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January 2012 | Edition 40
January. Yeah. If there is one time of the year we can all breathe easy, it is now.

Long lazy holidays for most, a bit of a go-slow at work for some, and at least the opportunity of getting a decent park in the city for those of us who can't escape.

And oh, the bliss of reading!

I have a taut and trim holiday selection for you this month including:

And if you are stuck for ideas, try our special January collections:

As to February, you can pre-order here the new Peter Carey novel called The Chemistry of Tears, Robert Muchamore's new Henderson Boys page-turner, The Prisoner and Lauren Kate's Fallen in Love.

And if all else fails, go here to see our  January favourites - there is absolutely masses there to choose from.

Happy reading!

Toni Whitmont
Beach Reads - go here for a great selection

Want something light and easy for the summer?

For those of you with criminal intent, I have the latest Elizabeth George and Peter Corris, both of which come with a free bonus book. Great value! There is also Roxy Jacenko's glitteringly fabulous Strictly Confidential, the latest in farm lit, The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots , as well as Kirsten Tranter's, A Common Loss.

For everything else, look no further than our
Beach Reads selection.
I have put together two great summer reading crime packs, both of which offer exceptional value.

The first is from the godfather of Australian crime fiction, Peter Corris, from whose pen comes the latest Cliff Hardy novel.

For a limited time only, as a Booktopia exclusive, each edition of Comeback will be supplied with a free copy of Follow the Money. What could be better? Make it a Cliff Hardy double for summer!

And if that is not enough, Inspector Lynley is back in Elizabeth George's Believing the Lie! To make it just that little bit more special, each copy of Believing the Lie will be sold with a free copy of Guilt by Association.

Two terrific reads, pace, plot and dialogue - that's a lot of bang for your buck!

Booktopia's Sarah McDuling is a self-confessed Inspector Lynley tragic. Go here to read her review.

Don't wait too long on these two exclusive Booktopia deals. They are both only while stocks last.

Click here for more details or to buy Comeback COMEBACK by Peter Corris

Australia's best-known private investigator, Cliff Hardy, might have his licence back but does he still have what it takes to cut it as a PI on its seedy streets?

Cliff Hardy has his PI licence back - but does he still have what it takes to cut it on the mean streets of Sydney?

Cliff reckons the skills are still there, if a little rusty, and actor Bobby Forrest's case looks promising. Bobby's a nice-enough guy, but why is he being stalked by a red-hot brunette? And why did he have to go online to find a date?

When Bobby is murdered, it comes as a shock. Cliff's only solid lead is a white Commodore, the most ubiquitous car around. When a surprising connection with his own past surfaces, Cliff is forced to put some of his skills to the test. But is he heading in the wrong direction?

Somehow he has to put it all together without losing his licence again, but in true Hardy fashion he's managing to find his way into trouble, not out of it.

Click here to buy Comeback + bonus free Follow the Money
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Click here for more detail or to order Believing The Lie + Bonus free guilt by association BELIEVING THE LIE by Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George's masterly new novel sees Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley back centre stage in an intricate crime drama.

Detective Inspector Lynley is approached by business magnate Brian Fairclough for a confidential review - not a formal investigation - of the circumstances of his nephew's demise. The coroner's verdict is accidental death.

Still grieving for his murdered wife, Lynley has personal reasons for welcoming a spell away from London. He heads to the wild beauty of the Lake District, with Deborah and Simon St James to provide cover for his inquiries. Barbara Havers, back at base, makes her own unique contribution to the case, distracted only by Isabelle's ambitions to improve her Detective Sergeant's appearance.

When he comes to know the various members of the extended Fairclough dynasty, Lynley finds many possible motives for murder, and uncovers layers of deceit and betrayal that expose the lies at the heart of the Cumbrian community.

Click here to buy Believing the Lie + bonus free Guilt by Association
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Secrets and Lies series - details here According to academics, we knowingly lie from the age of six. It gets worse.

We tell four lies a day.

We will have told 88,000 by the time we're sixty.

Who knows how many secrets we keep?

Do liars make the best storytellers? Do secrets make the best stories? Deception lies at the heart of the most compelling stories.

Secrets and Lies is a series of eight modern classics with deception at their very core.

After all, the truth can be found between the lies we tell and the secrets we keep.


Paul Auster

One man's obsession with the mysterious life of a silent film star takes him on a journey into a shadow-world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann, and remembers how to laugh... Mann was a comic genius, in trademark white suit and fluttering black moustache. But one morning in 1929 he walked out of his house and was never heard from again. Zimmer's obsession with Mann drives him to publish a study of his work; whereupon he receives a letter postmarked New Mexico, supposedly written by Mann's wife, and inviting him to visit the great Mann himself. Can Hector Mann be alive? Zimmer cannot decide - until a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever.

Written with breath-taking urgency and precision, this stunning novel plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another.

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The Book of Illusions

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Click here for more details or to buy The Story of a Marriage
Andrew Sean Greer

It is 1953, and America is still haunted by the war. Pearlie and Holland live quietly with their son in San Francisco, with a barkless dog in a vine-covered house. Apart from Holland's elderly aunts, the family have no regular visitors. That is until one day, a neat and elegantly dressed gentleman named Buzz appears at their door. The Story of a Marriage portrays three people trapped by the restrictions of their era, and reveals how we can never truly know the ones we love.

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The Story of a Marriage
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Owen Sheers

1944. After the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, half of Britain is occupied... Young farmer's wife Sarah Lewis wakes to find her husband has disappeared, along with all of the men from her remote Welsh village.

A German patrol arrives in the valley, the purpose of their mission a mystery. Sarah begins a faltering acquaintance with the patrol's commanding officer, Albrecht, and it is to her that he reveals the purpose of his mission - to claim an extraordinary medieval art treasure that lies hidden in the valley. But as the pressure of the war beyond presses in on this isolated community, this fragile state of harmony is increasingly threatened.

Click here to buy Resistance
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Sebastian Barry

Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, and facing the closure of the mental institution where she's spent most her adulthood, Roseanne relates her astonishing life to psychiatrist Dr Grene. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful.

Exquisitely written, it is the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love, passion and hope.

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The Secret Scripture

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Kazuo Ishiguro


In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside and into his past... A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House, of lost causes and lost love.

Click here to buy The Remains of The Day
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Click here for more details or to buy Illywhacker
Peter Carey

Illywhacker is a dazzling comic narrative, from the lips of the 139-year-old Herbert Badgery, the 'illywhacker' or confidence trickster of the title. Overflowing with magic, jokes and inventions, peopled with aviators, car salesmen, Chinamen and impresarios, Peter Carey's novel is a contemporary classic.

'Illywhacker is a tour de force, both funny and moving, the work of an original at full stretch.' Financial Times

'It is impossible to convey in a review the cumulative brilliance and accelerating hilarity of the prose.' London Review of Books

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click here for more details or to buy The Observations
Jane Harris

Scotland, 1863. In an attempt to escape her not-so-innocent past in Glasgow, Bessy Buckley - the wide-eyed Irish heroine of The Observations - takes a job as a maid in a big house outside Edinburgh working for the beautiful Arabella. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer, but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests and her insistence that Bessy keep a journal of her most intimate thoughts. And it seems that Arabella has a few secrets of her own - including her near obsessive affection for Nora, a former maid who died in mysterious circumstances.

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Click here for more details or to buy Intimacy
Hanif Kureishi

As part of Faber's Secrets and Lies series comes an unsettling and emotionally charged look at the end of a relationship, from the acclaimed author of The Buddha of Suburbia.

'It is the saddest night, for I am leaving and not coming back.' Jay is leaving his partner and their two sons. As the long night before his departure unfolds he remembers the ups and downs of his relationship with Susan. In an unforgettable, and often pitiless, reflection of their time together he analyses the agonies and the joys of trying to make a life with another person.

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Fresh Start - go here for our selection

There are very few people who can resist the urge to start afresh at the dawn of a new year. Whether it is sorting out the love life, de-cluttering the house, getting the career back on track or reducing the waist line, January is the month of good intentions.

The book that is taking everyone's imagination right now (no surprises here) is Clean and Lean Diet Cookbook by James Duigan ( details below or go to our blog).

For something equally as scary, there is Shannon Ponton's (he of Biggest Loser fame) Hard'n Up! According to Shane, once you have your brain in the right place the battle is 90 per cent won.

Money For Nothing - how to land the best deals on your insurances, loans, cards, super, tax and more - is Justine Davies' primer on managing cashflow, getting rid of financial stress and generally wising-up. There are potential savings of $10,000 in this book!

Another one attracting a lot of interest is Kim Kiyosaki's It's Rising Time! for women who have a vision for what they want in life and are willing to do what it takes to turn that vision into a reality.

Click here for more details or to buy The Clean and Lean Cookbook THE CLEAN AND LEAN COOKBOOK by James Duigan

"There is literally nobody better in the world than James for getting a woman's body into amazing shape" Elle Macpherson

James Duigan, the man behind some of the world's most beautiful bodies, he has long been the go-to expert trusted by movie stars and super models to get them in the best shape of their lives. He is one of the world's leading health and wellness guru's and he is back, with the third part to his bestselling Clean and Lean series: The Cookbook.

Ever since his revolutionary diet hit the bookshelves, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world have demanded more recipes to help them stay clean and lean, for good. The Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook offers over 100 delicious ideas from all over the world, including favourites from his A-list clients such as Elle Macpherson, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Hugh Grant.

"Becoming Clean & Lean is the simplest, most enjoyable lifestyle choice I've made, and the only one I've actually stuck to. And it's been easy. Clean & Lean eating is common sense, and your body doesn't have to go through any torturous reactions - as it does with silly fads - to get results." Holly Valance

With the Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook you'll discover why cereal makes you fat, how Elle stays healthy, what Rosie has for dinner and the formula to a whole host of recipes you can make in minutes. And the best bit is that with the Clean and Lean diet there's no calorie counting or hundreds of sit-ups, just a flexible eating plan to rid your body of harmful toxins and a unique new approach to food and eating that allows you to feel good about yourself and your body.

Starting with inspiring breakfasts to help kick start your day, the Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook takes you through to lunch and dinner with ideas for quick and easy meals that will fill you up without affecting your waistline. Try Elle's Kale and Goats Cheese Salad, Quiche with Brown Rice Crust, or the Ultimate Clean & Lean Lettuce Wrap for lunch and for dinner choose from Sirloin with Rocket and Watercress Salad, Lemongrass and Coconut Prawns with Glass Noodles, or even Hugh's favourite Lamb with Mushy Peas.

Click here to buy The Clean and Lean Cookbook
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Boredom Busters for kids - see the collection here

Too hot? Too cold? Too rainy? Too dry? Too many family squabbles?

If the long summer break is getting too much altogether, try breaking the monotony with these Boredom Busters . For kids of all ages, this collection is guaranteed to keep brains and hands busy.

I have sorted the collection to make browsing easier and I will be adding more options over the next couple of days.


Everyone's favourite pig, Nanny Piggins, is back with the new Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice. Better still, for a short time only, the original The Adventures of Nanny Piggins is available at a low, low price.

To celebrate all things Piggins, we have 10 blocks of "amazingly delicious NP chocolate" to give away in the month of January - one each to 10 lucky winners. To go in the draw to win, simply order one of these Nanny titles this month. Alternatively, go here for competition details.

Nanny Piggins - see the series here

Go here to see the full Boredom Busters range.

click here for more details or to buy The Adventures Of Nanny Piggins Book 1
R.A. Spratt

Nanny Piggins, the world's most glamorous flying pig, runs away from the circus and goes to live with the Greens as their nanny. The Green children, Derrick, Samantha and Michael, fall in love with her instantly. Who could not fall in love with a Nanny whose only job qualifications are her astonishing ability to be fired out of a cannon and her amazing ability to make chocolate cake, sometimes both at the same time?

Click here to buy The Adventures Of Nanny Piggins Book 1
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Buy any of the series here this month to go into the draw to win the chocolate.

Click here for more details or to buy Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice Book 6
R.A. Spratt

Nanny Piggins gets in trouble with the law after some illicit tight rope walking, and is sentenced to 5000 hours community service. But she isn't the type of pig to take her punishment lying down, not when there are old people to rescue, pirates to impersonate and a great big bus to borrow.

Click here to buy Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice Book 6
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Buy any of the series here this month to go into the draw to win the chocolate.

Get an eReader for Christmas? Now what?

It really is very simple. If you are curious about eBooks and just want to read one on your computer, ereader, notebook, phone or tablet PC, then you can do so very easily with Booktopia's eBook system.

Booktopia has partnered with one of the world's largest companies and leading internet businesses, Google  ™ , to bring you its Google eBooks ™  system.

Buying eBooks from using the Google eBooks ™ platform will give you the flexibility to read books on devices you own today as well as devices you will buy in the future. Google eBooks ™ uses the ePub format which has become the global standard for eBooks and e-readers. 

With Google™ eBooks library, you are able to keep all of your eBooks in one place. Each eBook can be read on phones, handheld devices, e-ink e-readers, tablet PCs, notebooks and desktop computers. Whenever you open your Google eBook, the Google eBooks™ system will remember where you are up to, making it ready to continue reading on whatever device you choose to use next.

Many of the major Australian publishers have worked actively with Google Australia™ to make their list of eBooks available in the Australian market. The range of eBooks covers new release titles right through to bestselling classics as well as hard-to-find titles from previous years.

Google eBooks™ is a cloud-based digital eBook system that allows you to access your personal eBook library on almost any device from one single repository regardless of where you bought the eBook from.

Enjoy this great new reading experience!

Games People Play - see our selection here

Whether it is numbers, letters, words or trivia, these puzzles and quizzes will really put you through your paces.

Go here for Crosswords, Puzzles & Quizzes, Sudoku & Number Puzzles and Trivia & Quiz Question Books.

See our range of calendars here
click here for more details or to buy Fallen In Love
Lauren Kate

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story. And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine's Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other. Lauren Kate's "Fallen in Love" is filled with love stories ...the ones everyone has been waiting for. True love never says goodbye...

This is Lauren Kate's fourth novel, the third in a planned quartet about Luce and Daniel.  Her paranormal angel romances have confirmed her as a huge name in YA fiction. Lauren was born in Texas, studied and worked in New York and now lives in California. She shares her life with her husband - a Shakespeare scholar - and their new dog.

Go here for the rest of the Fallen series.

Click here to buy Fallen In Love
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Peter Carey

When her lover dies suddenly, all Catherine has left is her work.

The long affair had been kept secret from their colleagues at London's Swinburne Museum and now she must grieve in private. Or almost. In an act of compassion, the head of her department gives Catherine a very particular project, something to cling onto: a box of intricate clockwork parts that appear to be the remains of a nineteenth-century automaton, a beautiful mechanical bird.

Once she discovers that the box also contains the diary of the man who commissioned the machine, one obsession merges into another. Who was Henry Brandling? Who was the mysterious, visionary clockmaker he hired to make a gift for his ailing son? And what was the end result that now sits in pieces in Catherine's her studio?

The Chemistry of Tears is a portrait of love and loss that is both wildly entertaining and profoundly moving, simultaneously delicate and anarchic.

At its heart is an image only the masterful Peter Carey could breathe such life into - an object made of equal parts magic, love, madness and science, a delight that contains the seeds of our age's downfall.

Click here to buy The Chemistry of Tears
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Robert Muchamore

The fifth adventure in the Henderson's Boys series: find out how CHERUB began!

One of Henderson's best agents is being held captive in Frankfurt. A set of forged record cards could be his ticket to freedom, but might just as easily become his death warrant. A vital mission awaits him in France - if he can find a way to escape.

About The Author

Robert Muchamore was born in Islington in 1972 and spent thirteen years working as a private investigator. He loves Arsenal and watching people fall down holes. He hates swimming and getting chased by cows.

He was inspired to start writing by his nephews' complaints about the lack of anything for them to read!

Click here to buy The Prisoner
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In This Issue

beach reads

crime packs

secrets and lies

fresh start 2012

boredom busters

Nanny Piggins


games people play

calendars 2012

February pre-orders

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