See Bryan Cranston Bring the Legendary Writer to Life in Trumbo!

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“…a fitting tribute to one man’s extraordinary resilience.” (The Guardian) and “A Screen Triumph!…” (Deadline), Trumbo is truly a film not to be missed!  And since we don’t want Booktopians to miss out, we decided to add a 2-For-1 pass with every purchase of Trumbo: Film Tie-in Edition.

*Please note: this offer is not available to NZ customers. Offer available while stocks last and limit one 2-For-1 pass per order. Present the pass at a screening of Trumbo at any participating cinema and receive two tickets for the price of one full-priced adult ticket.


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A Biography of the Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Who Broke the Hollywood Blacklist

by Bruce Cook 

The Oscar-winning screenwriter who broke the Hollywood blacklist. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston.

Dalton Trumbo was the central figure of the infamous ‘Hollywood Ten,’ the screenwriters who, during the McCarthy era, were charged by the House Committee on Un-American Activities for their associations with the Communist Party. Due to their refusal to cooperate during the investigation, Trumbo and his fellow screenwriters were declared in contempt of Congress and were ultimately blacklisted from Hollywood and some were even jailed.

Although Trumbo was one of several hundred writers, directors, producers, and actors who were deprived of the opportunity to work in the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960, he won an Oscar under the pseudonym Robert Rich for The Brave One in 1956, and he was the first to see his name on the big screen again in 1960 with Exodus, one of the year’s biggest movies.

All his life Trumbo was a radical of the homegrown, independent variety. From his early days in more…

 

The book every Australian should read in 2016

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

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 hardship of being an indigenous man. ‘We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier’, he wrote, ‘We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation’s prosperity.’

Stan Grant is an Indigenous man who’s become one of our leading journalists. He spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia.

His upcoming book Talking To My Country is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country.

Grab your copy of Talking To My Country here!


Articles by Stan Grant

The Guardian Online, 30 July 2015:
I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it.

The Guardian Online, 21 September 2015:
Adam Goodes showed us the festering sores of Australia’s history can rip open at any moment

Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes

Article about Stan Grant

The Sydney Morning Herald Online, 18 July 2015:
Two of Us: Tracey Holmes and Stan Grant (Interview by Stephen Lacey)

Stan and Tracey

Stan and his wife, Tracey Holmes


Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

stanTalking To My Country is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country – what it is, and what it could be.

It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity. Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all.

He might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the question: how can we be better?

Grab your copy of Talking To My Country here!

 

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 teacher to his alcoholic father …

Grab your copy of Flesh Wounds here.


Flesh Wounds

Richard Glover

Richard Glover

A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family.

Richard Glover’s favourite dinner party game is called ‘Who’s Got the Weirdest Parents?’. It’s a game he always thinks he’ll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard’s English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could … Read more.

Grab your copy of Flesh Wounds here.

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

Ted hughes biographyThe 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, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughe’s life has been depicted as follows: after six years of marriage and two children, Hughes left Plath for Assia Wevill, a woman who he described in his poem ‘Dreamers’ (Birthday Letters) as “Slightly filthy with erotic mystery – A German Russian Israeli with the gaze of a demon.”

On the fateful day Plath took her own life, she called Hughes incessantly, however was unable to reach him. The birthday-lettersquestion then arises: did she call anyone else? Another man she was intimate with? New discoveries suggest that perhaps she did. In his article, Bate outlines compelling insights as to why this could be the case, the below being one:

“The story I have heard is this … Sinclair is convinced of the story’s truth because the source, who is no longer alive, was a woman of unimpeachable integrity, a much-loved editor named Frances Lindley at the publisher Harper & Row in New York. At a book party in the city, she spoke to someone who said that they had seen Plath’s last letter. It allegedly revealed that she did telephone another man that last weekend, in a desperate bid to renew their brief liaison. He told her that he was now in a relationship with another woman. Yet one more male rejection: this could have been the thing that tipped her over the edge.” (The Guardian)

Sylvia and Ted 2So perhaps it wasn’t Hughes who drove her to her untimely demise, but a new lover. However as evidence is inconclusive at present, we’ll have to wait a little longer for the truth.

Read the full article here.

COMING SOON: Keating by Kerry O’Brien

Paul Keating and Kerry O'Brien

Paul Keating and 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 government that changed the face of Australia.

Pre-order your copy of Keating here.


Keating

Kerry O’Brien

Keating

Paul Keating is widely credited as the chief architect of the most significant period of political and economic reform in Australia’s history. Twenty years on, there is still no story from the horse’s mouth of how it all came about. No autobiography. No memoir. Yet he is the supreme story-teller of politics.

This book of revelations fills the gap. Kerry O’Brien, the consummate interviewer who knew all the players and lived the history, has spent many long hours with Keating, teasing out the stories, testing the memories and the assertions.

Keating, who as prime minister personally negotiated the sale of a quarter of the government-owned Qantas … Read more

Pre-order your copy of Keating here


About the Author

Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership in journalism.

In a 50-year career, Kerry has worked for newspapers, television and wire service, and as a foreign correspondent. Thirty-three of those years have been at the … Read more.

Pre-order your copy of Keating here.

Paul Keating being interviewed by Kerry O'Brien on the documentary Keating: The Interviews.

Paul Keating being interviewed by Kerry O’Brien on the documentary Keating: The Interviews.

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

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Three premiership wins, three-time club best and fairest winner, two-time All Australian and winner of the Coleman Medal: Jonathan Brown knows footy, and he knows success.

Browny’s head-first on-field leadership style, coupled with an outstanding highlights reel, earned him the respect of the entire football community. This tell-all account will take you behind the scenes of his extraordinary career. From growing up in country Victoria, to becoming the pride of Brisbane, to his devastating decision to retire mid-season, this former captain has seen it all – and he has stories to tell.

A formidable player and a man’s man, Browny is the people’s champion.

Browny’s head-first on-field leadership style earned him the respect of the entire football community, and his revealing autobiography will take you behind the scenes of his extraordinary career. 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 – and he has stories to tell.


About the Author

Jonathan Brown is a three-time premiership player and Brisbane Lions champion who captained the club from 2007 to 2013. Known for his courage, strength and imposing style of play, Jonathan Brown is regarded as one of the best power forwards of the last decade. Brown grew up in Warrnambool, and was a Vic Country representative at Under-16 and Under-18 levels. He made his debut for the Lions in 2000, having been drafted under the father-son rule. In 2001, his first full season, he became a premiership player before he turned twenty, and two more flags followed in 2002 and 2003. Throughout Brown’s 256-game career he received many awards and accolades, including the Coleman Medal in 2007, two All-Australian selections, AFLPA Best Captain, three Merrett-Murray Medals and three Robert Rose Awards for Most Courageous Player. His career was dogged by serious injuries, often a by-product of his fearlessness. He retired midway through the 2014 season after yet another concussion.

Grab a copy of Life and Football here

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

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by Michael Lynagh

A rugby great confronts his greatest challenge.

It’s the unthinkable – to be blindsided by a life-threatening illness in the prime of life, with no prior warning. We all hope it doesn’t happen, but for some of us, inevitably, life plays out that way.

On an April day like any other in 2012 Michael Lynagh – retired rugby great – set for a successful career in commercial property and rugby analysis was suddenly forced to re evaluate everything. While with friends in Brisbane having a relaxed beer or two, a seemingly fit and healthy Lynagh suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He was just forty-eight years old and a father of three young boys. Everything about his life and how he viewed it was about to change. For three days, as his brain swelled to the point of catastrophe, his life hung in the balance. What followed is an inspiring story of recovery, rehabilitation and remembering. Blindsided 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.

Michael Lynagh won 72 Test caps and retired from international rugby in 1995 with a world record 911 points scored – a number that remains an Australian record.

 

Grab a copy of Blindsided here

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