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CHARLOTTE WOOD: Sunday 27 October

Charlotte Wood 1 - credit Chris ChenCHARLOTTE WOOD
The Weekend

Sunday 27 October
4pm

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Tickets $35
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Described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers, we are thrilled to welcome Charlotte Wood – winner of the 2016 Stella Prize for her best selling novel, The Natural Way of Things, which also won the Indie Book Award for Fiction and was joint winner of the Prime Minster’s Literary Award.  Her hotly anticipated new novel, The Weekend, is a celebration of tenderness and friendship and explores the question that, if we’re lucky, all of us will face: exactly how should we grow old?

Ticket price includes a copy of the new book, The Weekend, the presentation and wine on arrival.


 

About the Author…

Charlotte Wood has been described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers.

She is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, and has been published throughout Europe, the UK and North America. It was recently chosen as the University of Canberra Book of the Year for 2019.

Her non-fiction books include The Writer’s Room, a collection of interviews with authors about the creative process, and Love & Hunger, a book about cooking. Her features and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Literary Hub, The Sydney Morning Heraldand The Saturday Paper, among other publications.  In 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant services to literature’.


 

About the Book…

THE WEEKEND coverThe Weekend
Release date: 15 October

People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn’t true. The graveyard, the stony dirt – that’s what it was like now.  They knew each other better than their own siblings, but Sylvie’s death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.

Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her?

They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur, Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual, and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they’ve remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for Christmas at Sylvie’s old beach house – not for festivities, but to clean the place out before it is sold. Without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface – and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.

The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book, a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.

ELLIOT PERLMAN: Tues 8 October

Elliot Perlman author picELLIOT PERLMAN
Maybe the Horse Will Talk

Tuesday 8 October 2019
7pm

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To celebrate the release of his latest book – Maybe the Horse Will Talk – we are delighted to welcome Elliot Perlman, acclaimed author of Three Dollars, Seven Types of Ambiguity and The Street Sweeper.

Ticket price includes a copy of the new book, Maybe the Horse Will Talk, the presentation and wine on arrival.


About the Author…

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Perlman also co-wrote the screenplay for the film of Three Dollars, which received the Australian Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the A.F.I. Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming, a collection of stories, was a bestseller in the US where it was named a New York Times Book Review ‘Editors’ Choice’ and received the Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication.

Perlman’s second novel, Seven Types of Ambiguity, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award as well as for the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction. The novel was adapted into a 6 part ABC TV series in 2017.

His most recent novel, the critically acclaimed national bestseller, The Street Sweeper, was described by The Times (UK) as ‘harrowing, humane and brilliant’. The novel was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Elliot Perlman is the recipient of the Queensland Premier’s award for Advancing Public Debate and has been described by Lire (France) as ‘the classic of tomorrow’, one of the ’50 most important writers in the world’.


About the Book…

Maybe the Horse will Talk smallMaybe the Horse Will Talk
Release date: 1 October 2019

‘I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate.’
Stephen Maserov has problems. A onetime teacher, married to fellow teacher Eleanor, he has retrained and is now a second-year lawyer working at mega-firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche. Despite toiling around the clock to make budget, he’s in imminent danger of being downsized. And to make things worse, Eleanor, sick of single-parenting their two young children thanks to Stephen’s relentless work schedule, has asked him to move out.

To keep the job he hates, pay the mortgage and salvage his marriage, he will have to do something strikingly daring, something he never thought himself capable of. But if he’s not careful, it might be the last job he ever has…

Warm, dramatic, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, with the narrative pull of a thriller, Maybe the Horse Will Talk is a love story, a reflection on contemporary marriage, and on friendship. It is also an unflinching examination of sexual harassment in the workplace and an exposé of corporate corruption that taps directly into the pulse of our times.

DI WEBSDALE-MORRISSEY: Tues 17 Sept

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On a Wing and a Prayer

Tuesday 17 September
7pm

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Join us to hear local author, Di Websdale-Morrissey, discuss her new book, which recounts a remarkable but little known episode in Melbourne’s history. The 1934 MacRobertson Air Race, from London to Melbourne, was an audacious plan to celebrate Melbourne’s centennial and became a heart-stopping event watched avidly around the world.


About the book…

On A Wing and a Prayer HROn a Wing and a Prayer
Release date: 3 September 2019

In 1934, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor announced a London-to-Melbourne air race to celebrate his city’s centenary.

The audacious plan captured imaginations across the globe- newspapers and magazines everywhere were filled with it; the world’s pilots scrambled to get sponsorship; and the organisers scrambled to get the rules straight and permission to fly in foreign air space. Sixty-four entrants from eleven countries signed up, but only twenty planes eventually took off on 20 October 1934. The winner arrived in Melbourne seventy-one hours later-but three planes crashed and two pilots died in the attempt.

The world followed the progress and applauded the winners, Britain’s Grovsenor House (outright) and The Netherlands’ Uiver (on handicap), but the real climax of the story is the astonishing efforts by the town of Albury in saving the Uiver as it battled through a fierce thunderstorm with no navigational aids, guiding the tiny plane to an emergency landing in the middle of the town with the most quick-thinking, imaginative response to its terrifying predicament.

This heroic race, considered the greatest single sporting event in the history of aviation, is a tale of eccentric characters, daring deeds and sublime courage. Di Websdale- Morrissey’s page-turning account will have readers holding their breaths, just as the world did eighty-five years ago.

LOVE YOUR BOOKSHOP DAY 2019!

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Love Your Bookshop Day is about celebrating bookshops,
bookselling and the culture of books, reading and writing.

So whether you love us for our amazing staff and their awesome advice and friendly service,
our carefully curated range of gorgeous books,
our great events,
or just simply that wonderful sight and smell
when you step through the door,
we’d love to see you on
Saturday 10 August 

to help us celebrate!!


Here’s some of the great stuff we’ve got planned for the day:

  • We know so many of you love our wonderful front window displays, now here’s a chance to ‘win the window’! – thanks to the support of our wonderful publishers, we’ll have a window full of amazing books that you could win, simply by making a purchase of $50 or more in store on Saturday 10 August!  Ask staff for details on how to enter.

  • Children’s Illustrator Extraordinaire, James Hart, will be visiting between 11am and 1pm, drawing pictures on request!  Come on down for your very own personalised piece of art!!

  • We’ll be donating 10% of sales for the day to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to support the fantastic work they do.  You can find out more about the ILF here.

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  • Get creative and sign our graffiti wall – add in your favourite book titles, have a go at illustrating your favourite book character or just tell us what you love most about Farrells!

Graffiti window 2016

  • Sausage Sizzle from 11am-1pm, thanks to the Rotary Club of Mornington – proceeds also to the ILF.

  • Face Painting for the kids!  From 11am-1pm we’ll have free face painting for all our youngest bookshop lovers.

  • Colouring comp picColouring in Competition! For kids up to age 12, collect a copy of the picture in store or print a copy off here.  Entries should be returned by 5pm Wednesday 14 August, with the winners announced and prizes awarded at our Children’s Book Week celebration on Saturday 17 August at 3pm.

  • Micro-story Challenge - jump on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) to enter our micro-story competition – can you tell a story in only 10 words – no more, no less!?  Great prizes to be won.

  • Lucky book dip!  Make a purchase and then take your chances with our lucky dip – you could score an advanced reading copy of a forthcoming book or perhaps something that might have taken a knock or two but is still just as wonderful on the inside.

  • Double Loyalty Points! – for one day only, if you’re a member of our Friends of Farrells (FOF) Loyalty Program, you’ll earn double points for any eligible transaction (usual FOF rules apply).  Ask in store if you’d like to hear more about the Friends of Farrells Program – perhaps sign up on the day!

CHRISTIAN WHITE: Thursday 26 September

Christian-White-The-Nowhere-Child-authorOFFICIAL LAUNCH

CHRISTIAN WHITE
The Wife and the Widow

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7pm

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Join us for the official launch of the much anticipated second novel from 2018 debut sensation, Christian White.

The Wife and the Widow is a brilliant beguiling novel confirming Christian as one of Australia’s great new thriller talents.  His first book, The Nowhere Child, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript and then went on to be shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year, the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Indie Book Awards’ Debut Fiction Book of the Year.

Hear Christian do a reading from the new book and sign copies of The Wife and the Widow.

Drinks and nibbles provided.  Bookings required for catering purposes.


About Christian…

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film RelicThe Nowhere Child is his first book and one of Australia’s bestselling debut novels ever. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Since publication The Nowhere Child has been shortlisted for major awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Indie Book Awards’ Debut Fiction Book of the Year. Rights to The Nowhere Child have been sold in 16 territories around the world, and were acquired in a major screen deal by Anonymous Content (US) and Carver Films (Australia). Christian’s keenly awaited second book, The Wife and the Widow will be published in Australia by Affirm Press in October, 2019.

Christian lives in Melbourne with his wife, filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy.


About the Book…

Wife and Widow small coverThe Wife and the Widow
Release Date: 24 September 2019

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and the Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

MICHAEL ROBOTHAM: Monday 12 August

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Good Girl Bad Girl

Monday 12 August

7pm
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TICKETS $35

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To celebrate the release of his latest book – Good Girl Bad Girl – we are thrilled to welcome internationally acclaimed and best selling Australian crime writer, Michael Robotham, in conversation about the new book, his writing process and career, in which his books have been translated into 25 different languages and published in 50 different countries.

Ticket price includes a copy of the new book, Good Girl Bad Girl, the presentation and wine on arrival.  


About the Author

Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.

Michael’s 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of nine novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK’s prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.


About the Book

Good Girl Bad GirlGood Girl Bad Girl 
Michael Robotham
Release date 23 July 2019

 The girl with no past…

Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity.

The boy who survived…

Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift – she knows when someone is lying.

And nobody is telling the truth…

CAZ GOODWIN: Monday 1 July

Story time with…

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Lazy Daisy

Monday 1 July
2.30pm

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FREE, but bookings required as space is limited

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Join us for a special school holiday story time with award-winning children’s author Caz Goodwin to celebrate her recent picture book – Lazy Daisy is a funny rhyming story about friendship, compromise and an extremely lazy ‘dog’. The children will hear the story, enjoy rhyming songs and learn some fun facts about Australia’s native koalas. There will also be a craft activity.

Suitable for ages 3+


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Caz Goodwin

All of Jasper’s dreams come true when he finds his very own ‘puppy dog’ to walk in Centenary Park. But Daisy the ‘dog’ isn’t much of a walker — she tends to spend most of her day climbing gumtrees and dozing. If only someone would explain to Jasper that Daisy is a koala, NOT a dog! Just as Jasper’s about to give up on his dream, he has a madcap idea of how Daisy can still join him on his daily walk, whether she’s asleep or not.

Lazy Daisy is a hilarious rhyming story that will have kids doubled over with laughter.

LEE KOFMAN: Thursday 23 May

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Imperfect

Thursday 23 May
7pm

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Join us as Lee Kofman discusses her memoir/cultural critique, Imperfect, which casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and the way media and culture dictates how bodies should and shouldn’t be.

Tickets $5 – includes wine on arrival.


About the Author

Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books, and two memoirs The Dangerous Bride (Melbourne University Press, 2014) and Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become (Affirm Press, 2019), and the co-editor of an anthology of memoir, Rebellious Daughters (Ventura Press, 2016). Her short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry have been widely published in Australia, US, UK, Scotland, Israel and Canada. Her writing received numerous awards and her blog about the writing process was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. Her next book is the anthology of personal essays Split (Ventura Press). More at www.leekofman.com.au


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Lee Koffman

By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that have shaped her sense of self and her view of the world. But it wasn’t until she moved from the Soviet Union to Israel and later Australia that she realised these markings weren’t badges of honour to flaunt but were, in fact, imperfections that needed to be concealed.

In a seductive mix of memoir and cultural critique, Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm. She reveals the subtle ways we are all influenced by the bodies we inhabit, whether our differences are pronounced or noticeable only to ourselves. She talks to people of all shapes, sizes and configurations and takes a hard look at the way media and culture dictates how bodies should and shouldn’t be.

By turns illuminating, confronting and deeply personal, Imperfect challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become.

LEAH KAMINSKY: Tuesday 23 April

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The Hollow Bones

Tuesday 23 April
7pm

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Tickets $5

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Join us as Leah Kaminsky, winner of the 2016 Voss Literary Prize for her debut novel The Waiting Room, discusses her new book, The Hollow Bones.

Tickets $5, which includes wine on arrival.


 

About the Author

Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel, The Waiting Room, won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. She conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician-writers, which starred on Booklist and is co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family. She holds an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. (www.leahkaminsky.com)


Hollow BonesThe Hollow Bones
Leah Kaminsky

‘I remember you once told me about mockingbirds and their special talents for mimicry. They steal the songs from others, you said. I want to ask you this: how were our own songs stolen from us, the notes dispersed, while our faces were turned away?’

Berlin, 1936. Ernst Schäfer, a young, ambitious zoologist and keen hunter and collector, has come to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, who invites him to lead a group of SS scientists to the frozen mountains of Tibet. Their secret mission: to search for the origins of the Aryan race. Ernst has doubts initially, but soon seizes the opportunity to rise through the ranks of the Third Reich.

While Ernst prepares for the trip, he marries Herta, his childhood sweetheart. But Herta, a flautist who refuses to play from the songbook of womanhood and marriage under the Reich, grows increasingly suspicious of Ernst and his expedition.

When Ernst and his colleagues finally leave Germany in 1938, they realise the world has its eyes fixed on the horror they have left behind in their homeland.

A lyrical and poignant cautionary tale, The Hollow Bones brings to life one of the Nazi regime’s little-known villains through the eyes of the animals he destroyed and the wife he undermined in the name of science and cold ambition.

CONNAH BRECON: Monday 8 April

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Illustrator
The Book Chook

Monday 8 April

2.30pm
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FREE, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

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Join us for some school holiday fun with Connah Brecon – illustrator of The Book Chook and many other fantastic picture story books.


Book ChookThe Book Chook
Amelia McInerney & Connah Brecon

When Ray realises he is a drawing of a chicken he panics! Can he hatch a plan to get out of the book? Luckily, his plucky, clucky friend Janine is there to help. A hilarious tale of flying the coop and discovering home.

A funny, silly, story of finding out who you are, and learning to love who you are, and where you are even if you might have been a bit mistaken on the way.

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