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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.

The Strays

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

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  1. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
  2. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
  3. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  4. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood - Diana Gabaldon
  5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
  6. Coal Creek – Alex Miller
  7. The Beloved – Annah Faulkner
  8. The Night Guest – Fiona McFarlane
  9. The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
  10. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

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Crime Fiction

  1. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair – Joel Dicker
  2. The Son – Jo Nesbo
  3. I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes
  4. Police – Jo Nesbo
  5. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  6. The Bat – Jo Nesbo
  7. Children of War – Martin Walker
  8. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin
  9. Murder and Mendelssohn – Kerry Greenwood
  10. Top Secret Twenty-One – Janet Evanovichharry quebert


Non Fiction

  1. Feel-Good Hit of the Year – Liam Pieper
  2. Fictional Woman – Tara Moss
  3. Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia – David Hunt
  4. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Was Shot by the Taliban – Malala Yousafzai
  5. People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi – Robin de Crespigny
  6. Community – Hetty McKinnon
  7. Coleman: The Untold Story of an AFL Legend – Doug Ackerly
  8. Cadence: Travels with Music – Emma Ayres
  9. Feast Goes On – Monday Morning Cooking Club
  10. Paris Letters – Janice MacLeodliam pieper

Children’s Books

  1. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  2. City of Heavenly Fire – Mortal Instruments #6 – Cassandra Clare
  3. The Last Wild – Piers Torday
  4. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  5. Kissed by the Moon – Alison Lester
  6. Every Day is Malala Day – Rosemary McCarney
  7. Let it Snow – John Green
  8. L0oking for Alaska – John Green
  9. 39 Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
  10. Insurgent – Veronica Rothfault in our stars

Make a beeline to our next event. Doug Purdie will discuss his new book “Backyard Bees”.

Doug Purdie

Doug Purdie fell in love with bees during 2009 when he read about the battle bees are facing, in most of the world, due to widespread disease. Since then, he & his business partner Vicki have formed The Urban Beehive in Sydney and they are dedicated to bringing beehives to metropolitan areas.


Please join us on

Friday August 8th


at “Heronswood”

105 Latrobe Parade


Cost $10 (includes afternoon tea)

Bookings are essential and can be placed at Farrell’s (03 5975 5034)

RSVP by July 31st

Books will be available on the day & Doug will sign them for you

backyard bees

Backyard Bees: A guide for the beginner beekeeper (August new release)  is the ultimate guide to installing and maintaining a hive through the seasons.

There is extensive advice on choosing a hive and the equipment you’ll need. It also includes case studies, anecdotes and delicious recipes which use honey.


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