Booktopia Buzz
June 2011 | Edition 33
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
It is cold, it is wintery, and it is absolutely perfect for reading. My pick of the month would have to be The Life, by Malcom Knox. However, I have plenty of other things to offer you from Amitav Ghosh to a particularly gorgeous collection of wonderfully obscure food memoirs.

As far as great deals go, there is our exclusive Camilla Lackberg pack for lovers of cold crime and if you are quick, you will still be able to get our book plus two movie tickets for Water for Elephants.

And for big names - try Lauren Kate, Janet Evanovich, Jeffrey Deever and Tom Clancy. Why would you want to do anything else at this time of year anyway?

Toni Whitmont
Editor-in-Chief
Booktopia
WARM UP WITH COLD CRIME
great deal on cold crime - go here for details EXCLUSIVE BOOKTOPIA CAMILLA L ÄCKBERG PACK

Camilla who? I hear you say.

Läckberg is one of Sweden's biggest authors and is currently a number one bestseller in Scandinavia, France, Spain and Italy. She has sold over three million books in her own country and another seven million across Europe, where she easily outstrips John Grisham and Henning Mankell.

Val McDermid describes the experience of reading her like  taking "a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing".

The Independent marks her out as "the hottest female writer in Sweden at the moment. Läckberg's job is to make the reader pleasurably uncomfortable - one of her ironclad skills".

Now the best bit. We have put together Läckberg's first three novels in the Fjällbacka series, and are offering them to you now at a brilliant price.




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JAMES BOND - JEFFREY DEAVER - A WINNING COMBINATION
Bond - James Bond CARTE BLANCHE by Jeffrey Deaver

A couple of weeks ago we sent out an email to likely suspects alerting them to the new James Bond story, Carte Blanche, written by none other than Jeffrey Deaver.  We were knocked over in the rush. Now it is time to let the rest of the world know.

Carte Blanche combines the complex characterisation of the Ian Fleming novels with classic Deaver elements - the action is packed into a very short space of time, there is heaps of information about the exotic locations (mainly Dubai) and there are surprise endings in spades.

We have more information about the book here. You will also be able to see the  book trailer and a clip of Deaver, who clearly would have failed the audition for the trailer. (OK, that was uncalled for but when you come to the page thinking Daniel Craig, it is a bit of a disappointment).

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SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN
SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN by Janet Evanovich

Anyone who says they don't like Stephanie Plum is either lying or hasn't read one...

Around this time last year we sent out a newsletter promoting Janet Evanovich's Sizzling Sixteen. Back then there was talk in the publishing and bookselling world  that the Stephanie Plum novels had done their dash. We didn't agree with this assessment. And neither did our readers. Sizzling Sixteen sold and sold and sold becoming one of the biggest hits of the year.

That's why we thought we would let you know early that Evanovich is back with another instalment in the life and crimes of Stephanie Plum... Smokin' Seventeen.


Where there's smoke there's fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

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THE WHO'S WHO OF LITERARY FICTION (PLUS ONE NOT QUITE AS LITERARY)
RIVER OF SMOKE

SMUT: TWO UNSEEMLY STORIES
Stunning AMITAV GHOSH

I have to confess to being a major Ghosh fan. In an Antique Land whetted my appetite, and The Glass Palace and The Hungry Tide confirmed  his place as (for me) a great writer and a great story teller.
A couple of years ago, Ghosh embarked on his most ambitious project to date - the Ibis trilogy . In Sea of Poppies, history is writ large (the backdrop is the subversion of the Indian economy  to opium by the British, in order to exact favourable trading conditions with the Chinese) with disastrous effects played out upon the populations of very ordinary people. Indian opium factory workers get displaced to work as coolies on sugar plantations in Mauritius. Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008.
River of Smoke continues the saga  of vexed colonial history but it is Ghosh's mastery of character which makes the book so breathtakingly alive.
River of Smoke is a tour de force of writing style, and it counterpoints Europe and the East with stunning originality, changing between narrators seamlessly, and using very authentic vernacular without sacrificing accessibility for the contemporary reader.

River of Smoke is also available in a hardcover edition.

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More details hereALAN BENNETT

Satire, comedy and wit - this is Alan Bennett at his ascerbic best.

Both 'unseemly stories'  concern women in middle-life: Mrs Donaldson, whom sex takes by surprise, and Mrs Forbes, who is not surprised at all. The stories are naughty, honest and very funny.
The celebrated Alan Bennett needs no introduction and Smut is as wickedly enjoyable as anything he's ever written.
To put you in the mood and to give you just a taste of Smut, watch the two clips here where the author reads a short extract from each story.
Here, there is all manner of sex, wholesome and joyous, and not just the smutty variety of its title: there is straight marital, gay extra-marital, virtual, voyeuristic and bedroom farce. The result is not half as shocking as it may sound: neither straightforwardly comical nor sexually-charged, just amusingly peculiar.
Arifa Akbar, The Indepenant.

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THE ABSOLUTIST

THE GIRL IN THE POLKA DOT DRESS
more details here JOHN BOYNE

From the author to Booktopia:
I never feel that I chose to write novels, I feel instead that it was part of my sense of self, that without the forum to tell long and intricate stories I would somehow be lost in the world. I don't believe that real novelists choose the craft at all; it's either part of you or it isn't.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Any one who has read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, or The House of Special Purpose will understand just how well Boyne's compulsion to write translates onto the page. Everything of his that I have read has transported me instantly into his world of moral dilemmas.
The Absolutist is a novel that examines the effect of the Great War on three people. Tristan Sadler is escaping his family and his personal problems by signing up to fight. Will Bancroft, his greatest friend at Aldershot Barracks, becomes a conscientious objector when he begins to question the nature of war itself. And Will's sister, Marian, who Tristan visits in 1919, is suffering from the effects of Will's actions during that time. It's a novel of secrets and repressed desires.

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Her final novelBERYL BAINBRIDGE

Bainbridge was often  described as one of the top 50 greatest British writers.
Her final novel is a double murder mystery and a bittersweet masterpiece of the kind which made her reputation.
Now, nearly a year since her death,  the Man Booker prize people has just   conducted a "best of Beryl" poll. After all, she wrote 17 novels and was nominated for the prize no less than five times. It must have been agony for her to turn up for the award ceremonies in 1973, 1974, 1990, 1996 and 1998 and clap and smile for the cameras when different names were called. It may be too late for her to enjoy the honour but still it feels like some balance has been restored.
The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress is  set in 1968 America and is loosely inspired by the investigation into the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in which a girl in a polka dot dress became an enigmatic figure. It begins as Rose and a man she only knows as 'Washington Harold' travel around America in a camper van, searching for the charismatic and elusive Doctor Wheeler, a man who Rose credits with rescuing her from a terrible childhood, and against whom Harold nurses a grudge.

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LATE DROP IN: AGAINST ALL ENEMIES

LAST MAN IN TOWER
New Tom Clancy book at a brilliant priceTOM CLANCY

There are few writers you can rely on these days to come at you hard with a knock out action thriller, year after year. That's why when I hear there is a new Tom Clancy coming I brace myself. The man is famed for giving us value for money every time. We pay some paltry amount and he hands over hundreds of pages of intelligent and engrossing thrills.
Tom Clancy is the guy you go to for the real deal. He knows his stuff. His books are so well researched that when you're done you feel you should be given a honorary degree - or at least a commission. It is as though he writes his books from an office in the Pentagon.

We have a knock out price on this one, which will be released on June 15.

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from the author of White TigerARAVIND ADIGA

Aravind Adiga's first novel since his Man Booker Prize-winning best seller The White Tiger is a stunning, darkly comic story of greed and murder that lays bare the teeming metropolis of Mumbai.
Real estate developer Dharmen Shah's offer to buy out the residents of Vishram Society - a formerly respectable, now crumbling apartment complex that abuts the infamous Dharavi slums - is more than generous. But one man stands in the way of Shah's luxury high-rise: Masterji, a retired schoolteacher who will not leave his home in Vishram's Tower A. Shah is a dangerous man to refuse, but as the demolition deadline looms, Masterji's neighbours, acquaintances turned co-conspirators stop at nothing to score their payday.
An electrifying, suspense-filled story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, peopled by brilliantly drawn, unforgettable characters, Last Man in Tower exposes the hearts and minds of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none.

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AUSTRALIAN SHOWCASE
SHOOTING THE FOX

THE LIFE
MORE DETAILS HERE MARION  HALLIGAN

Her first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, the much praised Halligan is back with stories of the ordinary, and sometimes considerable less ordinary, lives of Australian women.
Halligan's vignettes range from themes of sexuality to grand children and when put together, this compilation lives up to her reputation as one of Australia's most beloved and prodigious writers.
"Marion Halligan has demonstrated her almost alchemical skill at taking the nondescript suburban stuff of life and weaving patterns of outstanding beauty and even gravity out of it. She seduces us into imagining our lives differently. Halligan threads the meaning of a sentence like a needle through silk".
(Kate Llewellyn)

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more details hereMALCOLM KNOX

If Tim Winton is an aria, then Knox is early Rolling Stones.
The Life tells the story of once-world-champion Australian surfer, Dennis Keith, from inside the very heart of the fame and madness that is, as he calls himself, The Life. Now a wreck of a man, living a shambolic existence in  his mother's retirement village, a chance to re-tell his story leads to an unravelling of sorts.
Knox has written a very strong novel about class, masculinity, fame and ambition through the unique and authentic voice of this once-was-warrior. This is a very rewarding book but what stands out for me the most  his the way Knox seems to completely inhabit The Great DK, whom he has brought to life with what Bookseller + Publisher magazine so aptly calls "his spiky, roughly hewn prose". Personally, I found that prose utterly convincing utterly authentic, minimalist, arbitrary, oftentimes more like poetry.. The Life is a stunning read.

Author Kylie Ladd reviews The Life in a lot more detail here. As for her take on that prose, she likens it to learning to surf itself.
At first everything is all wrong: too choppy, too abrupt, you can't keep your balance or tell where you're headed, but after a while you go with it, stop noticing, you coast straight down the words, and they take you somewhere else.

Read the rest of her review here.

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ROSALEE STATION
trailer and extract hereMANDY MAGRO

From the author:
I hope (Rosalee Station) inspires people to go to the outback for their holidays and it gets city people passionate about discovering what's only a hop skip and jump from their own backyards. A lot of people don't travel to the country; never see the simple beauty of a mountain enclosed in a glorious outback sunset, the enchantment of an outback night sky or the depth of colours in the red dirt. I hope it touches people in the romantic sense and they fall in love with my characters and I hope it makes them feel very proud to be living in Australia.

Rosalee Station is the story of a Mareeba girl who finds life and love on an outback Queensland station - until it all goes horribly wrong. This is definitely Fleur MacDonald territory. If you are into farm lit, you'll love this. If you consider it hick lit, go for Shooting the Fox instead.

To read the rest of the interview with Booktopia, go here.

To read an extract see the trailer, go here.

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GET READY FOR PASSION BY LAUREN KATE

Passion, Lauren Kat...be still my beating heart

NEWS JUST IN: Thanks to Random House Australia we have five SIGNED sets of both Fallen and Torment to give away - all of which have been signed by Lauren Kate.

Pre-order this edition of
Passion for your chance to own books signed by the amazing Lauren Kate. NB: All pre-orders placed before today are eligible. Recipients will be notified by email and their names will be published on the Booktopia Blog after June 14th.

Click here to read Lauren's answers to our Six Sharp Questions


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THE BEST OF THE REST
ROBOPOCALYPSE
COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY
More details hereDANIEL H WILSON

This is a post-apocalyptic vision of a war between human and machine, the film rights of which have been bought by Stephen Spielberg for release in 2013.
Two decades into the future, humans are battling for their survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue and all the machines on earth rebel. The robot war wages for brutal years.
Robopocalypse looks it could be the big thriller for the year and it has plenty of credibility as the author himself has a PhD in robotics.
This cautionary tale of man versus machine grabs you from the very beginning. Wilson's background in robotics and artificial intelligence grounds his story with a frightening level of realism. He has created an exhilarating story.

The book trailer and author interview are here.

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twentieth century masterpiece now in EnglishHANS KEILSON

"For busy, harried or distracted readers who have the time and energy only to skim the opening paragraph of a review, I'll say this as quickly and clearly as possible: Comedy in a Minor Key is a  masterpiece and Hans Keilson is a genius"
(Francine Prose, New York Times)

First published in 1947, the same year that Anne Frank's diary and Primo Levi's If This is a Man found publishers, this novella lay neglected until recent years when translator Damion Searls chanced on a German edition in the bargain bin of a bookshop in Austria. Now translated into English for the first time, Comedy in a Minor Key has garnered international acclaim.
Set in Nazi-occupied Europe, the book displays the author's eye for perfectly illustrative yet wholly unexpected incident and detail, as well as his talent for storytelling and his extraordinarily subtle and penetrating understanding of human nature.
This well-honed novel features a darkly comic premise: a well-intentioned Dutch couple agrees to give refuge to a Jew during World War II, protecting him from certain death at the hands of Nazis. Despite Wim and Marie's noble efforts, their guest dies anyway, of pneumonia. Through this macabre irony, Keilson explores the destruction and desolation left in Hitler's wake, as well as the questions of mortality and its meaning raised by twentieth-century warfare. Comedy in a Minor Key examines the most essential facets of human existence.

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ALICE BLISS

THE ARRIVALS
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This story tracks the experiences of teenage Alice during her father's deployment to Iraq, an agonizing waiting period during which she gains new independence and falls in love while trying to be strong for her mother and younger sister. 
Alice wears her dad's shirt every day, even though the scent of him is fading and his phone calls are never long enough. Life continues without him, but nothing can prepare Alice for the day two uniformed officers arrive at their door with news.
This powerful debut novel reflects the author's life long interest in the effect of war on relationships and community and grew out of her off-Broadway musical called "Alice Unwrapped".

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more details hereMEG MITCHELL MOORE

Newcomer Meg Mitchell Moore takes on the age-old topic of parents, and children, and their children, with a fresh perspective, canny understanding of human emotion, and some very witty dialogue.
Drawing on the same rich vein of modern family life mined in Packed to the Rafters, the idyllic life of two empty nesters is shattered when all three of their adult children suddenly return home to stay - indefinitely.
A fresh new voice for fans of Monica McInerney , this sharply insightful portrayal of an all-too-real family is guaranteed to make you want to phone home.

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SEX LIFE
more details here....SEX LIFE by Dr Pamela Stephenson -Connolly

She is famous for her dancing, her "sexual healing" column in the newspaper, for being the wife and biographer of Billy Connolly, but underneath all of that she is really an experienced psychotherapist and psychologist with an abiding interest in sex, sexuality and how it impacts on who we really are.

With its use of the latest research and hundreds of interviews with people from all walks of life and all interests and ages, this book promises to be informative, entertaining and probably a bit shocking. It is certainly going to draw back the curtains on some rather hidden topics.

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BIG IDEAS
THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER

SEX, GENES & ROCK 'N' ROLL: HOW EVOLUTION HAS SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
see our best priceFRANCIS FUKUYAMA

Arguably the world's best-selling contemporary political scientist, thanks to his The End of History, and the Last Man, Fukuyama has come up what is being hailed as a seminal work in the first of his two part treatise, The Origins of Political Order.
From The Independent:
It is as well to be clear at the outset that this book is a tour de force, readable, well-informed and provocative. It supplies a coherent, sustained and challenging narrative of the whole of human history up to the eve of the late 18th-century Age of Revolutions. You would have to be very knowledgeable not to learn from this book and not to be grateful for the bird's-eye view it affords of the development of political institutions across several millennia.
Francis Fukuyama traces the slow and uneven emergence of three institutions which he believes boosted the survival-chances of the societies which developed them: the unitary territorial state, the rule of law and the accountability of rulers. Despite his conservative credentials, this does not involve the conventional Anglo-American story from Plato to NATO, by way of Magna Carta and the American Revolution.
Indeed, with its insistence that those who know the history of only one country know no history, the book should be required reading.

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More details hereROB BROOKS

Why are people getting fatter?
Why do so many rock stars end up dead at 27?
Is there any hope of curbing population growth, rampant consumerism and the environmental devastation they wreak?
Rob Brooks argues that the origins of these twenty-first century problems can be found where the ancient forces of evolution collide with modern culture and economics.
From the author:
I am an evolutionary biologist who thinks about sex for a living. Things I have thought and written about include the evolution of mate choice, the costs of being attractive, the reason animals age and the links between sex, diet, obesity and death.
Together with my fabulous research group (the SEX LAB) and collaborators, I explore the evolutionary and ecological consequences of sexual reproduction.

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Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll
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THE BIG TILT

RADICAL HOPE: EDUCATION AND EQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA
More details and an extract here... BERNARD SALT

From the bestselling author of The Big Shift and The Big Picture comes a witty and animated examination of the decade to come.

Baby bust. Environmental blasphemy. The hotness delusion syndrome. These are just some of the intriguing new phenomena this next decade may yield.
The past decade has provided us with a lot of fodder for prognostications - with Facebook and Twitter coming out of nowhere to suddenly dominate the culture, the iPhone's complete transformation of communication and  Wikileaks' new world order,
This decade has yielded much that would have been unthinkable in the once-futuristic-sounding year 2000. So what will 2020 look like? Will an iPhone-esque gadget be our main portal to the outside world? Will the boomers be receding gracefully from their dominant perch over culture? Will the term 'friend' still mean the same thing? Will the new blasphemy look more like forgetting to bring your re-usable coffee cup to the neighbourhood caf?? Most importantly, will the convergence of all these new technologies create a merging of all  aspects of Australians' lives, resulting in The Big Tilt?

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more details here...NOEL PEARSON

Sometimes controversial North Queensland Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson expounds on his Quarterly Essay by urging a serious lift in the quality of bicultural education and a longer school day.
Buoyed by statistics released recently in the Queensland Parliament showing a significant increase in school attendance in four Cape York communities, including one of indigenous Australia's most troubled, Noel Pearson looks to an American school model championed by President Barack Obama for part of the First People's education solution.
The Pearson treatise is an ambitious attempt to take the indigenous education debate to a highest level, as governments struggle to improve the most basic outcomes of literacy and numeracy.

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AUNG SAN SUU KYI: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM
INTO THE HEART OF LIFE: BUDDHIST TEACHINGS ON WISDOM AND COMPASSION
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Aung San Suu Kyi's symbolic, almost iconic significance, stretches far beyond the borders of Burma. She was imprisoned for the first time in 1989, only a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Soviet communism. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, and after years under house arrest, became a keystone for the struggle for democracy and human rights across the globe.
She has attained the same status as Nelson Mandela. Recording artists have dedicated songs to her. Nobel prize winners have shown their support  through articles, reports and campaigns. However, despite all the attention, she has for most people remained a symbol. Who is the woman behind the image? What drives her to make such enormous personal sacrifices for her country? What is it that makes her so interesting to the world at large?

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MORE DETAILS HERETENZIN PALMO

She was an English woman called Diane Perry. Called to Buddhism, she became a nun and spent 12 years  meditating in a cave some 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas. The Cave in the Snow tells her remarkable story. Now called Tenzin Palmo, Into the Heart of Life is an invitation to westerners to share her insights into the Tibetan Buddhist teachings that have shaped millions.

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ADRENALINE JUNKIES
THRUST
I'M HERE TO WIN
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If you surf more than a couple of times a week you will know who Simon Anderson is. For the rest of us, this visual memoir is a fascinating look into the life of the Collaroy kid from Sydney who revolutionised the way surf boards are made around the world, giving their riders stabililty, speed and control.

We have images from the hardback book here.

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details and clips here...CHRIS McCORMICK

Macca lives to win races, and win he does. He has topped just about every world triathlon and ironman competition and he lives life at an exceptionally fast pace.
In I'm Here to Win, the sportsman, motivational speaker and coach shares some of his strategies and secrets.

Watch Macca here.

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JOCKEYING TO THE TOP: THE STORY OF HORSE RACING LEGEND PETER COOK

PRINCESS: THE MISS ANDRETTI STORY
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With his unique style (eschewing the whip), jockey Peter Cook both changed the face of Australian horse racing, and re-instated the role of the jockey as the pre-eminent player on the scene. His career was cut short by a devastating heart attack, but not before he had left an indelible mark on the sport of kings. Read his own story here.

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Jockeying to the Top
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more details hereJOHN HUNT

A rags to riches racing story, personal tragedy and an all or nothing outcome. There is endless fascination with racing, as we know from Seabiscuit, Takeover Target and A Horse Called Mighty.
In Princess , veteran broadcaster of thoroughbred racing, harness racing and greyhounds, John Hunt, writes the Australian success story of Miss Andretti, the legendary sprinting mare, that seemingly came from nowhere to conquer the racing world while all the while taking his owner, David Mueller, for the ride of his life.

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Princess: The Miss Andretti Story
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AUSTRALIAN STORIES
NOW AND THEN
  AN OUTBACK LIFE
  DARWIN SPITFIRES
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GREG PAGE with NEIL CADIGAN


Is there a parent out there who hasn't experienced a live performance by The Wiggles?
By the time ill health forced founding member, musician and child education specialist Greg Page to retire in 2006, he had performed in front in front of 4 million people and sold 17 million CDs and DVDs.
After years of illness, Page was finally diagnosed with Orthostatic Intolerance. He has now re-made his life, without the yellow skivvy, and tells his story of music and more in Now and Then.

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MARY GROVES


The first Mary Groves on Australian soil arrived as a first fleet convict in 1788, and thus qualifies as Australian royalty.
The author Mary Groves, who has just written her memoir An Outback Life, is a different kind of Australian royalty.
Moving from Melbourne the the Northern Territory at the age of 14, she went on to meet cattleman, horsebreaker, drover and rodeo driver Joe Groves. Now Mary Groves, she spent the next 40 years on cattle stations, proving herself to be just as competent in operating helicopters as she was in raising children.
This is an earthy tale of real outback life.

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An Outback Life
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ANTHONY COOPER


The story of the Top End in WW2 is still not especially well known. The Awkward Truth gave us the stunning account of what happened to Darwin. Cooper's story, is a great addition.  A fast paced action narrative, using war diaries, combat reports and other correspondence, Darwin Spitfires tells the little known story of the air defence of north western Australia in 1942 and 1943, and in doing so, recovers this important aspect of Australian history.

Look inside the book here.

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FROM PADDOCK TO PLATE
  BUDGET CAMPS AND STOPS AUSTRALIA
  THE KEEPERS AND THE KEPT: CONFESSIONS OF A ZOO KEEPER
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LOUISE FITZROY


This is a fascinating food safari through our rural communities - local residents, chefs and providores provide recipes, tips and secrets that from Australia's agricultural heartland.

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From Paddock to Plate
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PAUL SMEDLEY


Following the success of Budget Camps Australia comes this fully revised, simple and informative book written for highway travellers. It lists the exact location of hundreds of roadside rest areas, parking areas, bush campsites and caravan stops along Australia's major highways. With this book, travellers can plan each day's journey, incorporating rest stops and lunch breaks at the better rest areas, many of which make excellent sites for brief overnight stops. Whether it's to plan where you stop for a cuppa or to find a place to stay overnight when you are a long way from a caravan park, this book will be an ideal companion for your next road trip.

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TERRY BOYLAN


More than 40 years in and out of the cage, Boylan  has worked most of his life at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. This is a charming, funny, memoir of antics of both animals and humans.

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The Keepers and the Kept
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THE FISCAL YEAR
June 30 is only weeks away. It is time to get your house in order.  These three books are going to be indispensable.
101 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR TAX - LEGALLY!
  LEARN SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING IN SEVEN DAYS
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101 Ways to Save Your Money on Tax - Legally
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MORE GREAT NON FICTION
I have been overwhelmed this month by the breadth of interesting new non-fiction titles across a range of subjects.  Click on the images below that take your fancy to see all the details of the book as well as great Booktopia discounts.



this book is a life saver!


biography and science collide with this tale of the glamourous mathematical pioneering women


 



a father, a daughter and a 3,000 night  reading streak\


 








FICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
paranormal, Australian debut, and very very good There is so much anticipation about Passion this month that it is hard to get attention for anything else. But fear not, there are other great reads.


MJ Hearle has written a stunning debut paranormal novel in WINTER'S SHADOW which has got everyone blogging great reviews.


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number three in this popular seriesMeanwhile, for your younger set, my pick would have to be DORK DIARIES 3: POP STAR by Rachel Renee Russell. This cute as a button series is Wimpy Kid territory for girls, and its growing sales follow exactly the same trajectory.

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There is a selection of other great books for young people below. Click on the jacket images for details of the books.


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Read Karen Brooks' answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions here.
 
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a road trip, coming of age and a prose novel from Herrick! Google preview here





 
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two boys, one in the army, one in jihad - definitely young adult territory here








STRONG VISUAL IMPACT
see inside here POWER PHOTOGRAPHS by Platon

Introduced by David Remnick, this especially commissioned series of images, shows renowned photographer and photographic editor of the New Yorker, Platon, uniquely capturing the mythology and humanity of the world's political leaders. Collected here for the first time are over 100 presidents, prime ministers, dictators and revolutionaries from across the globe - all up, an extraordinary portrait of power.

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Look inside hereMY ABUELA'S TABLE by Daneilla Germain

This is a gorgeous cook book plus a whole lot more. In the tradition  of Light of Lucia, My Abuela's Table is a journey into Mexican cooking and life through the relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. Delicious food, great recipes, and quite unlike anything you will have come across before.

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warm up to cold crime

James Bond, Jeffrey Deever

Janet Evanovich - Smokin' Seventeen

who's who of literary fiction

Australian showcase

Passion

the best of the rest

Sex Life

big ideas

adrenaline junkies

Australian stories

the fiscal year

more great non fiction

fiction for children and young adults

strong visual impact

books that speak for themselves

great deals on recent hardback blockbusters

crime

speculative fiction

movie tie-ins

fiction in low price formats

July pre-orders

fine food writing

non fiction in low price formats

spies like us

experiences of parenthood


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BOOKS THAT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

There are some books that need no introduction. You know the authors, you love their storytelling style, you just need to get your hands on that precious copy.

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Two huge authors, two bricks of books two exceptionally low prices!

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Both books were $49.99. Our price is $26.95


Here is the latest from the big names to newcomers. In case you are wondering who Jennifer Rowe is, you might know her as Emily (Deltora Quest) Rodda and here she is making her return adult fiction.

Meanwhile I can't help mentioning that the new Giorgio Faletti is coming next month.


Now, on to this month's page turners.....

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WHAT'S NEW IN SPECULATIVE FICTION?

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this will please the fans

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If you are really quick, you will be able to pick up one of our last book + free movie tickets packs on Water for Elephants. The book plus 2 tickets for a teeny tiny $22.45. We only have about ten left on this one so make sure you are quick and click on this promotional image.


For everything else, click on the jacket images for book details, pricing information and film trailers.




BESTSELLING FICTION IN NEW, LOWER PRICED FORMATS

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Stephanie Plum is back - and what a price!

COMING IN JULY - PRE-ORDER NOW


Get on board for Passion

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FINE FOOD WRITIING
Throughout the history of civilization, food has been more than simple necessity. In countless cultures, it has been livelihood, status symbol, entertainment - and passion. In the The Great Food series, Penguin brings you the finest food writing from the last 400 years, and opens the door to the wonders of every kitchen. Best of all, they are at fantastic price.

The Great Food series - Retail price $9.95.
Booktopia price $8.95
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Alexandre Dumas, Alice B Toklas, Elizabeth David, Samuel Pepys, Claudia Rodin - At that price you can have a Great Food library.

Click on the jacket images for more details of individual books or go here to see the entire, lovely collection.
A Taste of the Sun - more details here
A Middle Eastern Feast
The Joys of Excess
From Absinthe to Zest
NON FICTION IN CHEAPER FORMATS

These books have been huge sellers in their original formats. They are now available in lower priced editions. Click on the jacket images to see our best price.

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Spies Like Us

INSIDE PINE GAP: THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE DESERT by David Rosenberg

Inside information on our spy satellite station
comes to us very rarely. This  no-holds-barred memoir of a long-serving high-tech spy at Pine Gap includes 40 pictures, as well as  maps and original documents
In 1966, Australia and the US signed a treaty that allowed the establishment of a jointly run satellite tracking station, just south of Alice Springs. For more than forty years it has operated in a shroud of secrecy and been the target of much
public and political controversy  up to and including the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Now, for the first time, a US high-tech spy (and now an Australian citizen) who worked at Pine Gap for 18 years speaks out to give an insider's account of what happens behind those locked gates in the middle of the Australian desert. The author details his career with an American intelligence agency during a tumultuous period in history that covered the terms of three American Presidents, four Australian Prime Ministers, the end of the Cold War, a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, two wars in Iraq, genocide in Rwanda, as well as the 'War against Terror' and the emergence of North Korea as a nuclear-armed nation.
This is a fascinating glimpse inside the top-secret world of military surveillance.

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AVAILABLE JUNE 17

AREA 51
by Annie Jacobsen

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And while on the subject of things that go bump in the night, America's officially non-existent top secret military base, Area 51, lies uncomfortably exposed in this first ever uncensored history of a place where fact is stranger than fiction.

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EXPERIENCES OF PARENTHOOD

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Parenthood does not always come easily and for many couples, tragically, still-birth puts paid to the dream of raising a child.
Still at Birth chronicles the experiences of one Australian couple facing this nightmare.

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AVAILABLE JUNE 17.


On a very different note, Dr Cindy Pan and Vanessa Woods give 100 tips to help raise your kids to be creative, clever and confident. For more information on Headstarts, go here.