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MARCH 2010 | Edition 18
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
Hello Readers,

Another edition of Booktopia Buzz, bursting at the seams as usual!

First of all, thank you for everyone who took part in our fabulous 6th birthday sale, and who put their hands up for the free birthday celebration books detailed in Booktopia Buzz last month. Our winners will be announced in the blog as soon as the calendar ticks over into March.

Have you seen our marvellous new newsletter The Crime Buzz? It's a beauty. Click here to update your preferences so you can get it regularly.

Now to the stand-outs for the month. In fiction, it has to be Solar by Ian McEwan and Mr Rosenblums' List by Natasha Solomons. We have some out of left field favourites as well a couple of wonderful guest reviews in the blog (see right hand column) for North and South as well as The Piper's Son, (which will delight Melina Marchetta fans of all ages).

There are two brilliant deals this month. The first Jack Reacher thriller by Lee Child for under $5.00 and, at the other end of the age spectrum, we have another Grug exclusive, which I know you are going to snaffle up for your little ones.

There is some terrific non-fiction as well. My choices from Australian authors would have to be It's No Secret: Real Men Wear Aprons, The River, Pigs at the Trough and Beneath Hill 60.

And finally, March is the month for all things Dummies. The how-to on absolutely everything, plus a guaranteed cash-back offer on all orders from 1st March to 31st March ***. Go to our Dummies books by clicking here.

We have all of our March Favourites here, all conveniently sorted into fiction, non-fiction, young adults and babies and children. For everything else, use the links on the right or just start reading.

Have fun with it,

Toni Whitmont
Editor in Chief
Booktopia Buzz
BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID - JACK REACHER IS COMING!
No one does thriller like Lee Child and no one is more popular it seems than his former military cop and maverick drifter, Jack Reacher.

The Jack Reacher phenomenon is huge. A Jack Reacher book is sold every second somewhere around the world. Lee Child's worldwide sales now top 16 million copies. He is translated into 29 languages.

To scroll through the entire range of Jack Reacher books, click here.

Now is the perfect time to re-cap on this gallant and enigmatic loner with the dirt cheap special edition of Child's first book KILLING FLOOR.

We will have Killing Floor in stock on March 1 at a rock bottom price. Normally RRP $19.95 but you can save 75% and buy it for $4.95 for a limited time.

And once you have read Killing Floor, 61 HOURS, will be a must-have.

Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver and a stranded bus. A cold menacing silence descends on the prairie...

61 Hours is the 14th heart-stopping thriller featuring this iconic action hero. It is being released world wide on March 18. And for added fun,  readers can enter themselves in the "search for the face of Jack Reacher" competition as well as having a crack at getting their name used in the next novel. Competition details will be available on the book.

Lee Childs will be doing a a four city tour of Australia from April 6.

Killing Floor RRP $19.95 Our price $4.95 SAVE 75% : IN STOCK MARCH 1

61 Hours Paperback RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95 IN STOCK MARCH 18

61 Hours Hardcover RRP $63 Save 37% Our Price $39.95 Published March 18

61 Hours CD RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $30.80 IN STOCK MARCH 18
TONI'S BOOKS OF THE MONTH
As far as I am concerned, there are two books that stand head and shoulders above the rest - one from a big name author, and one from a newcomer. For the best in fiction for March, look no further.

SOLAR by Ian McEwan

This is a bit of a departure in style for the Man Booker prize winner Ian McEwan and while his lightness of touch and wry humour may put some of his traditional readers off, this new approach should endear him to a whole new readership. That is not to say that McEwan is dumbing down. Far from it. Solar is as elegantly written, insightful and as engrossing as his earlier books.

Aging, ailing, failing Nobel physicist Michael Beard is on a downward trajectory. His professional life is a juggle of shoring up funding, elbowing his way onto consultative committees and advisory boards, while younger doctoral scientists compete to earn attention for their own pet projects. Meanwhile, his tendency for serial monogamy topped up with an extravagance of extra marital affairs is becoming harder and harder to sustain.

McEwan's portrait of a delusional, self-important man set against the politics of climate change is both subtle and masterful. While there is good balance between the interior dialogue and some pretty surprising action, the reader has a continued and growing sense throughout it is all going to end in tears. This comedy of manners  marvellously portrays the cynicism of the world of academia and politics, all the time keeping the focus on the misanthropic Beard and his obsessions with women, food and wine.

I couldn't keep the smile off my face while reading this one.

Solar  is being published around the world on March 18.

Solar
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95 PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 18


MR ROSENBLUM'S LIST by Natasha Solomons

Don't make the mistake of overlooking Mr Rosenblum's List, a first novel by Englishwoman Natasha Solomons and something of an homage to her grandparents.

Jack Rosenblum and his wife Sadie come to England to escape war in Germany. While Sadie's heart remains with her lost family in Europe, Jack is determinedly, optimistically, convinced he is going to become a proper English gentleman. Such is his conviction that he has a check list of milestones that he just has to work through to achieve his goal. And so he sets about assimilating, only to find, of course, that no one can ever be English except for the English.

With its Dorset village setting and its arcane folk lore, Mr Rosenblum's List is an absolute delight to read. It is warm, charming, poignant and endearing. There is a lot of talk about this one around the traps - methinks this is the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for 2010. This is a quick but engrossing read, and is presented in a lovely demi hardback edition.

The book trailer is here.

Click here to pre-order Mr Rosenblum's List:
RRP $29.99 Booktopia price $24.95: PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
ANOTHER GRUG EXCLUSIVE FOR BOOKTOPIA
Booktopia customers have flocked to our exclusive Grug packs which offer great value on the much adored character.

To celebrate the publication of Ted Prior's new episode, Grug and the Circus, we are offering another six pack of Grugs - at a fabulous knock-down price of $22.95.

That is nearly $30 of value for only $22.95, and you won't be able to get this pack anywhere else.

The following titles are included in the pack:


Grug                                                     Grug at the Beach 
Grug and the Circus                             Grug Goes to School
Grug Learns to Read                            Grug Has a Birthday
    
Too cute, and such good value!

For ages 3 ..... to adult!  CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE PACK OF SIX
THE VERY BEST OF FICTION
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper

I am the first to admit that I am a big Jonathan Tropper fan, and this, his latest novel, lives up to How to Talk to a Widower and The Book of Joe, and more. I am not alone in my enthusiasm - while there are a few quibblers, the praise for This is Where I Leave You from both readers and professional reviewers alike is effusive.

This is Where I Leave You takes as its conceit the seven days of  shiva (mourning) for a largely secular Jewish American family, all of whom are forced into the confinement of the house together. This provides a rich vein in conflict, confrontation and comedy.

Judd Foxxman finds himself having to deal with the loss of his father at the same time as coming to terms with his wife's infidelity, his own joblessness, all the time wrestling with the peculiar manifestations of his mother's grief, his brother's anger and his own cock-eyed sexuality.

No one does tragicomedy like Tropper and his eye for the minutiae of human relationships can leave you chuckling and crying in equal measure. It is a testament to his writing power that not only do his main characters all seem so familiar, but his bit players are equally life like.

Tropper makes wry and astute observations about human nature as he dissects life, love, marriage and family. I read This is Where I Leave You in one session, on a plane, embarrassing myself by my frequent guffaws as well as my constant need for tissues, but this definitely isn't a book just for women. Give Tropper a try. You won't be disappointed.

Click here to pre-order This is Where I Leave You
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

MARTIN WESTLEY TAKES A WALK by Andrew Humphreys

An Australian take on the man unravelling scenario, this time by Andrew Humphreys, twice named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's best young Australian novelists.

Martin Westley wakes up from a coma, having been hit on the head by a kite.  He has no memory of who he really is. He play acts his way back into a life, only to discover he has a wife who can't stand him, a son for whom he is irrelevant,  a daughter who is not interested, a business that is going down the gurgler and a mistress who is out of control.

As the publisher says with this one, this is a simple fable ripe for the unpacking. It is funny and sad and has a wonderfully authentically Australian voice. There is much to be enjoyed with this one!

Click here to pre-order Martin Westley Takes a Walk

RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

TRESPASS by Rose Tremain

Trespass opens with a young girl bullied away from a school picnic in a remote corner of the Cevennes in southern France. Longing for escape, she finds a woodland pool but her cooling swim turns to horror when she sees something unspeakable.

The sense of menace in Trespass is set from that opening scene. And it is not just the menace wrought by human hands. There is a palpable feeling throughout that the earth itself is alive, seeking, indeed reclaiming ,what was taken by those who trespassed.

Trespass tells the intersecting stories of two sets of brother and sister. Anthony Verey is an aging gay antique dealer from London who seeks respite with his sister Veronica. Veronica is a gardening writer living in the Cevennes, with her own lover, the untalented painter Kitty. Meanwhile, Aramon Lunel, the obsessive and violent alcoholic who is living amongst the ruins of his once prosperous inherited farm, decides to make his fortune by selling the farmhouse to the increasingly reclusive Englishman. His sister Audrun, who has experienced a lifetime of cruelty and drudgery, has other ideas.

This is a story about space, place, territory and the iron grip of the past.  The characters are stalked by the memory of soil in the same way as those in  Andrew McGahan's The White Earth and Alex Miller's Landscape of Farewell. I couldn't put this book down.

Rose Tremain won the Orange Prize for The Road Home. She is sure to garner a wider audience with Trespass.

Click here to pre-order Trespass
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

THE HOPELESS LIFE OF CHARLIE SUMMERS by Paul Torday

Paul Torday has a penchant for introducing characters in one book and then embellishing them in subsequent ones, and so it is with The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers.

While Dog food pedlar Charlie first appears in Girl on the Landing, he gloriously takes centre stage in this new book. Similarly, Eck Chetwode-Talbot, the marvellously cast hedge fund spruiker, was a bit player in The Irrestible Inheritance of Wilberforce, while the timid love interest Harriet was the bereaved fiancée in the supremely readable Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers contrasts two smooth talkers both of  whom are desperately trying to make a go of it - Eck has thrown his lot in with the fast crowd as the financial market plunges headlong into sub-prime crisis, and Charlie, whose life as a well meaning minor conman lurches from disaster to disaster. A string of chance encounters propels the action along as the fates of these two men, so similar in many ways but separated enormously by the accident of their births, teeter in the balance.

The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers is about trying to chart  a course, through an amoral universe, it is about boom and bust, money, greed, redemption and dog food. It marks a welcome return to form for Torday.

Click here to pre-order The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
FICTION - FAST AND FURIOUS
TUSCAN ROSE
  BORDER WATCH
  REVENGE
Belinda Alexandra

Readers around the world have loved Belinda Alexandra ever since she burst onto the scene with White Gardenia, based loosely on her mother's epic journey to this country more than half a century ago.
Alexandra is back with another richly detailed tale, this time set in Mussolini's Italy, which provides the backdrop for a story of passion, danger and hope.


Click here to pre-order

Tuscan Rose
RRP $32.99
Booktopia
price $27.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1

Tuscan Rose CD
RRP $49.95
Booktopia
price $44.95

  Helene Young

This book is a breath of fresh air in Australian female commercial fiction - full of intrigue, romance, action and excitement.
Young is actually a commercial pilot based in far north Queensland and she uses her own  experiences to write this fast-paced story with great characters and iconic Australian settings.
Strong women, coastal surveillance, lots of action - and a great price point!

Click here to pre-order
Border Watch
RRP $29.99
Booktopia
price $24.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1


  Sharon Osbourne

Yes, as in wife of Ozzy. Osbourne is writing what she knows best, a behind-the -scenes exposé of the lives of the rich and famous. A lot of the characters are based on real people that Sharon knows. This is big, glitzy, glamorous fiction in the Jackie Collins, Danielle Steel vein about two sisters who share a dream of global fame but whose varying successes push them further and further apart. I reckon we all know who she is really talking about!

Click here to pre-order
Revenge
RRP $32.99
Booktopia
price $27.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1

And speaking of Danielle Steel and the rivalry between two sisters, Big Girl celebrates the virtues of sisterhood and unconventional beauty.

Click here to pre-order
Big Girl
RRP $32.95
Booktopia
price $27.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 18


HELL GATE
  THE ICE CREAM GIRLS
  THE SILENT SEA
Linda Fairstein

Another authentic spine-tingler from the woman who has been there herself and so writes with the authenticity borne of her own working experience. New York City politics has always been conducted on the wild side and this time assistant DA Alex Cooper finds herself up against it with the people trafficking scam from hell.

Click here to pre-order
Hell Gate
RRP $32.99
Booktopia
price $27.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1
  Dorothy Koomson

This is more Jodi Picoult territory, so if you need your fix, this is it.
Two girls linked as the only witnesses to a tragic accident, come together again as adults to set the record straight - or, not.
Emotional and heartfelt, this book comes with a money-back publisher's promise.

Click here to pre-order
The Ice Cream Girls
RRP $32.99
Booktopia
price $27.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1
  Clive Cussler

For 6 novels, Clive Cussler has brought readers into the world of the Oregon, a seemingly dilapidated ship on the outside, but on the inside packed with sophisticated gear,  captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo. But the Oregon's seventh adventure is its most remarkable yet.

Click here to pre-order
The Silent Sea
RRP $32.95
Booktopia
price $27.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1
SLEEPERS, WORD OF MOUTH FAVOURITES AND WILD CARDS
Every month there are some absolute gems that I simply don't get the time to read. But don't despair! I have included a wonderful selection of new fiction titles, each one chosen carefully, coming with the imprimatur of someone in the industry whose opinion I have come to trust. So here they are, the ones at the top of my wish list!

BELOW THE STYX by Michael Meehan

What leads a cultivated and respected man to commit a murderous act?

As far as I am concerned, Meehan is one of the unsung heroes of Australian novel writing and Below the Styx received a 5 star rating in the recent Bookseller&Publisher Magazine.

This is an intriguing, thought-provoking and complex novel. It is also extremely amusing and beautifully written, with passages and descriptions that demand to be savoured, noted and re-read. I can't wait to get back for a second reading. (B&P)

Click here to pre-order Below the Styx
RRP $29.99 Booktopia price $26.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

THE SURRENDERED by Chang-Rae Lee

According to reviewers, this special book will draw you in from the very first page. Spanning decades and moving from war-ravaged Korea to 1980s New York, this book explores themes of war and family and love.

The Surrendered is being compared to (Barbara Kingsolver) and The Poisonwood Bible and A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry). Its publishers are hailing it as a masterpiece with its brilliant writing style,  great storytelling, and compelling characters. It has had huge wraps in all the right places in the US.

Click here to pre-order The Surrendered
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS by Roberto Bolano

The late Roberto Bolano, whose ground-breaking fiction defined a generation of Spanish-speaking literature, is gradually finding his way in the English speaking world.

In between last year's thrillingly meandering epic, The Savage Detectives, and the  masterwork, 2666, comes this small and strange book (but no stranger than the rest).  Presented as a biographical encyclopedia of right-wing writers in North and South America, these short, invented lives are full of the stuff of minor literary scenes and forgotten books, with delusion and creation mixed in equal fashion. Funny, melancholy, surprisingly tender, and - once in a while - erupting into fury, Bolano spins out tale after tale with the joy of sheer invention and the burden of inescapable history.

Click here to pre-order Nazi Literature in the Americas
RRP $34.99 Booktopia price $29.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

SERENA by Ron Rash

It’s too hypnotic to break away from. The final chapter is as flawless and captivating as anything I’ve read this year. (Washington Post)

With bone-chilling aplomb, linguistic grace and the piercing fatalism of an Appalachian ballad, Ron Rash lets the Pembertons’ new union generate ripple after ripple of astonishment. (New York Times)

Rash’s evocative rendering of the blighted landscape and the tough characters who inhabit it recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy. (New Yorker)

A spectacular book…The novel serves up plenty of satisfaction for those readers who seek, above all else, a good story. (The Guardian)

This book won just about every US book of the year award and is now (finally) being published here. Ron Rash has been in town and has been doing the rounds of the book shows (and wow, what a voice - straight from the Bayou to you). It really does sound like a terrific, larger-than-life read. Having recent heard a long radio interview with him, Serena is absolutely at the top of my pile.

Click here to pre-order Serena
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

SOUTH OF BROAD by Pat Conroy

The long awaited return to print from an American novelist whose passion for word and story seems endless. And it got a pretty good review from Chris Bohjalian, one of my favourite writers.

Click here to pre-order South of Broad
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER NOW : MARCH 1

NEVER LOOK AWAY by Linwood Barclay

Another great read from the thriller writers' writer. Barclay comes with a thumbs-up from Tess Gerritsen, Peter Robinson, Michael Connelly and more. What are you waiting for?

Click here for the book trailer.

Click here to pre-order Never Look Away
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $27.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
YOUNG ADULTS
THE PIPER'S SON   LEX TRENT VERSUS THE GODS
  THE RETURNERS
Melina Marchetta

Great stuff! A new Marchetta - five years on from the  the supremely wonderful Saving Francesca.
This is a very welcome return to form for Marchetta, who manages to get the voice of the troubled Tom superbly.
This will be enjoyed by both males and females, teenagers and adults.

Click here for an extract.
Click here for a clip of Marchetta.
Click to our blog for a guest review from a long-time avowed Marchetta fan.

Click here to pre-order
The Piper's Son
RRP $24.95
Booktopia
price $20.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1
  Alex Bell

More adventure than issues, this is the first in what promises to be a pretty pacey spec fiction series for teens, with Lex a targetted player in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
This is a quirky and original comic fantasy from talented (adult fantasy) Gollancz author and blogger Alex Bell - for fans of Terry Pratchett.
By the way, if you are wondering how a 24 year old can have studied law as well as written and published five novels, the answer its seems is Red Bull.

Click here to pre-order
Lex Trent Versus the Gods
RRP $19.99
Booktopia
price $16.95
PUBLISHED MARCH 1
  Gemma Malley

What happens when your past catches up with you and you don't like what you see? This powerful novel from the author of both The Declaration  and The Resistance questions how we take responsibility for our actions.
For Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld fans.

Click here to pre-order
The Returners
RRP $17.99
Booktopia
price $14.99
PUBLISHED MARCH 1





BEST BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIR
SUSAN BOYLE: DREAMS CAN COME TRUE
  TALKING ABOUT JANE AUSTEN IN BAGHDAD
Alice Montgomery

The world stopped and watched when Susan Boyle stunned her audience on Britain's Got Talent. The YouTube clip went viral and her first album, I Dreamed a Dream has sold more than 6 million copies since the end of November.
Here is the unauthorized biography.

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Susan Boyle: Dreams Can Come True
RRP $29.95 Booktopia price $26.95

  Bee Rowlatt & May Witwit

The charm and wit of the writers carry this unusual story about the unlikely friendship between a London mum and an Iraqi lecturer who become the closest of friends.
Their correspondence evocatively captures and contrasts life between the two cities. The bond they forged resulted in Witwit escaping from her beleaguered Baghdad and she now lives and works in London.
This warm and often funny book  is a  fascinating take on female friendship.

Click here to pre-order
Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad
RRP $22.95 Booktopia price $19.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
WHIP SMART
  I AM NUJOOD: AGE 10 AND DIVORICED/ GROWING UP BIN LADEN
Melissa Febos

Febos was always going to be different. She home schooled herself, lived independently from 16, eventually went to Harvard night school and made a living for a while as a professional  dominatrix in a top tier dungeon in Manhattan. She now teaches literature and writing.
This is her story of those years in leather.
It is an honest and beautifully written expression of female desire and is both literary and commercial in its appeal.

Click here to pre-order
Whip Smart
RRP $34.99 Booktopia price $29.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
  Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui

Nujood Ali was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. Her fearlessness at the age of ten, and her success in court, spurred Yemeni lawmakers to raise the minimum age of marriage.
She has received plaudits from Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice but this book goes much deeper than the media coverage as well as featuring an updated epilogue about her life in Yemen today.
Minoui is a much awarded reporter who lives in Beirut.

Click here to pre-order
I am Nujood
RRP $24.95 Booktopia price $20.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

And staying with closed worlds for a moment, have a look at GROWING UP BIN LADEN: OSAMA'S WIFE AND SON TAKE US INSIDE THEIR SECRET WORLD.
Jean Sasson (lauded author of Princess) lifts the lid on the bin Laden family by co-writing a book with Najwa (the first wife of Osama) and Omar (one of his 20-odd children) who now live in hiding. Sasson had unprecedented access and she fully chronicles Najwa's witnessing of the transformation of her husband into an extremist and her family into fugitives.

Click here to order
Growing Up Bin Laden
RRP $39.99 Booktopia price $33.95

INVISIBLE: A MEMOIR
  MALCOLM FRASER: THE POLITICAL MEMOIRS
Hugues de Montalembert

Part  philosophy part autobiography all inspiration, this beautifully written memoir is is presented as a lovely demi-hardback.
When Hugues de Montalembert was blinded in a sudden, terrible act of violence, he set out to see the world. In luminous and sensual language, he recounts his journeys through Indonesia, the Himalayas, and Greenland. But he also charts a journey into the deepest places of the heart, where fear and courage, love and rage create spectacular vistas most of us will never see. As much poem as memoir, Invisible is like a streak of lightning against an ink-black sky. (Geraldine Brooks, bestselling author  and winner of the Pulitzer Prize)
With a rare and enviable discipline and a becoming modesty, he has distilled what is essential from a life lived through and then beyond (far, far beyond!) misfortune.

Click here to pre-order
Invisible: A Memoir
RRP $24.99 Booktopia price $20.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
  Malcolm Fraser & Margaret Simons

Part memoir, part authorised biography, this brick of a book (more than 650 pages) makes for an engrossing insight into the man who has probably been the least understood prime minister of Australia's post-war era.
Now 79, Fraser straddles the political divide as a left-leaning Liberal and his post-PM career has been as fascinating as the period in which he held the highest office in the country.
Amazing to think that this is the first biography of Fraser. Simons is a freelance journalist, author of several books and blogs regularly on Crikey.

Click here to pre-order
Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs
RRP $59.99 Booktopia price $49.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

HISTORY COMES ALIVE
THE IDES: CAESAR'S MURDER AND THE WAR FOR ROME by Stephen Dando-Collins

The perfect time of year for a riveting, detailed exposé of what was one of the most notorious murders in history - the assassination of Julius Caesar.

Australian author Dando-Collins, who wrote the much feted Pasteur's Gambit, takes us back to ancient Rome recreating the chaos and trauma and completely overturning everything we thought we knew about emperor and empire.

March 15 would be the perfect date to start with this one!!

We have plenty of sample material on the site.

Click here to pre-order The Ides
RRP $34.95 Booktopia price $31.45


AU REVOIR MY DARLING: AN INTIMATE CORRESPONDENCE 1940 - 1945 by Heather Haughton

The war news was bad. The Germans were racing through France and everything looked black … Bronwyn was three days old when the Channel Ports fell and Ken came into the ward and said he’d enlisted. ‘I just had to do it dear,’ he said. ‘I know you’ll understand.’

Heather Haughton has pieced together the six years of letters that her parents Eileen and Ken MacFarlane exchanged while he was away at war. In their letters they described their daily lives, but under their amusing descriptions lay a poignant, deep love and a longing to be reunited. From the war fronts of Syria, Palestine and New Guinea to the difficulties of the home front (complete with recalcitrant chooks, and feisty toddlers), this is  personal folio of letters is a privilege to share.

See a chapter sampler.

Click here to pre-order Au Revoir My Darling
RRP $26.95 Booktopia price $22.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

THE PACIFIC (TV TIE-IN) by Hugh Ambrose

This is the official companion book to The Pacific, the new HBO miniseries from the producers of Band of Brothers, which will be screening in Australia in April.

This is a gripping piece of historical writing following the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot within the Pacific theatre during World War II. All five men, connected by chance, fought the key battles of the war against Japan.

The trailer is here.

Click here to pre-order The Pacific:
RRP $34.95 Booktopia price $29.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

BENEATH HILL 60 by Will Davies

Booktopia customers will be very familiar will Will Davies from Somme Mud and In the Footsteps of Private Lynch. Now he is back with the story of the Australian miners and soldiers who tunnelled under Hill 60 near Ypres in 1916 and eventually broke through to create a new frontline and enable the march to Berlin.

The film version of this  little known but amazing story of the 4585 Australians who took part in this secret subterranean war will be released in time for ANZAC Day. Meanwhile, Will Davies' lucid writing style and meticulous attention to detail, makes for an unforgettable tale - especially the never-before told of Queensland miner Oliver Woodward, under-trained and having never faced hostile fire before, found himself on the Western Front, the bloodiest battlefield in history.

Click here to pre-order Beneath Hill 60
RRP $34.95 Booktopia price $29.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

THE SHROUD: THE 2000 YEAR OLD MYSTERY SOLVED by Ian Wilson

April/May will see the first public showings of the Shroud of Turin in ten years. The exhibition, ordered by the Pope, will yet again focus the world's attention of the extraordinary photographic imprint, said to be the face of Jesus. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to line up to see this most famous of artefacts.

Ian Wilson has completely re-written his 1978 best seller, providing fresh evidence to support his original argument. All over the world people are fascinated with The Shroud and this book is sure to be compelling.

Click here to pre-order The Shroud
RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $29.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 4


MYSTERIES OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
THE HIDDEN BRAIN
  GETTING TO EX: TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR DIVORCE
  MEN : A USER'S GUIDE
How Our Unconscious Brains Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Lives

Shankar Vedantam

There is such a lot of interest in how our brain determines our belief systems. This book is all about the unconscious biases that produce misunderstandings and conflict between people.

Click here to pre-order
The Hidden Brain 
RRP $35.00
Booktopia price $29.95

PUBLISHED MARCH 1
  Dominique Grubisa

This is clear, concise, relevant and Australian, covering all the issues and giving strategies for the best, fairest outcomes for all concerned.

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Getting to Ex

RRP $24.95
Booktopia price $20.95

PUBLISHED MARCH 1

  Kathy Lette

The Queen of Quips turns her attention to the male of the species a book full of male-baiting one liners.
You'll know if this one is for you.
(Could there be a be a causal relationship between this book and the previous two?)

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Men
RRP $24.95
Booktopia price $22.46

PUBLISHED MARCH 1
OUR BODIES OUR SELVES
THE NEW ME/COMMANDO STEVE
  FAT CHANCE
Adro Sarnelli

Sarnelli was the first winner of The Biggest Loser and four years later he is still taut, trim and terrific.
He has his own retreat and weight loss centre in Victoria and this book explains his philosophy, his inspiration and his techniques.

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The New Me

RRP $27.99
Booktopia
price $23.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1

Meanwhile, back at The Biggest Loser, Commando Steve reigns supreme. Here, in COMMANDO STEVE : NO EXCUSES, Steve Willis reveals all - from his his childhood experiences to why those nine uber-exercises hold the key to everything.

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Commando Steve

RRP $34.95
Booktopia
price $29.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
  Melanie Tait

The Fat and I were always destined together, since way before my parents even considered procreating. My relationship with The Fat was written in the genes of my ancestors.

Melanie Tait has written a funny, honest, informative memoir about her relationship with her up again, down again weight, focusing on her decision to have lap band surgery as well as explaining when and why it works, and when and why it doesn't.

The chapter sampler is here.

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Fat Chance

RRP $29.95
Booktopia
price $24.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1


CHRONIC FATIGUE, ME AND FIBROMYALGIA: THE NATURAL RECOVERY PLAN

Alison Adams

This much misunderstood and poorly diagnosed and treated chronic conditions affected tens of thousands of Australians. 

Adams knows her way around them from her own bitter experience.
Here she offers a practical and sensible set of strategies, aimed at both practitioners and sufferers alike.

Click here to pre-order Chronic Fatigue, ME and Fibromyalgia
RRP $24.99 Booktopia price $20.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
TWO VERY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF AUSTRALIA
IT'S NO SECRET: REAL MEN WEAR APRONS
  THE RIVER
The Story of
Freemasonry in Australia

Peter Lazar, AM

Dan Brown might have thrown the spotlight on the freemasons, but it seems in Australia at least, they were prepared.
This book, written by a very senior freemason of 50 years experience, explains the history and traditions  of "the craft" which has been in Australia since (brother) James Cook took his first tentative steps here.
This really is a reveal-all, who's who and what's what of the charitable (but still male only) society. I only wish I could have read it as a child when my endless fascination was fuelled by my father's starched dinner shirt and locked briefcase, as well as  by the hilarious send up by Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.

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It's No Secret
RRP $29.95 Booktopia price $24.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
  Chris Hammer

The Age, Bulletin and Dateline correspondent Chris Hammer spent much of last year travelling the once mighty Murray-Darling river system.
Part travelogue, part personal observation, this is environmental reportage at its best.
I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but I have had glowing reports from a couple of people who have. This is a compelling look at Australia's future west of the Divide.

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The River
RRP $34.99 Booktopia price $29.95
PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
SIMPLY GORGEOUS
Here is my pick of the visually stunning books for the month. Go to town!

THE REAL FOOD COMPANION by Matthew Evans

This is a stand-out from recipe writer, cook, author,  passionate foodie, chef and now would-be farmer Matthew Evans, whose series about life on the land, Gourmet Farmer, is currently screening on free-to-air television.

This lavishly presented book is destined to become a household reference along the lines of Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion and Maggie Beer’s Maggie’s Harvest.

Matthew’s writing is engaging and knowledgeable – he considers and answers many questions that will offer new insights for anyone with an interest in food. At the same time, he  taps into the current back-to-basics approach to buying and cooking food and features tried and tested recipes, including techniques for how to make things such as your own ricotta and clotted cream.

Click here to order The Real Food Companion
RRP $89.95 Booktopia price $79.95


21ST CENTURY HOUSES: 150 OF THE WORLD'S BEST

This is the latest addition to a terrific series from Australian architecture and design publisher, Images.

This book has extensive local and international content from all the top contemporary architects. If you are into beautiful and cleverly designed constructions, this one is for you.

Click here to order 21st Century Houses
RRP $59.99  Booktopia price $53.95

I WISH  I WORKED THERE! A LOOK INSIDE THE MOST CREATIVE SPACES IN BUSINESS

Imagine you worked for a company that has slides instead of stairs, a medieval maze to stroll through during your private mediation, or perhaps an airline bed to sit on whilst brainstorming ideas with your colleagues.

I Wish I Worked There! reveals some the world’s most inspiring and innovative places to work and shows the reader what it might be like to actually work there. It goes behind the scenes of 20 famous brands, such as Lego, Urban Outfitters and Virgin, who place innovation and creativity at the heart of their working culture, and demonstrates demonstrating how they have used their own unique creativity to design stimulating places to work and therefore increasing productivity and efficiency in their staff.

Click here to pre-order I Wish I Worked There
RRP $97.95  Booktopia price $87.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 12

THE WAY WE LIVE by Cliff Stafford & Gilles de Chabaneix

Beautifully photographed and remarkably well researched...one of the most intelligent design books on the market – One of Terence Conran’s ‘Six Best Books’, The Daily Express.

 
When The Way We Live was first published in hard back, it created a sensation. Unfortunately, its hardback price made it unaffordable to many. Happily, the book is available again, this time in an extremely well-priced chunky paperback.

The Way We Live transcends all other style books to reveal global connections and patterns in home decoration. What we see in other contexts, other cultures, can also affect our own lives. This is a source book of thousands of possibilities, all of which are both beautiful and practical.

Click here to pre-order The Way We Live
RRP $49.95  Booktopia price $44.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
 

PRINT & PATTERN:  A VISUAL CELEBRATION OF VISUAL SURFACE DESIGN by Bowie Style

Crafters will already know the cult blog printpattern.blogspot.com. This compendium of embellishments including graphics, wrap, textiles, ceramics, wallpaper etc is absolutely drool-worthy - all 750 colour images of them!

Click here to pre-order Print & Pattern
RRP $55.00  Booktopia price $49.50 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1


CULT STREETWEAR by Josh Sims

And while we are on the subject of  cutting edge, this will have the fashionistas in a lather.



Click here to pre-order Cult Streetwear
RRP $49.95  Booktopia price $44.95 : PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE: MARCH 1
DIVERSE SUBJECTS -  ENDLESSLY INTERESTING
LIVING OPRAH: MY ONE YEAR EXPERIMENT TO WALK THE WALK OF THE QUEEN OF TALK
  THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
  GIFT OF THE GOB: MORSELS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE HISTORY
Robyn Okrant

Robyn Okrant decided to spend 2008 following Oprah, to the letter, every piece of advice from getting an outdoor fireplace (which she couldn't use in her tiny apartment) to taking certain vitamins, to daily affirmations.
She blogged about it, she wrote a book about it and this month she will be all over Australia telling people exactly what happened when she walked the walk and talked the talk.
Click here to order
Living Oprah

RRP $29.99
Booktopia price $24.95
OUT NOW!





  Rebecca Skloot

In-vitro fertilisation, gene mapping, cancer research, vaccinations - so many medical milestones have been made possible because of the particular properties of the cells taken from Henrietta Lacks, a poor, disenfranchised Afro American woman who had no idea (and no compensation) that her DNA was completely unique.
This is a stunner of a story showcasing great research and terrific writing.

Read a review here.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

RRP $34.99
Booktopia price $29.95

PUBLISHED MARCH 1
  Kate Burridge

We love language books at Booktopia, and especially ones with a local slant.
Gift of the Gob is a book about the quirks of the English language from the Australian point of view.
It is a witty and eclectic collection of observations and information from ABC presenter Burridge.

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Gift of the Gob

RRP $27.99
Booktopia price $23.95

PUBLISHED MARCH 1

PIGS AT THE TROUGH

Lessons from Australia's Decade of Corporate Greed by Adam Schwab

When a major corporate crash happens, investors need to learn the lessons. Adam Schwab emerges as a modern-day Trevor Sykes in his lively expose on how the likes of Eddy Groves, David Coe and Phil Green blew more than $10 billion across their empires. Not to be missed!
Thus speaks Stephen Mayne, found of Crikey.
Telstra, Village Road Show, ABC Learning Centres, Babcock and Brown - this one is going to be a corker!

Click here to order Pigs at the Trough
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $27.95

REQUIEM FOR A SPECIES
  SEX BOMBS AND BURGERS
  NAKED IN DANGEROUS PLACES
Clive Hamilton

We know how dire the future looks. We know how little time we have left to act. Yet we continue to ignore the warnings.
One of Australia's sharpest thinkers explores the reasons why and offers his vision of our new future.

Click here to pre-order
Requiem for a Species 
RRP $24.99
Booktopia price $20.95

PUBLISHED MARCH 1

  How War Porn and Fast Food Created Technology as We Know It

Peter Nowak

From the unexpected origins of mobile phones, microwave ovens and plastic packaging to the links between Barbie and US missile systems and why Niue, Polynesia is the phone-sex capital of the world, this is a fascinating examination of how much of modern life can be directly traced to one of three questionable aspects of human activity - war, porn, and the fast food industry.

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Sex, Bombs and Burgers
RRP $32.99
Booktopia price $27.95

PUBLISHED MARCH 1

  Peter Cash

Indiana Jones he is not. Nonetheless, Cash endured 12 months of filming a travel program that pitted his couch potato persona against the wilds of weird foods, impossible stunts and extreme locations.
Cash was the least suitable person for the anchor role and the show was cancelled.
What he was suitable for was to write up his experiences in a very funny book.

See Cash talking about the project here.

Click here to pre-order
Naked in Dangerous Places

RRP $34.95
Booktopia price $29.95

PUBLISHED MARCH 1

   
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Fiction Favourites

Fast and Furious Fiction

The Pick of the Rest

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Best Biographies and Memoir

History Comes Alive

Mysteries of Human Behaviour

Our Bodies Our Selves

Best Australian Non-Fiction

Simply Gorgeous Books

Diverse Subjects, endlessly interesting

Coming Back for Seconds

Big Titles for April

Under 12s including Easter

Classic of the Month

Lucky Readers

Twilight lovers

Alice in Wonderland

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COMING BACK FOR SECONDS

All of these great titles  - much loved by Booktopia customers - are now available in a new cheaper edition, or with a sought after film-tie in cover.

Click on the titles to order:
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - film tie in
Stieg Larsson

HANDLE WITH CARE
Jodi Picoult
RED DUST
Fleur McDonald
PRECIOUS - film tie-in
Sapphire

THE REFORMED VAMPIRES SUPPORT GROUP
Catherine Jinks

RANSOM
David Malouf


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MARCH IS DUMMIES MONTH
Click here for great deals on all Dummies books in March as well as a consumer cash-back offer.



BOOKTOPIA'S MARCH FAVOURITES

Still not enough choice for you? Click on the links below to see a wider range of March new releases. 
BEST OF FICTION
BEST OF NON-FICTION
BEST FOR YOUNG ADULTS
BEST FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN
APRIL IS GOING TO BE HUGE

Keep an eye on the website for the very best choices for Mother's Day and Anzac Day.

In the meantime, you can pre-order our pick for April.

BEATRICE AND VIRGIL by Yann Martel







UNDER 12s ONLY

Click here to see our top March selection for children, including some marvellous Easter and Anzac Day books


 
Click here to pre-order
Angel of Kokoda
By Mark Wilson

RRP $24.99 Booktopia price $22.49
PUBLISHED MAR 12


CLASSIC OF THE MONTH


Need a respite from all these new books? Want to go back to something that has been recognisably brilliant since the 1850s?
Booktopia's BookGuru is utterly convincing when it comes to North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Click here to read the blog.

LUCKY READERS

Entries are still coming in for our fabulous sixth birthday book give away.
We are going to close the competitions at the end of February.
Results will be posted in the blog in the first couple of days in March.
Good luck to all.

TWILIGHT LOVERS

It had to happen. Twilight: the Graphic Novel is coming.

The world-wide release is March 17.
RRP $26.99 Booktopia price $21.95


And watch out for the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with the imminent arrival of The Down of the Dreadfuls.



Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Dawn of the Dreadfuls
RRP $24.95
Booktopia price $22.45


At last! We are finally getting in synch with Melissa de la Cruz's hot, hot, hot series with Blue Blood and Masquerade being released this month, and Revelations and The Van Alen Legacy listed for April.
The Australian editions are simply gorgeous.



Blue Bloods
RRP $16.99 Booktopia price $14.50

Masquerade
RRP $16.99 Booktopia price $14.50


THE PERENNIAL ALICE
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?

 
Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
is everywhere at the moment and the Tim Burton film is about to explode onto screens.

Here is more Alice than you know what to do with.

Click on the titles to pre-order:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND PHILOSOPHY
William Irwin
ALICE I HAVE BEEN
Melanie Benjamin
IN STOCK MARCH 1
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND: vintage classic
Lewis Carroll
IN STOCK NOW
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & Robert Ingpen (illus.)
Lewis Carroll