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SAM LANE: Wednesday 28 March

Sam LaneSam Lane

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.

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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.


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‘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

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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.  

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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.

LOVE Your Bookshop Day 2017

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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 12 August

to help us celebrate!!

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

  • Author and ABC Sports guru, Paul Kennedy, whose fantastic book Fifteen Young Men recounts the 1892 Mornington Football Club tragedy, will be in store from 1-2pm signing books – come on down for a chat!

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  • 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!

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  • Face Painting for the kids!  From 10.30am-12.30pm we’ll have free face painting for all our youngest bookshop lovers.

  • Story time at 11 am with children’s author and illustrator extraordinaire, Anna Pignataro

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  • Double Loyalty Points! – for one day only, if you’re a member of our Friends of Farrells 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.

  • The launch of two fantastic competitions ahead of our 40th birthday celebrations in 2018 – Favourite Farrells and Design a Bookmark – come in on the day to be first to hear about them and maybe even pop in an entry!

JOCK SERONG: Tuesday 8 August

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Tuesday 8 August


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(Photo credit: Rowena Naylor)

We are delighted to welcome Jock Serong to Mornington to speak about his new release, On The Java Ridge.  Following the great success of his first two novels – The Rules of Backyard Cricket (shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction 2017) and Quota (Winner 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel), we are very excited about his latest offering – a compelling, tension-filled story highlighting the multiple facets of the asylum-seeker issue in Australia, sure to ignite further debate about refugee policies.

Join us to hear Jock speak about the new book as well as his writing career so far.  Tickets are $5 each and bookings are essential as space is limited.  Book in store or on 5975 5034 from 6 July – secure your spot early to avoid disappointment!

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Jock Serong

Release date 31 July 2017

Amid the furious ocean there was no human sound on deck: some people standing, watching the wave, but no one capable of words.

On the Java Ridge, skipper Isi Natoli and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef off the Indonesian island of Dana.

In the Canberra office of Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, a Federal election looms and (not coincidentally) a hardline new policy is being announced regarding maritime assistance to asylum-seeker vessels in distress.

A few kilometres away from Dana, the Takalar is having engine trouble. Among the passengers fleeing from persecution are Roya and her mother, and Roya’s unborn sister.

The storm now closing in on the Takalar and the Java Ridge will mean catastrophe for them all.

With On the Java Ridge Jock Serong, bestselling author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket, brings us a literary novel with the pace and tension of a political thriller—and some of the most compelling, heartstopping writing about the sea since Patrick O’Brian.




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Wednesday 17 May

Eco Living Display Centre @ The Briars
450 Nepean Hwy Mount Martha

Tickets $15.00 – bookings essential


Join us to celebrate the release of Annie’s second cookbook – Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen: Seasonal Menus with a French Heart.

Annie Smithers is one of Australia’s most respected female chefs. She has been a professional restaurant chef for over thirty years and spent her younger years training and working with luminaries of the Australian restaurant industry, including Stephanie Alexander.  As her passions have evolved, Annie has eschewed traditional restaurant cooking and focused on garden to table eating.  Annie opened her tiny restaurant in Trentham, du Fermier (‘From the Farmyard’), in 2013 where she focuses on cooking simple French farmhouse-inspired food.

Also joining us will be artist Robin Cowcher, whose evocative watercolour illustrations make this cookbook just that little bit extra special, and capture the true essence of Annie’s farm life and passion for food.

Tickets are $15 (no concessions), which includes the presentation plus a morning tea featuring some of Annie’s recipes from the new book.

Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Annie Smithers
Illustrations by Robin Cowcher

Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen is a window on the bucolic world of acclaimed Victorian chef Annie Smithers. A handsome, gifty package, it includes a best-of selection of three and four-course menus collected by Annie over the three years of her restaurant, du Fermier, in Trentham. While part of du Fermier’s appeal is undeniably its charming central Victorian location, this farmhouse-style eatery is the sort of place intrepid food lovers might equally stumble across in rural France or Dorset or California.

Annie’s food is classic French Provincial, presented with a distinct pared back, accessible aesthetic (no fuss, with preparation, anyone can do this!), and determined very much by whatever is thriving in her rambling home vegetable garden in Malmsbury. As well as being fully illustrated with delightful watercolours by Robin Cowcher – meet the cat ‘Kitten’, meet the geese, meet the dog Tommy – Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen will also include photographs that offer another valuable visual dimension to this compelling package.

In addition to seasonal recipes (four menus per season), Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen will present readers with four standout feasts: deep mid-winter; summer solstice; spring bounty; and autumn harvest. Annie’s distinct voice will feature throughout – both guiding readers with advice about getting the best results from her recipes (what went wrong? what about leftovers? why, exactly, is this pastry so good?), and via occasional entertaining vignettes that tell the story of the daily challenges and victories inevitably associated with running a successful small restaurant in a country town – solo.



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Sun 5 March: This event is now fully booked.  


Dr Debra Campbell

Thursday 9 March


Bookings Essential – book in store or on 5975 5034

Together with Hardie Grant Books, we are delighted to celebrate the launch of psychologist Dr Debra Campbell’s book, Lovelands.

Psychologist, couple therapist and former university lecturer in marriage and relationships, Debra has worked in private practice, consulting on everything from panic to depression and parenting problems, as well as spending a number of years as a couple therapist at Relationships Australia.

Join us for drinks and nibbles and to hear Debra discuss the new book.

This is a free event, but bookings are essential as space is limited – please book in store or call us on 5975 5034 to secure your place. 


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Dr Debra Campbell

Release date: 1 March 2017
$25.00 Hardback

Love is a wild and diverse land. Every soul needs a map.

Nothing is more important to us than love, yet nothing is more painful than love gone wrong. During the course of our lives, we can develop dangerous faultlines and crevasses in our inner emotional landscapes due to past hurts, losses and disappointments.

Lovelands is psychologist Dr Debra Campbell’s map for traversing the treacherous terrain of love and cultivating the wisdom and self-compassion for healthy love relationships.

Drawing on her own knowledge and experiences of dysfunctional love relationships throughout her life and work, Dr Campbell shows you how to become aware of your personal Lovelands so you can locate and identify your faultlines, avoid repeating negative patterns and become empowered to make different choices.

Whether you’re a parent to others, a lover to another, or working on the care of your own soul, Lovelands will help you make sense of love, from birth to death, and guide you in claiming the role of the hero of your own life and sovereign of your own Lovelands.

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