Travel Writing Archives

And the winners of the Maeve Binchy and the Stephen King Book Packs are……

The Winner of the Maeve Binchy Book Pack is: L.Raftery, Vaucluse, NSW CHESTNUT STREET by Maeve Binchy A delightful collection of linked stories from No.1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy – simply the best Just round the corner from St Jarlath’s Crescent (featured in MINDING FANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy’s wonderful col... Read more

by | June 5, 2014

And the winner of the 1000 Ultimate Series set is……

The Winner of the 1000 Ultimate Series set from the May Travel Buzz: K.Smith, Endeavour Hills, Vic   1000 Ultimate Adventures Hankering to tackle a long-distance trek, or an icy mountain peak? 1000 Ultimate Adventures brings together activities and challenges to captivate and inspire gung-ho adventurers and armchair travellers alike. From the epic to the local, on land, sea or even in mid ... Read more

by | May 30, 2014

Walter Mason, author of Destination Cambodia, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Walter Mason author of Destination Cambodia and Destination Saigon 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 and raised in a small town in North Queensland – Ingham. I don’t get bac... Read more

by | November 22, 2013

Lonely Planet joins our Booktoberfest celebration – you could win a luggage set valued at $530!

Would you love to have a brand new set of luggage just in time for the holidays? To help us celebrate Booktoberfest our friends at Lonely Planet are giving you the chance to win a Crumpler Luggage Set valued at $530! Order any of the books in the Lonely Planet Booktoberfest Showcase to go into the draw to win this sensational prize. Click here to enter the Lonely Planet showcase Lonely Planet B... Read more

by | October 8, 2013

You could win one of two signed Michael Palin book packs! (They were worth over $200 each – now they are priceless!)

I met Michael Palin the other night at a function put on by his publisher, Hachette Australia. Michael gave a short talk about his new TV show and accompanying book, Brazil and then he mingled. I behaved very well. I’d left my Monty Python repertoire at home. And I restrained my inner teenage girl who wanted to scream and faint when he said hello. He is as he appears on the screen in his ... Read more

by | November 20, 2012

Booktopia Presents: Robyn Davidson, author of Tracks in conversation with Caroline Baum

Tracks by Robyn Davidson The international bestseller of one woman’s solo trek across 1,700 miles of Australian Outback. ‘I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.’ So begins Robyn Davidson’s perilous journey through some of the harshest spaces of the world. A camel-tr... Read more

by | November 5, 2012

Chris Hammer, author of The Coast and The River, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Chris Hammer author of The Coast and The River 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 Tasmania, grew up and schooled in Canberra. I went to uni in Bathurst and, later did a second degree a... Read more

by | October 10, 2012

PERFECT MATCH: Sinning Across Spain by Ailsa Piper and a new film starring Martin Sheen, The Way

Sinning Across Spain is the story of Ailsa Piper’s 1300 kilometre walk from the southern city of Granada to Galicia, “the bathtub of Spain”, in the far northwest, carrying an unusual cargo. Aside from 10 kilograms of practicalities, she also lugged a load of sins in her swag. In the tradition of medieval believers, or scammers, who paid others to carry their sins to holy place... Read more

by | April 16, 2012

Sue Williams, author of Welcome to the Outback & Outback Spirit, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Sue Williams author of Welcome to the Outback & Outback Spirit 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 the UK, just outside London, as an ‘Essex Girl’ – British shorthand for the most bogan of bogans. Even worse, Essex Girl has now be... Read more

by | March 31, 2012

Shamus Sillar, author of Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany: Having a Blast in Catania, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Shamus Sillar author of Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany: Having a Blast in Catania 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 Sydney. Moved to the Northern Rivers of NSW when I was four. Raised mostly on a nut farm near Dunoon (“The Macadamia Capital... Read more

by | February 17, 2012