NEWS: P.D. James’ novel Death Comes to Pemberley hits the small screen!

Starting this Friday, 28 November at 8.30 pm on ABC 1, the long-awaited TV series of Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James finally hits our screens.

The three-part series, based on the best-selling P.D. James novel of the same name, is a murder mystery picking up where Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ended.

The cast includes Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Goode, Trevor Eve and Penelope Keith.

Adapted from PD James’s international bestselling novel, the three-part series Death Comes to Pemberley, marks the 200th anniversary year of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice. PD James’s inventive homage to Austen brings her much-loved world to life in a dazzling and original way with Austen’s best-known characters Elizabeth, Darcy and Wickham, at its heart.


death-comes-to-pemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley

by P.D. James

The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, as the guests are preparing to retire for the night a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen, P. D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story. Death Comes to Pemberley is a distinguished work of fiction, from one of the best-loved, most- read writers of our time.

Grab a copy of Death Comes to Pemberley here

NEWS: Angelina Jolie’s new film ‘Unbroken’ to première in Sydney tonight!

Source: Daily Telegraph

Source: Daily Telegraph

Tonight Angelina Jolie will première her latest movie Unbroken (based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand) which she directed and filmed across New South Wales & Queensland last year.

Talking about the WWII drama Jolie said that she she feels Zamperini’s inspirational story offers a bright light of hope for an often-troubled time. “(The world) can seem hopeless and it can seem very overwhelming,” she said. “But the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing.” (Read more at Today).

HarperCollins, publisher of Unbroken, is expected to see a rise in sales for the book after the release of the movie.

Unbroken will première at the State Theatre in Sydney. Angelina Jolie will be joined on the red carpet by husband Brad Pitt, who arrived in Sydney last night, and other local celebrities.

 


9780008108342Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini – Now a major motion picture

On a May afternoon in 1943, a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. After an agonising delay, a young lieutenant finally bobbed to the surface and struggled aboard a life raft.

So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he turned to petty crime until he discovered a remarkable talent for running, which took him to the Berlin Olympics. But as war loomed, he joined up and was soon embroiled in the ferocious battle for the Pacific.

Now Zamperini faced a journey of thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft, dogged by sharks, starvation and the enemy. Driven to limits of endurance, Zamperini’s fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would depend on the strength of his will…

Grab a copy of Unbroken here

Dystopian novel A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists wins 2014 Most Underrated Book Award

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson has won the Most Underrated Book Award for 2014.

Announced at an event in Sydney last night, Rawson beat out Robert Kenny’s Gardens of Fire and Holy Bible by Vanessa Russell.


a-wrong-turn-at-the-office-of-unmade-listsA Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

by Jane Rawson

It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been sent on a quest to see America: they must stand at least once in every 25-foot square of the country. Decades later, in an Australian city that has fallen on hard times, Caddy is camped by the Maribyrnong River, living on small change from odd jobs, ersatz vodka and memories. She’s sick of being hot, dirty, broke and alone.

Caddy’s future changes shape when her friend, Ray, stumbles across some well-worn maps, including one of San Francisco, and their lives connect with those of teenagers Simon and Sarah in ways that are unexpected and profound.

A meditation on happiness – where and in what place and with who we can find our centre, a perceptive vision of where our world is headed, and a testament to the power of memory and imagination, this is the best of novels: both highly original and eminently readable.

Grab a copy of A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists here

 

 

James Patterson’s bestselling thriller ‘Zoo’ to be adapted for television

CBS has picked up James Patterson’s bestselling thriller Zoo, expected to hit the small screen in 2015. Zoo will star James Wolk (of The Crazy Ones and Mad Men fame) as young biologist Jackson Oz.

There will be thrills, spills and co-ordinated mammal attacks.


zooZoo

by James Patterson

An epic, unputdownable thriller from the world’s bestselling thriller writer James Patterson

All over the world, brutal animal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it’s too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

Grab a copy of James Patterson’s Zoo here

40 Years On: Prince Charles roasts Molly Meldrum

The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story:
Life, Countdown and Everything in Between

By: Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum

the-never-um-ever-ending-storyMolly Meldrum’s warm, vivid, often hilarious and always compelling account of life in and out of Countdown.

More than thirty-five years in the making, this is the story of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and the television show that stopped the nation.

In 1974 Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum was working as a record producer and music journalist when he was offered the chance to host a new music show called Countdown. It was a show that would run for the next thirteen years and become one of the most-loved and most-watched programs on Australian television. It also turned Molly into a national institution (or ‘mental institution’ as one of his friends put it).

During that period he not only became the most influential voice in Australian music, he endeared himself to millions of viewers with a uniquely unpolished interviewing style and a tangible on-screen passion. For better or worse, whether interviewing Prince Charles or Sid Vicious, Molly was always Molly.

Along the way he talked, partied, argued, exchanged blows and became firm friends with a rollcall of the world’s greatest musical names.

Filled with outrageous anecdotes, an incredible cast of musos, deadbeats, transvestites and international superstars, The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story is Molly’s hilarious, vivid, warm and always compelling memoir of these incredible years.

Click here to grab a copy of The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story

NEWS: Netflix to adapt Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’!

the-bad-beginningFrom the LA Times: Netflix has secured the rights to Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” according to Deadline, with the bestselling series of books for kids to be adapted as a live-action series for the online streaming network.

There are 13 books in the “Unfortunate Events” series, beginning with 1999’s “The Bad Beginning” and ending with “The End” in 2006. The books, which are for middle-grade readers, have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.

A Series of Unfortunate Events” tracks the lives of orphan siblings Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire and their evil uncle Olaf, who conspires to steal their inheritance. Funny and dark, the series inverts many assumptions about what children’s books should be. The books are supposedly written by Lemony Snicket, a character created by author Daniel Handler.

Click here to read more at latimes.com

Click here to view the entire series of  A Series of Unfortunate Events 

Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Random House – you could win a prize pack worth over $800!

Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Random House and you could win this amazing prize pack worth over $800!!!

Just buy any title in Random House’s Booktoberfest Showcase and you could win!

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Our Top Pick

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 changing the nation. Three years and three days for you to judge.’

On Wednesday 23rd June 2010, with the government in turmoil, Julia Gillard asked then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for a leadership ballot.

The next day, Julia Gillard became Australia’s 27th Prime Minister, and our first female leader. Australia was alive to the historic possibilities. Here was a new approach for a new time.

It was to last three extraordinary years.

This is Julia Gillard’s chronicle of that turbulent time – a strikingly candid self-portrait of a political leader seeking to realise her ideals. It is her story of what it was like – in the face of government in-fighting and often hostile media – to manage a hung parliament, build a diverse and robust economy, create an equitable and world-class education system, ensure a dignified future for Australians with disabilities, all while attending to our international obligations and building strategic alliances for our future. This is a politician driven by a sense of purpose – from campus days with the Australian Union of Students, to a career in the law, to her often gritty, occasionally glittering rise up the ranks of the Australian Labor Party.

Refreshingly honest, peppered with a wry humour and personal insights, Julia Gillard does not shy away from her mistakes, admitting freely to errors, misjudgements, and policy failures as well as detailing her political successes. Here is an account of what was hidden behind the resilience and dignified courage Gillard showed as prime minister – her view of the vicious hate campaigns directed against her, and a reflection on what it means – and what it takes – to be a woman leader in contemporary politics.

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia’s first female prime minister.

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