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Countdown to Australia’s Favourite Novelist: 40-31 as voted by you

Welcome to day two of the unveiling of Australia’s Favourite Novelist, as voted by you. Here’s the story so far: 50. Peter Temple 49. Jay Kristoff 48. Nikki Gemmell 47. Charlotte Wood 46. Andy Griffiths 45. Di Morrissey 44. Christina Stead 43. Christos Tsiolkas 42. Rachael Treasure 41. Morris Gleitzman Don’t forget to pencil in January 25th as a big day on the calender as we c... Read more

by | January 22, 2013

Award-winning author Charlotte Wood reveals her Five Favourite Australian Authors

Award-winning author Charlotte Wood author of The Children, Animal People, Love and Hunger and many more reveals her Five Favourite Australian Authors                                                    ————————————————— I hate picking favourites; mine change all the time. But here are Five Aust... Read more

by | January 16, 2013

Guest Blogger: Publisher Meredith Curnow Wishes Patrick White a Happy 100th Birthday

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY PATRICK WHITE Patrick White was born on this day in England in 1912. He was then taken to Australia, where his father owned a sheep farm, when he was six months old. He was educated in England at Cheltenham College and King’s College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the war. He returned to Austr... Read more

And the winner is (drumroll please)… Congratulations to the Winners of Booktopia’s April Competitions!

The Hanging Garden Five lucky customers will receive a Patrick White book pack containing 1 of each of the following: The Tree of Man Patrick White : A Life The Aunt’s Story And the winners are… N. Berryman, Inverell, NSW K. Treloar, Melbourne, VIC C. Stratigos, Clothiers Creek, NSW R. Bain, Sydney, NSW W. Lawrance, Denmark, WA Click here to buy The Hanging Garden from Booktopia, Au... Read more

by | May 11, 2012

REVIEW: The Hanging Garden by Patrick White – reviewed by John Purcell

The Hanging Garden may just change the way Patrick White is thought of by Australian readers. For many years now, the mere mention of his name has sent shivers down readers’ spines. Granted, for a small percentage of readers, these were the shivers of ecstasy but for the vast majority they were aroused by fear, dread and, for some, loathing. Australia’s only recipient of the Nobel Prize for Lit... Read more

by | March 28, 2012

FILM: Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm

FILM: The Eye of the Storm Directed by Fred Schepisi In a Sydney suburb, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. In dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a formidable force on those around her. It is via Mrs Hunter’s authority over living that her household and children vicariously face death and st... Read more

by | July 21, 2011

The 50 Must Read Australian Novels (40 to 31) (The Popular Vote 2010)

If we mometarily ignore the genius of Hal Porter (37) and the Nobel Prize winning Patrick White (32), the next ten titles on our list could be said to represent the best of modern writing in Australia. Who am I trying to kid? I can’t ignore Hal Porter or Patrick White. The next ten, therefore, can be said to represent the best of Australian writing. No more said. (Full List of 50 Must Rea... Read more

by | December 18, 2010

The Lost Man Booker Prize : Shirley Hazzard, Mary Renault, H.E.Bates, Melvyn Bragg

A quick look at the list of Man Booker Prize Winners is enough to convince anyone that it is the premier literary award. Peter Carey, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Hilary Mantel, William Golding, Arundhati Roy to name but a few winners… And yet we can always come up with the names of authors who are not listed and we believe should be. Well, recently the Man Booker has made... Read more

by | February 4, 2010

Christina Stead, Henry Handel Richardson, Clive James, Germiane Greer

Bring Back the Cultural Cringe The cultural cringe served a purpose, it caused the best and brightest to look outwards beyond the Australian Coastline to a world of complexity, of difference, of foreign ideas, foreign questions and answers and of universal solutions. Since the demise of the cringe self-complacency has stifled our endeavours. Our benchmark is ourselves. Our history is confined t... Read more

by | January 26, 2010