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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.   Grab your copy of Short Back and Science here! Dr. Karl’s Short Back & Science Dr. Kar... Read more

by | January 11, 2016

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 Austra... Read more

by | January 4, 2016

The book every Australian should read in 2016

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 hards... Read more

by | January 1, 2016

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? 50. SPECIAL DELIVERY 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 tho... Read more

by | December 31, 2015

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 no... Read more

by | November 19, 2015

GUEST BLOG: What Katie Read – The October Roundup (by award-winning author Kate Forsyth)

One of Australia’s favourite novelists Kate Forsyth, author of The Impossible Quest, Bitter Greens, The Wild Girl and now The Beast’s Garden, continues her monthly blog with us, giving her verdict on the books she read in October. My son – like so many others his age – sat his HSC last month, and so I spent lots of time waiting for him outside exam halls and libraries. This meant lots of lovely... Read more

by | November 19, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Obernwytn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody (Review by Sarah McDuling)

It’s (almost) here! At long last, it has (nearly) arrived! All hail The Red Queen. Like so many others, I’ve been a fan of The Obernewtyn Chronicles since I was kid. I have read and re-read these books so many times, my copies have grown battered and torn and the characters have come to feel like old friends. But alas, all good things must come to an end! With The Red Queen, Isobell... Read more

by | October 30, 2015