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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: Mark Manson: "Everybody seems to be looking for hope."

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After the incredible success of his international bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, it’s no wonder Mark Manson’s new book - Everything if F*cked - has taken off. Booktopia’s Joel and Olivia sit down with Mark to chat about his new book, how he defines hope, the concept of the ‘clown car’, the differences between his two books and the toxicity of social media and the internet.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson —> https://bit.ly/2JDErDA
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson —> https://bit.ly/2YWf2KA

Hosts: Joel Naoum and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Mark Manson

Jul 23 2019

22mins

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Rank #3: David Leser: "I think there are examples of hope all over the world."

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What started as one of the most talked-about and widely praised articles of 2018 has now expanded into the water-cooler book of the #MeToo era. Booktopia’s Olivia and Joel sat down with author David Leser to talk about his new book Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing - an essential and incisive investigation into misogyny, violence and the #MeToo era.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing by David Leser —> https://bit.ly/2JZJywU

Hosts: Olivia Fricot and Joel Naoum
Guest: David Leser

Jul 25 2019

25mins

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Rank #4: The Spoiler Zone - Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Welcome to our new segment The Spoiler Zone, where we'll talk in depth about a wide range of books, from classics to children's books. Today we're chatting about Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Warning: as the name suggests, these podcasts contain spoilers!

May 11 2018

31mins

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Rank #5: Blanche d'Alpuget: "She was extraordinarily powerful."

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Blanche d’Alpuget is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and essayist. She has also won numerous literary awards in her time. Blanche’s Birth of the Plantagenets series is sumptuous and rich historical fiction. We sat down to chat with Blanche about the third book in the series (The Lions’ Torment), her research process and a lot about history!

The Young Lion by Blanche d’Alpuget —> https://bit.ly/2XHsYYo
The Lion Rampant by Blanche d’Alpuget —> https://bit.ly/2EANj9m
The Lions’ Torment by Blanche d’Alpuget —> https://bit.ly/2HidK6I

Hosts: John Purcell and Sarah McDuling
Guest: Blanche d’Alpuget

Mar 07 2019

28mins

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Rank #6: Raymond E. Feist: "The landscape of the genre has changed so much."

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Raymond E. Feist has been a powerhouse in the fantasy genre for decades and remains so to this day. With over 15 million copies sold and over 30 books to his name (every single one still in print), it was a massive privilege to speak with this well-seasoned author.

We chat with Raymond on the changing landscape of publishing and fantasy books over the years, what inspired his latest book King of Ashes and his experiences with fans, conventions, authors and publishing over the years.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Hosts: Bronwyn Eley and John Purcell
Guest: Raymond E. Feist

Jun 19 2018

40mins

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Rank #7: Felicity McLean: "I always loved creative writing."

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Felicity McLean is a writer and a journalist. She has written her own fiction and non-fiction books, and as a ghostwriter she has collaborated with a variety of celebrities.

Her new fiction book, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone, is blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing.

Booktopia’s John and Olivia chat with Felicity about where her story began, her writing and ghostwriting careers, how she balances all her work and her inspiration from and fascination with the Australian landscape.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean —> https://bit.ly/2C8WKwj
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay —> https://bit.ly/2XLQyTS
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides —> https://bit.ly/2VDkVKq

Hosts: John Purcell and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Felicity McLean

Mar 08 2019

26mins

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Rank #8: Booktopia On... Rewrite Wishlist

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Welcome back to Booktopia On! Have you ever read a book and wished you could change something? Today we discuss the things we would change in some of our favourite books!

Warning: there are spoilers but we have not discuss any recently published books.

May 23 2018

28mins

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Rank #9: Candice Fox: "I think the theme always comes from deep inside."

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Serial killers, tattoo parlours, Guinea Pigs… and her new book Gone by Midnight! It’s always interesting when Candice Fox comes to chat with us. This time was no exception.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox —> https://bit.ly/2Hb8e7o

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell
Guest: Candice Fox

Jan 14 2019

29mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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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Rank #12: Booktopia On... Page To Screen 2019

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Game of Thrones, Catch 22, Jane Eyre, The Secret Garden… Welcome to another Page to Screen episode of Booktopia On! This week Sarah, Bron and John chat about the upcoming adaptations they are looking forward to in 2019, plus some of their all time favourites.

Check out Sarah’s blog post on the adaptions coming in 2019 —> https://bit.ly/2Sabc19

Host: Bronwyn Eley
Guests: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell

Feb 05 2019

27mins

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Rank #13: 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 #14: Plugged and Unplanned - Episode 11: Robert Gerrish

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Plugged & Unplanned is back and this week you’ll hear Booktopia’s CEO Tony Nash speak with Robert Gerrish, founder of Flying Solo and the author of The 1 Minute Commute.

If you’ve ever had trouble selling yourself - particularly as a business owner - then you will want to listen to what Robert has to say about it.

It’s not an uncommon plight and the struggle to know how to sell oneself is as common as it is frightening. Robert goes into the mistakes people make when trying to sell their small business to consumers.

There’s a great little antidote about an accountant who struggled with this but then was able to apply new techniques to ‘sell himself’ and what he did for a living in conversations.

Now you might be thinking: not every small business can afford a coach or mentor. Not every business can afford formal training in these kinds of matters. But Robert has solutions for this too.

Listen to Tony and Robert chat below for that and more!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The 1 Minute Commute by Robert Gerrish —> https://bit.ly/2HzKk5A

Host: Tony Nash
Guest: Robert Gerrish

Feb 06 2019

20mins

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Rank #15: Sarah Wilson: "Everything gets used up!"

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Leave waste behind with Sarah Wilson's new cookbook Simplicious Flow. It’s the anti-cookbook we all need in our kitchens that puts a bomb under the habit of waste. Sarah Wilson is the founder of I Quit Sugar - a worldwide phenomenon - and author of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful. In her new cookbook, she emboldens us to adopt a ‘zero-waste’ cooking as the path to good health, creativity and an altogether more elegant life. Listen to our chat with Sarah to find out what she has frozen in her freezer, among other things!

Books mentioned
I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson —> https://bit.ly/2xCupME
Simplicious Flow by Sarah Wilson —> https://bit.ly/2Oc9Rnn

Hosts: John Purcell and Sarah McDuling
Guest: Sarah Wilson

Sep 26 2018

25mins

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Rank #16: Yotam Ottlenghi: "Everybody brings their own psychology into the kitchen."

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Yotam Ottolenghi is an acclaimed chef, food writer and restaurateur. He is the owner of four incredibly successful ‘Ottolenghi’ deli/restaurants in central London. Ottolenghi returns with a new cookbook called SIMPLE and Booktopians (and long-time fans) Jo and Olivia sit down to talk with Yotam about this amazing new book.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi —> https://bit.ly/2BzBlOO

Host: Jo Lewin
Guest: Yotam Ottolenghi

Jan 31 2019

17mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: Matt Cosgrove: "I got serious about it when I was ten years old."

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Since he was ten years old, Matt Cosgrove knew he wanted to be an author and illustrator. For 25 years he’s been at it and now his Macca the Alpaca series has taken off - capturing the hearts and minds of kids (and adults) all over the country! We chat with Matt about his latest book Macca's Christmas Crackers, his creative process, his building success and how much everyone loves Alpacas!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Macca the Alpaca by Matt Cosgrove —> https://bit.ly/2N8rIHi
Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove —> https://bit.ly/2ORKAfC
Macca’s Christmas Crackers —> https://bit.ly/2N0W6n7

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Sarah McDuling
Guest: Matt Cosgrove

Sep 27 2018

16mins

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Rank #19: Plugged and Unplanned - Episode 9: Jeremy Heimans

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It's another week of our Plugged & Unplanned podcast with CEO Tony Nash! We're thrilled that Jeremy Heimans is back to join us for his third and final week.

Lagging behind on our episodes? Just in case you are, here's a little run down! Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a company devoted to building and supporting movements to advance the fight for an open, just, and habitable world. He is also the co-author of New Power, a book that looks at how power works in our hyperconnected world and how to make it work for you.

This week Jeremy shares some anecdotes about how politicians and business leaders have harnessed New Power to take control of their story. The key to harnessing New Power is to own your own story - like a current politician in the USA who decided to release details of his sexual history before they could be used to create a scandal. By putting his story out there in his own terms he was able to control how he was perceived and circumvented a scandal that had the potential to damage his political career.

The message is this: learn how to embrace New Power and make a stand for your own values, be bold about what you believe in and worry less about offending people!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms —> bit.ly/2CqwlKP

Host: Tony Nash
Guest: Jeremy Heimans

Jan 18 2019

21mins

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Rank #20: 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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Alexandra Joel & Kerri Turner: Generations, Gender And Glamour

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Alexandra Joel is the former editor of Harper's Bazaar and of Portfolio , Australia's first magazine for working women. She has also been a regular contributor to The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine . She is also the author of Rosetta, a biography of her great-grandmother – the scandalous Australian who enchanted British society – and Parade: the Story of Fashion in Australia, a social history detailing the development of fashion, style and national identity.

Kerri Turner is a historical fiction author who lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and miniature schnauzer. She trained from a young age to become a ballerina, but life had other ideas for her. After gaining an Associate Degree (Dance) and Diploma of Publishing (Editing, Proofreading and Publishing), she combined her love of ballet, history and books to discover a passion for writing which far outweighed anything she'd done before. She still dances, passing on the joy of ballet to those who never got the chance to experience it or thought their dancing years were behind them by teaching adults-only and over-55s classes.

Ben sat down with both authors to discuss their approaches to storytelling, the glamour of fashion and ballet in their respective books, and how they tackled the challenges of historical fiction, storytelling and gender.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
'The Paris Model' by Alexandra Joel —> https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-paris-model-alexandra-joel/book/9781460758144.html
'The Daughter of Victory Lights' by Kerri Turner —> https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-daughter-of-victory-lights-kerri-turner/book/9781489256720.html

Host: Ben Hunter
Guests: Alexandra Joel, Kerri Turner

Jan 19 2020

30mins

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Booktopia On ... Little Women

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Booktopia's Olivia, Sarah and Shanu sat down to discuss Greta Gerwig's recent film adaptation of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott!

They talk about why they love the book so much, the casting of the March sisters, the performances, THAT contentious ending, costume design, and why Amy March is the most underrated March sister.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott --> http://bit.ly/2QWrsiD

Jan 08 2020

46mins

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Jodie Fox: “Leadership is about inspiring someone else.”

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Booktopia’s CEO Tony Nash sits down with Jodie Fox, global entrepreneur, co-founder and creative director of Shoes of Prey, and author of Reboot. They chat about preparing for leadership roles, how to access a leadership mindset, her experiences, her book and so, so much more!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Reboot by Jodie Fox —> http://bit.ly/33QlmEV

Host: Tony Nash
Guest: Jodie Fox

Dec 06 2019

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Emma Viskic: "I started writing about the same time I could read."

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Emma Viskic is the author of the critically acclaimed Caleb Relic series. Her novel Resurrection Bay won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers' Choice.

Ben and Sarah were thrilled to sit down with Emma to chat about Darkness for Light, the third and latest book in the series. They also talk about how she got into writing, her inspiration for Resurrection Bay, writing outside your own experience, sign language and the research required for it, the future and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Darkness for Light by Emma Viskic —> http://bit.ly/2KTlahG
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic —> http://bit.ly/2pQ2dVH

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Sarah McDuling
Guest: Emma Viskic

Nov 26 2019

16mins

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Claire Zorn: "They refuse to be denied."

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CBCA Book of the Year winner Claire Zorn is known for her gripping and unputdownable YA novels. We sat down with Claire to talk about her new book No Place for an Octopus, her first children’s picture book! Not only that, we chat about her love of drawing and life long dream to write picture books, the challenges of this new format, the strange lives of octopuses, her career, what’s next, her publishing experience and much more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
No Place for an Octopus by Claire Zorn —> http://bit.ly/2OElrGo
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta —> http://bit.ly/2Of7eAG
Pride and Predujice by Jane Austen —> http://bit.ly/37yjR17
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte —> http://bit.ly/2XK16mQ
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote —> http://bit.ly/34heS31
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote —> http://bit.ly/33dQNsn

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Claire Zorn

Nov 25 2019

34mins

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Virginia Trioli: "We forget more than we remember."

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When first published, award-winning journalist Virginia Trioli’s book Generation F was a response to Helen Garner’s The First Stone. Generation F is a vigorous, incisive and compelling argument on the ongoing need for feminism. With the #MeToo movement, it was time to rerelease Generation F, to explore what’s changed and what hasn’t.

Booktopia’s Joel and Shanu sat down with Virginia to chat about Generation F, the incident that sparked this book, Helen Garner’s book The First Stone, the challenges we face, the difference between the generations and so much more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The First Stone by Helen Garner —> http://bit.ly/358INue
Generation F by Virginia Trioli —> http://bit.ly/2Ksh1AY

Hosts: Joel Naoum and Shanu Prasad
Guest: Virginia Trioli

Nov 18 2019

22mins

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Garry Disher: "The ending is in his hands."

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Garry Disher has published fifty titles across multiple genres. His last standalone novel, Bitter Wash Road, won the 2016 German Crime Prize, a prize he has previously won twice. In 2018 he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Booktopia’s crime lovers Ben and Sarah sat down with Garry to talk about his new book Peace, his writing style and process, and much more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Peace by Garry Disher —> http://bit.ly/2NOTPz6
Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher —> http://bit.ly/33MOhdO

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and Ben Hunter
Guest: Garry Disher

Nov 15 2019

13mins

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Angie Kent: "I have to be passionate, I have to feel for it."

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You might recognise Angie Kent as Australia's reality-show sweetheart, a star of Gogglebox Australia, The Bachelorette 2019 and I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! Angie is the author of If You Don't Laugh You'll Cry, a wise, witty and unique view on life, love and the things that matter from either side of the TV screen.

Booktopia’s Joel and Shanu sat down with Angie to chat about her book, her life and relationships, her upbringing and more!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
If You Don’t Laugh You’ll Cry by Angie Kent —> http://bit.ly/34TNOGS

Hosts: Joel Naoum and Shanu Prasad
Guest: Angie Kent

Nov 14 2019

22mins

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Ellyse Perry: "It’s never been about pleasing someone else."

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Currently the world's top ranked women's all-rounder, Ellyse Perry has solidified herself in the national cricket team across all formats, as well as with the NSW Breakers, and the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League. Ellyse is the first player in Big Bash history, male or female, to reach 2000 runs.

Booktopia’s Joel and Shanu sat down with Ellyse to chat about her book Perspective, a book of shared insights from one of Australia’s most exceptional athletes.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Perspective by Ellyse Perry —> http://bit.ly/2CFA7iB

Hosts: Joel Naoum and Shanu Prasad
Guest: Ellyse Perry

Nov 12 2019

16mins

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Michael Connelly: "Harry can certainly go on."

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Michael Connelly is an internationally bestselling crime author with over thirty novels to his name. Booktopia’s Sarah and Ben were thrilled to sit down with Michael to chat about his new book The Night Fire (book three in his Ballard and Bosch series), the success of his Bosch series, bringing his characters together, the future and legacy of Bosch, his writing process and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly —> http://bit.ly/2WZAaPI

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Sarah McDuling
Guest: Michael Connelly

Nov 11 2019

22mins

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Tim Flannery: "The world is full of wonder."

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From zombie jellyfish to frogs that like opera, Professor Tim Flannery brings the weird, the wild and the amazing into the spotlight with his new book Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Booktopia’s Sarah and Tracey had a blast chatting with Tim about his new book, highlights of his career, his research and writing processes, switching gears to write for children and much more!

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! by Tim Flannery —> http://bit.ly/2JDm94V

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and Tracey Mills
Guest: Tim Flannery

Nov 01 2019

15mins

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Helen Garner: "I burned them all and don’t regret that."

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Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most-loved authors. She is known for incorporating and adapting her personal experiences in her fiction, such as her novels Monkey Grip and The Spare Room.

Booktopia’s Ben and Joel were absolutely thrilled (and a little awe-struck) to sit down with Helen to talk about her new book Yellow Notebook, its origins, burning her old diaries, her selection and editing processes, finding connection through her work, her writing process and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Yellow Notebook by Helen Garner —> http://bit.ly/320sIop

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Joel Naoum
Guest: Helen Garner

Oct 31 2019

36mins

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Spooktopia: our scariest Halloween reads

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Welcome to Spoooooooktopia everyone! We love Halloween here at Booktopia so we decided to have a little chat about some of the scariest books we've ever read!

Oct 30 2019

34mins

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Melissa Ashley: "They were using fairytales to survive."

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Melissa Ashley is a writer, poet, birder and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing at the University of Queensland. She has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, short stories, essays and articles. Author of The Birdman’s Wife, Melissa is now back with The Bee and the Orange Tree, a beautifully lyrical and deeply absorbing portrait of a time, a place, and the subversive power of the imagination.

Booktopia’s Ben and Olivia sat down with Melissa to discuss her new book and where she got her inspiration from, history, her research and so much more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley —> http://bit.ly/34e8ppc

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Melissa Ashley

Oct 30 2019

18mins

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Peter FitzSimons on James Cook

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Who was the real Captain James Cook? Bestselling author Peter FitzSimons has brought this iconic part of Australian history to life in his new book James Cook. Booktopia’s Joel and Olivia sat down to chat with Peter all about his new book, some of the things we never knew about Cook, why he wrote this book and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
James Cook by Peter FitzSimons —> http://bit.ly/2NqV2v1

Hosts: Joel Naoum and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Peter FitzSimons

Oct 29 2019

24mins

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Christos Tsiolkas: "I put my life, thought and work into this book."

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Christos Tsioklas is a big name in Australian publishing. He’s the author of The Slap, Barracuda, Loaded and so many more amazing books.

Booktopia’s Ben and Olivia were thrilled (and a little overwhelmed!) to sit down with Christos to chat about his new book Damascus, what’s different about this book, the origin of Damascus, his relationship with religion and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Damascus by Christos Tsioklas —> http://bit.ly/32BGrDq

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Christos Tsioklas

Oct 23 2019

29mins

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Lynette Noni: "The human things are the most important."

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Lynette Noni is one of Australia’s bestselling YA fiction authors. Her YA fantasy series, The Medoran Chronicles, skyrocketed her to success.

Booktopia’s Sarah and Bronwyn sat down with Lynette to talk about the inspiration behind Whisper and Weapon (her latest), her writing style and process, her success, why she loves being an author, the biggest challenges as a writer, writing advice and more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Weapon by Lynette Noni —> http://bit.ly/31ADotB
Whisper by Lynette Noni —> http://bit.ly/2oVlZik
Akarnae by Lynette Noni —> http://bit.ly/2P6xiyK

Hosts: Sarah McDuling and Bronwyn Eley
Guest: Lynette Noni

Oct 22 2019

25mins

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Frances Whiting: "There’s a lot of beauty in vulnerability."

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Frances Whiting is one of Australia’s best known and favourite columnists. For more than twenty years her weekly Sunday Mail column has engaged readers in the highs, lows and the wonderful of the every day. She is also the author of the beloved novel Walking on Trampolines and, her latest, The Best Kind of Beautiful, is a novel about music, grief, relationships, gardens, love, laughter and family.

Booktopia’s Ben and Olivia sat down with Frances to talk about her new novel, what inspired her, what ‘the best kind of beautiful’ is, her work as a journalist and her transition into writing fiction.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
The Best Kind of Beautiful by Frances Whiting —> http://bit.ly/32E9h6c

Hosts: Ben Hunter and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Frances Whiting

Oct 21 2019

15mins

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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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Clare Bowditch: "I want to keep writing!"

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Clare Bowditch is a bestselling ARIA award-winning musician, a Rolling Stone Woman of the Year, a Logie-nominated actress, a former ABC broadcaster and now an author of her very own memoir called Your Own Kind of Girl.

Booktopia’s Joel and Olivia sat down with Clare to chat about why she wrote this memoir, her childhood, how we present the notion of value to young girls, social currency, weight and dieting, her writing experience and so much more.

Books mentioned in this podcast:
Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch —> http://bit.ly/2B05eVp

Hosts: Joel Naoum and Olivia Fricot
Guest: Clare Bowditch

Oct 11 2019

20mins

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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.