Kathryn Heyman, author of Floodline, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

floodlinesThe Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kathryn Heyman

author of Floodline

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 grew up in New South Wales, mainly in Lake Macquarie, where I sailed, kayaked and swam – pleasures that continue to sustain me. I was the youngest child of five, in a single parent household and I was both the wild one and the precociously studious one, which must have been an infuriating combination for those around me.  As a student I headed off to the UK and stayed for well over a decade, studying, writing, falling in love, getting married and then, later, having babies. The wildness had been massaged out of me by then. Most of it, anyway.

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A Special Signed and Numbered, 21st Anniversary, Limited Edition, Of Cloudstreet By Tim Winton

Last year, when we asked our customers to nominate The 50 Must Read Australian Novels, Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet was the most popular choice. In fact, Cloudstreet blitzed the field, winning by a country mile.

That is why we believe this beautiful 21st anniversary, limited edition of Cloudstreet – signed by Tim Winton, himself – will sell out in a flash. Penguin Australia have only produced 250 copies. Each is numbered and signed; each is a rare object, an investment – not that you’ll ever want to sell it. (But it’s nice to know that your prized possession is probably getting more valuable by the second.) Click here for more details or to buy

Once these 250 copies go, that will be that. So don’t dawdle. And don’t fret, Booktopia will pack your copy very well to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

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A Special Signed and Numbered,
21st Anniversary Limited Edition,
Of Cloudstreet
By Tim Winton
$199.95 SAVE 20%

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This is a very special celebratory edition of this quintessential modern Australian classic.

A collector’s piece, each copy of this limited edition numbered, slip-cased, section-sewn hardback is personally signed by Tim Winton.

The production values on this beautiful edition are exceptionally high. The book is printed on pristine paper in three-tone text with silver end-papers and pearlescent jacket and slipcase papers, with spot gloss on the box itself to give an enamelled look. The printing on the spine is in gold foil.

This edition is for both lovers of Tim Winton’s work and for collectors and investors.

If you still want to celebrate Cloudstreet’s birthday but don’t have the cash to splash out on the collector’s edition, Penguin are publishing a beautiful hardcover edition – a perfect gift (especially for relatives living overseas).

Click here for more details or to buyCLOUDSTREET : 21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Twenty-one years on, Cloudstreet is still Australia’s favourite novel.

About: After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united and – until God seems to turn his back on their boy Fish – religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious and unlikely landlords.

Chance, hardship and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years, they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try as they can to make their lives.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton’s sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Click here to buy the 21st Anniversary Edition of  Cloudstreet
Retail Price: $39.95 Booktopia Price: $31.95  SAVE 20%

Either one of these celebratory editions will be a delight to own. A beautiful new copy of Australia’s favourite book is an essential addition to every home library…

What our customers think of Popular Penguins

One week down and three weeks to go in our fantastic Popular Penguin promotion and up for grabs are four Popular Penguin libraries. Yep, one set of 20 books of your choice are going off each week.

All the details are here. It is not too late to enter the competition.

Meanwhile, here are some comments from  some of our entrants so far. Having read through all of their wishlists, I reckon I should be curled up with one of those orange and cream beauties rather than writing this now! What a way to whet my appetite!

So the question Booktopia readers were asked was “which Popular Penguin book are you most looking forward to reading?” Continue reading


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