Trial as his opus, a deeply personal meditation on sex, society and isolation.... Read more

by | August 24, 2014

REVIEW: Your Fathers, Where are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers (Review by Andrew Cattanach)

The irony of Dave Eggers’ somewhat pretentiously named new novel Your Fathers, Where are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? is that it is a decidedly unpretentious work. But Dave Eggers knows that. He has more fun with his titles than most, from his breakout memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius to his 2004 novel The Unforbidden is Compulsory; or, Optimism. Your Fath... Read more

by | August 22, 2014

The Genius of Dorothy Parker – 10 of her best quotes

Dorothy Parker was born on this day 121 years ago. She was an extraordinary mind and a wonderful writer, capable of eliciting a giggle from absolutely anyone. To celebrate her genius we’ve put together 10 of our favourite Parkerisms. Enjoy! “I hate writing, I love having written.” “Four be the things I’d have been better without: love, curiosity, freckles and doubt.” “I require thre... Read more

by | August 22, 2014