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Top of the Pile is a Simon & Schuster Australia podcast where you'll find some of the most interesting authors in conversation about everything from their lives, their books and their big ideas. From Health, Science and True Crime, to Fiction, History and Romance, we'll bring you fascinating conversations about subjects you never even knew about, and some that you do.
 
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Ciao Bella! is about having a dream and living it as Kate shares the sublime joys and utter chaos of adapting to a new life in Bologna, what you discover about yourself when you are a stranger in a strange land, and how she fell in love.With a country. Deliciously funny, irreverent, inspiring and often deeply moving, Ciao Bella! is Kate’s love lett…
 
NARRATION: Arianwen Parkes-LockwoodDURATION: 13 hours and 51 minutesCalabria, Italy, 1936In a remote farming village nestled in the mountains that descend into the sparkling Ionian Sea, young and spirited Giulia Tallariti longs for something more. While she loves her home and her lively family, she would much rather follow in her nonna’s footsteps …
 
NARRATION: Julia WhelanDURATION: 12 hours and 10 minutesThe entrancing story of a reclusive Hollywood starlet as she reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine – from the bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six. Reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth…
 
NARRATION: Julia WhelanDURATION: 9 hours and 9 minutesOne choice. Two different paths – with stunningly different results. From the bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningle…
 
NARRATION: Tara SandsDURATION: 8 hours and 45 minutesA moving and heartbreaking debut from the bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – for fans of PS, I Love You and Me Before You Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a p…
 
NARRATION: Tara SandsDURATION: 9 hours and 11 minutesA love story about what happens when the love fades – from the bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love aga…
 
NARRATION: Julia WhelanDURATON: 8 hours and 5 minutesA moving love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life – from the bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. In her twenties, Emma marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse…
 
The extraordinarily moving memoir by Australian Slovakian Holocaust survivor Magda Hellinger, who saved an untold number of lives at Auschwitz through everyday acts of courage, kindness and ingenuity.In March 1942, twenty-five-year-old kindergarten teacher Magda Hellinger and nearly a thousand other young Slovakian women were deported to Poland on …
 
Kitchen Confidential meets trainspotting in Last Shot, Jock Zonfrillo's coming-of-age memoir of addiction, ambition and redemption in the high-stakes world of Michelin star kitchens. From reckless drug addict to one of Australia’s top chefs and television stars: MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo's powerful life story will shock and inspire. Jock’s li…
 
A deliciously hilarious, honest and heartfelt portrayal of modern-day motherhood and the saving grace of female friendship.Grace Harkness looks like she has it all – two beautiful children, four cookbooks under her belt and an idyllic beachside home #blessed. But add another baby on the way (oops), a spouse that is nowhere to be seen and a relentle…
 
NARRATED BY JESSICA TOVEYTwin Peaks meets The Dry in a deliciously dark and twisted tale that unravels a small Australian country town... Ambitious young journalist Marlowe ‘Lo’ Robertson would do anything to escape the suffocating confines of her small home town. While begrudgingly covering the annual show for the local newspaper, Lo is horrified …
 
A fascinating exploration of the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories, from the Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice.Have you ever felt a crushing wave of panic when you walk into a room only to forget why you went there in the first place? You might even be worrie…
 
In her first-ever book, Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem shares the intimate stories behind each of the tracks on her sixth studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Dreams, taking readers on a deep dive into her inspiration for each song and revealing the truth behind the lyrics. It also features acoustic teasers for each song.From the touching…
 
Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’.But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threate…
 
Kathy Pettingill is a name that’s both respected and feared, not only by Australia’s criminal underworld, but by many in the Victorian police force. As the matriarch at the head of the most notorious and violent family of habitual offenders in Australian criminal history, her life has revolved around murder, drugs, prison, prostitution and bent cop…
 
In this irreverent romp through the history of food via the Seven Deadly Sins, Mikey Robins uncovers the most bizarre food-related stories of all time. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Romans, from the medieval monarchs to our current obsession with celebrity chefs, our forebears have left their mark on our habits and social mores, our plates and …
 
Mary Moody’s bestselling memoirs about her adventures in France, Au Revoir and Last Tango in Toulouse, inspired thousands of women. The Accidental Tour Guide completes the circle by sharing another major turning point in her life.When Mary loses her beloved husband, her world is turned upside down. Part of her journey to reignite her passion for li…
 
Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set her brother Sonny?played by James Caan?up for a mob hit, which led to one of the most unforgettable moments in cinema. Russo didn't have …
 
Twenty-five years ago, Australia was in the grip of another debate about sex and power. The Master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne had been acquitted of indecent assault after complaints by two female students. Helen Garner’s bestselling book about the case, The First Stone, polarised readers over whether the students had been righ…
 
Fourteen is this generation’s Holding the Man – a moving coming-of-age memoir about a young man’s search for identity and acceptance in the most unforgiving and hostile of places: high school.This is a story about my fourteenth year of life as a gay kid at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland. It was a year in which I starte…
 
Seven shots ring out in the silence of Victoria’s rolling Barrabool Hills. As the final recoil echoes through the paddocks, a revered sheep-breeding dynasty comes to a bloody and inglorious end.No one could have anticipated the orgy of violence that wiped out three generations of the Wettenhall family, much less the lurid scandals about Darcy Wette…
 
February 29, 1944: I am about to jump out of an aeroplane for the first time … I don’t care that every man is looking at me as though I don’t belong. Besides, I’m hungover. And I think I might throw up …In 1936 intrepid young Australian journalist Nancy Wake is living in Paris after witnessing firsthand the terror of Hitler’s rise in Europe, firing…
 
Not many have lived as many lives as Archie Roach – stolen child, seeker, teenage alcoholic, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, and leader – but it took him almost a lifetime to find out who he really was.Roach was only two years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by a series of foster parents until his early teens…
 
Ben Folds is an internationally celebrated musician, singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band, Ben Folds Five, beloved for songs such as ‘Brick’, ‘You Don’t Know Me’, ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’ and ‘The Luckiest’. In his memoir A Dream About Lightning Bugs, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming, funny and wise chron…
 
From the number one bestselling author. Six years ago, Dr Michael Mosley started a health revolution with The 5.2 Fast Diet, telling the world about the incredible power of intermittent fasting. In The Fast 800 he brings together all the latest science (including a new approach: Time Restricted Eating) to create an easy-to-follow programme. Recent …
 
A conversation with the fascinating Helen Jukes, author of the beautiful 'A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings', who embarked on a year of beekeeping as an antidote to the claustrophobia of her urban lifestyle. Helen discusses what it means to ‘keep’ wild creatures. In learning about the bees, what can she learn of herself? The very act of keeping se…
 
A conversation with the fascinating Chris Carter, the international bestselling crime author and ex-criminal psychologist. Chris's books include 'An Evil Mind', 'I Am Death', 'The Night Stalker', 'The Executioner', 'The Crucifix Killer' and 'The Caller'. He worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before moving to Los Angeles, where he s…
 
A conversation with the fascinating Scott Bevan and a celebration of Sydney Harbour, one of the world’s great waterways. Everyone knows Sydney Harbour. At least, we think we do. By as little as a word or two, the harbour floats into our mind’s eye. The Bridge. The Opera House. Fireworks on New Year’s Eve. When we see those images, we feel a sense o…
 
A conversation with the hilarious Joel Creasey, Australia's rising star of comedy, discussing the rollercoaster ride of his life behind the curtains. Joel Creasey has known he wanted to be on the world’s stage since he was in short pants, and nothing was going to get in his way. After his first stand-up performance at 17, he had to follow his dream…
 
A conversation with the brilliant Dr. Michael Mosley, author of 'The Clever Gut Diet' (June 2017), 'The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet', and the coauthor, with Mimi Spencer, of the #1 New York Times bestseller 'The Fast Diet', which has been published in over thirty-two languages around the world. Dr. Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospit…
 
A conversation with Rebecca Sullivan, an eco-agronomist, activist, food writer, urban farmer, entrepreneur, home cook, and author of the recent 'The Art of the Natural Home: A Room By Room Guide'. She is passionate about heritage, preserving traditions, and passing on a wealth of ‘granny skills’ to future generations. This book is perfect for those…
 
A conversation with Jeff Guinn, former award-winning investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books. For his most recent book, 'The Road to Jonestown', Guinn examined thousands of pages of FBI files on the case, including material released during the course of his research, and uncovered fresh information from Jonestown survi…
 
A conversation with Sara Foster, the internationally published, bestselling author of five novels, including the new 'Hidden Hours', published April 2017. Before Sara was an author she worked as a book editor, and has helped to produce over 100 published books. She lives in Western Australia with her husband and children.…
 
A conversation with Rachel Kelly, the bestselling author of The Happiness Diet (Jan 2017), Walking on Sunshine, and Black Rainbow. In her early thirties, Rachel suffered two major depressive episodes, and has written about the condition, and her recovery.Her memoir "Black Rainbow" was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014, and her second book on wellbe…
 
A conversation with Alice Clayton, the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the recent Buns (pub June 2017). Alice's trademark is comedic erotica, or funny smut. She worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally c…
 
A conversation with Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, author, and the editor-in-chief for People en Español, the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States. His new novel, The German Girl, a heartbreaking and fascinating story written about the St Louis, a transatlantic liner that promised Jews safe passage to Cuba at the s…
 
A conversation with Ian McGuire, author of the 2016 Man Booker longlisted, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards shortlisted title, The North Water. Ian grew up near Hull in the UK, and studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Virginia, USA. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing…
 
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