|BUZZ IN BRIEF |
|Hello Booktopia Buzz
OK, I've only got two words to say to you..... It's
No you can't put it off any longer, and yes, we can
get you sorted right here, right now.
We have been living and
breathing Christmas here at Booktopia
for the last many weeks, and here is what we have come up with to
make life easier for you.
1. My selection for the December Buzz.
Below, you will find a wide, eclectic range of brand new books which you
are unlikely to see anywhere else. Read on, you know what to do.
Greetings from Booktopia
Think of this as your Christmas
catalogue. We have gone through the new releases for the last three
months and picked out the very best. We've separated out books for children for obvious reasons.
We've also listed separately all the gorgeous (yes, more expensive),
mainly visual books - these make the most wonderful gifts. If you just
want to look at books about Christmas, we've collected them
all together. And finally, for those absolute bargains, we've got that covered
for you as well.
3. If all else fails, check out our resident Book
Guru's quick Christmas gift guide.
But what about a present
for you? Well, we do have one wonderful give away
this month, so to the winner in advance, Merry Christmas from Booktopia.
As usual, I have a
long list and a short list. For all the books that were considered but
didn't quite make it into Booktopia Buzz, click here. Booktopia's December Favourites are
divided into fiction, non-fiction, young adults and babies and
For those of you looking for children's books, I have
left all of the running to our two new specialist editors, Amelia
Vahtrick and Kate Mayes. Click here to see our new specialist kids'
- 5 Buzz for
babies and toddlers and for the primary schoolers, 6
- 12 Buzz. However, I am very pleased to include for the
first time the monthly selection from Scholastic
Australia - a familiar and trusted name to all of you. Click
here to see Scholastic's
Don't forget to take postage and delivery times
into account when you are doing your ordering. I've explained all here.
finally, may I wish you all the very best for the festive season, and
thank you for your support and interest over the last many months.
Editor in Chief
FROM BOOKTOPIA |
|THE CLASSICS REMAIN
CLASSICS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD|
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas, introduction by Robin Buss|
We think we know
the story of The Count of Monte Cristo,
but in truth, until we have read Robin Buss’ new translation, published
by Penguin Classics, we know nothing. All previous popular editions in
English were reprints of a poorly translated and abridged nineteenth
century editions which reduced the great work to the level of a common
pot-boiler. These second-rate editions were then translated into film.
In short, The Count of Monte Cristo
we have always known is an impostor!
The new translation brings a
greater depth and subtlety to the story from the outset, setting the
scene thoroughly, introducing us to Edmond Dantes and his fiancé
Mercédès, drawing both their characters deftly, revealing their youth,
innocence, and promise, and in so doing, we feel the blow of the unjust
act which follows more deeply. We, too, yearn for revenge.
The Count of Monte Cristo
was always a story of extremes, of murder and vengeance, of great
wealth and ambition, of love and intense hate, but now, with Dumas’
descriptive capacity restored, with his imagination untethered by dull
witted opportunistic hack translators, with his canvas cleaned of
impurities, the reader’s involvement is increased, the ride becomes real
and the lessons, though harder to learn, once learnt, are
(Guest reviewer, Booktopia's John Purcell)
The Count of Monte Cristo
RRP $18.95, Booktopia price $15.15
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde
wealth, fame, narcissism. Are we talking the botox generation? No, we
are talking the Oscar Wilde classic. If you haven't read it since school
days, you really should now.
Click here to
read an extract on our website.
The Picture of
Dorian Gray RRP $24.95,
Booktopia price $19.95
THE ORIGINAL OF LAURA: A NOVEL IN FRAGMENTS
Nabokov introduced by his son Dmitri
The literary world has been split by Dmitri
Nabokov's decision last year to publish his late father's unfinished
novel, despite the author's expressed wishes that the fragments be
burned. While there is plenty of discussion out there about the ethics
of his action, fans world wide will find it impossible to stay away.
here to read a John Banville
review of this book.
The Original of Laura RRP $55.00, Booktopia price $44.00
|GEMS FROM THE BACK
BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak|
is not often that books attract universal praise but such is the case
with The Book Thief.
In fact, over three million copies have been sold of this locally
written fable of death since its publication four years ago and it has
now been translated into 30 languages.
As for reviewers, this is
sort of language they use:
and hugely ambitious... The kind of book that can be life changing' - The New York
'A beautifully balanced
piece of storytelling...
Unsettling, thought-provoking, life affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking
scope, masterfully told. It is
an important work, but also a wonderful
page-turner.' - Guardian
This new edition of The Book Thief
features the exquisite artwork that featured on the UK version.
The Book Thief
RRP $19.99, Booktopia price $15.95
And from the
reigning queen of noir, Megan Abbott,
we present for your reading pleasure:
BURY ME DEEP
THE SONG IS
DIE A LITTLE
Abbott has been nominated for the Edgar award for crime
writing for three of her books, taking out the highly
prestigious prize for crime writing in 2008 with Queenpin.
these on for recommendations:
storyteller, film noir scholar, deconstructionist suffused with a true
artist’s passion. Poised to ascend to the top rung of crime writing and
quite possibly something beyond. - James Ellroy, American Tabloid, LA
for word, pound for pound, Megan Abbott delivers more than any writer I
know. Her influences appear to range from Hollywood Babylon to Theodore
Dreiser, but her work transcends pastiche and homage. Bury Me Deep extends an already jaw-dropping winning
streak, showcasing Abbott's gorgeous prose and clear-eyed empathy. She
is simply one of the most exciting and original voices of her
generation. - Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of
What the Dead Know
if that doesn't convince you to take up the reigning princess of noir,
maybe those fabulously retro covers will.
Each RRP $22.99, Booktopia Special price from $14.95
Click here to buy: Queenpin, Bury Me Deep,
The Song is
You and Die a Little
|MAKING A LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE|
Fear not, gentle reader, Booktopia has
Christmas sorted for you.|
We have a fabulous catalogue of books,
all sorted for you into five sections:
Booktopia's Favourites - all new
releases, all unlikely to already be on the bookshelf.
Books About Christmas - a
marvellous selection of books for children about Christmas, Santa Claus
and the nativity.
Just For Kids - again, new
releases, for babies to fifteen year olds.
Everything Lavish - mainly coffee
table books from the incredibly gorgeous, to the incredibly expensive.
Bargains - check it out, there
are some terrific buys there.
And if that is not enough, our Book Guru, who
has survived more silly seasons selling books than he cares to remember,
has done a quick
gift giving guide taking into account just about everyone on your
list - the brother whose lips still move when he reads, the aunt whose
kisses always gave you the creepy crawlies, the niece who you haven't
found time to visit yet but figure must still be under five, the boss,
now that you know your bonus is huge etc etc.
Three things to
- postage is only $6.50 to anywhere in Australia for
any number of books;
- to make sure you receive your books by
Christmas, order by December 1, although "in stock" books can be ordered
up to December 13 for pre-Christmas delivery;
- we can do
your gift wrapping.
|RED LOTUS|| ||CHALCOT CRESCENT|
Pai Kit Fai|
Pai Kit Fai has spent his life immersed in Chinese culture and history.
A martial arts master and holistic medicine scholar, he is also married
into one of Hong Kong's founding dynasties. No surprise then that he
has penned a sprawling family epic intent on getting to the heart of
some enduring Chinese mysteries.
A beautiful but rebellious woman,
foot binding, concubines, foreign devils, Red Lotus will
appeal to lovers of Memoirs of a Geisha.
Red Lotus RRP $32.99, Booktopia price $26.39
nightmare recast for the Twittering classes?
Crescent has been reviewed (positively) by just about every British
newspaper and journal including The
If barbed frivolity is your thing, then
Weldon's gimlet eye as cast by Francis, the elderly book editor
re-visiting her past from a dystopian future is just the ticket.
mischievous blend of fact and fiction produces a hybrid that is at once
futuristic satire, tragedy and tongue-in-cheek memoir which contains
"some embroidery of the truth."
plot outline is here.
Crescent RRP $29.95, Booktopia price $23.95
|YOU OR SOMEONE LIKE
YOU|| ||THE STORY OF DANNY
story, billed as Hollywood goes book club, is really so much more,
actually presenting a sweeping spectrum of contemporary
religious and social issues. A large cast of characters from just about
every cultural group in America walk in and out of the Rosenbaum home.
Woven into these relationships are conflicts over inter-marriage,
children of inter-marriage, variations of observance, gender choice,
career paths, friendship and immigrant aspirations.
a studio executive, encourages his wife, Anne, an accomplished
literature scholar, to start a book club. Her book selections are
brilliant and her discussion skills are penetrating. Using classic
literature as the lens through which all is examined, the club becomes
the 'in' group, a touchstone, and an engine for Hollywood decision
making. Anne's success is personally empowering but surprisingly
disruptive to her long and healthy marriage.
You or Someone
Like You RRP
$27.99, Booktopia price $22.50
wouldn't be Christmas without another huge Courtenay. He continues to
confound pundits, with his loyal fan base going from strength to
strength, and why not? Great plot lines, larger than life characters, a
story that leads you through without taking a breath.
Danny Dunn is a
three generation family saga - all pubs and politics - which starts in
here for an interview with the author, or click
here to read chapter one.
The Story of
Danny Dunn RRP
$49.95, Booktopia price $39.95
|'TIS THE SEASON TO
COLLECTION|| ||PRESIDENTS AND
Dangerous dames, exotic romps and cold blooded murder - 1950s style!|
is a boxed set of 6 books, all with their original B-grade covers,
straight from the archives. Holiday reading par excellence (so long as
you don't mind being completely non-PC).
The six books are
Kiss your Elbow by
Pardon my Body by Dale Bogard
Virgin with Butterflies
by Tom Powers
You Never Know with Women
by James Hadley Chase
No Nice Girl by Perry Lindsay and
I'll Bury My Dead
by James Hadley Chase
the blurb from one of them (it probably doesn't matter which).
From the moment Dale's headlights hit the
nyloned legs of lovely Julia Casson on that old Connecticut Highway,
trouble moved right in on him - and stayed there.
$32.99, Booktopia price $26.39
THE BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA PAPER
DOLL & CUT-OUT BOOK by John
Boswell, Randy Jones & Susann
OK, I admit this is completely frivolous but
I bet you can think of someone who would get a kick of this. The
celebrity tragic? The political junkie? The Americaphile?
excitement of election night, inauguration day, the very first
balls, all the while being able to dress your cardboard cut-outs
in a range of stylish outfits.
have a look inside, click here.
Obama Paper Doll and Cut
$12.95, Booktopia price $10.35
while we are busy offending people, have a look at HOW TO DRESS FOR EVERY OCCASION BY THE POPE
by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett) and Sarah Bennett.
cross-decked sceptre, his dainty tasselled shoes to his iPod, His
Holiness is the quintessence of style and setting the standard for
fashion victims everywhere.
This little gem is elegantly presented in
white and gold, and comes with a glossary, FAQs and rather elegant
black and white line illustrations.
How to Dress
For Every Occasion By the Pope RRP $19.95, Booktopia price
|TWITTERATURE|| ||NEW MOAN|
The World's Greatest
Books Now Presented in Twenty Tweets or Less|
Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensen
WTF is Polonius Doing Behind the Curtain?
70 classics, in 150 characters or less. From Beowulf to Bronte, and
Kafka to Kerouac and what a surprise, the authors are barely the
drinking age in many American states.
Is this a good thing? I don't
know but it certainly is funny.
Twitterature RRP $16.95, Booktopia price $13.55
The Twishite Saga|
It had to
happen! An irreverent and clever take on Stephenie Meyer's hugely popular series, guaranteed to
make any fan laugh out loud.
For Meyer fans, Meyer detractors and
anyone who has seen those movies, its all vampire goths peddling the
deadly "emo" drug, werewolves lurking in basements reading copies of Wolf Whistle and New Moan Rising.
New Moan RRP $19.99, Booktopia price $15.99
|BLACKBERRY FOOL|| ||ADVANCED HOMEWORK
|An Addict's Guide
to Switching Off|
The perfect gift for the
over-indulgent BlackBerry user, stylishly designed and written with a
wry sense of humour. Everyone will recognise a BlackBerry Picker,
someone constantly checking for e-mails, or a BlackBerry Tart, someone
on a constant quest to have the very latest model, even if it is
From the BlackBerry Whine to the BlackBerry Crumble, this
guide helps you recognise the seven major symptoms of BB addiction and,
more importantly, tells you what to do about them. It is your
alternative BlackBerry helpdesk.
Click here to read the table of contents on our
RRP $17.95, Booktopia price $14.35
Everything You Learnt At
School - and Promptly Forgot|
E. Foley and B. Coates
know the ad on TV when the hapless father is explaining the great wall
of China as necessary to keep the rabbits out? Well, this book will save
you from having to go down that path.
Presented as a retro hardback
looking more like the 50s than the noughties, this is a gem of a book.
Yes, it is amusing, but it is an absolute primer on everything from long
division, the periodic table to geological time-scales. Organised into
ten chapters each covering a school subject, with test papers and their
answers at the end, my only caveat is that it is a bit
Euro-centric. However, if you want to impress your friends and handle
homework without humiliation, this is definitely the go. You will never
have to make up the capital of Bulgaria, or your own version of
Pythagoras' theorem again!
Advanced Homework for
RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $26.36
|THE GREAT MOVIE V BOOK DEBATE CONTINUES|
|What is it about Hollywood directors? Haven't they got an
original idea in their collective head? Here are the books that are
being mined for the current crop of end of year movies. Read them before
your own imaginative powers get usurped by the machine!|
JULIA by Julie Powell
book (IN STOCK)
Julie and Julia has been garnishing heaps of
praise at the cinema but I would really recommend the audio version for
the author's acerbic narration. I have been cooking up a storm ever
And if you want the real thing, local editions of Volumes 1
& 2 of MASTERING
THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING have just been re-released (by Julia Child, Louisette Bertolle and Simone
Julia RRP $12.29, Booktopia price $9.83 (IN STOCK)
Julie and Julia (Audio) From RRP $24.75, Booktopia price $21.50
Art of French Cooking Vol 1 RRP $39.99, Booktopia price
Art of French Cooking Vol 2 RRP $39.99, Booktopia price
THE ADVENTURES OF
SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan
here to see these IN STOCK Sherlock Holmes stories.
You might also be interested
in THE SHERLOCK HOLMES
HANDBOOK by Ransom Riggs.
readers will enjoy Anthony Read's
Baker Street Boys
here to browse more IN STOCK
The Adventures of
Sherlock Holmes (IN STOCK) From RRP $14.99, Booktopia price $6.95
The Sherlock Holmes
RRP $27.95, Booktopia price $22.50
THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
No one writes
southern gothic, western and post-apocalyptic like McCarthy. A frontier
to be crossed in every book, once read, never forgotten.
Road From RRP
$22.99, Booktopia price $18.39
by Alice Sebold
has been a back list best seller for nearly a decade. For ages 15 plus.
RRP $22.99, Booktopia price $18.39
UP IN THE AIR
by Walter Kirn
In an age of
frequent flyer points, happiness for Ryan Bingham is the anonymity of
the business class lounge.
Up in the Air
RRP $22.99, Booktopia price $18.39
CREATION by Randall Keynes
We have been
absolutely swamped this year by books about Charles Darwin and his
incredible impact on science, social history, politics and authority.
This book is based on Darwin's letters to his daughter, whom he lost
when she was 10, which the author inherited from his own grandmother.
Creation RRP $24.99, Booktopia price $19.99
BRIGHT STAR: COMPLETE
POEMS AND LETTERS by John
Keats with a forward by director Jane Campion
The movie is about John Keats, aged 23
(three years before his death) and his muse, Fanny Braun.
The book is
an excursion into that wild, romantic and beautiful poetry.
And for a
reflection on the legacy of one of England's great romanticists, Stanley Plumly's POSTHUMOUS KEATS: A
PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY distils his thoughts after a twenty year
RRP $27.95, Booktopia price $22.35
$27.95, Booktopia price $22.36
BOYS ARE BACK by Simon Carr
book, the trials and tribulations of a single Dad, received excellent
reviews when it was first published eight years ago. Two boys from
different mothers, one grieving Dad and no rule book or guidance, this
is Carr's wry confessional memoir.
The Boys are
$24.95, Booktopia price $19.95
UNDER THE MOUNTAIN
by Maurice Gee
children's classic by the much lauded Maurice Gee is about to find its
way onto the screen.
$17.95, Booktopia price $14.35
|REVISITING THE PAST|
|MIRRORS: STORIES OF
ALMOST EVERYONE|| ||GALLIPOLI REVISITED|
Uruguayan historian, Eduardo Galeano turns conventional history on its
head by examining the past from the point of view of the vanquished, the
voiceless and the dispossessed.
This elegant writer presents the
mosaic of humanity with fresh clear eyes.
For what it is worth, this
book is part of President Obama's personal collection.
Mirrors RRP $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
Australian War Memorial|
is seared into our nation's consciousness but much of our understanding
of that seminal event is due to the work of war correspondent Charles
This lavishly designed and illustrated book with very
accessible text tells the story both of Bean, and the birth of the war
images, click here.
$59.95, Booktopia price $47.95
|JAMES COOK AND THE
EXPLORATION OF THE PACIFIC|| ||CONQUEST|
Adrienne Kaeppler and Robert Fleck|
James Cook was
just as famous for his south seas voyages as he was for "discovering"
This superbly illustrated volume is packed full of
reproductions of paintings, charts, maps and ethnographic objects
collected on this travels and provides an insight into the explorer's
euphoric yet curious view of the exotic Pacific lands.
James Cook and
the Exploration of the Pacific RRP $75.00, Booktopia price
| || Juliet Barker|
years of English rule in France that followed the battle of Agincourt is
expertly recounted by the acclaimed author of Agincourt.
particular skill is to write history as narrative and she re-creates
the English kingdom of France in the period immediately after Joan of
Arc in all its compelling detail.
Conquest RRP $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
|MORE THAN JUST A
COFFEE TABLE BOOK|
|PHOTO-WISDOM|| ||BIRD|| ||CLICK|
Master Photographers on Their Art|
together in one volume a wide range of outstanding image makers,
this collection of images and interviews help us understand where
our vision of photography can take us.
Sales of this book will help
PhotoVoice, an award-winning organisation that uses photography to help
disadvantaged people around the world tell their stories.
really worth clicking through to see the book
in detail - just follow the prompts from the publisher's site.
RRP $70.00, Booktopia price $55.99
year, the Christmas book that everyone was talking about was Zuckerman's
year it is going to be Bird.
are talking a seriously big book, fabulous images, stark white
background studio shots.
If you do nothing else while reading this
newsletter, please see this clip.
It is such a treat.
Bird RRP $90.00, Booktopia price $71.99
is huge, heavy and packed with full page images taken from photo
libraries collated over the last 100 years.
news, sport, world, culture, characters, graphics, landscapes, captions
and more, this book has been beautifully produced and represents
images, click here.
Click RRP $99.00, Booktopia price $79.20
|100 BUTTERFLIES|| ||ICONS OF FASHION|| ||EXTRAORDINARY
GARDENS OF THE WORLD|
BUTTERFLIES by Harold
An explosion of colour and pattern awaits in
this stunning collection of photographs.
Don't leave this to
entomologists (all 100 of them). This one is for anyone with a
sensitivity to visual beauty.
One Hundred Butterflies
RRP $79.99, Booktopia price $63.99
might want to also consider TREASURES OF THE NATURAL
HISTORY MUSEUM by Vicky
Patterson which is a fascinating insight into the best of the
collection of this unrivalled august institution. A rare meteorite from
Mars, Darwin's celebrated finch specimens, some immaculately dressed
fleas? Its all here.
the Natural History Museum
RRP $69.95, Booktopia price
DOGS IN VOGUE
by Judith Watt |
best thing to having the world at your feet is having a dog at your
Thus spake Vogue in
1933. And so here we are, Vogue's
fashion portraits each including canine a la mode.
Dogs in Vogue
RRP $99.99, Booktopia price $79.99
Also of interest is AUDREY HEPBURN:
INTERNATIONAL COVER GIRL by Scott
Brisell, a treasure trove of 500 international magazine covers
featuring the timeless Audrey.
Hepburn: International Cover Girl RRP $70.00, Booktopia price
Monty Don |
best loved gardener, Monty Don, presents in a lavish format some of the
most extraordinary gardens he visited in his successful BBC television
series Around the World in 80 Gardens.
than 400 photographs in a large format allows a breathtaking glimpse of
some of the great gardens of the world.
This is the gift for
gardeners this year.
Gardens of the World RRP
$79.99, Booktopia price $63.99
|FOR THE MORE
|For those looking for something different, that both
stimulates the brain and feeds the intellect, look no further.|
series of extended essays represented great value when they were
originally published as demi-hard backs. Now these eight 10,000 word
essays on the big themes of life are presented as one paperback.
Germaine Greer ('On Rage'), David Malouf ('On Experience'), Blanche d'Alpuget ('On Longing'), Barrie Kosky ('On Ecstasy'), Don Watson ('On Indignation'), Gay Bilson ('On Digestion'), Malcolm Knox ('On Obsession') and Anne Summers ('On Luck') - a summer
of rage and reflection!
On-ibus RRP $29.99, Booktopia price $23.99
RUDD AND LEADERSHIP by Mungo
QUARTERLY ESSAY no. 36
characteristically barbed and perceptive in this, his dissection of
political leadership in Australia, past and present. This is both a
report card on the Rudd government and a broader meditation on
leadership in a time of major change and challenge.
On Rudd and Leadership RRP $16.95, Booktopia price $13.55
THE VALUE OF
NOTHING by Raj Patel
with Oscar Wilde’s observation that “nowadays people know the price of
everything and the value of nothing,” Patel shows how our faith in
prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. He reveals the hidden
ecological and social costs of a hamburger (as much as $200), and asks
how we came to have markets in the first place. Both the corporate
capture of government and our current financial crisis, Patel argues,
are a result of our democratically bankrupt political system.
is, in person,
with a promo he has done for the US edition of the book which will be
out at the end of January. Meanwhile, you can get it here, now.
The Value of
$24.95, Booktopia price $19.95
|HOW ELSE WILL YOU
KNOW ABOUT THESE LITTLE GEMS?|
NUMBERS|| ||1.000.000... AND
MORE|| ||INSIDE LARRY AND
What you see
is what you get. Wake up that brain before going to sleep!
RRP $24.95, Booktopia price $19.95
much maths barely enough? Try NUMBER FREAK
by Derrick Niederman, which
reveals the hidden language of numbers with fascinating trivia and
explanations. Why are there only 17 fundamentally different symmetric
wallpaper patterns? How did the number 94 figure in early shipbuilding?
Why is 73 important in clock making? All will be revealed.
RRP $26.99, Booktopia price $21.59
book you will find interesting illustrations and calculations, exciting
facts and amazing comparisons, all in multiples of a million. It is a
surprising collection of ideas but only a very small proportion of the
more than a million possibilities.
Available from the publishers
after the 20th December.
more RRP $90.00, Booktopia price $71.99
wouldn't be hard to argue that Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders
of Google, are among the most influential people of our time.
interviews with current and former employees, competitors, partners,
and senior Google management, plus conversations with the founders
themselves, Brandt demystifies the secret society that is Google.
Note that this book will be available
cannot be delivered for Christmas stockings).
and Sergey's Brain RRP
$34.95, Booktopia price $27.95
|HELL ON HIGH SEAS|| ||FENDER: THE SOUND
HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD|
Mundle has a
kind of sixth sense when it comes to marine disaster. This sounds like
it is a great read for people who like true stories and great adventure.
Hell on High
$35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
is the curator of the Fender Museum in Corona California, so who better
to write a book that celebrates this iconic guitar.
includes a bonus DVD.
Sound Heard Around the World RRP $69.95, Booktopia price
|CHERRY PICKING THE
BENNETT'S PARIS by Shannon
Restaurants, bistros and bars, lavishly illustrated
and in a travel friendly size, by Melbourne's Mr Restaurant himself.
This is a personal and idiosyncratic look at the city of romance. Click
Shannon Bennett's Paris RRP $44.99, Booktopia price $35.99
BED IN A TREE
AND OTHER AMAZING HOTELS FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Bettina Kowalewski
An ice hotel in
Sweden, a suitcase sleep in Germany and a stone pineapple for a room in
Scotland, this is a celebration of the truly unique travel experience.
Bed In A Tree
and Other Amazing Hotels From Around the World RRP $39.95, Booktopia price $31.95
by Martin Joachim and Dirk Alt
Movies or music, history
or religious significance, natural or architectural features - this is a
gorgeous collection of places you just have to see for yourself.
from the publishers after the 20th December.
Cult Locations RRP $110.00, Booktopia price $87.99
SURFING NEW SOUTH WALES
by Simon Punch
book that showcases the best breaks in the State. Breaks, maps,
transport, places to stay and eat, other things in the area - its all
here. Click here to get a really good idea of this comprehensive book.
Click here for
Surfing New South Wales RRP $34.95, Booktopia price $27.95
DIVING ADVENTURES by Len
Deely and Karen Gargani
more illustrations than you could flap a fin at, this is an armchair
version of 100 of the world's most spectacular dives.
$47.95, Booktopia price $38.35
SAILING ADVENTURES by Miles
Another 100 more exciting experiences on water with
classic races, passages and spectacular locations.
In both books,
every experience is vividly painted and all essential details are
included. Experience ratings are included.
Sailing Adventures RRP
$47.95, Booktopia price $38.35
FROMMER'S 300 UNMISSABLE
EVENTS & FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD
inspirational guide that will put you on the right track to dive into
local life and catch vibrant memories to take home.
your boat or revs your engine there's a celebration to suit your mood -
from crowd crazy tomato throwing at Spain's Tomatina to peaceful
retreats watching nature's awesome cosmic show at The Northern Lights,
and glamorous cultural events for the jet set. The events are organised
by theme so you can follow your passions around the planet. And there is
plenty of Australian content - from Phillip Island's penguin
parade, to the Elvis Festival in Parkes to the Cole Classic
(in which I have actually swum... once).
Frommer's 300 Unmissable
Events & Festivals Around the World RRP $37.95, Booktopia price $30.35
BACKPACKERS: GLOBAL ADVENTURES IN STYLE by Jill Nash
from China to Italy with adventures for every type of luxury backpacker.
Whether you are the action hero, the nature lover, the culture vulture,
the city clicker or the beach bum, this book has the needs of the
grown-up backpacker completely covered.
Luxury Backpackers RRP $39.95, Booktopia price $31.95
of course, you need a TRAVEL DIARY
to record it all. This one is the latest edition of the perennial
backlist bestseller - plastic covered, light weight and sturdy, this is
all you need to get going with your journaling.
Travel Diary RRP $14.99, Booktopia price $11.99
|0 - 130 PROPERTIES
IN 3.5 YEARS (REVISED EDITION)|
Steve McKnight has owned more
properties than he has had breakfasts and let me tell you, he is a big
For years his book From 0 - 130 Properties
in 3.5 Years has been on the bestseller lists.
end of this week, he is releasing a completely updated and revised
edition. It includes lots of new
content. Better still, he has given Booktopia
customers some exclusive new material.
here to see him talk about his book directly to Booktopia customers. You can also
listen to his exclusive Booktopia
podcast, giving his tips about positive and negative cash flow
companies and his very handy "1 per cent" rule.
McKnight has some
very interesting things to say about the property market right now so
if you are interested in independent wealth, you really can't afford to
From 0 - 130 Properties
in 3.5 Years RRP
$32.95, Booktopia price $25.95
|CULTURE AND COUNTER
|THE PHOTO ALBUM|| ||MY LIFE OUTSIDE THE
RING|| ||THE GOOD GAME
GAMER'S GUIDE TO GOOD GAMING|
engaging and utterly collectible, this is Frankie Magazine's
compliation of images and words from amateur photographers.
At least one will make
you feel like running away, another like falling in love. One will make
you feel like climbing under the doona and another like having an
impromptu house party... They make us think or feel differently, if only
for a moment.
here to see some of these images.
The Photo Album
RRP $29.95, Booktopia price $23.95
30-year career as a pro-wrestler and a particularly distinctive
moustache, the Hulk (born Terry Bollea) goes to the
mat with his personal heartbreak.
Career triumphs, career failures, a
spectacularly nasty divorce, a very serious car accident, a son in
jail, some messy steroid stuff, and the
12-time World Heavyweight
Champ and six-time World Wrestling Foundation Champ, went down in deep
Outside the Ring RRP
$35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
Jeremy Ray and Steven O'Donnell|
written by the team behind the fabulous and popular ABC 2 TV program and
website. While they are pretty hopeless at choosing the title of their
book, they certainly know how to put something together that will become
essential reading for anyone with a passion for video games or an
interest in the culture that surrounds them.
The Good Game
Gamer's Guide to Good Gaming RRP $24.99, Booktopia price
|MOVIE CHARTS|| ||TIM BURTON|| ||ED HARDY: BEYOND
so much fun. The very best and the very worst of cinema, presented
as spreadsheet generated charts.
If you want to see bullet
point brilliance, click here.
RRP $19.99, Booktopia price $15.99
Ron Magliozzi and Jenny He|
Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd, Batman - Tim Burton brings a dark and
idiocycratic vision to all of his movies. What most people are unaware
of however is, that his art work is just as important to him as his
directing. This book shows Burton in a new light. And to get an idea of
it all, have a look at his site.
RRP $39.99, Booktopia price $31.95
that Ed Hardy has been breathing life into tatoos for more than forty
years? It seems that the rest of the world (and fashion) has finally
caught up with him.
This book will appeal to people who appreciate
the mastery of art that defies generalisation.
His scope and
knowledge is incredible.
Available from the publishers after the
Beyond Skin RRP
$180.00, Booktopia price $143.99
|SYDNEY'S BEST DOG
PARKS, WALKS AND PLACES TO STAY|| ||THE WORLD'S MOST
EXPENSIVE|| ||EARTH |
full colour guide to over 80 doggy destinations covers the best places
to take your dog with maps, photos and detailed information about access
and facilities plus a comprehensive listing of off-leash areas.
Now, how about the other capital cities?
Dog Parks, Walks and Places to Stay RRP $29.95, Booktopia price
Complete indulgence. This book of expensive luxuries will either make
you smile, or yearn. However, if you are not into consumption, don't go
All exclusive designs and special editions, this is a compedium
of the most expensive in the world - from a $9,300 bottle of
marmalade to a $2 billion presidential election campaign.
from the publishers after the 20th December.
Most Expensive RRP
$99.00, Booktopia price $79.20
antedote to The World's
Most Expensive, Earth is a
sparse essay accompanied by many, many of Senator Brown's lovely
restful Tasmanian images, all printed on recycled paper. This is no poor
cousin however. It is an uplifting cri de coeur.
We are Earth's guardians and the onus is
Earth RRP $19.95, Booktopia price $15.95
|TEENS AND UP|
|What is going on out there in young adult land? The
imaginative landscape is being taken over by ghosts, zombies,
werewolves, vampires and other critters of the paranormal kind. I guess
we have a certain Ms Stephenie Meyer
to thank for that, and be warned, she herself has gone on to the world
of aliens for her next magnum opus!|
We will be putting together
our special collection of post-Twilight books around the first week of
December. In the meantime, click here to see our selection of
teen and young adult books.
Our staff picks?
OUR CHOICE (YA
EDITION) by Al Gore
happened with its predecessor An Inconvenient Truth,
Al Gore's blueprint of solutions for climate change has been
adapted especially for younger readers.
RRP $24.95, Booktopia price $19.95
WESTERFELD COLLECTOR'S SET including
Ugles, Pretties, Specials and Extras
The very talented
Westerfeld (author more recently of Leviathan)
wrote his dystopian view of the not too distant future some time ago.
This collection has become mandatory teen reading. It is now available
in the extremely well priced box set. This is great gift material!
Westerfield's Collector's Set RRP $29.99, Booktopia price
FALLEN by Lauren Kate
(as in fallen angels) has been getting huge exposure lately with the
book trailer being featured at capital city screenings of the New Moon movie. We've got the trailer
on the site. Yes, this is Meyer territory, and yes, we have plenty of
pre-orders from people just hanging out for its late November release.
Fallen RRP $29.95, Booktopia price $23.95
At this time of year, there are plenty of short story collections,
bind-ups, omnibuses (omnibii?) etc. These are not only great value but
also offer a tasty smorgasbord of all your favourite genres. Here are
THE TANGO COLLECTION edited by Bernard Caleo
This is a
264-page omnibus of comics collated from the first 8 editions of Tango, the
Australian romantic comic anthology. Represented are over 50 comic
creators from Australia and New Zealand.
$35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR
by Stephen Jones is the 20th
anniversary edition of the world's premier annual showcase of horror and
dark fantasy fiction including Tanaith Lee, Neil Gaiman and many
Book of Best New Horror
RRP $24.99, Booktopia price
Trisha Telep has edited THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF TIMETRAVEL ROMANCE
- 25 stories for those who like to get their kisses on wings.
Book of Time Travel Romance RRP
$24.99, Booktopia price $19.99
THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVE
Penzler has put together the ultimate Vampire primer in THE
VAMPIRE ARCHIVE with stories written over 150 years including Byron,
Keats, Bram Stoker right up to the present day. We are talking more than
1,000 pages of ruined castles and crypts, coffin lids and sharp toothed
men doing their thing.
The Vampire Archive RRP $39.99, Booktopia price $31.95
on earth, there's the Erica James collection
THREE DIVINE NOVELS - Love and Devotion,
Gardens of Delight
and Tell it to the
$35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
LUDLUM: THE SECOND BOURNE TRILOGY gives huge bang for the buck
with The Bourne
Bourne Betrayal and The Bourne Sanction all in one action-packed volume.
The Second Bourne Trilogy
RRP $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
for something grittier, and dare I say it, slightly more realistic,
there is HARRY BOSCH VOLUME 4 - The Narrows, The Closers and Echo Park. Michael Connelly fans never had it so good.
Vol 4 RRP $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
of THE WIRE will have to get TRUTH BE TOLD by Rafael Alvarez and David Simon, a collection from the
inside of this cult TV series. It covers all five series.
Truth Be Told RRP
$34.95, Booktopia price $27.95
followers would remember my favourite book from last month, Alex Miller's Lovesong, and certainly it
is racing off our shelves. Those of you who are Miller groupies will be
interested to hear what he has to say about the inspiration for his
novel, his background, and just how those wonderful characters came into
his consciousness. I was lucky enough to catch up with Miller last
here to watch the interview.
As far as I am concerned, if I had
to pick one novel for summer, it would be Lovesong and if you have
never discovered Miller before, here
are his other titles. You are in for a treat.
Lovesong RRP $39.99, Booktopia price $31.99
Corner Store, The Pub in the Paddock, The Innaminka Hotel, Blue Heeler
Hotel - if you've cracked a tinnie in any of these iconic watering
holes, you'll know what I am talking about. Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage
have put together this fabulous celebration of bush pubs in a landscape
edition hard cover chock full of photos. Each location is introduced
with a page of text, with another three pages of glorious colour photos.
There is a map at the front and as a special bonus, there is plenty of
emphasis on the ubiquitous pub dog.
Click here to
see inside this book.
Bush Pubs RRP
$39.95, Booktopia price $31.95
YOU NEED TO KNOW|
To give us the best chance of getting your
books to you by Christmas, order by December 1. Our cut-off date
for in stock items is of course later - December 13.
And if all
else fails at the last minute ....
DO GIFT CERTIFICATES!
What a great little series this is! Science books
at only 96 pages, each written to explain these really big,
important ideas for the lay person. Each looks at great moments that
have advanced mankind's scientific knowledge and at the men and women
who have made these huge breakthroughs in thinking about the universe
and our place within it.
Strathern, who has written the series, is a philosopher and
mathematician at Trinity College Dublin as well as a prize-winning
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