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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.

    Gabbie Stroud - "It's Almost Like This Teacher Has Gone Rogue."

    Gabbie Stroud - "It's Almost Like This Teacher Has Gone Rogue."

    Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. In 2016, her critical commentary of Australia's education system was published in Griffith Review's Edition 51 Fixing the System, which went on to be shortlisted for a Walkley Award. Gabbie's smash-hit memoir 'Teacher' was shortlisted for Biography Book of the Year at the 2018 ABIA Awards and contributed to the national dialogue on education.

    Ahead of the launch of her new book, 'Dear Parents', Joel sat down with Gabbie to discuss 'Dear Parents', the nature of education, the current dynamic between parents and teachers and more.

    Books mentioned in this podcast:
    'Dear Parents' by Gabbie Stroud —> http://bit.ly/3azj69x
    'Teacher' by Gabbie Stroud —> http://bit.ly/2sPK9g0

    Hosts: Joel Naoum
    Guest: Gabbie Stroud

    • 21 min
    Alexandra Joel & Kerri Turner: Generations, Gender And Glamour

    Alexandra Joel & Kerri Turner: Generations, Gender And Glamour

    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

    • 30 min
    Booktopia On ... Little Women

    Booktopia On ... Little Women

    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

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

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

    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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Emma Viskic: "I started writing about the same time I could read."

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

    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

    • 16 min
    Claire Zorn: "They refuse to be denied."

    Claire Zorn: "They refuse to be denied."

    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

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

HelenThis ,

Communication Style

I enjoy your podcast and content, however it would be good when you are having a “group” chat to think about your communication styles. Each of you speak quite fast and often your words drop away. As a result I find myself having to replay sections to hear what book or author you are discussing. Love the theme based approach to each session. Helen T

Dani.Vee ,

Literary Podcast

Really enjoy John Purcell and his fellow podcasters interviewing writers. I’m especially looking forward to the new one with Markus Zusak! The interviewers have a lovely vibe and camaraderie.

Sandra E Brown ,

Sound quality echo

This podcast, while informative, needs a much better sound
system. It sounds as if it is being recorded inside an empty tin barrel at the back of Bourke. Come on guys it doesn’t cost much to get a good microphone. Your content is good.

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