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APRIL 2010 | Edition 19
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
Hello Readers,

There is always something new at Booktopia and this month, I guarantee you will see something you have never seen before.

We have been approached to act as agent in the sale of furniture that used to belong to Patrick White, Australia's only locally-born laureate for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Patrick White's The Vivisector has also been recently shortlisted for the "lost" Booker Prize. A real icon of our cultural history has come on the market and you can read all about it here.

Now back to the books.

I have an exceptional deal for you on Matt Hilton thrillers, with one exceptionally well priced 2 for the price of 1 offer on the new Slash and Burn.

I have Mother's Day sorted right here - all the options, all the choices and it couldn't be easier. And if you are still undecided, the answer is Light of Lucia.

For the military history buffs, I've got a selection of great, new ANZAC Day choices.

There is a strong fiction list (both  quality fiction and mass market) including Yann Martel's Beatrice and Virgil and a great guest review for Lionel Shriver's So Much for That. Plus a feast in non-fiction and the best of the best for the under 18s who we know are almost impossible to buy for without guidance.

All that and more. Happy reading and have a great holiday break!

Toni Whitmont
Editor in Chief
Booktopia Buzz
FREE MATT HILTON THRILLER
Customers responded in droves last month to our great deal on Lee Child books. Well, we are going one better this month.

Buy the new Matt Hilton action thriller SLASH AND BURN and receive his DEAD MEN'S DUST absolutely FREE.

Better still, Slash and Burn is being released at the special introductory price of $24.99 (rather than $32.99) so that means we are giving you $66 worth of books for only $24.99.

CLICK HERE to go straight to our special Matt Hilton package and while you are there, have some fun with the Joe Hunter shooting game. (You'll need to scroll down to play).

So what is all about? The answer, in two words, is Joe Hunter.

Who is Joe Hunter? For a start there are certain things he isn’t. He’s not a cop. He’s not a bounty hunter. He’s not a private detective. Some people call him a vigilante, but even Joe will tell you that vigilantes take the law into their own hands, whereas there aren’t too many laws that define what Joe does to get a job done. Joe is someone who cares. Simple as that.

He doesn’t like bullies. He doesn’t like men who hurt women or children. Put into context that covers a whole bundle of bad guys the world over. He is a tough guy with a heart and fourteen years service as a counter terrorism soldier moulded him into a human wrecking ball.

Joe first appeared in Dead Men’s Dust - a book that saw him hunting for his estranged brother, John, who had been kidnapped by the vicious murderer, Tubal Cain. In his next outing, Judgement and Wrath, Joe had to protect a girl from a professional hit man who goes by the name of a fallen angel, Dantalion. This month sees the release of book 3, Slash and Burn in which Joe's hunt to find the missing sister of a woman leads him straight into a stand-off with a businessman with links to organised crime and some psychotic twins who are at one with a sharpened blade.

Click here to order Slash and Burn + Dead Men's Dust pack

RRP $65.98 Booktopia price $24.99 SAVE 54% - IN STOCK NOW
MOTHER'S DAY  - GET SORTED WITH BOOKTOPIA
It is definitely not too early to start thinking about Mother's Day. We have combed through the April new releases and put together a fantastic selection of books, all of which are perfect as gifts. Many of them are in stock now, but do remember things come and go quickly and it does take time to get them through our warehouse and out to you so get your orders in quickly. You don't want to be turning up with a lottery ticket on May 9.

CLICK HERE to see our Mother's Day range, all wonderfully sorted into

Fiction                                                          Living & Learning

Food & Home                                                Children


(By the way, I have found the perfect books for sharing with little ones, including the adorable I Love My Mum which comes in a lovely organza bag with a card). And if you are not the buyer, this is the perfect opportunity to make sure you receive what you really want - it is so easy to send your choices to the person with the wallet by clicking the share button on the book on the Booktopia website.


Now, to the very best in Mother's Day fiction.

HOUSE RULES by Jodi Picoult

To  her fans, Picoult is a legend. No one writes family and relationship dramas like her and her ability to take an issue and turn it on its head is unparalleled.

House Rules revolves around teenage Jacob Hunt who has Asperger's Syndrome. His obsessive interest in forensics leads him to be accused of murder after his tutor is discovered dead. What does it mean to be different in today's society? What are the limits of love and loyalty?

To read an excerpt, click here.


Click here to order House Rules
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95 IN STOCK NOW


THE BOOK OF LOVE by Phillipa Fioretti

Reading Fioretti is like sitting down to eat a plate of deliciously decorated cupcakes - gorgeous to look at, sweet on the tooth, and gone in a second.
Fioretti is a new Australian author who has been "discovered" through a manuscript development partnership between the Queensland Writers Centre and Hachette Australia.
The Book of Love is great fun. It is a romantic comedy with plenty of fabulous dresses and dashing men. A triangle between the luscious Lily who runs an antiquarian bookshop in Sydney, her romantic and business partner Robbie who disappears with a rare and valuable book, and the enigmatic William who is employed to recover the book, sees the three on a journey to Italy where all is resolved in a whirlwind of action, clever lines and frilly underwear. I don't mean to trivialise the book - there may be no surprises in the structure, but is funny, witty and sure to satisfy those who like a really girlie read.

Click here to order The Book of Love
RRP $24.99 Booktopia price $20.95 IN STOCK NOW

Other great Mother's Day fiction titles include:

Click here to order CAUGHT by Harlen Coben
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95 IN STOCK NOW


Click here to order BLEED FOR ME by Michael Robotham
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95 IN STOCK NOW


Click here to order ANGELOLOGY by Danielle Trussoni
This book is going to be huge. Click here to see lots of extra content. RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95 IN STOCK


Click here to order THE WHITE QUEEN - Philippa Gregory
Now available in paperback.
RRP $24.99 Booktopia price $20.95 IN STOCK NOW

Click here to order WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
Man Booker Prize winner now available in cheaper format
RRP $24.99 Booktopia price $19.95 AVAILABLE FROM APRIL 1






MOTHER'S DAY - FOOD AND HOME
How many beautiful books are there for Mother's Day this year???

My absolute favourite has to be LIGHT OF LUCIA by Luciana Sampogna.

I have to tell you I am very biased. Luciana runs Cucina Italiana, a cooking school, from her home in Sydney and having made the tortellini under her instruction from scratch, I am a complete convert. So much so in fact, that I asked Luciana to make a video exclusively for Booktopia customers so that you too could share her full and flavoursome world.

Light of Lucia is truly a wonderful cookbook with an emphasis on home cooking, recipes put together with love and with an eye to all the occasions that make Italian culture the treasure trove of riches that it is.

Click here to read my blog post about cooking and eating with Luciana.

Click here to see inside the book.

Click here to order Light of Lucia
RRP $69.95 Booktopia price $59.95 IN STOCK NOW

REALLY WILD TEA COSIES by Loani Prior

Booktopia
customers flocked to Loani Prior with her first book Wild Tea Cosies. Now comes this entertaining, inspiring and easy-to-follow second offering,  featuring 20 even wilder knitted tea cosies.

Loani is a creative whizz and her tea cosies are guaranteed knitting and sipping pleasure. Really Wild Tea Cosies also provides instructions on how to make ten knitted and crocheted decorations, such as flowers, leaves and fruit, which can be used to embellish your tea cosy, or worn on a lapel or scarf.

Click here to order Really Wild Tea Cosies
RRP $29.95  Booktopia price $25.50 IN STOCK NOW

THE GARDENERS' BOOK OF DAYS by Holly Kerr Forsyth

Holly Kerr Forsyth has been planting, designing, talking and writing gardens across the length and breadth of this country since, well, forever. In this, her latest book, as beautifully presented as all her others, she provides us with a kind of Australian garden almanac, full of inspiration, titbits and tips. This is a gorgeous book,  just as we have come to expect  from her.

Click here to order The Gardeners' Book of Days
RRP $44.99  Booktopia price $37.95 IN STOCK NOW


SHOES FOR THE MOSCOW CIRCUS by Leta Keens

Leta Keens is a journalist specialising in arts, design and architecture. In Shoes for the Moscow Circus, she sets out on a discovery tour to many small crafts businesses that sound like they come from a different century but are actually still alive in Australia today, forming a most interesting niche market. In the book, you will meet taxidermists, umbrella makers, blacksmiths, bicycle builders, oar makers, haystack builders and many other interesting characters. Their stories are fascinating and reveal a world of its own that very few of us would ever hear about in our day-to-day life.

The book is highly illustrated with the most amazing black and white photography, which is not only show-casing the craftsmen’s work, but is also artistic in its own right. The design is very clear and reduced and supports the photography and stories beautifully. This book will have broad appeal to everyone with an interest in art, craft, photography and social history. And best of all, the book itself is a design object!

Click here to order Shoes for the Moscow Circus
RRP $59.95  Booktopia price $50.95 IN STOCK NOW

MOTHER'S DAY -TALL TALES AND TRUE
For the very best in Mother's Day non-fiction, click here. And here are a few of my favourites.

SENSING SPIRIT by Mitchell Coombes

Real life stories and a whole lot more from celebrity psychic Mitchell Coombes.

Coombes talks directly to Booktopia customers here.


Click here to order Sensing Spirit
RRP $29.99 Booktopia price $25.50  IN STOCK NOW

A PRESSURE COOKER SAVED MY LIFE: How to have it all, do it all and keep it all together by Juanita Phillips

I so need this book. This is confessions of a failed supermum, written by someone who visits our homes nightly on television. Part survival guide, part cookbook, and all work/life balance.

Click here to order A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life
RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $29.95  IN STOCK NOW


EVERY DAY IN TUSCANY by Frances Mayes

Part three of a story that Mayes started twenty years ago when she moved to Italy and wrote Under the Tuscan Sun. With three million copies of her books about Tuscany in print worldwide, this deeply personal account of her everyday life is a welcome return to the place, and genre, that started it all.

Click here to order Every Day in Tuscany
RRP $34.95 Booktopia price $29.95  IN STOCK NOW

LITERARY FICTION

BEATRICE AND VIRGIL by Yann Martel
 
Yann Martel’s astonishing new novel begins with a successful writer attempting to publish his latest book, made up of a novel and an essay. Henry plans for it to be a “flip book” that the reader can start at either end, reading the novel or the essay first, because both pieces are equally concerned with representations of the Holocaust. His aim is to give the most horrifying of tragedies “a new choice of stories,” in order that it be remembered anew and in more than one way but no one is sympathetic to his provocative idea. Faced with severe and categorical rejection, Henry gives up hope. He abandons writing, moves with his wife to a foreign city, joins a community theatre, becomes a waiter in a chocolatería. But then he receives a package containing a scene from a play about a man who hunts animals down relentlessly – and a short note: “I need your help.”

Intrigued, Henry tracks down his correspondent, and finds himself in a strange part of the city, walking past a stuffed okapi into a taxidermist’s workshop. The taxidermist needs Henry’s help to describe his characters: the play’s protagonists are a stuffed donkey and a howler monkey named Beatrice and Virgil.

The more we read of the play within the novel, the more we find out about the lives of Beatrice and Virgil – in a series of initially funny, and then increasingly harrowing dialogues – the more troubling their story becomes. As we are drawn deeper into their disturbing moral fable, the relationship between the two faltering writers becomes more and more complex until it can only be resolved in an explosive, unexpected catastrophe.

Though this  is initially as wry and engaging as anything Yann Martel has written, Beatrice & Virgil (notably Life of Pi) this book gradually grows into something more, a shattering and ultimately transfixing work that asks searching questions about the nature of our understanding of history, the meaning of suffering and the value of art. Together it is a pioneering, original and profoundly moving accomplishment, one that meets Kafka’s description of what a book should be: the axe for the frozen sea within us.

Click here to pre-order Beatrice and Virgil
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95  IN STOCK APRIL 14

SO MUCH FOR THAT by Lionel Shriver

The Orange Prize winner of We Need To Talk About Kevin is back with an extremely timely novel which examines the American health care system and asks the question, how much is one human life worth.

So Much For That is reviewed by Kylie Ladd, author of After the Fall and a self confessed Lionel Shriver fan.

Lionel Shriver has long been a favourite author of mine, and thus I have to confess that I didn’t come to her latest novel, So Much for That, as objectively as a reviewer probably should. We Need To Talk About Kevin, which was feted worldwide and won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005, is one of the most intriguing, complex and sometimes downright scary books I have ever read, a sophisticated study of the psychology of both a teenage mass-murderer and of motherhood. Shriver’s follow-up, The Post-Birthday World, would also make it into my personal top twenty, if only for its cunning parallel narratives exploring the divergent paths our lives can take following one central choice.

All that said however, I must admit the premise of So Much for That initially left me quite cold. Shepherd Knacker is a middle-aged American man dreaming of what he calls the Afterlife, where he will ditch his job along with his middle-class comforts and responsibilities, to live self-sufficiently on a small island off the coast of Africa. Shepherd has been planning his escape for at least the last decade, and as the novel opens, he is packing his bags, determined to leave whether his wife Glynis and son Zach decide to come with him or not.

Then Glynis, unaware of his plan, arrives home to announce that she has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma, an especially virulent form of cancer, and thus needs Shepherd to remain at work so his employee-sponsored health insurance will cover her treatment.

This is a timely novel given the current debate over health care reform in the United States. Nonetheless, I wasn’t sure I would particularly enjoy reading five hundred pages largely concerned with the appalling intricacies and inequities of the American health insurance system. It is a testament to Shriver that I did.

Read the rest of the review here on the Booktopia Blog.

Click here to order So Much For That
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95   IN STOCK NOW

A WATERMELON, A WISH AND A BIBLE by Christy Lefteri

This is a beautifully written debut novel by a promising young British author, Christy Lefteri. It is set on Cyprus during the Turkish invasion in 1974, and told from different perspectives: through the eyes of a young girl whose mother gets shot on her way home from the water well, through the eyes of Koki, an outsider who with her red hair does not fit in with the Greek or Turkish community on the island, and Adam, a Turkish soldier who grew up on Cyprus and is now looking for the woman he loved and had to leave behind. It is a harrowing story but at the same time poetically written. Christy is magnificent at drawing very strong images, like a tree of bleeding hearts (read it, it will give you the shivers).

This book is being compared to Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières. High praise indeed.

Here is the chapter sampler.

Click here to order A Watermelon, A Fish and a Bible
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THE SECOND-LAST WOMAN IN ENGLAND by Maggie Joel

This is Maggie Joel's second book, following on the heels of her stunningly successful debut novel The Past and Other Lies.  It is the story of Mrs Harriet Wallis, who on the day of the Queen's crowning, shot her husband, Cecil, dead. In November of 1953 she became the second last woman in England to be hanged. The story then goes back a year and starts at the beginning, on a day when a new nanny, who has secrets of her own, appears just in time to see  the police arrive on the Wallis' doorstep investigating Cecil's business.

From there the story is told in Joel's fabulous way, dropping hints and leaving pieces of the puzzle along the way for the reader to put together. Joel really enjoys her own characters, and it shines through in the writing.

Joel’s first title was brilliantly reviewed, and her second title is sure to receive a lot of attention. Bookseller & Publisher Magazine has given it a five star review.

Click here to order The Second-Last Woman in England
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95  AVAILABLE NOW
SUDDENLY IN THE DEPTHS OF THE  FOREST
  THE WILDERNESS
  THE SPELLMANS STRIKE AGAIN
Amos Oz

Like Salman Rushdie's luminescent Haroun and the Sea of Stories, this book by the international prize winner Oz has a crossover appeal for both children and adult. Published as a demi-hardback, this is a beautiful and unusual gift, an enchanting story about our planet.

Click here to order
Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest
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PUBLISHED APRIL 1
  Samantha Harvey

The Wilderness was sadly overlooked when it first came out, despite extraordinarily good reviews. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction as well as picking up the Guardian First Book Prize. Now available in a smaller, cheaper format, this beautifully written tale of the memory of love is definitely worth a second look.

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The Wilderness
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PUBLISHED APRIL 1
  Lisa Lutz

Now for a change of pace. We love the Spellmans series, with Lutz being a thinking woman's Janet Evanovich.
You can drop into this series at any time, so live a little, laugh a little and go for it with gusto!

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The Spellmans Strike
Again
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SLEEPERS AND WILD CARDS: FICTION WITH A TWIST
THE ASK by Sam Lipsyte

Reviewed by Mike Agger in Slate.com.

We walk the halls of Barnes & Noble, lost, pale, and discontent. Surrounded by rows and rows of Nice Writing, we search in vain for a novel that will make us laugh.... 

Might I suggest a new place to stop? The collected works of Sam Lipsyte. Over the course of two novels and a short story collection, Lipsyte has become a fine microbrewer of bitterness. He's also an apt writer for our meritocratic moment. In America, we labour under the delusion that if we were all just a little more highly effective, a little more focused, we could ascend into a realm of first-class check-in, enviable real estate, and unruffled contentment.

Lipsyte's heroes are not well-rounded; they are the gnarled apples left on the tree. They say the wrong things, choose the wrong paths, own a lame cell phone, and eat the wrong food. But they have a semblance of integrity and the freewheeling wisdom of the loser.

The outer borough Socrates of Lipsyte's new novel, The Ask, is Milo Burke. Milo loses his job but gets the chance to win it back when a mysterious "ask" surfaces.

In Lipsyte's past work, he's been hampered by an inability to write a simple sentence without a pun, a play on words, a delicately rendered sexual fantasy, or a tasteless metaphor. In The Ask, Lipsyte eases back on the throttle and reaches for something more than a sentence that produces a knowing chuckle.

Milo knows and accepts that he'll never be a famous painter, author, musician, or simply famous. He knows that more and more in American life, it's all or nothing, celebrity or failure, fame or obscurity. Instead of finding the middle distance for our aspirations, we line up for reality shows. After his many trials, Milo does what more of us should do: make a little nest of our bitterness.

At first I thought that Lipsyte is kinder and gentler in this novel, but maybe it's his most cutting creation yet.

Click here to order The Ask
RRP $29.99 Booktopia price $25.50   PUBLISHED APRIL 1


AND THIS IS TRUE  by Emily Mackie

This book is funny, disturbing, shocking, raw, compelling - all of that. And if I told you what it was really about you probably wouldn't buy it, but...you would be missing out on something really special.

Click here to see the book trailer.


Click here to order And This is True
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95  PUBLISHED APRIL 1

COMMERCIAL FICTION
DAUGHTERS OF FORTUNE
  RECIPE FOR LIFE
  BLUE SKIES
Tara Hyland

It's big, it's glossy, it's a venemous saga, it's Jackie Collins for the younger set.

Click here for an author interview and a chapter sampler.

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Daughters of Fortune
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  Nicky Pellegrino

Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies. Maeve Binchy for a younger audience, Pellegrino's inviting, sun-drenched formula proved to be a winner with her previous book, Italian Wedding. This one will be the same.

Click here to order
Recipe for Life
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  Fleur McDonald

Inspiration, agribusiness and the outback - this is one woman's fight to save the family farm, brought to you by farmer and best selling author of Red Dust.

Click here to read a sample

Click here to read McDonald's answers to Booktopia's 10 Terrifying Questions.

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Blue Skies

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BEST BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIR
SUNSHINE AND SHADOW
  NICE WORK
James & Stephen Dack with Larry Writer

This is a moving inspirational memoir of two brothers who grew up in tough inner-city Sydney, reminiscent of Frank McCourt's best selling Angela's Ashes. It is movingly and thoughtfully told, with the help of Larry Writer, a most experienced non-fiction author.
This is about rising above poverty and circumstance, of struggling, not always successfully, to overcome obstacles that have been imprinted on life since childhood, of playing the hand you've been dealt. Be warned however, you'll need your tissues.

The first chapter is here.

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Sunshine and Shadow
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PUBLISHED MARCH 30


   Jana Wendt


Jana Wendt, one of Australia's most experienced journalists, sets out to discover what drives us in the work we do.
"We spend forty hours, on average, each week in a place that is not our home, in the company of strangers. Odd then, that the details of what we do all that time often remain unknown, even to those closest to us."
This is a fascinating and engaging series of pen portraits of ordinary Australians, part memoir, part journalism, it makes for engrossing reading.

Click here to order Nice Work
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SONGS OF BLOOD AND SWORD
  OTHERLAND
Fatima Bhutto

Being born a Bhutto in Pakistan must be both a blessing and a curse.
Fatima Bhutto, whose father was murdered, writes the story of her rich feudal landlord family which became a power-broker in the newly created state of Pakistan, only to become targets for the assassins' bullets and bombs.
This is a moving, beguiling story about a political dynasty and a remarkable family written by a woman who is an activist, a columnist, the grand daughter of the former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the niece of Benazir Bhutto.

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Songs of Blood and Sword
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PUBLISHED APRIL 1
  Maria Tumarkin

A six-week trip traversing  three generations, three lifetimes and three profoundly different stories of mothers and daughters provides the basis of this extraordinary memoir.
Tumarkin evokes the history, culture and literature of Russia in every chapter, but her bid to interest her Australian born daughter only serves to prove that the past is another country, and that country no longer exists.

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Otherland
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PUBLISHED APRIL 1






ANZAC DAY
Military history is always a popular genre but especially so as Anzac Day approaches.


In the meantime, the top three of the new ones would have to be:


SOMME MUD: AN AUSTRALIAN TEENAGER IN WW1 by Private Edward Lynch, edited by Will Davies

This is a beautifully presented young readers' edition of the bestselling memoir of a young soldier on the western front. We are expecting it to be included in the school reading lists over the coming years.

Click here to order Somme Mud (Young Readers' Edition)
RRP $18.95 Booktopia price $15.95 IN STOCK NOW

Will Davies has been particularly busy lately with the release this month of  BENEATH HILL 60: The Australian Miners' Secret Warfare Beneath the Trenches of the Western Front. This book is very much tied to the film of the same name which is due for its national release this month. The book, however, is the true account of events and the film has taken a fictitious viewpoint, so if you want the complete story then I recommend reading the book. I featured this book in the March Buzz.

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GALLIPOLI by Mat McLachlan

This is the only comprehensive and practical guide to the battlefields and cemeteries of Gallipoli written for Australian and New Zealand visitors by a travel agent who specialises in touring there. It includes sound advice, historic and modern photos, easy-to-follow tours and every cemetery.

Click here to order Gallipoli 
RRP $29.99 Booktopia price $25.50 PUBLISHED MARCH 30


THE GALLIPOLI LETTER by Sir Keith Murdoch

Something quite different, this is the 8,000 word letter that a young journalist wrote to a prime minister which changed the course of the campaign.


Click here to order The Gallipoli Letter 

RRP $29.99  Booktopia price $25.50  PUBLISHED MARCH 30



LIFE, AND WHAT WE MAKE OF IT
LIVING DOLLS
  LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
  STAYING MUM
Natasha Walter

From one of Britain's most impressive cultural and political commentators comes a controversial and much needed look at our highly sexualised culture.
"I once believed that we only had to put in place the conditions for equality for the remnants of old-fashioned sexism in our culture to wither away. I am ready to admit that I was wrong", says Walter.

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Living Dolls
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  Jean-Paul Bell

Uplifting, extraordinary stories from Australia's children's hospitals and wards - of the kids themselves, the families who support them, the staff who help them and the Clown Doctors who bring a smile to their faces and a sparkle to their eyes.

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Laughter is the Best
Medicine
RRP $32.99  
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price $27.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 30


  What your mum forgot to tell you and your best friends never dared

Mara Lee

Mara Lee is well known on the morning television circuit and is also the editor of Practical Parenting.
This upfront and often very funny book is packed with tips to demystify even the most difficult issues to do with baby, partner and the madness that comes with being sleep deprived.

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Staying Mum
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BIG IDEAS IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE
THE EERIE SILENCE: ARE WE ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE
  BAD IDEAS?: AN ARRESTING HISTORY OF OUR INVENTIONS
Paul Davies

Here is a man who not only understands the biggest of ideas, but he is able to translate them elegantly and simply to rest of us mere mortals.
The Eerie Silence looks at that most baffling of question - are we alone in the universe? - to get to an even high truth, namely, what is our place in the grand cosmic scheme of things?
So far the international project known as SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has only detected silence, but maybe we just don't know what to listen to. This is a journey through close encounters, and a look towards the future and what we might find.

Click for an extract here.

Click here to order The Eerie Silence
RRP $49.95  
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price $42.50
PUBLISHED MARCH 29

Robert Winston

Is it progress? Are we moving forward? Are the unintended dangers and side-effects of our instinct to create and invent undermining us after all?
Robert Winston has long been aware of the uneasy relationship between science and society and his latest  book is motivated by the idea that there needs to be better public engagement with science to ensure that we can all live successfully in a society dominated by advancing technology.  He takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of science and comes up with a relevant and timely book which comes to some startling conclusions about technology, ethics and the future.
This is both a celebration of achievement and an explanation of why good intentions do sometimes end up as Bad Ideas.

Click here to order Bad Ideas?
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PUBLISHED APRIL 1


SPORT

STATE OF ORIGIN: 30 YEARS by Liam Hauser

Apologies for the lack of national appeal on this one but there will be legions of people who will be interested in this book.  This is a blow-by-blow account of the games, incidents and off-field imbroglios that have kept a good proportion of the eastern staters absorbed in a rivalry that has dominated relations for three decades.

This book makes for an historic celebration of all things League!

(And in case football fans are feeling miffed, you are not forgotten.  I will be featuring the very best of the World Cup books in the next month or two.)

Click here to order State of Origin 
RRP $45.00 Booktopia price $38.50 PUBLISHED APRIL 1

TRAVEL: FREE, DIRT CHEAP AND JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE
FROMMER'S SYDNEY FREE & DIRT CHEAP
  BOILING BILLY CAMPING GUIDES

Lee Atkinson

This is such a good idea, I know it will be the start of a big new series.  In fact there is so much useful stuff in this book that it is more than a peak at the emerald city's secret holiday gems - even diehard Sydneysiders will get into it.
Nearly 400 free events, attractions, classes and more - clinics, walks, gyms, eateries, sleeperies, beauty, music, entertainment - you name it , its got it, along with costs (often free), maps, details, hours, itineraries.
Now we just need this for the other capital cities.

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Sydney Free & Dirt Cheap
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  Craig Lewis et al

Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage established Boiling Billy Publications fifteen years ago and have been travelling, camping out and writing ever since. They are the authors of numerous Australian bush travel books and their sales figures attest to their popularity and reliability amongst those of us who like to roll out the swag and gaze up at the stars.
With each new edition, the guides are updated. They include touring and regional maps, detailed information on facilities and everything you want to know from where to pitch your tent on public land to how to plan your next adventure.

Camping Guide Northern Territory 3/e
RRP $24.95 Booktopia price $22.45

Camping Guide to NSW 5/e
RRP $29.95 Booktopia price $26.96

Camping Guide to Victoria 4/e
RRP $29.95 Booktopia price $26.96

Camping Guide South Australia  3/e
RRP $29.95 Booktopia price $26.96

Camping Guide to Tasmania 4/e
RRP $24.95 Booktopia price $22.45

Camping and Caravanning guide to the Murray River
RRP $29.95 Booktopia price $26.96
LOOK BACK IN WONDER

If you are into history, you are going to love this selection. Let someone else tell you about yet another book on Rome or the Renaissance. I've gone for the unusual and the undiscovered, little slices of unknown.

AUSTRALIAN VOICES by John Thompson

This is a beautiful addition to the Pier 9 history list. John Thompson is an esteemed historian and has spent many years working for the state and national libraries of Australia.

In Australian Voices, he brings together many previously unpublished first-hand accounts of what colonial life in Australia was like, from the landing of the First Fleet to the end of the First World War. Letters, diary entries, photographs and drawings are all woven together to bring the past back to life in this atmospheric anthology.

The beautifully layered design, inspired by an old family photo album, make this book a lovely gift. We have internal images here.

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RRP $49.95 Booktopia price $42.50   IN STOCK NOW.



FORDLANDIA by Greg Grandin

What was it about South America that led to so many grandiose dreams which when realised, only floundered in the mire?  Only 34 years after the establishment of Australia's Utopia, a socialist outpost in Paraguay, its opposite was being tried in Brazil. Both failed miserably.

In 1927 Henry Ford, then the richest man in the world, bought a large tract of land in Brazil intending to grow rubber. The project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to transplant capitalist civilisation into the dark heart of the jungle. High hopes turned to tragedy as the settlement quickly became the site of an epic clash between cultures, values, men and nature.

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RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $29.95 STOCK ON BACKORDER
This book has sold out and is re-printing. We are happy to take orders for an end of May delivery.


UNBOUND: A TRUE STORY OF WAR, LOVE AND SURVIVAL
by Dean King

This is an astounding story. 86,000 people embarked on the Long March, following their leader Mao Tse Tung across 6,000 miles of inhospitable territory, to escape the Japanese and eventually launch their bid for a Communist takeover of China. Only 10,000 survived the year long journey.

Now to the really interesting bit. Of the 86,000 that started, only 30 were women. They overcame the most awful diseases. They lost husbands. They left newborns on the trail. They forged a new nation, and a new role for women worldwide. Unbound is their story.

To watch Dean King talking about his book, click here.

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RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $29.95 PUBLISHED APRIL 1



MACBETH by Fiona Watson

We all know Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the blood-thirsty Scottish King willing to kill for his own advantage. But how much do we know about the real Macbeth? Well, thanks to Watson, now certainly more than Shakespeare. While it is true that Macbeth killed Duncan, the previous king of Scotland, in fact he quickly established himself as a popular leader.

Fiona Watson is a historian specialising in Dark Age Scotland, and she does a great job at unearthing the real Macbeth and bringing him and his contemporaries to life on the page. This book will appeal to both Shakespeare fans and history buffs as it draws a vivid picture of medieval Scotland.

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RRP $39.95 Booktopia price $33.95  PUBLISHED APRIL 1

WHY DO TEENS HAVE ALL THE FUN?
SKINS
  NEED
  CHERUB 11: BRIGANDS M.C.
Ali Cronin

It's raw, it's contradictory and it's in your face. With characters who are Queen bees,  seriously quirky and out of control, the current series of Skins follows the gang on their college break.
This book, which is  a first novel made from the very popular TV show,  has plenty of explicit content, so if you are likely to be offended, don't go there.

R18+ RATING

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RRP $17.99  
Booktopia
price $14.95
AVAILABLE NOW







  Carrie Jones

Where do you go after vampires and werewolves? Malevolent pixies of course!
Need has been a best seller overseas and its fabulous cover alone should entice many a reader here.
We have an extract and book trailer on here for you.

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RRP $15.99  
Booktopia
price $13.50
PUBLISHED MARCH 30


  Robert Muchamore

Robert Muchamore completely dominates the teen action market. Give someone over the age of 12 The Recruit and they won't come up for air until they reach the end of the series.
For those who couldn't quite come at the high price when Muchamore made the unfortunate switch to hard back with Brigands M.C. , the paper back release can't come soon enough. Better still, this high octane bikie gang teen thriller in the new cheaper format means that all eleven books look great together on the shelf. Worth the wait!

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Brigands M.C.
RRP $17.99  
Booktopia
price $14.95
PUBLISHED APRIL 1


UNDER FIVES

I LOVE MY MUM by Anna Walker (gift presentation for Mother's Day while stocks last)

Ollie is the cutest little zebra. I'm not sure if Ollie is a boy or a girl (which is a very clever device on the part of Walker) but Ollie and his/her Mum are the best of friends.

This is a delightful little hard back and it is perfect to share for Mother's Day. Better still, we have limited numbers of organza presentation bags and Ollie cards so all your little one has to do to have their present sorted is to pop it in the bag and do some creative artwork on the card. Nothing better than sharing Mother's Day with a toddler!

Click here to see our great selection of books for babies and children.

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RRP $12.99 Booktopia price $10.50 IN STOCK NOW

   
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OWN A PIECE OF AUSTRALIA'S LITERARY HISTORY

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has been approached by a private vendor to act as agent for the sale of furniture that originally belonged to Patrick White, the only Australian-born Nobel Prize for Literature laureate.

This is a rare and remarkable opportunity.

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BOOKTOPIA CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

We had a massive response last month to my two books of the month, debut author Natasha
Solomons' Mr Rosenblum's List and Ian McEwan's Solar. We were thrilled however that the delightful Ms Solomons has proved even more popular than the Man Booker winner Ian McEwan.



We have a lot of contact with Solomons over the last few weeks and I look forward to meeting her when she comes to Sydney in May. Meanwhile, have a look at her answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions here.

We are into the four figures with the numbers of Dummies books sold in March, with customers stampeding to take advantage of the $5 cash rebate. You've got until midnight March 31 so we are talking a matter of hours only. Don't miss out.

Thanks to all who participated in the various competitions for Booktopia's Sixth Birthday. We've sent out the   parcels of free books to the participants, and the best of their comments about their favourite books are written  up here.

STOP PRESS

Rushed forward into release and now available is NO ONE WOULD LISTEN: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos. Harry who I hear you ask? Markopolos blew the whistle on the Bernie Madoff scam which saw some $US50 billion go missing.