143 Main St Mornington (03) 5975 5034


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!

Paul and book

  • 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

Anna P and book

  • 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

SERONG, Jack 2016 credit Rowena Naylor (beach centred landscape)


Tuesday 8 August


Bookings essential as space limited




(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!

On the Java Ridge Cover ImageOn The Java Ridge
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.

Annie's Farmhouse KitchenAnnie’s Farmhouse Kitchen
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.

GARRY DISHER: Wed 18 January

We’re rapt to be able to kick off our Events Program for 2017 with a visit from our very own, acclaimed crime author…




Wednesday 18 January

Tickets $5.00

Book in store or on 5975 5034. Places strictly limited.

Celebrating the release of the 7th book in his Peninsula Crimes series, Signal Loss, we are thrilled to welcome Garry Disher for an evening in store to talk all things crime writing.

If you’re a fan of crime fiction, but haven’t yet discovered Garry’s Peninsula Crimes series, it’s definitely time to jump on board – there’s something quite thrilling about reading books that are set in your own locale – it provides an extra level of reality and really draws you into full immersion in the place, characters and story.  A must for all Peninsula residents!!

Join us for a different evening of summer entertainment!  Bookings essential – places are limited. 

About the Author

Garry Disher is one of Australia’s foremost crime writers. He has published almost fifty titles—fiction, children’s books, anthologies, textbooks, the Wyatt thrillers and the Peninsula Crimes series. He has won numerous awards, including the German Crime Prize (twice) and two Ned Kelly Best Crime novel awards, for Chain of Evidence (2007) and Wyatt (2010). Garry lives on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

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Garry Disher

$30.00 Available Now

A small bushfire, but nasty enough for ice cooks to abandon their lab. Fatal, too. But when the bodies in the burnt-out Mercedes prove to be a pair of Sydney hitmen, Inspector Hal Challis’s inquiries into a local ice epidemic take a darker turn. Meanwhile, Ellen Destry, head of the new sex crimes unit, finds herself not only juggling the personalities of her team but hunting a serial rapist who leaves no evidence behind.

The seventh instalment in Garry Disher’s celebrated Peninsula Crimes series sets up new challenges, both professional and personal, for Challis and Destry. And Disher delivers with all the suspense and human complexity for which readers love him.




FIONA McINTOSH: Wed 16 November



Wednesday 16 November


Farrell’s Bookshop
143 Main Street, Mornington

Bookings in store

Celebrating the release of her latest historical romance, we’re very pleased to bring popular author of The Perfumer’s Secret, Fiona McIntosh, to Mornington for an intimate evening in store.

In her new book, The Chocolate Tin, Fiona takes us from the battlefields of northern France to the medieval city of York, with a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life … and of chocolate.

Tickets are $5 and bookings can be made in store or on 5975 5034. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Chocolate TinThe Chocolate Tin

Fiona McIntosh
$33.00 (Release date: 31 October 2016)

Alexandra Frobisher is a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England’s famous chocolate-making town of York. She has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra – love.

Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together?

At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench in France. In the man’s possession is a secret love note, tucked inside a tin of chocolate that had been sent to the soldiers as a gift from the people back home.

In pursuit of the author of this mysterious message, Harry travels to Rowntree’s chocolate factory in England’s north, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra and Matthew’s. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future.

From the battlefields of northern France to the medieval city of York, this is a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life . . . and of chocolate.





Farrell’s Bookshop and Mornington Peninsula Shire proudly present:



Wednesday 9 November

The Studio @ PCT
Peninsula Community Theatre
91 Wilsons Road, Mornington





Celebrating the release of A Single Tree, the essential companion to its award-winning predecessor The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia, we are proud to welcome one of Australia’s most esteemed writers, Don Watson, to the Peninsula.

In A Single Tree, Watson – a former speechwriter for Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating – assembles the raw material underpinning The Bush, his 2014 work combining memoir, travel writing, history and social critique.

Watson’s handpicked collection continues the discussion on national character sparked by The Bush and comprises diary extracts, memoirs, journals, letters, histories, poems and fiction.

Join us for a fascinating evening of discussion, with thanks to the Mornington Peninsula Shire, for use of The Studio @ PCT.


a-single-tree_coverA Single Tree
Don Watson

$45.00 Hardback
(Release date: 26 October 2016)

A Single Tree assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson’s award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent.

Each of these varied contributors – settlers, explorers, anthropologists, naturalists, stockmen, surveyors, itinerants, artists and writers– represents a particular place and time. Men in awe of the landscape or cursing it; aspiring to subdue and exploit it or finding themselves defeated by it. Women reflecting on the land’s harshness and beauty, on the strangeness of their lives, their pleasures and miseries, the character and behaviour of the men. Europeans writing about indigenous Australians, sometimes with intelligent sympathy and curiosity but often with contempt, and often describing acts of startling brutality.

This collection comprises diary extracts, memoirs, journals, letters, histories, poems and fiction, and follows the same loose themes of The Bush. The science of the landscape and climate, and the way we have perceived them. Our deep and sentimental connection to the land, and our equally deep ignorance and abuse of it. The heroic myths and legends. The enchantments. The bush as a formative and defining element in Australian culture, self-image and character. The flora and fauna, the waterways, the colours. The heroic, self-defining stories, the bizarre and terrible, and the ones lost in the deep silences.

There are accounts of journeys, of work and recreation, of religious observance, of creation and destruction. Stories of uncanny events, peculiar and fantastic characters, deep ironies, and of land unlimited. And musings on what might be the future of the bush: as a unique environment, a food bowl, a mine, a wellspring of national identity . . .

From Dampier and Tasman to Tim Flannery and assorted contemporary farmers, environmentalists and grey nomads, these pieces represent a vast array of experiences, perspectives and knowledge. A Single Tree is an essential companion to its brilliant predecessor.

new-the-bush-by-don-watson-paperback-bookThe Bush
Don Watson

$25.00 Paperback

While most of us live in cities clinging to the coastal fringe, our sense of what an Australian is, or should be, is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by ‘the bush’, and how has it shaped us?

Starting with his forebears’ battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don’t.

A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush takes us on a profoundly revelatory and entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.


Game On Book launch (002)

game-onGame On: Supercharge Your Career and Build The Life You Want
Bianca Chatfield & Leigh Russell

$35.00 RRP  Released 1 September


In Game On, star Australian Diamonds netball defender and ex-Vixens Captain, Bianca Chatfield, and Leigh Russell, leadership specialist and high-performance coach, join forces to bring you their no-nonsense handbook for success. Combining Bianca’s experience as an elite athlete, teacher and sporting mentor, and Leigh’s background as an ex-CEO, facilitator and counsellor, this manual for life provides the ultimate toolkit for being the best you can be. 

DOUG PURDIE: The Bee Friendly Garden

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Doug Purdie

Friday 21 October

Tickets $15

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



We’re delighted to welcome Doug Purdie back to the Peninsula for the release of his second book – The Bee Friendly Garden.  We had a fantastic session with Doug in 2014 at Heronswood to discuss his first book, Backyard Bees.

This time round join us as Doug shares all his tips on how to encourage bees and other good bugs into your green space.

Tickets $15, includes the presentation plus morning tea.

About the Author
Doug Purdie – a self-professed ‘beevangelist’ – is the co-founder of The Urban Beehive, which manages over 100 hives around Sydney. He teaches beginner beekeeping courses and is the author of Backyard Bees.


Bee friendly gardenThe Bee Friendly Garden

$40 (Release date 1 September 2016)

Bees are our most important pollinators and they are in decline the world over. They love to live in urban environments where it’s a short flight path from one plant to the next. But with the housing boom and conventional gardens favouring lawns, paving and pesticides over flowers and edible plants, we are scaring the bees and good bugs away.  Without the plants, pollinators will vanish and vice versa.

Doug Purdie’s latest book The Bee Friendly Garden is a guide for all gardeners to encourage bees and other good bugs into your green space. This helpful, beautiful book includes:

  • How bees forage and why your garden needs them

  • A comprehensive guide to bee friendly plants

  • Simple changes we can all make to encourage a healthy bee population

  • Ideas for gardens of all sizes

  • Natural pest control and planting advice

Doug Purdie asks everyone to ‘think like a bee’. It’s all too easy to view the world from two human eyes, to see what looks, nice, neat and safe. But it is a very different world from the perspective of a bee with five eyes and ultraviolet vision hunting for nectar and pollen. If we don’t start growing a pollinator highway of food our bees will essentially become marooned.

The Bee Friendly Garden help us transform our backyards and balconies from an insect desert into a bug nirvana and a ‘bee highway’ across Australia to save our bees one garden or plant tub at a time.

Backyard Bees

Backyard Bees

$35. Available now.

Everything you need to know to keep bees on your rooftop, balcony or in your backyard.

Just about anyone can keep bees. All you need is a bit of space in your backyard (or on your rooftop) and a little love for the creatures that pollinate the vegie patches of your neighbourhood. Once introduced to the charms of beekeeping and the taste of warm honeycomb direct from the hive, you’ll be hooked.

Backyard Bees is the ultimate guide to installing and maintaining a hive through the seasons. Learn how easy it is to keep happy, healthy bees, and how and when to harvest the liquid gold. Including extensive advice on choosing a hive and the equipment you need; case studies and anecdotes from beekeepers from all walks of life; and 20 delicious recipes for all that honey, from Toasted Honey Granola to Bees Knees Cocktails.

Roland Perry: Wed 14 Sept

Joins us for an evening with one of Australia’s most respected authors…


Wednesday 14 September





To celebrate the release of his latest biography, Celeste: The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer, we are delighted to welcome Roland Perry to the Peninsula. With 30 published works spanning topics including biography, politics, espionage, history (WW1 and WW2), sport and fiction, this promises to be a fascinating evening.

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Books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

Book online now at TryBooking.com.


Celeste: The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer

$33.00 Paperback
Release date: 22 August 2016

Courtesan, countess, bestselling author – the tempestuous true story of a woman far ahead of her time …

The true story of the Countess Céleste de Chabrillan is a rich and tempestuous tale of an extraordinary woman. Born in the gutters of Paris in 1824, Céleste made her name as a dancer in the Parisian dance halls, where it is said she invented the can-can.

Then, as an equestrienne at the Paris hippodrome, her daring feats on horseback thrilled the crowds. However, it was as the city’s most celebrated courtesan that the young Parisian found genuine fame and fortune. Strikingly beautiful and charismatic, her lovers included famous novelists, artists and composers, not least Georges Bizet, whom, many believe, based his free and fearless Carmen on Céleste.

But when Céleste married the Count de Chabrillan, a prominent member of the French aristocracy, Parisian society was scandalised. And when the pair turned up in far off Australia, where the count served as the first French consul, Melbourne society was scandalised in turn.

Later a bestselling memoirist, novelist, playwright and librettist, the remarkable Countess Céleste de Chabrillan was, indeed, a woman far ahead of her time.



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