Winner Announcements! Matthew Reilly, The Hunger Games + Plenty More


Congratulations to the winners of our ten signed copies of The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly!

Tim Brady
Ingrid Meadows
Jordan Santa Maria
Jordan Barnesy
Ainslie Birthisel
Ryan Joseph Tasman Casey
Kimberley Sheppard
Narissa Hribar
Larissa Vanstien
Alyssa Williams

Congrats to the winner of our Hunger Games Book Set:

Meg Evenden

Congratulations to the winners of our three signed copies of ‘Plenty More’ by Ottolenghi (Instagram).


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The 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Everyone at Bookworld would like to offer a HUGE congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!

The winners:

9780732291204A World of Other People by Steven Carroll
Cinematic, intense and unflinching, A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE is a supremely life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters . A World of Other People is a life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters. Set in 1941 during the Blitz, Steven Carroll’s cinematic new novel traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright young Londoner, finding her voice as a writer. Haunted by secrets and malign coincidence, the couple struggles to build a future free of society’s thin-lipped disapproval. Iris shares rooftop firewatching duties with the poet TS Eliot, who unwittingly seals their fate with his famous verse ‘Little Gidding’. Miles Franklin Award-winning author Steven Carroll has produced a delicate yet unflinching piece of historical fiction that captures quiet romance in the midst of great unrest. Buy Here.

The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan9780857980366
AC Grayling, the chair of the prestigious literary prize said The Narrow Road to the Deep North was ‘profound and often harrowing’ and that it is an ‘extremely powerful book’. 

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost. Buy Here.


Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call by Melinda Smith


Moving Among Strangers by Gabrille Carey9780702249921
Two literary lives defined by storytelling and secrets As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan’s childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary pilgrimage that reveals long-buried family secrets. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 for his novel To the Islands, he left for England and a life of self-imposed exile. Living most of her life on the east coast, Gabrielle was also estranged from her family’s west Australian roots, but never questioned why. A devoted fan of Stow’s writing, she becomes fascinated by his connection with her mother, but before she can meet him he dies. With only a few pieces of correspondence to guide her, Gabrielle embarks on a journey from the red-dirt landscape of Western Australia to the English seaside town of Harwich to understand her family’s past and Stow’s place in it. Moving Among Strangers is a celebration of one of Australia’s most enigmatic and visionary writers. Buy Here.

Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John by Helen Trinca 9781921922848
At the age of fifteen Madeleine saw herself as a painter and pianist, but Ms Medway peered down at Madeleine during her entrance interview in 1957 and announced: ‘You know dear, I think you might write.’ Madeleine would write. But not for some time. The Women in Black, a sparkling gem that belied the difficulties that had dogged her own life, was published when Madeleine St John was in her fifties. Her third novel, The Essence of the Thing, was shortlisted for the 1997 Booker Prize, and she continued to write until her death in 2006. Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this moving account of a remarkable writer. After the death of her mother when Madeleine was just twelve, she struggled to find her place in the world. Estranging herself from her family, and from Australia, she lived for a time in the US before moving to London where Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer, Bruce Beresford, Barry Humphries and Clive James were making their mark. In 1993, when The Women in Black was published, it became clear what a marvellous writer Madeleine St John was. Buy Here.

Prize for Australian History

Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War by Joan Beaumont9781741751383
The Great War was, for the majority of Australians, one that was fought at home. As casualties of this monstrous war mounted, they triggered a political crisis of unprecedented ferocity in Australian history. Faultlines emerged in the ensuing years that would forever change the political landscape, rendering Australia a broken nation. And yet, despite the deep sacrifices and in the face of a mounting death toll, most Australians continued to support the war. It was their resilience, their willingness to suffer economic hardship and their stoic acceptance of casualties that no modern democracy would tolerate that made the war effort possible. Joan Beaumont’s Broken Nation is the first book to bring together all the dimensions of the Great War, in a narrative that weaves together brilliant scholarship with storytelling, bringing to life the young men in the battlefield trenches and their loved ones at home. We witness the fear and courage of the tens of thousands of soldiers, pace the war rooms of Australian command that dictated the direction of the war, and come to understand the deep sacrifices as death on an unprecedented scale mounts.
Broken Nation brings lucid insight into the mass grief and pride that has made the memory of this terrible war central to the making of Australia. Accessible and authoritative, Broken Nation is the essential companion as Australians head towards the centenary of the Great War. Buy Here.

Australia’s Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II by Hal G.P. Colebatch9780980677874
How trade unions sabotaged Australian military forces in World War II. Buy Now.

Young Adult Fiction
The Incredible Here and Now by Felcity Castagna
Michael’s older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros’ Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael’s coming of age in a year 9781922146366which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where ‘those who don’t know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors’, and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures. Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael’s community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman. Buy Now.

Children’s Fiction

Silver Buttons by Bob Graham9781406342246
Bob Graham beautifully captures a world vision in one solitary moment. At 9.59 on Thursday morning, Jodie draws a duck. Just as she is about to add one final silver button to the duck’s boots, her little brother takes his first step. At this exact same moment, a man buys bread, a soldier leaves home, a baby is being born…Here is a book, a story, a philosophy so simply told and yet – in true and inimitable Bob Graham style – so rich with emotion and meaning. It is in the smallest details that we sense the greatest significance and can see the big picture. From his glorious urban skyscapes to the tender portrayal of a falling feather or the tying of a shoelace or a dog’s joy in scratching his back, Bob lets us in on a world view conveyed with humanity, compassion and affection. This is a book that is sure to connect quietly and powerfully with readers of all ages. The idea that we are all alone, and yet all as one in the world, is drawn with huge sensitivity and poetry. Bob Graham’s books are multi-award winning and have sold over two million copies worldwide! Buy Here.

Latest competition winners: The Long Haul Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Graeme Base, Dan Churchill

Congratulations to the winners of our recent competitions!

Winners of a signed copy of The Long Haul: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Rachel Gibbons
James Logan
Alison Fagan
Fleur Browne
Kristina Snowden

Winner of a signed copy of The Last King of Angkor Wat AND a hand drawn image by Graeme Base:


Winner of signed copy of The Healthy Cook by Dan Churchill

Angela Milesi

Please email Bookworld with your name and postal address at to claim your prize.

Kris Kringle ideas for under $30

Got stuck with your CEO in the office Kris Kringle? Or did you luck out with the cousin that loves Grand Theft Auto, black tshirts and dark rooms? Or maybe you just need some (bulky) stocking fillers to beef up Santa’s present haul. We have you covered with the very best (and cheap) Kris Kringle presents for Christmas, no matter what your budget.

Under $30

Humans of New York

Not exactly the normal Kris Kringle present, this beautiful coffee table book is so cheap on Bookworld at the moment that you could totally blow your KK away for under $30. The hugely popular Facebook page led to this awesome collection of photos of everyday NY locals. Find out more…

Big Book of Numbers

9781921134326 2Adam Spencer, mathematician heart-throb geek wonder, has compiled everything you need to know about numbers. And we mean everything. Did you know that four is the only number for which the number of letters and the number itself match up? See, everything. Find out more…

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Yotam Ottolenghi chats pantry staples, inspirations & guilty pleasures!

The one and only, Yotam Ottolenghi joined Bookworld in the studio recently to chat pantry staples, inspirations… and how long it takes him to get ready in the morning!

We have 7 signed copies of Plenty More to giveaway. Simply tell us what is your pantry staple in the comments below. *Australia only. Closes midnight Sunday 30 November.


In conversation: Neil Gaiman

By Matthew O’Donoghue

Originally published on

Reproduced with permission from Waterstones Booksellers UK.

Neil Gaiman

Matthew O’Donoghue
 speaks to Neil Gaiman about fairy tales, the shifting sands of language and the power of words.

Matthew O’Donoghue: I’ve begun to notice a trend amongst writers of your generation to re-examine fairy tales and stories from their youth.

Neil Gaiman: Well the first book I remember loving – in that sense of absolute loving “This thing is beautiful” – was a copy of Snow White. I don’t think it was a Ladybird but it was that kind of beautiful illustrated Snow White. And if there was someone I was in love with aged two it was Snow White.

MOD: Was this read to you?

Gaiman: Yeah – my Mum loved reading books to us. I remember holding that book, looking at the pictures, making her read it. I remember worrying about Snow White every time she gets into the glass coffin – but never questioning what kind of a prince is going to find a girl in a glass coffin and say “I’m taking you home!” or wondering at the end what happened next after everything freeze-framed on the perfect happily ever-after.

MOD: Which is something that you’ve addressed in The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Gaiman: The Sleeper and the Spindle began when I was asked to re-look at a story I loved – to look at a story by another author and just tell a story off to the side. I thought about it and I’d always been haunted by Sleeping Beauty. It’s a very odd story and in fact in the Charles Perrault version and many of the others, the waking of Sleeping Beauty comes at only a third of the way through the story. It’s not “this thing happens, then she got woken up and they all live happily ever-after”, it’s “this is how she met the prince” and then the stories each branch out. In one version they go back and meet his mother who is a horrible cannibalistic ogre. Then, as they start to have children, the babies are stolen by her cannibal mother-in-law who eats it and tries to blame Sleeping Beauty who ends up getting framed for murder – that’s the story. But for some reason the opening came loose, because it’s much more interesting.

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10 problems eBook readers will never face

We’ve been thinking a bit about eBooks lately, and have come to the conclusion there are some bookish problems eBook users will never face… Do you prefer eBooks over “real” books? Tell us in the comments below.

10. Excess luggage!

Ask yourself, are you one of those annoying airline passengers who creep onto the plane with more than your allocated baggage? Do you hold up the boarding process as you try and stuff your non-cabin approved suitcase into the overhead locker, trembling under the weight of too many hardbacks? Don’t be that person. Leave your library at home, buy an eReader for your holiday break, and keep the boarding process efficient this summer, people.

9. The bath…

Hands up who’s ever read in the bath only to emerge to find the bath water has slowly crept up the spine of your book, crinkling its once pristine state? Books were never meant for bath water, but the Kobo Aura H20 was! eReaders rejoice, the newest addition to the Kobo family is now waterproof for all your bathing needs. You can dunk this baby under water (for up to 30 minutes, or at least until the bathwater goes lukewarm) and still enjoy a high-def reading experience. It’s the future.

8. Wrist RSI

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – keeping physiotherapists employed since 2007 for the treatment of reading-induced wrist injuries. For anyone who’s ever suffered the pleasure and pain of reading a hardback with more than 600 pages, you’ll be all too familiar with wrist RSI. Save your wrists, one Harry Potter book at a time and invest in the lighter option. The Kobo Aura is the baby of the eReader family coming in at just 0.17kg. Continue reading

5 Things We Learnt From Amy Poehler’s Memoir ‘Yes Please’

1. Writing Is Hard.

If there is one thing we’ve learnt from Amy’s memoir, it’s that writing is really, really hard. Amy describes how difficult it is to find time and motivation to write while wrangling two small children and working long hours on a hugely popular television series (Parks and Recreation). In fact, close friends and family step in throughout the book with their own chapters just to offer Amy a break. Thankfully, despite acknowledging that writing is a formidable endeavour, Amy never loses her enthusiasm and we’re left in stitches until the end.

2. Jon Hamm Is Terrible In An Emergency

The night before Amy’s pregnancy (at a rehearsal for Saturday Night Live), we discover that the unthinkable has occurred – Dr. G.,  Amy’s primary ob-gyn has passed away. Naturally, Amy is left in tears imagining the worst scenarios possible until Jon Hamm, hosting SNL for the first time puts his hands on her shoulders and says: “this is a really big night for me and you need to pull your s**t together.”

3. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

Perhaps an early indication of how seriously Amy takes herself (and award ceremonies!) the Golden Globes are referred to as ‘winning the pudding’ and Amy spends a good chapter of the book planning hilarious skits for when she or one of the other nominees for ‘Best Actress in a TV series’ pick up their award – which includes mistakenly reading the other’s speech (which happened).

4. Apologise For Your Mistakes

For someone so relatable, it was confronting to read that Amy had participated in a skit on SNL many years ago that unintentionally made fun of two girls with disabilities. She describes the shock she experienced afterwards at hearing that it had caused offence – and the spiral of anger and guilt she had found herself in as she expressed her lack of involvement in the creation of the skit. She dedicated a chapter to the moment many years later when she contacted the girls and apologised.

5. Find Out What Makes You Happy And Stick To It

Amy Poehler makes a point to impart that she would never have ‘made it’ if she hadn’t been absolutely determined to to follow her passion. From college improv – to the big time, she still loves jumping in the deep end, and contributes funds a school for students to improve their skills. The lesson? Don’t settle for something that doesn’t drive you! Keep at it until you make it big and become a household name like Amy Poehler.

9781743534151Ready to read more? Click here to grab Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’.