Booktopia Buzz
July 2008 | Edition #1
 
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Booktopia Buzz.
 
What a challenge - to put something together for our many, many thousands of customers whose only connection is their love of books. And how to choose from the many thousands of new titles that are available each month?
 
Well, we have decided to bring you the books that we love, to which we feel connected, the ones about which we are passionate.
 
We've also included a "heads up" for what's coming up over the next month or so, all the news that you need to know and of course, some great offers.
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50 BOOKS YOU CAN'T PUT DOWN

Books Alive 2008The fourth annual Books Alive Campaign runs until the end of August and this year it couldn't be simpler to get two great books, one of them for free.
 
Simply buy any of the 50 books on the list and receive for free Michael Robotham's brand new crime thriller Bombproof (written specifically for the campaign).
 
There is a terrific selection of largely Australian authors for all ages (check out the kids' selection - it's a beauty), and you get that heart-stopping all-action thriller thrown in.
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BARGAINS - UP TO 70% OFF   TONI'S BOOK OF THE MONTH
French Women For All Season by Mireille 
GuilianoWe now have many new titles at bargain prices. All of these titles are in stock at our warehouse ready to ship. Ideal for gifts or when you need a great book as soon as possible at very low prices. Our Bargain Books are fast becoming one of our best selling categories. Stock changes all the time.
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  The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick 
NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

This is a terrific novel but be warned, when you finish this late at night because you couldn't put it down any earlier, you're not going to be able to sleep. And you're going to have to read the sequel.
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BOOK BUZZ
This is it - three books - our favourites for the month. If you are only going to read one book this month, make it one of these.

Sea of Poppies by Amitav GhoshSea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

 


Breathtakingly detailed and compelling, with all the hallmarks of a sensational novel, this  book follows the lives of men and women with little power whose stories invite other ways of thinking about the past, culture and identity.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 
Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer
A delight from start to finish, this intriguing  portrait of the Channel Isles during German occupation, is a story of love found in unexpected places which richly deserves the "heart warming" epithet.
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Bright Air by Barry MaitlandBright Air
by Barry Maitland

 


Suspense, page turning action, man versus the elements, Australian setting, not to mention a solid kick in the tail   - what more could you want from a thriller?
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CALENDAR

July 10
Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children wins the popular vote for the best Man Booker Prize novel. On the 40th anniversary of what is arguably the world's most important literary prize, Midnight's Children was chosen from a short list of six books including The Ghost Road by Pat Barker, Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, Disgrace by JM Coetzee, The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell and The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer.

July 18 - 20
Crime and Justice - Festival of Literary Offerings and Judicial Debate
Melbourne
www.crimeandjusticefestival.com

July 19 - 20
Melbourne Festival of Travel Writing
www.languages.unimelb.edu.au/mftw/

July 25 - 27
Byron Bay Writer's Festival
www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

BRILLIANT BOOK   TECHNO BUZZ   JUST THE FACTS

Year of Wonders by Geraldine BrooksYear of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

 

Plague-tainted cloth  from London carries disaster to an isolated settlement of shepherds and miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of devastation. Year of Wonders is Geraldine Brooks' best-loved novel and is based on the true story of Eyam, the Plague Village of the 1660s.
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  iPhone Fully Loaded : Get More Out of - And 
Into - Your iPhone Than You Ever Thought PossibleIs there anyone in Australia who doesn't know that the iPhone has finally arrived? Is there anyone who doesn't secretly want one?
Well, if you have your new toy and you want to get the most out of it, check out these titles.

iPhone Fully Loaded by Andy Ihnatko

iPhone Visual Quick Tips by Kate Shoup

iPhone for Dummies by Edward C Baig and Bob LeVitus
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Shadow Warrior by David EverettShadow Warrior by David Everett

 


A week or two ago Booktopia started flipping through Shadow Warrior by David Everett with Kingsley Flett only to find it was virtually impossible to stop reading. Shadow Warrior is "Dangerous Dave's" own story of his journey from rural Tasmania, via the SAS to becoming a mercenary for the Burmese Karen rebels, then to a life on the run as Australia's most wanted fugitive.
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BEAUTIFUL BOOK

Beyond Sacred by Howard Morphy
Beyond Sacred
by Howard Morphy et al
Interest in Aboriginal art has grown exponentially over the past few decades, both in Australia and around the world. No longer seen as simply ethnographic, traditional Aboriginal art has evolved into one of the most exciting new forms of modern art. In Beyond Sacred we have an absolutely gorgeous volume which makes a perfect gift for anyone interested in art and in what makes Australia unique.
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MINI BUZZ

A selection of the best of this month's titles for the young, and the young at heart.

TRAFFIC LIGHTS MINISTER   ROADWORKS

The Minister For Traffic Lightby Tony Wilson 
and Andrew McLeanThe Minister For Traffic Lights
by Tony Wilson & Andrew McLean


What a delight this picture book is! Wonderfully subversive, this book is about fathers, their kids and chilling out. (Ages 4 - 8).
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Roadworksby Sally Sutton and Brian LovelockRoadworks
by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock


A boisterous romp full of noisy fun for machine-mad kids, with rhyming text and bright illustrations.
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MYTHOLOGICA   TASHI & PHOENIX   COW KAPOW

Encyclopedia Mythologica Fairies and Magical 
Creaturesby Robert Sabuda and Matthew ReinhartEncyclopedia Mythologica Fairies and Magical Creatures

by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
An exciting new magical three dimensional book in which the secret world of fairies and other magical creatures come alive.
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Tashi and the Phoenix by Anna and Barbara 
Fienberg and Kim GambleTashi and the Phoenix by Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble

Number fifteen in the stories of the irrepressible Tashi, weaver of tales and magic. Tashi has long been a read aloud favourite
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The Big Fat Cow Goes Kapowby Andy Griffiths 
and Terry DentonThe Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow

 


by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
More rhyming mayhem and comic madness to entice and engage the most reluctant child to read while laughing all the way.
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BE PREPARED

Stuck in the car with the kids? Going on holidays or driving to endless after school activities?  What about listening to an audio book on CD or MP3? We've picked the best of the (mainly) Australian titles and made it simple for you to choose by grouping them according to school stage.

To read more, and to listen to audio samplers, click here

YOU READ ABOUT IT HERE FIRST
Calling all bibliophiles. If you want to know what is really rattling the cages in the US, and you can't wait until it is finally published in Australia, read on.
THE LACE READER   THE WHITE MARY
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barryby Brunonia Barry
A mesmerizing tale that spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths in which the reader quickly finds it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, the Lace Reader is weaving its spell on readers across the globe.
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  The White Mary by Kira Salakby Kira Salak
Introducing Kira Salak, doctor of philosophy, National Geographic explorer, journalist and author of non-fiction books. Salak is a real life modern day cross between Lara Croft and Indiana Jones.  The White Mary, set in Papua New Guinea, is her first novel.
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Loved something you've read lately? Want to share your enthusiasm?

We welcome your reviews, but please keep it printable and under 300 words. Reviews can be sent to marketing@booktopia.com.au

Ruby Red by Linzi GlassClick here for a review from Shoshana B. (age 15) on Ruby Red by Linzi Glass.

WHISPERS
What to watch out for next month.    

  • Books Alive continues throughout most of the month of August. Bombproof is free with any of the 50 Books You Can't Put Down.
  • The focus will be on kids from August 15. The Children's Book Council of Australia will announce the winners of the best books of the year. Book Week then follows at schools and libraries across the country.
  • The Ruby Awards for Australian romance writing will be announced on August 23.
  • The much-anticipated follow up to Stephenie Meyer's New Moon series, Breaking Dawn, will be released at the beginning of August.
  •  The "Age" Melbourne Writers' Festival is on August 22 - 31.
   
 
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USEFUL LINKS
Books Alive Guide Bookscan Top Sellers
Books @ Google
Good Reading Magazine

ABA Member Hitwise Top 10
Bargain Books
BESTSELLERS
BREATH
Tim Winton

THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN
Kate Morton
EAT PRAY LOVE
Elizabeth Gilbert

WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES
David Sedaris
THE TIME WE HAVE TAKEN
Steven Carroll
4 INGREDIENTS
Kim McCosker  & Rachael Bermingham
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
Geraldine Brooks

TWILIGHT
Stephenie Meyer

GALLOP
Rufus Butler Seder

SEA OF POPPIES
Amitav Ghosh


NEWS ROUND-UP

Australian publishing is alive and well if the latest figures from  Bookseller + Publisher are anything to go by. According to the figures, 14, 258 titles were published last year, by 3,937 different publishers. The previous comparable period was 2003/4 in which there were just 8,602 titles published by 244 publishers.

Figures collated at the end of last month show that sales of JK Rowling's books are about to hit 400 million world wide, thanks to the notoriety of a certain wizard, Harry Potter. With the final instalment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the seven part series about to published in Japan, and the paperback version just released in Australia, Europe and the US, (and in the top sellers charts already) you can expect the figures to climb even further.

Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve has just won the UK's prestigious CILIP Carnegie medal, an  annual prize given to a writer of an outstanding book for children.  This is a terrific book - for both adults and teenagers.

Emily Gravett's  Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears has won this year's Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration of a children's book.
Tricia Adams, chair of the CILIP Kate Greenaway judging panel comments: ‘Every time you read Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears you discover something new: there's so much going on, so much to explore. The attention to detail is astounding. It's such a satisfying experience which incorporates smell, texture, humour and great  imagination'.

The University of Warwick in the UK has launched a new writing prize for ‘an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language, in any genre or form'. Open to authors writing in English in any country, the £50,000 (A$102,000) prize will be awarded biennially, beginning in 2009. The theme for the inaugural prize is ‘complexity'. To find out more click here.

The 2008 Man Asian Literary prize long  list has been announced. Last year's winner was The Wolf Totem by Chinese author Jiang Rong. To see the list, click here.

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