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J.P. POMARE: Thursday 28 February

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Call Me Evie

Thursday 28 February


FREE EVENT – Bookings essential

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We’re delighted to welcome New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based J.P. Pomare to Mornington to discuss his book, Call Me Evie.  An incredible new literary thriller for readers of bestsellers such as Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and Girl on the Train, Call Me Evie is his debut novel.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from an exciting new talent.

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Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he’s hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.

In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.

Jim says he’s keeping her safe. Evie’s not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

Pomare Josh 1 (cred. James Howarth) (cropped to square)About the Author:

J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife. Call Me Evie is his first novel.


HUGH MACKAY: Thursday 14 February

Australia Reimagined

Thursday 14 February
6.45pm for a 7pm start

St Macartan’s Parish Primary School
97 Bungower Rd

All proceeds to Peninsula Voice

Peninsula Voice and Farrells Bookshop proudly present esteemed social researcher, commentator and best selling author of Reinventing Australia, The Good Life and The Art of Belonging, Hugh Mackay.

In his latest book, Australia Reimagined, he takes an unflinching look at Australian society today and offers some compelling proposals for a less anxious, more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia.

Join us for an evening of interesting and intelligent discussion – for everyone who loves Australia and wants to make it a better place for us all.

Music students from Balcombe Grammar School will perform during arrival and a supper will be provided by CWA Mornington. Books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

Live Twitter reporting provided by Monash University.

Ticket proceeds to Peninsula Voice, a not-for-profit community organisation.  

With thanks to the St Macartan’s Parish Primary School Parents Group.


Australian ReimaginedAustralia Reimagined
Hugh Mackay

‘When it comes to our future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. What is needed is the courage to face the way things are, and the wisdom and imagination to work out how to make things better.’

Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted – whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or ‘stuff’.

Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you’ll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head.

Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all.

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Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author. Australia Reimagined is his nineteenth book. His research career has spanned six decades, including 25 years as research director of The Mackay Report, publishing quarterly reports on all aspects of Australian life. Among many honorary appointments, he has been deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, the inaugural chair of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board, and is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and has been awarded honorary doctorates by five Australian universities. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Canberra.



WENDY ORR: Monday 2 July

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Swallow’s Dance

10.30am – 12pm

This event is suitable for ages 10+ 

Join us to celebrate the launch of Wendy Orr’s new middle grade fiction novel, Swallow’s Dance.  Following the great success of Dragonfly Song, which won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction and was an Honour book for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2017 Book of the Year (Younger Readers), Wendy brings us a second Bronze Age adventure set on the island of Crete.

Wendy will do a reading from the new book followed by a question and answer session with the audience and book signing.

We will also be running a school holiday craft activity following the reading, where kids can make their own pendant or other keepsake from polymer clay.  This activity is free, but bookings are essential as places will be limited.

PLEASE NOTE: As of 14 June we are fully booked for the craft activity.  If you would like to add your name to a cancellations list, please visit TryBooking.com.  But all are welcome to attend the book launch!!  

Swallows Dance SmallSwallow’s Dance
Wendy Orr
(Release date: 27 June 2018)

I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this – do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet?

Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home – and her family – in pieces. And the goddess hasn’t finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety. A thrilling Bronze Age survival story from the acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song.

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Wendy Orr
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WINNER: 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Children’s Fiction
WINNER: 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Children’s Literature
HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2017

There are two ways of looking at Aissa’s story. She’s the miracle girl who escaped the raiders. Or she’s the cursed child who called the Bull King’s ship to the island. The firstborn daughter of a priestess is cast out as a baby, and after raiders kill her adopted family, she is abandoned at the gates of the Great Hall, anonymous and mute. Called No-Name, the cursed child, she is raised a slave, and not until she is twelve does she learn her name is Aissa: the dragonfly. Now every year the Bull King takes a tribute from the island: two thirteen-year-old children to brave the bloody bull dances in his royal court. None have ever returned – but for Aissa it is the only escape. Aissa is resilient, resourceful, and fast – but to survive the bull ring, she will have to learn the mystery of her true nature. A riveting, mythic Bronze Age adventure from award-winning author Wendy Orr.

Children’s Book Week Story Writing Competition 2018

CBW Story Comp 2018

To celebrate Children’s Book Week each year we hold a kids’ story-writing competition.  There are Farrells book vouchers up for grabs as prizes and winning entries are published on our website. You can see some past winners here and here (click on the winning title to see the story).

Come along to our AUTHOR VISIT for the announcement of the winners! (see details below)

There are five different age groups:

  1. Lower Primary: Prep and Year 1

  2. Middle Primary: Years 2-4

  3. Upper Primary: Years 5 and 6

  4. Lower Secondary: Years 7 to 9

  5. Upper Secondary: Years 10 to 12

Entry Guidelines:

  • Entries may be in picture story or short story formats.

  • Primary level short stories must not exceed 2 pages/1000 words.

  • Secondary level short stories limited to 3 pages/1500 words.

  • Only entries within the word limits will be read, so practice your editing skills!

  • In all groups, limits of one individual entry and one collaborative entry per person.

  • Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store.

  • Electronic entries should be in either PDF or Microsoft Word format and can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW 2018 Story Comp.

  • Please ensure you include your name, age, contact information (phone and email) and group of entry.

Entries close Sunday 22 July





Come along and meet author Andrew McDonald and illustrator Ben Wood, who will talk about what it’s like to write, illustrate and publish a book.  Andrew and Ben have recently released their new collaboration – Real Pigeons Fight Crime.  They will also be helping us announce the winners of the Story Competition and award prizes!

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So what will you write about?

  • You could use the Children’s Book Week theme from this year – “Find your treasure” – as a starting point.

  • Think about some favourite books you love to read and see if you can create something similar.

  • For those of you writing picture story books, have a look at the Scholastic Story Starter.  (Be sure to get Mum and Dad’s okay to use the computer).

  • For Groups 2-4, have a look at Andy Griffith’s Once Upon A Slime for some tips on writing or check out this YouTube video of him speaking with a school group about how to write.

  • Ask your school librarian or teacher for some ideas.

  • Be creative!  Your imagination is a unique and wonderful thing – so put it to good use!

We can’t wait to see what wonderful creative stories you share with us.

Happy Writing!


SAM LANE: Wednesday 28 March

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Wednesday 28 March


Hastings Junior Football Club
155 Marine Parade

All proceeds donated to Hastings Junior Football Club

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Join us for an evening with the award-winning sports journalist, pioneer of the AFLW, and now author of the book, Roar, celebrating the success of the women’s league.

Copies of Roar will be available for sale on the night and Sam will be signing after the presentation.

Nibbles provided and drinks available at bar prices.

Sam Lane 2About Sam

An award-winning journalist specialising in Australian Rules Football, Olympics and cycling, Samantha Lane has been a member of Channel Seven’s AFL television broadcast team since 2013. The move followed ten years on Channel 10’s much-loved AFL show Before the Game.

Sam’s 12 years writing for The Age and Fairfax Media was highlight filled. She is a two-time Quill award winner from the Melbourne Press Club, and her work on the AFL and NRL doping scandals formed part of a Fairfax group entry that won a Walkley award.

She has covered the Olympic Games and the Tour de France three times, and her work on the AFL women’s league has been pioneering. She was co-host of Channel Seven’s AFLW pre-match show in its inaugural season and was boundary rider for all of Channel Seven’s AFLW game broadcasts, including the landmark first AFLW grand final.


Sam Lane

‘When a football ground was electrified on that unforgettable February evening, feelings did not need words. They had a sound unlike anything anyone had ever heard: an almighty, heartfelt roar.’

The inaugural season of the AFL Women’s league was a game changer for Australian sport and for Australia culturally. When women joined the nation’s biggest and most popular sporting code as players, it gave them licence to become legitimate football heroes. It was personal, political, proud and powerful.

With unique insights from award-winning journalist Samantha Lane, including previously untold details behind AFLW’s birth, ROAR tells the remarkable tales of a group of trailblazers. These are intimate stories from a band of pioneers who now have a league of their own.

From Daisy Pearce, AFLW’s original poster-player, to Craig Starcevich, the Collingwood premiership footballer who found football happiness where he least expected it, and superstars including Tayla Harris and history-making coach Bec Goddard, ROAR is a groundbreaking book to inspire, illuminate and celebrate the leading lights of AFLW.



BOOK LAUNCH: Rabby the Brave by Patrick Guest

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Patrick Guest

Saturday 3 March

Bring along your own favourite soft toy!!

Please note: the shop will close at the regular time of 4pm,
with doors to reopen at 4.45pm for the 5pm start

We are delighted to help celebrate the launch of the beautiful new picture story book from one of our favourite local authors, Pat Guest.

With gorgeous retro illustrations from the talented Tom Jellett, Rabby the Brave tells the story of Leon and Lily, who do everything with their best pals, Rabby and Snuggles.  One night the unimaginable happens and Snuggles is left outside. Faced with sadness, they must find a way to save Snuggles from a frightful end.

Heart-warming and playful, compassionate and true-to-life, Rabby the Brave is a story about close bonds and sibling love.

Join us in store from 5pm for a reading of the new book and Pat will be signing copies afterwards.  Bring along your own favourite soft toy to enjoy the story!!

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Farrell’s 40th Birthday Party

In February 1978, a small family owned bookshop called Farrell’s opened its doors in Mornington…and 40 years later we are very proud to still be a part of the wonderful Mornington community.

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To kick off a year of celebrations, we’re throwing ourselves a birthday party in store:

Saturday 17 February

9am – 4pm

143 Main Street 

There will be lots of festivities (face painting, competitions, double loyalty points…) and much merriment to be had by all, including a cake cutting at 11am.

We’d love to see you and hear your favourite Farrell’s stories from over the years.

MICHAEL SMITH: Saturday 11 November

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Voyage of the Southern Sun


Tickets $10

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Join us to hear the incredible story of Michael Smith’s solo circumnavigation of the world in an amphibious plane, retracing the 1938 Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am flying boat routes between Sydney, Southampton and New York.

This will be an event for all ages for those with a thirst for adventure and the belief that anything might be possible…


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Voyage of the Southern Sun
Michael Smith

Release Date: 30 October 2017

University dropout Michael Smith built a multimillion-dollar business fitting out movie theatres around the world, before restoring Melbourne’s Sun Theatre and becoming one of the country’s last independent cinema operators. After a business deal went bad, and shaken by how close he had come to being wiped out, Smith took an even bigger risk: to become the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane, retracing the 1938 Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am flying boat routes between Sydney, Southampton and New York.

With limited flying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny single-engine flying boat, the Southern Sun, Smith risked his life to make modern aviation history. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a journey up the Mississippi, landing on the river and sleeping on sandbanks at night. He made eighty stops on his flight around the globe, exploring cities and communities, as well as visiting some seventy cinemas. All along the way Smith was updating his online journal, cheered on by more than 50,000 followers.

Smith’s historic flight lasted seven months, and took him from Australia to East Timor, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Crete, Croatia, Italy, France, England, Ireland,
Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the United States, Japan and the Philippines, before finally returning to Australia.

This is the incredible story of his journey.



BOOK LAUNCH: The Second Sky by Patrick Guest

Second Sky

The Second Sky
Patrick Guest




We are delighted to help celebrate the launch of the beautiful new picture story book from one of our favourite local authors, Pat Guest.

With stunning illustrations from the talented Jonathon Bentley, The Second Sky tells the story of Gilbert the penguin, who falls in love with the sky and longs to fly like other birds. But Penguins don’t fly, they waddle, and so begins Gilbert’s quest to find his place in the world. Great things happen when you reach for the sky…

Join us in store from 3pm for a reading of the new book and Pat will be signing copies afterwards.

JANE HARPER: Tuesday 17 October

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Tuesday 17 October

Lilo Cafe

Tickets $50. Bookings essential.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT – to join a waiting list, please follow the booking link and complete your details.  

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 The Dry was the debut sensation of 2016…

The Dry***Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript***
***Winner of the 2017 Indie Book Awards Best Debut Fiction***
***Winner of the 2017 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year***
***Winner of the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) General Fiction Book of the Year***
***Winner of the 2017 ABIA Overall Book of the Year***

…now Federal Police Investigator Aaron Falk is back in a whole new cracking story, Force of Nature.

We are delighted to welcome Jane Harper to Mornington to celebrate the release of her second book.  Join us at the lovely Lilo Cafe for some nibbles, drinks and an insight into Jane’s writing process and experiences since the success of The Dry.

Tickets are $50.00 and bookings are essential.

Ticket price includes a copy of the new book, nibbles and a drink of your choice on arrival. Bookings open through TryBooking.com at 9am on Friday 1 September – please book early – this highly anticipated author visit is going to sell out FAST!

Note: Books purchased as part of the ticket price will be available for collection from Wednesday 27 September.  

Force of NatureForce of Nature
Jane Harper

Release date: 26 September 2017

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.

About the Author…

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, her bestselling first novel, The Dry sold to over twenty territories, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Jane lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter.

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