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REVIEW: Wonder Girls by Catherine Jones (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

Catherine Jones’ debut novel, Wonder Girls, is an inspirational and at times heartbreaking story about love and friendship, ambition and loss. More importantly, it’s a celebration of GIRL-POWER. This is the kind of read that will have woman of all ages raising their fists in solidarity and saying things like “I am Woman, here me roar!” or similar. Menfolk beware. This book may make you a teensy... Read more

REVIEW: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

So fairytales are pretty hot right now. If that seems like a ridiculous sentence, consider the fact that we have not one, but two “Snow White” movies set to hit the big screen this year. It seems like all of a sudden the world had gone bonkers for stories about fairytale princesses living happily ever after. I blame Kate Middleton. Still, having suffered from a pretty serious fairytale addictio... Read more

by | March 26, 2012

Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

In her fourth novel, Various Pets Alive & Dead, Marina Lewycka employs her customary brand of keen wit and farcical comedy to explore the ever-present, ever widening gap that separates one generation from the next. Switching scenes between Doncaster and London, this is a refreshingly original and absurdly funny commentary on modern values told with a delicious combination of irony and dark ... Read more

by | February 27, 2012

REVIEW: The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

Claire Bidwell Smith’s, The Rules of Inheritance, is an emotionally charged memoir exploring the myriad nature of grief. Bidwell Smith was fourteen-years-old the year that both her mother and father were diagnosed with cancer. By the time she was twenty-five she had lost both parents and, as an only child, was left feeling completely and terrifyingly alone in the world. After reading the synops... Read more

by | February 23, 2012

Kerry Greenwood on the Phryne Fisher Murders: Why I Did It

Guest Blogger, Kerry Greenwood: I shall always remember the day that Phryne Fisher walked into my life. I was on the Brunswick Street tram, with a two book contract in my hand (which later practically needed surgery to remove) and no idea of what to write. Who is my hero? I asked myself. 1928. John Buchan’s Mary. Leslie Charteris‘ Saint. THAT sort of hero. Or even a touch of  Sapper... Read more

by | February 21, 2012

SWEET OLD WORLD by Deborah Robertson (Reviewed by Catherine Hill)

Sweet Old World is a stunning, unputdownable novel, with an interesting twist: its protagonist, David, is a middle-aged man and a little lost: he longs for a child. He meets Tania under unusual circumstances, in a remote part of Ireland, and their intense affair kindles a new hope in him that he will, now, some day be a father. The novel is about their affair and its endpoint, which is one of t... Read more

by | February 21, 2012

Lose weight quickly and safely – guest blogger, Susie Burrell, shows you how…

Lose Weight Fast. Could there be a better title for a book? Who doesn’t want to lose weight fast? It may take us months if not years of eating too much and not moving our bodies enough to gain weight but once we finally get so sick of it that we want to do something about it, we want the extra weight gone as quickly as possible. And this is the reason that the various detox programs and any qui... Read more

by | January 30, 2012

REVIEW: The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

In this highly anticipated follow-up to her award winning first novel, Good to a Fault, Marina Endicott tackles the fascinating world of vaudeville in it’s hey day of the early 20th century. The Little Shadows is itself something of a variety act, at turns tragic and comedic, melodramatic and risqué. It is a theatrical performance of a book, written in four acts and separated by an overture, in... Read more

by | January 23, 2012

REVIEW: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling)

You know you have found a really special book when reading it gives you shivers. This is especially true when you happen to be reading the book in weather conditions far more conducive to sweltering than shivering. I took Eowyn Ivey’s The Show Child on holiday with me. I read it in surroundings that could not be further removed from the book’s ice-cold, Alaskan setting. And yet despite the fact... Read more

by | January 18, 2012