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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


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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



We hit the magic 500 ‘Page Likes’ early on Sunday morning and were delighted when our winner, Mornington local, Michelle, popped in to collect her prize pack this morning.


Thanks to everyone who participated in the competition – we enjoyed it immensely, so stay tuned – we may hold another one sometime soon…

FB like usWe’ve got a little giveaway competition running through our Facebook page at the moment…

Up for grabs is a fantastic package of books worth close to $150, including a Turkish cookbook, new release romantic saga, heartwarming young adult fiction, and a crime thriller.  The prize package can be viewed in store.

Turkish CookbookLone StarHB WonderThe Invisible Guardian

To be in the running to win, you need to do three things:

  1. ‘Like’ the Farrells Bookshop Facebook page (there’s a handy link from the ‘like us’ button at the top of this post…);

  2. ‘Like’ the Giveaway Competition post from today (Wednesday 6 May 2015); AND

  3. ‘Share’ the Giveaway post with your friends.

That’s it!!  Pretty simple really!

So getting clicking, liking and sharing, and enjoy the regular information we share through our Facebook page!


Competition Terms and Conditions:
For practical purposes, the competition is only open to Australian residents and current staff are excluded (we get enough perks already!).  The winner will be drawn at random from all those meeting the requirements once our Page Likes reach 500. In the event that the name drawn is a current staff member, a redraw will be conducted. Winner will be notified via Facebook. All decisions relating to the Giveaway will be made by Farrell’s Bookshop and no discussion will be entered into. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


Mother’s Day Sunday 10 May

For many families, Mother’s Day is an opportunity to give a little bit back to their mum and show her how much she’s appreciated for all she does.  A new book is a great alternative to burnt Vegemite toast and cold tea in bed or yet another pair of pyjamas she doesn’t have the time to wear.

We asked the mums on our staff to share with us their top suggestions for a book for mum this Mother’s Day – something for themselves, something for their mum, or something for kids to share – there’s a wonderful range to choose from.

And if these titles don’t take your fancy,  just ask and we’ll be happy to recommend something else for that very special mum in your life.

Mother Country Leunig

Mother Country – Reflections Of Australian Rural Life

Helga Leunig
$24.95 (Hardback)

In 1966, Helga Leunig moved to a farm in north-east Victoria in order to raise a family, leaving her career as a professional photographer behind her, or so she thought. Here she made a vegetable garden. Made do. Lived with the beauty, simplicity and peace of country life, as well as with drought and bushfire. Out of this period of her life came these exquisitely beautiful photographs capturing family, nature and community, every image redolent with feeling.

Children ActThe Children Act

Ian McEwan
$20.00 (Paperback)
A brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam.
Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out.She visits the boy in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. But it is Fiona who must ultimately decide whether he lives or dies and her judgement will have momentous consequences for them both.

My Mum Says Strangest ThingsMy Mum Says The Strangest Things

Katrina Germein
Illustrated by Tom Jellett
$24.95 (Hardback)

From the team that brought you the rip-roaring bestseller My Dad Thinks He’s Funny.

When Mum’s busy she says she’s run off her feet. When I dawdle, Mum tells me to shake a leg. When I say, “I’m coming,” Mum says, “So is Christmas.” My mum says the STRANGEST things.

Affectionate and nostalgic, this is a fun Mother’s Day gift.

Life after lifeLife After Life

Kate Atkinson
$20.00 (Paperback)
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

Note: This one is a firm staff favourite and there is much excitement about this month’s release of the new companion novel, A God In Ruins

A God in RuinsA God In Ruins

Kate Atkinson

Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

GuernseyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
$23.00 (Paperback)

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.




Prize winning titles…

There are many prestigious book prizes awarded in Australia and internationally each year.

Last week saw the winner of this year’s Pullitzer Prize announced, with Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See taking out top honours.

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All The Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.


Last month the 3rd annual Stella Prize – an award that aims to recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature – was announced, with The Strays by Melbourne author, Emily Bitto, honoured.

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The Strays

Emily Bitto

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

Looking back on those years later in life, Lily realises that this utopian circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham’s art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace. Yet it was not Evan, nor the other artists he gathered around him, but his own daughters, who paid the debt that was owing.

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


Also in March the Independent Booksellers of Australia group announced their award winners for 2015 – the ‘Indie Award’ for best overall title went to their non-fiction winner, Don Watson’s The Bush.

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The Bush

Don Watson

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

Starting with his forebears’ battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don’t. Via mountain ash and mallee, the birds and the beasts, slaughter, fire, flood and drought, swagmen, sheep and their shepherds, the strange and the familiar, the tragedies and the follies, the crimes and the myths and the hope – here is a journey that only our leading writer of non-fiction could take us on.

At once magisterial in scope and alive with telling, wry detail, The Bush lets us see our landscape and its inhabitants afresh, examining what we have made, what we have destroyed, and what we have become in the process.

No one who reads it will look at this country the same way again.


The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards will be announced in a few weeks’ time and then in late June we’ll hear the winners of this year’s Miles Franklin Award.  August will see the Children’s Book Council of Australia winners announced – some of the recently announced Short Listed titles can be found here.

If you’re looking for a great new read, be sure to ask our staff about the many prize winning books now available.

March Best Sellers

The Girl on the Train
Without My Mum
Kind Worth Killing
52 Storey Treehouse

February Best Sellers




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October Bestsellers at Farrell’s

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September Bestsellers at Farrell’s

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