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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.  

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.

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

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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


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!

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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.

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.




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