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FEBRUARY 2011 | Edition 29
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
February! Hot, sticky, yet more rain. The cricket doesn't bear thinking about. School holidays are over, the year is starting up again, routines are getting established, resolutions have been made - and many have been broken.

Want to escape already? As always, the book is the answer.

I know you don't want to wade through a million choices, so I have kept this edition of Booktopia Buzz short and sweet.

Want three of the best?

For escapist fiction, it has to be The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul. People have been lining up for that one for weeks.

For something more substantial, you won't be disappointed in 13 rue Thérèse.

For an insight into a truly great writer, Annie Proulx' own story, Bird Cloud.

To get ready for the blockbuster of the year (and possibly the decade), put your order in for the March 29 release of The Land of Painted Caves.

Meanwhile, if you want to look at my hand-picked selection of the best of fiction, non-fiction, children's and toddlers' books for February, just follow the links.

Happy reading,

Toni Whitmont
Editor-in-Chief
Booktopia
31 YEARS LATER, EARTH'S CHILDREN CONCLUDES - GET READY FOR THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES
Secure your copy now...Book 6THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES by  Jean Auel

Earth's Children is in the top five series in the world. It has been gathering fans since the publication in the early 1980s of The Clan of the Cave Bear. It has been a long, long wait since the last episode, The Shelters of Stone, which was absolutely lapped up by readers in 2002 and which continues to sell steadily.

Finally, Jean Auel has concluded her masterwork. The final book in this compelling series about life thousands of years ago is almost here.

The Land of Painted Caves will be released world-wide on March 29.

Make no mistake - this is going to be an absolute publishing sensation.


This is going to be a gorgeous hardback edition, and the first print run will be produced with a jacket embedded with an augmented reality chip. What that means is that you can hold the book in front of any screen with a camera and the feisty Ayla will appear out of no where as a 3D image - magic!

Booktopia has five complete backlist libraries (volumes 1 to 5) to give away to celebrate the launch of The Land of the Painted Caves. Here's what to do.

1. Pre-order your copy now

2. Send your order number here, answering the question "if you were the first person in the world to speak, what would be your first sentence?"

The names of the lucky people will be announced in the blog in the first week of April.

Want more details?

Go here for my take on the series.

Go here for Booktopia's exclusive interview with Jean Auel.

Go here for the booktrailer and a clip of the author talking about the series.

New to Earth's Children or just want to re-live treasured memories?
Get up to speed with Ayla with books 1 to 5. (right column)

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O: A PRESIDENTIAL NOVEL
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There was much speculation in the week leading up to Christmas about this one. Not only couldn't we talk about it, we couldn't mention its title, nor its name and given that Oprah was in town, it all go a bit confusing. Embargo restrictions aside now, O really looks like it has the goods.

A novel of political intrigue about President Obama, written by an anonymous Washington insider, O offers an incisive portrait of his advisors and what they will do to win the next presidential election in 2012.

Written by an author who has been in the room with Obama, the novel includes revealing and insightful portraits of prominent figures in the political world including a rising political star who takes over the president's 2012 re-election campaign after O's veteran campaign chief is forced to resign because of an affair with a teenage prostitute, a dazzling young journalist whose relationship with one of her sources could complicate her career and a one-term governor with a military background, who is emerging as the likely nominee and a formidable opponent for O.

Meanwhile, O is chafing under the demands of the presidency. His senior aides are running him too hard and, to his irritation, have advised him not to play golf on the weekends. To win re-election, he realises he may have to adopt political methods he had once denounced. As a work of speculative fiction, the details in O will soon be overtaken by events. But no chronicle is more likely to convey the interior life of the 2012 campaign - the issues they will confront, the compromises they will make, the lengths to which they will go for victory.

O : A Presidential Novel is a fascinating, entertaining, and darkly intriguing novel for anyone who wants to understand what the president and his team are really thinking.

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EAT RIGHT, FEEL GOOD
Low GI Diet Handbook Low GI Diet 12-week Weight Loss Plan Low GI Diet for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Low GI Guide for Childhood Diabetes













Something is happening in a supermarket near you. Low GI measurements have been standardised and as a consequence, foods with that imprimateur now have the same credibility as those with the heart tick.

Jennie Brand-Miller and her colleagues pioneered the whole low GI movement more than a decade ago and their work has been copied, adapted and mimicked ever since. Meanwhile, the team has synthesised their knowledge and experience and simplified their work into four straight forward books that are completely revised and updated.

Really, to get your body back on track, this is all you need to know.

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THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL
More details here... DEBORAH RODRIGUEZ

This is the ideal book with which to ease yourself back into the year.

Deborah Rodriguez, author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Kabul Beauty School, makes her compelling fiction debut in this novel of a remarkable coffee shop in the heart of Afghanistan and the women who meet there - each of whom has a story and a secret that will lead them to forge an extraordinary friendship.

Sunny is an energetic American living in Kabul; her pride and joy is the coffee shop she runs for expats, whose stories filter through her daily life. When Yazmina, a young woman from a remote village, is kidnapped, then left on a city street pregnant and alone, Sunny gives her a home - but all Yazmina wants is to find a way to rescue her sister from the same fate. Into their lives comes Candace, a wealthy American who uses her connections to make a difference in the women's circumstances, then ends up needing help herself; Isabel, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life; and Halajan, the den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules and threatens to turn her own son against her. As these women gather and discover that there's more to one another than meets the eye, they'll form a bond that will change not only their own lives but the lives of an entire community.

Rodriguez herself has an interesting story to tell.  In 2002 she went to Kabul volunteering as a nurse's aid. Quickly however, she returned to her trade - as a hairdresser - and set up a beauty school right there in the warzone to give women living in the shadow of the Taliban a place to be women, and a place to learn a trade.

I enjoyed this book enormously. Rodriquez paints a vivid picture of Afghan culture. A touch of Maeve Binchy, a touch of The Kite Runner and you get the picture.

Members of my Buzz Club have already been lining up for this one for weeks. It is perfect for reading groups, and perfect for an end of summer read.

To read Rodriguez' answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions, go here .

To read a chapter sampler, go here.

And for reading group questions and suggestions, go here.

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FEMALE APPEAL

More details THE SHELLY BEACH WRITER'S CLUB by JUNE LOVES

What do you do when your husband dumps you for his PA, your company goes broke and your nearly published novel is cancelled?

Gina, a barely 50-something corporate high-flier, is counting her losses when a chance meeting throws a sea change her way. A job as a house/dog-sitter - albeit in a minus one-star leaky cottage in windswept Shelly Beach - seems the perfect opportunity to relax and regroup. But Gina hasn't counted on the locals, and soon finds herself reluctantly convening the writers' group, babysitting, baking, seal-watching, bicycling . . . and perhaps even falling in love.

With a cast of unforgettable characters, The Shelly Beach Writers' Group is an irresistible story of reinvention.

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Australian author
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YEARN by TOBSHA LEARNERYEARN by TOBSHA LEARNER

What can I say?

Learner's unusual, erotic and sensual short stories are absolute hand-sell favourites for (mainly) women of a certain age. While she also writes full length books, it is her eclectic and literary approach to eroticism that has garnered her the most fans.

Quiver is a book of loosely collected erotic tales, Tremble are erotic and sinister short stories. Now Learner brings us Yearn, tales of paradox and sexual longing.

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Australian-based author
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The Raven's Heart The Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of ScotsTHE RAVEN'S HEART by JESSE BLACKADDER

Blackadder, an Australian, has been obsessed in recent years with two things namely, exploring her links to the Scottish Blackadders of the ruined castle fame, and the little known fact that Mary Queen of Scots used to disguise herself as a man and lead her troops in battle.

In The Raven's Heart , Blackadder has given us an absolute historical treat. With Antonia Fraser's authority and Sarah Water's eye for arresting description and fabulous romance, this is a sweeping adventure into the realm of the Scottish court with all its extravagances, hardships, romances, feuds and intrigue. Most of all, it is a beautiful story about a woman finding and forging her own identity.

Blackadder is a most interesting emerging Australian writer and if you are into the big historical read, this is most certainly for you.

For Blackadder's take on it all, go here.


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Australian author
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WHAT'S NEW IN NON-FICTION
Still easing yourself into the new year? Want to escape work just a little bit longer? I've got an short, eclectic but oh-so-interesting range of non-fiction - just the thing to put off the inevitable just a little bit longer.

More DetailsBIRD CLOUD by ANNIE PROULX

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx, a writer with extraordinary powers of observation and compassion, turns the lens on herself in Bird Cloud , her first work of non-fiction in more than twenty years. This is the story of a Wyoming wetland which she calls her own. The closest that Proulx, the author of The Shipping News, Brokeback Mountain etc, has come to an autobiography, this is an illuminating look at one of America's finest writers.

Along Jack Creek the leafless willow stems burn red as embers. Willow is cautious, one of the last shrubs to put out its leaves - there is frost danger until mid-June. The cliff is reflected in the onyx river, and swimming across it is the stout beaver with a bank den on the far side. The beaver disappears into the brilliant Salix stems.

This place is, perhaps, where I will end my days. Or so I think.


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For more new releases for February, go here.
BEATING THE ODDS
More detailsBEATING THE ODDS by NICHOLA GARVEY

This is the high-stakes story of Australia's largest private bookmaker.

Some called him a genius. Others called him a criminal. Alan Tripp had an estimated fortune nearing the $500 million mark, and he ran one of the most successful illegal bookmaking businesses in the world. Having been labelled by some as the scourge of gambling in Australia, Tripp continues to lead the way as the major stakeholder and chairman of Australia's largest online gambling venture: Sportsbet.

This is not just a story of rags to riches. It is also a story about outwitting the system and beating the odds.

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Australian author
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FEBRUARY NON-FICTION
More details WHAT TO DO ABOUT EVERYTHING by Barbara Toner

Life in the modern household has become much more complicated than it was for previous generations. Our roles are increasingly multi-layered, our ambitions further reaching and our expectations completely unreasonable. Juggle a successful and fulfilling career with raising children/pets, servicing the car/bike, maintaining a social life, cooking a balanced diet and managing a regular grooming schedule? Completely doable in theory, but how exactly?
This book is the ultimate householder's guide to twenty-first century living - it is Spotless , Sorted and the whole Dummies series rolled into one.

We have internal pages here.

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What To Do About Everything
Australian author
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http://www.booktopia.com.au/127-hours/prod9781849833905.html 127 HOURS by Aron Ralson

On Sunday April 27, 2003, 27-year old Aron Ralston set off for a day's hiking in the Utah canyons only to become trapped for five days in the canyon. Finally, he faced the most terrible decision of his life: breaking the bones in his wrist by snapping them against the boulder, he hacked through the skin, and finally succeeded in amputating his right hand and wrist.
This story made news around the world and is now interpreted in the movie of the same name (trailer here).
127 Hours is the story of the ordeal, the events that led up to it, and how Ralston has re-made his life since.

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More details1000 GREAT PLACES TO TRAVEL WITH KIDS IN AUSTRALIA by Anna Ciddor

Family holidays can often be a headache to plan, and feel more like hard work for
parents than time to relax. 1000 Great Places to Travel with Kids in Australia offers a wealth of suggestions to keep kids entertained (and parents happy), including over 100 free attractions to visit.
Divided into state chapters, author Anna Ciddor has carefully highlighted the best kid-friendly activities, events, eateries and accommodation options for each capital city, as well as the best regional destinations all year-round. She's also come up with fantastic 'Kids Quests' that will hold kids' attention for more than 5 minutes. And with information on travelling with toddlers, young children and 'tweens', every family will find this a lifesaver on road trips.
Includes:
If you have barely survived the summer, you can be absolutely set for Easter.

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Australian author
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More detailsTHE PANIC VIRUS by Seth Mnookin

Who gets to decide which facts are true? How do we balance fact and intuition when it comes to decisions about health? Why did the anti-vaccination movement take hold so quickly?
At the risk of an avalanche of emails, I present to you The Panic Virus.
Here is what the critics are saying:
With rationality and science under siege these days, Seth Mnookin has produced a riveting and important chronicle of one life-and-death realm in which passionate, panicky belief has dangerously trumped reason--and put millions of children at risk.
Seth Mnookin has given us a non-fiction story worthy of Michael Crichton--an absorbing, disturbing and scrupulously researched account of a contagion of human unreason run wild. This time the hysteria was over autism; the next panic virus could be even more dangerous.

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MORE GREAT NON FICTION
INDIA CALLING
  100 AUSTRALIAN POEMS OF LOVE AND LOSS
  BRETT WHITELEY: ART AND LIFE
What is really going on in the new India?

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100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss
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Brett Whiteley : Art and Life

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In This Issue

The Land of Painted Caves

O : A Presidential Novel

Eat Right, Feel Right

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

More February fiction

Non-fiction

Annie Proulx' Bird Cloud

Beating the Odds

More non-fiction

Get re-acquainted with Jean Auel's Earth's Children series

Spec Fic picks

On a whim


BOOKTOPIA BLOG


Not reading the Booktopia Blog? You are missing out on some daily breaking news, exclusive author interviews, funny observations, fascinating insights, titbits, gossip and a whole lot more. 

Features for this month include contributions by Jean Auel (yes, you are reading that correctly), Mike Lancaster and Deborah Rodriguez as well as a long review of 13 rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro.

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THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES WITH THE STUNNING RE-JACKETED EARTH'S CHILDREN SERIES

Jean Auel readers are like no other book fans. They have been waiting for this book for nine years. Many have read the series from the beginning, growing along side Ayla like others have grown up along side Harry Potter.

For second generation readers, or new comers to the series, Ayla will be a new kind of feisty female heroine.

Having recently re-read The Clan of the Cave Bear , I can tell you that anyone over the age of about 14 is going to get swept away by the whole sage.

In reading order, and with stunning new jackets to tie in with the concluding The Land of Painted Caves (pre-order here for March 29), Booktopia presents....

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