Who is Peaches and why should I buy her memoir?

Who the hell would call themselves Peaches and why should you buy her memoir?

Let us tell you:
what-else-is-in-the-teaches-of-peaches

– Peaches is one of the most acclaimed and admired artists of her generation, the inspiration for musicians everywhere from Lady Gaga to Pussy Riot. Trust us, you’ll never see Lady Gaga the same way after reading What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches.

– Her memoir What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches features never before seen backstage pictures from photographer Holger Talinski across her entire career.

– Michael Stipe, Yoko Ono and Ellen Page are just a few of the artists who have contributed text to the book.

– She is such an immense stage presence that this is what fans look like when they watch her perform.

9781617753572-4

– Iggy Pop said recording ‘Kick It’ with her was a career highlight, which is pretty insane when you think of his career.

Grab your copy of What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches here

what-else-is-in-the-teaches-of-peachesWhat Else is in the Teaches of Peaches

by Peaches

This volume presents a mesmerizing collection of Holger Talinski’s evocative and sometimes erotic photos of transgressive musical icon Peaches, on and off stage, with accompanying text by Peaches, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Yoko Ono, and actress Ellen Page.

“[Peaches] has teamed up with her longtime tour photographer Holger Talinski to look back at a brazen career that has captured the attention of outsider artists and massive pop stars alike, ranging from Michael Stipe to PJ Harvey to Iggy Pop…Along with Holger’s uncompromising, often raw imagery, the book includes stories from artists who have championed Peaches’s work over the years.”
New York Times T Magazine

“One flip through the glossy new monograph What Else Is In the Teaches of Peaches is all it takes to get absorbed into the post-punk wonderland of pop culture icon Peaches.”
W Magazine

“The book is full of grit, sweat and dripping sexuality….From stressed out hotel shots to carnival stage shows, a performance of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece to a one-woman electro-rock opera Peaches Does Herself, the book is an extensive look into the life of a transgressive master….Like all good performance art, it’s not an empty dance. In each frame, Peaches carries a fire in her eyes.”
San Antonio Current

“The outrageous and provocative new book…presents [Peaches] as more than the onstage provocateur most know her to be; instead we see her at home with family, rehearsing, sprawled out backstage, exhausted from giving her fans the musical lunacy they crave.”
Frontiers Magazine

Grab your copy of What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches here

 

Who is Jonathan Brown and why should I buy his memoir?

Who the hell is this Jonathan Brown character and why should you buy his memoir?

Let us tell you:

jonathan-brown-life-and-football– Jonathan Brown is a former AFL player for the Brisbane Lions, winning three premierships by the age of 22.

– He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the modern era.

– He is one of the most loved players of his generation, stepping straight into the media after retiring in 2014.

– Leigh Matthews, arguably the greatest player of all time, described Brown as the most courageous player he has ever seen.

– He did this once…

– And this…

– And footy folks have this to say about him…

Grab your copy of Jonathan Brown: Life and Football here

jonathan-brown-life-and-footballJonathan Brown

Life and Football

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.

Grab your copy of Jonathan Brown: Life and Football here

Major Prize Announcements!

9781782394860_Wild_Large_Promo_Banner

Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed had such a significant literary impact that it made its way onto the big screen. Jean-Marc Vallée, famous for Dallas Buyers Club, directed the movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, who both went on to be nominated for an Academy Award. To promote the release of this powerfully moving film on DVD we gave 20 Booktopian’s the chance to win a copy. All you had to do to enter was order the film tie-in edition by June 30th.

…and the winners are:

K.Rankin, Seville, VIC,  B.O’Leary, Lake Illawarra, NSW, M.Edgar, Wollongong, NSW, B.Boehner, Marsden Park, NSW, L.Furney, Coniston, NSW, Z.Morrell, Petersham, NSW, E.Lockwood, Sellicks Beach, SA, J.Deane, Asquith, NSW, S.Kania, Newtown, VIC, T.Cemo,    Thornlands, QLD, C.Zhang, Melbourne, VIC, J.Dizdarevic, Ascot Vale, VIC, S.Laird, Tenambit, NSW
R.Torrisi, Stanthorpe, QLDU, D. Bates, Cordeaux Heights, NSW, K.Flanagan, Blackmans Bay, TAS, C.Okeefe, Corio, VIC, J.Craghill, Craigieburn, VIC, L.Guan, Sydney, NSW, R.Snape, Bunbury, WA

wildWild

A Journey from Lost to Found

by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state – and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise – a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.

Grab a copy of Wild here


Peppa_Pig_Competition_Promo_Large

Peppa-Pig-Prize-Pack-15052015

Because our little pink piggy friend is still number 1# rated kids show on ABC 2 I-View we thought we might give fans out there the chance to win a pack dedicated to the awesome Pig herself. All you had to do to enter was order any title from our Penguin Peppa Pig series by June 30th.

…and the winner is:

J.Annetts, Wahroonga, NSW

Check out the entire Penguin Peppa Pig series here


9781460750568_Paper_Towns_Large_Promo_Banner_17062015

After the runaway success of the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars another of his novels, Paper Towns, is about the hit the big screen. To celebrate this, we gave 2 Booktopian’s the chance to attend the Australian Premiere! All you had to do to enter was order our Paper Towns: Film Tie-in Edition by June 28th.

Are you feeling lucky, punk? Drumroll please…

I.Abbott, Woodford, NSW
M.Abrahams, Oakville, NSW

paper-towns-order-now-for-your-chance-to-win-Paper Towns

Film Tie-in Edition

John Green

The stunning film tie-in edition of Paper Towns, from the award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars.

Quentin Jacobsen – Q to his friends – is eighteen and has always loved the edgy Margo Roth Spiegelman. As children, they’d discovered a dead body together. Now at high school, Q’s nerdy while Margo is uber-cool. One night, Q is basking in the predictable boringness of his life when Margo, dressed as a ninja, persuades him to partake in several hours of mayhem. then she vanishes.

While her family more…


Congratulations to the winners!
Missed out on the prize? Hey, turn that frown upside up, we’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited editions, signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page!

promotions

Rochelle Siemienowicz, author of Fallen, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Rochelle Siemienowicz

author of Fallen

Ten Terrifying Questions
____________

1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Geelong, Victoria, but my family moved so quickly and so often that I have no memory of it. My parents were Seventh-day Adventist missionaries and we lived in various parts of New Guinea and Fiji until I was 14 and then we moved to Perth where I finished High School. I moved to Melbourne to start University in the early 1990s and have been here ever since.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

Twelve: A schoolteacher because although I really wanted to be a writer I didn’t think it was possible.
Eighteen: A journalist because it seemed the likeliest way of making a living as a writer. Or an academic, because I was good at writing essays and this seemed a continuation of that.
Thirty: A film journalist and sometime novelist as this combined all my passions – cinema, literature and connecting with communities of likeminded creative people.

Author: Rochelle Siemienowicz

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

I was raised in a strict religious household and believed that the end of the world was imminent – that Jesus Christ was going to return in the clouds and rescue his chosen people while the rest of the earth burned. These days I’m an atheist, though I still harbour apocalyptic fears – now related to environmental destruction.

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

1. The huge changes in Australian Higher Education during the late 1990s and early 2000s meant that an academic career seemed too hard and too precarious to pursue. I was surrounded by bitter academics and underpaid sessional staff, so I finished my PhD on Australian cinema and fled academe, never to return.

2. Becoming involved in The Big Issue magazine’s family of writers and editors from 1997 until the present has been life changing. The Big Ish was the first publication to pay me for my words and so many of my closest friends and associates are people I met there.

3. Reading Andrew McGahan’s searingly honest, funny and distinctively Australian Vogel-winning debut novel Praise (1991) changed my life. I fell in love with McGahan’s candor, courage, and skilful blending of autobiography and fiction. This was controlled confessional writing at its most deceptively simple – unafraid to get dirty, but also able to rise above the grime into pure poetry and wry philosophical reflection.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

I was raised on books, especially the Bible, and I always wanted to have my name on the cover of one. I love to hold the physical objects and there’s nothing quite as immersive as a really good book. Also, you can read them during take-off and landing when flying on an aeroplane.

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

Fallen is my first book. It’s a memoir about sex, religion and marrying too young, and it traces a crucial period in my early twenties when I broke away from everything I’d been raised to believe. Raised as devout Seventh-day Adventists, who believe that the end of the world is near and premarital sex is a terrible sin, my husband and I married at twenty while still at University. But after leaving the parental nest, we started experimenting with all the things that were forbidden to us – alcohol, meat, rock and roll, cinema and literature that stretched the boundaries of ‘decency’. We loved each other sincerely and took our marriage vows very seriously, but part of this experimentation involved having an open marriage. My book is about three weeks at the end of that marriage when I revisited my hometown of Perth and broke the rules of our agreement. It’s a sexual coming of age story, a tale of first love and innocence lost.

Grab a copy of Rochelle’s new book Fallen here

7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?

Telling the truth about the variety and detail of female sexual experience is still a radical act – even in our supposedly liberated and highly sexualised culture. If my book could counter some of the shame around sexual desire, and make readers feel less alone, less dysfunctional, and less ‘sinful’, then that would be a huge achievement.

8. Whom do you most admire and why?

Right now I’m full of admiration for the people close to me who are enduring heartbreak, divorce, unemployment and depression. These are the supposedly ordinary people who keep on doing what they have to do, with kindness and generosity, even when getting out bed in the morning feels like the most courageous and impossible act. Life is tough a lot of the time and there’s a lot of everyday heroism. Being human is hard.

9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

I want to be as honest as I can be, in both my life and my work. I also want to spread pleasure. There’s really no higher achievement than writing something people enjoy reading for the pure pleasure of the language, the characters and the rich, beautiful world you’ve created. Pleasure should be an end in itself.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Read. Read all the time. Stay off social media long enough to become absorbed in the words of others. Read the great books. Read them aloud. Hear how they work, or don’t work. Read your own work aloud. Feel where it gets boring or sticky. It’s not just that you’re tired of it. The writing is bad when that happens. Good writing is good even when you’ve read it fifty times.

Rochelle, thank you for playing.

Grab a copy of Fallen here


Fallen: A Memoir About Sex, Religion and Marrying Too Young

by Rochelle Siemienowicz

“Call me Eve. It’s the name I call myself when I think back to that time when I was a young wife – so very young, so very hungry. I picked the fruit and ate and drank until I was drunk with freedom and covered in juice and guilt.”

In this frank, compelling and beautifully written memoir, Rochelle Siemienowicz provides an intimate portrait of the last days of an open marriage.

Raised as devout Seventh-day Adventists, who believe that the end of the world is near and that premarital sex is a terrible sin, Eve and her husband marry young. Rebelling against their upbringing, and in an attempt to overcome problems in their relationship, they enter an agreement that has its own strict rules. But when Eve holidays alone in her hometown of Perth during a hot West Australian summer, she finds her body and heart floating free. Fallen is a true tale of sex, love, religion and getting married too young – and about what it feels like when you can’t keep the promises you once sincerely made.

About the Author

Rochelle Siemienowicz is a writer, film critic and former editor at the AFI | AACTA. She has a PhD in Australian cinema and was the long-time film editor for The Big Issue. She currently reports for Screen Hub, reviews for SBS Film and is Film Columnist for Kill Your Darlings. She very occasionally blogs at It’s Better in the Dark, and is currently working on her first novel, which has nothing at all to do with movies.

Grab a copy of Fallen here

Drum roll…. the winner of our Mark Billingham comp is…

May was our Month of Crime and we celebrated by giving customers the chance to win a book pack filled with awesome crime novels! All you had to do to enter was order Mark Billingham’s brilliant new book, Time of Death.

9781408704820_Mark_Billingham_Competition_Newsletter_Banner


time-of-death-order-now-for-your-chance-to-win- Time of Death

The Tom Thorne Series : Book 13

by Mark Billingham

The Missing

Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up and from which she long ago escaped. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried.

The Accused

When it’s splashed all over the press that family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the more…

…and the winner is:

M.Nicholls, Boambee East, NSW

Grab a copy of Time of Death here


Congratulations to the winner!

Missed out on the prize? Hey, turn that frown upside up, we’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited editions, signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page!

promotions

Deb Hunt, author of Australian Farming Families, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Deb Hunt

author of Australian Farming Families

Ten Terrifying Questions
____________

1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born in England, raised in a small village in Gloucestershire, went to Chipping Sodbury Grammar School (polite student in class, wayward out of it) then University of West England to study French and Spanish, post-grad librarianship course in Leeds, acting course in London, followed by endless short courses and workshops.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At 12 I wanted to write stories (I loved escaping into a good book) at 18 I don’t know what I wanted to do (apart from hide) and at 30 I wanted to work in theatre, where I thought I could hide on stage. When I realised there was no money or job security in it I became a writer instead. Out of the frying pan and into the fire …

deb hunt

Author: Deb Hunt

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

At 18 I believed love didn’t need words. Now I know how much words matter.

4. What were three works of art – book, painting, piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

Any play by Shakespeare has a physical effect on me, like a powerful emotional drum. I remember seeing people like Tom Wilkinson in King Lear, Sir Ian Mckellen in Richard III, Judy Dench, Cate Blanchett, Fiona Shaw – such powerful performances and such outstanding writing. I also read an anthology of poetry in primary school, called Come Play with Me, and was intrigued by what words could do.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel? 

Why does someone climb a mountain? For years I could see that ‘mountain’ in the distance but it seemed an impossible dream, a challenge of such immeasurable proportions, until I met someone whose life story inspired me. I knew I had to share her story somehow and that’s how I wrote my first book (Dream Wheeler).

6. Please tell us about the book you’re working on…

It’s a story about the internal and external struggles surrounding The Burroughs family in North Georgia. An infamous clan known for bootlegging, running guns, drugs, the works.

Clayton, the youngest son of three generations of outlaws decides to buck his heritage and take a different path by becoming a Sheriff in a small neighbouring valley town, but as anyone around here can tell you, Family doesn’t work that way.

Escaping who you were born to be isn’t as easy as it seems, and things can go south pretty quickly.

Grab a copy of Deb’s new book Australian Farming Families here

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

First and foremost I hope my work is entertaining and I hope it gives people a glimpse into another world, with a sense of our connection and shared humanity.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?the-spare-room

There are so many, many good writers out there, right now I’m loving anything I can read from Helen Garner, who is such an honest, thoughtful, emotionally open writer.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

I’d like to try my hand at fiction next.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Don’t be afraid to spend time thinking before you start writing, and when a niggle of an idea comes to you, get it down on paper.

Deb, thank you for playing.

Grab a copy of Australian Farming Families here


Australian Farming Families

by Deb Hunt

‘This is a book about the human aspects of life on the land – the stories of success and failure, life and love, of hardship and celebration – and the passion and gritty determination that characterised every family I interviewed.’

Author Deb Hunt sets out to discover what makes what makes Australian farming families tick. She travels tens of thousands of kilometres to properties at either end of the country, from a vast, dusty cattle run in outback Queensland to the wheat belt of Western Australia and dairy and sheep farms in Tasmania. She introduces us to eight families who survive, even thrive, on the land despite fires, floods, personal hardship and uncertain economic times.

We see a different sort of family life, where the kids are expected to pitch in, the classroom is often the kitchen table, the nearest maternity hospital is a five-hour drive, and generations live and work side by side. We meet the French family, whose connection to the bush goes back seven generations, Philip the Philosopher, who by 29 was managing a property of more than one million hectares carrying 20,000 head of cattle, and the outspoken Roma Brittnell, who was awarded Australian Rural Woman of the Year in 2009.

Inspiring, moving and sometimes challenging, these stories provide a window into a way of life that defines the Australian spirit at its best.

About the Author

Deb Hunt was born in England, where she worked as a librarian, teacher, event manager, PR executive, actress and journalist. She has worked with Shakespeare in the Park in London, Australian House & Garden magazine in Sydney and for the past five years as a writer with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She is the author of Love in the Outback, and Australian Farming Families is her second book.

 Grab a copy of Australian Farming Families here

Drum roll…. the winner of our Avengers pack is…

Because of the awesomeness that is The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we decided to give away an Avengers pack. All you had to do to enter was buy one of our select Avengers titles by May 31st.


avengersAvengers: Rage of Ultron

by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena (Illustrator)

It was another glorious victory for the Mighty Avengers. Good triumphed over evil and Ultron was shot into space, never to be seen again. Or so they thought. Now, years later, the homicidal artificial intelligence – so long devoted to ending life on Earth – has a new world to conquer…one with its own horrific legacy.

When Titan, birthplace of Thanos, falls, Planet Ultron rises in its place! Thanos’ brother Starfox must seek the aid of his former allies – but the Avengers he finds are image1radically different from the ones he once knew.

Among them is Ultron’s creator Giant-Man – and when Hank Pym confronts his now planet-sized “son,” the responsibilities of fatherhood have never loomed so large. Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers) and Jerome Opena (Avengers) unleash the full robotic rage of Ultron on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

 

…and the winner is:

C.Bull, Lesmurdie, WA

Check out our Marvel Avengers: The Age of Ultron series here


Congratulations to the winner!

Missed out on the prize? Hey, turn that frown upside up, we’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited editions signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page!

promotions

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 15,849 other followers

%d bloggers like this: