Would you pay $4o million for a cup of tea? Someone did and Dr. Karl tells us why! All in his new book Short Back and Science

Why would anyone pay $40 million for a cup of tea? How did a toilet seat help to end the First World War? And why are there scientists running around naked in the Antarctic? All these questions and more are answered in Short Back and Science, Dr Karl’s brilliant and insightful new book.

 

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Dr. Karl’s Short Back & Science

Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki

Short Back and Science Lean back and settle in for cutting-edge scientific snippets from the trend-setting Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

In Short Back & Science, Dr Karl combs through some of the greatest scientific conundrums of our age, such as what is killing half the bacteria on Earth every two days and why don’t mole rats get cancer? Are bananas really slippery, radioactive and loaded with potassium?

Brushing aside any hype about coconuts and antioxidants, there is no one better to trim down to the facts than Australia’s most trusted scientist, Dr Karl … Read more.

Grab your copy of Short Back and Science here!

 

BREAKING NEWS: We want you to nominate your Favourite Australian Author!

Nominations for Australia’s Favourite Author are now open!

The poll that stops the nation is back!

We’re asking you to tell us your favourite Australia Author!

Novelists, picture book authors, historians, biographers, all authors are now all open for nomination!

You see, January at Booktopia is the month of Australian Stories, an entire month dedicated to celebrating books by Australian authors.

To celebrate, we need your help to discover Australia’s Favourite Author (don’t forget to check out the results for 2015, 2014 and 2013)!

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2015 winner John Flanagan

Help us by lodging your favourite authors over the next week. At the end of the week we’ll take the authors with the most nominations and put them into heats where you can champion your favourites.

Once we have a top 50, we’ll put it to a worldwide vote right here on our blog!

Then, on the week leading up to Australia Day, we’ll count down your votes from 50 to 1, with Australia’s favourite author to be announced on Friday the 29th of January!


HOW IT WORKS

WEEK ONE – JAN 4-10 – Let us know your nominations for your favourite Australian author. As many as you like, anyone who you think deserves recognition! You can do this through….

– Email us at faveozauthor@booktopia.com.au

– Tweet us at @booktopia

– Let us know on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Booktopia

WEEK TWO – JAN 11-17 – The Heats! We’ll take the top 200 nominations and split them up into groups you can vote on! Every day from Monday to Friday a new heat will go up, with the Top 15 from each heat going through to the final round of voting.

WEEK THREE – JAN 18-24 – Only the best of the best will make it through to the final poll. We’ll have this poll up all week. This will be the final chance to cheer for your favourite Australian Author.

WEEK FOUR – A WEEK OF AUSTRALIAN STORYTELLERS – Voting will close on Sunday the 24th of January at midnight. From Monday the 25th we’ll count down the top 50, unveiling 10 authors each day, until…..

THE ANNOUNCEMENT
Australia’s 10 favourite authors will be announced on Friday the 29th of January. We’ll be profiling all of the top 10 authors and the books that have made them your favourites. It’s a festival of Australian writing!

So what are you waiting for?
Get nominating!!!

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The book every Australian should read in 2016

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media.

His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australian and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. ‘We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier’, he wrote, ‘We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation’s prosperity.’

Stan Grant is an Indigenous man who’s become one of our leading journalists. He spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia.

His upcoming book Talking To My Country is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country.

Grab your copy of Talking To My Country here!


Articles by Stan Grant

The Guardian Online, 30 July 2015:
I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it.

The Guardian Online, 21 September 2015:
Adam Goodes showed us the festering sores of Australia’s history can rip open at any moment

Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes

Article about Stan Grant

The Sydney Morning Herald Online, 18 July 2015:
Two of Us: Tracey Holmes and Stan Grant (Interview by Stephen Lacey)

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Stan and his wife, Tracey Holmes


Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

stanTalking To My Country is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country – what it is, and what it could be.

It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity. Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all.

He might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the question: how can we be better?

Grab your copy of Talking To My Country here!

 

Booktopia’s Top 50 Bestselling Books for 2015

With 2015 about to come to a close, and our Booktopia Books of the Year already announced, it’s time to present our Top 50 Bestselling Books of 2015.

How many have you read?


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by Annabel Crabb

In Special Delivery, Annabel has teamed up with her best friend from childhood, fellow food tragic and Kitchen Cabinet recipe consultant Wendy Sharpe, to bring you recipes for those knockout desserts as well as tons more ideas for soups, salads, pastries, breads and other treats ideally suited to make and take to those you love.

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49. THAT SUGAR BOOK
by Damon Gameau

That Sugar Book follows actor and filmmaker Damon Gameau on his journey and blows the lid on how the food industries make and sell our food, and how they are complicit in, and indeed determined to, maintain the status quo on the world’s alarming and health-destroying sugar consumption.

It also contains sensible advice on kicking the habit, foods to avoid, how to shop, how to read labels and how to cook sugar-free food, with the help of over thirty delicious, nurturing and easily prepared recipes.

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48. ADAM SPENCER’S WORLD OF NUMBERS
by Adam Spencer

A funny and enlightening romp through the world of numbers with one of Australia’s best-loved broadcasters. By popular demand, Australia’s funniest and most famous mathematician is back with a brilliant new book.

Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers takes the reader on a fun filled ride, explaining the crucial role numbers play in our understanding of sport and space, computers and cooking, and a whole lot in between.

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47. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2016
by Guinness World Records

As well as all your favourite records, relating to talented pets, superhuman achievements, big stuff and extreme vehicles, you’ll find show-stopping superlatives from brand-new categories.

Topics making their Guinness World Records debut include waterfalls, twins, ballooning, apps, lightning, manga, archaeology, drones, and pirates – and that’s just for starters!

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46. THE CROSSING
by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch had left the game before the LAPD could fire him, until fast talking Defence Attorney Mickey Haller asks him to help on one of his cases, and Harry finds himself back where he belongs, in the centre of a puzzling murder mystery. But this time Harry is working for the defence, aiming to prevent the accused from being convicted. And not only does the prosecution seem to have a cast-iron case, but Harry is in danger of betraying the very principles he’s lived by his whole career.

With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. And as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

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45. THE RED QUEEN
by Isobelle Carmody

The time has come at last for Elspeth Gordie to leave the Land on her quest to find and stop the computer-machine Sentinel from unleashing the deadly Balance of Terror arsenal. But before she can embark on her quest, she must find a lost key; and although she has long prepared for this day, nothing is as she imagined.

This is the final, dramatic volume in series of books that undoubtedly shines as one of the most fantastic, and fantastical, tapestries ever woven.

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44. A MOTHER’S STORY
by Rosie Batty

Inspiring, heartfelt and profoundly moving, this is Rosie’s story.

In an incident that shocked Australia, Rosie Batty’s 11-year-old son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014. Greg Anderson murdered Luke Batty at cricket training and was then himself shot by police. Rosie has since become a passionate campaigner on the issue of family violence. She won the Pride of Australia Award in 2014, and was named Australian of the Year in January 2015.

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43. LOST OCEAN
by Johanna Basford

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites colour-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea.

With intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, colour and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, and discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will delight in this creative journey into an inky new world.

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42. GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE
by David Walliams

The brilliantly funny novel from David Walliams, Number One bestselling author! The much anticipated next book from bestselling phenomenon David Walliams; packed with excitement, adventure, hilarity and heart! Not to be missed!

Grandpa’s Great Escape is the story of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

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41. LEGACY
by Tim Cahill

The most anticipated autobiography of the year, the story of international football star Tim Cahill, one of the most admired Australian sportsmen of all time.

With his trademark honesty and directness, Tim reflects on what it takes to make it to the top – the sacrifices, the physical cost, the mental stamina, the uncompromising self-belief and self-determination, the ruthlessness, but also the decency, the integrity, and the generosity. An autobiography that is more than a record of the goals and the games, Tim Cahill’s story is a universal reminder of the importance of making your moment count.

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40. SELFISH
by Kim Kardashian

A natural leader of the selfie movement, in Selfish Kim Kardashian shares her eye in print. A highly personal glimpse into Kim’s daily life, the photos give descriptive behind-the-scenes captions that will appeal to her devoted fan base.

A follow-up to her highly successful Kardashian Konfidential where she and her sisters confess stories and give fans advice, this book is 100% devoted to Kim and her life through her own lens.

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39. SPIRITS OF THE GHAN
by Judy Nunn

It is 2001 and a century-old dream is about to be realised in the Red Centre of Australia: the completion of the mighty Ghan railway,  a line that will finally link Adelaide with the Top End. But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will not be without its complications, for much of the desert it will cross is Aboriginal land.

Hired as a negotiator, Jessica Manning must walk a delicate line to reassure the Elders their sacred sites will be protected. Will her innate understanding of the spiritual landscape, rooted in her own Arunta heritage, win their trust? As they struggle against time to solve the puzzle, an ancient wrong is awakened and calls hauntingly across the vastness of the outback…

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38. THE BAD GUYS: EPISODE 1
by Aaron Blabey

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys…and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that!

Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound.  Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys?

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37. FAST FOOD FOR BUSY FAMILIES
by Pete Evans

Fast Food for Busy Families is packed full of delicious and nourishing recipes – most of which can be made in around 30 minutes. Pete also proves that saving time doesn’t mean cutting down on flavour – he shows you how to make the most of spices, herbs and good fats to bring flavour to even the simplest of dishes.

Chapters include breakfasts, kids’ lunches, salads, main meals, sides and basics, and there are heaps of quick ideas for snacks, salad dressings, entertaining and lots more.

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36. THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP
by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin

In The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep you will follow Roger The Rabbit when he gets help from Uncle Yawn and other friends to fall asleep in the evening. Your child is quickly compelled by the story and falls asleep when you read it or after. The story is in a lovely way sleep-inducing and helps children all over the world to fall asleep.

This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep will help you accomplish the task of getting your child to have its beauty sleep and sleep well all night.

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35. RECKONING
by Magda Szubanski

In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears, and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on.

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34. FRANK LOWY: A SECOND LIFE
by Jill Margo

Depending on the day, Frank Lowy is either the richest or the second richest man in Australia. His story – from refugee to multi-billionaire – has become part of Australian folklore.

Now in his mid 80s, Frank Lowy is still a juggernaut. Since 2000, when his first biography, the bestselling Pushing the Limits, was published, he’s kept pushing ahead. Rather than retreating into retirement, Frank Lowy has in fact achieved more in his ‘second life’ than most do in a lifetime.

Covering his successes and failures, the controversies and the triumphs, Frank Lowy: A Second Life gives rare insight into this extraordinary man, his strategies, his pain and his achievements.

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33. THE SECRET CHORD
by Geraldine Brooks

A unique and vivid novel that retells the story of King David’s extraordinary rise to power and fall from grace, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book, Year of Wonders and March, Geraldine Brooks.

With stunning originality, Brooks offers us a compelling portrait of a morally complex hero from this strange age – part legend, part history. Full of drama and richly drawn detail, The Secret Chord is a vivid story of faith, family, desire and power that brings David magnificently alive.

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32. FLESH WOUNDS
by Richard Glover

Richard Glover’s favourite dinner party game is called ‘Who’s Got the Weirdest Parents?’. It’s a game he always thinks he’ll win.

There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard’s English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past – but beware of what you might find there.

Truth can leave wounds – even if they are only flesh wounds.

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31. ISLAND HOME
by Tim Winton

Island Home is the story of how Tim Winton’s relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet.

Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country’s.

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30. MAGNUS CHASE AND THE SWORD OF SUMMER
by Rick Riordan

The first book in the incredible new series from the author of Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus.

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met – a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true.

And the gods of Asgard are preparing for war…

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29. BIG MAGIC
by Elizabeth Gilbert

By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.

Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.

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28. SLOW COOKER CENTRAL
by Paulene Christie

Slow Cooker Central is a fantastic collection of dishes that have been created and shared by Paulene and this passionate network of slow cooker devotees – proving just how deliciously easy and versatile this style of cooking can be.

With just a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, you can make a huge variety of meals for the whole family, as well as soups and sides, desserts, cakes, sweets and preserves – almost anything you want to eat can be cooked in a slow cooker. Tried and tested, these recipes not only taste great, they will also save you time and money.

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27. A LITTLE LIFE
by Hanya Yanagihara

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever travelled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light.

In a remarkable and precise prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

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26. AUSSIE GRIT
by Mark Webber

In this candid book Australian Formula One legend Mark Webber divulges the personal struggles that formed his Aussie grit character and reveals for the first time what really went down at Red Bull and the truth behind his rivalry with teammate Sebastian Vettel.

From his near career-ending injury in 2008, his breakthrough ‘not bad for a number two driver’ win in 2009 to the ‘Multi 21’ controversy of 2011 and his new beginning with Porche and the challenge of Le Mans 2014, Mark Webber pulls no punches in this captivating, personal story.

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25. THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME
by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

The crayons are back and they’re crosser than ever!

One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a pair of underpants!

A hilarious text and joyful illustrations combine to show that crayons have feelings too in this laugh-out-loud sequel to bestselling picture book The Day the Crayons Quit.

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24. THE HAPPY COOKBOOK
by Lola Berry

Based around nutritionally dense wholefoods, Lola’s recipes are gluten- and wheat- free, with very little dairy and no refined sugar. This truly is food that will make you glow with good health, inside and out.

While eating well is vital for good health, it’s just one piece of the puzzle. As well as sharing her nutritious recipes, Lola discusses the other key pillars of good health – including exercise, mindfulness and mental health – offering insights both professional and personal

Happiness is within your grasp and it starts with eating well. These recipes are not about substitutions or restrictions, they’re about eating food in its purest and most delicious state. Dig in!

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23. THE CSIRO TOTAL WELLBEING DIET
by The CSIRO

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is Australia’s favourite weight-loss program and has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. And to celebrate 10 years since the Total Wellbeing Diet was first introduced to us, we’ve gathered together more than 400 CSIRO recipes together in one volume.

You’ll be able to enjoy all of these healthy, mouth-watering dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with plenty of options everyone in the family will enjoy.

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22. MAKE ME
by Lee Child

Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother’s Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat … but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

Reacher’s one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest…into the heart of darkness. Prepare to be nailed to your seat by another hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!

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21. GUT
by Giulia Enders

In this charming book, young scientist Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Her message is simple — if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to?

Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research, and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook. Gut shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings.

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20. FROMELLES & POZIERES
by Peter FitzSimons

On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers – in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front – attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5500 were wounded and just under 1900 were dead – a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as ‘the worst 24 hours in Australia’s entire history’.

Just days later, three Australian Divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties. Of that bitter battle, the great Australian war correspondent Charles Bean would write, ‘The field of Pozières is more consecrated by Australian fighting and more hallowed by Australian blood than any field which has ever existed…

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19. GOING PALEO
by Pete Evans & Nora Gedgaudas

Going Paleo is the only book you’ll need to transform the way you eat – and change the way you look and feel – for good.

This comprehensive and user-friendly guide shows you both why to go paleo and how to go paleo, with over 80 essential recipes to get you started. Paleo expert and bestselling US author Nora Gedgaudas explains the why of going paleo and Pete Evans explains the how, with a run-down on the foods that have to go and what to replace them with; a detailed guide to setting up your paleo kitchen; and a 10-week kickstart eating plan to help you get started.

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18. KEATING
by Kerry O’Brien

The life of one of Australia’s most intriguing public figures, former Prime Minister Paul Keating, as told to the country’s most influential political interviewer, Kerry O’Brien.

What emerges is a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, reflections and occasional admissions from one of the most loved and hated political leaders we have known – a man who either led or was the driving force through thirteen years of Labor government that changed the face of Australia.

We’ll never get an autobiography or a memoir from Keating. This is as good as it gets – funny, sweeping, angry, imaginative, mischievous, with arrogance, a glimmer of humility and more than a touch of creative madness. Keating unplugged.

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17. PIG THE FIBBER
by Aaron Blabey

He’s Back!

But this time Pig – the world’s greediest Pug – is telling great, big lies.

Won’t he ever learn?!

The laugh-out-loud sequel to the best-selling PIG the PUG.

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16. PAPER PLANES
by Steve Worland

Twelve-year-old Dylan Webber lives in outback Western Australia in a small country town. When he discovers he has a talent for folding and flying paper planes, Dylan begins a journey to reach the World Junior Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

Along the way he makes unlikely new friends, clashes with powerful rivals and comes to terms with his family’s past before facing his greatest challenge – to create a paper plane that will compete with the best in the world.

Steve Worland brings you the exciting, heartwarming story of Paper Planes, adapted from the award-winning family film.

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15. THE BRAIN’S WAY OF HEALING
by Norman Doidge

Norman Doidge’s record-breaking bestseller The Brain That Changes Itself described the most important development in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience what we call neuroplasticity.

Now The Brain’s Way of Healing shows how this amazing discovery really works, significantly broadening the field from traumatic brain injury to all manner of diseases and conditions in which brain functioning is a factor including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and dementia and describes how patients have retrained their brains and learned to walk, speak, or hear, while others have reset the brain’s energy patterns and circuits to overcome or reduce chronic pain or alleviate anxiety, trauma, learning disorders, and many other impairing syndromes.

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14. I QUIT SUGAR: SIMPLICIOUS
by Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson taught the world how to quit sugar in eight weeks, then how to quit sugar for life, incorporating mindful, sustainable practices across real, whole wellness.

Now she strips things back to the essentials, simply and deliciously. She shows us how to shop, cook and eat like we used to in the days before sugar-laced processed food hit our shelves. Sarah gives us the ‘simplicious flow’, a modern manifesto that sets out how to buy in bulk, freeze and preserve, and use leftovers with flair.

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13. THE LAKE HOUSE
by Kate Morton

An abandoned house…..A missing child…..An unsolved mystery…..

Seventy years later, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes.

Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family’s past and seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape…

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12. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB
by David Lagercrantz

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo. Lisbeth Salander. He is a campaigning journalist. Mikael Blomkvist.

The call comes in late at night: a superhacker has gained access to critical, top secret U.S. intelligence. Blomkvist knows only one person who could crack the best security systems in the world. This case has all the hallmarks of Salander. She is accused of acting without reason, taking risks just because she can, but though they have lost touch, Blomkvist knows Lisbeth better than that.

There must be something deeper at the heart of this – maybe even the scoop that Millennium magazine so desperately needs for its survival. A tangled web of truth that someone is prepared to kill to protect…

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11. EVERYDAY SUPER FOOD
by Jamie Oliver

No matter how busy you are, you’ll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.

The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it’s totally up to you.

In Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s done all the hard work for you – all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.

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10. SUPER GREEN SMOOTHIES
by Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem

When Sally Obermeder wanted to regain her health after her life threatening cancer battle, she turned to the green smoothie lifestyle. Here, she shares her nutritious, delicious recipes to help you feel great, lose weight and gain energy.

Sally and her sister Maha have created 60 healthy and delicious green smoothie recipes that are easy to make and packed full of benefits. Kick-start your way to weight-loss, energy and all-round good health with Super Green Smoothies, and look and feel great, starting now. Let the transition begin!

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9. GREY
by E. L. James

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

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8. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
by Paula Hawkins

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

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7. THE ANTI-COOL GIRL
by Rosie Waterland

A dark, funny and subversive memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you, Rosie Waterland’s story of her coming of age is a blackly comic Australian memoir for our times and a clarion call for all anti-cool girls everywhere.

The quality that lies at the heart of Rosie’s appeal is her straight-up, unaffected directness – her ability to say what she really thinks, to call it as she sees it. She’s kind of an Everygirl. The Anti-Cool Girl that we all want to be.

She’s funny, honest and inspirational. She is our Caitlin Moran, our very own Lena Dunham, and she will tell a uniquely Australian story, in only the way that a straight-talking Australian girl can say it.

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6. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: OLD SCHOOL
by Jeff Kinney

The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood.

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going ‘old school’ just too hard for a kid like Greg?

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5. GO SET A WATCHMAN
by Harper Lee

Set during the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later.

Scout has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

An instant classic.

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4. THE OFFICIAL HARRY POTTER COLOURING BOOK
by Insight Editions & J. K. Rowling

Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this book gives fans the chance to colour in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this coloring book includes all of the fan-favorite scenes, creatures, and characters of the series, from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort. Unique and interactive, Harry Potter: The Official Coloring Book is a perfect collector’s item for fans of the blockbuster saga.

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3. ENCHANTED FOREST
by Johanna Basford

This stunning new colouring book by Johanna Basford takes readers on an inky quest through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle at its heart. As well as drawings to complete, colour and embellish, there are hidden objects to be found along the way including wild flowers, animals and birds, gems, lanterns, keys and treasure chests.

Beginning at the entrance to the forest, the journey progresses through woodland, rocky caves and tree-lined mazes, over streams and a waterfall, across the trees tops, to finally reach the castle. Also hidden throughout the book are nine symbols. Readers must find all the symbols to unlock the castle door at the end of the quest and discover what lies within.

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2. THE MINDFULNESS COLOURING BOOK
by Emma Farrarons

Working with your hands is one of the best ways to soothe anxiety and eliminate stress. This stunning, pocket-sized colouring book offers a practical exercise in mindfulness that draws on your creativity and hones your focus.

Beautifully illustrated, The Mindfulness Colouring Book is filled with templates for exquisite scenes and intricate, sophisticated patterns, prompting you to meditate on your artwork as you mindfully and creatively fill these pages with colour. Take a few minutes out of your day, wherever you are, and colour your way to peace and calm.

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1. THE 65-STOREY TREEHOUSE
by Andy Griffiths

Andy and Terry’s amazing 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it’s always your birthday (even when it’s not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

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New George R.R. Martin and more Bookish Predictions for 2016

We gaze into our crystal ball and make five bookish predictions for 2016…

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1. George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter will be released before season 6 of Game of Thrones ends

It’s been the burning question since the TV series began, but in 2016 fans of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series will finally have The Winds of Winter in their hands, likely the week before the new season premieres, or midway through.

Colouring Books

2. Colouring Books will continue to dominate the best seller charts for the first half of 2016

While colouring books will not be quite as dominant in 2016 as they were in 2015, they’ll still be a fixture in best seller charts for months to come, with holiday word of mouth sure to keep the momentum going until well into April and May.

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3. Maxine Beneba Clarke will be the most talked about Australian author of 2016

After her masterful 2014 short story collection Foreign Soil, Maxine Beneba Clarke is set to release her memoir The Hate Race in late 2016. Expect the same buzz in Australia that Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award winning Between the World and Me caused in the US this year.

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4. 2016 will be the biggest year of Australian memoirs we’ve ever seen

If 2015 taught us one thing, it’s that Australian readers love a memoir. Knowing the local publishing industry’s keen nose for trends, 2016 will see a huge year of memoirs from some big name Australians, with sport and music fans in particular being treated to a bumper crop.

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5. Book sales will continue to grow

Thanks to big commercial hits like Grey and Go Set a Watchman, 2015 has been a year of wonderful growth in book sales, a trend that will continue in 2016. eBooks too will grow, although not to the rate that many hoped/feared years ago.

THE 2015 BOOKTOPIA BOOKS OF THE YEAR

We’re a passionate lot at Booktopia, and it has taken weeks of reading, re-reading, meetings, angry coffee dates and re-re-reading to come up with The 2015 Booktopia Books of the Year

These selections are not in order, and while some amazing books have missed out, we can’t resist a list so here we are. Hopefully you see some of your favourites too.

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A LITTLE LIFE
by Hanya Yanagihara

An emotionally brutal story about adulthood and the demons of the past, very unlucky not to have taken out the Man Booker Prize. Marked Hanya Yanagihara as one of the most exciting and ambitious novelists working today.

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9781760111236THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS
by Charlotte Wood

One of Australia’s finest novelists delivers again with an intense, unsettling dystopian fable of misogyny, power and the dark corners of the human condition.

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THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD
by Elena Ferrante
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Indonesia has a Lady Terminator? Turkey remade E.T? Marc Fennell spills the beans on the weird and wonderful world of cinema in his new book, Planet According to the Movies

Australia’s most listened-to film critic, Marc Fennell, tells the hidden stories behind the movies you know and love whilst also introducing you to a (bizarre) world of cinema you never knew existed.

Did you know that there are messed up filmic versions of fairytales? Take for example the ancient Russian version of Beauty and the Beast which shows that all it takes to marry a prince is non-consensual sex with a drunken (from vodka, naturally) reptile. A Scottish interpretation of Snow White culminates in an erotic three-way. Ahhh Disney …

Also … did you know that North Korea’s very own Kim Jong-il executive-produced his own version of Godzilla? Or that Japan has The Calamari Wrestler which follows the life of a professional wrestler who becomes a giant squid like creature after developing a terminal illness. Interesting, right? This book is jam-packed with these gems of information!

 

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Planet According to the Movies

Marc Fennell

Awesome, weird and wonderful flicks from four corners of the globe.

Which nation is best equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse? Why do obese moustachioed Tamil action stars make the best politicians? What fictional country links Predator, Commando and Die Hard 2?

Planet According to the Movies is your official armchair guide to our tiny, weird planet as projected on cinema screens. It’s 30% travel guide, 30% film reviews, 10% racial profiling handbook and 45% testament to the fact that maths is hard.

Australia’s most listened-to film critic, Marc Fennell (triple j, SBS TV, That Movie Book), tells the hidden stories behind the movies you know and love – from the Wizard of Oz to Life of Pi – and introduces you to a world of cinema you never knew existed. Discover Japan’s Calamari Wrestler, Indonesia’s Lady Terminator, Turkey’s remake of E.T. and North Korea’s answer to Godzilla, which was executive-produced by Kim Jong-Il himself. Who needs a plane to travel the world when you can do it all from your couch, you shameful slob!

Grab your  signed copy of Planet According to the Movies here!

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