And the winner of the 1000 Ultimate Series set is……

The Winner of the 1000 Ultimate Series set from the May Travel Buzz: K.Smith, Endeavour Hills, Vic   1000 Ultimate Adventures Hankering to tackle a long-distance trek, or an icy mountain peak? 1000 Ultimate Adventures brings together activities and challenges to captivate and inspire gung-ho adventurers and armchair travellers alike. From the epic to the local, on land, sea or even in mid ... Read more

by | May 30, 2014

What Cathryn Read – The May Round Up (by bestselling author Cathryn Hein)

Popular Australian novelist Cathryn Hein, author of Rocking Horse Hill, Heartland and more gives her verdict on the books she’s been reading. I had a slow reading month and didn’t get as many books read as I would have liked, but those I did read were excellent. Some made me cry. Always good! Unless it’s on public transport… Here’s what I’ve read this month: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Za... Read more

by | May 30, 2014

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure, in conversation with Caroline Baum

Little Failure A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart Gary Shteyngart‘s loving but mismatched parents dreamed that he would become a lawyer, or at least an accountant, something their distracted son was simply not cut out to do. Fusing English and Russian, his mother created the term Failurchka-‘Little Failure’-which she applied to her son. With love. Mostly. A candid and deeply poignant... Read more

by | May 30, 2014

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Writer and activist Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree, in conversation with Caroline Baum

Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon Sometimes your child – the most familiar person of all – is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? In this seminal new study of family, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. H... Read more

by | May 29, 2014

What Do Women Want? Daniel Bergner thinks he has the answer…

What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire by Daniel Bergner Women are the monogamous sex. Women crave intimacy and emotional connection. Women don’t want sex with strangers. Right? Wrong. Could ‘the fairer sex’ in fact be more sexually aggressive and anarchic than men? In What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, critically acclaimed ... Read more

by | May 29, 2014

Groundbreaking author and poet Maya Angelou passes away aged 86

American author and poet Maya Angelou, a trailblazing voice on race and gender best known for her groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, has died at age 86 in North Carolina. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She receive... Read more

by | May 29, 2014

REVIEW: From a Distance by Raffaella Barker (Review by Terry Purcell)

Raffaella Barker is an established English writer whose latest novel From a Distance tells an engaging, heart-warming story commencing with war weary and battle scarred young soldier Michael finally returning to England from the Far East in the spring of 1946. Instead of heading north to see his parents and fiancée, he heads south to Cornwall with no set plan other than to find a way disconnect... Read more

by | May 26, 2014

REVIEW: A War of Words by Hamish McDonald (Review by Justin Cahill)

But for an accident of history, we would know very little about Charles Bavier. The chance delivery of his papers to the journalist Hamish McDonald saved him from oblivion. Even then, it was only after 20 years research that McDonald was able to shed more light on this extraordinary figure. Born in Japan to a Swiss merchant and his lover in about 1888, Bavier was promptly deserted by his father... Read more

by | May 26, 2014

The Winners of the ABIA & Booktopia People’s Choice Awards are…

A couple of awards that weren’t announced at Friday night’s ABIA Awards were the ABIA & Booktopia People’s Choice Awards. We asked you to vote for your favourite fiction and children’s books, and we received a huge response. Thanks to everyone who voted! After thousands of votes cast, we’re proud to announce the winners of the inaugural ABIA & Booktopia Peo... Read more

by | May 26, 2014

Booktopia wins Best Online Retailer at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards

We are so proud to announce that Booktopia was awarded Best Online Retailer at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney on Friday night. The award served to recognise ‘the retailer that best demonstrated excellence and innovation in the marketplace and that supported the local industry’. In a evening dedicated to celebrating the Australian Book Industry, Graeme Simsion’s c... Read more

by | May 25, 2014