The Booktopia Podcast

Nov 27 2020 28 mins 272

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.

The Daily Booktopian 25/05/20 - The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes, The Silver Tea Service, Bluey
May 24 2020 30 mins  
Welcome to 'The Daily Booktopian,' where our book team goes over the best books you should be reading right now in the time of social isolation and COVID-19. For our thirty-seventh episode, Nick hosts Mark Harding & Scott Whitmont to discuss the books that have been grabbing their attention over the last week. Disclaimer: Apologies for the lower sound quality, we will be looking to improve it in subsequent podcasts. Books Mentioned in this podcast: Suzanne Collins - The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes: David Wellington - The Last Astronaut: Iain M. Banks - Player Of Games: Adrian Tchaikovsky - Children Of Time: Peter F. Hamilton - Salvation: Alan Hollinghurst - The Line Of Beauty: Armistead Maupin - Tales Of The City: Esther Safran Foer - I Want You to Know We're Still Here: Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything is Illuminated: Judy Campbell - The Silver Tea Service: Lois Ruby - Red Menace: Jonathan Noble - That Jealous Demon, My Wretched Health: Disease, Death & Composers: Scotty Bowers - Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex LIves of the Stars: Aussie Author Shoutout: Bluey - Bluey: The Beach: Host: Nick Wasiliev Guests: Mark Harding & Scott Whitmont Producer: Nick Wasiliev

Alexandra Joel & Kerri Turner: Generations, Gender And Glamour
Jan 19 2020 30 mins  
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 — 'The Daughter of Victory Lights' by Kerri Turner — Host: Ben Hunter Guests: Alexandra Joel, Kerri Turner

Ben Folds: "I'm a jackass of all trades."
Aug 29 2019 31 mins  
From genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir reflecting on art, life and music that is as nuanced, witty and relatable as his cult classic songs. His memoir embodies what Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds. We were thrilled to sit down with Ben to chat about his memoir A Dream About Lightning Bugs, music, writing and so much more! We were delighted to invite two special guests with us to interview Ben Folds. Dr Tim Byron is a lecturer at the University of Wollongong, with a focus on music psychology, with a particular interest in 'earworms' - songs that get stuck in people's heads and the reasons for that. He has also written music profiles and reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, Junkee, and TheVine, with a long running series of essays on the latest Australian #1 single, 'Number Ones'. In addition, Tim has played keyboards and bass in independent bands like Lazy Susan, the Aerial Maps, Family Fold and Fallon Cush, and is musical director of Sydney's premier yacht rock revue Smooth Sailing." Dr Jadey O'Regan is the head of Contemporary Music Practice degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of music where she teaches pop history, analysis, songwriting, performance and production. In 2014, she was awarded her PhD, which focused on the development of the distinctive sound of the Beach Boys between 1962 and 1966. Her research interests include the musical analysis of pop music, empirical musicology, songwriting and creativity, and is currently researching the way pop hooks work as a compositional tool. As a musician and songwriter, Jadey wrote, arranged, played, and produced music for her group Jane Vs World; she continues to work as a session pianist and performing musician across a variety of genres and projects. Together with Dr Tim Byron, she is the musical director of Sydney’s premier Yacht Rock revue, The Smooth Sailing Yacht Rock Party. Books mentioned in this podcast: A Dream About Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds — Hosts: Jo Lewin, Dr Tim Byron, Dr Jadey O’Regan Guest: Ben Folds

2018 - Booktopia On Holiday Reads 2018
Dec 12 2018 19 mins  
Finally the holidays are upon us and that means one thing… reading! We read a lot here at Booktopia but we always relish the opportunity to read for days on end without interruption. Sarah, Bron and John chat about the books they’re going to read during their holiday breaks! Some of the books mentioned in this podcast: The Killing Floor by Lee Child — Past Tense by Lee Child — Call Me Evie by JP Pomare — The Binding by Bridget Collins — Agatha Christie — Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly — The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons — Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman — Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor — Modern Baking by Donna Hay — Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney — Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett — Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak — The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale — The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell — Elevation by Stephen King — The Mother’s Group by Fiona Higgins — Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty — Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales — The Neverending Story by Michael Ende — The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington — Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel — Becoming by Michelle Obama — This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps — You’re On An Airplane by Parker Posey — Host: Bronwyn Eley Guests: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell

Booktopia On... All Hallow's Read
Oct 31 2018 25 mins  
Happy Halloween from all of us at Booktopia! In the spirit of all thing scary, Booktopia’s Sarah, John and Bron chat about their favourite and the most notable scary books of all time. Why do we have this fascination with being scared? Are scary books better than scary movies? Some of the books mentioned in this podcast: The Haunting of Hill Houes by Shirley Jackson — A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness — Dracula by Bram Stoker — Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde — Goosebumps by RL Stine — IT by Stephen King — Edgar Allan Poe — Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — HP Lovecraft — The Turn of the Screw by Henry James — Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind — Cujo by Stephen King — Carrie by Stephen King — The Shining by Stephen King — Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King — Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy — Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay — Host: Bronwyn Eley Guests: John Purcell and Sarah McDuling

Booktopia On... Crazy Concepts That Work
Aug 22 2018 27 mins  
Have you ever tried explaining a book plot to someone and have them just stare at you like you’re crazy? What is it about these ‘crazy concepts’ that we love? We discuss some of the best crazy concepts that work in this week’s episode of Booktopia On. Don’t forget to tune in every Wednesday at 11am. Some of the books mentioned in this podcast: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon — Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton — The Tempest by William Shakespeare — The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner — The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger — Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf — To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf — Orlando by Virginia Woolf — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald — Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold — The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — Breaks of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut — If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino — Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor — Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King — The Once and Future King by TH White — The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern — The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown — The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles — Host: Bronwyn Eley Guests: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell

Booktopia On... So You Think You Don't Like Literature?
Aug 15 2018 30 mins  
So you think you don’t like literature? It’s not all Jane Austen and Charles Dickens (which are amazing, in our opinion!), there is so much more behind the word ‘literature’ - maybe it’s not what you think. Let Bron, John and Sarah tell you why there is something for everyone, why literature is life. Some books mentioned in this podcast: Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith — To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee — In Cold Blood by Truman Capote — The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin — Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel — The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy — The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandra Dumas — White Fang by Jack London — Animal Farm by George Orwell — The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler — The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy — Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy — Death of a Hero by Richard Adlington — Normal People by Sally Rooney — Withering Heights by Emily Bronte — Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome — Host: Bronwyn Eley Guests: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell

Booktopia On... Size Matters
Jun 27 2018 27 mins  
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 called 10 of the Longest Novels Ever Published: 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: Host: Bronwyn Eley Guests: Sarah McDuling and John Purcell Some of the books mentioned in this podcast: Clarissa by Samuel Richardson: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Short stories from Anton Chekhov: Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Jane Austen: Silas Marner by George Eliot: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray: Game of Thrones by George RR Martin: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Polly and Buster by Sally Rippin by Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: The Kingdom of the Lost series by Isobelle Carmody: The Host by Stephanie Meyer: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness:

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