EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kids author Tristan Bancks plays a game of ‘Would You Rather’

Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. He plays a game of ‘Would You Rather’ with Booktopia’s Andrew Cattanach.

Grab Tristan Bancks’ My Life series here

my-life-and-other-massive-mistakes-signed-copies-available-My Life and Other Massive Mistakes

by Tristan Bancks

This book is 100% gluten free, 100% fat free, 100% organic and 35% fact free.

It has no added sugar and contains absolutely NO NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS AT ALL!

May contain traces of NUTS!

Have you ever helped your pop escape from a nursing home? Does your teacher have a problem with his bowels? Is your sister an evil genius and criminal mastermind? Have you ever mined your teeth for cash? Do you want to know where all the lost socks go? Is there a girl or boy at school who’s in love with you and wants to kiss you? And do you know anyone with the worst case of nits in world history?

I do.

I’m Tom Weekly and this is the third book in my life story.

Welcome to my weird, funny, sometimes kinda gross adventures.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Bestselling author Sylvia Day on being an overnight success…10 years in the making!

Sylvia Day is the internationally bestselling author of over a dozen novels written across multiple genres, most famously, The Crossfire series, which has sold fifteen million copies plus worldwide. She chats to Booktopia’s John Purcell.

Grab Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series here

sylvia-day-s-crossfire-seriesSylvia Day’s Crossfire Series

Four Book Collection

The first four intensely sensual Crossfire novels by bestselling author Sylvia Day.

Bared to You
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness – beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart . . .

Reflected in You
Gideon Cross was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. He was my addiction. my every desire. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.

Entwined with You
No one knows how much Gideon risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession . . .

Captivated by You
Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A.L. Tait on her thrilling new kids series The Mapmaker Chronicles

Allison Tait is a freelance writer and author with more than 20 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing. She talks to John Purcell about her acclaimed Mapmaker Chronicles series.

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race-to-the-end-of-the-worldThe Mapmaker Chronicles

Race to the End of the World

Adventure and danger lie just off the edge of the map in this swashbuckling new trilogy!

Quinn’s older brothers may long for adventure, but he is content with a quiet life on the farm. Destiny, however, has other plans.

The King is determined to create the first map of the world and has scoured the kingdom for boys who could become mapmakers. When Quinn is chosen for the King’s training school, he’s amazed – but that is nothing compared to his shock when he is selected as one of the three mapmakers and finds himself on board a ship, competing for the big prize.

So begins Quinn’s reluctant journey deep into the unknown, on a ship captained by a slave, with a stowaway girl on board, and a mysterious sea monster that seems to be following them. Hot on their trail are the other competitors for the King’s prize, who will stop at nothing to win.

The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World is packed with action, adventure and intrigue, as Quinn battles unexpected enemies, discovers strange new lands and tries to conceal two very big secrets from his crewmates…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Robyn Cadwallader on her brilliant debut novel The Anchoress

Robyn Cadwallader’s debut novel The Anchoress has been met with widespread acclaim, with critics comparing it to Hannah Kent’s 2013 debut Burial Rites. She chats to Booktopia’s Editorial Director Caroline Baum.

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The Anchoress

(Review by Caroline Baum)

Like Hannah Kent’s award-winning international bestseller Burial Rites, this is one of those out of the box debuts that always sends the publishing world into a frenzy: a startlingly original piece of storytelling from a unknown who demonstrates an ability to create a total, immersive, believable world that is rewarding as much for what it allows the reader to learn as for sheer escapist enjoyment.

Like Hannah Kent, Cadwallader has chosen to write about a singular isolated figure in an unfamiliar past. Unlike Kent, her outsider is not accused of any crime.

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I’m going to stick my neck out and predict this book will be one of the year’s highlights and success stories. It has bold reach and ambition, tangling with questions of morality and scripture, but despite its rarefied theme, this is an essentially human story, rich in period detail and atmospherics.

Sarah is a religious recluse – a young woman in 13th century Britain who chooses the life of an anchoress – which means being literally walled up in a cell, with limited contact to the outside world through her maid and her confessor. Following the death of her sister, Sarah forsakes the world to retreat. It soon becomes apparent that she is also, perhaps seeking sanctuary from danger: the threat posed by the sexually predatory local lord, who has made unwelcome advances. All too soon it becomes obvious that Sarah is battling inner demons – she is aware of the response of the flesh, and seeks to mortify herself to subdue her own desires.

While she faces the unexpected challenges of her cell, and of her limited interaction with the outside world, her vivid imagination tangles with her faith and conjures up the spirit of the previous anchoress- Isabella- a mysterious ghostly presence. As Sarah discovers more about Isabella she learns to face up to her own weakness, pride and examine her capacity for compassion.

Meanwhile Ranaulf, her confessor, is finding his responsibilities more demanding than he could ever have anticipated. He is not used to women who counter his interpretations of the gospels.

The scene is set for conflict as Lord Thomas imposes his will and attempts to intrude on the sanctity of Sarah’s enclosure. The plot is interwoven like a fine tapestry with references to the oppression of the peasantry by their feudal masters and the complex inter relationship between the Church and the landed gentry. Class, illiteracy, superstition, shame, all make pertinent appearances as Sarah is faced with dilemmas that test her faith to the limits of her conviction. An erotic undercurrent gives Sarah’s worship of Christ a powerfully passionate charge while every teaching of the church reinforces the notion of woman as the vessel of sin. Is Sarah safe from temptation? Is she pure in thought and deed? Would she be able to endure the suffering of Saint Margaret, the martyr whose life she studies, who died a graphically horrible death for her beliefs?

A film adaptation can surely not be far behind. Benedict Cumberbatch as Father Ranaulf perhaps? Upcoming Australian star Sarah Snook (to be seen this year alongside Kate Winslet in the eagerly awaited adaption of one of my most favourite Australian novels, The Dressmaker in October) would do the role of Sarah justice. If period fiction with big themes is your thing, this novel could be the answer to your prayers.

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Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine to Star in The Girl With All the Gifts adaptation

One of our favourite novels of last year, M.R. Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts, is being given the Hollywood treatment. And the cast couldn’t be much better.

Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be joined by Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in the adaptation, the name to be altered slightly to She Who Brings Gifts.

Colm McCarthy, the director of the BBC series of Sherlock, will make his feature directing debut with shooting to start in May.

If you haven’t read the book yet, you must. It’s a genre bender, full of twists and turns, beautiful and terrifying all at once.

Grab a copy of The Girl with all the Gifts here

the-girl-with-all-the-giftsThe Girl With All the Gifts

by M.R. Carey

An incredible, heart-breaking story about hope and humanity and a young girl who tries to save the world.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’.

She loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her.

She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh…

Grab a copy of The Girl with all the Gifts here

Insurgent Passes One Hundred Million Dollars in First Week of Release

Wow, that escalated quickly.

Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent franchise, based on the bestselling books by Veronica Roth, has surged past $100,000,000 in box office takings worldwide in its first week of release.

And a few lucky Facebook Fans of Booktopia will get to see it for free by entering our competition!

Congratulations to Deanne Laity, Kate O’Sea, Gem Gallen, Nadia Bailey, Jamie Gunderson! Winners, email us at promos@booktopia.com.au with your details and we’ll send your double passes out ASAP.

For those that missed out, or don’t even know about all the giveaways we run on our social media channels, don’t worry. Make sure you like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more great giveaways and exclusive offers!

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divergent-series-box-set-books-1-4-plus-world-of-divergent-Divergent Box Set

by Veronica Roth

Divergent: Sixteen-year-old Tris has been forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit. So she ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Tris can trust no one in this brutal new world, but she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.

Insurgent: Tris has survived a brutal attack on her home, but she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. If Tris wants to uncover the truth, she must be stronger than ever as more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Allegiant: The faction-based society that Tris once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she will find a simple new life, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Four – A Divergent Collection: Readers first encountered Tobias Eaton as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias Eaton’s life. Exclusive scenes included!

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Details of Jonathan Franzen’s new novel ‘Purity’ revealed

Jonathan Franzen fans will get to sink their teeth into another serving from the acclaimed author later this year, with his fifth novel, Purity, to be released in September.

purityFew details about the novel have emerged until now, although Franzen has previously hinted at its length (496 pages) in interviews, saying:

“I’ve let go of any illusion that I’m a writer of 150-page novels. I need room to let things turn around over time and see them from the whole lives of other characters, not just the single character. For better or worse, one point of view never seems to do it for me”.

Here’s the blurb:

Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother – her only family – is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organisation that traffics in all the secrets of the world – including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.

Purity is a dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of Freedom and The Corrections has created yet another cast of vividly original characters, Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers, and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Jonathan Franzen is a major author of our time, and Purity is his edgiest and most searching book yet.

Franzen has always been an intriguing figure, oscillating between academic everyman and literary snob at different times since the release of his acclaimed third novel The Corrections in 2001. Does he still have what it takes to write another Great American Novel?

Will Purity live up to the hype? We loved Freedom, so fingers crossed!

Love Franzen? Pre-order your copy of Purity here

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