Book Trailer of the Week – Half Bad by Sally Green!

This week’s Book Trailer of the Week goes to Half Bad by Sally Green.

Intense, mysterious, gripping, our own Sarah McDuling reviewed Half Bad recently and absolutely loved it, saying that, despite her “ridiculously high expectations, Half Bad did not disappoint.”

Could Half Bad be the next Harry Potter? The next Hunger Games?

Order your copy today and find out.

Grab a copy a Sally Green’s Half Bad here

Grab a copy a Sally Green’s Half Bad here

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Win a double pass to see The Monuments Men starring Matt Damon and George Clooney

Attention Booktopians! For a limited time win a double pass to see The Monuments Men (in cinemas March 13) when you buy a copy of the book.

Be quick before stock runs out!

Grab a copy of The Monuments Men here

The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

What if I told you that there was an epic story about World War II that has not been told, involving the most unlikely group of heroes?

What if I told you there was a group of men on the front lines who didn’t carry machine guns or drive tanks; a new kind of soldier, one charged with saving, not destroying.

From caves to castles in a thrilling race against time, these men risked their lives daily to save hundreds of thousands of the world’s greatest works of art. THEY were the Monuments Men, and THIS is their extraordinary true story.

Grab a copy of The Monuments Men here

Booktopia’s Bookish News Wrap – Volume One

We love reading about books, nearly as much as reading them. That’s why a few of times a week we’ll be highlighting some of the most interesting articles from around the globe for all your bookish requirements.

In the New York Times Michiko Kakutani has called HRC, the highly-anticipated biography of Hillary Clinton, a ‘snappy account of Mrs. Clinton’s journey from Obama outsider to trusted adviser and comrade in arms’.

The Guardian has published an extract from Gary Shteyngart’s long-awaited memoir Little Failure detailing how writing transformed him from a ‘Red Gerbil’ outcast to a fully fledged American. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Little Failure, you must, it’s genius.

In The Age Liam Davison looks at The Poet’s Wife, Mandy Sayer’s incredible ‘Memoir of a Marriage’ about her 10 years of marriage to Pulitzer prize-winning American poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Davison praised Sayer’s ‘brutal honesty about her own emotional life and her transition from street performer living her father’s dream with no academic credentials, to successful author in control of her own life.’

On Friday we looked at a few of the authors you can find on twitter, and some accounts that mightn’t be the authors at all. Hard to believe, but the @TheTweetOfGod account may be a parody after all.

And for some fun, everyone’s favourite procrastination tool BuzzFeed has a quiz to help you discover which Jane Austen heroine you are. Turns out I’m Elinor Dashwood. My mother would be so proud.

Today’s Trailer of the Day comes from Hachette Books with an eery glimpse at their big June release The Three by Sarah Lotz.

Damn it looks good.

ElBulli 2005-2011 – Every recipe from the last seven years of the world’s most creative restaurant

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elBulli 2005-2011 is the catalogue raisonné of elBulli, which was widely regarded as the world’s best restaurant until its closure in 2011. Having held three Michelin stars from 1997 to 2011, and regularly voted ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ by a panel of 500 industry professionals, elBulli was at the forefront of the restaurant scene from when Ferran Adrià became sole head chef in 1987.
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Is This The Best Book Trailer Ever Made?

Gary Shteyngart has made a habit of putting together some lovely trailers for his books, but he has saved his funniest for his long awaited memoir Little Failure.

Featuring James Franco, Rashida Jones, Jonathan Franzen and David Ebershoff, if Little Failure is as good its trailer (and we hear it is), we’re marking it down as one of the must-read books of 2014.

Little Failure: A Memoir

by Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart’s loving but mismatched parents dreamed that he would become a lawyer, or at least an accountant, something their distracted son was simply not cut out to do. Fusing English and Russian, his mother created the term Failurchka-’Little Failure’-which she applied to her son. With love. Mostly.

A candid and deeply poignant story of a Soviet family’s trials and tribulations, and of their escape in 1979 to the consumerist promised land of the USA, Little Failure is also an exceptionally funny account of the author’s transformation from asthmatic toddler in Leningrad to 40-something Manhattanite with a receding hairline and a memoir to write.

Grab a copy of Little Failure here

Trailer For Game of Thrones Season 4 Released

April is coming.

Slowly, but it’s coming.

The first trailer for the new season of Game of Thrones has been released ahead of its April premiere. As readers of the books will know, we’re creeping closer to all out war as more clans, all believing they have a claim to the iron throne, stalk closer and closer towards Kings Landing.

But enough speculation, here’s the trailer…

Exciting, no? New to Game of Thrones?

After having a good look at yourself, you can either read or watch the action. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Romance at Booktopia’s Nine Naughty Questions: Travel Edition with… Simone Elkeles

While travelling through the U.S.A, Booktopia’s Romance Specialist Haylee Nash has been catching up with some of America’s best romance authors. In Chicago, Haylee got the chance to meet with the bestselling, and hilarious, author of Young Adult and New Adult romantic fiction, Simone Elkeles.

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The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy: Read It, Then Watch It

GREED is greatly overrated… BUT FEAR ISN’T

In early 2012 it was announced that Cormac McCarthy had written his first original screenplay – news which provoked huge excitement, a swift deal and the appointment of Ridley Scott to direct.

But this is no ordinary screenplay. This is a work of extraordinary imagination which draws on many of the themes of McCarthy’s work as well as taking it to new dark places. It is also written with great descriptive passages counteracting the dialogue, so the reader is given the full experience of the McCarthy prose.

It is the story of a lawyer, the Counselor, a man who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancee Laura, that he becomes involved in a drug-smuggling venture that quickly takes him way out of his depth. His contacts in this are the mysterious and probably corrupt Reiner and the seductive Malkina, so exotic her pets of choice are two cheetahs. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent and more sexually disturbing than the Counselor has ever imagined.

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy is the author of eleven acclaimed novels. Among his honours are the National Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Click here to buy The Counselor from Booktopia
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Click here to buy The Counselor from Booktopia
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‘The Returned’ by Jason Mott – a sneak peek

Romance Specialist Haylee Nash steps a little outside her genre to give us a sneak peak at the Next Big Thing, The Returned by Jason Mott.

Eighteen months ago I received an urgent email from a chief editor from the New York office asking me and my publishing colleagues to quickly read a manuscript that they were considering bidding on. By quickly, they meant overnight. They had to make their bid by morning. Despite having dinner plans, I read what I could. I was amazed. And excited – very excited. This debut novelist had managed to grab me from the first, not just with his unique concept and plot, but with the sheer beauty of his writing. I emailed back with ‘Make the bid, we’ll publish it’.

Fast forward and I’m now on the other side of the side of the fence, selling books rather than publishing them, and I’m even more excited about the book I read then. That book was The Returned by Jason Mott, and since it was bought at auction, the TV rights have been bought and The Returned will be gracing our TV screens in 2014 as ‘Resurrection’, starring Omar Epps and Kurtwood Smith.

Rather than write a review, I’m going to let Jason Mott himself tell you about it. Other than that, all I’ll say is read it. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

Excitement About Tim Winton’s New Novel Eyrie Continues To Grow

Last week we were lucky enough to get a couple of copies of Tim Winton’s new novel Eyrie. After an all-in-brawl John and Andrew came out on top and are already buzzing around the office talking about it.

From the very first word you know you’re reading a Winton, like a child never forgetting their mother’s voice.

Get in early and pre-order your copy, Eyrie is something you don’t want to miss out on.

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