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October 2009 | Edition Thirteen
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
Hello Readers,

I always look forward to October and November because many of the publishers hold back their very best until this gift giving time of year. This year is no exception. I have been absolutely struck this season by the number of truly exceptional books around - really interesting stories, good writing, high production standards, beautiful images.

I am tempted to dub this issue of Booktopia Buzz the Inspiration Issue because there are so many wonderful books around that gladden the heart and lift the spirit. My first three featured books - No Ordinary Bloke, Have a Little Faith, and The Red Book - are all in some way about self-discovery and re-connecting with spirit. Their authors are all heroic, although no doubt they would be embarrassed by that description. You may be interested in my interview with Donny Paterson (No Ordinary Bloke). I would love to bring you interviews with Mitch Albom (Have a Little Faith) and Carl Jung (The Red Book) but one is on the author circuit in the US and the other would be 134 years old if he were still with us.

We have had so much fun with our give away price for The Lost Symbol, we've decided to do it all over again with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, so if you are a Stieg Larsson fan, take advantage of our rock bottom price.

We have the usual great range of fiction (my personal favourites for what it is worth are Black Water Rising and The Wonders of a Godless World) and what about those biographies? Dame Edna, James Packer, The Queen Mum and rock and roll frontman, Brian Johnson.

If you are intimidated by choosing for young adults, I have done it for you. I have five signed copies of Scott Westerfeld books to give away, click here to read more. I have also cut down list of choices for the under 12s. And our first children's newsletter will be out in a couple of weeks which is very exciting!

I've gone for cooking, sport, military, history and travel- and in each case tried to introduce you to something just a little bit different. There are some very cute stocking stuffers for those of you who want to get sorted early and some absolutely to-die-for books with Stunning (with a capital S) images. But of course, not everything can make the Buzz (which is probably way too long as it is), so have a browse in Booktopia's Favourites for October to see the long list.

We are starting off the month with as much in stock as possible so... enjoy!

Toni Whitmont
Editor in Chief
Booktopia Buzz
TONI'S BOOK OF THE MONTH
 NO ORDINARY BLOKE by Donny Paterson with Neil Cadigan

Donny Paterson woke up a few days after the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 and just knew he had to get on a plane to Sri Lanka. He arrived with little more than his skills from his years in the army. He just happened to meet three other westerners at the airport, all with the same instinct to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. Together they went to the village of Peraliya, which had about 500 of its own dead, as well a further 1500 who were killed as the train in which they were travelling washed through their village. For the next nine months the four of them worked with the local villagers to re-establish basic services and some semblance of order.

Meanwhile, footage from those months of both tragedy and joy was distilled into a film, The Third Wave, which attracted the interest of Sean Penn and other Hollywood A-listers. The film was screened at Tribeca and Cannes and is now being presented to the Oscar judging panel.

Donny is no ordinary bloke. In his memoir, co-written with Neil Cadigan, he tells Peraliya's story, the story of a grass routes volunteering movement, and also his own tale - from his troubled childhood, his battles with addiction and depression, to his gradual realisation that to help heal another person is to help heal oneself. What gives it all more poignancy are the chapters written both by his son, Newcastle Knights' player Cory Paterson and his long suffering, and incredibly loyal wife, Tracey.

No Ordinary Bloke is a warts and all tale told in a voice that rings with freshness and authenticity. I am delighted to recommend it as my book of the month.

To watch my interview with Donny Paterson, click here.

We have signed copies of No Ordinary Bloke in stock now.

No Ordinary Bloke
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39
IN STOCK NOW

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by MITCH ALBOM
This is Albom’s long awaited return to non-fiction, after the phenomenal success of Tuesdays with Morrie, which has sold 12.5 million copies world wide since its original publication in 1999. Mitch is no one hit wonder. Five People You Meet in Heaven was the second bestselling US fiction title in 2003. The only book to beat it was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which when you think about it, is a pretty funny combination.

The fascinating thing about Mitch is that he writes about such unfashionable subjects and he has not only a huge following, but the most passionate of advocates. He is clearly interested in the big questions of life, but his style is simple and light. Occasionally (and I think unfairly) accused of being syrupy, his great talent is to take those big questions and unravel them for a readership who wouldn’t dream of picking up a book on philosophy. His is in turn thoughtful, approachable and funny – a powerful combination.

Have a Little Faith starts with a request made by a former clergyman, for Mitch to write his eulogy. What follows is an 8 year relationship that concludes with the death of Reb. At the same time, Mitch becomes close to a former drug dealer who has found Jesus and established a struggling church in Detroit whose mission is to take care of the homeless. What follows for Mitch is a reconnection with faith, an acceptance of difference, a discovery of optimism.

It is a journey that a lot of people will be able to relate to. To read this book is to warm one’s heart.

Have a Little Faith
RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $28.00
IN STOCK NOW
THE RED BOOK by CARL JUNG
We have had an enormous number of pre-orders for the incredible Red Book by Carl Jung which will be released on October 12. We have managed to secure a few more of these limited edition volumes which is very exciting. In the meantime, click here to read the fascinating back story to this very significant publishing find - hailed as the  holy grail of the unconscious. And do look at the other worldly, illuminated images from the book. Simply stunning.

The Red Book
RRP $320.00 Booktopia price $256.00
Available after October 12

BOOKTOPIA'S GIFT TO YOU
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST by Stieg Larsson

We know that you Booktopia Buzz readers love a bargain and every now and then we like to wow you with something really special.  It is our way of giving something back to you, even if it means that we occasionally make next to nothing out of it.

You responded in droves to our very special price for Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (which continues to rush out our doors). Now we are practically giving away the third and final instalment in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

If you have read the first and second book in the series, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire, you will definitely, definitely know why we are excited about this. As are the owners of the 13 million books scattered in 35 countries. And if you haven't already read numbers one and two, I promise you, you are in for a great ride.

So what is Hornets' Nest all about? Lisbeth Salander is plotting her revenge - against the men who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist from Millennium Magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is ready to fight back.

Click here to order The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest for the unbelievable low price of $19.95 - that's a massive 39% off the RRP of $32.95.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $19.95
IN STOCK OCTOBER 1

This title is also available on CD and as a hardback.
THRILLS AND SPILLS IN FICTION
THE FIVE GREATEST WARRIORS   THE COMPLAINTS   TRUTH
Matthew Reilly

Oceans will rise, cities will fall, scores will be settled, fathers will fight sons, brothers will battle brothers, and Jack West and his friends will soon find out exactly what the end of the world looks like.
Translated into 20 languages, with four million books in print, what started with Seven Ancient Wonders and continued with Six Sacred Stones will reach its stunning conclusion on October 20.
And for readers in the UK and the US, if you can't wait until your local release dates of late January, let us put you out of your misery!

Click here to order the audio version on CD.

The Five Greatest Warriors
RRP $49.99 Booktopia price $39.99
Available after October 20.
   Ian Rankin

Doors Open proved that the appeal of Rankin's brand of gritty Scottish crime moves way beyond his popular Rebus novels.
Now in The Complaints, Malcolm Fox, whose job it is to investigate fellow police, finds himself up against it when trying to break Jamie Breck who clearly operates on both sides of the law.
Lovers of grit, wit and suspense are going to be completely taken with our new souring hero, Fox.

The Complaints
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39
IN STOCK NOW

This is also available on CD - abridged and unabridged.
  Peter Temple

Ballarat boy, journalist, editor, recipient of five Ned Kelly Awards, Peter Temple is in great form with Truth, which follows on from the Duncan Lawrie Dagger prize winning novel, The Broken Shore.
At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.
Villani’s life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling.

Truth
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $26.36
IN STOCK NOW

This is also available on CD and as a signed, limited edition.
BLACK WATER RISING
  KING OF THE CROSS   DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD
 Attica Locke

This is a stunning crime noir read from debut author. and it has been getting a lot of attention overseas.
Black Water Rising is laid out so clearly you can feel the sweat of the Bayou heat trickling down between your shoulder blades, you can see the marshes oozing, you can feel the pulse in the temple of its hero, journeyman Afro American lawyer Jay Porter.
Attica Locke weaves a tangled web of murder and intrigue, court room drama, set-up and counter set-up, unholy alliance of politics and business. Most of all, she tells a story of a man held ransom by his past. And Porter’s past plunges straight right back to the birth, and  some might say abrupt strangling, of the civil rights movement in America.
Attica Locke has been getting a lot of attention for her debut novel, and a lot of excellent reviews. With an action-oriented plot she has made a tight, tense thriller out of it, a story where the big picture is just as menacing as the personal drama. Talk about the sins of the father being visited on the son.  I couldn’t put this one down.

Black Water Rising
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39

  Mark Dapin

I am a bit of a Dapin tragic so I can't wait to read his first foray into fiction, especially as I have immediately put the persona of a certain recently deceased colourful identity  onto Jacob Mendoza, his legendary godfather of Kings Cross.
Meantime, Andrew Rule (of Underbelly fame) writes:
A killer read from a writer who punches both hands and winks at the crowd while he's at it. His protagonist is part punk, part pug, part poet – an anti-hero who reveals his own back story as he gets the King of the Cross to unravel the eerily familiar tale of his unlikely rise from schoolboy pornographer to millionaire philanthropist. Truth might be stranger than fiction but in the hardened artery of Dapin's King's Cross, alleged fiction rings truer than the alleged facts. A cunning stunt that could get him knee-capped.

King of the Cross
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39
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  Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt

With characters and plot threads that were excised from the original novel first published more than one hundred years ago, The Un-dead is the sequel to Dracula. It is set in 1912 and follows the fate of those who defeated the vampire twenty-five years earlier.
According to Bram Stoker's great grand nephew, Dacre, The Un-dead was to be the title of the original novel until a few weeks before publication when Stoker became obsessed with Romanian Dracul. Be that as it may, this is the first sequel to have the full support of the Stoker estate since the movie in 1931.
Thank goodness - in these vampire obsessed times, at last one with street cred.

Dracula The Un-Dead
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39
IN STOCK NOW
FICTION TO GET YOUR TEETH INTO
WONDERS OF A  GODLESS WORLD

by Andrew McGahan

Startling, stunning, original - yes Miles Franklin winner Andrew McGahan's latest novel is all of those things and more. Here is what I wrote for this month's Bookseller and Publisher magazine:
A fable, an allegory, an exploration of the innermost secrets of both the universe and the mind. Andrew McGahan has once again proved himself to be a chameleon of story telling with his latest book, Wonders of a Godless World, itself a wonder of imagination and discovery. It is as much a journey for the reader as it is for the unnamed orphan girl whose startling presence illuminates this very original tale.
I am being deliberately obtuse here as so much of the journey is about the shock of the new. The action takes place on a timeless island where the wordless orphan works as a cleaner in a hospital for the insane. Her constant companions are known only as the duke, the virgin, the witch and the archangel. Into her world is wheeled the comatose foreigner with whom the orphan can communicate. And looming over all of them is the malevolent presence of a brooding volcano.
McGahan is a conjurer - this magical tale of the orphan and the foreigner is utterly original and has its own confounding logic as it hurtles the reader to the edge of the universe and beyond. This is a book whose questions and propositions echo long after its final pages are read. 
Click here to read a chapter sampler.

Wonders of a Godless World
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39
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  THE INFINITIES

by John Banville

Good writers usually receive the praise they deserve but not always at the right time.
John Banville was awarded the Man Booker Prize for his last novel The Sea. As a result, one of his less accomplished books became his biggest-selling and best-known.
Banville’s very different new novel is a more engaging and affecting work.
The novel concerns the intrusion of the mythological gods into the lives of an English family. One summer morning Hermes the messenger god extends dawn so that his lusty father Zeus can pay an amorous visit to a beautiful woman.
Hermes spends the rest of the day overseeing events in the Godley household, partly to engineer a second tryst for his father, partly to indulge in some mischief of his own.
This is a family saga which doubles as an investigation into ideas about space and time.
And what do the reviewers think? This from The Spectator.
I have read two outstanding books this summer. This is one of them. The other is Summertime by J.M. Coetzee.
As I read The Infinities, with it’s magical, playful richness, its sensuous delight in the power of language to convey the strangeness and beauty of being human, I wondered if J.M. Coetzee... had ever read a Banville, and if he had, whether he envied him his astonishing powers. It seems to me very odd indeed that this book is not, according to the Booker judges, one of the 12 best books of the year. It may be one of the 12 best books of the decade, or even of several decades... This is unequivocally a work of brilliance.
 
The Infinities
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39
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  A WEEK IN DECEMBER

by Sebastian Faulks

A new Sebastian Faulks is always to be relished, and this time, the author who brought us gems such as Birdsong and Charlotte Gray has turned his fierce eye on contemporary Britain. While comparisons are inevitable with Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities (New York at the height of its narcissism in 1987), A Week in December has been hailed as "perfectly constructed" and "a pleasure to read".
The action takes place in London in the week before Christmas 2007 and follows the lives of 7 characters - a hedge fund manager, a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland, a young lawyer, a student led astray by Islamist theory, a hack book reviewer, a schoolboy hooked on skunk and a Tube driver whose train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.
This novel is all about self deception and having to confront the true realities of the contemporary world.
It is a gem of a read. I couldn't put it down.

Don't just take my word for it. Here is what Britain's Telegraph online had to say.

A Week in December
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $26.36
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This is also available on CD.
GOOD TO A FAULT

Marina Endicott

There is such a buzz around this book.
Winner of the 2009 (Canada and Caribbean) Commonwealth Writers' Prize, every one I know who has picked this one up has loved it.
Absorbed in her own failings, Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara - against all habit and comfort - moves the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house.
In Good to a Fault, Clara certainly does try to be good, but then has to cope with the consequences: exhaustion, fury, hilarity, and unexpected love.
What do we owe in this life, and what do we deserve? This compassionate, funny, and fiercely intelligent novel struggles to find  balance on the precipice.

Good to a Fault
RRP $27.99 Booktopia price $22.39
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  HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY

Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife was a tour de force love story that captured just about everyone who read it  despite scepticism about the ability to suspend disbelief behind the basic premise of the book. It has been made into a movie, starring none other than our very own Eric Bana, and will be on screen all around Australia in November.
Niffenegger's second book, Her Fearful Symmetry, has been eagerly awaited. This is billed as a ghost story of sorts, revolving around identical twins who suddenly find themselves in London in the possession of their late aunt's flat, directly opposite Highgate Cemetary.
Niffenegger seems to write of life, love, loss and identity and she returns to these themes in a book that is sure to  excite her legions of fans.

This is also available as a CD.

Her Fearful Symmetry
RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $26.36
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  GOURMET

Muriel Barbery

Why, oh why, did we have to wait so long! Bad enough that it took ages to translate into English The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Barbery's second novel, which dominated European bestseller lists for more than two years but only now can we get our hands on her first one, Gourmet.
A kind of prequel to the Hedgehog, this is the tale of the masterly food critic Pierre Arthens, who lies on his deathbed struggling to remember the one flavour that he believes has defined his life.
Arthens is a man who cheats on his wife and is effectively blind to everything but food but it is that very single-mindedness that makes his deathbed confession such a joy to read. As his eventual revelation makes clear, Arthens has lived his life worshipping a false idol but as all monomanias are pure, the critic becomes a kind of tragic hero. Barbery’s triumph is in managing to tell his story while simultaneously conveying his passion.

Gourmet
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39
IN STOCK AFTER OCTOBER 20
YOUNG ADULT
LEVIATHAN   SCARYGIRL   CATCHING FIRE
Scott WesterfeldKeith Thompson

Westerfeld was in town recently talking about his steam punk collaboration with artist Keith Thompson. Wow. An alternative history of the world on the brink of war, 1914, with the son of the Arch Duke on the run and the battle being fought out between the Darwinists and the Clankers.
Do read an extract and look at the book trailer here.
This is a book of exceptional interest - it is a visual and story telling feast. An illustrated novel? A return to a very fine tradition.

I have five signed copies of Westerfeld's Peeps and So Yesterday to give away to people who purchase Leviathan. Just email me with your order number  and tell me why you are a Scott Westerfeld fan. Winners will be announced next newsletter.

Leviathan
RRP $29.95 Booktopia price $23.96
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  Nathan Jurevicius

Young adult tastes can be fickle and it can be pretty daunting trying to predict what might or mightn't pass muster.
This graphic novel is based on the world of Scarygirl, an online comic, game and persona that has won a worldwide following.
For what it is worth, the teens in my household have road tested Leviathan, Catching Fire and Scarygirl and all three were an immediate hit. As for Scarygirl, the book was consumed, the site explored, the game played and voom, it just took over.
By the way, I notice that Scarygirl has just been nominated for the best game in Germany. Local South Australian boy makes good!

Scarygirl
RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $28.00
IN STOCK NOW
  The Hunger Games 2

Suzanne Collins

What can I say? This is a series that is grabbing teens by the throat with a pace and intensity that just doesn't let up, and comes with the thumbs up from Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer no less.
The Hunger Games just walks out the door, and the pre-orders on Catching Fire were huge.
You heard it here first. And what a relief to leave vampires behind for a while.
There is a book trailer on our site. Click here to see it.

Catching Fire
RRP $18.99 Booktopia price $15.19
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BEST BIOGRAPHIES
HANDLING EDNA   WHO WANTS TO BE A BILLIONAIRE
 Barry Humphries

Well, who else could write the unauthorised biography of Dame Edna Everage - the woman whose journey from Mooney Ponds to the Palace and back again has echoed in the hearts of all of us?
No one knows Edna like Humphries so hold on to your hats for a warts and all, shock jock, no-holds-barred exposé which follows this icon of the Australian, nay global, glitterati from her humble beginnings to the pinnacle of political, artistic and social achievement.
This biography will surely find its rightful place on the mantelpiece of every true Australian's lounge room,  standing proudly on display between the bowl of cocktail onions on toothpicks and the swizzle sticks.

Click here to see Humphries' take on this.

Handling Edna
RRP $49.99 Booktopia price $39.99
Available from October 1
   Paul Barry

This is going to be red hot. The unauthorised biography of James Packer, written by the man whose pedigrees include the stories of Alan Bond and more relevantly, Kerry Packer.
Who Wants to be a Billionaire is under lock and key until October 12.
A battle to win the respect of the father, billion dollar bets going disastrously wrong, a dutiful son, under his dominant father, devotion to Scientology and a global financial crisis that has shaved a whopping $4 billion off his personal fortune.
Who Wants to be a Billionaire is going to be explosive and controversial.

We will have signed copies of Who Wants to be a Billionaire in stock from October 12.

Who Wants to be a Billionaire
RRP $49.99 Booktopia price $39.99
Available from October 12
ROCKERS AND ROLLERS: AN AUTOMOTIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  QUEEN ELIZABETH: THE QUEEN MOTHER
 Brian Johnson

Just as  you can judge a person by their pets, or their CD collection, or their books, apparently you can tell a person's life by the cars they have owned and loved.
AC/DC front man Brian Johnson has had a life long passion for cars from his early minis with the go-fast stripes and the sliding windows that apparently come in handy when there is a couple in the back, to the 1928 Bentley he currently drives just to go out for the paper.
He writes with wit, insight, charm and passion. This is the perfect book for rock and rollers, and petrol heads, and is perfect for getting you in the mood for those Australian concerts coming up early next year.

Click here to watch Brian Johnson chatting about his love of cars - and doing a very speedy lap - on Top Gear.

Rockers and Rollers
RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $28.00
IN STOCK NOW

And on the subject of old rock and rollers, pre-order What Would Keith Richards Do: Daily Affirmations from a rock 'n' roll Survivor for November delivery. It has got everything -  daily affirmations, how Keith can save your life, how to live the Keith way, Keith and Nietzsche, the wit and wisdom of Keith and the Keith timeline (aka a chronicle of trouble).
  William Shawcross

Seven-and-a-half years have now passed since the death of the Queen Mother, and six since the Queen asked the historian William Shawcross to chart a life that spanned the whole of the 20th Century.
His official 1,059-page biography offers new and fascinating insights into the woman behind the pearls and pastel dresses and will be scrutinised by historians for generations to come. Both the Queen and Prince Charles read the manuscript before publication but the Palace and Shawcross’s publishers, Macmillan, are keen to make clear that the Royals had no editorial control over the end result.
Indeed, in the acknowledgements the author thanks the Queen for giving him the freedom to write as he wished. Nevertheless, few people in his position would take the risk of offending the monarch. Such is the inherent nature of the genre which has always been a fraught combination of keen scholarship and immense diplomacy.
The Queen Mother remains for many people a fascinating and much loved figure and with a life that spanned the whole of the 20th century, this definitive portrait of a remarkable woman makes compelling reading.

The Queen Mother
RRP $59.99 Booktopia price $47.99
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RICHARD PRATT: ONE OUT OF THE BOX
  RIFLING THROUGH MY DRAWERS
 James Kirby and Rod Myer

Richard Pratt, who died in April this year, was one of the most intriguing of men. He was equally famous for his business acumen as he was for his philanthropy and his complicated, unconventional personal life. Pratt was a migrant to this country who reached the height of business power before a humiliating and very public scandal.
This is a fascinating biography of an equally fascinating man.

Richard Pratt: One Out of the Box
RRP $34.95 Booktopia price $27.96

Readers will also be interested in Jerry Oppenheimer's Madoff with the Money, in which he chronicles the rise of Bernie Madoff and and the $US65 billion investor fraud rip off which saw him jailed a couple of months ago for 150 years.

Madoff with the Money
RRP $35.95 Booktopia price $31.96
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   Clarissa Dickson Wright

With her trademark acerbic wit and her complete refusal to bow to political correctness, Dickson Wright's Spilling the Beans crept onto the shelves this time last year, and was snaffled up in an instant.
Her new memoir, Rifling Through My Drawers is vintage Clarissa. With lots of anecdotal vignettes on the places she's been and the people she has met, fans of The Two Fat Ladies certainly won't be disappointed.

Rifling Through My Drawers
RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $28.00
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MILITARY MATTERS
 What a fascinating month it is for stories of a military bent. Here are the picks of them.

Veteran military writer Frank Walker brings us The Tiger Man of Vietnam in the story of Australian war hero Barry Petersen, CIA target and hilltribe demi-god.

The Tiger Man of Vietnam - RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $28.00 - IN STOCK NOW


Australian Tony Bower-Miles spent large slabs of the 60s in Vietnam laying and clearing landmines. Now he exorcises his demons by clearing them. Bomber, written with Mark Whittaker, is his story.

Bomber - RRP $34.99 Booktopia price $27.39 - IN STOCK NOW


The Path of Infinite Sorrow is something completely different. This is the story of the Japanese experience on the Kokoda track. Graig Collie and Hajime Marutami have based their book on diaries and interviews, to give us a powerful re-examination of that seminal 1942 conflict.
Click here to read an extract.

The Path of Infinite Sorrow - RRP $35.00 Booktopia price $28.00


And for WW2 buffs, D-Day in Photographs by Andrew Whitmarsh will be of interest. This visual history has it all - equipment, planning, troops and training, as well, of course, the landing itself.

D-Day in Photographs - RRP $49.95 Booktopia price $39.96

THE PLEASURES OF A FULL BELLY
 I cannot tell you the number of simply gorgeous cook books that have passed over my desk in the last couple of weeks, for if the Christmas publishing season means one thing, it means a plethora of divinely inspiring foodie thrills.  Of course, Karen Coleman's Food and Drink Buzz covers this area superbly. Meantime, if I had to highlight only three, I would go with these.
STEPHANIE ALEXANDER'S KITCHEN GARDEN
  THE SONGS OF SAPA
  EATING WITH EMPERORS
Stephanie Alexander

Our Stephanie has been working on her kitchen garden project for many years. A Cook's Companion has found its rightful place for everyday use in many Australian homes. With Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden, she goes back to the soil. This is a book of planting, growing, harvesting and cooking, covering every thing from how to garden to how to prepare delicious meals.

Click here to get a taste of Kitchen Garden.

Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden
RRP $125.00 Booktopia price $100.00
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  Luke Nguyen

This is a personal and culinary memoir of Nguyen's recent trip back home to Vietnam. Following on from the success of Secrets of the Red Lantern, this book is sure to find a treasured place on both the kitchen shelf, and the coffee table. With its gold foil and its beautiful layout, simply, beautiful.

The Songs of Sapa
RRP $69.95 Booktopia price $55.96
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   Jake Smith

Eggs served in golden egg cups with golden spoons, recalcitrant chefs boiled alive for the amusement of the watching crowds, a permanent kitchen staff of 45 for one diminutive monarch - Eating with Emperors is full of fabulous culinary trivia and marvellously arcane bit of history as it romps through European royalty and non royal equivalents. Full colour throughout.

Click here to see some internal images. Click here to see the contents from this book.

Eating with Emperors
RRP $59.99 Booktopia price $47.99
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STOCKING STUFFERS THAT WON'T BREAK THE BANK
JOY-SERENITY-TRUST-COURAGE
  WHY DOGS ARE BETTER THAN CATS
 A celebration of humanity, these beautiful hardbacks are full of inspiring photos and words taken from all walks of life, all of which originally appeared in the much larger, more expensive M.I.L.K. books which are now sadly out of print.
In the meantime, click on the individual titles to get an idea of the photos.

Click here to buy Joy

Click here to buy Serenity

Click here to buy Trust

Click here to buy Courage

RRP $14.99 Booktopia price $11.99
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   Bradley Trevor Grieve

The world is divided along many lines, and one of them is dog versus cat. I freely admit I am a cat lover, so it pains me to put this out there but have a look at this very cute clip put together by none other than Bradley Trevor Grieve extolling the virtues of dogs.

BTG as he is known in the trade, is famous for his own love of dogs, and in (gulp) Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats he has distilled it all, in a series of gorgeous images and linking text.

I hope he appreciates how high minded I am talking about this. It doesn’t come easily!

Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats
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FROM SOMETIME LOVE BETH   CHRISTMAS CAROLS FROM THE KENNEL
 Beth Sometimes

What do you give someone who is young, a bit media savvy, who has an eye for humour and design?
Billed as an adventure in postcards, From Sometimes Love Beth is a quirky visual feast, the result of central Australian Beth Sometimes' quest to send someone, somewhere a postcard for 365 consecutive days.
Its funny, its gorgeous and it is going to make the right person very happy.

Click here to see inside the book.

From Sometime, Love Beth
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   Santa Paws

This is seriously cute without being kitsch. It's got words, it's got music, it's got dogs that make you go goo-ey (yes, even me).
An extremely well-priced hardcover, this is perfect for Kris Kringles, office parties, or to have on hand for that last minute present that you almost forgot!

Click here to see inside the book. Click here to see more inside this book. Click here to see even more inside this book.

Christmas Carols from the Kennel
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SOMETHING DIFFERENT
FAIRIALITY STYLE
  THE SARTORIALIST
 A Source Book of Inspiration from Nature

David Ellwand


When I first saw the original Fairiality, it took my breath away. Petals, shells, bark, feathers all stitched into the most amazing miniature clothes. Unavailable for some time, this book has thankfully re-appeared. And soon, we will be able to indulge in Ellwand's latest creation - a source book to inspire fantasy fashion and the most imaginative DIY projects - an eco-designer's dream. Ellwand is a magician, conjuring up bench seating made from fronds and lanterns from seed pods. Truly an inspiration.

Fairieality Style: A Source Book of Inspiration from Nature
RRP $39.95 Booktopia price $31.96
Available from late October
   Scott Schuman

Lovers of fashion will be followers of Robert Schuman's blog. Now we have the essence of more than four years of  candid photography in one handsome volume. Real people, real clothes - London, New York, Milan, Stockholm. Forget the high end catwalk. This is what is really happening on the street, all according to the man Time magazine named as one of the most influential figures in design. 

Click here here to see some images from the book.

This is also available in a boxed limited edition hardback.

The Sartorialist
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EXCEPTIONALLY FINE IMAGES
30 YEARS OF DUCATI PHOTOGRAPHY
  GREAT WHITE
 Phil Aynsley

Ducati is to bikes what Ferrari is to cars.
Photographer Phil Aynsley has been a devote of the Italian marque for decades and in this collection he presents rarely seen images of the factory, plus intimate views from inside the pits.
This book is so going to be loved by motorcycle enthusiasts.

Click here to see some of the images from the book. Click here to read the forward from this book.

30 Years of Ducati Photography
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And gasp, have a look at Stars and Cars by Maria Rosaria Tagliaferri. The images are too die for.

   Chris Fallows

Another extraordinary glimpse into photographic archives, this time the great white shark. These images are incredible - they brought our office to a stand still. Genuinely scary, occasionally gentle, this is sharks as you have never seen then before.

Click here to look inside.

Great White
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SMALL TOWN   MALAKHOV
 Martin Mischkulnig &  Tim Winton

Smalltown is a dialogue between photographer and wordsmith, both travelling through out-of-the-way parts of Australia.
Mischkulnig’s spare yet beautiful photographs are distinctively Australian views of rural and remote places, evoking similar feelings to Winton’s novels. They challenge us to consider the people who live in these places, and their struggle to come to terms with harsh or isolated environments.
Small Town does not romanticise the places it documents. Tim Winton’s words provide compelling and probing ruminations on the nature of Australian rural life.
This  sparse, elegaic book presented in large landscape format is a treasure of unique images and prose.

Click here to see some images from the book.

Small Town
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   Dieter Blum

For 15 years photographer Dieter Blum worked with Vladimir Malakhov and his dancers, the result of which is this superb collection of truly original pictures.
This book will entrance lovers of art, dance and photography. The images are sublime.

Click here to see some of the Malakhov images.

This book is available also as a collector's edition, and an exclusive art edition. Please feel free to email me for more information.

Malakhov
RRP $120.00 Booktopia price $96.00
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REFERENCE
Three very different reference books, for three very different readers:

BENDABLE LEARNINGS by Don Watson
Don Watson has a one man crusade to rescue the English language from misuse, ugliness and obfuscation. In Bendable Learnings he takes his blow torch to modern management. He is a national treasure.

Bendable Learnings - RRP $32.95 Booktopia price $26.36 - IN STOCK NOW


BREWER'S DICTIONARY OF PHASE AND FABLE
This is the 18th edition of this seminal reference work. It has been revised and expanded and its sheer scope together with its mix of scholarship and eccentricity makes it a must for every 21st century bookshelf.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable - RRP $69.99 Booktopia price $55.99 - IN STOCK NOW


AS EASY AS PI: STUFF ABOUT NUMBERS THAT ISN'T JUST MATHS by Jamie Buchan
This is an entertaining and accessible guide for people who love numbers - and those who don't - about numeric lore, snippets and arcane trivia. It is part of the series that also includes As Easy as Pi, My Grammar and I, I before E, and I Used to Know That. They are all presented as sturdy, gift hardbacks. Together, they would make a great set.

As Easy as Pi - RRP $24.95 Booktopia price $19.96 - IN STOCK NOW


ANIMALS  by Dr Keith Laidler
This is the reference book for anyone interested in animals, from the smallest single cell organisms through the the top of the food chain. The book is huge, heavy, and arranged by phyla, showing with spectacular clarity to dizzying complexity of the animal kingdom. The photography is stunning. This would be of interest to students of biology plus anyone with a curiosity about our world.

Animals - RRP $99.95 Booktopia price $79.96 - IN STOCK NOW

A DIFFERENT TAKE ON SPORT
At this time of year, there are the usual wrap ups of the major codes, the cricket diaries, the my stories of footy greats. Here are a few sport books however, that might otherwise go under the radar.
GET HER OFF THE PITCH   GIANTS OF THE TRACK
  CRICKET IN THE PARK
How Sport Took Over My Life

Lynne Truss


A mixture of memoir, essay, whingeing after the fact, and recollected drama. This is a very personal book by a middle aged woman who writes about words and language, and how she became a sports reporter and was nominated for Sports Writer of the Year.
 I loved it so much I stayed for four years, despite all the discomforts and the cold-shouldering. What I fell in love with was the fact that sport is the best subject in the world to write about, if you like seeing how little things relate to big things (which I do). But I was wrong to think the job wouldn’t change me, because it did.
This entertaining and engaging read makes sport accessible for those who are normally not at all interested in it.

Get Her Off the Pitch
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   It is spring carnival time and there are new books on the two biggest names in Australian racing.
In What Are the Odds?, Bill Waterhouse finally lifts the lid on his own life. If there is anyone who has moved between sport, business and politics, it is Bill Waterhouse.
And next month, Bart Cummings, the trainer's trainer, the man who has dominated the  track for five decades, finally tells his story in Bart: My Life (November release).
And while we are on the subject, Takeover Target: The Best $1350 Joe Janiak Ever Spent by Lyndall Crisp is now available.
A feast of reading for followers of the track.


What are the Odds?
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   The Life and Times of Lord Sheffield 1832-1909

Roger
Packham


The latest Ashes series  started nearly 125 years to the day after a Sussex garden became part of the history of cricket's most compelling confrontation.
In 1884, and on four later occasions, the Australian team began their tour with a match at Sheffield Park where one of the most glorious grounds in the country had been created among the lakes and ornamental woodland.
It was the vision of Henry North Holroyd, 3rd Earl of Sheffield and cricket fan who had fallen in love with the game at Eton and when he inherited the title on his father's death in 1878 he had the wealth to indulge his passion. And it is Lord Sheffield's name of course, that has been lent to the Australian inter-state competition.
This is a fascinating look at the world of Lord Sheffield, presented in a handsome hardback volume.

Cricket in the Park
RRP $54.95 Booktopia price $43.96
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DISTANT PLACES - TRAVELS IN TIME AND SPACE
 This is the time of year to dream about travel, if not to put it in practice. And with so many places to go, I thought I would present just one "where to" book, perhaps one that might otherwise escape you.
The next three are a collection of very different travel memoirs by three very different Australians.

After that, its books for the history lovers...


THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED forward by Bill Bryson
This is a Dorling Kindersley book so you know it will be packed with informative and up to date information, break-out boxes, pictures and tables. This is a guide to 1,000 places - all  alternatives to the places that attract the crowds. Why go to Carnival in Rio when you can experience Brazil at its best in Bahia?

The Road Less Travelled - RRP $69.95 Booktopia price $55.96 - IN STOCK NOW

ADVENTURES IN CARAVANASTAN   GIRL BY  SEA   SAHARA
Around the World at 80 ks
Greg Bearup

Apparently three years in Afghanistan is a doddle compared with one year driving around Australia with a toddler.
Greg Bearup brings his acute powers of observation to bear in this memoir of his year of living dangerously.

Adventures in Caravanastan
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  Penelope Green

With each chapter starting with a recipe from the region, Australian Penelope Green continues her story of her life with her Italian partner on the tiny island of Procida.
From the author of When in Rome, and Sea Naples and Die.

Have a look at her film clip - its a delight!

Girl By Sea
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  Paula Constant

More intrepid Australians. In Slow Journey South, Paula Constant walked 5000 kilometres from London to Morocco. Now, in the wake of her marriage breakup, she finds herself walking Africa from west to east. In Sahara, she tells her incredible story.

Click here to see some of her photos.

Sahara
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BEAUTIFUL BODIES   XANADU
 Gerald Stone

The Amphitrite was a convict ship en route to Australia that went down in 1833, largely due to incompetence. All but three of the 102 female convicts, and their crew, perished. In the scandal and cover up that followed, their names were repressed and it is only just now that we are finally hearing the story of that tragic voyage.
This is history freshly told, by master story teller Gerald Stone.

Beautiful Bodies
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   John Man

Kulba Khan, the silk road, emperors and concubines, - with his trademark knowledgeable yet accessible style, Man brings us the story of the fateful point in time when East met West. Man separates fact from fiction with his fascinating take on Marco Polo and his incredible journey.

Xanadu
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WAR: FROM ANCIENT EGYPT TO IRAQ
  THE BOOK OF EXPLORATION   THE ART OF NATURE
 This Dorling Kindersley book is the first and last word on 5000 years of conflict. It is packed with tables, pictures and break out boxes, and would be of interest to anyone from high school to adult. This visual guide has a wealth of fascinating features.

War: From Ancient Egypt to Iraq
RRP $79.95 Booktopia price $51.80
  Ray Howgego

Traders,  gold seekers, missionaries. This lush and lavish book chronicles 150 journeys  and puts them in their historical context.

The Book of Exploration
RRP $85.00 Booktopia price $68.00
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  Judith Magee

This beautiful book will capture the imagination of anyone interested in art or natural science. 300 years of natural history, continent by continent, drawing on the library of the Natural History Museum - it is a beautiful thing to behold.

The Art of Nature
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THE BEST FROM OUR PUBLISHERS

Click on the images below to see the pick of the October releases from selected publishers.






MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLIST

The winner of the most prestigious English language literature prize will be announced on October 6.

Click on the titles to order:
THE CHILDREN'S BOOK
AS Byatt
SUMMERTIME
JM Coetzee
THE QUICKENING MAZE
Adam Foulds
WOLF HALL
Hilary Mantel
THE GLASS ROOM
Simon Mawer
THE LITTLE STRANGER
Sarah Waters
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There was a race on to be the first to review Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol a week or two ago, but now that the dust is settling, it is clear that yet again, Dan Brown has written one pacey, compelling thriller.
Once again, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to the scene of a gruesome attack, joins forces with an attractive and erudite love interest, and speeds around a world capital chasing clues, solving puzzles, and risking his life while dropping cocktail parties’ worth of scholarly minutiae. This time, he is lured to Washington DC to save his mentor, Peter Solomon, a prominent member of the Freemasons who has been kidnapped by a cryptic, heavily tattooed, Homer-reading psycho calling himself Mal’akh.
Luckily, Langdon remains a terrific hero, a bookish intellectual who is cool in a crisis and quick on his feet, The codes are intriguing and Brown mostly manages to keep the pages turning but as with all thrillers, it is the chase that matters and this certainly is a chase to remember.

And once you have read The Lost Symbol, you will definitely want to understand more about the Freemasons.
The Secrets of Freemasonry by Liomas Rober exposes the secret traditions and rituals of freemasonry.

The Secrets of Freemasonry
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BOOKTOPIA'S OCTOBER FAVOURITES

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

KIDS STUFF
Not long to go now before our first newsletters featuring kids books are up and running. We have found two terrific writers, with experience in both children's publishing and selling. Click here to go to your account to update your preferences to make sure you receive them.
In the meantime, here are four absolute winners for October.



BABY WOMBAT'S WEEK

by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley








Too, too divine for the under 5's (and their parents), we also have limited stocks of the free plush wombat toy.

Baby Wombat's Week
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THE RABBIT PROBLEM by Emily Gravett

This deliciously funny book follows what happens when Lonely Rabbit of Fibonacci's Field sends out an invitation one January day for other rabbits to join her, thus ending up with the mathematically logical 55 new comers. The final pop-up spread shows exactly what is meant by a rabbit problem.
(Ages 4 - 6)

The Rabbit Problem
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RETURN TO THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD

by David Benedictus & Mark Burgess


Eighty years on and with the full backing of the Shepard and Milne estates, the most famous bear in the world is back.
This is under embargo until October 5 but here is a little smackeral of what is to come.
(Ages 6 and up)

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
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THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT by Kate DiCamillo

This is the story of an orphan boy from Baltese who is told by a fortune teller that an elephant will lead him to his long lost sister.  Like DiCamillo's other stories, you will get chills reading this magical, touching story.
(Ages 8 and up)

The Magician's Elephant
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CALLING ALL TWILIGHT FANS

Hands up for the film tie in version of New Moon (Stephenie Meyer) and New Moon: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Mark Cotter Vaz. The latest movie in this saga is due for simultaneous Australian and US release on November 19, 2009.

At the same time, we have in stock limited numbers of the most gorgeous  Twilight Journal set which includes the four journals featuring the striking Twilight Saga cover art and decorative two-colour quotes from Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn throughout, all packaged in a collectible tin.

Twilight Journals
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And if you still can't get enough of matters other worldly, you can explore ancient and modern vampire law with Joules Taylor's Vampires while Jon Izzard uncovers the beast within in Werewolves. And to completely put Bella and Edward into context, try Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians and the Pursuit of Immortality edited by William Irwin.


LUCKY READERS

Congratulations to
Jamie Anderson of Singleton
who picked up a signed library of platinum Matthew Reilly books. How good is that!

Also to Janelle Womsley of Blackheath
who won the Random House Man Booker Prize pack of nine special edition paperbacks while our Olivia plush toys went to Bathurst (NSW), Mt Waverley (VIC), Northgate (SA) and Rokeby (TAS).


AUSTRALIA - YOU'RE STANDING IN IT

Australian Bush Pubs

Craig Lewis & Cathy Savage have written a celebration of the unique watering holes of the outback. This landscape format hardback with dust jacket has full-colour throughout which is publishing talk for evocative text and fantastic shots - such as the one of the Akubra wall in the Birdsville Hotel. This is a gem.

Australian Bush Pubs
RRP $32.99 Booktopia price $26.39



And while we are on the subject of icons, Derek Parker has put together a really nice little hardback in The Man Who Wrote Waltzing Matilda: Banjo Paterson, His Life and Poetry.
Now you'll have something to recite as you settle down on that bar stool.

Derek Parker certainly is prolific. He has also just written The Discovery of Australia's Interior which gathers together the stories of those interpid explorers who, against the odds, managed to forge routes in the most difficult of circumstances.

The Man Who Wrote Waltzing Matilda
RRP $33.95 Booktopia price $27.96

The Discovery of Australia's Interior
RRP $39.95 Booktopia price $31.96



WHAT ARE WE EXCITED ABOUT FOR NOVEMBER?
 
Click on the titles to pre-order:
LOVESONG
Alex Miller
THE LACUNA
Barbara Kingsolver
PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA
Peter Carey
A LIFE ON PITTWATER
Susan Duncan and Anthony Ong
CROCODILE TEARS
Anthony Horowitz
HALT'S PERIL
John Flanagan
A SONG IN THE DAYLIGHT
Paullina Simons
RAY: STORIES OF MY LIFE
Ray Martin
BART: MY LIFE
Bart Cummings
MOONFIRE
Norman Mailer