Chip Le Grand’s The Straight Dope: The Inside Story of Sport’s Biggest Drug Scandal wins 2015 Walkley Book Award

cover02Chip Le Grand’s gripping account of the Essendon drug saga, The Straight Dope, has won the Walkley Book Award at last night’s Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism after also winning the inaugural William Hill Australian Sports Book of The Year.

Le Grand, a senior writer with The Australian, was praised for his meticulous account of the ASADA drug scandal that gripped Australian sport, crippling the Essendon AFL team. He beat out Erik Jensen’s Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen and Debi Marshall’s The Family Court Murders for the award.

Grab your copy of The Straight Dope here

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The Inside Story of Sport’s Biggest Drug Scandal

The greatest drugs scandal in Australian sport goes well beyond who took what.

What happened at Essendon, what happened at Cronulla, is only part of the story. From the basement office of a suburban football club to the seedy corners of Peptide Alley to the polished corridors of Parliament House, The Straight Dope is an inside account of the politics, greed and personal feuds which fuelled an extraordinary saga.

Clubs and coaches determined to win, a sports scientist who doesn’t play by the rules, a generation of footballers held hostage by scandal and injected with who knows what, sport administrators hell bent on control, an anti-doping authority out of its depth, an unpopular government that just wants it to end… for two tumultuous seasons this was the biggest game in Australia.

Grab your copy of The Straight Dope here

Heartache. Failure. Success. Sporting legend Chris Judd chats to Booktopia TV about his insightful new memoir, Inside.

How does a man end up captaining two of the greatest footy clubs in the league? Win a Brownlow Medal twice? Be selected as an All Australian six times? Find out how Chris Judd did exactly that and cemented his status as an Australian sporting legend in his new memoir, Inside. We’ve got signed copies for fans, so get in quick. Only limited numbers left!

Grab your signed copy of Chris Judd: Inside here!
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Chris Judd: Inside

The Autobiography

Chris JuddIntelligent, surprising, and head and shoulders above its competition – the autobiography of Chris Judd is the football book of the decade. A rare and intimate look inside the world of the elite sportsman.

Few people know Australian Rules football better than Chris Judd. He’s one of the game’s out-and-out champions, having captained two of the greatest clubs in the league – the West Coast Eagles and Carlton – and taken the Eagles to premiership victory in 2006. He’s won the Brownlow Medal twice, been a dual Leigh Matthews trophy winner – awarded to the AFL’s MVP as voted by the players – and selected as an All Australian six times.

His autobiography is a unique journey into the game, describing with … Read more.

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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

Drum roll…. We’re announcing the winners of our August Competitions!

In the lead up to Father’s Day we gave you the chance to win some swag for Dad!

Lots and lots of goodies were up for grabs! See if you’re a winner below…


Pan_Macmillan_Fathers_Day_15_Category_Page_BannerAll you had to do to enter was order anything from The Pan Macmillan Father’s Day Collection by August 31st!

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by Dustin Fletcher

In the tough, adrenaline-fueled world of Australian Football, Dustin Fletcher is a legend. In 2014, the 39-year-old Essendon Bomber runs out for his 22nd season not only as the oldest man in the game, but also one of the best-loved by sports fans, commentators, coaches and fellow players alike.

Fletch tells Fletcher’s incredible true story in his own words: from his beginnings growing up as the son of Essendon legend Ken Fletcher to his prodigal son debut aged just 17, and his meteoric rise with premiership-winning dream team “The Baby Bombers” led by iconic coach Kevin Sheedy and more…

…and the winner is:

W.Thomson, Warner, QLD


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All you had to do to enter was order a copy of The Ultimate Sandwich by August 31st!

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100 Classic Sandwiches from Reuben to Po’boy and Everything in Between

by Jonas Cramby

At last a cookbook that affords the modest sandwich all the respect it deserves, from BLTs to banh mi

When John Montagu, the fourth Duke of Sandwich, got the brilliant idea of putting slices of cold meat between two pieces of bread, he not only invented the first, really modern meal – he created a global obsession. today there are variations of the portable, cheap (but, above all, good) sandwich in most cultures and it is about time a book appeared that takes the subject seriously. In more than 90 recipes, you learn such skills as how to make more…

…and the winner is:

W.Cowell, Ringwood, VIC


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All you had to do to enter was order a copy of Aussie Grit by August 31st!

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by Mark Webber

In the exhilarating, high-stakes world of Formula One, only the fastest make it to the top.

And no one knows this better than Australian Formula One legend Mark Webber. His career in F1 stretched for an incredible eleven years, seeing him garner thirteen poll positions, earn forty-two podiums and win nine races including the crown jewel of F1, the Monacco Grand prix, twice.

But there’s more than F1 to the more…

…and the winner is:

R.Butcher, Littlehampton, SA


All you had to do to enter was order a copy of Time and Space by August 31st!

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The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules – and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

by James Coventry

An accomplished book about the genius and ingenuity of the game’s greats (and the forgotten) and how they have shaped the game through the innovation of tactics.

From Pagan’s Paddock to Clarkson’s Cluster, from Fitzroy’s huddle to Sydney’s flood, the tactics of Australian football have become part of the vernacular.

In this groundbreaking book, ABC journalist James Coventry reveals the more…

…and the winner is:

M.Gourlay, Eildon, VIC


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All you had to do to enter was order a copy of Normal by August 31st!

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by Graeme Cameron

Buy Normal by August 31st and you could win 1 of 10 crime prize packs! Terms and Conditions apply.

“The truth is I hurt people. It’s what I do. It’s all I do. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving you into the lane ahead of him.

What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is more…

…and the winners are:

T.Hingston, Mount Stuart, TAS
K.Cain, Cobar, NSW
D.Prinsen, West Gosford, NSW
S.Carr, Emu Plains, NSW
P.Hrvic, Oakleigh, VIC
K.Allitt, Glenroy, NSW
J.McKenney, Hamilton, QLD
J.Lowe, Newport, VIC
L.Reinke, Ayr, QLD
J.Bishop, Burketown, QLD


All you had to do to enter was order a copy of You Are Dead by August 31st!

You Are Dead

A Roy Grace Novel : Book 11

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THEY WERE MARKED FOR DEATH.

The last words Nick Walton hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for more…

…and the winner is:

L.Lee, Manyana, NSW


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, where you could be a winner every day!

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Our August Competitions Are Coming to an End…

We have some awesome competitions ending midnight TONIGHT!


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Fletch

by Dustin Fletcher

Order any title from The Pan Macmillan Father’s Day Collection by August 31st and you could win Dad a book pack valued at over $300! Terms and Conditions apply.

In the tough, adrenaline-fueled world of Australian Football, Dustin Fletcher is a legend. In 2014, the 39-year-old Essendon Bomber runs out for his 22nd season not only as the oldest man in the game, but also one of the best-loved by sports fans, commentators, coaches and fellow players alike.

Fletch tells Fletcher’s incredible true story in his own words: from his beginnings growing up as the son of Essendon legend Ken Fletcher to his prodigal son debut aged just 17, and his meteoric rise with premiership-winning dream team “The Baby Bombers” led by iconic coach Kevin Sheedy and more…


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100 Classic Sandwiches from Reuben to Po’boy and Everything in Between

by Jonas Cramby

Order a copy of The Ultimate Sandwich by August 31st and go in the draw to win a Gourmet Hamper valued at $300! Terms and Conditions apply.

At last a cookbook that affords the modest sandwich all the respect it deserves, from BLTs to banh mi

When John Montagu, the fourth Duke of Sandwich, got the brilliant idea of putting slices of cold meat between two pieces of bread, he not only invented the first, really modern meal – he created a global obsession. today there are variations of the portable, cheap (but, above all, good) sandwich in most cultures and it is about time a book appeared that takes the subject seriously. In more than 90 recipes, you learn such skills as how to make more…


9781743517710_Mark_Webber_Aussie_Grit_promo_banner_large

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by Mark Webber

Order Aussie Grit by August 31st and you could win a Red Balloon F1 Racing Simulation Experience for one! This experience is only available at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast QLD & Darling Harbour, Sydney. Terms and Conditions apply.

In the exhilarating, high-stakes world of Formula One, only the fastest make it to the top.

And no one knows this better than Australian Formula One legend Mark Webber. His career in F1 stretched for an incredible eleven years, seeing him garner thirteen poll positions, earn forty-two podiums and win nine races including the crown jewel of F1, the Monacco Grand prix, twice.

But there’s more than F1 to the more…


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The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules – and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

by James Coventry

Order Time and Space by August 31st and go in the running to win an Official AFL Sherrin Football valued at $179.00! Terms and Conditions apply

Book Description

An accomplished book about the genius and ingenuity of the game’s greats (and the forgotten) and how they have shaped the game through the innovation of tactics.

From Pagan’s Paddock to Clarkson’s Cluster, from Fitzroy’s huddle to Sydney’s flood, the tactics of Australian football have become part of the vernacular.

In this groundbreaking book, ABC journalist James Coventry reveals the more…


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by Graeme Cameron

Buy Normal by August 31st and you could win 1 of 10 crime prize packs! Terms and Conditions apply

“The truth is I hurt people. It’s what I do. It’s all I do. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving you into the lane ahead of him.

What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is more…


You Are Dead

A Roy Grace Novel : Book 11

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by Peter James

Buy You Are Dead by August 31st and you could win the complete Roy Grace series. Terms and Conditions apply.

THEY WERE MARKED FOR DEATH.

The last words Nick Walton hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for more…


Head to our Promotions and Competitions page, where you could be a winner every day!

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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 Adult Gold tickets to the Bledisloe Cup in Sydney on August 8 and a prize pack, valued at $460!

All you had to do to enter was order Blindsided by August 3rd!

…and the winner is:

P.Morgan, Bangor, NSW

Not the winner? Don’t worry as, for a limited time, we have signed copies Blindsided, hurry before we run out!

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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 more…

Grab your copy of Blindsided here


We’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited edition signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!
Head to our Promotions and Competitions page!

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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

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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

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