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REVIEW: Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson (review by Andrew Cattanach)

I’ll let you behind the curtain of having the best job in the world. Publishers are awesome, and very generous. So when a book comes along that excites and surprises a publisher, so much so that we only get to look at a quick teaser before release instead of the entire book, we tend to take notice. Mike Tyson’s autobiography Undisputed Truth is one of those books. As the sports nerd... Read more

by | October 30, 2013

New Alex Ferguson Autobiography Labels Beckham Obsessed With Fame

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spent a lifetime in football, but it appears he’s saved some of his best kicks for his former players in his long awaited autobiography. In it Ferguson has labeled his former golden boy David Beckham as “the only player I managed who chose to be famous”. Ferguson said he decided to sell Beckham after he accidentally kic... Read more

by | October 23, 2013

Stephen Fry Calls On Great Britain To Boycott 2014 Winter Games In Russia

Last night Stephen Fry posted an open letter on his blog to David Cameron, Sebastian Coe and members of the IOC, asking them to boycott the next Winter Olympics, due to be held in Russia in 2014. Fry’s comparison of Vladimir Putin’s current stance on the LGBT community to Hitler’s treatment of Jews during the 1936 Berlin Olympics is terrifying. As he states, “…the ... Read more

by | August 8, 2013

My Favourite Books – The Cricketer’s Edition

Last night England retained the Ashes because it rained. Yes that’s a little strange, in the ultra-professional world of international sport. But cricket is a little strange. You never know what to expect. It’s not all rain delays, dyed hair-tips and white pants in cricket. Sometimes, shock horror, they even read! Here are some of world cricket’s finest players talking about t... Read more

by | August 6, 2013

Dick Johnson: The Autobiography of a True Blue Aussie Sporting Legend

The incredible story of Dick Johnson – the Aussie battler who became an all-time V8 great. Ford legend Johnson did not get his break in motorsport until he was famously smashed out by a rock in the 1980 Bathurst 1000. But true to his never-say-die attitude, he went on to establish one of Australia’s most successful V8 Supercar teams, amidst a dramatic career that, on many occasions, almos... Read more

by | August 6, 2013

Cricket Books: Pun For The Whole Family

With the Australian Cricket Team on the brink of annihilation, times are tough for cricket lovers. To soften the blow Booktopia’s resident cricket nerd Andrew Cattanach takes a look at some of the best cricketing memoirs around, and finds his love of the pun, as well as anecdotes of the leather and willow, comfortably satisfied. No Holding Back by Michael Holding Pun: It’s quite sim... Read more

by | August 1, 2013

Farewell Black Caviar

The fairytale ended last week as a teary Peter Moody and owners of Black Caviar announced they would be retiring the national icon, with her amazing unbeaten stretch stopping at 25. I was lucky enough to be at Randwick for her last run, although the 28,000 spectators there didn’t know at the time. Premier Barry O’Farrell had earlier in the week clamboured for headlines with his misj... Read more

by | April 23, 2013

REVIEW: On Warne (Review by Andrew Cattanach)

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST CONTAINS GRATUITOUS MAN LOVE. Imagine two men. One capable of changing history with drift and turn from the rough, the other capable of making it riveting to those who think drift and turn from the rough was illegal in Tasmania until 1997. Imagine they meet, one as artist, the other his subject. Imagine no longer. I will say from the outset that I think Gideon Haigh is the... Read more

by | November 29, 2012

Matthew Mitcham, Olympic Gold Medallist and author of Twists and Turns, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks Matthew Mitcham Olympic Gold Medallist and author of Twists and Turns Ten Terrifying Questions  ———————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? All in Brisbane. QEII (coopers plains), raised in Camp Hill (I had no chance to be straight!) educat... Read more

by | November 23, 2012

BIG NEWS: Olympian Matthew Mitcham is coming to Booktopia to sign copies of Twists and Turns!

Twists and Turns People kept remarking on how they were surprised that a gold medal and fame hadn’t changed me. I always responded, ‘Why would I change? Being me is the easiest person to be.’ I was lying. It wasn’t. At the Beijing Olympic Games, he made history with an unforgettable dive, the first to ever score perfect tens from all four judges, and won gold for Australia. Grinning with pride ... Read more

by | November 17, 2012