New Jodi Picoult Novel To Be Published In October – Read An Extract Today

Allen and Unwin have announced the Australian and New Zealand publication of Jodi Picoult’s new novel, Leaving Time.

Due to be released in October 2014, Leaving Time will make the perfect Christmas present so start dropping hints to your loved ones now!

Read an extract of Leaving Time here

Leaving Time

by Jodi Picoult

Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it’s been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment – or worse.

Still Jenna – now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief – steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother’s desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother’s disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother’s coworkers.

Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult’s 21st novel is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one novels. Her most recent, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf and Sing You Home, have all been number one on the Australian and New Zealand fiction bestseller lists. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit Jodi’s author page.

Read an extract of Leaving Time here

Who wrote The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August?

It’s the question on everyone’s lips. Who wrote The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August? Already being spoken about as one of the books of the year, with Booktopia’s John Purcell calling it ‘fascinating’ and ‘a real page turner’, the greatest question is who could have written it?

On the book itself Claire North is described as “an acclaimed author who has previously published several novels”. Our investigations, listening in to the literary grapevine, indicate it is a UK writer, likely a woman, and one who would usually write a completely different genre to the sci-fi tinged The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

UK newspaper The Independent recently did some sleuthing and was informed that Ms North’s identity will be revealed in two weeks, with an announcement on 22 April. Fingers crossed it happens!

Grab a copy of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August here

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North

The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character – a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

Every time Harry dies, he is reborn in exactly the same time and place, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, and nothing ever changes. He only knows that there are others like him, living with, but apart, from the rest of us.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message. It has come down from child to adult, child to adult, passed back through generations from a thousand years forward in time. The message is that the world is ending, and we cannot prevent it. So now it’s up to you.’

This is the story of what Harry August does next – and what he did before – and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

About the Author

Claire North is a pseudonym for an acclaimed British author who has previously published several novels. This book is completely different from any of them.

Grab a copy of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August here

 

Creative Genius Dead at 41

Silverstone: “…shocked and dismayed…”

In news just handed to me, the creative genius behind hit films, CluelessBridget Jones’s DiaryBride and Prejudice has died.

Perhaps better known these days for her novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, she was once revered for her wit, intelligence, light touch and moral clarity.

When asked to comment on the news, a shocked and dismayed Alicia Silverstone is reported to have said, “I am shocked and dismayed, I thought she was long dead.”

Keira Knightly, who famously portrayed Lizzie Bennet in the film, Pride and Prejudice is said to have reacted thus on hearing the news, “She’s dead? I can believe it.”

But it is her younger fans who will find her sudden demise most shocking and it is to them our thoughts must turn.

Let us join them in their grief in the only way we can. #RIPJaneAusten.

Colin Firth had this to say after learning of her passing.

Click here to celebrate the late author’s incredible work

5 Choose Your Own Adventure Books You Never Knew Existed

What child’s bookshelf isn’t complete without a collection of Choose Your Own Adventure Books? While the rules could always be bent (finger still on the page means you haven’t chosen yet), they remain one of the best ways to get young kids into books.

But as the craze wore on and more and more titles began to flood the shelves, authors began to take some strange turns with the adventures. Here are some of our favourites.

the-brilliant-dr-woganThe Brilliant Dr. Wogan

by R. A. Montgomery

It takes a hell of a lot of imagination to create a choose your own adventure book. With twists and turns you never see coming, characters that come and go, villains that will take your breath away. One wonders who decided to call the most brilliant mind in the world Dr. Wogan. It’s an odd decision.

You need to save Dr. Diana Wogan, presumably from the ghost of Guy Fawkes by the look of the cover. She has created a machine that will neutralise radiation, putting an end to nuclear war and microwaves until the end of time. You need to save Wogan. Save Wogan!

Who is the shadowy figure? Is he a government official? Is he a terrorist? Is he the CEO of a profitable microwavable pizza company? With 20 possible endings, I’m sure all these questions will be revealed. Answered, no. But revealed, yes.

Want to save Dr. Wogan from the Microwave Lobby? Click here

Track Star!

by R. A. Montgomery

Don’t let that optimistic exclamation mark fool you, Track Star! is a searing tale of right and wrong. This book was actually endorsed by the World Anti-Doping Agency when it was published, so it’s fair to say you probably shouldn’t take that flu jab your coach wants you to take on page 114.

With 12 possible endings, I’m going to go out on a limb and say taking steroids may land you in hot water. Just my thoughts.

Track Star! is another example of the power of the Choose Your Own Adventure series in teaching kids the right thing to do. I had a friend who would always choose to keep the suitcase of money he found, flick to page 213, and be immediately arrested by the police. I won’t say what he’s doing now, but rest assured, he chose his own adventure. He chose his own adventure.

I’m not sure if one of the adventures ends with you in tears on Oprah ten years after retiring, but it’s a twist I like.

Want to make a tearful confession on Oprah? Click here

The Island of Time

by R. A. Montgomery

The Island of Time.

It doesn’t really make the heart leap out of the chest does it? Perhaps The Island of Thyme would have been worse I suppose, although much better with fish.

You go on a boat. You hit a storm. You go back in time. To The Island of Time. Monty really phoned this one in didn’t he?

I’m guessing Aztecs, sacrifice, all that. The CYOA series loved the Aztecs. The floating shadowy figure also makes another appearance, looking mysteriously like Jafar from Aladdin.

In Choose Your Own Adventure World, as in life, never trust anyone with a goatee.

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Prisoner of the Ant People

by R. A. Montgomery

From the outset you’ll notice that the graphics department at CYOA didn’t liaise with the publishers all that much. Granted I’m an amateur zoologist, but I’m pretty sure the cover of Prisoner of the Ant People just shows giant ants, along with a shadowy figure.

Where are these Ant People? Do they have their own planet or is there some sort of Planet of the Apes scenario and Earth is actually Ant Planet now? Have we been breeding with the ants to make Ant People? I have my questions about how that works logistically.

Prisoner of the Ant People contains 28 possible endings, which is about as many as the series usually gives you. With 28 endings, I’m confident that one of your adventures could land you as King of the Ant People. I’m extremely okay with that. They’re great workers, and a stable agrarian based economy is essential for both Homo sapiens and Hymenoptera to live in perfect harmony.

Want to become King of the Ant People? Click here

A Girl Walks into a Bar

by Helena S. Paige

I know what you’re thinking. Why all this Choose Your Own Adventure love? Has something happened in the CYOA universe?

Yes, my friends. Behold. We now have Choose Your Own Adventure Erotica!

When your friend cancels on your girls’ night out at the last moment, you suddenly find yourself all dressed up and alone at an exclusive bar. What do you do now?

Will you spend the evening drinking tequila with a rock star? Or perhaps the suave and charming millionaire businessman is more your style? But the angelic young barman with a body made for sin has also caught your eye. . .

Then there’s the bodyguard who has the keys to his boss’s sports car and is offering you a ride. . .

Maybe you want to head home instead – to your sexy new neighbour. Whichever way you decide to go, each twist and turn you make will lead to an unforgettable encounter. Can you choose the ultimate sensual experience? The power is entirely yours…

Choose Your Own Erotic Adventure with A Girl Walks into a Bar

Our End of Summer Sale Is Now On – All Our Bestsellers From Summer at Huge Discounts

So we have a Sale on now that I’m very, very excited about. A Sale where we’ve discounted only the best of the best, our biggest bestsellers from the summer. And this morning we’ve decided to make it even bigger.

This morning we’ve put prices down even further, with some massive books at half price and then some.

Love Matthew Reilly? You can pick up a copy of (in my opinion, easily his best book) The Tournament for just $19.95, that’s 50% off!

Love To Cook? Pick up my favourite cookbook of last year Delicious: Love to Cook for just $19.95, that’s half price as well!

Maybe you want a copy of Ricky Ponting’s memoir? Believe me, it’s very good, the man can write. It’s a lazy 52% off at just $23.95!

Now I know what you’re thinking. You want something really special. Maybe as a gift for someone? Did you know that we have a special edition of John Grisham’s Sycamore Row (the acclaimed follow up to A Time To Kill), an edition so special only 5000 will ever be printed around the world! You can have that for 56% off the RRP!

And there’s loads more amazing books at prices that, quite frankly, we might get in trouble for having so low. But we just get a little carried away sometimes.

Our End of Summer Sale ends on Saturday, so don’t miss your chance to grab the best books of summer at prices you won’t find anywhere else.

Check out all the books in our End of Summer Sale here

Would You Like An Author To Visit Your Book Club?

A peculiar thing has begun to occur at Book Clubs in New York. Yes, you can enjoy the same cheap wine and soft cheese. But a new member is joining.

The author.

As discussed in The New York Times yesterday, a new service called Book The Writer is offering book clubs the opportunity to have the author present at their book club for around $750. You could ask Winner of the Women’s Prize of Fiction A.M. Homes who her most detestable brother is in May We Be Forgiven. Pester Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham about Nicole Kidman’s casting in the adaptation of his novel The Hours. Or even just tell Zoe Heller how amazing Notes on a Scandal was.

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The practice of authors visiting book clubs to offer insight into their work isn’t anything new. For as long as there have been bookstores there have been author visits and readings, and invariably this evolved into book clubs of sorts. The biggest change to reading-writer interaction has come via social media where, instead of waiting in line for hours to have an author smile and sign their copy, readers are now able to interact over twitter and Facebook with their favourites. The thought of Salman Rushdie attending a Google Hangout is both incredibly exciting and incredibly strange at the same time.

The biggest risk the Book The Writer concept presents is endangering the reader’s right to their own interpretation of a novel, a factor that has ensured the survival of book clubs for years. Remember that friend who thought Yossarian had died and was actually stuck in purgatory in Catch-22? Imagine Joseph Heller taking a large chunk of their beetroot dip and telling them they were wrong all along. Sometimes it can be the holes in novels that excite us, that we fill with our imagination that binds a story together for us. Will we be able to enjoy the same freedom with an author filling those ambiguous moments for us?

Of course, having an author at your book club will lead to this, which like everything in Annie Hall, can only be a good thing…

What do you think? Would you be interested in having the author come to your book club? I know a guy…

How Many Ways Can You Say “Fifty Shades of Grey?”

“I gasp, and I’m Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he’s the serpent, and I cannot resist.”
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Anastasia, Fifty Shades of Grey

fifty-shades-of-grey-gorgeous-edition-It is almost impossible to have missed the Fifty Shades of Grey juggernaut, as the erotic novel has skyrocketed from Twilight fanfiction to e-book to the poster-child of “mummy porn.” The novel’s titillating mix of classic girl-meets-damaged-boy romance and soft yet explicit BDSM is absolutely compelling. I have to confess, I read it over a holiday and devoured it in a weekend. I was left wondering what Ana and Christian would do next, whether I could ever reconcile my feminism with my enjoyment of the story and how exactly to explain to my best friend’s mother that I had not only read her copy, but dropped it in the bath. If its 70-million-copy sales are anything to go by, E.L. James has proven that erotic fiction, once shameful, is more popular than we ever thought.

Like anything wildly successful, Fifty Shades has had its fair share of spin-offs, add-ons, parodies and addendums. From how-to guides to religious commentary, Booktopia brings you the Fifty Shades sequels you never knew you needed.

Click here to grab a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey


Fifty Shades of Parody

It is not just the title of Fifty Shades that is ripe for parody – dozens of take-offs and take-downs have been published in response to E.L. James’ hit. Here are our picks:

fifty-shades-of-chickenFifty Shades of Chicken:

My personal favourite parody of Fifty Shades. Not only is it humorous, it’s informative, with over fifty different chicken recipes. Ironically, the video could be the best advertisement for vegetarianism ever made.

(Publisher’s blurb: Dripping Thighs, Sticky Chicken Fingers, Vanilla Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Bacon-Bound Wings, Spatchcock Chicken, Learning-to-Truss-You Chicken, Holy Hell Wings, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, and more, more, more!

Fifty chicken recipes, each more seductive than the last, in a book that makes every dinner a turn-on.)

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Fifty Sheds of Grey:

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Seriously, seriously giggle-worthy.

(Publisher’s blurb: A compilation of shed erotica for the not-so-modern man

“Hurt me!” she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over the workbench. “Very well,” I replied, “You’ve got fat ankles and no dress sense.”

Colin Grey’s life was happy and simple until the day everything changed – the day his wife read THAT book. Suddenly, he was thrust head-first into a dark, illicit world of pleasure and pain.

This is the story of one man’s struggle against a tide of tempestuous, erotic desire and of the greatest love of all: the love between a man and his shed.)

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fifty-shames-of-earl-greyFifty Shames of Earl Grey

Potentially Fifty Shades’ most well-known parody novel, Fifty Shames ticks all the right boxes. It’s witty, cheeky and surprisingly sexy. An excellent gift for a Fifty Shades devotee (provided they can take a joke).

(Publisher’s blurb: Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naive coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)?

Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?)

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Fifty Shades of Decay

Undead sex by a variety of excellent authors. It even debuts the term “sexpocalypse.” What more can you ask for, really.fifty-shades-of-decay

(Publisher’s blurb: What’s sexy about zombies? 51 authors answered that question with wild, weird, and titillating tales.

From love during the apocalypse, to love that goes beyond the grave and back again, to love that well, never dies, you’ll find these pages filled with desires demanding to be fufilled, hungers to be slaked, and lovers who won’t let a little thing like death (or undeath) come between them.

Do zombies need sex as much as they need brains? What would you do to bring a lover back from the dead? What if you survived the apocalypse only to find yourself alone and sexually frustrated?)

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fifty-shades-of-oy-veyFify Shades of Oy Vey

This title has to take the proverbial parody cake. The protagonist is named Anatevka Stein, her love interest Chaim Silver and the tagline is “Sex. Bondage. Bagels.” Not appropriate for the Chanukkah giftbox.

(Publisher’s blurb: When college senior Anatevka Stein meets bagel tycoon Chaim Silver, she encounters a mensch like none she has ever known- brilliant, lecherous and reeking of herring. The combination is impossible to resist. Chaim wants her too, subject to conditions spelled out in a Kinky Ketubah.

What sexual techniques will he teach her in his Blue Room of Broadloom? Why is the first night of Passover with Chaim truly different from all other nights?)

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And many, many more…

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Fifty Shades of… something unrelated

Fifty Shades has spawned a whole series of titles for books completely unrelated to romantic BDSM. Although title conjuring images of bondage and vegetables simultaneously are pretty unnerving, these titles are well worth a look.

three-days-of-the-condor-or-fifty-shades-of-dryFifty Shades of Dry or Three Days of the Condor

Fifty Shades of Dry could possibly be the fastest way to desexualise a title with so many raunchy connotations. Also, a gripping read about a man’s struggle against nature.

(Publisher’s blurb: This is a trilogy about three separate epic climbs. Climbs that are difficult enough by themselves, but were made more grueling by the common thread of life-threatening heat.

The insidious sun sucking energy, water, and even your willpower from a well-conditioned man made the hard climbs a more arduous task. Included in these stories are many other true-to-life adventures and narrow escapes for the author.)

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fifty-shades-of-kaleFifty Shades of Kale

Kale is everywhere at the moment, including apparently between our sheets. With delicious photography and a whole lot of vegetable innuendo, eating your greens has never looked so good.

(Publisher’s blurb: Nothing is sexier than a sharp mind atop a lean, healthy body. Few foods are able to deliver this promise like kale. She is the ideal plant in many ways: beautiful, versatile, nourishing, and downright delicious.

And these days, she’s become a pretty popular dish. Unfortunately, many of kale’s admirers have fallen into the same boring routine: she’s chopped and served raw, gently sautéed, lightly steamed, or juiced. Kale has been subjected to a lack of imagination—until now.)

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50-shades-of-grey-matterFifty Shades of Grey Matter

Nothing says sexy romp more than beloved Australian scientist Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki. While Dr. Karl’s scientific mythbusting has little to do with Christian’s lust for Ana, it is entertaining and educational… in a completely different way to Fifty Shades.

(Publisher’s blurb: Welcome to the wonderful world of Dr Karl: where oddities are embraced, facts reign supreme, curiosity is king and brightly coloured shirts are compulsory!

In 50 Shades of Grey Matter, Australia’s National Living Treasure Dr Karl Kruszelnicki applies his trademark straight-talkin’-no-high-falutin’ scientific sense to a brand new range of Big Questions that you never knew you even wanted to ask, but now desperately need to know the answers to!)

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With a taste of Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades inspired erotic novels for even the most particular tastes, each one hotter than the last. As Ana would say, Holy…

fifty-bales-of-hayFifty Bales of Hay

Rachael Treasure presents an Aussie take on Fifty Shades, replete with farmhands, Akubras and bareback riding. Fifty Bales of Hay doesn’t take itself too seriously, and you are guaranteed plenty of giggles!

(Publisher’s blurb: Come have a roll in the hay with one of Australia’s leading rural fiction authors, Rachael Treasure, in her romping, rollicking first-ever collection of Agricultural Erotica. Fifty Bales of Hay is an honest and imaginative exploration of everyday men and women getting down and dirty on the land.

From the dairy shed to the Royal Agricultural show pavilion, Treasure’s cheeky satirical humour and wicked imagination offers up a dozen fun-filled, and sometimes poignant, tales of dust and lust.)

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It’s very difficult to go wrong in the hands of an author named William Codpiece Thwackery. Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy is the Pride and Prejudice you never read at school.

(Publisher’s blurb: Elizabeth Bennet had been brought up to be a proper lady – with perfect manners, skilled in conversation and well respected in her community. But when Mr Elliot Bingley comes to court Lizzy’s sister, she is given the opportunity to learn a somewhat different skill set upon her introduction to his friend, a Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy.

It only takes one chance meeting with this tall, dark stranger for Lizzy to be lured into Darcy’s secret world of lascivious practices and lusty urges.)

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50-shades-of-gayFifty Shades of Gay

The title says it all, really.

(Publisher’s blurb: Meeting his celebrity crush was one thing, but even Hollywood could not have written what happened next.

Inspired by E.L. James’ international phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey, Jeffery Self’s 50 Shades of Gay tells the story of a young celebrity blogger, Alex Kirby, who interviews Taylor Grayson, a superstar leading man in Hollywood blockbuster films.)

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Don’t try this at home, kids…

For anyone interested in, or even remotely considering, spicing up their love life with a few tips from E.L. James, here are a few helpful guides available.

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More than fifty thoughts on Fifty Shades

fifty-writers-on-fifty-shades-of-greyFifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

Want to know what the Fifty Shades phenomenon says about our society? Interested in hearing what the BDSM community, literary agents, feminists and romance authors have to say? Fifty Writers is the perfect collection of commentary on exactly what it is about Fifty Shades that made it so alluring.

(Publisher’s blurb: Can’t get enough of Fifty Shades of Grey?

Now, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey extends the conversation women (and men!) are having across the country. The perfect panel of insiders—from the editor who first “discovered” Fifty Shades of Grey, to BDSM experts, to erotic fiction authors, romance authors, and a whole lot more—takes you deeper into the trilogy that has captured the imaginations of so many.)

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fifty-shades-of-feminismFifty Shades of Feminism

This book is the perfect response to the sexual politics dilemmas raised by Fifty Shades. A great read for hardcore, bra-burning and novice feminists alike, Fifty Shades of Feminism is an excellent, varied compliation of essays and short pieces on the challenges facing women today.

(Publisher’s blurb: The antidote to the idea that being a woman is all about submitting to desire. There are many more shades than that and here are fifty women to explore them.

Fifty years after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, have women really exchanged purity and maternity to become desiring machines inspired only by variations of sex, shopping and masochism – all coloured a brilliant neuro-pink?)

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Fifty Shades of Black and White/Fifty Shades of Light/Fifty Shades of Grace

These three books offer a Christian perspective on the depiction of relationships and intimacy in Fifty Shades of Grey. What is a biblical understanding of sex, and where does Fifty Shades fit (or not fit) in?

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fifty-shades-of-abuseFifty Shades of Abuse

This book is quite a serious addendum to the Fifty Shades trilogy. It deals with criticism of Christian’s behaviour as abusive through stories of survivors of abuse.

(Publisher’s blurb: The very first book from #OneVoice. A collection of fifty true victims and survivors stories from around the world with one common theme – domestic violence/abuse.

Each one written from the heart and unedited so raw and full of the pain and feelings they convey. ALL revenue from the sale of this book will be donated to charities around the world.)

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How authentic is the Fifty Shades lifestyle? Find out in this candid, no-holds barred autobiography of a real-life mistress.

(Publisher’s blurb: One girl’s journey from a poor, but conventional, family background, to life as Britain’s foremost dominatrix.

Here is the intelligent, funny story of how one Mistress made her way to the top-a warm and moving true story of triumph over family intrigue and tragedy.)

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And finally… Very literally, Fifty Shades of Grey

fifty-shades-of-greyscaleFifty Shades of Greyscale

This could be the ultimate gift for any Fifty Shades fan. A lavish visual interpretation of the trilogy.

(Publisher’s blurb: In the short time since Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele entered the public gaze, the world has become entranced with all things grey, from the pale and innocent to the downright dark and dirty.

This gift book takes readers on an unforgettable journey through all 50 actual shades of the monochrome world, from Cling Film Grey to Padlock Grey, Rope to Cooling Candlewax to Running Mascara. Don’t be the last to discover that grey really is the new black.)

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2013 In Review: Top Ten Cheesiest Romance Covers

Booktopia’s romance specialist Haylee Nash saunters through the visual menagerie that was this year’s romance novel covers, and chooses some of her favourite – worst – covers.

This gorgeous midnight blue silhouette reminds me of a Nineties ad for Impulse…or AntzPantz (sick ‘em, Rex!) Continue reading

Jackie Collins, Christos Tsiolkas, and the best-selling foreign books in China

Last week Booktopia’s John Purcell sat down, on separate days, with Jackie Collins and Christos Tsiolkas (two very different authors) to chat about their life, work, and new books Confessions of a Wild Child and Barracuda. It was a wonderful fly-on-the-wall experience to see these two writers at very different periods of their careers.

One resounding impression was that, while the world is getting smaller and smaller, the effect a book reaching a worldwide audience has on a writer is still excitingly tangible. These days Jackie Collins could sneeze onto a notepad and it would become a worldwide bestseller (thank goodness she hasn’t, her latest book is a thoroughly entertaining read), whereas Tsiolkas wrote acclaimed novels like Loaded and Dead Europe before finding recent global success with The Slap (copies of which he has been kind enough to sign, so don’t miss out if you haven’t read it yet).

John asked both of them about their popularity in unlikely territories, to which they both had the same answer.

Both Jackie Collins and Christos Tsiolkas, authors that at times have fallen foul of certain conservative sections of society, are both published and have found unlikely success in China.

Which got us thinking. What are the most popular foreign books in China? And low and behold, we’ve dug up the 2012 best-selling foreign books in China.

There’s some predictable titles, and some surprises…

Best-Selling Foreign Books in China

Fiction

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez

2. Before I Go to Sleep, by S. J. Watson

3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

5. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami

6. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

7. Byakuyako (“Into the White Night”), by Keigo Higashino

8. The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

9. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez

10. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

Non-Fiction

1. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

2. The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

3. The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino

4. Rip It Up: The Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life, by Richard Wiseman

5. Youth, It’s Painful, by Rando Kim

6. On China, by Henry Kissinger

7. Dale Carnegie’s Lifetime Plan for Success, by Dale Carnegie

8. Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, by Nick Vujicic

9. A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century, by L. S. Stavrianos

10. A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

Children

1. Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window, by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

2. Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

3. Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling

5. The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

6. Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl

7. Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney

8. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling

10. Tiger Team: Witch Swamp & Ghost Castle, by Thomas Brezina

Click here to see Booktopia’s 100 Bestselling titles this week
all discounted by at least 30%

Operation Get Men Reading: Enlist Today

I have been selling books for 20 years and something I get asked more often than anything else is – can you suggest a book which will get my son reading? You can exchange son with husband, boyfriend, brother, father, uncle…

The question usually comes from a big reader, male or female, who just wants someone they love to enjoy the wonders of reading too.

I’m sure there are many women who want the same for non-reading mothers, sisters, daughters but I believe they feel more confident in choosing a book for another woman. But are stumped by the thought of choosing for a male.

So, we’ve collected together a wonderful range of books just to help make choosing a book for a man or boy easier and hopefully by doing so we will be able to welcome hundreds of more readers to the great and entertaining world of reading.

Guys, you may also have noticed that our collection also doubles as simply the best place to find your next great read. Clever, huh?

Click here to enlist in Operation GMR,
Get Men Reading

All this month we’ll also be featuring ‘Books To Make A Man’. We’ve asked some of our favourite authors to name five books every man should read.

Tomorrow’s Guest: Kylie Ladd, author of Into My Arms and Last Summer.

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