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Hugh Mackay: Fri 24 June

We are very pleased to once again be partnering with our friends at Peninsula Voice, this time bringing to Mornington one of Australia’s leading social commentators…

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Friday 24 June

6.30 – 8pm
(please arrive from 6.15pm to register)

St Mark’s Uniting Church
50 Barkly Street

Tickets $5, includes presentation, book signing and supper. 

Proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Peninsula Voice.

What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’?

Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever…

Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and the author of seventeen books – eleven in the field of social analysis and ethics, and six novels. His latest release, Beyond Belief, tackles the very interesting questions surrounding the place of the church and religion in our increasingly secular society, but one in which we are still very much seeking to lead meaningful lives.

Come along for what we are sure will be a thoroughly interesting evening of discussion, followed by a book signing and supper. Books will be available for sale and signing on the night.

You can listen to a recent radio interview Hugh did about the new book here.

beyondbeliefBeyond Belief
$33.00 RRP

What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’?

Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

Mackay interviews dozens of Australians representing many different points on the spectrum of faith, including some who are part of the emerging ‘spiritual but not religious’ movement. He exposes the deep vein of ambivalence about religion that runs through our society: we may not actively worship, but we still like to see local churches operating in our midst, and we use ‘our’ church to marry, christen our babies, educate our children and commemorate our dead. He points out some uncomfortable truths, such as our tendency to call on God only in a crisis, and unpacks our human need for ‘answers’, even when science can’t find them. He endorses the Christian ideal of the good life – a life lived for others – but acknowledges that there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

Written with all the insight and compassion we have come to expect of our leading chronicler of Australian life, Beyond Belief is an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.

ArtofbelongingThe Art of Belonging
$20.00 RRP

The eternal question ‘Who am I?’ must be weighed against an even deeper question: ‘Who are we?’ We are writing each other’s stories as much as we are writing our own.

In his bestselling book, The Good Life, Hugh Mackay argued that kindness and respect for others are the hallmarks of a life well lived. Now in The Art of Belonging Mackay shows how strong communities develop our moral sense and build our emotional security. He says that as ‘social creatures’ we can only reach our potential when we engage with our communities – in the local neighbourhood, at work and even online.

Drawing on his lifelong work as a social researcher, Mackay creates a fictional suburb, Southwood, and populates it with characters who, like most of us, struggle to reconcile their need to belong with their desire to live life on their own terms. Through a series of stories, illuminated by Mackay’s social analysis, we witness the conflicts that arise when individuals assert their needs at the expense of others, but we also glimpse the satisfactions that flow from contributing to the common good.

Compellingly argued and written with wisdom, compassion and wit, The Art of Belonging is for those who yearn for a society that sustains and nurtures the many, not just the fortunate few.

goodlifeThe Good Life
$20.00 RRP

“No one can promise you that a life lived for others will bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it’s certain that nothing else will.”

Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living?

His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way.

Mackay examines what is known as the Golden Rule through the prisms of religion, philosophy, politics, business and family life. And he explores the numerous and often painful ways we distract ourselves from this central principle: our pursuit of pleasure, our attempts to perfect ourselves and our children, and our conviction that we can have our lives under control.

Argued with all the passion and intelligence we have come to expect from one of Australia’s most prolific and insightful authors, The Good Life is a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly even change the way we live our lives.


AUTHOR EVENT: Scattered Pearls

Come along and listen to Peninsula author, Sohila Zanjani, in conversation with her co-author, David Brewster.


Wednesday 15 June

7 – 8.30pm

Lilo Cafe

1/725 Esplanade Mornington

Tickets: $20 (event only) or $50 (event + book at 10 % off RRP)

Ticket price includes the presentation, plus canapes and a drink of your choice on arrival (wine, sparkling, tea or coffee). Additional drinks available to purchase. Sohila and David will sign books following the presentation.

Tickets available in store or over the phone (credit card payments only).

Numbers are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

You can read a recent interview with Sohila here.

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(Sohila Zanjay & David Brewster, PB $33.00)

From Tehran to Melbourne, a powerful memoir of survival…

Scattered Pearls opens in pre-revolutionary Iran, where Sohila Zanjani grew up under the threat of violence, intimidation and control at the hands of her father. Resolving never to tread in the footsteps of her mother and her grandmother, both survivors of domestic abuse, Sohila tried to find a new life for herself on the other side of the world. But to her horror she discovered that living with her father had been gentle in comparison to the reality of her new married life.

Spanning more than a hundred years, Scattered Pearls tells the true stories of Sohila, her mother and her grandmother, and the injustice and abuse meted out by the men in their lives. It is a story of cultural misogyny in both Iran and Australia, and of an ongoing search for a loving, equal relationship.

BOOK LAUNCH: Patrick Guest’s The Ricker Racker Club

Earlier this year when we were crunching the numbers on our best sellers for 2015, we were rather delighted to discover that our single biggest selling picture story book for the year was a special little book written by local author, Patrick Guest, That’s What Wings Are For.

So we are truly delighted to be assisting Pat in the official launch of his new book, The Ricker Racker Club.


Have a listen to Patrick chat about the launch with Heather Mc on her Morning Show on RPP FM Mornintgon.

Join us for some fun in the Great Outdoors – learn the SECRET handshake, the SECRET password and the SECRET SILLY DANCE – if you know how to be brave and kind, come along and join us for a meeting of The Ricker Racker Club!!

As the event is to be held outside, we have a bad weather contingency of falling back to Farrell’s Bookshop at 143 Main Street, Mornington. If you wish to be notified on the day of any change in location, please follow the Facebook event page, or alternatively register your mobile number in store (we will send an automated SMS notification).

the-ricker-racker-clubThe Ricker Racker Club

Patrick Guest (Illustrated by Nicholas Eckstrom)
$25.00 Hardback
Release Date 1 April 2016

To be in the Ricker Racker Club you have to be brave. You have to be kind. You have to not be a girl…but some people are better than others at being both kind and brave. Patrick Guest and Nathaniel Eckstrom tell us who and why and how in this lively story about silly rules and even sillier situations.

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Patrick Guest (Illustrated by Daniella Germain)
$25.00 Hardback
Available now

There are three things that all respectable dragons need:
Strong wings for flying.
Strong lungs for breathing fire,
and strong, shiny scales …
But Bluey the Dragon has none of these.
Even so, Bluey has other abilities, some of them truly wonderful … if only he can work out what they are!

Patrick wrote this book for his son and other children, who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  You can watch an interview with Patrick about the book here.

AUTHOR EVENT: Meg and Tom Keneally

We’re kicking off our events calendar for 2016 with a big one: Man Booker and Miles Franklin Prize Winning author, Tom Keneally, together with his eldest daughter, Meg.

Keneally Meg  Tom 2016 (Credit Penguin Random House)Meg and Tom Keneally – in conversation

Wednesday 23 March 2016
1.30 – 4pm

Josephine’s Restaurant at The Briars
(450 Nepean Hwy, Mount Martha)

Enjoy listening to Meg and Tom converse about their collaboration on the new Monsarrat Series, as well as insights to Tom’s long and celebrated career including his recent historical fiction, Napoleon’s Last Island.

Ticket price includes a selection of hot savoury finger food on arrival, followed by scones and tea or coffee during the presentation.  Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.

Tickets: $40 event only or $70 including copy of the new book (includes a 10% disc). No concessions.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Tickets available in store only – numbers are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Please advise dietary requirements at time of booking and these will be accommodated where possible.
Note that this event has informal, unallocated seating so please arrive promptly.

Soldiers Curse CoverThe Soldier’s Curse
Book One: The Monsarrat Series

RRP $33.00 Release Date 1 March 2016

A fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg.

In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom. Originally transported for forging documents passing himself off as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement’s commandant.

His position has certain advantages, such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen, being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who, despite being illiterate, is his most intelligent companion.

Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river, his beautiful wife, Honora, falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify. When Honora dies, it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned.

Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney suspect the commandant’s second-in-command, Captain Diamond, a cruel man who shares history with Honora. Then Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for the murder. Knowing his friend will hang if she is tried, Monsarrat knows he must find the real killer.

9780857984616Napoleon’s Last Island
Tom Keneally

$33.00 Available Now

Whilst living in exile on St Helena, Napoleon exerted an extraordinary influence on young Betsy Balcombe. How did she get from Napoleon’s side to the Australian bush?

When Tom Keneally discovered by chance at the National Gallery of Victoria that Betsy Balcombe, a young girl living on St Helena while the Emperor Napoleon was exiled there, had become the Emperor’s ‘intimate friend and annoyer’, and had then emigrated with her family to Australia, he was impelled to begin another extraordinary novel, exploring the intersection between the ordinary people of the world and those we deem exceptional.

Betsy Balcombe moved as a child with her family to St Helena, ‘that high mid-Atlantic rock of exile’. Ten years later her family befriended, served and were ruined by their relationship with Napoleon. To redeem their fortunes William Balcombe, Betsy’s father, betrayed the Emperor and accepted a job as the colonial treasurer of New South Wales, taking his family with him. After enduring a profound tragedy on the voyage out, and never quite recovering from the results of his association with Napoleon, William’s life deteriorated; however, his family struggled and survived in Australia.

Tom Keneally recreates Betsy’s friendship with The Great Ogre, her enmities and alliances with his court, and her dramatic coming of age during her years with them on the island. With his ability for bringing historical stories to life in the most brilliant and surprising ways, Keneally vividly shares this remarkable tale and the beginning of an Australian dynasty.




Author Event: Matthew Evans

untitledWe are pleased to welcome the star of the long-running SBS TV series, The Gourmet Farmer – Matthew Evans.  

Wednesday 11 November
11am   In store signing


To be in the running to win a copy of Summer on Fat Pig Farm, simply register your intention to attend the in store signing (on Facebook or in store) and attend on the day – a winner will be drawn during the signing.

12.30pm   Exclusive lunch at Moorooduc Estate – SOLD OUT!

A former chef and food critic, Matthew is now a Tasmanian smallholder, food writer and food activist. He fattens pigs, milks a cow, tends a garden and writes about food from his office on Fat Pig Farm, in the gorgeous Huon Valley.

9781743365793In his new book, Summer on Fat Pig Farm ($50.00 HB, release date 21 October), Matthew showcases beautiful seasonal produce with a collection of fresh, simple and nourishing summer recipes.

Come and join us for a delicious lunch at the beautiful Moorooduc Estate – a two-course menu with local, seasonal, ethically raised produce, in keeping with Matthew’s farming / cooking approach. Guests will also receive a starter and a glass of wine. Matthew will speak followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Tickets $55.00. Available in store. Please book early to avoid disappointment – strictly only 45 places available.

UPDATE 15 OCTOBER: SOLD OUT!! Waist-list available – phone 5975 5034


In store signing: Ahead of our exclusive lunch at Moorooduc Estate, Matthew will be signing books in store from 11am-12pm.

Come down for the Main Street Market and chat with the Gourmet Farmer!

Two Birds on a Wire: National Book Launch

We are proud to be hosting the national book launch for, Two Birds on a Wire, the latest picture storybook from local author, Coral Vass.  To be held simultaneously to a Brisbane based launch by illustrator, Heidi Cooper Smith, we’re looking forward to a morning of great fun.

Come along to hear Coral read her new book, and then have her sign a copy for you.  There’ll be balloons and goodie bags to give away as well.

When: 11.30am Saturday 12 September

Where: In store

What: Book reading and signing

two-birds-on-a-wireTwo Birds on a Wire

Author: Coral Vass   Illustrator: Heidi Cooper Smith

$15.00 Paperback

Little Bird Blue and Little Bird Black refuse to share! Each wants to sit on the wire alone in this funny rhyming story.

Recommended age: Preschool and lower primary school

Two Birds on a Wire is released on 1 September 2015.


Author Event: Rosie Batty – A Mother’s Story

unnamedRosie Batty

in conversation with Jon Faine (Mornings 774 ABC Melbourne)

Thursday 8 October


Peninsula Community Theatre

Wilsons Road Mornington

UPDATE: This event is now booked out.
If you would like to add your details to a waitlist, you may do so here.

In February last year the world changed for Rosie Batty. Her son Luke was killed by his father in a tragic incident at cricket practice in Tyabb, here on the Mornington Peninsula. This tragic event reverberated around the state and shocked the nation.

Since then, Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against family violence, winning hearts and minds with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness.

In January this year, Rosie was named Australian of the Year. This has provided a national platform for Rosie to continue her work against family violence, which is now changing national attitudes and behaviours.

In collaboration with Peninsula Voice and Mornington Peninsula Shire Libraries, we are proud to be bringing Rosie home to coincide with the release of her book, A Mother’s Story. Jon Faine, presenter Mornings 774 ABC Melbourne, will also be coming to Mornington to share in conversation with Rosie.

This event will be our chance as a community to welcome Rosie back and share some stories of the roller coaster of the past 18 months.

Rosie’s book will be available for purchase and signing on the night or you can pre-order your copy now (in store or call 5975 5034).

A Mother’s Story will be released on 21 September.

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Author Event: ABDI ADEN

We are very happy to partner with Peninsula Voice and Mornington Peninsula Libraries to present:


9781460703724ABDI ADEN

Author of
Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

 in conversation with Demet Divaroran

2.30pm Sunday 26th July 2015

The Studio@PCT
Wilsons Road, Mornington
Tickets $10.00 (no concessions)

Abdi Aden’s world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia’s vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and effectively an orphan, Abdi survived daily violence, death squads and starvation. After almost four months he reached Kenya.

He was just seventeen years old when he arrived in Melbourne after journeying through Romania and Germany. He had no English, no family or friends, no money, no home. Yet, Abdi went on to complete postgraduate qualifications in adolescent mental health and was acknowledged with the 2007 Victorian Refugee Recognition Award.  Abdi also featured in the SBS second series of Go Back to Where You Came From, which follows ordinary Australians as they challenge their preconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers on an immersive, reverse journey to some of the most inhospitable and dangerous places on Earth.

Come along and hear this truly amazing story of survival and learn a little of the horrors faced in Somalia during this turbulent period.

A musical prelude will commence from 2pm, and the presentation will be followed by a book signing and Somali afternoon tea.


Tickets ($10.00) can be purchased in store or online (click here).


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A note on Peninsula Voice:

An initiative of the Mornington/Mount Martha Churches, the objective of Peninsula Voice is to promote education, awareness and advocacy across the breadth of the Mornington Peninsula communities; drawing on the skills and resources within these diverse communities in order to positively engage people on current issues.

Peninsula Voice believes the quality and strength of a community can be measured by how it cares for and supports its most vulnerable members.  Accordingly, their public forums are designed to build social capital as a means of helping the community as a whole, better cope with life’s varied challenges.

Farrell’s is proud to partner with Peninsula Voice on events to bring authors of interesting and varied backgrounds to engage with and stimulate community discussion. 








Author Event: Steven Carroll

Author STEVEN CARROLL is coming to visit!

Steven Carroll-2In collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire Libraries, we’re extremely excited to be holding two events with Miles Franklin winning author, Steven Carroll, in June.

Wednesday 17 June – 1.30pm                                  Thursday 18 June – 2pm
Rosebud Library                                                        Mornington Library
T: 5950 1230                                                               T: 5950 1820

Bookings are essential. 


Please visit or call Rosebud or Mornington Library to make a booking.


Steven Carroll is one of Australia’s most awarded literary writers. His latest novel Forever Young  (available in store now), is set in 1977 and continues his acclaimed Glenroy series.


Set against the tumultuous period of change and uncertainty that was Australia in 1977. Whitlam is about to lose the federal election and things will never be the same again. Radicals have become conservatives, idealism is giving way to realism, relationships are falling apart and Michael is finally coming to accept that he will never be a rock and roll musician.

A subtle and graceful exploration of the passage of time and our yearning for the seeming simplicities of the past, Forever Young is a powerfully moving work – clear. beautiful, affecting – by one of our greatest authors.


Steve is the author of nine novels, including A World of Other People (2013) which shared the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction with Richard Flanagan and was shortlisted for the South Australian Premier’s Award.

Earlier novels include The Spirit of Progress (2011), The Time We Have Taken (2007), which won both the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ (SE Asia and South Pacific Region) Prize and the 2008 Miles Franklin Award; The Lost Life (2009), which was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award; The Art of the Engine Driver (2001), which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and France’s Prix Femina literary award for the Best Foreign Novel in 2005 and The Gift of Speed (2004), which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and for the ALS Gold Medal.

Steven lives in Melbourne with his partner Fiona Capp and their son.

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