Last chance to win a Hilary Mantel book pack and a signed copy of Gone Girl!

As September draws to a close we don’t want you to miss out on two amazing prizes you could win. Today is your last chance to win a beautiful Hilary Mantel book pack or a signed copy of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl! Hilary Mantel and Gillian Flynn couldn’t be more different as writers, but they do share a couple of traits, both selling millions and millions of copies worldwide, a... Read more

by | September 30, 2014

Take a trip away with Cathy Kelly’s It Started with Paris

A new Cathy Kelly novel isn’t far away, with It Started with Paris sure to be another bestseller, a beautiful tale about love, friendship and facing your demons. It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy ... Read more

by | September 29, 2014

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The Incompetent Cook with Matt Moran, author of Matt’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook

Matt Moran is one of Australia’s favourite chefs. From his humble upbringing on a dairy farm, he now runs one of Australia’s finest restaurants, ARIA, and hosts one of the biggest shows on TV, From Paddock to Plate on The Lifestyle Channel. But can he teach The Incompetent Cook a thing or two from his new book Matt’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook? Grab a copy of Matt’s Kitchen... Read more

by | September 29, 2014

Fiona O’Loughlin to feature on #AustralianStory on #ABCTV

Fiona O’Loughlin emerged out of Alice Springs some thirteen years ago as a ‘fully formed’ 36 year old stand up comedy sensation. She wowed local and international audiences with unconventional stories of raising five children in the outback. Then after collapsing on stage in Brisbane, she confessed she was an alcoholic. But behind the scenes, the drinking got worse. On Austral... Read more

by | September 29, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Upstairs at the Party by Linda Grant (Review by Caroline Baum)

It’s not just the fact that this novel is set at my university in the north of England that makes me love it. It’s Grant’s superb ability to capture the feeling of the times in this terrifically authentic story about student life, especially the first awkward foray into relationships, friendships, infatuations and other uneasy human manoeuvrings on the road to self-awareness. ... Read more

by | September 29, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Hitler’s Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler’s Bodyguard by Rochus Misch (Review by Kate Forsyth)

Anyone who is fascinated and troubled by Adolf Hitler and his actions will find much to interest them in this memoir written by one of his bodyguards, Rochus Misch. The Führer’s bodyguards accompanied him everywhere, and so were witnesses to many secret meetings and communications. Those hoping for insights into the psychology of Hitler will be disappointed.Misch was chosen as his bodyguard bec... Read more

by | September 26, 2014

Kat Spears, author of Sway, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kat Spears author of Sway 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 Sweden, moved around a lot as a kid, and did not have an illustrious academic career. In fact, if you were to tell one of my old high school teachers I managed to make it throug... Read more

by | September 26, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran (Review by Caroline Baum)

I’ve been a fan of Moran’s ever since I read her hilarious story in the British press about trying to learn Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies dance routine. She is a one-of-a-kind talent, untamed by success, outspoken, mouthy, with a wild and brilliant voice on just about everything. And now she’s tackled fiction. Despite an author’s note at the front of the book it ... Read more

by | September 25, 2014

Poe Ballantine, author of Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Poe Ballantine author of Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere 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? Born in Denver, raised in San Diego, schooled in public institutions.  Many colleges but no degree. 2. What did you want to ... Read more

by | September 25, 2014

Julia Gillard talks to Booktopia TV about her memoir My Story

Julia Gillard’s memoir My Story is one of the most anticipated books of 2014. She chats with Booktopia TV about her political battles, writing her memoir, and what the future holds. Grab a copy of Julia Gillard’s My Story here My Story by Julia Gillard ‘I was Prime Minister for three years and three days.Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of ch... Read more

by | September 24, 2014