Booktopia is having a Sale: what to pick? what to pick?

by |February 10, 2010

There are so many books to choose from in Booktopia’s 6th Birthday Sale, making a choice can be daunting.

Take my hand and let me lead you through the aisles.

I’m a bit of a fiction addict so we can start there.

We can drift down the Crime aisle and pick up a Peter Robinson, an Ian Rankin, flick through a James Patterson and then pop a couple of Michael Connelly‘s into our basket, as well.

Did I move too quickly? Sorry, did you want to select a couple of Crime Classics? Your wish is my command, we shall return whence we came – here is Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Arthur Conan Doyle.

We turn a corner and come across the Fantasy Books – everything from Tolkien to Christine Feehan, from Stephen King to Stephen Donaldson. No rush. Let’s take our time.

From Fantasy to Romance is no great leap… look, our imaginations have beaten us there. Quickly, take up a few unfamiliar names and sit by me on the floor. I’ve never read Deirdre Purcell, have you? You have? Well then, in my basket goes Tell Me Your Secret on the strength of your recommendation.

Katie Fforde looks like fun, as does Tasmina Perry… and I’m going to get some of my old favourites, too – Anita Shreve (great value!), Jackie Collins and Daphne Du Maurier.

Is your Basket full? No!?

Okay, there is still time, though keep in mind the stocks are being whittled away as we go.

Jack Higgins, Patrick O’Brian, Bernard Cornwell, Anne Tyler, Charlotte Bronte into my basket they, too, go!

All the sale books are so inexpensive!

Tomorrow we’ll be back for more!

Promise me you’ll come again.

I haven’t even taken you through the Non-Fiction Aisles! or the Kids and Teens section! or the Manga range!

Return soon – stocks are moving so quickly – if you hesitate, you will miss out!

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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