VIDEO: Bestselling Author Cathy Kelly Bursts Into Booktopia Bringing Laughter, Hugs and Good Cheer

When Cathy Kelly, bestselling author of The House on Willow Street, Homecoming, Once in a Lifetime, Lessons in Heartbreak and many more… came to Booktopia, she brightened the day of everyone she met.

I bet you all want to know more about Cathy’s new novel
The House on Willow Street
– am I right?

We have signed copies available!

So, here is the publisher’s blurb -

Tess used to be happy with her lot: she lives in the idyllic Irish coastal village, Avalon, with her teenage son, Zach, and nine-year-old Kitty, and works in the local antiques shop. Her only regret in life is that everything went so horribly wrong with her first love. Then her marriage falls apart and her first love returns to Avalon.

Suki, Tess′s sister, fled Ireland years ago to marry politician Kyle Richardon, but when Suki discovers that a biographer is planning to tell all, there is only one place she can go to ensure that her secrets stay hidden.

Danae is the village postmistress in Avalon and she′s worked very hard to make sure nobody knows where she came from or who she is. Her past is her business and that′s the way she would like to keep it.

In Galway, Mara sits with a smile glued to her face at a wedding. She only wants to ask the groom one thing: why did he tell her he loved her? Needing to put her past behind her, Mara packs up her life and gets ready for a fresh start.

Can these four women lay their pasts to rest? Or do they need to look back before they can begin to live for the future?

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Click here to order a signed copy of
The House on Willow Street
from Booktopia,
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Visit our Cathy Kelly author page

In 2010, Cathy Kelly answered my Ten Terrifying Questions

And here is Cathy Kelly, herself, talking to Booktopia customers about her new book:

For more pics of Cathy’s visit go to our Facebook gallery – here

Cathy Kelly, bestselling author of The House on Willow Street, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Cathy Kelly

bestselling author of The House on Willow Street, Homecoming, Once in a Lifetime, Lessons in Heartbreak and many more…

Six Sharp Questions

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1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you?

The House on Willow Street is about how the past keeps following you around until you deal with it. For Danae, who lives in the coastal town of Avalon, that means facing up to her mysterious past and destroying the myth that she’s this calm woman who lives alone at the top of Willow Street, with just her beautiful wolf-like dog and some mad chickens for company.

For sisters Tess and Suki, daughters of the ‘Big House’ which sits in ruins above Avalon, that means facing up to what happened to set their lives on a certain path twenty years ago.

As for what it means to me…. ooh, tough one. This was my thirteenth book and it was tricky to write, so it now fills me with pride that I got through it.

Click here to order a signed copy of The House on Willow Street from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

2. Times pass. Things change. What are the best and worst moments that you have experienced in the past year or so?

The best has been watching my sons grow and the sheer joy they bring into my life.

As for the worst, if I tell you, I will have to kill you.

3. Do you have a favourite quote or passage you would be happy to share with us?It doesn’t need to be deep but it would be great if it meant something to you.

I get to watch a lot of kids’ movies and I adore the Madagascar series. I particularly love the penquins and have taken their motto as my own:

‘Just smile and wave, boys, just smile and wave.’

When McDonalds had a Madagascar promotion, I kept one of the penguins which used to (the batteries are now dead) say this. Will have to get a new one. Anyone got any ideas?

4. Writers have often been described as being difficult to live with. Do you conform to the stereotype or defy it? Please tell us a little about the day to day of your writing life.

I like to think I buck the trend in that I am incredibly practical and do not lie about on a chaise longue and demand grapes, because myself and my husband have to run a house and bring up our boys. So my day goes along the lines of get up and either myself or my husband lets the dogs out. (Three adorable Jack Russell sisters whom I call The Puplets of Loveliness) kiss them, make them brekkie, have coffee myself, get the boys’ lunch, then leg it back upstairs to get the boys’ up.

Finally, I drive my sons to school and we listen to CDs – I am determined to get them into Lenard Skynard and Sweet Home Alabama and they now love it.

After school, I come home, have breakfast and write, as well as doing work-related emails, sticking on the odd washing load, etc. Are you getting the picture here? Normality. The thing is, I am immensely privileged to be able to work from home and be there for my sons to pick them up from school and help with homework, and cook dinner, so I schedule my work around school hours.

At night, I fall into a coma and knit – badly. But I love it. I don’t think I’m difficult to live with, but then perhaps you need to email my husband…? Only kidding. I am a saint, really.

5. Some writers claim not to be influenced by the needs of the marketplace, while others seem obsessed by it. Would you please describe how the marketplace affects your writing (come on, tell the truth!).

If you write for the marketplace, YOU WILL FAIL. That’s what I believe. If you do not write the truth that is in you, you may as well forget it. I can’t speak for anyone else but that’s what I believe in. I don’t want to live a lie through my work, I put too much into it.

6. Unlikely Scenario: You’ve been charged with civilising twenty ill-educated adolescents but you may take only five books with you. What do you take and why?

Really, really hard questions and am rushing but….. OK.

1. Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe. Hysterically funny, off-the-wall, and easy to read. Let’s get them into reading first. I am assuming they don’t read.

2. Schindler’s Ark - Thomas Keneally – an amazingly moving book about the plight of Jews during World War II, later made into the movie Schindler’s List. I think they will need to understand a little about our world and our past and this book presents a stunningly sad and yet hopeful vision of one of the tragedies of life

3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins – set in a dystopian future, teenagers are the protaganists – brilliant, brilliant stuff.

4. A Million Little Pieces – James Frey. This is huge book but realistic and grim vision of life addicted to drugs. There was, as you know, controversy about this as Frey had slightly sold this story as his own but it appears to have been not quite his own story. Either way, it’s powerful and a pretty good ‘don’t take drugs, guys’ message. You won’t think a hash cigarette is quite so cool once you’ve read this.

Finally….ooooh, this is HARD. I did think of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans, which is brilliant but dark too, and they’re getting the darker side of life from Thomas Keneally and James Frey already. Catcher In The Rye – teenager-dom done fabulously. But no. Let’s go for the entire Harry Potter series. Wonderfully written, gloriously enthralling and with a strong message of doing the right thing despite fear, these are great books.

Cathy, thank you for playing… and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Cathy Kelly is coming to Booktopia on 7th March 2012!

While Cathy  is here she will be joining us for
a Facebook chat!

Cathy will be answering your questions live!

So, make sure you get your questions ready.

This is going to be great!



Signed Copies: The House on Willow Street will be available from 1st March 2012. However, Cathy Kelly is visiting Booktopia in person on 7th March 2012, and she has agreed to sign copies of her new book for Booktopia’s customers. Therefore,we will only be shipping copies of the book after that date. If you would like to have your book sooner and are happy to have an unsigned copy please contact Customer Service via the Message Centre. Thank you.

BBGuru: I bet you all want to know more about Cathy’s new novel The House on Willow Street – am I right?

So, here is the publisher’s blurb -

Tess used to be happy with her lot: she lives in the idyllic Irish coastal village, Avalon, with her teenage son, Zach, and nine-year-old Kitty, and works in the local antiques shop. Her only regret in life is that everything went so horribly wrong with her first love. Then her marriage falls apart and her first love returns to Avalon.

Suki, Tess′s sister, fled Ireland years ago to marry politician Kyle Richardon, but when Suki discovers that a biographer is planning to tell all, there is only one place she can go to ensure that her secrets stay hidden.

Danae is the village postmistress in Avalon and she′s worked very hard to make sure nobody knows where she came from or who she is. Her past is her business and that′s the way she would like to keep it.

In Galway, Mara sits with a smile glued to her face at a wedding. She only wants to ask the groom one thing: why did he tell her he loved her? Needing to put her past behind her, Mara packs up her life and gets ready for a fresh start.

Can these four women lay their pasts to rest? Or do they need to look back before they can begin to live for the future?

Click here to order a signed copy of The House on Willow Street from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

Visit our Cathy Kelly author page

In 2010, Cathy Kelly answered my Ten Terrifying Questions

Cathy Kelly, author of Homecoming, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Cathy Kelly

author of

Homecoming, Once in a Lifetime, Lessons in Heartbreak and many more…

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born in Belfast and brought up and schooled in Dublin, Ireland.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was twelve… hum… bit of a blank. Wanted to be a jockey when I was four but I got over it. I did write sad and lonely poetry when I was twelve, and told my sister stories at night, so the storytelling thing was there. But as for a job – eeek. At eighteen, I wanted to be a fabulous crusading journalist – I had just started journalism college and was an idealist, working on all manner of social issue articles. At thirty, I wanted to be a full-time novelist. My first book had been published but I was working full-time as a reporter too. My hands hurt and I had no life away from computers.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

I thought I was a bit of a screw-up, in very teenage angsty way. Happily, I no longer think this – most of the time!

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

I adored Colette and when I was seventeen, yearned to be able to write elegant sentences with heart behind them.

I loved Picasso’s Guernica, being heavily interested in European wars (the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War), and was so moved by the power of great art to move the human heart.

Madame Butterfly always makes me want to lie down and cry. I think art like this opens up your heart and lets the world in, and to write, you need to let the world in – even when it hurts – so you can translate it and let it out again in your own artistic way.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I wasn’t a good enough painter. I’d drawn all my life but I never felt I was original enough to be a painter. Ironically enough, reading was like breathing to me and a long time elapsed before I realised that I should write.

6. Please tell us about your latest novel.

Homecoming is about the past and how it has to be dealt with, and how our lives in the present may be materially very different from the past, but in many respects, we worry about similar things: love, hope, health, death, pain. It’s about four very different women – an elderly Irish-American psychoanalyst, a young actress who has just had a public affair with a married movie star, a pushing-forty single woman who has given up on men, and a woman with what looks like the perfect life who has a dark past. They all meet up in Golden Square, an idyllic little square in Dublin.

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

Hope, warmth, comfort, inspiration, the sense that they’re not alone and there are other people in the world who think like them.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

I adore Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet, for his magical words. They pierce your soul in the most glorious way.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To get better all the time. No novel is ever right, you see…..

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Believe in yourself and do the work. Writing is glorious but it’s hard work too.

Cathy, thank you for playing.

Booktopia’s Christmas Clearance Sale – Our Biggest Yet

Prices Seriously Slashed

OUR BIGGEST SALE YET!

This has been a big year for Booktopia – we’ve experienced incredible growth, we’ve moved into massive new premises, we’ve revamped all of our systems, and we’ve won more buying power than ever before, which means we can offer you even better discounts…

In short, having come so far, so quickly – we want to celebrate.

As this is the season for giving, we have decided to share our success with you, our customers, by having a Clearance Sale on a scale which would have been impossible a year ago.

Let me repeat – this is

OUR BIGGEST SALE YET!

We have been busy buying up stock – buying in bulk – so that we can bring you bargains all year round  – our massive new warehouse in filled to the roof – but starting this afternoon all of our bargain books will be further reduced – some to ridiculously low prices.

These bargain books are well known authors and popular titles at dramatically reduced prices.

Romance Fiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers, Sci-fi, Literature, Adventure, Action, Classics…

And in Non-Fiction… well… every subject under the sun – from Web Design to FengShui, from Battle Cruisers to Stamps, from Sailing to Noodles, Candles to Dreams.

Gardening, Cooking, Travel, Art, Self-help, Craft, D.I.Y

I’ve just been in the warehouse and have been walking up and down the aisles… so much good fiction

I saw great light holiday reads for women (and some men) like Catherine Cookson, Johanna Lindsey, Sheila O’Flanagan, Danielle Steel, Virginia Andrews, Katie Fforde, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Joanne Harris.

There is great literature there too! Modern writers like : Anita Shreve, Alice Sebold, Douglas Kennedy, Tony Parsons, Philip Roth, Thomas Keneally, Hilary Mantel, Ann Patchett, Tom Wolfe, Carol Shields, Irene Nemirovsky, A.L.Kennedy, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Edward St Aubyn, Anne Tyler and Paullina Simons.

And Classic Literature : Arthur Conan Doyle, Tolkien, Margaret Mitchell, John Galsworthy, Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens.

With so many books I could only note down a few in each section… (check the website for more…)

So much crime!

Shelves and Shelves of Crime!

I saw some of the best names in the business:

Mystery writers likeDick Francis, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, RD Wingfield, Peter Robinson, Minette Walters, Val McDermid, Andrea Camilleri, Colin Dexter, Henning Mankell, Lindsay Davis and Ian Rankin.

And Thrillers like - James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Peter Temple, Janet Evanovitch, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Sidney Sheldon, Dean Koontz and Greg Isles.

Everywhere I turned there were more and more books…

I found a section with great adventure stories – perfect for the holidays too! Patrick O’Brian, Bernard Cornwell, Alexander Kent, Jack Higgins and Chris Ryan.

All of these fabulous authors, and many more, will be radically reduced in our sale.



But be quick.

Last year many people missed out.

These titles are available until stocks run out.

Get in early to ensure you get all the books you want.

Bryce Courtenay

Once the madness of Christmas Day is over (I know it seems a long way away right now but it will all pass, trust me) you’ll need some quiet time to recover.

Now is the time to make preparations.

The men in your life, whether they be lover, husband, father or brother, will probably stretch themselves out on the couch and watch every boring minute of the Boxing Day test match.

Do not despair – help is near.

First things first – you’ll need a drink.

Then you’ll need to find a comfy spot to sit. You’ll want it to be far enough from the TV so that you are not disturbed by the incessant pock of the cricket ball, intermittent male grunts of joy or despair or the incessant droning of the dullards commentating and yet close enough to the boys, hopefully still in their peripheral vision, to be an ever-present visual complaint for being so grievously neglected.

Now that that’s done, you’ll need something to read.

If your pre-Christmas week has been unrelieved hell we recommend you reach for belly laughs or bloody murder.

You’ll need something strong to put out of your head the sound and images of screaming children running riot around the fine china department of David Jones or the haughty look the sales girl gave you when you’d discovered you’d left your purse in the shopping trolley at Woolies or the pathetic smile your husband wore on Christmas morning when handing you the poorly wrapped ironing board….

Whatever you doFor belly laughs you’ll need :

Marian Keyes, Ben Elton, Katie Fforde, Peter Allison, Jill Mansell.

The Private Patient And for bloody murder:

PD James, Nicci French, Kathy Reichs, Henning Mankell, Peter Robinson.

But if your Christmas was a great success – if the turkey was tender and moist, if the family did their best Brady Bunch impression, if the little box under the tree with your name on it contained what you hoped it would contain, if peace reigned supreme and love was all around… then you may like to celebrate with juicy saga, strong drama or a heart warming yarn.

lessons in hearbreakTry one of these authors…

Maeve Binchy, Di Morrissey, Erica James, Penny Vincenzi

Bryce Courtenay, Judy Nunn, Cathy Kelly

Or something a bit different Alex Miller, David Malouf, Muriel Barbery

And last but not least, a small selection of books for those who do not celebrate Christmas and who do not like Cricket, those who cannot be classed as Bah Humbugs because they are of a different faith, or are indifferent, or have integrity, but nonetheless are forced by Governmental decree to do nothing for two days in a row…

Being and NothingnessBeyond Good and EvilPhilosophy of the Boudoir

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