Unpublished Charlotte Bronte story and poem unearthed

Charlotte BronteAn unpublished story and poem by Charlotte Bronte has been discovered in a much-loved book owned by her mother, Maria Bronte.

Maria died when her six children – including the authors Emily, Anne and Charlotte – were very young. Among her possessions was a copy of Robert Southey’s The Remains of Henry Kirke White, which the Bronte Society maintains was “much-treasured” by the family. It was in this book that Charlotte’s unpublished works were found, along with other sketches, annotations and markings by other family members.

Charlotte’s pieces have been dated to 1883, when Charlotte would have been 17. The story she penned runs to 74 lines; the poem to 77 lines.

This particular copy of Southey’s book has traversed the world. The Bronte family sold the book after the death of Charlotte’s father, Patrick, in 1861. It travelled from the family home in Hawthorn, UK to the US, where it eventually settled with an American book collector. The book is set to return home and go on display at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth sometime in 2016.

The story and poem authored by Charlotte mentions the world Angria that she and her brother Branwell imagined. The story features embezzling from a chapel, a public flogging and focuses on Mary Percy, the lovesick wife of the king of Angria.

Historians, museum folk and fans of the classics are having a field day.


View other books by Charlotte Bronte here!

BOOK REVIEW: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti (Review by Sarah McDuling)

ZeroesZeroes is a glorious mix between a comic-book adventure and a heist film. Like Ocean’s Eleven meets The Avengers … except all the characters are teenagers with the kind of superpowers that are often more of a hindrance than a help.

Created by the genius trio of Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti – Zeroes is a wildly dynamic and addictive read packed full of thrills and spills.

A girl with psychic mob control powers, a boy with a smooth-talking-all-knowing split personality, a blind girl with the ability to see through the eyes of other people, a boy with unnaturally strong charisma, a girl who can hack computer systems with her mind, and a boy so unnoticeable that nobody remembers he exists – these are the Zeroes! Six kids with unusual superpowers, a bag of stolen cash and a whole world of trouble to deal with …

The first book of what looks set to be a sensational series (I’m already anxiously awaiting the release of the second book) Zeroes is a super fun read and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

For a limited time only, order Zeroes here and you will receive a signed copy.
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by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Introducing ZEROES – featuring six unique superheroes, one bag of stolen drug money, one bungled bank robbery and a whole heap of trouble. All adding up to one outstanding YA series by three Zeroesextraordinary writers.

Don’t call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.

Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that’ll say whatever people want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t – like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group’s ‘glorious leader.’ After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening instalment of a thrilling new series.

For a limited time only, order Zeroes here and you will receive a signed copy.
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About the Authors

Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies and Leviathan trilogies. His novel So Yesterday won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His latest solo novel is Afterworlds.

Margo Lanagan has won four World Fantasy Awards for her short stories and for her novels Tender Morsels and Sea Hearts. Her work has also been shortlisted in the Hugo and Nebula awards and longlisted in the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and for the Carnegie Medal.

Deborah Biancotti has published two short story collections. Her Aurealis-shortlisted Bad Power explored ordinary people discovering their superpowers. All three authors live in Sydney, where they are part of the overlapping communities of writers of genre and young adult fiction.

They meet weekly at a pub to keep the Zeroes series on track and squabble about characters’ motivations.

For a limited time only, order Zeroes here and you will receive a signed copy.
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 Uglies pretties Tender Morsels

Picador Turns Forty: Win A Commemorative Collection

Happy 40th anniversary Picador.

To celebrate, we have a great prize for one lucky Booktopia customer.

Win the full 40th anniversary Picador collection  worth $315.00

The winner will be chosen from the customers who buy books from this collection before April 1st 2012.

Click here to view the entire Picador 40th Anniversary Collection

We also have 35 of Picador’s iconic tote bags to give away. We will draw the lucky winners from a hat. Soon you could be strutting down the street in your neighbourhood like one of those cool dudes strutting down the street with a Picador tote bag on their shoulder. Know what I mean? Cool. Continue reading

Get Reading with 50 Books You Can’t Put Down

Get hooked on Australia’s largest celebration of books and reading!

Get Reading is the Australian book industry’s annual promotion of books developed through the Australia Council for the Arts. It runs from August 25 to September 30.

Get Reading encourages all Australians to GET LOST, GET FRESH, GET HOOKED, GET REAL and GET COMFY with a good book.

To ensure we all GET READING, we have prepared a list of 50 Books You Can’tPut Down

tickled onions 978014330560610 stories you must read 9781864711592For each book you purchase from the Get Reading “50 Books You Can’t Put Down” selection, you are eligible to choose a FREE copy of either Tickled Onions or 10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2010.

The collection of short stories – 10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2010 – showcases contemporary Australian writing across a range of genres.

Contributors include 2009 and 2010 ABIA Book of the Year winners – Craig Silvey and Christos Tsiolkas – plus Maggie Alderson, Georgia Blain, Mark Dapin, Nick Earls, Alex Miller, Judy Nunn, Malla Nunn and Rachael Treasure.

Be sure to join in the fun and grab yourself one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down to win a free book.

Tim Winton’s Breath wins Miles Franklin Award

timwintonCongratulations to Tim Winton who last night picked up the Miles Franklin Award for the fourth time for his novel Breath.

“I’m stoked, of course, but also mindful that there are terrific writers who will be feeling pretty stiff tonight, because their books are more than good enough to have won,” said Winton.

“To some extent I feel like the kid who’s simply left holding the parcel when the music stops.”

9780143009580breathAs far as the award judges were concerned, Breath is “a searing document about masculinity, about risk, and about young people’s desire to push the limits. Winton is at the height of his powers as a novelist, and this is his greatest love letter yet to the sea, to the coast of West Australia, and a compelling testimony to the role of surfing in Australian culture.

“Written in Winton’s own distinctive voice, we can sense that it is also a homage to some of his favourite writers:  Salinger, Faulkner, Melville and Hemingway.”

If you haven’t already read it, you are in for a real treat.  You can browse for Breath here. We’ve got both the hardback and the paperback in stock and marked down. There is also a full CD version.

In the meantime, the Breath microsite is packed full of goodies – readings, interviews, a very evocative booktrailer. Have a look.

Mal Peet – Exposure

Categorising books can be the kiss of death especially when it comes to so called young adult fiction. So many terrific books get ignored just because people get into a mind set of only reading in a certain category. So let me get it out there.

  • Mal Peet’s books are generally categorised as young adult fiction.
  • Don’t let the teens have all the fun – Mal Peet makes a very satisfying read for anyone older than about 14.

exposureI’ve been holed up with Exposure over the last few days. Its football, its a twist on Othello, its all about the big man falling from grace. A great read, and an excellent follow up to Keeper and The Penalty. Tamar is a stand alone.

Mal Peet will be trackside in Sydney for the Writers Festival next week and I can’t wait to meet him. In the meantime, check out his Paul Faustino titles here.

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

You’d have to be living under a rock (in a coffin?) to have missed the tsunami that is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. Starting out a few years ago with a teenage girl cult following, this has since developed into a publishing phenomenon and it seems neither gender nor age is a barrier to its appeal. Well, stand by for August 13 because for the first time, all four books will be available in B format, (ie small format, less expensive paperbacks). So if you are a Twilight tragic, or the last person in Australia to jump on the band wagon, August 13 is your day. You’ll be able to order them very soon.

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