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 2015 Aug best sellers



1. All The light We Cannot See  (Anthony Doer ***Winner Pulitzer Prize 2015***)

2. Girl On The Train (Paula Hawkins)

3. Girl With The Dogs (Anna Funder)

4. Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

5. Go Set A Watchman (Harper Lee)

6. The Dust That Falls From Dreams (Louis De Bernieres)

7. Eye of The Sheep (Sofie Laguna ***Winner Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015***)

8. The Golden Age (Joan London)

9. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

10. The Other Side Of The World (Stephanie Bishop)


1. The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrrarons)

2. Colour Yourself Calm (Cindy Wilde)

3. Halliday Wine Companion (James Halliday)

4. The Little Book Of Calm Colouring (Davi Sinden)

5. When We Were Young and Foolish (Greg Sheridan)

6. Colour me Calm (Elizabeth James)

7. Secret Garden Colouring Book (Johanna Bansford)

8. Monash (Grantlee Kieza)

9. Breakfast, School Run, Chemo (Julia Watson)

10. Just Add Colour Botanicals (Lisa Congdon)


1. Girl in the Spiders Web (David Lagercrantz)

2. The Kind Worth Killing (Peter Swanson)

3. I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes)

4. Close Your Eyes (Michael Robotham)

5. Make Me (Lee Child)

6. Disclaimer (Rene Knight)

7. I’m Travelling Alone (Samuel Bjork)

8. The Whites (Harry Brandt)

9. Silkworm (Robert Galbraith)

10. No Name Lane (Howard Linskey)


1. The 65 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths/ Terry Denton)

2. The 13 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/ Denton)

3. The 26 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/Denton)

4. The 52 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/ Denton)

5. The 39 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/Denton)

6. The Very Bad Book (Andy Griffiths)

7. Treehouse Trivia (Andy Griffiths)

8. The Day The Crayons Came Home (Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers)

9. In My Heart A Book Of Feelings (Jo Witek)

10. Kissed by the Moon (Alison Lester)


1. Paper Towns (John Green)

2. Wonder (R. J. Palacio)

3. Holes (Louis Sachar)

4. Scorch Trials (James Dashner)

5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness)

6. Girl Online (Zoe Sugg)

7. Light (Michael Grant)

8. Freedom Ride (Sue Lawson)

9. Footy Dreaming (Michael Hyde)

10. Fuzzy Mud (Louis Sachar)

Ideas for Father’s Day

Is your Dad a bit sick of socks and jocks?  Tired of ties and rabbit pies (okay, so maybe I just needed something that rhymed…)?

Then why not give him a really awesome ‘thanks for being you’ present next weekend and buy him a BOOK (or three…)!!

Here are some ideas – hopefully there’s something for everyone, but our helpful staff would be happy to recommend something else that might suit your one-of-a-kind Dad event better:

Monash: The Soldier Who Shaped Australia

(Grantlee Kieza, $40.00 HB)

untitled (20)The amazing life story of the general who shaped Australia; the first major biography of Monash in over a decade.

John Monash’s life is emblematic of Australia’s much-heralded egalitarian spirit – here is the ultimate outsider: poor, Jewish in an era which still practised anti-Semitism, bookish at a time when intellectual pursuits were frowned upon – who rose to become one of the nation’s most enduring folk heroes. Despite a scandalous private life and the experience of virulent racism, he established himself as a major force, not just on the bloody fields of wartime Europe but also in post-war society, where he oversaw vital developments in making Australia into a modern nation. When he died, an astonishing 300,000 Australians attended John Monash’s funeral in Melbourne. But who was this unconventional man, what drove him and how did he manage to break down so many walls to rise to such a prominent position?

Beyond an account of a much-admired general, this will be the story of an extraordinary and highly unconventional life and its legacy.

The Straight Dope: The Inside Story of Sport’s Biggest Drug Scandal

(Chip Le Grand, $30.00 PB)

9780522868500What happened at Essendon, what happened at Cronulla, is only part of the story. From the basement office of a suburban football club to the seedy corners of Peptide Alley to the polished corridors of Parliament House, The Straight Dope is an inside account of the politics, greed and personal feuds which fuelled an extraordinary saga.

Clubs and coaches determined to win, a sports scientist who doesn’t play by the rules, a generation of footballers held hostage by scandal and injected with who knows what, sport administrators hell bent on control, an anti-doping authority out of its depth, an unpopular government that just wants it to end… for two tumultuous seasons this was the biggest game in Australia.

Make Me (Jack Reacher #20)

(Lee Childs, $33.00 PB)

9780593073896-1-edition.default.original-1Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother’s Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover.

He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat … but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

Reacher’s one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest…into the heart of darkness. Prepare to be nailed to your seat by another hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!

Halliday Wine Companion 2016 

(James Halliday, $39.95 PB)

untitled (22)Keenly anticipated each year by winemakers, collectors and wine lovers, the Wine Companion is recognised nationally as the industry benchmark. The 2016 edition has been completely revised to bring you up-to-the minute information.

In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes, each with vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking as well as each wine’s closure, alcohol content and price. He provides information about wineries and winemakers, including vineyard sizes, opening times and contact details.

The Wine Companion is an indispensable reference from the country’s leading wine authority and a must-have guide for anyone visiting a winegrowing region, or wanting to replenish their cellar or wine rack.

Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

(Tim Flannery, $30.00 PB)

9781925240191Ten years after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earth’s climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast running out. In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December, Atmosphere of Hope provides both a snapshot of the trouble we are in and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change that are emerging now.

From atmospheric carbon capture through extensive seaweed farming, CO2 snow production in Antarctica and the manufacture of carbon-rich biochar to reflecting the sun’s rays by releasing sulphur into the atmosphere and painting landscapes and cities white, Flannery outlines an array of innovative technologies that give cause for hope.

Kitchen Mojo

(Paul Mercurio, $40.00 PB – ***limited number of signed copies available***)

untitled (47)Mouth-watering recipes that encourage you to embrace the cook within! A call to arms – or more aptly, to stoves – Paul Mercurio’s Kitchen Mojo has over 120 accessible, occasion-specific, sure-fire, tried-and- tested, easy, tasty recipes that are fun to cook and share.

There are recipes for entertaining a crowd when the footy’s on, for when you’re home alone and want to treat yourself to a nourishing and delicious meal, for when you want a simple dish to serve, for when you’re rustling up something for the kids or for when you want to impress and become the 4-star chef at home.


(David Astle, $30.00 PB)

9781760112608After his recent hits – Puzzled and Cluetopia – David Astle continues on his brain-bending path into the field of riddles.

Why are ladies like arrows? When is a bird not a bird? What do you call a nun with a washing machine on her head?

Welcome to the weird new word adventure from David Astle, plunging into the realm of riddles, chasing down and prising open 101 curious questions from around the planet. A mind-trip across time and place, Riddledom uncovers relics from over 50 cultures, delving into language and deception, sampling Pompeii walls and Dothraki warriors. Readers can unravel each mini-chapter, wrestling with riddles from Wonderland or Zanzibar, Oedipus Rex or Harry Potter. Come meet French acrobats, coffee slaves, lusty maids and many more along the way. Riddledom is your chance to roam Tasmania and Mongolia, Fiji and Peru, seeking riddles on clay tablets and Popsicle sticks.

As David opens Riddledom: ‘If you think riddles are solely the stuff of schoolyards and Christmas crackers, you’re about to have your head refurbished.’

Last Day in the Dynamite Factory

(Annah Faulkner, $33.00 PB)

untitled (21)Christopher Bright is a well-respected conservation architect, good neighbour and friend. He has a devoted wife, two talented children and an old Rover. He plays tennis on Saturdays and enjoys a beer with his business partner after work.

Life is orderly, yet an unresolved question has haunted him for as long as he can remember: Who was his birth father?

Devotion to his adoptive parents has always prevented Chris from enquiring too deeply, but when his mother dies, information emerges that becomes the catalyst for changes he has never imagined.

As light is cast on his father, attention turns to his birth mother, but when he goes in search of the person behind the photo, he encounters a conspiracy of silence. His quest for information, however, reveals not only the truth about his mother’s life but exposes the fault lines in his own, and Chris finds the price of knowledge increasingly heavy. Nevertheless, the truth must be told …

Or must it?

Wishing all our customers a Happy Father’s Day on 6 September.



Who is Coral Vass?


untitled (2)On Saturday 12 September, we are very privileged to be hosting the national book launch of a new picture storybook by local author, Coral Vass.  Ahead of the big day, we thought we’d have a chat with Coral so we can all get to know her a little bit better… so,




You’re a Mornington Peninsula local – whereabouts do you live and what do you like most about living here?

I live in Mt Martha. I love living by the beach; being able to drive or walk along the Esplanade every day and soak in the sight of the ocean.

Have you always been/wanted to be a writer? How did you come to start writing?

I have always loved writing and telling stories. I first began writing children’s picture books when my own children were young. I would regularly read to them and saw the joy it gave them. I love reading children’s books and inspiring children with a love for literature.

What was your first book published?

untitled (3)Goodnight Possum was my first published picture book. I actually wrote The Hottest Dingo at the same time, but it took longer for the publisher to find a great illustrator for this book. As a consequence, The Hottest Dingo came out two years later.

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Where did the idea for Two Birds on A Wire come from? What is the story about?

two-birds-on-a-wireTwo Birds on a Wire is about two birds, perched on the same wire, both refusing to share the space. I think sharing is a universal struggle. And so, one day while watching two little birds fighting with each other up on a wire, I was inspired to write this story.

Picture storybooks are a very special kind of writing, often involving a creative collaboration between an author and illustrator. How did this process work with you and Heidi? Did this differ from how you have worked with other illustrators?

I met Heidi through the 52Week Illustration Challenge on Facebook. I adored the illustrations she would put up on the site with each week’s theme. So when I heard she would be illustrating this book, I was absolutely thrilled.

I see the author and illustrator collaboration as an equal partnership, and so I have always trusted the illustrator; never giving illustration notes or dictating how I would expect a page to look. Working with Heidi was no different. She is an amazing talent and one to watch!

Are you working on any other new books?

Yes, I have another five books coming out over the next two years which I’m very excited about.

What are some of your favourite children’s books and what do you like to read in your own free time?

I am often buying new picture books for my children to enjoy…and also for myself! I adore the work of Lynley Dodd and Dr Seuss. Their stories are clever, the rhyming is impeccable and the books are a delight to read.

What advice would you have for kids who may be aspiring writers?

I would encourage aspiring writers to read, read and read some more.

  • visit libraries, book shops and read as many children’s books as you can

  • learn to love books

  • learn as many different ways of using the English language as possible

  • build a massive bank of different words in your head that you can choose from at any time

  • get an exercise book and write in it every day; write down story ideas and practise writing as much as you can

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I am constantly running after four very busy children.

Two Birds on a Wire ($15.00 PB) is released on 1 September.

July Best Sellers

It’s been such a busy start to the month of August that it’s half way gone before we’re getting to sharing last month’s best sellers with you all!!

Our apologies for the tardiness – here they are…


1. Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee, $45.00 HB)

9781785150289-1-edition.default.original-1This world wide sensation has received fairly mixed reviews, probably mostly related to the significant expectations many readers had/have.  A sequel, but penned prior, to the much loved and lauded To Kill A Mockingbird.  If you’ve read it, let us know what you thought…

2. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

3. The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

4. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

5. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

6. The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion)

7. All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Dorr)

8. Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)

9. The Eye of the Sheep (Sofie Laguna) ***2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner***

10. Burial Rites (Hannah Kent)


This segment was really dominated by the adult colouring book phenomenon, which continues with gusto – we’re starting to suspect it will be THE go to gift for this Christmas! – but we’ve decided to share the non-colouring-book-non-fiction best sellers here.

1. Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man (Abdi Aden, $30.00 PB)

9781460703724We had a wonderful author event with Abdi Aden towards the end of the month – he really is an amazingly positive person for someone who has been through so much trauma.  A very inspirational speaker – we were grateful for his visit and humbled by his sharing of his story – his book is a remarkably uplifting tale of survival and the tragedies of war.  Those of you who attended were not disappointed – you can see some photos of the event on our Facebook page.

2. Wine Companion 2016 (James Holliday)

3. Plenty More (Yotam Ottolenghi)

4. Stasiland (Anna Funder)

5. A Table in the Orchard (Michelle Crawford)

6. The Short Long Book (Martin Flanagan)

7. H is for Hawke (Helen McDonald)

8. One Life My Mother’s Story (Kate Greenville)

9. Emergency (Simon Judkins)

10. How To Be A Woman (Caitlin Moran)

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Colouring book best sellers are being determined greatly by what stock we can actually get our hands on – many of the most popular titles are still temporarily out of stock with our distributors while they reprint to meet demand – but if you’re after a particular one, don’t forget that you can put in a special order and we’ll let you know once it’s arrived in store.


I am Pilgram1. I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes, $23.00 PB)

2. Disclaimer (Renee Knight)

3. The Kind Worth Killing (Peter Swanson)

4. No Name Lane (Howard Linskey)

5. Three Wishes (Liane Moriarty)

6. Burn (James Patterson)

7. The Hand that Feeds You (A.J. Rich)

8. CHILD 44 (Tom Rob Smith)

9. Pretty Girls (Karin Slaughter)

10. Silkworm (Robert Galbraith)


We’ve combined picture story, junior fiction and teen fiction sales here – we suspect August will be dominated by a certain new Treehouse book…

1. Beyond the Kingdoms – Land of Stories Book 4 (Chris Colfer, $25.00 HB)

isbn9780349124421This popular new junior fiction series is written by Chris Colfer, probably most recognisable for playing Kurt on Glee.  The Land of Stories books feature the fast-paced adventures of twins, Alex and Conner Bailey.  Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories from their grandmother, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. The series uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

2. Wonder (RJ Palacio)

3. The 52-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton)

4. The Wishing Spell – Land of Stories Book 1 (Chris Colfer)

5. Kissed by the Moon (Alison Lester)

6. Why I Love Footy (Michael Wagner and Tom Jellet)

7. The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton)

8. Yes No Maybe – Tom Gates Book 8 (Liz Pichon)

9. Soon (Moris Gleitzman)




June Best Sellers

June Best Sellers Fiction1.  The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

2. The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George

3. Forever Young, Steven Carroll

4. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

5. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent ***Multi award Winner***

6. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

7. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

8. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

9. A God In Ruins, Kate Atkinson

10. The Perfume Collector, Kathleen Tessaro


June Best Sellers Crime and NonCRIME

1. I Am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes

2. The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson

3. Friday On My Mind, Nicci French

4. No Name Lane, Howard Linskey

5. Personal, Lee Child


1. Mindfulness Colouring Book, Emma Farrarons

2. H Is For Hawk, Helen Macdonald

3. Secret Garden Colouring Book, Johanna Basford

4. Enchanted Forest Colouring Book, Johanna Basford

5. Animal Kingdom Colouring Book, Millie Marotta

 June Best Sellers Teen Fiction1. Paper Towns, John Green

2. Off The Page, Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

3. We Were Liars, E Lockhart

4. Summoned #1 The Novice, Taran Matharu

5. Stay With Me, Maureen McCarthy

6. Wonder, R.J. Palacio

7. Lies, Michael Grant

8. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner

9. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy (Editors – collection of stories by various authors)

10. Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson

 June Best Sellers PS and Junior1. Dork Diaries #9 Drama Queen, Rachel Renée Russell

2. Kissed By The Moon, Alison Lester

3. Rivertime, Trace Balla

4. What Do You Do With An Idea?, Kobi Yamada

5. Tom Gates #9 Yes No Maybe, Liz Pichon

6. Pig The Fibber, Aaron Blabey

7. The Simple Things, Bill Condon

8. Figgy In The World, Tamsin Janu

9. Weirdo #4 Super Weirdo!, Anh Do

10. That’s What Wings Are For, Patrick Guest




For the love of book clubs…

untitled (15)I’m not a particularly obsessive person, but one thing that I do love – unapologetically – is my book club.

A small group of us – family and friends and friends of friends and friends of family – started it around six years ago.  Just a group of people, who all loved reading, and were looking for a way to read more and get more out of our reading.  Our membership has waxed and waned over the years as people have moved away, moved closer, had babies, taken on new commitments etc, but I have come to realise that we are (amusingly, if you knew any of us personally), considered a ‘serious’ book club – that is, we don’t just get together to drink wine (although that’s obviously a bonus) – we are there to discuss our book.

78e6c9ea278ebb8b85c96c788a1576f4We take it in turns to select a book each month, taking December off each year to celebrate with a Christmas dinner and reminisce about the books we’ve read over the course of the year.  It also helps take the pressure off at a busy time of year.  We agonise about what our next choice will be or alternatively have piles of books waiting in the wings for our next turn – should we select a classic?  A new release?  Something obscure?  Something mainstream?  We prepare questions in advance to guide the discussion.  We sometimes have quizzes – with prizes!!  One memorable month (and I wish I still had them to include a picture), one of our members, who happens to work at the State Library, printed all of her questions on little miniature book covers, smaller than matchboxes, of classic titles.  Now THAT’s love and obsession at its finest.

In our first year we tended to share books around, but I’ve personally developed the need to own every one of our book club books.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up in the decades ahead (simply from a space perspective), but for now we have the room and I have become quite anal about them – labelling them by month and year, grouping them in their chronological order.  In six years I’ve only missed 2 discussions (both because, rather inconveniently, I was giving birth), but I still have those 2 books and will read them one day (when I have the time…).  I am also determined to go back and buy those books from the first year that I don’t have – until then my shelves will feel incomplete.

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Book club means so much to me for so many reasons – on a monthly basis it is an escape, a stress relief, an accomplishment, an education, a laugh, a cry…and an opportunity to engage in meaningful discourse with other wonderful individuals with varied opinions, personalities and tastes.  It has led me to read books that I would never have otherwise read .  Some I have loved.  Others I have hated.  Some I am indifferent to.  Only once have I made the decision to not finish reading a book because I was so thoroughly despising it (I won’t tell you which one…).  I still maintain it was the right decision.  The brilliant thing about book club is that even if the book is not to your taste, the discussion will often lift it up and give it value that you had not been able to see while reading it.

There is something quite magical about different people coming together and revealing to each other whole new aspects of a book – demonstrating how the human brain and personality can influence how we experience things.  I was once in Somers General Store for lunch and bumped into a long time Farrell’s customer, who would have been in her early 70s.  She started talking about her book club, which at that time had been running – continuously – for 42 years.  And it still had all its original members.  Now that is commitment.  That is love.

That is the shared joy of books.  :).

There are many ways to get involved in a book club if you’re interested – from online groups to community organised ones to just setting something up with your friends as we did.  And I can assure you, it’s well worth it – even if you run out of room on your bookshelves…


May Best Sellers

There hasn’t been a great deal of movement in our best sellers lately, so we thought we’d feature a few titles from each category…


The Strays10. The Strays by Emily Bitto

**Winner of the 2015 Stella Prize**

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work at their family home. Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it.

As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it’s not Evan, but his own daughters, who pay the price for his radicalism.

The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.

 9780701189525-1-edition.default.original-1 (2)14. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

**Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015**

‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’

This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before.

And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They’ve all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we also see played out our own hopes and fears, rivalries and tensions – the essential nature of family life.

978174237988315. At The Waters Edge by Sarah Gruen

A gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s personal awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highlands village.

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend Hank decide that the only way to regain the Colonel’s favour is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed – by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster – Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.

The trio find themselves amid the devastation of World War II, in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. As the men go out looking for the monster, Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Gradually the friendships she forms open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.

And the rest of FICTION…

1. Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

2. Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

3. A God in Ruins (Kate Atkinson)

4. The Children Act (Ian McEwan)

5. Still Alice (Lisa Genova)

6. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

7. Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)

8. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler)

9. My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)


9780099575450-1-edition.default.original-13. H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald



As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk’s taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love.

97817433102744. Margaret And Me by Kate Gibbs

A food memoir and recipe book in the vein of Julie & Julia

Food writer Kate Gibbs grew up at the apron strings of her grandmother, Margaret Fulton. The matriarch of Australian cooking taught Kate everything she needed to know, including how to make bereavement soup, how thickly to spread butter on bread and that porridge must absolutely be made with salt.

In this privileged glimpse into a modern food dynasty, Kate reveals some of the highs and lows from the life of her extraordinary grandmother, as well as her own experiences growing up ‘foodie’. This rich legacy has informed Kate’s career and inspired her to talk to a new generation about the joys of cooking and the importance of good, real food.

As well as chronicling her own journey, Kate has distilled this kitchen wisdom into fifty beautifully photographed recipes, a mixture of classic dishes such as Scotch broth and homemade crumpets that recall Margaret’s Scottish heritage, to Kate’s modern takes on slow-roasted lamb shoulder and custard-filled chocolate profiteroles. These are the recipes that both women grew up with, and which endure as family favourites. Pull up a chair and enjoy.

97817601120116. Daughter Of The Territory by Jacqueline Hammar

An epic story of love, adventure and survival in the wilds of the Northern Territory.

Daughter of the Territory is the amazing life story of Jacqueline Hammar. Born in Darwin in 1929, Jacqueline’s childhood was spent in a succession of bush towns before she was sent to school in Darwin. With the outbreak of World War Two, she moved to Brisbane to finish her education.

Returning to her beloved Territory, Jacqueline met and married stockman Ken Hammar, and they moved to a vast property in one of the most inaccessible areas of Australia, transporting corrugated iron and cutting down trees to build a crude hut to live in.

With only a kerosene stove, scant possessions and a bed, Jacqueline lived a harsh and isolated existence. Her determination and courage helped her survive many hardships, including having to eat pigweed and sweet potato vines when food was scarce. Meanwhile, she supported Ken as he turned huge tracts of wilderness into a prosperous million-acre cattle station.

Daughter of the Territory is a testament to a life well lived. Reminiscent of AB Facey’s A Fortunate Life and Sara Henderson’s From Strength to Strength, Jacqueline’s life story is remarkable.

And the rest of NON FICTION…

1. The Bush (Don Watson)

2. One Life, My Mother’s Story (Kate Grenville)

5. I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)

7. Umbrian Supper Club (Marlena De Blasi)

8. Paris Letters (Janice Mcleod)

9. Ransacking Paris (Patti Miller)

10. Testament Of Youth (Vera Brittain)


1. That’s What Wings Are For (Patrick Guest)

2. What Do You Do With An Idea? (Kobe Yamada)

3. Kissed By The Moon (Alison Lester)

4. Pig The Fibber (Aaron Blabey)

5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid #2: Rodrick Rules (Jeff Kinney)

6. Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book (Jeff Kinney)

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7. The 13th Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths)

8. The 26th Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths)

9. Hit For Six (David Warner)

10. Tom Gates #8 Yes No Maybe (Liz Pichon)


1. Wonder (RJ Palacio)

2. Paper Towns (John Green)

3. Chaos Walking (Patrick Ness)

4. Heir (Kieran Cass)

5. Stay With Me (Maureen McCarthy)




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6. Kill Order (James Dashner)

7. My Life As An Alphabet (Barry Jonsberg)

8. We Were Liars (E Lockhart)

9. Girl Online (Zoe Sugg)

10. The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)






Shining – The Story of a Lucky Man


We are delighted to be bringing  Abdi Aden to Mornington on
Sunday 26 July, to speak about his experiences and share his story.

See our Events page for further details.

Abdi’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, he fled with some sixty others, heading to Kenya. On the way, death squads hunted them and they daily faced violence, danger and starvation. After almost four months, they arrived at refugee camps in Kenya – of the group he’d set out with, only five had survived…

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Abdi eventually made his way to Australia and is now a permanent resident, married with children and living in Melbourne, where he is a community worker and inspirational speaker. In 2012 he appeared in the second series of SBS’s Go Back To Where You Came From.

He has recently released his story in a book: Shining – The Story of a Lucky Man (co-written with Robert Hillman; $30.00, available in store now).

A remarkably warm-hearted, uplifting and inspiring story of one boy’s survival against the odds.

An excerpt of Shining  was published in The Australian a few weeks ago, and The Age featured Abdi in an article on education initiatives for Somali refugees in Broadmeadows in 2006.






2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award Short List Announced

Monday saw the announcement of the five authors short listed for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award, which will be awarded on 23 June.  The Award is presented to the novel of the year of the highest literary merit that presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The 2015 shortlist announcement was made at the Australian Booksellers Association Conference at State Library Victoria, following an oration by 2008 Miles Franklin winner, Steve Carroll.  We are looking forward to hosting Steve for a couple of events in association with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Libraries in June – visit our Events page for more information.

The winner of the Miles Franklin 2015 will receive $60,000 in prize money for their novel, which can make a huge difference to writers, many of whom have to supplement their writing work with income from other jobs.

The 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist is:

Sonya Hartnett – Golden Boys. $30.00
Penguin Books Australia

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Sofie Laguna – The Eye of the Sheep  $30.00
Allen & Unwin


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Joan London – The Golden Age. $33.00
Random House Australia












Christine Piper – After Darkness. $20.00
Allen & Unwin




Craig Sherborne – Tree Palace  $30.00
Text Publishing









For information about Miles Franklin and the awards her generosity made possible, visit www.milesfranklin.com.au/whoisMF.




April Best Sellers


Girl on the TrainBig Lies Little LiesWe are all completely beside ourselvesStill AliceNarrow Road to the Deep North

1. Girl On The Train  Paula Hawkins  $33.00

2. Big Little Lies  Liane Moriarty  $15.00

3. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves  Karen Joy Fowler  $23.00

4. Still Alice  Lisa Genova  $20.00

5. The Narrow Road To The Deep North  Richard Flanagan  $20.00


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1. 13-Storey Treehouse  Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton  $13.00

2. 52-Storey Treehouse  Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton  $13.00

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul  Jeff Kinney  $14.95

4. 39-Storey Treehouse  Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton  $13.00

5. 26-Storey Treehouse  Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton  $13.00


Without my MumOne Life Kate GrenvilleGoing PaleoWindsor's WayAmerican Sniper

1. Without My Mum  Leigh Van Der Horst  $32.95

2. One Life: My Mother’s Story  Kate Grenville  $30.00

3. Going Paleo  Pete Evans  $40.00

4. Windsor’s Way  Tony Windsor  $33.00

5. American Sniper  Chris Kyle  $20.00


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1. That’s What Wings Are For  Patrick Guest  $24.95

2. What Do You Do With An Idea?  Kobi Yamada  $29.95

3. The Day The Crayons Quit  Drew Daywalt  $15.00 (PB) / $25.00 (HB)

4. Guess How Much I Love You  Sam McBratney  (Multiple formats available)

5. Digger The Dog Who Went To War  Mark Wilson  $25.00


I am PilgramFalling in LoveThe Kind Worth KillingThe SilkwormBlood on Snow

1. I Am Pilgram  Terry Hayes  $20.00

2. Falling In Love  Donna Leon  $30.00

3. The Kind Worth Killing  Peter Swanson  $28.00

4. The Silkworm  Robert Galbraith  $20.00

5. Blood On Snow  Jo Nesbo  $30.00

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