Search results for tag: Charles Dickens

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Natasha Walker

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling erotic romance author Natasha Walker. 1. Describe the perfect date. Natas... Read more

by | July 10, 2013

Eccentricity – Curse or Ally?

The 19th century British philosopher John Stuart Mill once remarked, “The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.” The world of writing is filled with just the eccentric folk Mill was talking about. We’ve pi... Read more

by | May 1, 2013

Penguin Classics UK: Top Ten Cruellest Classics

In my inbox today was a newsletter from Penguin Classics UK in which they list the… Top Ten Cruellest Classics (wah, ha, har!) They didn’t say ‘wah, ha, har!’ that was me. I thought it needed something. They did say this, however: Despite some sunny days recently, we wouldn’t dare argue with T. S. Eliot – and since it’s April, here is our top ten of the... Read more

by | April 15, 2011

Sophie Masson, author of My Father's War, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Sophie Masson author of My Father’s War, The Understudy’s Revenge and more… 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 Jakarta in Indonesia, but of French parents who were working there for a big French construction company. (They built the port of Tan... Read more

by | March 4, 2011

A blazing sun… LITTLE DORRIT By Charles Dickens

LITTLE DORRIT By Charles Dickens BOOK THE FIRST: POVERTY CHAPTER 1. Sun and Shadow Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day. A blazing sun upon a fierce August day was no greater rarity in southern France then, than at any other time, before or since. Everything in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring h... Read more

by | February 4, 2011

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (BBC adaptation now screening on the ABC)

IN A DARK SQUALID PRISON A BABY GIRL IS BORN . . . Little Amy Dorrit grows up in the Marshalsea debtors’ jail, looking after her father who has been an inmate there for many years. During the day she goes to work as a seamstress for a strange old lady, Mrs Clennam. When Mrs Clennam’s son Arthur returns from abroad and enters Amy’s life, her family’s fortunes change beyon... Read more

by | June 28, 2010

Politically Incorrect Parenting: Before Your Kids Drive You Crazy by Nigel Latta

Why is it so hard to be the parent you thought you would be? Do your kids sometimes make you feel your head is going to explode? Ever yelled at them until you were hoarse? Do you have days when you feel like making a run for the airport? For harassed parents struggling to understand why they end up screaming at their kids and tearing their hair out trying to make them understand that bad behavi... Read more

by | June 15, 2010

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

When you love Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and George Eliot, and love to talk about their work, there comes a day when someone recommends that you read Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell. Recommendations are funny things, if they come at the right moment, and that ‘right’ moment is impossible to define, you may pick up the book immediately and read it without prejudice. If a recommendation comes at the wron... Read more

by | February 17, 2010