Bookworld goes to the movies: GONE GIRL

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Since topping the bestseller list in 2012, Bookworld’s much loved and tattered copy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has ceremonially done the reading rounds at Bookworld HQ. So when our friends at Hachette invited us to a Gone Girl advanced screening, we couldn’t resist the offer to catch one of our favourite books come alive on the big screen.

On his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home to find his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), missing in mysterious circumstances. Under intense media scrutiny, a suspiciously composed Nick is accused of being involved in the disappearance of his wife. What unravels next is a dark web of marital lies, sinister plot twists and an ending so disturbing it will leave your heart racing.

David Fincher, no stranger to cult hits and book adaptations, cleverly delivers Flynn’s psychological thriller, leaving both fans of the book and those new to the story gripped to their cinema seats with each bloody plot turn.

Affleck and Pike lead a stellar cast, with too many strong performances to name. Fans of Gone Girl will not be disappointed in Flynn’s adapted version (yes, she wrote the screenplay too!) which has been wound so cleverly together in this visual masterpiece.

In short – Bookworld approved!

To celebrate the release of the film, we have one signed copy of Gone Girl to giveaway! Simply tell us in the comments below why you’re excited to see Gone Girl at the movies for a chance to win! Check back here to see who won on Monday 6 October. *Aus-Only. 

Matt Preston chats ‘Cook Book’, oozy cheese, swimming with sharks and… centrefolds?

Cook Book by Matt Preston

Cook Book by Matt Preston has nearly 200 of his favourite dishes, from slow-cooked roasts and tasty braises to mouth-watering desserts and tea-time treats.

What I’m reading right now… Pier Paul Reid’s The Templars, JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye so I can discuss it with my eldest son. And I’ve just finished William Boyd’s Armadillo. William Sitwell’s book on the history of food told through a series of recipes is on the bedside table.

My favourite book growing up… CS Lewis’s Narnia series for the combination of fantasy and adventure; and the Hornblower series at the behest of my Dad who was an naval historian and author.

My all-time favourite book is… books are restaurants the choice of a favourite depends on your mood and what you are after. So I tend not to name “all-time favourites”.

The book I would recommend everyone to read… This might stink of nepotism but I’d suggest Host and Guest by AV Kirwan which I found inspirational writing my Cook Book. It’s 150 years old but its surprisingly current in its thinking on food and entertaining… either that or Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking.

The book I wish I wrote… pretty much anything by Matthew Reilly then my boys might think I was cool.

My guilty reading pleasure is… evocative and well-researched historical action or crime novels by blokes like Bernard Cornwell.

The book on my bookshelf that I have never read… It’s called How To Kill Your Mother or something like that. I just feel disloyal opening it!

The BRILLIANT book that never should have been turned into a film… The Lorax.

My book is… new. It’s also funnier, longer and betterer than the last one. I’m rather proud of it actually. The recipes are pretty good too… and as for the dirty, filthy double gatefold centrefold… Phew! look out!

I’ll never forget… the meals shared with the people I love.

My favourite place is… on the beach or at the table – but never at the same time!

The most dangerous thing I have ever done is… dived with sharks, cornered a tiger snake (by accident obviously) and contradicted Marco Pierre White.

The first time I… cooked alone I was 5. I made baked eggs in a little enamelled pan that my mother had secretly kept and gave to me for Christmas… sweet!

I regret… nothing but there ARE a few things I definitely won’t tell you about… Oh, I suppose I do wish I spent the 800 bucks on buying a 1964, candy-pink Ford Galaxy convertible with cream seats – and the $3000 to buy a John Kelly “cow” painting.

I remember… pretty much everything other than people’s names… My memory is elephantine and while I can remember what they we wearing or what we ate first time we met the names often escape me… I need someone to stand behind me and to whisper them in my ear – US president style!

The one piece of advice I should have listened to but didn’t… always to use the guard on the mandolin.

I love… my family and my friends.

I hate… negativity.

I wish… for world peace and a nice oozy piece of washed rind cheese.

I can’t say no to… cheese.

Yesterday, I… swam in shark-infested waters and spend three hours reading.

Cook Book by Matt Preston is out 1 October!

Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala by Jamie Oliver

Chicken Masala from Jamie's Comfort Food

Chicken Masala from Jamie’s Comfort Food


Without question, chicken tikka masala is a brilliant curry that makes people very happy. Of course it’s inspired by fantastic Indian cooking, but is in fact an Anglo-Indian evolution, created to suit British palates. When you make it, you’ll be super-proud – you can use top-quality chicken, it’s loads of fun to marinate and grill, the method rocks, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll find a better expression. I love to make my own paratha breads to serve with it too (page 19 or see below). Dig a hole in the garden and get grilling!


1 level teaspoon ground cloves
1 level teaspoon ground cumin
2 heaped teaspoons each sweet smoked paprika, garam masala
3 lemons
6 cloves of garlic
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
6 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt
800g skinless boneless chicken breasts
3 fresh green or yellow chillies

2 onions
4 cloves of garlic
1–2 fresh red chillies
1 bunch of fresh coriander (30g)
olive oil
1 level tablespoon ground coriander
2 level teaspoons turmeric
6 tablespoons ground almonds
2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
2 x 400g tins of light coconut milk

Put the cloves, cumin and 1 heaped teaspoon each of paprika and garam masala into a small pan and toast for 1 minute to bring them back to life, then tip into a large bowl. Finely grate in the zest of 1 lemon, squeeze in all its juice, crush in the garlic, peel and finely grate in the ginger, and add the yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Cut the chicken breasts into 5cm chunks, then massage all that flavour into the meat. Skewer up the chicken chunks, interspersing them with lemon wedges and chunks of green or yellow chilli, but don’t squash them together too much. Place on a tray, cover with clingfilm and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

For the sauce, peel the onions and garlic, then finely slice with the red chillies and coriander stalks (reserving the leaves for later). Put it all into a large casserole pan on a medium-high heat with a lug of oil and cook for around 20 minutes, or until golden, stirring regularly. Add the ground coriander, turmeric and remaining 1 heaped teaspoon each of paprika and garam masala. Cook for 2 minutes, then add and toast the almonds. Pour in the tomatoes, crumble in the stock cube and add 300ml of boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in the coconut milk. Simmer for a final 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, then season to perfection.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, drizzle it with a little oil, then grill on a hot barbecue, in a screaming hot griddle pan or under a hot grill, turning until it’s very golden and gnarly on all sides. Slice the chicken off the skewers straight into the sauce, reserving the lemons. Simmer for 2 minutes while you use tongs to squeeze some jammy lemons over the curry, to taste. Swirl through some more yoghurt, sprinkle with the coriander leaves, and serve with parathas (page 19) or fluffy basmati rice.

Here’s a nice little game-changer – make your own paratha to enjoy with your chicken tikka. For 8 people, put 300g each of wholemeal bread flour and plain flour into a bowl with a goood pinch of sea salt. Gradually add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 400ml of semi-skimmed milk, mixing until combined, then knead for a few minutes on a flour-dusted surface. Leave to rest for 20 minutes, then divide the dough into 8 and thinly roll out each piece to A4 size. One-by-one, drizzle and rub lightly with oil, roll up into a loose log, roll the log up like a Catherine wheel, then roll out with a rolling pin again to a flat round just under 1/2 cm thick. Cook in a hot oiled frying pan on a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until nicely charred, then sprinkle lightly with salt. Transfer to a board and smash together to expose the layers.


Australia’s most well-read city is…

Canberra has taken out the literary crown in our annual list of the most well-read cities in Australia*. Home to Australia’s poli’s and government officials, it may come as no surprise that Australia’s capital was again awarded the most well-read city for the second year running.

Eyrie, by Australia’s own Tim Winton topped the Canberra sales list, alongside four other literary titles.

Save with Jamie topped the list in five Australian cities!

Save with Jamie topped the list in 5 Australian cities!

In news that might irk Sydneysiders, Melbourne jumped from number 7 to number 2, while Perth and Darwin dropped out of the top 10 all together, falling to 13 and 17 respectively.

Meanwhile in Brisbane, the hot weather isn’t the only thing keeping our readers warm – it’s the only city still reading 50 Shades of Grey

Everyone’s cooking favourite, Save with Jamie, was the number one book overall, appearing in the top 10 for every city – and topping the list in five cities. Bestsellers, A Game of Thrones boxset and The Fast Diet were the only other books to appear in all lists.

Here is our top 10 definitive list of well-read Australian cities of 2013/2014:

  1. Canberra – Queanbeyan
  2. Melbourne
  3. Geelong
  4. Newcastle – Maitland
  5. Brisbane
  6. Toowoomba
  7. Sunshine Coast
  8. Sydney
  9. Adelaide
  10. Hobart

Did your city make out most well-read list? 

*The ranking is based on sales data from Bookworld in eBook and physical book format, from July 2013 – July 2014, on a per capita basis of Australian cities with a population of over 100,000.

Winners of Gone Girl Tickets

Rebecca Roessen
Lana Adele Wood
Bernard Smith
Elianda Lee
Jarryd Pantazis
Kimberley Headford
Justin Daniel
Sophie Johnstone
Ian Logan
Simone Collins
Seb Reivers
Kirstyn Morgan
Jacob Tiauli
Kate Dvornik
Angela Fortune
Sarah McGavin
Carla Ferro
Abby Jakeman
Gabrielle Paterson
Fritzie Juaneza
Abbey Scott
Jai-Molly Boudrie
Simon Munro
Ashley Scarth
Tania Bennett

Winners, please email for details on the event. Thanks!

Reader Rewards Review: Deeper Water by Jessie Cole


by Gaby Bookworld Super Reviewer 

3/5 stars

I found Deeper Water to be completely unique compared to all else I have read. Cole’s writing was simple and delicate, yet so powerful. I love it when Australian writers make you see and feel the Aussie landscape, so that you can imagine you are there. I could place myself in Mema’s environment and I saw the remote NSW country town through Mema’s eyes, it was a sanctuary. At the same time, however, I could feel how claustrophobic and insulated it was. This story is about Mema. The way she relates to the people and land around her, the strength and loyalty of women and the discovery of sexuality.

Mema at twenty-two has, to this point, been a child running around the countryside with her friend, Anja, isolated from current events and the reality of adulthood. We share Mema’s ‘coming of age’ story, which happens to her at quite a late age, and is prompted by the arrival of Hamish, a man from the city who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mema has had no interest in men until Hamish finds himself thrown upon the hospitality of Mema and her family and a connection develops between the two vastly different characters. Hamish may have a better understanding of relationships and sexuality, yet it is Mema who is instinctively connected to the local environment. Hamish’s job requires him to look for environmentally sustainable energy option, yet he has no real understanding of the value of the land he is surveying. It is interesting to think that Mema and her family live where they do to as a way of withdrawing from the world – yet Mema is more connected to the physicality of it than most.

It is difficult to put into words the casual beauty of this story. The only way to fully appreciate it would be to experience it firsthand – which is wholeheartedly my recommendation!

Deeper Water by Jessie Cole