Order Gina Liano’s Fearless memoir and you could win a prize pack worth $500!

9781743790465 Gina Liano rotating-homepage

Gina Liano’s biography, Fearless – My Life, My Way, is up-front, inspiring and passionate, and to celebrate, we are giving you the chance to win a  prize pack, worth approximately $500. The prize pack contains:

  • 1 x Autographed book
  • 1 x Team Gina T-shirt
  • 1 x Autographed poster
  • 1 x Gina Liano shoes

The winner will not only get to chose the size of the shoes but the colour as well. All you need to do to go in the draw is pre-order Fearless before April 1st.


My Life, My Way

by Gina Liano

‘Sassy and sophisticated. Tough and tender. Glamorous and gregarious. Everyone has an opinion of Gina Liano, but those who know even a little about her know she’s a survivor, then a thriver and always a winner … against all odds.’ – EDDIE McGUIRE

Most people will know Gina Liano as the larger than-life personality on The Real Housewives of Melbourne. But few know the real-life story behind her rise to fame on reality TV and in Australia’s legal circles as a respected Melbourne barrister. Just like the woman herself, Fearless is up-front, inspiring and passionate.

Born in Melbourne to Italian parents, Gina’s happy childhood turned sour when her parents’ business and marriage failed. Gina battled to finish her schooling, and while her ambition was to study law, she was a married mother of one by the time she was 23. Along with her talented sisters she would establish three highly successful fashion stores in stylish inner-Melbourne.

But Gina never lost sight of her goal to study law and become a barrister, and at 33, after years of schooling, she was finally admitted to the bar. With a dream career, a new husband and a second child, she was ready to take on the world. But it was not to be; only four years later, she received a shock diagnosis of life-threatening cancer.

With more twists and turns than any reality TV show, every step of Gina’s unique journey is intimately recounted with the frankness and honesty that audiences have come to expect from the straight-talking star of the Real Housewives series.

Grab a copy of Fearless – My Life, My Way here

9781743790465 Gina Liano rotating-homepage

Author ‘Belle de Jour’ sues ex-boyfriend for saying she wasn’t a prostitute

01053934In one of the strangest libel cases in legal history, bestselling author Dr Brooke Magnanti, aka ‘Belle de Jour’, is suing her ex-boyfriend for damages on the grounds that he had suggested she might never have been a prostitute.

While completing her doctoral studies, between 2003 and 2004, Magnanti supplemented her income by working as a London call girl known by the working name Taro.

Remaining anonymous, Magnanti went on to have her experiences published as The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl in 2005 and The Further Adventures of a London Call Girl in 2006, the books instantly becoming UK top 10 best-sellers.

intimate-adventures-of-a-london-call-girl-tv-tie-in-Dr Magnanti’s legal team is expected to argue that the allegations are damaging to the reputation of the author, making it the first libel claim in the UK from an individual claiming to be defamed by suggestions they were not a prostitute.

In 2007 her books were adapted into a television programme, Secret Diary of a Call Girl starring Billie Piper as Belle, with the real name Hannah Baxter.

In November 2009, fearing her real identity was about to come out, Magnanti revealed her real name and occupation as a child health scientist.

For Dummies Month is here and we have goodies to give away!


It’s For Dummies Month and to celebrate we have some awesome prize packs to give away! Just order a book from any For Dummies category before March 31st and go in the draw to win a prize pack.

*Terms and Conditions apply.


Order from the For Dummies: Business & Finance collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Business & Finance prize pack worth $149.99.

Here’s what you’ll win




Order from the For Dummies: Computing collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Computing prize pack worth $158.64.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Computing prize pack


Order from the For Dummies: Health collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Health prize pack worth $158.10.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month health prize pack


Order from the For Dummies: Humanities collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Humanities prize pack worth $155.94.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Humanities prize pack


Order from the For Dummies: Lifestyle collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Lifestyle prize pack worth $159.10.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Lifestyle prize pack


Order from the For Dummies: Sciences collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Sciences prize pack worth $143.64.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Science prize pack

Check out all our For Dummies collections here

And the Week 1 winner of our March into Reading with Scholastic competition is….

C. Philpott, Auburn, NSW

Prize: Scholastic book pack, worth $200!

Order from our March into Reading with Scholastic collection by March 31st and you’ll not only get 30% off Scholastic’s news releases but go in the weekly draw to win a prize pack, worth $200! We have three more weekly prize packs to be won and will be announcing the winner of Week 2, March 19th.

The prize pack includes:

Marvel The Avengers : Age of Ultron Activity Bag
Marvel The Avengers : Age of Ultron Activity Bag
Friends and Foes : Ready to Read Level 2
Hulk to the Rescue : Ready to Read Level 2
Little Barry Bilby Had a Fly Upon His Nose
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt
Anzac Biscuits
Me and Moo
Alice in Wonderland
False Note : EJ12 Girl Hero
The Sin Eater’s Daughter
Shoes from Grandpa

Booktopia_Scholastic_FrontPageRotatingBannerClick here to check out our March into Reading with Scholastic collection

Matt Wilkinson, author of Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Matt Wilkinson

author of Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads

Ten Terrifying Questions

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

In December of 1979 in a small village in the coal mining area of Barnsley South Yorkshire England the worlds best looking chef was born, it was here in Silkstone where he was schooled at an early age picking up numerous academic and sporting awards until he went to Penistone grammar school from year 7-11 where it all went down hill. It was a school on the border of the peak district, half farming half industrial where the “Lad” came about.

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

– From the age of 6 till about 15 all I wanted to do was play professional football for my home town of Barnsley & England. I had a good go playing for Barnsley junior, represented my county for South Yorkshire and the football school of excellence but unfortunately wasn’t good enough to make it to the top.

– After that I wanted to be a landlord of a pub. From 12 my father lived in a pub and I wanted to be the youngest landlord around, unfortunately at 16 not old enough to drink yet let alone run and serve alcohol I found myself at catering college where after 6 months I moved to London to work in the Kitchen

– At thirty all I wanted to be was successful in hospitality and personal life and that is still today

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

I never wanted kids, now I have 2 and it’s the best belief I changed ever

4. What were three big events in your life or the world around you that had a great effect on you and influenced your cooking?

– In 1996 my first head chef Michael Taylor showed me how wonderful, crazy and how to work hard as a young pup in a busy and crazy kitchen, he showed me the start of the road and taught me that I was the one who built the road and followed my dreams

– In 2005 Andrew McConnell the celebrated Australian chef taught me to take my blinkers off and see all the wonderful world and cultures behind food and to explore all the opportunities and thoughts I had.

– In 2009 My Partner Sharlee, said a very honest and simple phrase “just cook the food YOU love to eat”, it hit me like a banjo to the back of the head. If I stand by my beliefs of eating food that is truly seasonal; work directly with amazing farmers and producers; have an interest in ethical food and where it all comes from and just to try to cook food simply for the best flavour and taste then others would hopefully enjoy it too. I think it has worked.

5. What are some of the dishes you wouldn’t eat as a child that you love now?

I hated, I mean bloody hated, capsicums, zucchini and eggplant. That said I still hate raw green capsicum, it’s just wrong town.

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

My first book was a thought process of my past and eating seasonally. I now look at what vegetables and fruit are growing around me to tell me wherever I am in the world what season we are in. This is what we should be eating now and therefore the freshest and tastiest.

My New book, Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads, is about my love affair with salads and trying to let the readers know that salads aren’t just about leaves and a dressing, they can be so much more. The front cover is also so important to me, it’s a depiction of my grandfather who was always simply dressed but from a time past – he wore a three piece suit with a handkerchief and a flower in the lapel, always a white rose for Yorkshire or a passionfruit flower he would specially grow in his green house just to wear.

The idea of being ‘simply dressed’ relates to this idea but also relates to salads, if something is over dressed it’s drenched and too much, if under dressed it needs a little more to make it perfectly, simply dressed!

Grab a copy of Matt’s new book Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads here

7. If you had to create one dish to show off your repertoire, what would it be?

In the summer section of Simply Dressed it would be the salad of watermelon, prawn vinaigrette and feta and from the autumn section the salad of crab, samphire and mustard on toast. Simple, honest and delicious.

8. Whom do you most admire and why?

Without sounding soft my mum. She has dedicated her whole life to helping family, friends and others, her unselfishness is mesmerising. I hope I can be as many things to her as she was to me when I was a child.

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

I’m a true believer that goals (or dreams as I like to call them) should consistently keep evolving throughout our life. My current dream is to set up a store that within it has a restaurant that showcases all the best things that are Australian and that we become proud of the food scene and produce we have here. 

10. What advice do you give aspiring chefs?

Don’t chase money, chase your dreams, work hard and read as many things about food and how it is produced and the latter will eventually come

Matt, thank you for playing.

Grab a copy of Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads here

Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads

by Matt Wilkinson

Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads is the latest offering from the British-born chef and author who came to prominence after the success of his first book, Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables.

Matt Wilkinson’s passion is based on sourcing the very best seasonal and local produce to make simple dishes that allow the flavours of fine ingredients to shine through. His ethos is simple: food in season tastes the best, especially when it’s grown in tune with nature.

This book follows the seasons and is filled with 52 stunning salad recipes that are both meals in themselves or fantastic accompaniments that can be shared as part of a main meal.

The design is intricate, melding soft colours and beautiful produce photography with botanic-style illustrations from famed Melbourne artist, Miso, and a strong typographic aesthetic.

Try a salad of zucchini flowers, ribbons and grilled zucchini with quinoa and smoked tomato dressing or bio-dynamic rice, dried sweet fruits, feta, nuts and seeds. For something simple think Summer leaves, lime salt and a mint vinaigrette or Beans with smoked almonds and a honey dressing. Delve into something more hearty such as Spanner crab and bottarga scattered through mustard and spinach leaves.

Recipes for salad dressings are ingeniously presented as an illustrative ‘family tree’ that match different flavour ‘families’ with ingredients. In addition, there is a section for homemade cordials and drinks to help quench a thirst whatever the season. With whimsical stories and tips for picking the best ingredients, as well as great design, Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads is a fine, inspiring and complementary addition for any cooking enthusiast.

About the Author

Hailing from South Yorkshire, chef Matt Wilkinson now calls Melbourne home. His interests revolve around growing the best tasting food and appreciating the importance of food to communities, in partnership with farmers and food producers. With his business partner Ben Foster, Matt runs the much-loved East Brunswick eating and drinking establishment, Pope Joan – unique caf by day, and casual neighbourhood eatery by night, replete with a kitchen garden, and very own produce store -Hams and Bacon. Matt is a proud ambassador of the work of the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association, is a partner with boutique casual food eatery Spudbar – enabling his input at the table serving ‘slow food – fast’ – and author of Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables.

 Grab a copy of Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads here

Have you won a Retro Prize Pack worth $225?

Because so many people have been loving the Retro Pictorial series, we gave one lucky person the chance to win the whole lot!

All you had to do to win this awesome pack,  worth $225, was buy a book from the Retro Pictorial series.

…and the winner is:

S.Martino, Loftus, NSW

Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have more prizes to giveaway! Check them out 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


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 15,341 other followers

%d bloggers like this: