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: https://bit.ly/3avg3PB David Wellington - The Last Astronaut: https://bit.ly/3e7yGKx Iain M. Banks - Player Of Games: https://bit.ly/2XloOGw Adrian Tchaikovsky - Children Of Time: https://bit.ly/3gdbVqB Peter F. Hamilton - Salvation: https://bit.ly/36kwGMq Alan Hollinghurst - The Line Of Beauty: https://bit.ly/3gbEODB Armistead Maupin - Tales Of The City: https://bit.ly/2TtdR4u Esther Safran Foer - I Want You to Know We're Still Here: https://bit.ly/2TtbpL8 Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything is Illuminated: https://bit.ly/3e7xZAV Judy Campbell - The Silver Tea Service: https://bit.ly/2WTaUfG Lois Ruby - Red Menace: https://bit.ly/2A3XTGY Jonathan Noble - That Jealous Demon, My Wretched Health: Disease, Death & Composers: https://bit.ly/2WQvjSx Scotty Bowers - Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex LIves of the Stars: https://bit.ly/3ea928e Aussie Author Shoutout: Bluey - Bluey: The Beach: https://bit.ly/2ZtDLZI 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 — 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
















































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 — http://bit.ly/2L0sEQm 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 — https://bit.ly/2PzQAJg Past Tense by Lee Child — https://bit.ly/2rxqUni Call Me Evie by JP Pomare — https://bit.ly/2RMJxPf The Binding by Bridget Collins — https://bit.ly/2EddrIO Agatha Christie — https://bit.ly/2RP7WUs Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly — https://bit.ly/2Qr8NOJ The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons — https://bit.ly/2Ld2QyW Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman — https://bit.ly/2RSnjLQ Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor — https://bit.ly/2QrHYd9 Modern Baking by Donna Hay — https://bit.ly/2Qsx72w Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney — https://bit.ly/2UAADX1 Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett — https://bit.ly/2PxHDAm Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak — https://bit.ly/2C4e1Hl The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale — https://bit.ly/2rvqm10 The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell — https://bit.ly/2zTYuYV Elevation by Stephen King — https://bit.ly/2EqQP8j The Mother’s Group by Fiona Higgins — https://bit.ly/2EgU0hZ Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty — https://bit.ly/2RMKoiV Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales — https://bit.ly/2rvilt5 The Neverending Story by Michael Ende — https://bit.ly/2C53lIl The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington — https://bit.ly/2UA31sp Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel — https://bit.ly/2QpAKq0 Becoming by Michelle Obama — https://bit.ly/2Eh9nY5 This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps — https://bit.ly/2LaLh2w You’re On An Airplane by Parker Posey — https://bit.ly/2En0VqQ 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 — https://bit.ly/2JrRfuT A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness — https://bit.ly/2qllACC Dracula by Bram Stoker — https://bit.ly/2RnOcGR Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — https://bit.ly/2DenFIW The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde — https://bit.ly/2EUg1p4 Goosebumps by RL Stine — https://bit.ly/2P0Pqen IT by Stephen King — https://bit.ly/2qjIOt3 Edgar Allan Poe — https://bit.ly/2yCPHKv Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — https://bit.ly/2OeaxVq Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — https://bit.ly/2PvaUPZ HP Lovecraft — https://bit.ly/2Q3B21G The Turn of the Screw by Henry James — https://bit.ly/2JrtN10 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind — https://bit.ly/2qjZjFx Cujo by Stephen King — https://bit.ly/2JpZ709 Carrie by Stephen King — https://bit.ly/2PzZBGg The Shining by Stephen King — https://bit.ly/2zeX9eo Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King — https://bit.ly/2ESGVxw Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy — https://bit.ly/2Q8XdmT Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay — https://bit.ly/2OezBeX 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 — https://bit.ly/2w29xgI Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton — https://bit.ly/2PsFNSn The Tempest by William Shakespeare — https://bit.ly/2MpniQi The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner — https://bit.ly/2Bd1nHw The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger — https://bit.ly/2OBzqLb Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf — https://bit.ly/2Bc7oUW To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf — https://bit.ly/2MMKGEj Orlando by Virginia Woolf — https://bit.ly/2MralVR The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald — https://bit.ly/2MgAmbh Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — https://bit.ly/2w9bJ5h The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold — https://bit.ly/2w50NWD The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — https://bit.ly/2nFFk2o Breaks of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut — https://bit.ly/2P9pRUU If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino — https://bit.ly/2KYtiuA Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor — https://bit.ly/2Ms30W0 Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King — https://bit.ly/2MlLyCP The Once and Future King by TH White — https://bit.ly/2nC8akr The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern — https://bit.ly/2nAMWn4 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown — https://bit.ly/2P9RnBD The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles — https://bit.ly/2w3JqFy 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 — https://bit.ly/2KQDFQX To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee — https://bit.ly/2Mqb9uj In Cold Blood by Truman Capote — https://bit.ly/2nC7nA7 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin — https://bit.ly/2MdPnKN Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel — https://bit.ly/2Mni8nU The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy — https://bit.ly/2nDjOLG The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandra Dumas — https://bit.ly/2MeZXBp White Fang by Jack London — https://bit.ly/2KNfnqR Animal Farm by George Orwell — https://bit.ly/2KRn5Ag The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler — https://bit.ly/2vJt2uu The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy — https://bit.ly/2w7DRpG Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy — https://bit.ly/2w6uVkg Death of a Hero by Richard Adlington — https://bit.ly/2MJfVjl Normal People by Sally Rooney — https://bit.ly/2P6LUfb Withering Heights by Emily Bronte — https://bit.ly/2OFmHYf Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome — https://bit.ly/2MLkMAK 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 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






































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