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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RRP $22.99
Our Price $18.39

RRP $22.99
Our Price $18.39

American Rust – Philipp Meyer

Ever pick up a book and just know you have to hear those words out loud?

meyerWell, l was the one last night sitting up in bed last night savouring every word of the opening chapters of Philipp Meyer’s American Rust. You can’t get much more praise for a debut novel than has been heaped upon this one. Meyer (yes, that’s him) will be gracing our shores for the Sydney Writers’ Festival in a couple of weeks and I am very much looking forward to interviewing him.

Meanwhile, if you want to get hold of the book, get it here.


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