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OCTOBER 2011 | Edition 37
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BUZZ IN BRIEF

October - that means the big guns are blazing when it comes to publishing schedules. I don't want to be the first one to mention the C word (Christmas) but once you see what is coming this month, you will definitely realise that something is up.

Have a look at this.

Big names in local fiction - Matthew Reilly, Judy Nunn, Alex Miller.

Big names in international fiction - Philippa Gregory, Ian Rankin, Lee Child.

Big names in non-fiction - Michael Kirby, William McInnes, Sophie the Dog, Dave Grohl, Joanna Lumley, Kaz Cooke, Dannii and Lady Gaga. Oh, and Julian Assange.

Big names for the under 12's - Graham Base, Lauren Child, Bob Grahame. There is even a new Dr Seuss!

Big names for the under 18s - Becca Fitzpatrick, Melina Marchetta, Marcus Sedgwick.

There are some stunning collectibles for Ranger's Apprentice, Star Wars, Winnie-the-Pooh and a Lucio Galleto book that the foodies will swoon for.

Add to the mix our fantastic give-away for the sweet-toothed among us, signed editions of Alex Miller, John Flanagan, and Neil Perry, a giveaway promotion for the latest Phillipa Gregory and Matthew Reilly and yes,  October is going to be big.

Let's get to it!

Toni Whitmont
Editor-in-Chief
Booktopia
SWEET TOOTH GIVEAWAY
Click here for more details or to buy Indulge INDULGE: 100 Sweet and Savoury Recipes by ROWIE DILLON

Rowie has been wowing Australia with her fabulous confections of delicious and healthy treats for years. Yes they are gluten free, yes they are delectible, and yes her goodies are staples for Woolworths and Qantas.

Thank goodness she has finally put all her recipes here for everyone to indulge in. Don't try them just because they are gluten free. Try them because they taste great and they work!

I have an Indulge hamper to give away at the end of October. Buy a copy of this book to be in the draw to win.

The hamper comprises an Indulge tea towel, an Indulge apron, three of Rowie's chunky Choccie Bikkies and two of her yummy Rockie Roads (which I can personally vouch for). Click for more detail or to buy Indulge

Go on. Indulge!



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FABULOUS FICTION - MATTHEW REILLY AND A WHOLE LOT MORE

Click for more detail or to buy Scarecrow and The Army of ThievesNo surprises for our number one title for October if pre-orders are anything to go by - Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves is going to be big, big, big but that is not the only heart-stopping October fiction release.

If you can catch your breath after Scarecrow, and blockbusters are your thing, you will want to go here.

Or here, for absolutely superb Australian literary fiction offerings this month with new books from Elliot Perlman, Alex Miller and Charlotte Wood among others.

Go here for the best of the rest.

Meanwhile, hang on for the ride of your life with Matthew Reilly.

SCARECROW AND THE ARMY OF THIEVES by MATTHEW REILLY

What can I say that Matthew doesn't say better?

1. I have put a great price on the book.

2. I have FIVE SIGNED COPIES of the book to give away in early November. To go into the draw, all you have to do is buy a copy by October 31.

Go here to see Matthew's message to Booktopia customers. And if that doesn't convince you, scroll down to see the book trailer.

For adrenaline junkies of all ages.

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MY BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE STREET SWEEPER by ELLIOT PERLMAN
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I don't know how to say this any more succinctly. Elliot Perlman's The Street Sweeper is a brilliant book. I have read it twice, I got a whole lot more out of it the second time around, and I can't back it strongly enough.

I was lucky enough to interview Perlman at his Sydney publisher's office last week. Go here to see the interview.

Here is my review:
It is not often that a book gives me goosebumps but by the second page of The Street Sweeper I was covered in them. I had an inkling on page one with the opening paragraph.

Memory is a wilful dog. It won't be summoned or dismissed but it cannot survive without you. It can sustain you or feed on you. It visits when it is hungry, not when you are. It has a schedule all of its own that you can never know. It can capture, corner you or liberate you. It can a leave you howling and it can make you smile.

A page later I knew I was in the hands of a master - someone whose deliberately crafted prose, stunning ability to weave a story, intelligently thought through issues leaves the reader humbled, in a state of grace, in awe.

Pre-order your copy of The Street Sweeper hereI don't know about his career as a barrister, but in his writing, Elliot Perlman has rarely hit a wrong note. Known for Three Dollars, and then for the very satisfying Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Street Sweeper will certainly cement the reputation of man already described as having "traces of Dickens' range and of George Eliot's generous humanist spirit" by the New York Times. France's Lire describes him as "one of the 50 most important writers in the world".

In this latest novel, Perlman's range is dazzling and his humanist spirit is profound. This is not to say that he can't tell a damn good story.  The Street Sweeper is a remarkable tale that takes us back and forward in time, from contemporary New York to pre-war Poland, from the awful events leading up to the civil rights movement in America  to suburban Melbourne. His novel is rich in detail, meticulously plotted, cleverly constructed, with often shimmering prose. What stands out to me however,  is the deliberateness of his approach. Here is a man with a lot to say about memory, responsibility, consequence, respect, history, legacy, connection, witness, and yet here is a man who is never didactic or polemic. It is liked being whipped by a feather duster.

The Street Sweeper would be easily dismissed as another Holocaust book, and there is certainly somewhat of an industry these days in awful tales of human madness all set in Nazi dominated Europe. Granted the scenes in The Street Sweeper set in Auschwitz are both harrowing to read, and pivotal to the story. But the book is so much more than that. This book has bigger concerns, and is in fact, wonderfully uplifting. I came away with a profound sense of peace and connection. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Want to know what books Elliot Perlman read as a child (and they will surprise you)? Go here for his answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions.

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Now that you have a taste for the very finest in fiction, can I just say two words -
Alex Miller.

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AUTUMN LAING by ALEX MILLER
ANIMAL PEOPLE by CHARLOTTE WOOD
click here for more details or to buy Autumn LaingI was sitting on a bench in Holland Park, watching a squirrel and daydreaming about being a boy in London's parks when the voice of Autumn Laing intruded: They are all dead, and I am skeleton gaunt.
It was a realisation and I knew at once this was the right voice for a new book I was hoping to write.
Originally based on my lifelong interest in the Australian artist Sidney Nolan, Autumn shouldered this idea aside and re-set my plans for me. I loved being with her and am deeply grateful she seduced me too. Her confident voice never once faltered during the writing of the book.
Alex Miller.

Alex Miller's latest novel is a brilliantly alive, insistently energetic story of love, loyalty and creativity, and Autumn Laing herself one of his most unforgettable creations.
Written with compassion and intelligence, this energetic, funny and wise novel peels back the layers of storytelling and asks what truth has to be with anything.
This is a love story, but one that deals with its sometimes disastrous consequences on other people. Miller's handling of his characters is masterful - especially the aging and physically failing Autumn, and his evocation of an earlier, more colonial, Australia struggling with questions of identity and place is fascinating.
Alex Miller has won a raft of literary prizes and regular followers of the Booktopia Blog will know we are huge fans.
I am very pleased to be able to bring you this lovely hardback edition at an exceptionally good price. Not only that, our first drop of stock will all be SIGNED COPIES so don't leave it too long to order. This is a book to be read, treasured and remembered.

Go here for a chapter excerpt.

Go here to see our Alex Miller author page.

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Click here for more details or to buy Animal PeopleA sharply observed, 24-hour urban love story that follows Stephen Connolly - a character from the bestselling novel The Children - through one of the worst days of his life. The day he has decided to dump his girlfriend.
On a stiflingly hot December day, Stephen has decided it's time to break up with his girlfriend Fiona. He's 39, aimless and unfulfilled, he's without a clue working out how to make his life better. All he has are his instincts - and unfortunately they might just be his downfall . . .
As he makes his way through the pitiless city and the hours of a single day, Stephen must fend off his demanding family, endure another shift of his dead-end job at the zoo (including an excruciating teambuilding event), face up to Fiona's aggressive ex-husband and the hysteria of a children's birthday party that goes terribly wrong. As an ordinary day develops into an existential crisis, Stephen begins to understand - perhaps too late - that love is not a trap, and only he can free himself.
Hilarious, tender and heartbreaking, Animal People is a portrait of urban life, a meditation on the conflicted nature of human-animal relationships, and a masterpiece of storytelling.
Animal People invites readers to question the way we think about animals - what makes an 'animal person'? What value do we, as a society, place on the lives of creatures? Do we brutalise our pets even as we love them? What's wrong with anthropomorphism anyway? Filled with challenging ideas and shocks of recognition and revelation,
Animal People shows a writer of great depth and compassion at work.

"I loved Animal People. I am now trying to write a review for the blog. I've read it twice. And may read it again. It is so difficult to review a book which has so much to offer with each new read. It is as though Charlotte Wood had written an encyclopaedic multi volume chronicle of our times and then had whittled it down to its essentials, before crushing the remnants into a paste, and pressing this essence into an engaging narrative" - John Purcell, The Booktopia Book Guru.

Click here to see Charlotte's answers to the Ten Terrifying Questions.

To go to our Charlotte Wood author page click here.

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BIG NAMES IN FICTION
TIGER MEN by JUDY NUNN

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Go here to read Judy Nunn's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions.

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Click for more detail or to buy The AffairTHE AFFAIR by JACK REACHER

A little bit of trivia for you. Every 20 seconds, a Lee Child novel is sold somewhere in the world. True fact. There have been a lot of 20 seconds at Booktopia in the last few weeks -  customers are absolutely lining up for the release of this thriller which is in fact the prequel to the whole Jack Reacher phenomenon.

Get ready for the ride of your life.

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Click for more detail or to buy The Impossible DeadTHE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD by IAN RANKIN

Scottish crime just got a whole lot grittier. Fresh from The Complaints, police investigator Malcolm Fox is back, this time trying to unravel a secession movement that threatens to spill into terrorism.

Fox is cementing his place in the hearts of fans, but I hear that he will be investigating a certain Rebus character in the next Rankin page turner coming early in 2012.

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Click for more detail or to pre-order The Lady of The RiversTHE LADY OF THE RIVERS  by PHILLIPA GREGORY

Philippa Gregory
has forged a reputation for producing powerful, fun, sexy and engrossing historical fiction, year after year.

She is now set to release two books in the space of weeks. One is the third book in her Cousins' War series The Lady of the Rivers and the other is a non-fiction work, The Women of the Cousins War, the history behind the Cousin's War series.

Not only is Booktopia able to offer you both books at 20% off the RRP, I have a great giveaway.

The first 150 orders will receive a gorgeous The Lady of the Rivers book mark, which also contains questions to prompt book club discussions.

AND

I also have 10 copies of The Women of the Cousins War to give away to anyone buying The Lady of the Rivers before October 31.

Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her house­hold for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou's close friend and a Lancaster supporter - until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV.

Of all the little-known but important women of the period, her dramatic story is the most neglected. With her links to Melusina, and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines. Click for more detail or to buy The Women Of The Cousin's War

Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen (2009), Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen (2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Lady of the Rivers (2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, and of the three biographical essays in this book. Philippa Gregory and two historians, leading experts in their field who helped Philippa to research the novels, tell the extraordinary 'true' stories of the life of these women who until now have been largely forgotten by history, their background and times, highlighting questions which are raised in the fiction and illuminating the novels.

With a foreword by Philippa Gregory - in which Philippa writes revealingly about the differences between history and fiction and examines the gaps in the historical record - and beautifully illustrated with rare portraits, The Women of the Cousins' War is an exciting new addition to the Philippa Gregory oeuvre.

CATCH 22 by JOSEPH HELLER


Contribution by John Purcell, The Booktopia Book Guru

My reading life began when I was handed a copy of Catch 22. I was eighteen. Till then I had read for others. I had read because I had been asked to. I read Catch 22 for myself, because I wanted to. From then on, my life was different. I looked for and read books which promised to enhance my life as Catch 22 had.

Click here for more details or to buy Catch 22 Why did it have such an effect on me? I think it was because the book finds humour in dark places, which was reassuring to my teen mind. I think it is because the book is like life: beautiful, sombre, ugly, frightening, absurd, dangerous, silly, mad, short, hilarious, long and sane and not like life in the books I had been asked to read, which was phony. I think it is because Catch 22 captures life in the way a sketch artist might capture a likeness using squiggly, messy lines, which made my awkward attempts at understanding seem possible.

The life-affirming madness of Catch 22 appealed to me, then, and it appeals to me now. I re-read Catch 22 recently and found all of the things I remembered and much, much more. The copy of Catch 22 I originally read, is long gone. I wish I had it now. I wish I had been given a hardcover copy way back when.  Especially a book that meant as much to me as Catch 22 did and still does.
(John Purcell, the Booktopia Book Guru)

This 50th Anniversary Limited, Hardcover Edition of Catch 22 is an absolutely perfect gift for people of all ages. If you haven't read this in a while, or you haven't introduced it to the people around you, this special edition will surely inspire you. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage.

Yossarian lives!

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MATILDA IS MISSING by CAROLINE OVERINGTON

Contribution from John Purcell, The Booktopia Book Guru

What surprised me most about my reading of Matilda is Missing was that I was reading it at all. If I were flicking through a newspaper or reading a magazine and I came across a story about the family court, or a grandparent's right to access their grandchildren, or equal rights for fathers in divorce cases, I wouldn't read beyond the headlines.

Well, this is the power of the novel in action. Yes, Caroline Overington was the social welfare reporter for The Australian newspaper. Yes, she brought to bear all of her first hand knowledge and experience of the workings of the family court. Yes, her story is probably based on actual cases. But her articles were informed by such things, too, and I never read them. If she were to write a brilliant article tomorrow on the subject covered in Matilda is Missing, I wouldn't read that either.

Click here for more details or to order Matilda is MissingI admit here that I had no intention of reading Matilda is Missing. I picked it up on a whim, curious to see what all the fuss was about after the success of Overington's last novel, I Came to Say Goodbye. It was compelling stuff. I was won over.

Matilda is Missing contains a story within a story, narrated by the very likeable, Barry. The framing story describes the heartbreak of a grandmother, Pat, Barry's wife, who is barred from seeing her grandchildren and covers her very public fight for access. And within this frame, when an old friend, and former Family Court Judge, asks Barry to listen to recordings of interviews with a court appointed psychologist, we have the story of Softest Sound Monaghan, known as Softie (hippie parents) and Garry Hartshorn and their fight for custody of Matilda.

There is no right way to raise a child. It is and always will be a matter of dispute but who is to say who is right and who is wrong when two ordinary people with fairly similar notions of child raising claim to be the best person to look after their child?

Matilda is Missing is a gripping read which takes an unflinching look at the impact Family Court decisions have on children, parents, grandparents and on those making the decisions themselves. That is, Matilda is Missing examines a subject we only ever consider when it is too late.
(John Purcell: Booktopia Book Guru)

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

Click here to visit Booktopia's Caroline Overington author page

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THE HYPNOTIST'S LOVE STORY by LIANE MORIARTY
  LOLA'S SECRET by MONICA McINERNEY
  THE GIRL AND THE GHOST GREY MARE by RACHAEL TREASURE
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There is a delicious, addictive, slightly guilty pleasure to The Hypnotist's Love Story, a novel about a most unusual love triangle. When Ellen (our eponymous hypnotist)
discovers her new lover, Patrick, has a stalker, she is intrigued more than scared. A master of meditation,mantras and the mind, Ellen's life calling is to help others past their problems, and she takes pride in her ability to face and overcome her own. However, when Ellen discovers that Patrick's stalker is, in fact, Ellen's new client, the abstract becomes a little more real. Nothing is particularly simple, especially when love, the mind and the imagination are involved. Readers who allow themselves the indulgence of sinking in, of being pulled under, will discover a sweet treat of a novel. This book will appeal to fans of authors such as Marion Keyes, Jill Mansell and Christine Darcas.
(Kate Cuthbert: Romance Buzz editor)

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Monica McInerney published her popular novel The Alphabet Sisters in 2004 and in Lola's Secret she revives one of the most interesting central characters-the eccentric
grandmother Lola. Set a few years after the death of her beloved granddaughter Anna, this book shows 84-year-old Lola up to her old tricks. Making sure her family is away she invites a number of 'lucky winners' to the family-run motel for Christmas. This structural device allows McInerney to introduce a number of minor characters and to explore the meaning of Christmas from a variety of angles. McInerney also humorously explores the stereotype of senior citizens as technophobes and Luddites.
(Bookseller + Publisher)

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A wonderful collection of short stories from the much beloved Rachael Treasure.
From the author to Booktopia:
This is a very special book for me as it is a celebration of my love for writing. It's also been a nice holiday away from my niche in rural novel writing. The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare is very personal as writing in short story form has been my private playtime away from my fiction work. The stories are very eclectic; some are funny, some romantic, and some black. All of them mean a lot to me.

Go here to read the rest of the interview.

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The Girl and the Ghost
Grey Mare

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GOLDEN EARRINGS by BELINDA ALEXANDRA
  WITH MY BODY by NIKKI GEMMELL
  COOKING THE BOOKS by KERRY GREENWOOD

If you were swept away by Tuscan Rose, prepare to be so all over again with Golden Earrings.
From Barcelona during the Civil War to Paris in the 1970s, this is a tale of beauty, romance, passion and betrayal.

Go here to watch an interview with Belinda Alexandra.

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Golden Earrings
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In 2003, Nikki Gemmell created waves when The Bride Stripped Bare became a literary sensation with its raw unflinching depiction of female sexuality.
Now she returns with another tour de force addressing the questions of what is intimacy and whether it is ever really possible to know another person.
It is at once a manifesto of married mothers everywhere and a highly personal story of one woman's sexual awakening.
This is beautiful, and literary, and raw, emotional and bold. It is also deeply resonant of the classic French erotic writings of Colette and Nin although with a modern and provocative twist.
However, to label it as erotic is to do With My Body a disservice. Gemmell has absolutely nailed the female psyche with this novel. This story is more about discovery of self than discovery of sex. Yes, women will read this book in droves, but if they give it to their male partners to read, the world would be a happier place.

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With My Body
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Have you discovered Corinna Chapman yet? This Melbourne baker and would-be solver of all things mysterious is Greenwood's other heroine, the one she conjures up with Phrynne Fisher is having a pink gin and a lie down.
In this episode, Corinna becomes the reluctant investigator when matters go pear-shaped on the set of a TV soap for which she is catering. Loads of fun.

Go here for Greenwood's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions.

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Cooking the Books

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MURAKAMI - THE MASTER
Click here for more details or to buy 1Q84 1Q84 by HARUKI MURAKAMI

A mesmerising, epic, utterly involving masterpiece from Haruki Murakami.

The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo.

Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult.

Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true?

Aomame and Tengo's stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, as the two come closer and closer to intertwining. As 1Q84 accelerates towards its conclusion, both are pursued by persons and forces they do not know and cannot understand. As they begin to decipher more about the strange world into which they have slipped, so they sense their destinies converging. What they cannot know is whether they will find one another before they are themselves found.

1Q84 is a magnificent and fully-imagined work of fiction - a thriller, a love-story and a mind-bending ode to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is a world from which the reader emerges stunned and altered.

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ALL THINGS FOOD - AND ART, AND TRAVEL
Click for more detail or to buy Tasting IndiaThe Chinese might think that 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit but let me tell you, in my world it is the Year of the Cookbook. There are some absolutely stunning books about to hit the shelves, from the very high end Rockpool Bar and Grill to the oh-so-achievable The Heart of the Home by Julie Goodwin.

Follow through from the jacket images below for all the details, and where I could find them, internal page spreads but I have to tell you of a couple of highlights first.

First of all, a number of these books are a LOT more than cook books. Christine Manfield's Tasting India is a magnificent exploration of the country and its people and is full of superb photography of both. The recipes themselves are those she has collected on her travels.
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David Dale and Lucio Galletto have put together The Art of Pasta as a labour of love. Yes you will know everything about preparing pasta from this book, but the same attention to detail that has made Galletto's Sydney restaurant one of the top five restaurants in the world for art is played out in the design and layout of this book.

The Art of Pasta brings together Lucio Galletto's two great passions in life: food and art. In an inspiring collaboration, more than 160 authentic pasta recipes are complemented by original artwork from Luke Sciberras.

There is also a special collector's edition of this book -  beautifully presented in a slipcase. Each copy of the book, which is signed by the authors, comes with a signed and numbered limited-edition print from renowned artist Luke Sciberras.

Also for collectors, and for followers of all things foodie, we have SIGNED STOCK of Rockpool Bar and Grill in the warehouse now so be quick!

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THE HEART OF THE HOME by JULIE GOODWIN
  JAMIE'S GREAT BRITAIN by JAMIE OLIVER
  AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

The original, and arguably the best, MasterChef is back in the kitchen.

Look inside here.

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The Heart of the Home
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Too much Jamie is barely enough - and at last he is turning his attention to the Old Dart.

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Jamie's Great Britain
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It's AWW, it's Christmas, and it's a winner with its gorgeous opening flaps.

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AWW Christmas
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ROCKPOOL BAR AND GRILL by NEIL PERRY   ZUMBO: ADRIANO ZUMBO'S FANTASTICAL KITCHEN OF OTHER-WORLDLY DELIGHTS by ADRIANO ZUMBO
  DINNER AT MATT'S by  MATT MORAN

Those in the know are calling this the book of the year. It certainly is gorgeous and we have SIGNED EDITIONS in stock.

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Rockpool Bar and Grill

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It's wild, it's wacky, it's whimsical and it's very very Zumbo. You may not be able to cook it but you can have have a great time looking.

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Zumbo

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This is all about dinner parties, for any occasion, and I guess that the owner and head chef at Aria knows a thing or two about entertaining.

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Dinner at Matt's
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INSATIABLE by TONY BILSON
  THE FAMILY MEAL: HOME COOKING WITH FERRAN ADRIA by FERRAN ADRIA
  MALOUF: NEW MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD by GREG AND LUCY MALOUF

Over the decades, Tony Bilson has made a huge contribution to Australian culinary culture. In fact, to Australian culture in general.
This is Bilson's food memoir and it makes for fascinating reading.

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Insatiable

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Before you go all elBulli on me,  you need to know that this is the "how to" of making simple nutritious meals on a budget. This book is all about what the staff of that very famous restaurant eat. You may be paying a king's ransom for the restaurant meals, but Ferran is feeding his huge staff out the back on three euros a day. Here is how he does it.

Go here for internal images and a clip of Ferran explaining what it is all about.

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The Family Meal
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I would move to Melbourne to eat with the Maloufs. This book looks superb and with their track record ( Arabeque et al) we expect nothing less.

Go here to see inside this book.

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Malouf: New Middle
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BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR

Click for more detail or to buy Tea With ArwaWhat a cracker of a month for biographies and memoirs. From someone whose face is instantly recognisable  (Tutu) to some one with many different faces (All of Me ), from west Africa (Mighty be our Powers) to the Australian desert track (King of the Outback), from the very public (Seriously I'm Kidding) to the very private (Tea with Arwa) -  it all makes for a great month of reading for those who know that truth is stranger than fiction.

Here are my top three picks. Scroll down for the rest.

TEA WITH ARWA: ONE WOMAN'S STORY OF FAITH, FAMILY AND FINDING A HOME IN AUSTRALIA by ARWA EL MASRI

One of the first ways in which we learn about other cultures is through their food-often, that is where our understanding ends. In Tea with Arwa, Arwa El Masri attempts to take the conversation further, sharing with readers the story of her life as a person of many countries.

Born in Saudi Arabia to Palestinian parents and now living in Australia, El Masri's story is as much about the sights, smells and the meaning behind the food she has shared as it is about her many life experiences. Thankfully, the recipes are included.

El Masri will be known to many as the wife of champion NRL kicker Hazem El Masri, but the book would work without the celebrity connection. Hers is a unique voice; she is unafraid to offer opinions and explanations that others might hesitate to admit. Her frank journals form an enlightening first-person perspective, covering issues ranging from asylum seekers to the pressures of a public sporting life. In this way, Tea with Arwa is a refreshing and satisfying book, which will appeal to people of all ages, particularly fans of cultural and travel narratives.

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Click for more detail or to buy AbsolutelyABSOLUTELY by JOANNA LUMLEY

There is a Joanna Lumley for everyone: there's beautiful angelic Joanna, hot sexy Joanna, kick-ass "Purdey" Joanna, heroic single mum Joanna, comic genius Joanna and crusading Gurkha-saver Joanna. And thanks to her habit of insanely hoarding everything from bales of cloth to old wrapping paper, she has pictures of every incarnation, which are lushly reproduced in her immensely fun scrapbook-memoir, Absolutely.

It's just so typically her to do a memoir like this. She's canny enough to know that while a straight memoir would be just fine and capital, what we really truly all want is to pore over a lot of pictures of her looking marvellous, so that we can all say to each other: "Phwoar she was a looker." Did I say was? I meant is; the pictures of a Sixties Lumley togged out in Biba are so like the flashbacks in Absolutely Fabulous it's like she's posing as young Patsy and it's unintentionally all very funny.

Or maybe intentionally funny. Lumley's greatest gift is perhaps not her legs or that amazing voice, but her terrific sense of the absurd. From living crammed in with other models in a flat with a rented gas stove to struggling as a single working mother to having to dress up as the Pink Panther for a publicity shoot, Lumley tells it all like we're on this hilariously weird story that's been her life. And she delights, charmingly, in telling us just how badly certain projects of hers have fared. Things are "not received with cries of joy" and the "restless eyes of the television stations are always looking for the new kid on the block, sometimes elbowing the old kid out of the way".

There's more, though: she could teach us all a thing or two about not taking any lip from life. Beautiful as a swan she may be, but she's also tenacious as a terrier. Being a single mother is famously morale-zapping, Jennifer Saunders sounds terrifying, and hammering the state about its shoddy treatment of the armed services is like screaming into a void. Yet she made it all happen with barely any fuss. I suppose being a stone-cold fox with a smile like the Sydney Opera House makes people slit their throats to help you out. Still, she would have made a good Gurkha.
(Review from London Evening Standard)

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Click for more detail or to buy A Private LifeA PRIVATE LILFE: FRAGMENTS, MEMORIES AND FRIENDS by MICHAEL KIRBY

A collection of reminiscences that reveal the private Michael Kirby. Speaking in his own voice, he opens up as never before in a beautifully written, reflective and generous memoir - one that Michael Kirby's many admirers have been waiting for.

Michael Kirby is one of Australia's most admired public figures. At a time of spin and obfuscation, he speaks out passionately and straightforwardly on the issues that are important to him. Even those who disagree with him have been moved by the courage required of him to come out as a high-profile gay man, which at times has caused him to be subjected to the most outrageous assaults on his character.

This is a collection of reminiscences in which we can discover the private Michael Kirby. It allows the public figure speak in his own voice, without any intermediary. He opens up as never before about his early life, about being gay, about his forty-two year relationship with Johan van Vloten, about his religious beliefs and even about his youthful infatuation with James Dean, which sent him on a sentimental journey to Dean's home town in the year 2000, an adventure he here wryly recalls.

And in the words of Michael Kirby himself, from his introduction:
This is not an autobiography. There are too many gaps between the segments of my life described in the chapters. Moreover, it does not recount the story of my public life: as a practising lawyer, in university bodies, the Council for Civil Liberties, the Australian Law Reform Commission, the courts and international agencies. Those who thirst for such details can find enough to slake their thirst in the recent biography of me by A.J. Brown, Michael Kirby: Paradoxes/Principles. More details of my judicial work are found in the large doorstopper, Appealing to the Future:Michael Kirby and his Legacy, edited by Ian Freckelton SC and Hugh Selby.

Just when you were thinking you had enough to read about my life, now comes this book. Allen & Unwin, the publisher, was convinced that an untapped well of interest existed of readers keen to hear my own voice. And so these essays have been compiled to offer fragments of memory about vivid times in my life from my earliest school days to recent years.

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ALL OF ME: MY INCREDIBLE STORY OF HOW I LIVE WITH MANY PERSONALITIES SHARING MY BODY by KIM NOBLE as told to JEFF HUDSON
  KING OF THE OUTBACK by BILL KING
  SERIOUSLY, I'M KIDDING by ELLEN DeGENERES

When Kim was younger than five years old, her personality splintered and fractured. In 1995 she was finally diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) which has been described as a creative way to cope with unbearable pain. Now her body plays host to more than 20 different personalities, or 'alters'. There are women and men, adults and children; there is a scared little boy who speaks only Latin, an elective mute, a gay man and an anorexic teenager. Some alters age with her body; others are stuck in time. All of Me takes the reader through the extraordinary world of a woman for whom the very nature of reality is different.

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If you've done some inland exploring, chances are you've come across Bill or his fleet of buses. The man behind AAT Kings opens up about opening up the outback. He's seen everything, he's done everything, he's been everywhere and he is telling it all here.

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King of the Outback
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This is going to be a sought after celebrity memoir with the stand-up comic and talk show personality sharing her thoughts on everything from marriage to Portia, to finding life's happy moments and to kale and why we should all eat more of it.

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MAY GIBBS: MORE THAN A FAIRY TALE: AN ARTISTIC LIFE by ROBERT HOLDEN & JANE BRUMMITT
  TUTU: THE AUTHORISED PORTRAIT by ALLISTER SPARKS & MPHO TUTU
  LADY ALMINA AND THE STORY OF THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY: THE LOST LEGACY OF HIGHCLERE CASTLE by COUNTESS OF CARNARVON

This is a beautifully presented hard cover art biography of a woman who was a suffragette, a commercial artist, a painter, and who went on to give Australia one of its most lasting and iconic experiences of childhood and imagination.

No other Australian artist has ever achieved the popularity that May Gibbs has had over so many generations. This is a fascinating biography of a time when London was the centre of the colonial art world and is the first new work on May Gibbs in two decades.

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May Gibbs
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Commemorating Desmond Tutu's eightieth birthday, this stirring biography celebrates the life, philosophy, faith, and achievements of a great moral hero.
With contributions by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Barack Obama, and Nelson Mandela, as well as interviews given by Reverend Mpho Tutu, Desmond Tutu's daughter, to world leaders and public figures including Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Bono, Richard Branson, and F.W. de Klerk, this is a  stirring exploration and graphically rich presentation of one of the world's most inspirational and altruistic figures.

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For those of us you were addicted to Downton Abbey , this is a treasure trove. The current Lady Carnarvon (whose residence was so lovingly filmed in for the mini series) explores life at the castle in Edwardian times, when lavish dinner parties were used to plan exploration trips to trips (including most famously the one that uncovered King Tut) while armies of staff made it all happen downstairs.
This biography of the memorable Lady Almina is not to be missed.

You have to look at the video here!

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Lady Almina and the Story of the Real Downton Abbey
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MIGHTY BE OUR POWERS by LEYMAN GBOWEE

  HERE COMES TROUBLE by MICHAEL MOORE
  THE ELEGANT ART OF FALLING APART by JESSICA JONES

How sisterhood, prayer and sex changed a nation at war.
In the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali comes the memoir of one incredible woman who was able to change the world by leading her countrywomen of Liberia to fight for peace.
This is Gbowee's story of facing unthinkable violence and turning it around to through her passion and charisma to to galvanise thousands of women to force peace on the region after 14 years of war.

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Although perhaps a little to self-congratulatory for some tastes, Michael Moore, well known rabble-rouser and contrarian, shines the spot light on his own life for once.
Here he presents 24 vignettes from his early years that explain how his life boiled up from the personal and exploded into the political.
If you are interested in the education of an American misfit, then the memoir of this Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, best-selling writer, right-wing bogeyman, blue-collar provocateur, wearer of baseball caps, necessary irritant etc will be right up your alley.

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Inspiring,  honest and at times wickedly funny, The Elegant Art of Falling Apart shows us how sometimes, we have to lose everything to understand that the moment is all we have. And living that moment with style, grace and a damn good lipstick is all that matters.
Jessica Jones has had a complicated life from her stellar media jobs to breast cancer and being dumped by the man of her dreams. This is Salvation Creek for the thirty somethings.

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The Elegant Art of Falling Apart
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ROAD TO NOWHERE: 23 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS IN THE AUSTRALIAN PRISON SYSTEM by MARK "CHOPPER" READ
  ONE WAY ROAD: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THREE TIME TOUR DE FRANCE GREEN JERSEY WINNER by ROBBIE McEWEN & EDWARD PICKERING
  TOTALLY CODY SIMPSON: THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE by ALANA WULFF

The title says it all. Redemption at last?
For fans of true crime.

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The Road to Nowhere
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Is that the heady mix of adrenaline and competition I can smell?
For Lance Armstrong and Cadel Evans fans. Yes, it is about the bike.

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One Way Road
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I know, you won't have heard of him but your tweenie kids will have. Think Justin Bieber (OK, don't), turn him blonde and give him an Aussie twist.
Trust me, it is mercifully short - how much biography can there be at his age? - but someone will thank you for this.

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Totally Cody Simpson
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BIG AUSSIE STORIES
Click for more detail or to buy Julian AssangeGoodness where to start? Julian Assange is as good a place as any!

JULIAN ASSANGE: THE UNAUTHORISED
AUTOBIOGRAPHY  by JULIAN ASSANGE


Julian Assange and the word unauthorised have been locked in an unholy embrace ever since the founder of WikiLeaks started releasing government secrets. Now, in a move dripping with irony, Assange's own memoir is being released against his wishes as ''an unauthorised autobiography''.

Assange agreed to write his story last December to raise funds for his fight to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden where he faces sexual assault charges, and to keep WikiLeaks going.

He received an advance of $US500,000 from Canongate, which contracted the Scottish writer Andrew O'Hagan to be Assange's ghost writer and together they completed a first draft in March. Apparently Assange then wanted to cancel the contract but too late, the book is written, the advance has been handed over to his lawyers and rights have been sold around the world.

It is going to make for fascinating reading.

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Click here for more details or to buy Worse Things Happen At SeaWORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA : TALES OF LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY AND THE EVERYDAY BEAUTY IN BETWEEN by WILLIAM McINNES & SARAH WATT

Actor and writer McInnes is well known and well loved. His film maker wife, Sarah Watt, doesn't share quite the same public profile. Together they have written a very different kind of family memoir which includes their photos taken over the last twenty years. This is a personal, emotional and sometimes funny collaboration from a couple who have had more than their share of both triumphs and tragedies.

From Sarah Watt:
William and I have been living together for two decades in the same house. In that time we have been growing happiness in the same measure as collecting grief...We have two healthy children, but lost our first at birth. We have loving and close families. We have had successes and failures in our careers.

Recently I was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer. Advanced cancer can bring even the least analytical of us to wonder what the heck it's all been for. The glass half full looks back at life as it were a photo album  full of happy smiles, birthdays and holidays. The glass half emptied remembers the smiles are people saying "cheese" and the disasters that have preceded or followed on from the click of the shutter.

Worse Things Happen at Sea, like life, contains many emotions and events, but in its summation, it is one big story, and a happy book. We hope you enjoy it.

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Click for more detail or to buy SophieSOPHIE: DOG OVERBOARD: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE CASTAWAY DOG by EMMA PEARSE

Who doesn't enjoy a feel-good animal story? This one is a beauty and made news around the world.

A couple of years ago, a canine castaway lost at sea was reunited with her owners after spending more than four months living off goats on a Queensland island.

The family had been devastated when their cattle dog, Sophie Tucker, fell off the side of their boat in choppy waters off the Mackay coast in north Queensland in late November. But unbeknown to them, their hardy hound swam five nautical miles to St Bees Island, where she survived until by hunting baby goats.

This is a wonderfully uplifting tale of survival, community and the bonds between people and dogs.

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Click for more detail or to buy The Biggest Estate On EarthTHE BIGGEST ESTATE ON EARTH: HOW ABORIGINES MADE AUSTRALIA by BILL GAMMAGE


Despite living in an untamed wilderness, Aboriginal Australians spent far less time and effort obtaining good and shelter than European settlers. The puzzling question is, how did they do it?

This lavishly produced hardback with 60 full colour illustrations explores pre-Europeans land management strategies and in so doing, rewrites the history of this continent with huge implications for us today.

This book is bound to both fascinating, and controversial.


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Click for more detail or to buy Women's StuffWOMEN'S STUFF by KAZ COOKE

"My new book Women's Stuff is all about giving women independent info, with the slogan without the fibs, faff, or fakery," says Kaz in an interview with Booktopia.

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"Women's Stuff is by far the biggest book I'll ever write, 770 pages of fun and step-by-step practical advice for any challenge or passion. It's not meant to be read like a novel - it's to help you with any situation that relates to appearance, esteem, mental health, physical health, finances, friends, family, relationships, or life change.

"It really does cover everything, including in the round-up grief, eating, flirting, getting out of debt, body hair, escaping a controlling relationship, what to do with misbehaving bosoms, getting into a new career, being at home, and control-top underpants. And in the Lantern tradition, it's beautiful, sturdy, easy to use, and has two marker ribbons in hot pink and black. Va va voom."

Women's Stuff is all that and more. I've got it and I love it. Va va voom indeed!

Go here to see inside this book.

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ON SHAKESPEARE by JOHN BELL

BE YOUR BEST by GEOFF HUEGILL
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With humour, wit and a lifetime of experience, this is a fascinating backstage pass to the life and plays of the Bard from Australia's best-known Shakespearean actor and director, John Bell. It's Shakespeare and his world as you've never read before.

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This is all about what you can learn from the inside story of the greatest comebacks in Australian sport from an Olympian, a World record holder, and a man who has fought depression, physical decline and weight gain.

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BROADCAST WARS: THE MONEY, THE EGO, THE POWER BEHIND YOUR REMOTE CONTROL by MICHAEL BODEY

THE FOG ON THE HILL: HOW NSW LABOR LOST ITS WAY by FRANK SARTOR
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The title says it all. This is Who Killed Channel 9? territory - updated for the last decade, as Australian television and the corporate power plays are exposed for all to see.

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The knives will be out once this hits the shelves! It is going to get ugly.

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GHOST PLATOON by FRANK WALKER

DIGGER SMITH AND AUSTRALIA'S GREAT WAR: ORDINARY NAME - EXTRAORDINARY STORIES by PETER STANLEY

39 Australian soldiers, Vietnam, 1969. The army denied their existence. What didn't they want us to know?

I have been itching to get my hands on this for months but it has been very tightly embargoed. This is the story of an Australian army platoon called the 2nd Defence and Employment Platoon and an ambush. The platoon was mysteriously disbanded, its official records removed and all traces of the incident removed - until now.

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Stanley has cleverly used the most common and representative of surnames - Smith -  as a device to show how the Great War affected all Australians.

Smiths, who were soldiers, nurses, volunteers, commanders, artists, and more, are explored, to show the impact on Australian society, at home and abroad, from the Great War.

Stanley's writing is always engaging and enlightening and this book, illustrated with contemporary photos that draw readers in to the narrative, is an interesting addition to the Australian WWI story.

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THE PERFECT BOOK FOR JUST THE RIGHT PERSON

JAMES MAY'S MAN LAB by JAMES MAY

THE FRENCH CAT by RACHAEL HALE

How to be a proper chap. Hilarious.

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It's France, it's cats and it's a stunning gift book and a ridiculously low price.

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC FAMILY SCRAPBOOK BOOK AND DVD by FRED BRONSON

BILLY CONNOLLY'S ROUTE 66 by BILLY CONNOLLY

This is the inside story of the beloved musical, in text, photos and dvd, as told by the actors who played the von Trapp children - written by someone who obviously hasn't been in the Man Lab for a while.

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The Sound of Music Family
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Travel the most famous highway in the world  with one of the best-loved comedian's in the world.

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ROCK BIOGRAPHIES - AND HEALTH TIPS FROM OZZY OSBORNE
TRUST ME, I'M DR OZZY: ADVICE FROM ROK'S ULTIMATE SURVIVOR by OZZY OSBOURNE

THIS IS A CALL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVE GROHL by PAUL BRANNIGAN

Health and happiness advice from a massive hypochondriac.

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Trust Me, I'm Dr Ozzy
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He has sold over 40 million albums. He's been in bands that have changed popular music forever. His best friend committed suicide. He starts supergroups. He is the nicest man in rock.

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GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD by OLIVIER HARRISON

Written by his wife, in time for a major documentary by Martin Scorcese, this is personal compendium, a brick of a book, with more than 260 colour images.

See the film trailer here.


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BOOKS FOR KIDS - LEAD TITLES
Click for more detail or to buy Christmas WombatCHRISTMAS WOMBAT by JACKIE FRENCH AND BRUCE WHATLEY

You know what happens in a wombat's life? Not much. Especially if that wombat is one of Diary of a Wombat fame.

However, this Christmas, everyone's favourite wombat is galvanised into action in a desperate stand-off with strange horned creatures over ownership of a pile of carrots.

You can't go wrong with Christmas Wombat.

For ages 2 to about 80!

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Click for more detail or to buy The Bippolo Seed and other Lost StoriesTHE BIPPOLO SEED AND OTHER LOST STORIES by DR SUESS

Yes, the Dr Suess, and yes, these are authentic stories that have only recently been discovered.

Every child's favourite author is back with a collection of original, funny stories written from the 40s and 50s. The publication of this book is a major sensation.

To find out about the discovery of this new collection, go here.

Ages 4 - 8.

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Click for more detail or to buy K-Zone Crazy Sport FactsK-ZONE CRAZY SPORTS FACTS EXTREME EDITION by TONY DAVIS (ed)

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS EXTREME!
Have you ever ridden a motorcycle while being attacked by a monkey? Or pedaled a BMX bike off a cliff before popping your parachute? Thanks to the nutters in K-Zone's Crazy Sports Facts: Extreme Edition, you don't have to!

EXTREME EDITION CHECKLIST: insane stunts, death-defying leaps, weird sports stories, bone-crunching slams, supremely strange adventures - All true!

For a limited time only, each copy of this book sold comes with a free K-Zone Magazine . While stocks last.

Ages 7 and up.

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Click for more detail or to buy Conspiracy 365: RevengeCONSPIRACY 365: REVENGE by GABRIELLE LORD

This series has been absolutely huge and this stand alone story just about tops it off. The series in production at the moment for television and the new website is going to be brilliant. Stay tuned.

Cal's life is finally getting back to normal. He's living back at home with his mum and Gabbi, but the paparazzi still follow him everywhere. One night, Cal hosts a midnight movie marathon with his friends, which turns into a nightmare when they receive a mysterious message - you have 30 days. The hunt is on again!

Ages 10 and up.

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Click for more detail or to buy Rangers Apprentice 11: The Lost Stories RANGER'S APPRENTICE 11: THE LOST STORIES  by JOHN FLANAGAN

Ranger's Apprentice is probably our best selling kids' series and John Flanagan will be visiting Booktopia this afternoon to sign copies of both The Lost Stories and The Brotherband Chronicles: Book 1 The Outcasts (for November release but you can pre-order now) for all of his fans. Can I just say, if you are interested, order today because the signed copies will go really quickly.

Also, we are giving away boxed sets of the first five Ranger's Apprentice titles to eleven lucky customers who order The Lost Stories before October 31, 2011. We will announce who the lucky customers are on the Booktopia Blog.

And while we are on the subject, we have just received in stock a limited number of the very fine limited edition Ranger's Apprentice Treasure Chest containing volumes 1 - 10. I have put it at an amazingly low $99.95 (save 41%). What a great end of year gift. Be quick on this one.

Ages 10 and up.

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THE JEWEL FISH OF KARNAK by GRAEME BASE
A BUS CALLED HEAVEN by BOB GRAHAM
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Stunning - from the master of colour and artistry.

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Ages 4 and up.

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The Jewel Fish of Karnak
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A warm, wonderful book about community, family and an old bus.

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A Bus Called Heaven
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STUNNING COLLECTIBLES
STAR WARS: THE JEDI PATH: A MANUAL FOR STUDENTS OF THE FORCE - VAULT EDITION by DANIEL WALLACE

WINNIE THE POOH 30 VOLUME GIFT PACK by A A MILNE & DAVID BENEDICTUS

This is seriously good. The fabled book,
The Jedi Path, fully illustrated, with removable features and a mechanical vault.

With the push of a button, the doors of the vault open in a wash of light and Star Wars sound effects. The inner platform rises, revealing this exclusive edition of The Jedi Path.

Go here to read about it, to understand all about the removable features and to see the "book" trailer but believe me, I want one and I am not the slightest bit interested in Star Wars.

For fans of any age.

Collectors might also be interested in The Art of Marvel Movies, a slip-cased behind-the-scenes look at the Marvel cinematic universe which will be in stock  very soon.

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BRILLIANT INTERNATIONAL FICTION


What a feast of fiction coming out of London and New York!

Click on the jacket images below for everything you need to know about each title.

 I so want to read The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Euginides (he of Middlesex fame). It is on the top of my reading pile and it is getting enormous build up overseas. In fact, it is a testimony to the strength of the local list that I just haven't got to it yet. Be prepared for a swag load of prize nominations. Available from October 11.

Similarly Charles Frazier's Nightwoods, author of the immensely popular Cold Mountain.
Check out that trailer!
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Nicholas Sparks fans will be able to get their fix with The Best of Me (October 11)
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while Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell will appeal to his legion of followers involved in the Viking/Saxon saga.
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David Guterson is back (Snow Falling on Cedars) with a complete departure in style in Ed King, apparently a big American novel and a re-imagining of Oedipus Rex.

And Robert Ludlum is gone but not forgotten with "his" new one The Ares Decision: Covert One.

And what about these two debuts?

You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik is creating a stir, especially have been annointed by Alice Siebold ( The Lovely Bones) in her new publishing venture. Much more importantly, and much closer to home, we have a considered and positive review of it by our own "author in residence", Kylie Ladd.
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The Deadly Touch of the Tigress by Ian Hamilton introduces a whole new kind of kick-A heroine - a forensic accountant who travels around the world sorting out the bad guys.
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CLEVER CRAFTY MUST-HAVES

Two words - Kelly Doust.
Another two words - The Crafty Minx.
Kelly's Minxy Vintage is all about transforming old clothes into modern, wearable pieces.
This is not just a book about loving vintage fashion: it is about seeing the wonderful possibilities for updating all old clothes and how to look fabulous doing so, no matter what your age, location or budget.

Want to see inside? Go here.

Four words: Meet Me At Mike's.
Two words: Pip Lincolne

In MAKE HEY WHILE THE SUN SHINES, Pip once again shows us her fabulous sense of style as she presents 25 crafty projects featuring sewing, crochet, papercraft, knitting and print making.

Go here to read her answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions.



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Want to know what is going to be the number one style book this summer? It is definitely going to be Dannii Minogue's MY STYLE .
OK, so we don't all have her body and her fabulous lifestyle, but we can adopt some of the Minogue magic that she generously shares in this style bible.

Have a look inside here.

And on the subject of vibrant photographic fantasies.....

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Now to something altogether more sedate and soothing to the eye. This is Paul's take on what to plant where.

Have a look inside here.

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ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS - TWO FAVOURITE CHARACTERS COME ALIVE IN THESE BOOK + PLUSH TOY SETS

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FOR THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART
LAZY DAISY, BUZY LIZZIE 
As cute as a button and loads of laughs. Click on the jacket image to see the Google Preview.
LOOK, A BOOK!
This almost wordless book in the tradition of Jeannie Baker has as much appeal to adults as it does to little children. Click on the jacket image to see inside.
THE LION AND MOUSE
This book won the 2010 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book. In a wordless retelling of the Aesop classic fable, this is almost too beautiful to bring into paperback - but here it is at a great price.
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I WANT MY HAT BACK
Again gorgeous - have a look at the book trailer.
TIN TOYS
It is Christmas, it is Bruce Whatley - enough said!
GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THE COMING SEASON
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU POP-UP
This is absolutely stunning, especially the spread where the little hare is swung up into the air. Check out the clip here.
AMAZING POP UP MONSTER TRUCKS
Robert Crowther is great at pop-up books and this one is fantastic for machine-mad littlies and their dads (or mums)
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A BUSH CHRISTMAS
In paperback at last! This is my favourite for the festive season.
THE WIZARD OF OZ - SCANIMATION VERSION
Haven't discovered scanimation yet? The clip here will get you going. This is the best novelty book of the season. A perfect stocking stuffer!
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LEGO STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
Get to know Star Wars characters with this fact-filled encyclopedia which follows the movies - plus have your own Hans Solo to play with
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BIND-UPS AND SPECIAL EDITIONS
BILLIE B BROWN: THE BIG BOOK OF BILLIE
Great value - 12 books in one
ZAC POWER TIME OUT
Four books - and a watch!
NEW FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS
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