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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

Richard Glover talks to Booktopia TV about his memoir, Flesh Wounds

Richard Glover talks to us about his new book, Flesh Wounds – part family memoir, part rollicking venture into 1970s Australia. In this poignant read, Glover delves into his past, understanding that he must come to terms with it if he is ever to lay it to rest. That includes accepting his parents’ past indiscretions, from his mother running off with his Tolkien-obsessed English teac... Read more

by | October 9, 2015

Did Sylvia Plath’s suicide note reveal a new lover?

The widespread belief that American poet Sylvia Plath killed herself after Ted Hughes left her for another woman could be…well, false. Jonathan Bate, author of Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, reveals in The Guardian that Plath’s suicide letter may have mentioned another man, one she was intimate with in the last months of her life. In countless biographies and Hollywood film adaptations, Syl... Read more

by | October 7, 2015

COMING SOON: Keating by Kerry O’Brien

The long awaited biography of former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, by influential political interviewer Kerry O’Brien will be available this month. Keating is a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, reflections and occasional admissions from one of the most loved and hated political leaders Australia has ever seen – a man who was the driving force through thirteen years of Labor go... Read more

by | October 5, 2015

Jonathan Brown on Aker, Fev, life and football

From growing up in country Victoria, to becoming the pride of Brisbane, to his devastating decision to retire mid-season, Jonathan Brown has seen it all. He chats to Andrew Cattanach. Grab a copy of Life and Football here Life and Football by Jonathan Brown Three premiership wins, three-time club best and fairest winner, two-time All Australian and winner of the Coleman Medal: Jonathan Brown kn... Read more

by | September 13, 2015

Michael Lynagh discusses his inspirational memoir Blindsided

On an April day in 2012 Michael Lynagh – 48 year-old retired rugby union great and father of three – was suddenly forced to re evaluate everything after suffering a massive stroke. What followed is an inspiring story of recovery, rehabilitation and remembering. He chats to Andrew Cattanach. Grab a copy of Blindsided here Blindsided by Michael Lynagh A rugby great confronts his great... Read more

by | September 10, 2015

Have you won tickets to the Bledisloe Cup?

Blindsided. by rugby great Michael Lynagh, is a life-affirming memoir about luck, family, mates and rugby; and a timely reminder of how you play the game of life, as much as rugby, matters…even if you happen to be a Wallaby legend… To celebrate its release, we offered Booktopian’s something really exciting, the chance to attend the Bledisloe Cup! The winner to receive two Adul... Read more

by | August 5, 2015

Who is ‘Gudinski’ and why should I buy a book about him?

Who the hell called this Gudinski chap ‘The Godfather of Australian Rock’ and why should you buy a book about him? – Michael Gudinski founded Mushroom Records in 1972, a label that would go on to sign and nurture Australian artists Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Yothu Yindi, Kate Ceberano, Split Enz, The Saints, Skyhooks and hundreds more. – The Frontier Tourin... Read more

by | July 20, 2015