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August Bestsellers at Farrell’s

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June Bestsellers at Farrell’s


  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

Burial Rites


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.


“Rescue on Nim’s Island” at the Library

Our Library, Mornington Peninsula is hosting visits from Wendy Orr during the school holidays. Wendy’s new book “Rescue on Nim’s Island” will be released in early July. This is a free event, but places are limited so bookings are essential. For more information, please click on the link below.


Our Bestsellers for May


1. Burial Rites
Hannah Kent
2. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce
3. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
4. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
5. The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Jonas Jonasson
6. The Light Between Oceans
M L Stedman
7. The Steady Running of the Hour
Justin Go
8. Tapestry
Fiona McIntosh
9. The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
10. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt

Burial Rites


1. Murder in Mississippi
John Safran
2. Dangerous Allies
Malcolm Fraser
3. Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
David Hunt
4. Bonkers: My Life in Laughs
Jennifer Saunders
5. Cadence: Travels with Music
Emma Ayres
6. Is There No Place for Me? Making Sense of Madness
Kate Richards
7. Where Should Labor Go Next?
Troy Bramston
8. Philomena
Martin Sixsmith
9 Sheila
Robert Wainwright
10. The Feel Good Hit of the Year
Liam Pieper

Book Cover:  Murder in Mississippi

Crime Fiction

1. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker
2. Buried Angels
Camilla Lackberg
3. The Son
Jo Nesbo
4. I Am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
5. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
6. Thursday’s Children
Nicci French
7. Bitter Wash Road
Garry Disher
8. The Wolf in Winter
John Connolly
9. Natchez Burning
Greg Iles
10. In The Morning I’ll Be Gone
Adrian McKinty

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

Young Readers

1. City of Heavenly Fire – Mortal Instruments #6
Cassandra Clare
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
3. Allegiant
Veronica Roth
4. Divergent
Veronica Roth
5. Insurgent
Veronica Roth
6. Kissed by the Moon
Alison Lester
7. The 13 Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
8. Looking for Alaska
John Green
9. Every Day is Malala Day
Rosemary McCarney
10. Ruby Red Shoes
Kate Knapp

Every Day is Malala Day

‘Dear Malala, we have never met before, but I feel like I know you.’

Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration. A young girl living in Pakistan, she was shot by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school. Since that moment, she has captured the attention of the world with her bravery, becoming a voice for the rights of girls everywhere.

This is a letter to Malala, illustrated with beautiful photographs. Girls from around the world expressed their sympathy, sisterhood, and admiration for her. Many of them know firsthand the barriers that stand in the way of girls going to school – barriers like poverty, discrimination and violence.

In Malala these girls recognise a leader, a champion and a friend.

This book is at Farrell’s now. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Plan’s Because I am a Girl Fund.


Congratulations to Jackie French who is our second Australian Children’s Laureate

Congratulations to Jackie French who is our second Australian Children’s Laureate.

The theme for her year is “Share a Story”.

‘Stories tell us who we are. They teach us empathy so we understand who others are. They give us the power to imagine and create the future’.

- Jackie French

Look at www.childrenslaureate.org.au to read more!!

CBCA Shortlist 2014

Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlist 2014


Book of the Year
Older Readers

The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna
Life in Outer Space by Melissa KeilThe First Third by Will Kostakis
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn


Younger Readers

Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis
Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt
City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer. Illustrated by Brian Simmonds


Early Childhood

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian. Illustrated by Ann James
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Emma Quay
Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester
The Swap by Jan Ormerod. Illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer. Illustrated by Karen Blair


Picture Book of the Year

The Treasure Box by Freya Blackwood. Text by Margaret Wild
King Pig by Nick Bland
Silver Buttons by Bob Graham
Parachute by Matt Ottley. Text by Danny Parker
The Windy Farm by Craig Smith. Text by Doug MacLeod
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood. Illustrated by Terry Denton
Jeremy by Christopher Faille. Illustrated by Danny Snell
Ice, Wind, Rock by Peter Gouldthorpe
Yoko’s Diary: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima during WWII ed. by Paul Ham
Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie. Illustrated by Chris Nixon
Welcome To My Country by Laklak Burarrwanga and Family


Fiction & Non Fiction Releases for April/May


The Tea Chest – by Josephine Moon (April)

Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she’d be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family’s future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.

Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to move on.

When Kate’s, Leila’s and Elizabeth’s paths cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate’s vision of the newest and most delectable tea shop in London, The Tea Chest. But with the very real possibility that The Tea Chest may fail, the three women are forced to decide what’s important to each of them.

An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship help us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, it’s a world you won’t want to leave.

The Tea Chest

Chestnut Street – by Maeve Binchy (Short Stories – May)

A delightful collection of linked stories from No.1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy – simply the best

Just round the corner from St Jarlath’s Crescent (featured in MINDING FANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy’s wonderful collection of stories

Bucket Maquire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son.

Nessa Byrne, who’s aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house – and Nessa’s world – upside down.

Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of.

And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of a the fortune teller – ‘Madame Magic’…

No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss – and life not always turning out as expected…

Foreign Soil – by Maxine Beneba Clarke (May)

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award 2013.

In Melbourne’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train-lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.

The book is called FOREIGN SOIL. Inside its covers, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre, a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike, an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s’ Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance, a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny, and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.

The young mother keeps writing, the rejection letters keep arriving…

Kat Jumps The Shark – by Melinda Houston (April)

Suddenly a dark blur dropped through her line of vision, followed by a thump behind the glass. Kat saw first the faces of the extras. Then Peru, the prettiest contestant, fixed in horror and disbelief. There was a high, thin, sustained scream. Finally Kat shifted her gaze to the street, where a body lay at all angles in an extravagant splatter of blood.

‘Oh dear,’ she said. Then started, helplessly, laughing.

Kat Kelly reckons she’s got life sorted. She has a man who cooks and does the dishes. A stepdaughter she adores. And her dream job: scouting locations for a TV production company. All the big dramas are behind her, right?

Before she knows it, Kat is out of love and has nowhere to live. Between her ditzy new intern and an amorous ex-footballer, work isn’t much better. And just when things couldn’t get any worse, disaster strikes Kat’s set, sending her spinning totally out of control.

Kat Jumps the Shark is a moving and at times hilarious tale about losing it all, only to find it again in the most unexpected place. Full of cheeky digs at television and celebrity culture, this fun-filled novel is for all readers.



Chasing the Rose – by Andrea di Robilant (April)

The author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair now gives us a charming chronicle of his search for a fabled antique rose – a tale that takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, and looks into the future of this much beloved flower.

In his 2008 biography of the great Italian lady Lucia Mocenigo (his great-great-great-great grandmother), Andrea di Robilant described a pink rose that grows wild on the family’s former country estate. This led to an invitation for an audience with the humble but deeply knowledgeable doyenne of European roses, Sra. Eleonora Garlant. Could this unnamed rose possibly be the long-lost Rose Bichonne, a China rose that nineteenth-century growers cultivated but which had apparently disappeared since? In search of the identity of the anonymous rose, Di Robilant finds himself captivated by rose-o-philes through time – from Lucia and her dear friend Josephine Bonaparte to the brilliant Sra. Garlant, whose garden of nearly 1500 species is one of the most significant in Europe – and by the old roses themselves, each of which has a tale to tell.

Illustrated in full colour, the book will delight rose lovers, European travelers, and amateur historians in equal measure.

Chasing the Rose

Stubborn Buggers – by Tim Bowden (April)

‘It made Changi seem like heaven.’

There was a place far worse than Changi – Singapore’s Outram Road Gaol. Deprivation here was so extreme that there really was a fate worse than death.

Stubborn Buggers is the story of twelve Australian POWs who endured and survived the Thai-Burma Railway and Sandakan and then the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol. It is a story of how they dealt with the brutality of the Japanese military police, the feared Kempeitai. And it is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death.

But Stubborn Buggers is about more than suffering and brutality. It is also a story of grit, determination and larrikin humour. It is very much about the triumph of the human spirit.

Stubborn Buggers

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal – by Ben Macintyre (April)

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War.

Philby’s two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience; of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and well-made suits in the comfortable clubs and restaurants of London and Washington; of male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed.

With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.

A Spy Among Friends

One Million Lovely Letters – by Jodi Ann Bickley (May)

The heart-warming and inspirational true story of a stroke survivor who sends uplifting letters all around the world, providing her with a lifeline in her own darkest moments.

When Jodi was five, her beloved Nan died. Unable to deal with the emotional grief, her mum suggested Jodi write her a letter, saying that the postman would deliver it to heaven. Although it didn’t bring closure, it made things OK, and it brought happiness to Jodi’s mum who was struggling with her own deep feelings of loss. Jodi saw the effect the letter had on her mum and wanted to recreate that feeling. So, as a teenager Jodi started leaving notes and letters for strangers to find and cheer them up.

In the summer of 2011, aged 22, Jodi contracted a serious brain infection and suffered a mini stroke that would change her life forever. Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In an effort to recover, Jodi began to write inspirational letters, this time to strangers, giving people all over the world a lift, and a reason to carry on, just as she had given her mother all those years ago.

One Million Lovely Letters will chart Jodi’s life and recovery and focus on the power of letters, giving readers inspiration to overcome obstacles to health and happiness, and ‘pay it forward’. Jodi has already written hundreds of letters and her words are changing lives across the globe.

Dangerous Allies – by Malcolm Fraser (May)

Australia has always been reliant on ‘great and powerful friends’ for its sense of national security and for direction on its foreign policy—first on the British Empire and now on the United States. Australia has actively pursued a policy of strategic dependence, believing that making a grand bargain with a powerful ally was the best policy to ensure its security and prosperity.

Dangerous Allies examines Australia’s history of strategic dependence and questions the continuation of this position. It argues that international circumstances, in the world and in the Western Pacific especially, now make such a policy highly questionable. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has also changed dramatically, making it less relevant to Australia and a less appropriate ally on which Australia should rely.

Malcolm Fraser argues that Australia should adopt a much greater degree of independence in foreign policy, and that we should no longer merely follow other nations into wars of no direct interest to Australia or Australia’s security. He argues for an end to strategic dependence and for the timely establishment of a truly independent Australia.


Children’s New Release Books for April/May

Children’s New Release Books (April/May)

The Queen’s Hat – by Steve Antony (May)

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen’s Men, and one very special hat.

Just where will that hat land?

Children will love following the parachuting Queen and counting all the Queen’s men!

With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is a great, new talent to watch. A laugh-out-loud celebration of London, the Queen and the royal family’s new baby.

Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro – John Flanagan (May)

When the Heron brotherband become the Skandian duty ship to the Kingdom of Araluen, they’re excited at the challenges ahead. Hal, Stig, Thorn and the Herons eagerly set off for the trip – with an unexpected new crew member aboard.But an enemy from their past returns, causing the Herons to be thrown into a dangerous quest to free captured Araluans from the slave market in Socorro. Even with the help of an Araluan Ranger, the task may be too much.
Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro, John Flanagan
Rivertime – Trace Balla (April)
A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia’s Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.’All children need an Uncle Egg to open up the magical world of nature. We all need to get outside, away from television, computers and mobile phones, and what better way than a canoeing-camping trip? This is a delightful story about the joy of the outdoors.’ DAVID SUZUKI’Rivertime is a quirky, charming immersion into the life of a waterway and into the life-lessons a river can teach.’ MAYA WARD (author of The Comfort of Water)

House for Donfinkle – Choechoe Brereton (May)

Up high in the grasslands where Wooble Beasts roam, Donfinkle Vonkrinkle is building his home. When up pop four creatures to babble and squawk, A troublesome taunt full of bothersome talk.

Lovely rhyming text by debut author Choechoe Brereton coupled with digital artwork by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris.

Max – Marc Martin (April)

Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob’s shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.

Until one summer, when everything changes . . .

From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia’s best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.

And chips.

Book Cover:  Max

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