|BUZZ IN BRIEF|
January books before Christmas? What are we on about?
we figured that you must be just about done and dusted with the present
buying extravaganza by now and perhaps you want to get some orders in
for your holiday reading, before you start off on that heady round of
eating and drinking that constitutes the festive season.
all the focus on giving over the last couple of months, I have picked
out the very best in summer reading so you can pre-order now, safe in
the knowledge that your holiday reading will arrive just as you are
ready to put your feet up and relax. Most of these books will be in
stock in our warehouse come release day although some of the publishers
do close over the Christmas/New Year period which can cause havoc with
the joy doesn't stop on December 25. Our January highlights includes:
Of course, I
include my usual eclectic list of fiction and non-fiction. For my
money, you can't get a more engaging read than The Swan Thieves.
As for non fiction, my favourite is Telling Tales -
nothing like spinning a year about spinning a yarn. Garth Nix fans can
pre-order Lord Sunday and I've included the results of the
very popular Stieg Larsson collection competition.
an eye on the site in January. We will be taking care of all those new
year's resolutions for you, and we will have something for Twilight fans
needing another fix.
That's enough from me right now. I do hope
you enjoy this (shorter) January Buzz.
Editor in Chief
|GREAT DEALS ON SUMMER READING|
|BOOKS AND BAGS|
sandy beaches and books all go together but they go a lot better with a
to protect that precious reading material.
Four great summer
reads, each with a free beach bag. While the books are in
plentiful supply, there are
only limited numbers of the bags so get in quick. This offer is
by Wendy Harmer
Booktopia Price: $20.39
After the Fall
by Kylie Ladd RRP $23.99, Booktopia Price: $20.39
Smack Express: How
Organised Crime Got Hooked on Drugs by Clive
Small and Tom Gilling
RRP $24.99, Booktopia Price: $21.24
Left for Dead: How I
Survived 71 Days Lost in a Desert Hell by Ricky Megee and Greg McLean RRP $24.99, Booktopia Price: $21.24
TWO BOOKS FOR THE
PRICE OF ONE
has been delighting Australians with his gritty Cliff Hardy detective
novels since the early 80s. Hardy is a heady mix of gruff charm,
shambolic presence and unflinching realism.
Corris' creation was
born and raised in working class Maroubra and is an ex-army, law student
drop-out, insurance company investigator turned Private Eye, with a
love-hate relationship with his time and place. He embraces the best
aspects of Australian life - the tolerance, the classlessness, the
vigorous urban and rural culture - while despising the greed and the
conservatism that are constantly threatening to undercut what he sees as
"real Australia". Inevitably drawn into the ambit of the people he
deplores, Hardy struggles to resolve his cases while remaining true to
his own threatened values. The professional challenges spill over into
his personal life where he is never on firm ground.
And if that
doesn't interest you, let me just tell you that Hardy is a tough and
gritty Australian problem solver who has to deal with some pretty messy
the latest Cliff Hardy novel, is Corris' take on the sex-filled,
adrenaline-charged nakedly ambitious world of the international talent
This comes after the success of Open File in which Hardy re-visits a case from twenty
years ago involving corruption in very high places in Sydney. Prescient?
a short time only, we will throw in a copy of Open File absolutely free when you order Torn Apart.
We have limited numbers of the free Open File so get your order in quickly.
RRP $29.99, Booktopia price $25.45
January! After all the hoopla of Christmas, the four weeks of January
are the perfect opportunity to settle back and read. But while there is
plenty to choose from in the "beach reads department" January can be a
bit challenging for the more thoughtful reader who will have already
consumed the latest Peter Carey or Alex Miller. Don't despair - I've
picked the eyes out of the January offerings and there are some gems in
there. Here are my top four holiday reads for a more discerning reader
who still wants to relax on holidays.
|THE SWAN THIEVES|| ||CONSOLATION|
Don't be put
off by the fact that this is a January release. Elizabeth Kostova's new
book is eagerly anticipated and will be reviewed extensively. Kostova
garnered herself legions of supporters with the publication about five
years ago of The
Historian, a chilling historical mystery that reaches from
the present day into the medieval past of Vlad the Impaler, Wallachia's
barbarous 15th century ruler whose gruesome deeds gave rise to the
legend of Dracula. In The Historian,
Kostova's characters hunt the immortal Prince Vlad across twentieth
century Europe, from ancient village to dank crypt in a quest to destroy
the vampire. And no, we are not talking Twilight
The Swan Thieves
is about art and obsession, revolving around a psychiatrist trying to
unravel the mystery behind a talented painter and his attempt to destroy
an impressionist masterpiece in a Washington gallery.
While I didn't
ever get a round to The Historian,
I was aware that Kostova generates a lot of excitement, so I have
to say that I approached The Swan Thieves gingerly for fear of over-hype. Wrong!
For the last week or two, all my stolen minutes have been spent in the
company of Robert Olivier and his various women. The Swan Thieves
is immensely satisfying on many levels and would be enjoyed by men and
women alike. I highly recommend this book.
Kostova will be in
Australia for the Perth Writers
Festival at the end of February and will also be visiting the
$32.99, Booktopia price $27.99
| ||Anna Gavalda|
of you who have read Hunting
and Gathering will definitely remember it fondly. Likewise,
those who have seen the film with the gamine Audrey Tatou. In Hunting
and Gathering Gavalda combines a genius for
storytelling with vivid, exquisite writing and characters who leap from
the pages of this funny, tenderly ironic story of a collection of
misfits in contemporary Paris.
Where to after such a book? Well, to Consolation,
which was the best selling French novel of 2008, where it is called La Consolante,
apparently after the play off match for runner-ups in a boules match.
dense and complex novel revolves around an architect, Charles, two
women and a transvestite.
Charles hears about the death of a woman
whom he once loved and his life starts to unravel. Turning his back on
the present, he goes in search of her past and his childhood. After a
single devastating incident, he meets an enchanting young but damaged
witty and vivid with sparkling dialogue and brilliant characters.
RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $27.99
|KINGDOM OF OHIO|| ||THE BLASPHEMER|
Sometimes a debut author just
ticks all the right boxes and so it is with Flaming. The Kingdom of
Ohio was the book that its US publisher's sales reps enjoyed
selling in the most, this year and if you trawl around in cyberspace,
you'll find plenty of positive reviews from real readers.
mystery, part scientific novel, part love story, The Kingdom of
Ohio is about an old book seller who discovers a photograph that
brings him back to a time he has tried to forget. In the story within
the story, a young man named Peter Force makes his way across the
country to New York City in the year 1901. To survive, he gets a job
digging the first subway tunnels beneath the city's sleepless streets.
There, on a bleak day, he meets Cheri-Anne Toledo, a young prodigy who
claims to have travelled through time, seven years into the future to be
exact, from the illusive Kingdom of Ohio, where her father was the
ruler. As Peter and Cheri-Anne fall for one another, they learn more
about her past, their future, and the technology unfolding in front of
them. Told from present time, the book tells the tale of the ingenious
technology (even when it might be scary) and the birth of America.
is alternative history, a love story and technology. Striding the stage
are giants like JP Morgan and Thomas Edison, and what is it about
Nikola Tesla? Back again in fiction, although I defy anyone to have him
in a more central role than Toni Jordan in Addition.
read an excerpt, click
The Kingdom of
Ohio RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $27.99
| ||Nigel Farndale|
is a lot of expectation building up in anticipation of The Blasphemer,
which is being published in the UK and Australia simultaneously on
January 21. Farndale has a solid reputation as a non-fiction writer, as
well as a columnist, but The Blasphemer
is his first foray into fiction and it seems that everyone who has read
a proof has loved it (including me for what it is worth).
The Blasphemer is two
contemporary interlinked plot lines that reach back from the
terrorist-besieged streets of London today to the trenches of the first
The author's grandfather was a soldier at Passchendaele
and it is clear that his stories have echoed down through the decades.
will appeal to lovers of Sebastian Faulks Birdsong,
Louis de Bernieres' Captian
Corelli's Mandolin and Ian McEwan's Atonement.
The Blasphemer RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $27.99
|STILLWATER CREEK|| ||BOOK OF SOULS|
is a first novel for Booth, a professor of economics who obviously has a
break-out side. Stillwater Creek
is set in the late 50s in a remote NSW coastal village and it involves a
woman who is a camp survivor from Latvia trying to re-cast her life as a
Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Pie Society, with its colourful cast and
evocative settings, this is one for fans of Kate Morton and Belinda
Alexandra and comes with the imprimatur of Debra Adelaide no less! Stillwater Creek
is currently being translated into French and has also been picked up
for American audiences. Reading group questions and an author Q&A
are included in the back.
Stillwater Creek RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $27.99
| ||Glenn Cooper|
summer sizzled with Library of the Dead.
Now FBI agent Will Piper is back again, this time entangled within the
secrets of the ancient library, secrets that may change the the future
I wondered if Cooper could match the gripping
conspiracy and intrigue of Library of the Dead,
but he has done so in spades.
Picking up the action one year on,
Will Piper’s life has been forever changed by the astonishing secret
he’s discovered hidden at the government’s clandestine installation deep
under the Nevada desert.
His uneasy retirement from the FBI is
interrupted when a long-missing book surfaces at an auction house in
London. Will is recruited to help obtain the book which should
solve a mystery that will affect the fate of all mankind.
a newly-found puzzle sonnet by a young William Shakespeare seems to
have been inspired by the book.
As Will peels back the onion to solve
a series of clues hidden in the poem, he finds the book has influenced
not only Shakespeare but also the religious philosophy of John Calvin,
the father of predestination and the prophesies of the seer,
Book of Souls
is stickered with a "money back guarantee offer". If page-turners like The Da Vinci Code
are your thing, then this one is for you.
Book of Souls RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $27.99
MYSOGINIST|| ||THE LEFT HAND OF
to author and reviewer Dianne Dempsey, detectives come in all shapes
and sizes but none so beguiling as Dr Siri Paiboun. The child of Hmong
parents, Dr Siri was sent to medical school in Paris and came home to
Laos to attend the soldiers who fought the French in the 1930s. He was
appointed national coroner for the People's Democratic Republic of Laos
in 1976 (aged 72) mainly because he was the only doctor who stayed
around after the revolution.
Cotterill's Dr Siri has no illusions
about the competency or effectiveness of the communists. As he says "The
nicer thing about socialism is that everyone - no matter what their
physical or mental state gets treated equally... badly."
And so to
the fifth Dr Siri mystery, The Merry
Mysoginist, in which someone is wooing Laotian women and
killing them on their honeymoons.
It is inevitable with
Cotterill, one time Australian resident now living in the Chang
Mai Hills in Thailand, that he is compared with a certain Alexander
McCall Smith whose Mme Precious Ramotswe has so delighted readers (and
soon TV watchers). However Cotterill's stories, while they do fit into
the quirky-crime-in-exotic-location genre, are richer, darker and
denser. Give him a try!
The Merry Mysoginist RRP $29.95, Booktopia price $25.45
| ||Paul Hoffman|
Fourteen year old hero, the remarkable
Cale, dominates The Left Hand of God.
He is the truest of heroes, one that stands distant from the crowd,
ready for one moment in time and for one singular purpose. It was
written in the Scriptures that he would come. He is the left hand of
God... the last Redeemer... the Angel of Death.
They say he will
destroy the World.
This trilogy which starts with The Left Hand of God has been picked
up by some pretty perspicacious names in publishing and certainly has
garnered a huge following in every language it has been printed in.
the UK publisher:
"Only once in a while does a writer come along who
is able to fire the imagination so completely, and who is able to
enthral every reader with a fictive world unlike anything that has come
before. Only time will tell, but I think Paul Hoffman has crafted an
epic narrative that would easily stand amongst the greats of heroic
fiction. Imagine for a moment if The Name of the Rose
met Harry Potter. We are determined to make publication of The Left Hand of God
one of the publishing events of the year."
The Left Hand of God RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $27.99
|WANT MORE ACTION?|| ||CLASSIC OF THE MONTH|
|AVALANCHE PASS by John A. Flanagan|
publication last year of Storm Peak,
Flanagan has been making a name for himself in the competitive realm of
adventure thriller writing.
Jesse Parker is back again in Avalanche Pass,
this time having to deal with mercenaries and hostages on the freezing
slopes of Utah.
Avalanche Pass RRP
$32.95, Booktopia price $27.99
by Alan Glynn
Dublin noir as
two men with the same name, from the same family, die on the same night
in Dublin. One is a gangland murder and the other is apparently a road
accident? Big business and corruption, Irish style.
RRP $32.99, Booktopia price
GERRIGSEN BOX SET
Four crime suspense thrillers and one
low, low price.
Never Say Die, Call After
Midnight, Under the Knife and In their Footsteps
- all designed to keep you on the edge of your seat and looking over
Box Set RRP $29.99, Booktopia
| ||VANITY FAIR by
resident Book Guru has been
making his presence felt on our site recently with his pithy selections
and subversive connections. Last month he reviewed The Count of Monte
Christo and you responded in droves. Here he is again with Vanity Fair.
sure that you read William Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair
in public, not in the hope that someone may spot you reading a classic,
but so that you may see the characters of this wonderfully perceptive
(and prophetic) novel wandering about in the flesh. Vanity Fair
is populated not by characters but by real people and thus, will never
Thackeray is masterful, he allows his characters the freedom
to do as they please; they are autonomous and must make decisions on
their own, as must we all. Some choose poorly, and yet succeed. Some
choose well and yet are rewarded by misfortune. Some grab and grumble,
some laugh and give, some believe they are masters of their own
destinies while some are cut down in their prime.
In Vanity Fair Thackeray has
captured humanity in the raw - just after getting out of bed and before
our first cup of coffee. You will delight in discovering people you know
in its pages. You may smile when they reveal themselves as cads, you
may cry when those who deserve better are treated cruelly and you may
laugh when the frauds get their comeuppance.
But be warned, read Vanity Fair
and enjoy the show, but know that somewhere within is pages lurks a soul
much like your own, and when you least expect it, maybe when you’re
laughing hardest at the foibles of another, you will recognise yourself
and be silenced.
For whether you know it or not, we all live in the
pages of Vanity Fair.
Vanity Fair RRP $12.95, Booktopia price $10.36
|I know I shouldn't generalise, but really, would you come
across a bloke on the beach reading any of these?|
THE NANNY RETURNS by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin
More than four
million readers fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and
sympathetic heroine of the The Nanny Diaries.
she's back. After living abroad for twelve years, she and her husband,
Ryan, have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the
midst of getting her new business off the ground and fixing up their
fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His
timing simply couldn't be worse.
To compound the mounting
construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen
years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she
abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer
what she still hasn't come to terms with herself? In an attempt to
assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer
and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents' brutal divorce,
drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper
East Side enclave of power and privilege.
After putting miles and
years between herself and this world, Nan finds she's once again on the
front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their
For a chapter sampler, click
Returns RRP $29.95, Booktopia price $27.99
ME & MISS M by
A movie star from hell, her ambitious PA and
one very sticky situation. If you liked The Devil Wears Prada,
you'll love this tale of working for a superstar diva and suffering the
Me & Miss M
RRP $24.99, Booktopia price $14.95
THE AGENCY by Ally O'Brien
And while we are
on the subject of big egos, this novel (by a writing duo that includes
an international bestselling author and a well-known entertainment agent
based in London) is an insider's take on the book biz.
New York Daily News this is 'a
surprisingly single-minded page-turner, packed with a colourful
assortment of egomanicas and more plot twists than Lindsay Lohan's love
life... the literary equivalent of a dry martini: salty, intoxicating
and curiously delicious".
RRP $23.99, Booktopia price $20.39
THE PI**ED-OFF PARENTS CLUB by Mink Elliott
with the premise of a club for parents disappointed with their progeny,
Eliott (a former deputy editor of Practical
Parenting magazine), has written a first-person narrative with a
realistic heroine that will be enjoyed by mothers and grandmothers of
Something to read while you get over the aftermath of
The Pi**ed Off
Parents Club RRP $22.99,
Booktopia price $19.54
WHAT KATE DID NEXT by Lisa Heidke
For a more
Australian take on the same dilemma, try What Kate Did Next,
a tale of Kate Cavendish who tries to re-ignite her blindsighted career
after marriage to a workaholic and many, many years of commitment to
family and children.
What Kate Did
Next RRP $29.95,
Booktopia price $25.49
|TRUE STORIES |
|ARTHUR PHILLIP|| ||BORN TO RUN AND
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S AMERICAN VISION|
we all know about Captain Arthur Phillip, how many of us have updated
our view since mandatory history in school days?
Parker's great love
is Australian history although as a writer he can turn his hand to
anything from erotic fiction to astrology.
In Arthur Phillip
he has written an immensely readable and fine biography of the first
governor of the colony of New South Wales, placing him firmly within the
context of the time.
here to see read the first chapter and see some images from the book.
RRP $44.95, Booktopia price $38.20
| ||Louis P Masur|
Springsteen fans will need no convincing that the street poet cum
musician has long chronicled the hopes, failings and dreams of the
American people. As much as anyone in the entertainment industry, he has
been a consistent (and sometimes) lone witness to the political
Masur puts Springsteen's iconic album in its place as an
icon of American cultural history. This is a rich history of
Springsteen’s greatest album, celebrating its themes of youth, escape,
and possibility, just in time for the Boss’s sixtieth birthday.
Born to Run and Bruce
Springsteen's American Vision
RRP $39.95, Booktopia price $30.95
Freddy Spencer Chapman was a British special
operations officer on the run from the Japanese in Malaysia in 1942 and
his tale of daring, grit, courage and survival is the stuff of legends.
is the most amazing story.
this review - it speaks volumes!
RRP $34.95, Booktopia price $29.70
|THE WORLD WE LIVE IN|
THAT SHOCKED AUSTRALIA|| ||HOW TO BE FAMOUS|| ||MAFIA: THE
GOVERNMENT'S SECRET FILE ON ORGANISED CRIME|
I rarely cover true crime in the Buzz but I know
there is a huge interest out there in this genre. Ferguson's book has
been updated and revised and is fully up to date for January. Its
all here - down to the last shocking detail.
Gangland Crimes That
Booktopia price $16.99
| ||Heidi Montag &
True crime aside, the other thing we can't
get enough of is fame. Blond hair, long legs, a killer instinct for a
headline and you've just about got it in the bag.
Don't blame me for
this one but there is some kind of weird fascination for people who are
famous for just being famous.
So if you are interested in the
triumph of vacuousness, or if you want to have a tilt at it yourself,
this is for you.
here for a run-down on the book.
How to Be
Booktopia price $26.40
Treasury Department, Bureau of Narcotics
A couple of
month's ago I brought you a world almanac written by the CIA. Now we
have a primer on the Mafia courtesy of the US Treasury!
pages of the who's who of the American crime world.
Now all we have
to do is to wait for the English translation of the book published in
Italian earlier this month by Francesco Forgione, the president of the
Italian Anti-Mafia Parliamentary Commission which names names, and
suburbs, right across Australia.
Government's Secret File on Organised Crime
RRP $22.95, Booktopia price $19.50
|UNFAITHFULLY YOURS|| ||SHOWGIRLS, TEEN
WOLVES AND ASTRO ZOMBIES|| ||HOW DOCTORS THINK|
Zita Weber has written a number of books
relating to women's issues and is a regular guest on chat shows.
In Unfaithfully Yours
she dissects the real life stories of 12 Australian women who have
defied expectations of marriage, had affairs, and then were willing to
talk candidly about it.
RRP $26.95, Booktopia price $22.90
Lightening up a bit, this book is loads of fun.
Julie Powell decided to cook her way through a year with Mastering the Art of
French Cooking, her Julie and Julia
project, film critic Michael Adams spent a year answering the question,
what is the worst film ever made?
That's right - 365 awful movies in
The results are a hilarious trawl through schmaltz and
trash with some pretty pithy critical analysis thrown in.
Show Girls, Teen Wolves
and Astro Zombies
Booktopia price $33.95
This is a scary one.
Jerome Groopman has
made it his business to understand how doctors think, how they make snap
decisions and how they sometimes make mistakes.
A doctor himself,
he has learned many lessons the hard way and has written this book to
help both the medicos, and the patients, to come to the right decisions
This is a fascinating, insider look!
To read the
afterward, click here.
To read an
excerpt, click here.
How Doctors Think
RRP $29.95, Booktopia price $25.95
TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION by
The queen mother of British detective fiction, PD James, who
has given us Adam Dalgleish amongst others, gives us her special take on
the genre, coming from a lifetime of reading and writing noir. Her view
is both historical and global. What a treasure she is.
listen to PD James discussing detective fiction and writing, click
RRP $26.99, Booktopia price $22.94
TELLING TALES: A HISTORY OF LITERARY
HOAXES by Melissa Katsoulis
Conning the reading public has been going
on for more than 2000 years and this compendium of delicious debacles
gives this topic worthy coverage. The stage is set with one glimpse of
that clever cover, with the jacket design and cuckoo bearing more than a
passing resemblance to a certain penguin. Katsoulis covers her subject
well and includes famous Australian hoaxes including the Demidenko and
Khouri disasters. Anyone with an interest in the book world, or indeed
in tricksters and conns, will fall in love with this one - and will
never trust the written word again!
A History of Literary Hoaxes RRP $24.95, Booktopia price $21.20
THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A SECRET HISTORY
OF EMPIRE AND WAR by James Bradley
This is a startling new look at the
events that set the stage for WWII and the role of Teddy Roosevelt in
fostering American territorial ambitions. In retelling the story of one
particularly strategic 1905 cruise, Bradley re-casts American and Asian
history in a completely new light. From William Taft, to the feisty
Alice Roosevelt, to an opium-addled emperor, the characters in it are
unforgettable. This book lifts the the curtain on America's
experience in Asia - and the events that laid the groundwork for World
War II. It is a fascinating work of investigation and discovery.
is a particularly interesting review, from a not disinterested
Filippino perspective, here.
Imperial Cruise RRP $29.99, Booktopia price $25.45
WHERE ARE THEY BURIED by Ted Benoit
Mother Teresa, Louis
Armstrong, Curt Cobain and Sigmund Freud - Benoit has taken more than
500 cultural icons from all spheres of human accomplishment and
explained about their deaths and final resting places. And before you
write this off as bizarre, ask yourself why just about everyone visiting
Paris makes the trek to Pere Lachaise cemetery to check out the graves
of Robespierre, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.
Where Are They
Buried RRP $27.99, Booktopia price $20.25
by Perkins and Langton (eds)
Earlier in the year
SBS television screened an epic series that chronicled the history of
modern Australia from the point of view of its first people. The
accompanying book was taken up with great interest, despite its rather
hefty price tag.
This new edition, which is in paperback, is
UNILLUSTRATED and a whole lot less expensive, will bring this
fascinating and thought provoking book to a new wider audience.
Australians RRP $29.99, Booktopia price $25.49
|What's the first word that comes to mind with "new year"?
For many people, it is "resolution". Yep, in January, it is all about
getting thin, stopping smoking, re-casting careers, shedding yourself of
toxic relationships and sorting out your finances. In early January we
will be putting together a list for you of the very best of those
resolution books. In the meantime, however, these ones are stand outs.|
LUCK FACTOR : WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE LUCKIER THAN OTHERS AND HOW
YOU CAN BECOME ONE OF THEM by
With the numbers of Australians placing
their hopes on Lotto every week, you'd reckon we are a nation that puts
its faith in Lady Luck.
Max Gunther's gem of a book has mercifully
been brought back into print after an absence of thirty years. It takes
us on a richly anecdotal ride through the more popular theories and
histories of luck - from pseudo-science to paganism, maths to magic -
and arrives eventually at a careful set of scientific conclusions as to
the nature of luck and the possibility of managing it. Gunther shows how
anyone can use this approach to improve their own luck. Better go out
and buy myself a lottery ticket.
might also be interested in THE LUCKY BUGGER'S
CASEBOOK by Daniel M Smith,
full of tales of serendipity and outrageous good fortune.
RRP $24.95, Booktopia price
Bugger's Casebook RRP $32.99, Booktopia price $28.04
DON'T PICTURE ME NAKED by Michelle Bowden
client list reads like a who's who of Australia's top companies. She has
got there because she is an absolute expert in helping people easily
and effortlessly master the art of confident, clear, influential
communication. So if you want to discover the art of influence, how to
command attention, gain respect and sell your ideas to anyone, this is
absolutely, 100% for you.
While you wait for the book to be
delivered, check out her blog, It's
Time to be Heard.
Me Naked RRP $29.95,
Booktopia price $25.45
GUIDE TO WEALTH by Noel
Whittaker & James Whittaker
Noel Whittaker has been
advising Australians on personal finance through his newspaper columns
for more years than he cares to remember. In this, his latest book,
(written with his son) he unwraps the secrets of a successful financial
future by focusing on building the skills to make money in this rapidly
I am very excited to be able to offer Booktopia customers two very special
Whittaker has written a personal and interesting perspective on the book
for Booktopia customers.
Better still, he has agreed to give a
personal half hour one-on-one telephone consultation to one lucky
purchaser of the book. This is an invaluable opportunity and is worth
many hundreds of dollars.
Simply purchase the book and email
me with your order number and an answer to the question, what
you wished your parents had told you about creating wealth, to have a
chance of having your own free phone consultation.
Guide to Wealth RRP $24.99,
Booktopia price $21.24
NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO
BUYING AND SELLING PROPERTY by Andrew Winter
If Steve McKnight is the start and finish
of acquiring property (From 0 - 130 Properties
in 3.5 Years), then Andrew Winter is the expert on finding,
buying and selling your home.
Winter's cable TV program, Selling Houses Australia, is
enormously popular, and there is no one better than him to give you a
behinds-the-scene, wart-and-all view on how to get it on the market and
get it sold.
Guide to Buying and Selling Property RRP $29.95, Booktopia price $25.45
|MORE LOOKING THAN READING|
|Whether you are a browser, you just like to look or you are
exceptionally visually attuned, here is my pick of the crop for
EMMA CALDER'S MOODY DAYS
STICKER BOOK by Emma Calder
said that sticker books are only for kids? This one is a keeper, and I
have ordered several for various girlfriends and daughters. This is
Charlie and Lola for grown ups and with 65 removable stickers, it will
certainly get you through those days when previously the only answer had
We have some really good images on the site, so have
Moody Days Sticker Book RRP $24.95, Booktopia price $21.20
1000 TIPS BY 100
The title says it all - simply a superlative
1000 Tips by
100 Architects RRP $75.00, Booktopia
speaking of source books, have a
look at the internal images from FASHION ILLUSTRATOR
(2nd ed) by Bethan Morris. This
is informative, Australian and aimed clearly at the student market.
$49.95, Booktopia price $42.45
THE CINEMATIC ART OF WORLD OF
WARCRAFT: WRATH OF THE LICH KING
across the icy steppes and into the uncharted mountains of Northrend
through the imagination and art of the creative team responsible for the
epic cinematic storytelling in Wrath of the Lich King, the acclaimed
expansion to World of Warcraft. With more than 150 drawings, concept-art
pieces, and final renders, World of Warcraft: The Cinematic Art of
Wrath of the Lich King is a fascinating look behind the
scenes as well a fine rendering of the fame, the mythology and its
cinematic art. If you are into World of Warcraft, this is most
definitely lustworthy. A must for all serious gamers.
The Cinematic Art of
Wrath of the Lich King RRP
available is THE CINEMATIC ART OF
STARCRAFT II: THE TERRANS which is full of concept art and
storyboards for the much anticipated new game.
Art of Starcraft II: The Terrans RRP $60.00, Booktopia price $51.00
And while we are on
popular culture, albeit certainly more nostalgic, look at 100 GREATEST LOONEY TUNES
CARTOONS by the incomparable animated historian and cartoon
producer, Jerry Beck.
This hardback will be irresistible to fans.
Looney Tunes Cartoons RRP $49.99, Booktopia price $33.45
TATTOO MYSTIQUE: THE ART AND WORLD OF
by Angelique Houtkamp
Angelique Houtkamp is a Dutch
tattoo artist, painter and shoe designer who brings her own take on the
graphic romance of old school tattoos, the heyday of the wild west and
the mystery of Spain.
Sultry pin-ups, broken hearts, swallows,
sailing ships, black panthers, mermaids, spunky cowgirls, horseshoes,
cacti and a good-hearted sense of nostalgia all feature in her world.
work is also used in magazines, on cd covers, postcards, buttons and
This fascinating monograph happily traverses her nostalgic,
eclectic and beautifully rendered artistic wonderland with a strong
focus on her fine art practice.
Mystique RRP $35.00, Booktopia price $29.75
MRS O: THE FACE OF FASHION DEMOCRACY
by Mary Tomer
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have people been as obsessed with White House
fashion. And Mary Tomer should know. While she is a contributing editor
and co-founder of www.mrs-o.org, she cut her fashion teeth on that icon
of style, the original Mrs O. As for Michelle Obama's style, and
the impact of it on the wider population, no one could be more qualified
to address it. When it comes to the current first lady, hers is really
the only authoritarian voice.
This book is filled with exclusive
photos and interviews with Michelle Obama's designers as well as other
important voices in the world of style. It also covers the Obama
stamp on the White House interiors.
Mrs O: The
Face of Fashion Democracy RRP
$45.00, Booktopia price $34.50
Now if you are looking for an Australian art
perspective, you will be interested in these:
40 YEARS: KALDOR PUBLIC
While John Kaldor's name is a
by-word in business, it is perhaps in the art world that he has made his
most distinctive mark. This book celebrates four decades of his public
art patronage and is being published in time for a major exhibition at
the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Kaldor Public Art Projects HARD BACK EDITION RRP $89.95, Booktopia price $76.45
40 Years: Kaldor Public
Art Projects PAPER BACK EDITION RRP $59.95,
Booktopia price $50.95
MCCULLOCH'S CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL ART: THE
COMPLETE GUIDE (UPDATED ED.)
authoritative and comprehensive, this new version of McCulloch's has
extra material from Central Australia, the Kimberley, Torres Strait and a
whole lot more.
Contemporary Aboriginal Art RRP $49.95, Booktopia price $42.45
|EAT, PRAY LOVE AND THEN SURPRISE
YOURSELF WITH MARRIAGE|
|COMMITTED: A SCEPTIC MAKES PEACE WITH
MARRIAGE by Elizabeth Gilbert|
Who would have
thought it? After swearing off the institution completely, Gilbert has
in fact succumbed to marriage, although for practical reasons to do with
visas, work permits and the like.
Gilbert's mega-best selling
spiritual travelogue, Eat, Pray, Love
gave entertainment and solace to the multitudes. It concluded with her
and her partner in love but unfettered.
In exploring her deep
ambivalence about marriage — having vowed never to remarry after the
painful divorce that triggered the wanderings chronicled in Eat, Pray, Love
— she read historical and sociological studies. She also interviewed
family members and friends, and talked to people whom she and José Nunes
(then her companion, called Felipe in the book), met during 10 months
in Southeast Asia. In Committed she
weaves her reflections on this material into her own experiences.
account of her unexpected journey into second marriage makes compulsive
reading, although she herself has realistic expectations.
something very scary about having millions of people waiting to see what
you’re going to do next,” she said. “The people who love Eat, Pray, Love
are very dear and are very encouraging, but they also have their
expectations. But the impossibilities of meeting the expectations of
millions of people have been well chronicled”, she told a recent
Committed RRP $32.99, Booktopia price $27.95
FROM OUR PUBLISHERS|
Click on the images below to see the
pick of the January releases from selected publishers.
NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY
Alexander McCall Smith's
delightful series set in Botswana has long captivated those who have
read it but the imminent screening of the series on cable will introduce
the charming Precious Ramotswe to a whole new audience.
We will have
the new editions of the first four books in stock on release day in
We also have a copy of the
DVD of the new series to give away to the first person to buy all
four of these editions. Just email
me with your order number and keep your fingers crossed.
here to see the trailer.
The No. 1 Ladies
Booktopia Price $19.54
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful
In the Company of
Booktopia Price $19.54
or WHAT TO READ NEXT
Simple! Its got
LONELY WEREWOLF GIRL
teenager Kalix MacRinnalch - she's a werewolf with attitude.
Millar has created a genre-bending expansive tale of werewolves in the
modern world - friendly werewolves, fashionista werewolves, troubled
teenage werewolves, cross-dressing werewolves, werewolves of every sort.
Originally self-published, this book was a word-of-mouth success before
being picked up by a mainstream publisher. This is urban fantasy with a
complex political intrigue subplot plus a big dollop of comedy.
Lonely Werewolf Girl
$19.99, Booktopia Price: $16.99
|JUST FOR KIDS|
it comes to books for children, I leave it to the very capable Kate Mayes and Amelia Vahtrick, who write our 0 - 5 Buzz
- 12 Buzz respectively.
However, I can't help but point
out two perennial favourites both of which are ideal for those rainy
days when you are stuck indoors.
MY MUMMY'S BAG
ages three and up, this sturdy carbboard construction is full of all the
things that are in the real thing - a laptop, a mobile, a wallet, keys,
a bottle of mineral water, an apple. In all, 75 objects and 30
activities to flip, slide, unfold and discover.
And best of all, we
have it at a phenomenally good price.
My Mummy's Bag
$24.95, Booktopia Price: $15.95
Older kids (and
definitely their parents) will love DOODLE NUMBERS
by Taro Gomi. Gomi's original Doodle Book is
still much imitated but not surpassed. Now that fantastic forumla for
daydreamers and doodlers has been applied to the world of numbers.
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia Price: $20.50
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia Price: $25.45
|TEENAGERS, YOUNG ADULT AND CROSS
on earth to you buy them?
Grant took them on a no-holds-barred ride of a life with Gone. Now he
is back with Hunger. It is a
world without adults and let me tell you, you don't want to be there.
you need more thrills and adrenaline, you'll want to know about the FURNACE series - Lockdown, Solitary
and now Death Sentence.
Glimpse inside Alexander Gordon Smith's
mind. Its a scary place.
first in this series is also available as an audio book.
Furnace: Lockdown Audio
will be waiting for CROWDED SHADOWS,
Celine Kiernan's second book in
the Moorehawke Trilogy.
something more realistic, and with an authentic Australian feel, try Maureen McCarthy's SOMEBODY'S CRYING.
McCarthy is a staple of young adult literature with Queen Kat,
Carmel and St Jude Get a Life and more recently Rose By Any Other Name.
for bereft Twilighters....
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
MY LOVE LIES
BLEEDING by Alyxandra Harvey
do you resist a vampire's kiss? Apparently not easily.
My Love Lies Bleeding
INTERTWINED by Gina Showalter.
This one should
appeal to boys as well as girls, and to anyone else with the souls of
four humans residing inside them, as is the case with our hapless hero
the stunning conclusion to Garth Nix'
seminal time traveller series, the Keys to the Kingdom,
will be published in February.
Pre-order this now.
With more than
4.5 million Garth Nix books sold worldwide, this one is going to be
massive as we all wait to see if Arthur's Penhaligon's six of the seven
Keys to Kingdom will be enough to defeat Lord Sunday.
Booktopia price: $13.59
MONTH'S WINNER |
Congratulations to Deborah Healey of
Petersham NSW who won the three handsome hardback editions of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy.
Do enjoy them Deborah. You are in for a ride!
By the way, I saw a
sneak peak of the movie of first one, The Girl with the Dragon
Tattoo the other night. In a word, wow! (It starts in capital
cities in March).