PHOTOS: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the première of ‘Unbroken’

Big thanks to HarperCollins Australia for the invitations to the première of Angelina Jolie’s new film Unbroken. In particular Kelly Fagan and Kate Mayes. The film is based on the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand which is an account of the life of Louis Zamperini – Olympian, bombardier, castaway, prisoner of war and inspiration. Angelina Jolie directed and produced Unbroken which was filmed in NSW and Queensland, Australia.

Louis Zamperini’s life story is one of extraordinary hardship, which makes for some tense viewing, but his indomitable spirit leaves you cheering for each of his small victories. This is a movie for those who want to regain their faith in the human spirit and for those who just like a good movie.

Unbroken is on general release in Australia on 15th January 2015 which gives everyone time to… READ THE BOOK!

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by Laura Hillenbrand

The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini – Now a major motion picture

On a May afternoon in 1943, a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. After an agonising delay, a young lieutenant finally bobbed to the surface and struggled aboard a life raft.

So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he turned to petty crime until he discovered a remarkable talent for running, which took him to the Berlin Olympics. But as war loomed, he joined up and was soon embroiled in the ferocious battle for the Pacific.

Now Zamperini faced a journey of thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft, dogged by sharks, starvation and the enemy. Driven to limits of endurance, Zamperini’s fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would depend on the strength of his will…

Grab a copy of Unbroken here

New teaser trailer for Insurgent released!

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Spoil yourself…

Insurgent

Divergent Series : Book 2

I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price.

Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Spoil yourself, grab your copy of Insurgent here

 

The Art of Neil Gaiman: The story of one of the world’s most creative forces

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The Art of Neil Gaiman

by Hayley Campbell and Audrey Niffenegger

With characters like Coraline and the Sandman to his name, Neil Gaiman is one of the best-loved authors in the world today; a creative force in comics, fiction, and the movies and TV, a serial award-winner, and a social media phenomenon whose every work is a guaranteed #1 bestseller.

His passionate following of fans numbers millions, yet few know the story of how he became the world-wide star he is today, or the private side of the many creative collaborations that have consistently inspired others to produce some of their best work. The Art of Neil Gaiman changes this, told in Neil’s own words and enriched with visuals from his own archive.

Author Hayley Campbell brilliantly evokes the literary and comics scene of 1980s London, and places pop-culture milestones in the context of a busy, multi-stranded creative life – making sense of Gaiman’s diverse career, relating it to his storytelling gi!s, his talent for being in the right place at the right time, and his passionate drive to – as he himself has put it “Make Good Art”.

Grab a copy of The Art of Neil Gaiman here

Grab a copy of The Art of Neil Gaiman here

The lucky winner of our The Art of Neil Gaiman FB giveaway is: Charmaine Ohl!

Charmaine, email us at promos@booktopia.com.au with your details and we’ll get your prize out to you ASAP!

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NEWS: Netflix to adapt Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’!

the-bad-beginningFrom the LA Times: Netflix has secured the rights to Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” according to Deadline, with the bestselling series of books for kids to be adapted as a live-action series for the online streaming network.

There are 13 books in the “Unfortunate Events” series, beginning with 1999’s “The Bad Beginning” and ending with “The End” in 2006. The books, which are for middle-grade readers, have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.

A Series of Unfortunate Events” tracks the lives of orphan siblings Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire and their evil uncle Olaf, who conspires to steal their inheritance. Funny and dark, the series inverts many assumptions about what children’s books should be. The books are supposedly written by Lemony Snicket, a character created by author Daniel Handler.

Click here to read more at latimes.com

Click here to view the entire series of  A Series of Unfortunate Events 

Detective Harry Bosch is at it again…

9780006479888Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he’s ever worked, in the blistering new thriller from international #1 bestselling author, Michael Connelly.

In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that’s been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

Grab a copy of The Burning Room here

And just to add to the excitement of this recent release, if you order The Burning Room before November 30th you go in the draw to win 1 of 3 Harry Bosch backlist packs worth $319.84!.

The lucky winner of our 50 Days of Christmas Michael Connelly Twitter giveaway is:
Kimberley Santos (@misspopc)

Kimberley, email us at promos@booktopia.com.au with your details and we’ll get your prize out to you ASAP!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more giveaways leading up to Christmas!

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Percy Jackson’s final battle begins…

Rick Riordan’s epic bestselling series reaches its final chapter.

Though the Greek and Roman crew members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea.

Her giants have risen – all of them – and they’re stronger than ever.

The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless.

How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants?

As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option.

They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it’s game over…

Grab a copy of The Blood of Olympus here

Grab a copy of The Blood of Olympus here

The lucky winners of our 50 Days of Christmas Rick Riordan Instagram giveaway are:
@thatgirlwithbooks, @closet18 and @_chloethefangirl!

Winners, email us at promos@booktopia.com.au with your details and we’ll get your prizes out to you ASAP!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more giveaways leading up to Christmas!

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Great Opening Lines in Literature

“They say you can tell a lot about a book by its first line.”
- Andrew Cattanach, This Blog Post


“Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.”
– Albert Camus, The Stranger


“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.”
– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”
– Jane Austen, Emma


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


“Dr Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse.”
– Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin


“It was a pleasure to burn.”
– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“Who’s there?”
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“I have just returned from a visit to my landlord–the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society.”
– Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights


“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?'”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


“The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended. Here on the Equator, in the continent which would one day be known as Africa, the battle for existence had reached a new climax of ferocity, and the victor was not yet in sight.”
– Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey


“Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.”
– Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, Inferno


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


“James Bond, with two double bourbons inside him, sat in the final departure lounge of Miami Airport and thought about life and death.”
– Ian Fleming, Goldfinger


“When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.”
– Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd


“It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him.”
– Joseph Heller, Catch-22


“A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and in a shield, the World State’s motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.”
– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
– Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis


“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.”
– George Orwell, 1984


“On they went, singing ‘Eternal Memory’, and whenever they stopped, the sound of their feet, the horses and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing.”
– Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago


“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”
– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


“I began this disorderly and almost endless collection of scattered thoughts and observations in order to gratify a good mother who knows how to think.”
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile


“Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“The year 1866 was signalized by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten.”
– Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea


“The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.”
– H.G. Wells, The Time Machine


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