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LEAH KAMINSKY: Tuesday 23 April

The Hollow Bones

Tuesday 23 April


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

The Book Chook

Monday 8 April



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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.

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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.

WALLACE & HART: Monday 15 April

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Cowboy & Birdbrain

Monday 15 April


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Join us for some whacky school holiday fun – reading, writing, drawing, general silliness – with Adam and James – author/illustrator dynamic duo and creators of the new book series, Cowboy & Birdbrain.

This is a FREE EVENT, but as space is limited, bookings are essential.

Artists_illustration_AdamAbout Adam…

Adam Wallace was once an Engineer and then a Primary School teacher and tossed it all in to write children’s books. In the first year after leaving teaching he was shown approximately 17 engineering jobs and 15 teaching jobs by his supportive but worried parents, Jack and Gill.

Adam has since had 50 books published (it will be 50 by the end of the year, at least). He has had books on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists, and has also had books shortlisted for the KOALA, WAYRBA and CBCA Awards.

Adam has visited over 300 schools and libraries, and is very tired. It has proven an amazing way for him to be able to connect with his audience, though, being face to face in an increasingly online world. This has enabled Adam to build a strong following in schools around Victoria, with students and teachers alike.

Adam has worked with amazing illustrators such as James Hart, Heath McKenzie, Serena Geddes, Andy Elkerton and Garth Bruner.


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James Hart is an award winning Illustrator, Comic Artist and Avid Doodler who grew up loving comics, cartoons and drawing.

As a child, James was raised on a healthy balanced diet of comics, video games, cartoons, action figures and Lego. It wasn’t long before he realised that you could draw for a living and began his successful illustration journey in 2003. Since then, he has worked on many different projects from toy designs to book illustrations including work on the animated series of The Day my Butt went Psycho and the thrilling You Choose book series by George Ivanoff.

James has also worked on other popular book series with Tim Harris, illustrating his book series, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, as well as illustrating MacPark’s D-Bot Squad series and Cosentino’s The Mysterious World of Cosentino series.

In 2018 James illustrated the Premiers’ Reading Challenge posters in Victoria and is the official ambassador and illustrator for Scholastic’s National Family Reading Month 2019.


Cowboy & Birdbrain

Cowboy & Birdbrain
Adam Wallace & James Hart

Cowboy and Birdbrain are best friends who work for I.F.F.Y. delivery company, a company that do the riskiest, zaniest, most bizarre deliveries ever. They’re known for their F.A.R.T.S. (Fast and Reliable Tracking Service). Cowboy is the brains of the operation, and Birdbrain, well, he is a brain but he’s just not brain-y if you get the drift…

Anyway, this dubious duo are not the best or even second-best deliverers at IFFY DELIVERIES. They’re the WORST. But they’re also the funniest!

Join Cowboy and Birdbrain on their WACKY adventure, when their boss gives them the following job: URGENT DELIVERY! To: Ship in the Middle of the Ocean. WARNING: Do not get package wet!



AB BISHOP: Sunday 31 March

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in conversation with Angus Stewart

Sunday 31 March


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Suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, but there are practical ways to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into our gardens. Not only for our own enjoyment, but as a direct contribution to the health and sustainability of our local environment and wildlife.

Join us to hear AB Bishop - horticulturalist, landscape designer, researcher and writer – in conversation with former Gardening Australia presenter and native gardening expert, Angus Stewart, about her new book Habitat. 

Learn how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, and understand how all aspects of the backyard  ecosystem are interlinked and important for creating a truly authentic and effective habitat.

This is a FREE EVENT, but as space is limited bookings are essential.

About AB Bishop

AB Bishop is a horticulturist, conservationist, writer and habitat consultant. She coauthored The Australian Native Garden with Angus Stewart, which won the 2016-17 Horticultural Media Association of Australia book award. She assisted Angus with writing Creating an Australian Garden and was a researcher for ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program for five years. She is a regular freelance writer for The Age newspaper and Gardening Australia magazine, and is a regular guest presenter (and occasional host) on Melbourne’s 3CR Community Radio Gardening Program.

AB lives in an environmental living zone in Victoria (her garden is featured in The Australian Native Garden) where native fauna and flora is protected. She has a strong passion for Australian plants and believes that gardens should be built as much for supporting wildlife as for our own enjoyment. She works part-time at Kuranga Native Nursery, where she’s in her element surrounded by thousands of plants and like-minded peers.


AB Bishop

In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those of us who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into our garden. Not only for our own enjoyment, but as a direct contribution to the health and sustainability of our local environment and wildlife.

AB Bishop shows how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, stressing the importance of understanding how all aspects of the backyard ecosystem are interlinked in order to create a truly authentic and effective habitat.

This information-packed resource includes a detailed plant directory; information on what plants (native and exotic) suit what creatures and why; and advice on how to factor in the shelter, nesting, food and water requirements of different types of wildlife. A practical projects chapter features step-by-step instructions for soil testing; making compost tea; building and planting a frog pond; and constructing nesting boxes and insect hotels.


J.P. POMARE: Thursday 28 February

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Call Me Evie

Thursday 28 February



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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!!  

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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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