BREAKING NEWS: New Harry Potter Book To Be Released

The rumour was that a BIG announcement was being made in the UK last night, and sure enough it emerged that J.K. Rowling will be releasing a new story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on the much anticipated play, in July this year!

jk-rowling__130912133457Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

David Shelley, CEO of Little, Brown Book Group said: ‘We are so thrilled to be publishing the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling and her team have received a huge number of appeals from fans who can’t be in London to see the play and who would like to read the play in book format – and so we are absolutely delighted to be able to make it available for them.’

We’ll keep you informed as more news comes to hand. For now, secure your copy to the literary event of 2016!

Pre-order your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child here

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

isbn9780751565355by J.K. Rowling

The eighth story. Nineteen years later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Pre-order your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child here

Leigh Hobbs named Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-2017!

Leigh Hobbs, best-selling author of the iconic Old Tom, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet has today been announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016 – 2017.

Leigh Hobbs 2He will succeed the writer Jackie French, who concluded her role as Laureate at the end of 2015.

The Australian Children’s Laureate is an initiative developed by the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA), a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2008. The Laureate’s role is to promote the importance of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians.

The theme for Hobbs’s two-year term as Australian Children’s Laureate will be ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives’.

‘Libraries have played an enormous role in my life’, Hobbs says. ‘Reading and exploring history and art is something I have been able to do because of libraries. I’m passionately interested in histories and cultures and I hope that through my work I can encourage children to explore and experience these things too.’

Leigh’s first public appearance as Laureate will be this Saturday 13th February at State Library Victoria’s Kids’ Big Book Spectacular, which includes workshops, a pop-up exhibition and storytelling in celebration of his contribution to children’s literature.

Check out all of Leigh Hobbs’ books at Booktopia!

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Would you like a book with that? McDonalds to give away 50 million books with Happy Meals in 2016

Fast food giant McDonalds will be trading action figures for literary heroes, giving away books with Happy Meals for a limited time.

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McDonalds’ CEO Ronald McDonald

Kids in the US will receive either Bruce Hale’s Clark the Shark Takes Heart, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond’s Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! and Kimberly and James Dean’s Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool – and Michael Bond’s Paddington. They have been especially made to fit into the small Happy Meal boxes, and they will be available in Spanish in some restaurants.

McDonald’s will partner with HarperCollins and Reading Is Fundamental, the US’s largest children’s literacy non-profit organisation. Out of the 16 million children living in poverty in America, two-thirds have no books, according to RIF’s research. Almost 64% of fourth-graders in the country are at or below the basic reading level, according to 2015 data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress from the Department of Education; and more than 75% of those who are poor readers when they finish third grade end up falling behind in school.

McDonalds claims that it will have distributed more than 50m books to children by the end of the year through sales and donations, according to Carol H Rasco, president and CEO of RIF, who wrote that this is “enough to provide a book to every child in America under the age of 12”, she added.

Putting aside the fact that this means every child in America under the age of 12 eats McDonalds regularly, good stuff all round.

Browse from over 25,000 kids books in stock at Booktopia

12th Birthday Treat – Booktopia’s Website Through the Years

Booktopia turns 12 today. Nearly a teenager! To celebrate, we open the photo album and take a look at the early years, right up to today!


2004

Our very first website! A screenshot from the 7th of February 2004, the day that we sold our very first book!

Our very first website! A screenshot from the 7th of February 2004. Why this date? Because on this very day Booktopia sold its very first book!


2004

The green has arrived! The website at 6 months old.
Fun Fact: The photo of the fern in the top right was taken by Booktopia’s CEO and co-founder Tony Nash, on the day he came up with the name Booktopia!

The green has arrived! The website after operated for around 6 months. Fun Fact: The photo of the fern in the top right was taken by Booktopia's CEO and co-founder Tony Nash, on the day he came up with the name Booktopia!


2007

Three years later, and by March of 2007 we had a new and improved website and had moved into our very first warehouse space, wondering how on earth we were ever going to fill it!

Three years later, and by March of 2007 we had a new and improved website and had moved into our very first warehouse space, wondering how on earth we were ever going to fill it. We were very keen about our bestsellers, their covers...not so much.


2008

August 2008 and we were very excited about Michael Robotham (you know, before he started beating J.K. Rowling in international prizes and all that), and riding the Eat, Pray, Love express. Ah, the memories…

August 2008 and we were very excited about Michael Robotham (you know, before he started beating J.K. Rowling in international prizes and all that), and riding the Eat, Pray, Love express. Ah, the memories...


2012

By 2012 we had not only filled our warehouse, but outgrown it, and were looking for more space for all our beautiful books!
And, tada, we started selling DVDs. As you can see, we were pretty excited about it. But what happened next was even more exciting…

By 2012 we had not only filled our warehouse, but outgrown it, and were looking for more space for all our beautiful books! And, tada, we started selling DVDs. As you can see, we were pretty excited about it. But what happened next was even more exciting...


2013

Look at that pretty new website! That’s right, the website you see today, pictured here in 2013.
Just a few months earlier we’d moved into a 10,000 square metre HQ and taken out Best Online Bookstore at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards, and were voted Australia’s Favourite Bookstore by readers. 2013 was a big year!

Look at that pretty new website! That's right, the website you see today, pictured here in 2013. In this month we also moved into a 10,000 square metre HQ. We also won Best Online Bookstore at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards, and were voted Australia's Favourite Bookstore by readers. Big year!


2016

And here we are today. 12 years to the day after starting on a $10 a day budget, and 4374 days after selling our first book.
Still Australian, still independent, still here for Australian readers!

And here we are today. 12 years to the day after starting on a $10 a day budget, and 4374 days after selling our first book. Still Australian, still independent., still here for Australian readers!


Love Australian books?

Visit Australia’s Local Bookstore, Booktopia, with over 100,000 titles in stock, ready to be shipped to your door.

Marching Powder author Rusty Young to publish first novel, The Work of Other Men, in October

When Marching Powder, Rusty Young’s darkly comic account of life in San Pedro prison, was first released in 2003, the world went gaga for it.

Rusty YoungYoung was thrust into the spotlight as one of Australia’s most talented writers and Thomas McFadden, whose experiences much of the book draws upon, enjoyed celebrity status.

Marching Powder was adored by critics and casual readers alike. And then, Rusty Young disappeared.

Some said he went to the US where the film rights were being optioned. Others said he returned to his native Sydney to practice law.

In fact, Young remained in South America, Columbia mostly, and has another book coming soon. His second book, and first novel, will be published by Random House in October this year.

The Work of Other Men, set in Colombia, is ‘the story of one young man’s descent into war and violence in order to avenge his father’s murder’.

Commercial fiction publisher Beverley Cousins said: ‘there is real heart in this powerful novel of a young man’s quest for justice and his decision to do wrong in order to do right’.

‘From Rusty’s work with child soldiers in Colombia has grown a story that shocks, thrills and packs a strong emotional punch,’ said Cousins. ‘I can’t wait for the wider reading public to experience this extraordinary novel.’

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by Rusty Young

A true story of friendship, cocaine and South America’s strangest jail.

Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas’ illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas’ experiences in the jail.

Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time.

Marching Powder is a shocking, sometimes darkly comic account of the life in San Pedro. In this bizarre prison, inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants, and hundreds of women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation.

Marching Powder is the story of one of the strangest places on earth, where horror is leavened by humour and where cruelty lives side by side with compassion.

Grab your copy of Marching Powder here

Adult Colouring Queen Johanna Basford to have two new books in 2016

Scottish artist Johanna Basford will have another two adult colouring books released in 2016!

BasfordPenguin Random House announced Tuesday that Basford’s Magical Jungle is coming out in August, followed in October by Johanna’s Christmas.

The first project will blossoms, tropical plants, and monkeys. The second project will feature snowflakes, gingerbread houses, and wrapped gifts.

Basford said in a statement: “I’m so excited to be working on two new books this year with Penguin Random House. It’s the biggest honor to have my inky imagined worlds brought to life by colorists around the globe, a chance to collaborate with literally millions of people! I create books so they can make masterpieces.”

Her previous books, which include Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, have sold more than 16 million copies worldwide!

Johanna Basford’s
Secret Garden

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Johanna Basford’s
Lost Ocean

9780753557150-1 9780753557150-3 9780753557150-4 9781780671062-11

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Emma Viskic Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Emma Viskic

author of Resurrection Bay,

Ten Terrifying Questions
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Viskic, Emma - Resurrection Bay1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I’m a Frankston girl, but without the surfer chick cool or ability to tan. Frankston was blonde brick suburbia by the time I was a teenager, but in my primary school years it was a wonderland of building sites, bushland and swamps. I attended the local schools, and then went on to study classical clarinet at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Rotterdam Conservatorium in The Netherlands.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve and eighteen it was an even split between being a writer and a clarinettist. Books and music have always been a way for me to make sense of this world, and escape it, but I’ve never been much of a spectator: once I could read, I wanted to write, once I could listen, I wanted to play.

Music consumed most of my time through my twenties. I played in anything from aged care homes, to the Phantom of the Opera, and concerts with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. But by the time I was thirty, I was missing writing with quiet desperation, so I began writing a book. It was like diving into a pool after years away from the water: it wasn’t pretty, but I was finally back in my element.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That happiness is boring. (Although I still hold that it is in books.)

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc. – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

I cried the first time I heard Allegri’s Miserere, and I’ve cried every time since. It’s a sacred choral piece with a soaring soprano solo: quiet and sublime. It works because it sounds effortless, but of course it isn’t. Allegri agonised over every note and the singers have practised for hundreds of hours.

I love that same apparent effortlessness in Fred Williams’ landscapes. They’re so simple, but they transport you to the Pilbara. You can smell the eucalypts, feel the hot wind on your face. I admire Peter Temple’s writing for some of the same reasons: he captures so much with so few brushstrokes.

emma viskic 25. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

Writing is wonderfully all consuming. When it’s going well, I fall into the story and emerge hours later, blinking and confused, but happy. The downside is that not all days are good ones.

6. Please tell us about your novel, Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay features Caleb Zelic, a profoundly deaf investigator who has always lived on the outside. When a close friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. The investigation takes him places he’s rather not go, including to his hometown and estranged family. As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend – and himself.

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

I hope they’re excited, exhausted and moved, but mainly that they carry a piece of Caleb with them. He’s very real to me and I hope he becomes real to them.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

In no particularly order: Hilary Mantel for her wry wit and keen eye, Kate Atkinson for her subtleness. As well as Peter Temple, there is a long list of Australian writers I read and reread: PM Newton and Malla Nunn for their characters and depth of ideas, Kate Grenville for her liquid prose, Shane Maloney for his humour.

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9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To make each book better than the last one.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Nothing you write is a waste of time. Some days you slog through a thousand soulless words and write one beautiful sentence. Don’t regret those thousand words – they led you to that sentence.

Emma, thank you for playing!

Grab your copy of Resurrection Bay here!


Resurrection Bay

Emma Viskic

Viskic, Emma - Resurrection BayCaleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside – watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss.

When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always … Read more.

Grab your copy of Resurrection Bay here!

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