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November 2010 | Edition 26
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
Can you believe it? It's November. The count-down is on for all things festive - family, friends, and a lovely long break in the sun.

This issue of Bookopia Buzz is huge! There is the tail end of Booktoberfest to check out (especially with those giveaways that end on October 31), two fantastic Patricia Cornwell collections to be won, as well as a swag load of great new books. Whether you are the "airport read" type or really get into literary fiction, I've got you covered.

I have a "heads-up" on our Christmas ordering cut-off dates and don't forget, we will have our extensive Christmas catalogue live on site next week so you can get started with making your list and checking it twice. Yes, it's that time of year!

Happy shopping all,

Toni Whitmont
Editor-in-Chief
Booktopia
PORT MORTUARY
Great news! From the world's #1 bestselling crime writer, Patricia Cornwell, comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel - Port Mortuary.

Better still, here at Booktopia we have a fantastic opportunity for you.

Click here to order Port MortuaryBetween now and the end of November you have a chance to win one of two Patricia Cornwell backlist packs.

You got it - two sets of 16 fabulous Scarpetta books up for grabs and more dead bodies than you could shake a shovel at.

What do you need to do?
  • 1. Order Port Mortuary (available from November 1).

  • 2. Email here  with your order number and your answer to the question "who is your favourite crime fiction author and why"? 
Competition winners will be announced on the Booktopia Blog in early December.



Port Mortuary, the title of Patricia Cornwell's 18th Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead.

In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a military scholarship and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy--a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector.

As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta's new Cambridge home.

But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked insider the Center's cooler. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties. She realizes that she is fighting a cunning and cruel enemy that is invisible as she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.

In Port Mortuary, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels, and we welcome a voice we haven't heard in years. The point of view is Scarpetta's, and this is her story.

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FICTION
Each month it seems to get harder and harder to whittle books down to the key, the quirky and the compelling.

Because it is November, and because our warehouse shelves are groaning with new stock, I do have a lot of big titles, by big authors in two sections - here and here.

I have an interesting collection of more literary fiction here, and this month, I have not one, but two "books of the month". My suggestion is to read first How It Feels,  and then get into The Hundred-Foot Journey as therapy.

There is of course, a very wide selection of new fiction titles in my November favourites here.
HOW IT FEELS
THE ONE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY
Read MoreBRENDAN COWELL

You have to hope that there isn't too much of a self portrait in Brendan Cowell's debut novel How it Feels. A quick check on the ubiquitous Wikipedia and it feels crushingly like Neil, the first person narrator in this story of suburban darkness that sucks out your soul. If Neil's story is based on Cowell's own, you have to wonder how he survived it.
Cowell is of course the much beloved actor, screenwriter and director.
How it Feels starts with Neil, his two mates Stuart and Gordon, and his girlfriend Courtney,  celebrating the end of school and contemplating their new adult lives. A decade later, one is dead, one is famous, two are getting married and the truth is about to erupt.
How it Feels is not a comfortable read. In fact, I don't think I have had such a visceral reaction to a book since reading Christos Tsoilkas' Dead Europe . Having said that, I picked up the proof copy one afternoon and didn't put it down until I had got to the very last page.
Tsoilkas himself heaps praise on Cowell's novel:
How it Feels is a lacerating, blackly comic novel about the suburban masculine psyche, but it also extends a warmth and understanding to contemporary society that confronted my prejudices and force me to look at the world anew. Cowell's voice is truthful, without any condescension. A smashing novel - urgent, challenging and humane.
For my part, I would describe it as a blowtorch to the belly of the suburban dream. It is an unflinching in its dissection of the ties that bind, and the forces that blow everything apart. Cowell clearly has the voice of the contemporary Australian male, and it is a voice that is howling into the wind.

There is an extended version of my review here.

Brendan Cowell speaks to Booktopia here.

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more details...RICHARD MORAIS

How do we, in this noisy world, find our destiny or calling, particularly when it is at odds with our family and culture? How do we find our "home" in a frenetic world where people are increasingly of mixed heritage and often moving from place to place? I believe good writing should be like daily conversation - at times it is appropriate to be witty and amusing and light, but, at other times, circumstances demand we are serious and thoughtful. So I hope my readers also spot the deeper issues and nuances woven through Hassan's story.
The words of author Richard Morais in his interview with Booktopia.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is immensely likeable, and immensely readable. The eponymous hundred feet is the distance between two restaurants in a small mountain village in France. One is an elegant, refined, two-hatted establishment run by the stern and obsessed spinster (and there is no other word to describe her) Gertrude Mallory. The other is the new, noisy and rather vulgar Indian restaurant across the street, run by Abbas Haji, who has left Mumbai after sectarian violence tears his world apart. The bridge between the two worlds turns out to be Haji's son, Hussan, whose talents as a chef will take him places that neither proprietor will ever go.
In fact, The Hundred-Foot Journey is about cultural differences and reconciliations (of sorts) - the things that keep us apart, and the the things that bring us together.  It is as evocative of Mumbai as it is of Paris. The discussions of food are endlessly interesting, as are the insights into the restaurant culture of Paris and the cliques that determine the fates of the very top echelons of chefs. The characters are full of life, marvellously eccentric but at the same time grounded in reality. While it celebrates both Indian and French culture, it never strays into kitsch. As for the role of food in this book - suffice to say it just makes you want to get into the kitchen and turn out something special for those whom you love.
This is a life affirming book all about food, family and joy.

There is an extended version of my review here.

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THE PLANTATION
THE CONFESSION
more details...DI MORRISSEY

When Australian Julie Reagan discovers a book written about wild Malaysia in the 1970s, she decides to find out more about the author - her great aunt.
Why did her grandmother refuse to speak about her sister who disappeared from the family, 60 years before? What caused such a severe rift?
Julie is invited to stay with her cousins who run the plantation founded by her
great grandfather in Malaya a hundred years ago, and she decides to visit in
the hope of finding clues to this family mystery. What Julie finds sends her
spiralling through generations of loves, deaths, tragedy and the challenges of
the present until she discovers her grandmother's shocking secret.
Morissey is known for her great characterisation and sweeping sagas. Her fans are sure to flock to The Plantation.

Morissey's publisher, Pan Macmillan, is running a consumer competition in association with American Express and Travel Scene, with a luxury trip for two to Malaysia as the prize.

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more details....JOHN GRISHAM

You want the big legal thriller? You want the heart stopping suspense? You want a cracking plot that hooks you in and characters that are so well drawn that you're immediately fighting for them in their corner?
Grisham is such a master of the courtroom thriller that it is always a pleasure to read one of his novels, knowing that you'll end up fully sated having read a well-crafted story with fully imagined characters and The Confession certainly delivers in spades.
When Travus Boyette, a convicted felon, walks into a church in small-town Missouri, he carries with him a terrible secret. Ten years ago he murdered a woman and someone else is on death row convicted of the crime, due to be executed in a matter of days. Boyette can put things right, if only he has enough time.
I am tense just thinking about it.  Guess what page turner is going to be on my Christmas present of choice?

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FORTUNE COOKIE

FULL DARK, NO STARS
more detailsBRYCE COURTENAY

By any measure, you'd have to say that Bryce Courtney was a success, let alone for  an illegitimately born boy deep in the Lebombo Mountains of South Africa. Probably Australia's most prolific and popular author, Courtenay is back again with another blockbuster for the Christmas season, this time set in the advertising industry of the 1960s in Singapore (think Mad Men and add a cheongsam). Simon Wong, a Chinese - Australian, goes to Singapore to establish an office, only to find himself in love and in the middle of a huge scam - drugs, murder, spies - the lot. Courtenay specialises in broad sweeping stories with emotional punch and some great surprises.
He is still putting the finishing touches on this one, and it is being rushed to the printer to be available by November 15.

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more detailsSTEPHEN KING

This is the man who is the master of the dark, chilling, clammy short story. This is the man behind The Shawshank Redepemtion, and Stand By Me.
Now King brings us four more riveting and chilling short stories, perfect for scarying yourself silly when you have had enough Christmas cheer.
Tens of thousands got into Under the Dome last year. So if you are up for it, experience Full Dark, No Stars.

Available November 11.

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THE FORT

FALL GIRL
more detailsBERNARD CORNWELL

The smell of the gunpowder, the flash of the steel, this is Cornwell in full flight as he retells the story of a thousand Scottish infantry whose job it was to hold the northern line in the American war of Independence.
Known now as the Penobscot Expedition of 1779, a small British garrison had been established in what is now Maine (and was then part of Massachusetts), and the rebel government in Boston was determined to expel that garrison. The redcoats were in an unfinished fort, Fort George, and the harbour beneath the fort was protected by three sloops-of-war. Against this the State of Massachusetts sent an army of around 900 men and a fleet of 42 ships, half of which were warships.
As usual, Cornwell does a great job of getting inside the heads of the characters - all real figures from history - all the while ushering us along on the adventure of our lives.
The story is told from both points of view - British and American - and is based on diaries, letters, court transcripts etc.

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more detailsTONI JORDAN

I've tried to channel my love for screw-ball romantic comedies of the forties and fifties into a modern story - a novelistic "Charade" or "To Catch a Thief", something where you could imagine Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn as the protagonists. Except set in Melbourne. Those classic comedies had it all: fascinating characters, intricate plots, witty dialogue and sexual tension to burn. I only hope I have done them justice.
(Toni Jordan)
If you keep that in mind, you will love Fall Girl. If you  keep harking back to her eccentric and wonderful Addition, which came before, you may be a little disappointed.
Jordan's new book teeters between a plot-driven heist adventure and a character-driven romance, but it is great fun and definitely a cut above the usual chic lit fare. I really enjoyed this tale of a family of swindlers, a sting, and a whole lot of complications.

Click here to read Toni Jordan's replies to our Ten Terrifying Questions including her former secret fear that Ronald Reagan was going to blow up the planet.

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A TINY BIT MARVELLOUS
TO THE END OF THE LAND
more detailsDAWN FRENCH

This first novel by Dawn French is told through the eyes of a mother and her two teenage children. There's seventeen-year-old Dora, a stroppy teenager who's just come out of her first relationship (it lasted a whole six weeks) and who's longing to escape to university, her long-suffering mother, Mo, a child psychiatrist who's baffled by the antagonist behaviour of her children, and sixteen-year-old Peter, who prefers to be known as Oscar due to his obsession with Oscar Wilde.
Written in diary format, with each chapter narrated by a different voice, this is a hilarious, sharp and utterly compelling novel about the ups and down of family, sibling rivalry and growing up. With each chapter told from the point of view of one character, Dawn French's witty and engaging novel offers us an honest and insightful account into the relationships between children and parents.

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more detailsDAVID GROSSMAN

Finally in English and now finally in Australia, this is the calibre of praise that has been heaped on Israeli writer Grossman's To the End of the Land.
It is tricky to set out the scale of Grossman's achievement without resorting to reviewers' clichés. He has aimed as high as it is possible to do in a novel which deals with the great questions of love, intimacy, war, memory and fear of personal and national annihilation - and has overwhelmingly achieved everything. To the End of the Land will have to be read and re-read to begin to scratch the surface of its ambitions to scrape raw the human heart. (The Independent)
Here is what our very own Booktopia Book Guru aka John Purcell has it say.
I started to read To the End of the Land and immediately recognised I was in the hands of an exceptional storyteller. The prologue is a very fine piece of writing. It reminds me of the best of Russell Hoban and Gunter Grass. Dark and strange, haunting, I read line after line not knowing where I was going but confident that Grossman was beside me, ready to catch me should I stumble. I knew he would not stumble. There is no greater gift a writer can give a reader than confidence in their ability to take us all the way to the very end of their tale. Especially, as in this case, if you suspect the story will take you far... well out of your comfort zone.
Beyond the prologue a vast complicated world opens up. There is noise and divorce, Arab/Israeli tension, sweat, miscommunication, suspicion, regret, loss, fear... and love. A love too strong, overwhelming, a love of a mother for her child, a love that is cruel in it's intensity and therefore suspect, questioned, avoided and despaired of.
Grossman gives us a glimpse of an Israel that is complicated, self-consciously so - not one character can think, let alone speak without finding themselves entangled in hundreds of associated thoughts - of history, so much history, of religion, of past wrongs, of future wrongs, of hope and of resignation.
There is nothing new and clean and uncomplicated in this Israel, it is as intense as the relationship between mother and child, with no place to breathe and nowhere to escape to. To the End of the Land is dark and intense but it is also compelling, gripping and well worth every lost illusion.

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SUNSET PARK
THE DISTANT HOURS
more details...PAUL AUSTER

Described as "luminous and passionate, an expansive and emotional tour de force" Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.
Pre-publication proof copies were as scarce as hen's teeth on this one, so I am still chaffing at the bit to read it. Meanwhile, here is a review from Allen and Unwin's Luke Frost.
A brilliant, insightful work by Paul Auster, which will appeal to both the firm believers in all that the author does, and those that love his more complete novels, like The Brooklyn Follies. Following the troubled lives of several people squatting in a dilapidated house in New York, Auster crafts a gripping narrative out of the tangled shreds of their life stories.
Miles Heller is the central character, a young man beset by the demons of a tragic mistake he made as a teenager, who has cut himself off from his family and career. His only redemption is the young love of his life, a romance that is forbidden and fraught with danger. His father teeters on the brink of decline, his business and his marriage faltering. His housemates each have their own issues and demons, but are brought together into an environment of cautious hope and nurture in the unlikely squat in which they live - a bastion of hope that may be snatched away by the authorities at any time.
Miles and the damaged characters that surround him are dealt a heavy hand by the author, but treated with such an immense depth of humanity that they seem drawn to hope and redemption throughout. As usual, Paul Auster proves himself to be a mind of frightening intelligence, warmth and compassion, and his wit and wisdom pervade all aspects of this charming and captivating novel.  This will definitely be remembered as one of his great works.

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more detailsKATE MORTON

Kate Morton is a powerful writer with a talent for creating enduring characters and setting them against riveting storylines.
Divided between present-day and World War II England, The Distant Hours explores the deep bonds that can form during times of hardship and the secrets that can tear them apart. Vivid and visceral, Kate Morton's characters will pull readers deep into their story from the very first page, and will keep them there until the very last.
Thirty-something Edie Burchill is somewhat happy, somewhat dissatisfied, with her life. As the vice-president of a small publishing company with offices in Notting Hill, she spends her days playing with words and sentences, helping people express their ideas. On the other hand, she has to contend with her mother, a woman she has a hard time understanding.
Everything changes, however, when Edie's mother receives a mysterious letter postmarked from Milderhurst Castle, the place where she lived for over a year as a young girl at the height of World War II. The impact the letter has on Meredith Burchill is dramatic. During a trip into the country to meet with a potential author, Edie becomes lost and the winding roads eventually lead her to the rusty gates of Milderhurst Castle. Intrigued, she makes some inquiries in the nearby village and learns that three sisters, Persephone, Seraphina, and Juniper, still live within its confines-each now an elderly woman, each never married. And it is these women who took in young Meredith when she was an evacuee fifty years before.
Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. She learns that a child's nightmare can be a father's salvation and that the written word can wield terrible power.
With lush detail and lyrical prose, The Distant Hours reveals the ways in which the emotions and evasions of the past can reverberate into the present and solidifies Kate Morton's reputation as a masterful storyteller.

There is a publisher organised consumer promotion with this book (details on the book) with a $10,000 gift voucher from Percy Marks up to win.

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DARK MATTER
HAND ME DOWN WORLD
more details...MICHELLE PAVER

Paver has an obsession with cold inhospitable places and reputation as an excellent writer for young people.
Don't be mistaken with Dark Matter.  This is definitely not one to give to your son who loved her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. This  cracker of a book is definitely not for kids.
In Dark Matter , Paver presents us with a ghost story of sorts. It is set in (fictitious) Gruhuken inside Norway's Arctic Circle in 1937 where three English scientists are preparing to over-winter in a completely isolated bay, abandoned some generations ago by a motley collection of miners and trappers. But there is someone else there, or something, something malevolent. And then our intrepid three are reduced to two, two to one, and then the sun disappears below the horizon and it won't be coming back for months...
I was advised not to read Dark Matter alone, and not to read it late at night. I didn't follow that advice but I probably should have. In my mind, I am still there alone in the freezing hut, with a paraffin light,  blankets tacked over the windows so I  am not tempted to look out, no hint of dawn for months,  waiting for Dark Matter.
Paver has written a seriously good, very original,  genuinely creepy story. Dark Matter will take her to a whole new adult audience, which will be grateful for the discovery.

Read my extended review here.
We have a book trailer here.

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more detailsLLOYD JONES

Hand Me Down World is the new book from Lloyd Jones, the best-selling author of Mister Pip.
This is a story about a woman. And the truck driver who mistook her for a prostitute. And the old man she robbed and the hunters who smuggled her across the border. And the woman whose name she stole and the wife who turned a blind eye. This is the story of a mother searching for her child.
This is a novel you cannot stop thinking about.
Much of Jones' work concerns the theme of identity and this is certainly the case with his latest novel. We learn of Ines slowly, depending both on whose voice is narrating her story, and the lightness with which she appears and disappears from people's lives. There is a dream like quality to much of the novel, and the perceptions of Ines shift and change like a mirage from the deserts of her native Tunisia. Ines survives in Berlin on the margins of society, making do with the unreliable supply of hand me downs. But it is not only her possessions that are unreliable and second hand - it is her story itself.
Jones was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, and won the Commonwealth Prize, with Mister Pip. Hand Me Down World certainly will delight his followers. As a newcomer to his books, I found it an engaging, original and intriguing read.

Read Jones' answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions here.

Here is the author discussing his work.

Hand Me Down World is also available as a hardback.

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THE EMPTY FAMILY
MR SHAKESPEARE'S BASTARD
more detailsCOLM TÓIBÍN

Short stories wax and wane with their popularity although the recent success of Nam Le's The Boat should put sceptisicm to rest for a little while. And what is not to savour about a collection from the master of prose and atmosphere, Colm Tóibín? Nine new stories, chronicling lives of unconscious longing, perfect for the time poor reader who demands to be immediately engaged with quality prose.

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more detailsRICHARD B. WRIGHT

In a quiet manor house in Oxfordshire, an ailing housekeeper by the name of Aerlene Ward feels the time has come to confess the great secret that has shaped her life - she is the illegitimate daughter of William Shakespeare.
With a brilliant eye and ear for this rich period of history, Wright brings to life the teeming streets of Elizabethan London and the seasonal rhythms of rural life as he interweaves the intriguing stories of the lovely Elizabeth, who allows herself to be seduced by a struggling young writer from Stratford, and her plain but clever daughter, who must live with the consequences.
An engaging blend of invention and historical detail, with little touches of the Bard himself, the book will delight the senses and touch the heart.

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ALL THIS IS TRUE - NON FICTION FOR NOVEMBER
OK, gird your loins for non fiction. I've got the heavy hitters (Keith Richards, John Howard) as well as some delightfully off-beat ones that you are going to struggle to find elsewhere.

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MEMOIR - THE BIG THREE
more details... LAZARUS RISING by John Howard

The most significant Australian autobiography of the year, this is John Winston Howard in his own words. Not only did he lead the country for eleven years, he is still the most important conservative since Sir Robert Menzies. Lazarus Rising is  a unique view of Australian politics, through the eyes of the ultimate insider. 

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more detailsLIFE by Keith Richards

What can I say? Its Keef - in his own words (and apparently he really can still string a sentence together which when you think about it, is a marvel).

We have an excerpt here and a stack of pre-orders already. I'd be getting in quickly on this one if I were you.

Meanwhile, this is what his publisher has to say.

The opportunity to publish an autobiography as enthralling as that of Keith Richards comes once in a lifetime-if you're lucky! And lucky is what I'm feeling as I finish reading Life, the most exciting memoir I've ever had a hand in. Not only does it recount the essential rock 'n' roll life-that would be plenty. It captures much more: Blasting past the constraints of postwar England; a passionate appetite for music, especially America's heartfelt blues, R&B, country, and soul; how it felt to arrive in America with The Rolling Stones as torrents of change were unleashed. All those encounters and adventures we've heard of for decades-Redlands, Morocco, exile in France, Altamont-and the people-Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg, Gram Parsons, Patti Hansen, Johnny Depp and more - are here in Keith's own vivid memories.

The best news of all is how superbly written this book is. Working with James Fox (I hope you know his excellent White Mischief ), Keith Richards has created his story in a voice as intimate and unmistakable as if he were sitting across from you talking. And the man sitting there is experienced,opinionated, witty, learned, and utterly unrestrained. We are lucky to have this extraordinary book, and I cannot wait to share it with you.

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more detailsDECISION POINTS by George W. Bush

Ex-president Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationship with his family. This is shaping up to be a groundbreaking new brand of memoir, that will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history - and the man at the centre of events.

Available from November 12.


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MADE IN AUSTRALIA
more detailsTHE WORLD FROM
DOWN UNDER: A
CHAT WITH
HISTORY

George Negus

Equally as comfortable striding the globe as sitting in a television studio talking to us, Negus certainly has earned the right to give us his view of the world. What he did for Islam and Italy, he is now doing for Oz  and that is presenting us a  broadbrush view of how everything from climate change to women's rights - how we see the world, and how the world sees us.

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more detailsDANNII 
MY STORY

Dannii Minogue


She is 38, she has grown up in the public eye and she is finally setting the record straight about cancer, sibling rivalry, marriage, divorce, drugs, Sharongate and becoming a mum. A must for the fans.

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more detailsUNDERBELLY: THE
GOLDEN CASKET
John Silvester &
Andrew Rule


Carl Moran once called himself The Premier because he thought he ruled Victoria, yet he was bashed to death in the state's most secure jail. (By the way, check out that coffin!)
Award winning journalists Silvester and Rule are back on home turf with this latest gripping true crime installment of Underbelly.

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more detailsON THE RECORD:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS AND
POWER
Laurie Oakes


From Black Jack McEwan to Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott,  Oakes dissects them all with his characteristic insight and clarity. A must for political junkies.

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more detailsFOCUS ON
AUSTRALIA
: WINNING PHOTOS FROM
THE NATION'S
BEST

Ken Duncan

What can I say? This is a stunning book offering unique glimpses of Australia. Culled from entries from more than 7,000 amateur photographers (including Ray Martin's cracker images), this is a visual representation of our country that would happily grace anyone's home.
Have a look at these page spreads.

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read moreSHACK: IN PRAISE
OF AN
AUSTRALIAN ICON

Simon Griffiths

Despite being a nation of suburbanites, most Australian hold a special place in their hearts for the beach shack, or the bush shack - the place to recharge, unwind and remember who you really want to be. You really don't have to know some one that well to give them this uniquely Australian gift book.
Griffiths has travelled the length and breadth of the country in his capacity as a photographer for up market magazines and this collection of his images documents that most marvellous form of self expression - the bush shack. Be it thrown together out of bits of corrugated iron, or designed by a master architect, this book is a visual feast.

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more detailsSIX MONTHS OF
PANIC: HOW THE
GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS HIT
AUSTRALIA
Trevor Sykes


Sykes has been around in financial journalism since the year dot. He has written and edited for just about every business publication and no one speaks with a voice as knowledgeable or as authoritative than him.
After a swathe of books on the GFC from an English, American and European perspective, we finally have something looking at it from our own shores. He covers everything - from the collapse of Lehman Brothers to Babcock and Brown. Want to know how we just managed to squeak through by the skin of our teeth? Sykes will tell you.

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more detailsBEST AUSTRALIAN INTERIORS
Gary Tackle


Come inside and see the best of the best in local indoor design. This is a must for renovators and the design professional.

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more detailsMEMOIRS OF A
SHOWGIRL: FROM BRISVEGAS TO
THE CHAMPS
ELYS
ÉES
Shay Stafford

Talk about dancing with the stars! You can't shine brighter as a show dancer than season after season in Paris at the  Moulin Rouge and the Lido.
Stafford's tell-all memoir is loads of fun. It's a glamorous life, albeit exceptionally hard work. She's back on home turf now in Brisbane. I wonder how she is coping?

Stafford answers our Ten Terrifying
Questions here.


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FOOD AND DRINK 
Wayne, I cannot believe how many fantastic cook books are around this season.

There are the celebrity chefs, the great cooks, the restauranteurs, the stalwarts who can reliably put a new twist to an old favourite, the international pin-up boys (and girls, don't forget Nigella). And there is no shortage of specialty produce and diet books either - organic, vegan, baking, slow cooking, fast cooking - you name it, there is a new cookbook covering it.

Our October Food and Drink Buzz has a great selection for you to choose from. We will be updating it with November and December titles in the next week or two so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, go here to see what other Booktopia customers are interested in right now.

Meanwhile, I have some real treats for you. Here are the books that you are not going to see at your local discount department store. Yes, they are all food or drink titles, but if you want something out of the box, look no further. Perfect for gifts, perfect for you.

more detailsHEART & SOUL: AUSTRALIA'S FIRST FAMILIES OF WINE
by Graeme Lofts with a forward by James Halliday


The twelve families that have put the Australian wine industry on the map, a full bodied account of the very best of viticulture in this country. Better still, if you order before midnight on October 31, you may be the one to whom we are sending a dozen of Bortoli's best.

Have a look inside the book here.

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more detailsMOSH POTATOES by Steve Seabury

After a heavy night of thrash, with no doubt all manner of substances, what do  the members of Anthrax and the like do? Yep, they cook. Heavy metal goes to the kitchen in what is probably the cleverest title name of the season.

Real men, real recipes - trailer here.

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Audrey Gordon's Tuscan SummerAUDREY GORDON'S TUSCAN SUMMER
by Audrey & Phillip Gordon


No, Nigella hasn't gone blonde. This is Audrey, better known from The Librarians, with a liberal dose of Tom Gleisner thrown in. Very funny, again, real recipes (and somewhat more bellissimo than those in Mosh Potatoes,) and woe betide the cook who strays from our Audrey's instructions.

Have a look inside the book here.

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more detailsA FOOD LOVER'S PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE
COMPOSTELA
Food, Wine and Walking along the Camino Through Southern
France and the North of Spain

by Dee Nolan

To say this is unique would be an understatement. This is a beautifully put together big coffee table of a book, lavishly photographed with well written essay-like text. Part travel, part food, part spirit, Nolan explores vineyards,  farms, monasteries, villages and providores in the footsteps of one thousand years of pilgrims. Sublime.

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more detailsINDIA: THE COOKBOOK by Pushpesh Pant

What with the Commonwealth Games and the latest tests, we can't get enough of India at the moment. Pushpesh Pant has spent two decades collecting authentic family recipes from all over the country, each of which has been carefully edited, tested and collated to produce a remarkable collection documenting the rich diversity of Indian cuisine. One thousand recipes and one very fabulous jacket design. By the way, I have a sampler from the book and I have road-tested a couple of recipes - they work, and they are terrific.

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more detailsLADURÉE: THE RECIPES
by Phillipe Andrieu and Sophie Traminer


How could I not draw this to your attention? Like hundreds of thousands before me, I have lined up along Place de la Madeleine in Paris, finally entered the gilt decorated tea rooms and sat at the world's tiniest tables pecking at the world's most exquisite, and most expensive, petits fours. Now, with the help of this book, we can knock them out at home. OK, this isn't barbeque fare and very few of us will actually have the patience nor the skill to reproduce  these  sugar coated delights,  but we can relive the moment through the pictures. C'est formidable!

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more detailsMOVIE DINNERS
Reel recipes from your favourite films 
by Becky Thorn

See the movie, cook the food. This is the perfect gift for movie buffs. The cerviche from A Fish Called Wanda, spaghetti from Goodfellas, even the fava beans from Silence of the Lambs and fortunately nothing from La Grande Bouffe or else you would have to re-enact the exploding scene.

Along similar lines is Recipe for Murder , a book of frightfully good food inspired by fiction in which 32 great hero-villains of literature lure the reader into the kitchen to sample their signature recipes - Snow White's stepmother concocts bewitching caramel apples, Brutus tosses as Caesar salad - you get the idea.

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more detailsGOURMET PILGRIM ITALY
Recipes, culture and stories from the kitchen tables of Italy
by Richard von Busack


This is a brick of a book. It is lavish, full of information, and absolutely jam-packed with authentic recipes. This is the cook's cookbook.

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BAD BOYS AND HEROES
Love them or loathe them, these are the Australian sports greats that everyone is talking about.

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by Archie Thompson

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more detailsBARASSI: THE BIOGRAPHY
by
Peter Lalor


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more detailsOVER BUT NOT 
by
Richie Benaud


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more detailsOPEN SEASON
by Jason Akermanis

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more detailsTHE INSIDE LINE
by
Craig Lowndes & Mark Fogarty

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available November 15MY LIFE STORY
by
Ben Cousins

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Peter Brock: The Amazing Story of a Legend's Rise to Fame

by Terry Russell and Colin Fulton

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more detailsTHE CAPTAINS
by
Malcolm Knox

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LOOKING TO THE PAST
Whether it is the broad canvas of history, or details of a remarkable person's daily life and the impact it had on others, history is always fascinating. Here is my pick of the history books for the month.

more detailsBLIGH: MASTER MARINER by Rob Mundle

There is a lot more to Captain Bligh than the Bounty, mutiny and convicts.

Bestselling author of The Fatal Storm returns to the sea once more and presents us with a Captain Bligh that we barely recognise, a Bligh who is all about bravery, brilliance, endurance and integrity. In a story of the romance of the sea and adventure under sail, this new interpretation is both excellently researched and a pleasure to read.

Go here for our interview with Mundle.


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more details...THE KOREAN WAR by Cameron Forbes

To many Australians it was the forgotten war. To others, it is the war that has never really ended. Many of us got an insight into its awful legacy in the north with Barbara Demick's excellent Nothing to Envy. Now at last, we have the Australian take on it all. Told in Forbes' typical riveting narrative style, using everything from diaries and letters to policy and strategy documents, The Korean War lays bare the conflict in all of its human, military and geopolitical dimensions.

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more detailsSTREET FIGHT IN NAPLES by Peter Robb

I am a huge Peter Robb fan. The award winning author of Midnight in Sicily and A Death in Brazil now completes his history "trilogy" by turning his attention to the irrepressible confusion and conundrum that is Naples. Robb's approach is both personal and unique. He is an utterly compelling author, he lives his writing, and he lives life on the broad canvas. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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more detailsCHOCOLATE WARS: From Cadbury to Kraft- 200 years of
sweet success and bitter rivalry
by
Deborah Cadbury

As a young child, the knowledge that a branch of my family had built a chocolate factory filled me with wonder. What sort of charmed life did such a possibility offer to my relatives? Every Christmas I had an insight when the most enormous case arrived from my uncle Michael, containing a large supply of mouth-watering chocolates. Such a memory can never be erased.

No indeed! Deborah Cadbury has a long, successful track record as a writer of popular economic history and in this close to home story, she recounts the ups and downs of the industry as an empire is built - and very nearly lost. Absorbing characters, extraordinary vision, all presented with that delicious waft of cocoa.

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more detailsA SECRET GIFT by Ted Gup

This is a most interesting and  heartwarming story. It works on two levels. The first is the incredibly generous act of Mr Virdot of Ohio, who in 1933 called for submissions from strangers to whom he would respond with funds to relieve their misery at Christmas.

On another level, we follow the author's own search to discover who his grandfather, Samuel Stone, the pseudonymous Mr Virdot, really was, and why he never told anyone of his tragic past before he came to America.

It all starts with a suitcase of letters given to Gup several years ago. You can watch him explain it here.

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more detailsTHE PAPER GARDEN
Mrs Delaney begins her life's work at 72
by Molly Pascoe

Mary Granville Pendarves Delaney was a child bride to a 60 year old drunk. After his death, she remarried and spent several decades on the periphery of the Georgian court. That alone makes her life a fascinating insight into eighteenth century British women. What elevates it to the unique however, is her decision, at 72, to start experimenting with scissors and paper. Over the next decade she created nearly 1000 botanically correct cut paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum as the Flora Delanica collection.

This is an idiosyncratic and enthralling look at her life, as well as a meditation on the nature of art and creativity, and it comes with many lovely images of those flowers. We have some internal shots of the book here.

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CREATING AN AUSTRALIAN GARDEN
FROM THE GROUND UP: A COMPLETE GARDEN GUIDE FOR NEW SOUTH WALES GARDENERS
more detailsAngus Stewart

Learn everything you need to know to allow you to create a stunning native garden where ever you live. This book features 450 native varieties and hundreds of spectacular photographs with a wealth of practical tips to help you choose the ideal plant for every spot - and best of all, its all drawn from Stewart's wealth of experience.

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more detailsLinda, Sandra & Graham Ross

Victorians and South Australians have had the benefit of similar books for a couple of years and now it is the turn of New South Wales people to really get their teeth into a complete and comprehensive garden guide written specifically for them.
This covers everything from plant selection, advice, propagating techniques, pruning, fertilising, design and  pests and diseases, all put together by the Ross family, which is of course well known for their passionate gardening endeavours.

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From the Ground Up
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GARDENS OF THE WORLD: THE GREAT TRADITIONS
WATERWISE GARDENING FOR AUSTRALIA
more detailsRory Stuart

This book is pure inspiration. Wander through the the water palaces of the Islamic world, the refined sensibilities of the Japanese garden, the English park gardens with their glorious borders and the splendour that is the Italian garden. You can get a really good idea of it through the Google preview here.

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more detailsReaders Digest

Despite the extraordinarily wet spring we have had in the eastern half of Australia, no one can doubt the need for waterwise gardening. Visit towns like Roxby Downs or Alice Springs and you will really see how xeriscaping can make the desert bloom. Meanwhile, there is much to be learned by the rest of us from this very comprehensive Reader's Digest reference book written specifically for Australian conditions as it shows you how have a bountiful garden using little or no water.

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CURIOUS AND CURIOUSER - GLIMPSES OF SCIENCE
more details... Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl is of course, our most visible and popular champion of science, and he is back this year with a new look compendium of scientific miscellany. You can bank on him to deliver science to the uninitiated in bite size chunks, well delivered, accurate and with a great sense of fun and the absurd. And who else is going to answer questions like can we win at the pokies and why is the sky blue? This is great stuff, for all ages.

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SWAINSTON'S FISHES OF AUSTRALIA
by Roger Swainton


Swainston is both a zoologist and an artist and here in this incredible and substantial book, he has illustrated in infinitessimal detail every one of the 1,500 odd species of fish found in Australian waters.

This book is as much a work of art as it is of science, and the thinking of course behind it all, is to foster conservation and to preserve species. It really is something special.

We have lots of extra content on the book here, so you really can buy with confidence.
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BIG NAMES IN MUSIC
more details THE ULTIMATE METALLICA
by Ross Halfin and James Hetfield


Metallica is finishing up the Australian leg of a huge world tour at the moment. In fact, everything about this band is huge - from the sound they make to the numbers of fans that flock to their concerts all around the world. Packed full of stunning photographs, this will make your metal mad man* very happy indeed.

*I use the word man deliberately. The ratio of men to women at a Metallica concert seems to be about ten to one. I speak from bitter experience.

Fans will also be interested in Mick Wall's Biography of the band, Metallica: Enter the Night.

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more detailsKEEP ROCKIN': BILLY THORPE, CELEBRATING AN
AUSTRALIAN LEGEND
by Lynn Thorpe and Dino Scatena


Those of us with longer memories would no doubt have stomped their way across wooden floorboards to the galvanising beat of Thorpie and the Aztecs. Here is a celebration of his life and legacy written by the people who knew him best, with contributions from Mick Fleetwood, Olivia Newton-John and Jimmy Barnes.

Most people I know...

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more detailsBEATLES MEMORABILIA: The Julian Lennon Collection
by Julian Lennon


A treasure trove of unique memorabilia published together for the first time, giving Julian's own insight into his father John, and the band that changed it all. This is a must-have for Beatles fans.

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more detailsGIVE ME A CHANCE: My Eight Days With John and Yoko 
by Gail Renard


There were hundreds of people at the Bed-In, each with their own story. This is mine.

8th December 2010 will mark the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death. John Lennon held a dear place in the hearts of people all over the globe - and especially so in the heart of a woman who as a teenager had personally known him from a remarkable encounter.

Give me a Chance   is Gail Renard's true account of her once-in-a-lifetime experience where she joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their famous eight-day Bed-In for Peace against the Vietnam War.  It was May, 1969 and a daring combination of wits and determination saw sixteen-year-old Beatles fan Gail gaining entry to the famous couple's hotel room in Montreal, Canada. Gail's story as to how she then set about turning this unbelievable stroke of fortune into an unforgettable working relationship of trust and mutual respect gives a fascinating insight into the world of celebrity and society during a politically tenuous time that was to be remembered for decades to come. 

For one week Gail shared their version of "everyday" life - babysitting Yoko's five-year-old daughter, being the first person to witness John penning the anthem 'Give Peace a Chance' and then participated in its live recording, all the while busily taking important phone calls from people like George Harrison. She  even chillingly recalls John predicting his own death.

free with book purchaseBooktopia has secured a limited supply of free Beatles tote bags which we are giving away to customers with every order of the book.


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TRAVEL  - THE INTERNAL  JOURNEY
TRAVEL - THE WORLD AWAITS YOU
more detailsSEEKING THE
SACRED:
Transforming Our View of Ourselves and One Another
Stephanie Dowrick

Stephanie Dowrick explores inclusive spiritual wisdom in Seeking the Sacred. She holds out her hand to those who seek guidance with the vexed issued surrounding personal belief in something other than ourselves.
This is an inclusive and open exploratory discussion looking at our connection with something greater than ourselves and what this means when faced with the modern complexity of choice and diversity. It is a book for seekers, written by an ordained interfaith minister famous for her books on personal and spiritual quests.

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more details100 JOURNEYS FOR
THE SPIRIT


Bighorn, Brittany's Carnacs, Borobodur - all in the company of writers of the calibre of Michael Ondaatje, Pico Iyer and Alexander McCall Smith.

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more detailsFOOTPRINT: SOUTH
AMERICAN HANDBOOK 2011 ed. 87


Can you believe this book has been used continuously be travellers since the 1920s? That is some recommendation!
You can have a good look at it here.

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more detailsCAMPING AROUND
 AUSTRALIA

Explore Australia

If you are travelling closer to home but still hankering for adventure, you'll be camping and no one does these guide books better than Explore Australia. They are the go-to reference for all things outdoors.

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PINK  BLUE   A BIT OF A LAUGH
more detailsEXPRESS MAKEUP
Rae Morris
 
Look gorgeous in minutes with Australia's top makeup artist.

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HANDMADE LIVING: A DESIGNER COLLECTIVE
Tania MrCartney et al

 
This is a wonderful grouping of unique work by artisan and crafts people, put together under the banner of the ever enticing Handmade Canberra (which is a destination in itself).

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more detailsA LIFE IN FROCKS
Kelly Doust

 
Fantasy, philosophy and memoir from the woman behind The Crafty Minx, this is a passionate exploration of one woman's obsession with fashion.

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more detailsIS THAT THING DIESEL?
Paul Carter


If he wasn't in enough trouble, Carter had to try riding around Australia on a postman's bike powered by cooking oil.
You can guess the rest. He is in conversation with Booktopia here.

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more detailsTHE PLAYBOOK
Barney Stinson

 
How to win your woman, Barney Stinson style. If you were into The Bro Code, you'll be into this. Check out the clip.

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more detailsTHE 1,000 HOUR DAY
Chris Bray

 
Two inexperienced young Australians, a 1,000 kilometre arctic trek across Canada's Victoria Island and 1,000 straight hours of sunlight.

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  more detailsMUM HAD A KINGSWOOD
Tim Ross

 
A brain dump from a very funny man. There is a clip here, and his answers to our questions here.

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more detailsTHINGS BOGANS LIKE
 
More than three million views can't be wrong. The blog is hilarious, now the book brings the modern day bogan to a whole new audience.

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THE SIMPSON'S
WORLD :
The Ultimate
Episide Guide Boxed Set

Matt Groenig
 
Say no more - it's twenty seasons of The Simpson's - everything in the one box, lots of add-ons - the perfect thing for the couch potato in your life. Doh!

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FOR THE YOUNG, AND YOUNG AT HEART

For the best selection of November releases for young people, look at our latest newsletters.


more details more detailsNow, for some highlights. You are going to be absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to books for the under 18s this month. There is everything from the rejacketed  Harry Potter Signature series to the first ever illustrated Harry Potter pop-up book featuring the feat of papercraft engineering that is Hogwarts Castle and Diagon Alley (so cool - check out the book trailer here).



more details more detailsFor the under 5's, my picks would have to be Pocketful of Posies which is an absolutely beautiful collection of rhymes presented with stunning embroidery work and collage, Alison Lester's 20th anniversary edition of Magic Beach (At my beach, my magic beach....) as well as the very cute Hetty's Day Out.


more details more detailsFor the under 12's, Ranger's Apprentice strikes again with The Emperor of Nihon-Jar (which people have been pre-ordering for months in their hundreds). The Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5, The Ugly Truth, will be out on November 10 as well as the new Madame Pamplemousse - The Enchanted Sweet Shop.

The teen set will be interested in Mercy, Crescendo, The Mazerunner, the new Blue Bloods Misguided Angels and of course Kathy Reichs' first foray into the younger market with Virals.

To really get your head around this, go here for the special edition of Booktopia Buzz, featuring the best of November for the under 18s.

Meanwhile, I have just three reviews, all for ones that you may not come across elsewhere.

more detailsBY SUN AND CANDLE LIGHT: POETRY AND PROSE FOR ALL YOUR DAYS, illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Being asked to illustrate this collection was a thrilling challenge. This is not an anthology in the conventional sense, but a beautifully-wrought patchwork of extracts from poetry and prose, beginning with childhood rhymes and nonsense verse, on through adolescence, love and family and ending with eternity. It is rich in sentiment but not in sentimentality. Some of it will open up new horizons to both older children and adults. Many of us will be sent happily back to re-read and re-discover forgotten pleasures. (Shirley Hughes).

This is a book to fall in love with. The perfect gift to welcome a child to the world, or for any special occasion for that matter, this anthology of prose and verse will become a much loved favourite, well thumbed through over time. The big moments in life are times we need to share. We want to know how other people have celebrated their milestones, great and small, sad and joyful. Sometimes just a line or two or a brilliant phrase is enough to send our spirits soaring.
Shirley Hughes' illustrations, witty , imaginative and enormously vital bring to life this anthology of carefully-chosen extracts from poetry and prose, beginning with childhood rhymes on through young adulthood to love, family and eventually old age.

It includes poems from Shakespeare, extracts from great classics such as Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights.

Readers should dip into it as they need, to discover, or indeed rediscover, the thrill of new passions and old pleasures.

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All ages

more detailsTHE SECRET LIVES OF PRINCESSES
by Philippe Lechermeier
Illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer


Now this is an altogether different kind of special. Translated from the French, the text and illustrations of this anthology of princesses reflects classic Gallic style and whimsy.

This is the behind the scenes stories of secret lives of the world's unknown, anonymous and vanished princesses. Mysterious mansions, corridor whispers, backroom confidences, enchanted forests, murmured secrets, faithful pets - everything will finally be explained.

Having spend several pleasurable hours chatting with Princess Babbling Brooke, crossing paths with Princess Picaresque and stumbling around with the Night Princess, I can safely say that I wish I was still the age when someone would consider giving me this as a present. There is much to delight in with this book for 7 - 12 year olds. Do have a look inside here.

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THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna YovanoffTHE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff

Forget Vampires, Fallen Angles and Zombies...

The Replacements are here!

Strange things have always happened in the small town of Gentry and something even stranger is going on with Mackie Doyle. Mackie has never quite fitted in but now it's clear he is literally dying in a human world.

All Mackie wants to do is belong but as a replacement for the baby he was swapped for sixteen years ago, he doesn't quite fit in the human world or in Mayhem, the secret underworld of Gentry where he came from - a place of fairytales, or nightmares. One thing is clear and that is that his time in the human world is coming to an end. The question is whether he can find the power and the key to resisting Mayhem.

When I read The Replacement I got the same shiver of excitement I had when I read Hush Hush last year. There is so much paranormal fiction out there at the moment that it's hugely exciting when a book comes along that redefines, or extends the genre. The Replacement is a wildly imaginative, dark but ultimately redemptive faerie tale of friendship, belonging and discovering the truth of who you are.

Mackie is a wonderful anti hero and for someone who isn't actually human, humane, brave, flawed and totally believable. Tate, our heroine is fantastically tough and wonderfully fragile at the same time and a great role model for young women. They and all those who love them will stay with you for a long time after you reluctantly finish the last page of this book.

Brenna Yovanoff is a really exciting new author. She has always been an observer, a bit of an outsider. According to her "Mackie Doyle's supernatural origin seemed like a perfect metaphor for feeling like an outsider. In a dark and unusual world, he is searching for a place to belong". I can't wait to see more from her.
(Guest reviewer,  Lou Johnson, Managing Director, Simon & Schuster Australia)

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