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The Podcast of Booktopia, Australia's Local Bookstore.Booktopia has been voted Australia's Favourite Bookshop and Australia's Best Online Bookshop. Join us for author interviews, book reviews and recommendations and bookish banter. We love books, especially Australian ones.

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The Podcast of Booktopia, Australia's Local Bookstore.Booktopia has been voted Australia's Favourite Bookshop and Australia's Best Online Bookshop. Join us for author interviews, book reviews and recommendations and bookish banter. We love books, especially Australian ones.

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I think I would like this podcast if I could friggin' hear it. Please turn up the volume and make it even so one person doesn't blow out my eardrums while the other person is so quiet it comes across as white noise.

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I think I would like this podcast if I could friggin' hear it. Please turn up the volume and make it even so one person doesn't blow out my eardrums while the other person is so quiet it comes across as white noise.
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The Podcast of Booktopia, Australia's Local Bookstore.Booktopia has been voted Australia's Favourite Bookshop and Australia's Best Online Bookshop. Join us for author interviews, book reviews and recommendations and bookish banter. We love books, especially Australian ones.

Rank #1: Jill Stark: "There is no quick fix or fast route to happiness."

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Did you know that there is no fast route to happiness? Most people don’t know or don’t want to acknowledge this. Enter Jill Stark. She was living the dream - coveted job, dating a sports star, bestselling author - but then it all fell apart. Her second memoir, Happy Never After, looks at the idea of the ‘happiness trap’ and how we often live a fake Truman Show kind of life. We chat with Jill about the fairytale of happiness and how she flipped the script.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Happy Never After by Jill Stark
High Sobriety by Jill Stark

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell
Guest: Jill Stark

Jul 11 2018

25mins

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Rank #2: Tara Moss: "I’m a writer at heart."

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Author, presenter, journalist, former model, UNICEF national ambassador and author… just a few words to describe Tara Moss. Booktopia’s Ben and Bronwyn were thrilled to sit down with Tara to discuss Dead Man Switch, her twelfth book in total but the first in her new crime series starring kick-ass PI Billie Walker! They chat about Billie, the inspiration for this novel, researching for a book set in the 1940s, what’s up next, her activism and much more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Dead Man Switch by Tara Moss —> http://bit.ly/2ModzZq

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Bronwyn Eley
Guest: Tara Moss

Oct 18 2019

23mins

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Rank #3: Booktopia On... Making Time to Read

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Do you have an ever-growing TBR pile and no time to read anything? Do you have no peaceful place to read? Are you in a reading slump? Are you too busy? Bronwyn, Sarah and John discuss ways to prioritise reading!

Host: Bronwyn Eley
Guests: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell

Jul 18 2018

22mins

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Rank #4: Eddie Woo: "I think it’s possible for anyone to embrace this subject."

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Dig a little deeper into maths with head mathematics teacher Eddie Woo. His passion for maths is undeniable. He truly believes that it is possible for anyone to embrace the subject. We chat with Eddie about his journey to maths, what you’ll learn from his book Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths and the timeless nature of maths.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths by Eddie Woo —> https://bit.ly/2xEcvZ1

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell
Guest: Eddie Woo

Sep 21 2018

20mins

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Rank #5: Lynda La Plante: "If you’re writing a book, you’re free."

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International sensation Lynda La Plante made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows. Lynda has written and produced over 170 hours of international television, including the award-winning hit show Prime Suspects. From hanging at Buckingham Palace, to kick starting the careers of now-famous actors, not to mention the challenges of script writing and being a bestselling author, we chat with Lynda about her incredible life and her new novel Widows’ Revenge.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Widows by Lynda La Plante —> https://bit.ly/2GmCJ9k
Widows’ Revenge by Lynda La Plante —> https://bit.ly/2tgeIbd
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn —> https://bit.ly/2N1A5pJ

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell
Guest: Lynda La Plante

Feb 11 2019

24mins

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Rank #6: Booktopia On... Favourite Books of All Time

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Books that made us cry. Books that made us mad. Books that inspired us as kids. Books that changed our lives. Books that made us the readers we are today. These are our favourite books of all time!

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast:
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust —> https://bit.ly/2PRJW1g
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki —> https://bit.ly/2LrNvdP
The Arabian Knights by Sir Richard Francis Burton —> https://bit.ly/2CnL8pz
Snow by Orhan Pamuk —> https://bit.ly/2EC2Fft
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte —> https://bit.ly/2T5iNKr
Robin McKinley —> https://bit.ly/2EDWkkq
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody —> https://bit.ly/2SbTCWa
The Princess Bride by William Goldman —> https://bit.ly/2CnoWf8
A Room with a View by EM Forster —> https://bit.ly/2SXzvv5
Howard’s End by EM Forster —> https://bit.ly/2R8NNf5
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie —> https://bit.ly/2rNigB4
Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers —> https://bit.ly/2PPuN0p
Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky —> https://bit.ly/2EDZeW7
The Only Story by Julian Barnes —> https://bit.ly/2SgPJzD

Host: John Purcell
Guests: Sarah McDuling, Ben Hunter and Robert O'Hearn

Dec 26 2018

33mins

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Rank #7: Booktopia On... Australian Crime Fiction

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Publishers within Australian and overseas are hungry for Australian Crime fiction! So many Australian Crime novels are winning awards both here and overseas, with more optioned for film and TV every day.

John and Sarah discuss this new wave of Australian Crime fiction. Where did it begin and who are the best authors in the genre at the moment and the new debut authors to watch?

Authors mentioned in this podcast:
Christian White —> https://bit.ly/2QBf5Yi
Chris Hammer —> https://bit.ly/2Lk0ZeR
Jane Harper —> https://bit.ly/2PMVNOx
Sarah Bailey —> https://bit.ly/2piVq2U
Liane Moriarty —> https://bit.ly/2NjoR3g
Caroline Overington —> https://bit.ly/2NlyJJT
Candice Fox —> https://bit.ly/2DaoPWR
Holly Throsby —> https://bit.ly/2QJMwZ1
Michael Robotham —> https://bit.ly/2D9lHKY
Sulari Genthill —> https://bit.ly/2OEFV0w
Meg and Tom Keneally —> https://bit.ly/2POz98w

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell

Sep 19 2018

29mins

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Rank #8: Lee Holmes: "The kitchen is the heart of the home."

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Shop smart. Spend your money with a purpose. Bring the family back into the kitchen. Start embracing food again. It’s time to 'Supercharge Your Life' with Lee Holmes! Lee is the bestselling author of Supercharged Food, as well as a nutritionist, author and healthy eating expert. Her new cookbook has over 160 nutritious recipes designed to supercharge your life.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Supercharge Your Life by Lee Holmes —> https://bit.ly/2Rl3ziY

Host: Sarah McDuling
Guest: Lee Holmes

Jan 29 2019

14mins

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Rank #9: Karen Viggers: "I find it fascinating to challenge myself."

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Endangered possums, experiments in Antarctica, learning French and the first books she ever read… these are just a few of the things we chat about with international bestselling author Karen Viggers! Her three current novels have sold over 800,000 copies worldwide and now she is back with The Orchardist’s Daughter.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The Ochardist’s Daughter by Karen Viggers —> https://bit.ly/2G934qf
The Lightkeeper’s Wife by Karen Viggers —> https://bit.ly/2FW2j4G

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell
Guest: Karen Viggers

Jan 29 2019

20mins

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Rank #10: Booktopia On... Book Market Predictions

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Booktopia’s John, Sarah and Ben chat about where they think the book market is going to go in 2019!

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast:
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Ravioli and Francesca Cavallo —> https://bit.ly/2QNUy1z
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson —> https://bit.ly/2DbNKap
The Rabbits by Shaun Tan —> https://bit.ly/2RO3xo4
David Walliams —> https://bit.ly/2RumVas
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend —> https://bit.ly/2TPXYmv
The Dry by Jane Harper —> https://bit.ly/2HdyjTb
The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton —> https://bit.ly/2AOUeKM
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne —> https://bit.ly/2SWEMDA
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang —> https://bit.ly/2AN3Aql
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion —> https://bit.ly/2RQDFb7
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman —> https://bit.ly/2RvKkrN

Host: Sarah McDuling
Guests: John Purcell and Ben Hunter

Jan 16 2019

25mins

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Rank #11: Booktopia On... Size Matters

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Does size really matter? From hefty backbreakers that take months to finish, to slim novellas you can read on a train ride, we delve into what makes a story powerful and... does size matter?

As Sarah promised, we looked into the shortest and longest books in the world. Some of them are baffling!

Here is an article on mental floss.com called 10 of the Longest Novels Ever Published: http://mentalfloss.com/article/18661/quick-10-10-longest-novels-ever

You might have heard that the shortest story in the world is one from Ernest Hemingway… and it goes like this:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

And that’s it - six words. Here’s an article about some of the other shortest stories ever written: https://lithub.com/the-shortest-novels-written-by-20-authors-you-shouldve-read-by-now/

Host: Bronwyn Eley
Guests: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast:
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson: https://bit.ly/2MqRhnj
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak: https://bit.ly/2Knus6t
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: https://bit.ly/2lCNvvs
King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist: https://bit.ly/2MlHA9m
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: https://bit.ly/2yHjCUa
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: https://bit.ly/2N1nrGQ
Short stories from Anton Chekhov: https://bit.ly/2Ko09ww
Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory: https://bit.ly/2lA2uX5
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: https://bit.ly/2KmiSVL
Jane Austen: https://bit.ly/2Iv3On6
Silas Marner by George Eliot: https://bit.ly/2lDjMCQ
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: https://bit.ly/2Knu73H
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann: https://bit.ly/2Iuss7o
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: https://bit.ly/2N4bsbB
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan: https://bit.ly/2yMSy5T
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray: https://bit.ly/2K9zzYw
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin: https://bit.ly/2KpqbMH
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: https://bit.ly/2MtYcMv
Polly and Buster by Sally Rippin by https://bit.ly/2tEvcKb
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: https://bit.ly/2tA4nY8
The Kingdom of the Lost series by Isobelle Carmody: https://bit.ly/2lBpLIj
The Host by Stephanie Meyer: https://bit.ly/2tFYVlW
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: https://bit.ly/2IyFfpC
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: https://bit.ly/2tH8d14
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: https://bit.ly/2yKeezD
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: https://bit.ly/2txwiYS

Jun 27 2018

27mins

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Rank #12: Booktopia On... book heroes

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What makes a hero? How have heroes been represented in literature over the years and how are they changing? Should we ditch the phrase ‘heroine’ and just use ‘hero'? These are just some of the questions we discuss this week on Booktopia On!

Some of the books mentioned:
Superman by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Dennis O'Neil, Dick Dillin
Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter
Marvel comics
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
James Bond
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
Lee Child
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Tirant La Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Martí Joan de Galba
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Midsummers Nights Dream by William Shakespeare

Host: Bronwyn
Guests: Sarah and John

Jun 13 2018

34mins

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Rank #13: Dr Michael Mosley: "It’s about health transformation."

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Dr. Michael Mosley is the internationally bestselling author of The Clever Guts Diet, The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, and the coauthor, with Mimi Spencer, of The Fast Diet. Dr. Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London before joining the BBC, where he has been a science journalist, executive producer, and television presenter. We chat with Michael about his new book The Fast 800, weight loss and how to maintain long-term good health.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The Fast 800 by Dr Michael Mosely —> https://bit.ly/2TdQR7D

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and Ben Hunter
Guest: Dr Michael Mosely

Jan 23 2019

21mins

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Plugged & Unplanned 20 - Shannah Kennedy

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Booktopia’s CEO Tony Nash sits down with Shannah Kennedy, leading Australian business and life strategist, author of bestsellers 'Simplify,' 'Structure,' 'Succeed,' 'The Life Plan' and 'Chaos to Calm', and advanced certified life coach and NLP practitioner. They discuss mental health, setting goals, and being an introvert in the time of COVID-19.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The Life Plan - Shannah Kennedy: https://bit.ly/3actJiS
Ignite - Shannah Kennedy, Lyndall Mitchell: https://bit.ly/2PIp6ny
Chaos to Calm - Shannah Kennedy, Lyndall Mitchell: https://bit.ly/3kB3BTw

Host: Tony Nash
Guest: Shannah Kennedy
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Aug 11 2020

1hr 1min

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Jenna Guillaume - 'The Things You Don't Plan For Are Often The Most Wonderful.'

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Jenna Guillaume is a journalist and author who grew up in Wollongong and now lives in Sydney. By day, Jenna writes for publications such as BuzzFeed, Junkee, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian about very important things like pop culture, identity, feminism, social media, and her fave OTPs. By night she writes young adult fiction, binges Netflix, and spends far too much time on Twitter.

Ahead of the release of her new book 'You Were Made For Me', Sarah and Shanu sat down with Jenna to discuss her new book, the writing process around retellings, the nature of "rom-com reality," and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'You Were Made For Me' by Jenna Guillaume: https://bit.ly/3kmB7wY

Hosts: Sarah McDuling & Shanu Prasad
Guest: Jenna Guillaume
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Aug 11 2020

32mins

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Lili Wilkinson - 'It Was Like A Jigsaw Puzzle.'

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Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of eleven YA novels including 'After the Lights Go Out', 'The Boundless Sublime', 'Green Valentine' and 'Pink'. She established the insideadog.com.au website and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria, and has a PhD in Creative Writing.

Ahead of the release of 'The Erasure Initiative', Sarah and Shanu sat down with Lili to discuss her new book, the difficulty of putting together YA thrillers, the challenge of being able to pull off a great twist, and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'The Erasure Initiative' by Lili Wilkinson: https://bit.ly/3ae03lm

Hosts: Sarah McDuling & Shanu Prasad
Guest: Lili Wilkinson
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Aug 10 2020

38mins

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The Weekend Booktopian - 7th August 2020

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Welcome to The Weekend Booktopian, our weekly podcast to kick off your weekend! Our team will give you the low down on all things book news related, and turn you on to the books that we are reading right now!

For our seventh episode, we cover the release of Midnight Sun, the latest from the Booker Prize, and a discussion of how the second wave is affecting the book industry. We then give you our latest book recommendations, before another intense edition of 'Book Fight!'

Books Mentioned in this podcast:
Mary Trump - Too Much and Never Enough: https://bit.ly/2PvCH1h
Rose Tremain - Islands of Mercy: https://bit.ly/3a0qXgI
Steven Conte - The Tolstoy Estate: https://bit.ly/2DvQliz
Richard Fidler - The Golden Maze: https://bit.ly/31uRte3
Jasper DeWitt - The Patient: https://bit.ly/3ikBW7J

Host: Mark Harding
Guests: Arthur Malkoun, Ben Hunter & Joel Naoum
Producer: Nick Wasiliev & Mark Harding

Aug 07 2020

42mins

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Emily J. Brooks - 'I Had A Question I Needed To Answer.'

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Emily Brooks is a writer and editor. Formerly, she was the editor of Future Women, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of women. She was also an associate editor at The Huffington Post Australia and a journalist at The Australian Women's Weekly. Emily's work has appeared in Grazia, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age, among other places.

Ahead of the release of 'The First Move', Olivia and Sarah sat down with Emily to discuss her new book, 'passing the ball' of opportunity, questions around having success and finding love, and more.

WARNING: occasional coarse language

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'The First Move' by Emily Brooks: https://bit.ly/2ZpxnRB

Hosts: Olivia Fricot & Sarah McDuling
Guest: Emily Brooks
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Aug 04 2020

39mins

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Charlotte McConaghy - 'This Book Had Been In Me For A Long Time.'

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Charlotte McConaghy has been writing from a young age. She has both a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters Degree in Screen Arts, and has worked in script development for film and television for several years. She has written a number of speculative fiction books but The Last Migration is her first literary novel. She lives in Sydney.

Ahead of the release of 'The Last Migration', Ben and Shanu sat down with Charlotte to discuss her new book, the timing of the book's release, her influences as a writer and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'The Last Migration' by Charlotte McConaghy: https://bit.ly/3dcYl4s

Hosts: Ben Hunter & Shanu Prasad
Guest: Charlotte McConaghy
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Aug 03 2020

21mins

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The Weekend Booktopian - 31st July 2020

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Welcome to The Weekend Booktopian, our weekly podcast to kick off your weekend! Our team will give you the low down on all things book news related, and turn you on to the books that we are reading right now!

For our sixth episode, we cover the Booker Prize longlist and the announcement of the new book from Matthew McConaughey(including a very special guest). We then give you our latest book recommendations, before another intense edition of 'Book Fight!'

Books Mentioned in this podcast:
Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey: https://bit.ly/2PdLAfP
Harrow the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir: https://bit.ly/30fY4d4
Olive - Emma Gannon: https://bit.ly/2Dp4yx7
The Fast 800 - Michael Mosley: https://bit.ly/2Essq3x
Dare to Lead - Brené Brown: https://bit.ly/3k1d0ns
Sex and Vanity - Kevin Kwan: https://bit.ly/2BLD9VZ
Why Visit America - Matthew Baker: https://bit.ly/2XfSBB0

The Booker Prize Longlist: https://bit.ly/3hPw2Lx

Host: Mark Harding
Guests: Olivia Fricot, Ashleigh Berry & Zia Keirouz
Producer: Nick Wasiliev & Mark Harding

Jul 31 2020

41mins

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Booktopia On... The 2020 Booker Prize Longlist

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The 2020 Booker Prize Longlist has been announced! Booktopia's Olivia, Jo and Ben sat down and (over Skype) discussed their thoughts on the longlist and give their perspectives on who might be the favourites to the prize home.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Apeirogon by Colum McCann: https://bit.ly/2XcKVzI
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste: https://bit.ly/3jRYxKj
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga: https://bit.ly/2XaJ3Ya
The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel: https://bit.ly/2X6XPPq
Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze: https://bit.ly/3jSMdtj
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi: https://bit.ly/2P8ZakA
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook: https://bit.ly/3hGVhj4
Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward: https://bit.ly/308T5ei
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang: https://bit.ly/2X7QT4T
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler: https://bit.ly/2XbAex4
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart: https://bit.ly/2P4qQac
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: https://bit.ly/2P73yjV
Real Life by Brandon Taylor: https://bit.ly/3jVx2iQ

Host: Olivia Fricot
Guests: Ben Hunter & Jo Lewin
Producers: Nick Wasiliev & Mark Harding

Jul 30 2020

29mins

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Greg Woodland - 'You Still Get That Feeling Before The Release.'

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Greg Woodland is an author, screenwriter and director. Since 2000 he's worked as a freelance script editor and consultant for film funding bodies and the Australian Writers' Guild. The Night Whistler is his first novel.

Ahead of the release of 'The Night Whistler', Nick sat down with Greg to discuss his new book, his love of outsider characters, how life experiences shaped the book, how novel writing differs from film, and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'The Night Whistler' by Greg Woodland: https://bit.ly/2Z8WlFQ

Hosts: Nick Wasiliev
Guest: Greg Woodland
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 29 2020

37mins

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Plugged & Unplanned 19 - Robert Redenbach

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Booktopia’s CEO Tony Nash sits down with Robert Redenbach, keynote speaker of 850 conferences in 23 countries, and author of What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard. They discuss his new audio book, Poetry for Men, opening up to men discovering poetry and art, his work with Bravehearts and more!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Poetry For Men (Who Thought They'd Never Like Poetry)- John James Ingalls, Banjo Patterson, James Elroy Flecker, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Narrated by Robert Redenbach: https://bit.ly/2Dj6Cqo

Bravehearts: https://bravehearts.org.au/

Host: Tony Nash
Guest: Robert Redenbach
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 28 2020

56mins

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Michael Robotham - 'I Still Get Excited When I Come To My Writing Desk.'

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Michael Robotham is one of Australia's greatest crime writing exports, having written over a dozen best-selling novels. His second novel 'Lost' won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Book of the Year in 2005, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. 'The Night Ferry' and 'Shatter' were both shortlisted for UK Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008, with 'Shatter' going on to win the Ned Kelly award for Australia's best crime novel.

Ahead of the release of 'When She Was Good', Ben sat down with Michael to discuss his new book, what keeps him coming back to the writing desk, his fascination with damaged characters and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'When She Was Good' by Michael Robotham: https://bit.ly/34ljtSs

Hosts: Ben Hunter
Guest: Michael Robotham
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 28 2020

34mins

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The Weekend Booktopian - 24th July 2020

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Welcome to The Weekend Booktopian, our weekly podcast to kick off your weekend! Our team will give you the low down on all things book news related, and turn you on to the books that we are reading right now!

For our fifth episode, we cover the Mark Dawson controversy, the announcement of the new Mariah Carey autobiography and the Rodham adaptation. We then give you our latest book recommendations, before another intense edition of 'Book Fight!'

Books Mentioned in this podcast:
Maureen Marzi Wilson - The Little Book Of Big Feelings: https://bit.ly/30EykGs
Laura Jean McKay - The Animals In That Country: http://bit.ly/2UHVBFS
Martha Wells - All Systems Red: https://bit.ly/2WSbc6a
Jessica Pan - Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: https://bit.ly/2EfqJGJ
Norman Doidge - The Brain Changes Itself: https://bit.ly/2CHStmV
Rory Lucey - Jonesy: https://bit.ly/2BpCnxy
John Boyne - A Traveller At The Gates Of Wisdom: https://bit.ly/30CHDXg

Host: Mark Harding
Guests: Cassandra Sharp, Samantha Joice & Nick Wasiliev
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 24 2020

45mins

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Victoria Hannan - 'You Do Feel Like An Alien When You Come Back.'

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Victoria Hannan is a writer, photographer and creative director living in Melbourne. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 3:AM Magazine and in her monthly TinyLetter about swimming pools. Kokomo, her first novel, was written at artist-in-residence programs in Brazil, Tasmania and Iceland. Kokomo was the 2019 winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Ahead of the release of 'Kokomo', Ben sat down with Victoria to discuss his book, the process of creating it, how the story affected her as a writer and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'Kokomo' by Victoria Hannan: https://bit.ly/30Ckp3F
'The Cost of Living' by Deborah Levy: https://bit.ly/3g4jsr2
'The Animators' by Kayla Rae Whitaker: https://bit.ly/2ORqfbC

Hosts: Ben Hunter
Guest: Victoria Hannan
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 23 2020

21mins

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Gabriel Bergmoser - 'I Love To Write Whatever People Will Let Me Write.'

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Gabriel Bergmoser is an award-winning Melbourne-based author and playwright. He won the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award in 2015, was nominated for the 2017 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. In 2016 his first young adult novel, Boone Shepard, was shortlisted for the Readings Young Adult Prize.

Ahead of the release of his new book, 'The Hunted,' Ben sat down with Gabe to discuss his book during crime month, his love of Tarantino and Jane Harper, and his passion for writing.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'The Hunted' by Gabriel Bergmoser: https://bit.ly/2ZNT3Z3

Hosts: Ben Hunter
Guest: Gabriel Bergmoser
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 21 2020

27mins

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Jay Kristoff - 'Saying Goodbye Was Like Saying Goodbye To An Old Friend.'

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Jay Kristoff grew up in Perth. He worked "creative advertising" for eleven years and has won several awards that nobody outside the advertising industry gives a tinker's cuss about.

Ahead of the release of his final book in the Lifel1k3 series, 'Truel1f3', Olivia and Sarah sat down with Jay to discuss the book, the stories of his characters, and what it was like as the author to say goodbye to them.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'Truel1f3' by Jay Kristoff: https://bit.ly/39cKHgx
'The Lifel1k3 Trilogy' by Jay Kristoff: https://bit.ly/30tefCH

Hosts: Olivia Fricot & Sarah McDuling
Guest: Jay Kristoff
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 20 2020

50mins

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The Weekend Booktopian - 17th July 2020

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Welcome to The Weekend Booktopian, our weekly podcast to kick off your weekend! Our team will give you the low down on all things book news related, and turn you on to the books that we are reading right now!

For our fourth episode, we cover the winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award for 2020, and remember Joanna Cole. We then give you our latest book recommendations, before another intense edition of 'Book Fight!'

Disclaimer: Apologies for the lower sound quality, we will be looking to improve it in subsequent podcasts.

Books Mentioned in this podcast:
Chris Flynn - The Mammoth: https://bit.ly/2VYtlis
Charlotte McConaghy - The Last Migration: https://bit.ly/3dcYl4s
Nicole Flattery - Show Them A Good Time: https://bit.ly/32szTd6
Sayaka Murata - Earthlings: https://bit.ly/2B5c4MW
Sofie Laguna - Infinite Splendours: https://bit.ly/2CK9NXW
Ewa Ramsey - The Morbids: https://bit.ly/3fBTbAt
Chris Hammer - The Trust: https://bit.ly/3gDjUfY
Ann M. Martin - Babysitters' Club:https://bit.ly/2OwQILD
Frank Herbert - Dune: bit.ly/3iLEUmI

Host: Mark Harding
Guests: Shanu Prasad, Jo Lewin & Renae Adolfson
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 17 2020

48mins

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Jessie Tu - 'Comfort Is A Dangerous Place To Be.'

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Jessie Tu is a Sydney-based writer, who has featured at the Sydney Writers Festival and published pieces in The Guardian, Meanjin, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Book Review and Southerly. She was a shortlisted prize winner for the International Peter Porter Prize and runner up in the Deborah Cass Prize.

Ahead of the release of her debut novel, A Lonely Girl is A Dangerous Thing, Ben and Olivia sat down with Jessie to discuss the book, the damaging nature of racism, Asian and gender politics, the power of storytelling and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'A Lonely Girl is A Dangerous Thing' by Jessie Tu: https://bit.ly/2Yy7MXM

Hosts: Olivia Fricot & Ben Hunter
Guest: Jessie Tu
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 15 2020

35mins

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Plugged & Unplanned 18 - Anna Meares

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Booktopia’s CEO Tony Nash sits down with Anna Meares, one of the Australia's greatest and most popular Olympians. She is the only Australian to have won individual medals at four consecutive Olympics. In this podcast, Anna discusses her new book, 'Now', her experiences in life after sport, learning more about herself in retrospective and more!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Anna Meares - Now: https://bit.ly/3fygUBi

Host: Tony Nash
Guest: Anna Meares
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 15 2020

53mins

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David Mitchell - 'If You're Writing About Human Beings, It's Always Relevant.'

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David Mitchell is an internationally renowned author and screenwriter, best known for his books 'number9dream', 'Ghostwritten', 'The Bone Clocks' and 'Cloud Atlas.' A recipient of John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, two of his books have also been shortlisted for The Booker Prize, with 'Cloud Atlas' being adapted to film in 2012. He is also the screenwriter for the upcoming fourth Matrix sequel, set for release in 2022.

Ahead of the release of his ninth book, Utopia Avenue, Mark and Ben sat down for an exclusive chat with David to discuss his love of the music of the sixties, how music helped him craft the story, how the band of Utopia Avenue came about and more.

Utopia Avenue music playlist on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/32dnJom
Utopia Avenue II music playlist on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/38NIDeX

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'Utopia Avenue' by David Mitchell: http://bit.ly/338uZ3d

Hosts: Mark Harding & Ben Hunter
Guest: David Mitchell
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 13 2020

43mins

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The Weekend Booktopian - 10th July 2020

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Welcome to The Weekend Booktopian, our weekly podcast to kick off your weekend! Our team will give you the low down on all things book news related, and turn you on to the books that we are reading right now!

For our third episode, we cover new book announcements from Philip Pullman and Ernest Cline, discuss the new Real Pigeons live adaptation, announcements around the Richell Prize and ABA Awards, and the cancel culture letter signed by J.K. Rowling. We then give you our latest book recommendations, before another intense edition of 'Book Fight!'

Disclaimer: Apologies for the lower sound quality, we will be looking to improve it in subsequent podcasts.

Books Mentioned in this podcast:
David Mitchell - Utopia Avenue: http://bit.ly/338uZ3d
Frank Herbert - Dune: https://bit.ly/3iLEUmI
Stephanie Kelton - The Deficit Myth: https://bit.ly/38F9CsP
Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples - Saga: https://bit.ly/3fdUrt9
Michael Robotham - When She Was Good: https://bit.ly/34ljtSs
Anna Downes - The Safe Place: https://bit.ly/3bjLbBa
Grant Snider - I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf: https://bit.ly/2ZadizG

Host: Nick Wasiliev
Guests: Joel Naoum, Scott Whitmont & Mark Harding
Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Jul 09 2020

57mins

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By JustEmilyC - May 08 2018
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I think I would like this podcast if I could friggin' hear it. Please turn up the volume and make it even so one person doesn't blow out my eardrums while the other person is so quiet it comes across as white noise.