Order Testament of Youth and receive a double pass to see it in Cinemas!


In celebration of the release of Testament of Youth, which has been described by the Evening Standard as “Stunningly good…desperately moving”,  we are giving you a free double pass to see the film when you order a copy of the book.

Synopsis: Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Order Testament of Youth and receive a free double pass to see this breathtaking film on the big screen.

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by Vera Brittain

A film tie-in edition of Vera Brittain’s classic autobiography, published to coincide with the major motion picture adaptation starring Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Kit Harington.

In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life – and the life of her whole generation – had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era. Testament of Youth, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain’s account of how she survived the period; how she lost the more…

Grab a copy of Testament of Youth here

Vera Brittain (1893-1970) grew up in the north of England. At the end of the war she moved to Oxford where she met Winifred Holtby, author of South Riding. poet-brittain.

Have you won a Shaun the Sheep prize pack?


It seems everyone is obsessed with Shaun the Sheep. Young and old have fallen in love with this super cute, woollen funster. And to celebrate the release of the movie we gave customers the chance to win a Shaun the Sheep prize pack, which also includes a double pass to see the movie.

All you had to do to win this awesome pack was order from the Shaun the Sheep series by March 26th.

…and the winner is:

A.Palmerlee, Randwick, NSW

Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have more prizes to giveaway! You could win an awesome Mother’s Day gift. Check them out here.


WIN a Shaun the Sheep Prize Pack!

We’re kind of obsessed with Shaun the Sheep, that super cute, woollen funster.

And wouldn’t you know it, we gave our Facebook Fans the chance to win a double pass to see Shaun the Sheep at the movies. Congratulations to Heather Gray, Mary Jane Hurst, Kez McKenzie, Kellie Thorne, Jenny Newstead! Email us at promos@booktopia.com.au to claim your prize.

For those that missed out, not to worry. You can still win a double pass AND a Shaun the Sheep Prize Pack! Simply order anything from our Shaun the Sheep series by March 31st and go in the draw to win.

Click here to see our Shaun the Sheep series

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The Book of the Film

When Shaun decides to take a day off to have some fun, he gets more adventure than he baa-gained for!

Shaun’s mischief accidentally leads to the Farmer’s absence from the farm, so it’s up to Shaun and the Flock to travel to the Big City to find him.

Click here to see our Shaun the Sheep series


Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine to Star in The Girl With All the Gifts adaptation

One of our favourite novels of last year, M.R. Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts, is being given the Hollywood treatment. And the cast couldn’t be much better.

Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be joined by Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in the adaptation, the name to be altered slightly to She Who Brings Gifts.

Colm McCarthy, the director of the BBC series of Sherlock, will make his feature directing debut with shooting to start in May.

If you haven’t read the book yet, you must. It’s a genre bender, full of twists and turns, beautiful and terrifying all at once.

Grab a copy of The Girl with all the Gifts here

the-girl-with-all-the-giftsThe Girl With All the Gifts

by M.R. Carey

An incredible, heart-breaking story about hope and humanity and a young girl who tries to save the world.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’.

She loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her.

She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh…

Grab a copy of The Girl with all the Gifts here

Kidnapping Mr Heineken – The Exhilarating Story of Ransom Gone Wrong

In 1983 Freddy Heineken, CEO of the brewing company Heineken International and one of the richest people in the Netherlands, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of friends, demanding 16 million Euros for his release. The rest is history.

In 1987, journalist Peter R. de Vries release the acclaimed book De ontvoering van Alfred Heineken which was an instant bestseller.

The book was never translated into English until now, to tie-in with the release of the film adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins and Sam Worthington.

With unique access to the kidnappers, Peter R De Vries’ story is not to be missed.

kidnapping-mr-heinekenKidnapping Mr Heineken

by Peter R. de Vries

It was the perfect crime…until they got away with it. Now available for the first time in English, the prize-winning bestseller that inspired the film starring Anthony Hopkins and Sam Worthington.

The year was 1983. While Reagan is President, Michael Jackson is doing The Moon Walk and The Police’s Every Breath You Take is topping the charts a group of childhood friends decide they want money. Real money. The best way to do it is simple, they agree, all they have to do is commit the perfect crime. So they draw up a list. So begins an astonishing story of an audacious kidnapping carried out in broad daylight by a group of twentysomething lads with no priors…

Told from the compelling perspective of Cor van Hout, the brains behind the crime, Kidnapping Mr Heineken reconstructs the meticulous planning behind the kidnap, the delivery of the ransom – and reveals what finally led everything to unravel…

Order a copy of Kidnapping Mr Heineken here

Order a copy of Kidnapping Mr Heineken here

Fifty Shades of Grey smashes Box Office records

The cinematic experience that is Fifty Shades of Grey: The Motion Picture continues to smash box office records worldwide.

Mr. Grey will see box office records now

Mr. Grey will see box office records now

Fifty Shades of Grey made more than $80 million over the weekend in the US and $248.7 globally, making it the biggest Presidents Day weekend opener ever and the third-biggest R-rated premiere in box office history

Fifty Shades’ opening weekend audience in the US was estimated to be 68% female, with the picture playing well on premium large format screens, which drew $7.4 million, as well as on Imax, which contributed $2.1 million.

The $248.7m global take was better than the $241.6m total achieved by Avatar, which went on to be the highest-grossing film of all time. In recent years, only big-budget fantasy movies such as The Avengers ($392.5m), Iron Man 3 ($372.5m), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One ($273.9m), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($262.9m), Transformers: Age of Extinction ($302.1m) and The Dark Knight Rises ($248.9m) have performed better.

Some lucky Booktopians have won double passes to see Fifty Shades of Grey at the movies, by being fans of our Facebook Page. Congratulations to Michelle Groves, Faylene Fazza Huckett, Palma Calanna, Kerryn Johnson, Nicole Robeson, Tanya Ross, Simone Phillips, Cherry Shephard, Fiona Drewitt and Laura Milczarek.

Winners, please email your details to promos@booktopia.com.au and we’ll get your prizes out to you asap!

Grab a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey here

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by E.L. James

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view…

Grab a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey here

Grab a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey here

A Bookish Night at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards

AACTALast night’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (the AACTA awards for those short of breath) had a particularly bookish feel.

The Babadook, the acclaimed thriller about a mother and son haunted by a mysterious storybook, shared Best Film honours with Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner, which was recently adapted into a novel by screenwriter Andrew Anastasios.

Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress for her role in Predestination, an adaptation of a Robert A. Heinlein short story, while The Railway Man, based on Eric Lomax’s acclaimed memoir, won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Which just goes to show, behind every great movie is usually an even better book.

For trivia lovers, Booktopia’s Book Guru John Purcell has a special connection with The Babadook. His younger brother Tim actually played the Babadook in the film, the terrifying six-foot-seven monster. John is only six-foot-six. He’s quite sensitive about it.

Check out our full range of Film & TV tie-ins


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