Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Bolinda – you could win a prize pack worth over $800!

bolinda-prizeCelebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Bolinda and you could win this amazing prize pack worth over $800!!

Just buy any title in Bolinda’s Booktoberfest Showcase and you could win!

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Our Top Pick

amnesiaAmnesia

by Peter Carey

How does a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America’s public enemy number one?

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia’s prison system, freeing hundreds of asylum seekers, she sets off a chain reaction. These prisons are run by US companies, and so the doors of some 5000 American institutions have also opened. And to some watching eyes, the secrets of both countries threaten to pour out.

Was this a mistake? Or has the elusive Gaby declared cyberwar on the US, as part of the longstanding covert conflict between the two countries that has as its most outrageous act the CIA-engineered coup of 1975 – a coup so brazen we immediately forgot it as part of our Great Amnesia.

Amnesia is Carey at his best: funny, sweeping, intimate, exhilarating. It is a novel that speaks powerfully about our history but most urgently about our present.

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Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and HarperCollins- you could win a prize pack worth $999!

harper-collins-prizeCelebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and HarperCollins and you could win this amazing prize pack worth over $999!!

Just buy any title in HarperCollins’ Booktoberfest Showcase and you could win!

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Our Top Pick

kerry-stokes-the-boy-from-nowhereKerry Stokes : The Boy from Nowhere

by Andrew Rule

The compelling and inspirational story of the rags to riches life of Kerry Stokes, a remarkable Australian.

Kerry Stokes is a remarkable Australian. Not because he is one of Australia’s wealthiest and most powerful people, but because of what he overcame to get there and because he has endured when others didn’t. His success and his rise have intrigued the business world for decades but there is so much more to him than multi-million dollar deals or mergers.

Behind the laconic front is a human story as tough and touching as a Dickens tale: Oliver Twist with great self-expectations. It is the story of a poor boy who stared down poverty, ignorance and the stigma of his illegitimate birth to achieve great wealth and fulfilment. He’s a backstreets battler who has become a power player. It’s a compelling and inspiring story that, until now, he has not told.

Now he oversees a multi-billion dollar media, machinery and property empire. He is renowned for his art collection and for philanthropy, spending millions of dollars to buy – among other things – Victoria Crosses from soldiers’ families to donate to the Australian War Memorial.

But he’s a private man. A man apart. He made his name in the West but kept his distance from the buccaneering band of entrepreneurs who forged fabulous fortunes in Perth from the 1960s until the 1987 crash. Bond went to jail, Holmes a Court died; Connell did both. Lesser lights flickered and faded but Stokes grew stronger, becoming a player alongside Murdoch, Packer and Lowy. His story fascinates all the more because he has spent most of his life guarding it. But now he’s telling it, to one of Australia’s great storytellers.

He is the boy who came from nothing, who had nothing to lose. And now he has everything. It’s a great Australian journey.

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Are you a winner of a Where’s Wally pack or 1 of 5 South Sydney Rabbitohs caps signed by John Sattler?

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In August we gave you the chance to enter our Kids Month Where’s Wally competition. We had 1 of 5 Where’s Wally packs valued at $175 RRP to giveaway! All you had to do to enter was find Wally on the website and buy a book from our Kids Month range.


And the lucky winners of a Where’s Wally pack are…

L.Randall, Ivanhoe East, VIC
M.Hakeem, Mortdale, NSW
E.Wells, Springwood, NSW
S.Mathews, Altona Meadows, VIC
D.Maloney, Noosaville, QLD


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In October we gave you the chance to enter our Glory, Glory competition. We had 1 of 5 South Sydney Rabbitohs caps signed by John Sattler to giveaway! All you had to do to enter was buy Souths Legend John Sattler’s memoir, Glory, Glory.


And the lucky winners of a South Sydney Rabbitohs cap signed by John Sattler are…

J.Coyle, Cronulla, NSW
J.Murphy, Chifley, NSW
J.Crump, Aberdare, NSW
T.Brown, Surry Hills,NSW
C.Lambert, Rouse Hill, NSW


Congratulations to the winners!
Not a winner? Don’t worry because Booktoberferst is on right now and we have over $13,000 worth of prizes to giveaway!

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Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Simon & Schuster – you could win a prize pack worth over $700!

simon-and-schuster-prizeCelebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Simon & Schuster and you could win this amazing prize pack worth over $700!!

Just buy any title in Simon & Schuster’s Booktoberfest Showcase and you could win!

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Our Top Pick

billBill, The Life of William Dobell

by Scott Bevan

By 1945, William Dobell had become what so many artists desire but few in Australia had achieved. He was a household name. But the most famous artist in the land was a broken man.

His Archibald Prize-winning portrait of Joshua Smith became the subject of a sensational legal case, challenging not just Dobell’s right to the prize, but the very idea of art itself. Dobell won the legal battle but lost so much else. His health was shattered, his desire to paint was wiped out, and his zest for life had been dulled. He had to get away.

Only 120 kilometres north of Sydney, Wangi Wangi is far removed from big city life. Dobell had come to Wangi to escape fame, but he found community and friendship. In this beguiling little place, William Dobell rediscovered the passion to paint, and the joy of life.

Through years of research and interviews with Dobell’s friends and long-time locals, acclaimed author and former Wangi resident Scott Bevan discovered how the village protected the artist, cared and posed for him, drank and partied with him. Wangi loved him as one of their own. To the world, he was Sir William Dobell, acclaimed artist. To Wangi, he was simply Bill.

Bill is the story of one of Australia’s greatest artists and the times he lived through. It explores how ambition and talent took a working class boy a long way in the world, and how the reaction to one painting almost destroyed him. It is a celebration of community, and how one man finally discovers where he belongs – in the unlikeliest of places.

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Richard Flanagan wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North!

Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for 2014 for his incredible novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

A sweeping love story set against war, in a review last year we said ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North isn’t just one of the books of the year, it is one of the finest books of the last decade.’ Read the full review here

It was controversially overlooked for the Miles Franklin Award this year, Andrew Cattanach writes about the decision here.

It was described by Man Booker Prize judges as ‘a literary masterpiece’.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

by Richard Flanagan

the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-northAugust, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?.

Judge for yourself – order a copy from Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore


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Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Allen & Unwin – you could win a prize pack worth over $700!

allen-and-unwin-prizeCelebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Allen & Unwin and you could win this amazing prize pack worth over $700!!

Just buy any title in Allen & Unwin’s Booktoberfest Showcase and you could win!

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Our Top Pick

the-never-um-ever-ending-storyThe Never, Um, Ever Ending Story

by Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum

Molly Meldrum’s warm, vivid, often hilarious and always compelling account of life in and out of Countdown.

More than thirty-five years in the making, this is the story of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and the television show that stopped the nation.

In 1974 Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum was working as a record producer and music journalist when he was offered the chance to host a new music show called Countdown. It was a show that would run for the next thirteen years and become one of the most-loved and most-watched programs on Australian television. It also turned Molly into a national institution (or ‘mental institution’ as one of his friends put it).

During that period he not only became the most influential voice in Australian music, he endeared himself to millions of viewers with a uniquely unpolished interviewing style and a tangible on-screen passion. For better or worse, whether interviewing Prince Charles or Sid Vicious, Molly was always Molly.

Along the way he talked, partied, argued, exchanged blows and became firm friends with a rollcall of the world’s greatest musical names.

Filled with outrageous anecdotes, an incredible cast of musos, deadbeats, transvestites and international superstars, The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story is Molly’s hilarious, vivid, warm and always compelling memoir of these incredible years.

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Check out these brilliant book reviews from Booktopians

At the recent Australian Book Expo, we set up a camera and asked Booktopians to review their favourite book. The response was amazing, with so many wonderful book lovers keen to chat about their favourite reads. Here are some of the best. Enjoy!


Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

by Morgan Matson

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Bitter Greens

by Kate Forsyth

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

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The Hunt for Pierre Jnr

by David M. Henley

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The Hunt for Pierre Jnr

by David M. Henley

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Every Breath

by Ellie Marney

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Fallen

by Lauren Kate

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Falling Into Place

by Amy Zhang

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If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

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Masquerade

by Kylie Fornasier

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On the Jellicoe Road

by Melina Marchetta

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Poison Study

by Maria V. Snyder

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Room

by Emma Donoghue

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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

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Skinjob

by Bruce McCabe

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The Incredible Here and Now

by Felicity Castanga

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The Last Thirteen

by James Phelan

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The Regulators

by Stephen King

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These Broken Stars

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Three Men in a Boat

by Jerome K Jerome

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WeirDo 2: Even Weirder!

by Anh Do

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What Makes Us Tick?

by Hugh Mackay

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Women

by Charles Bukowski

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