A Lot with a Little
Tuesday 15 October
6.45pm for a 7pm start
St Macartan’s Parish Primary School
97 Bungower Rd Mornington
Presented in partnership with Peninsula Voice and St Macartan’s Primary School
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice and global poverty, and has been instrumental in ensuring these issues are placed on the national and international agenda.
His new memoir is more than a simple life story, it is a book about individual and community, public and private, spiritual and material, equality and liberty – and, most of all, about faith and its power to sustain in the face of the world’s big issues. Challenging and thought provoking no matter what your beliefs.
Join us to hear Tim in conversation about the people and experiences that have shaped him into a socially active fighter for the world’s most challenging issues.
Supper will be provided after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.
*All ticket proceeds will be divided between Peninsula Voice, who will use the funds to offset the costs of community events, and World Vision Australia.
Sunday 27 October
Described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers, we are thrilled to welcome Charlotte Wood – winner of the 2016 Stella Prize for her best selling novel, The Natural Way of Things, which also won the Indie Book Award for Fiction and was joint winner of the Prime Minster’s Literary Award. Her hotly anticipated new novel, The Weekend, is a celebration of tenderness and friendship and explores the question that, if we’re lucky, all of us will face: exactly how should we grow old?
About the Author…
Charlotte Wood has been described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers.
She is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, and has been published throughout Europe, the UK and North America. It was recently chosen as the University of Canberra Book of the Year for 2019.
Her non-fiction books include The Writer’s Room, a collection of interviews with authors about the creative process, and Love & Hunger, a book about cooking. Her features and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Literary Hub, The Sydney Morning Heraldand The Saturday Paper, among other publications. In 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant services to literature’.
About the Book…
Release date: 15 October
People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn’t true. The graveyard, the stony dirt – that’s what it was like now. They knew each other better than their own siblings, but Sylvie’s death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.
Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her?
They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur, Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual, and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they’ve remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for Christmas at Sylvie’s old beach house – not for festivities, but to clean the place out before it is sold. Without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface – and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.
The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book, a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Maybe the Horse Will Talk
Tuesday 8 October 2019
includes copy of the new book and wine on arrival
To celebrate the release of his latest book – Maybe the Horse Will Talk – we are delighted to welcome Elliot Perlman, acclaimed author of Three Dollars, Seven Types of Ambiguity and The Street Sweeper.
Ticket price includes a copy of the new book, Maybe the Horse Will Talk, the presentation and wine on arrival.
About the Author…
Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Perlman also co-wrote the screenplay for the film of Three Dollars, which received the Australian Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the A.F.I. Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming, a collection of stories, was a bestseller in the US where it was named a New York Times Book Review ‘Editors’ Choice’ and received the Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication.
Perlman’s second novel, Seven Types of Ambiguity, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award as well as for the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction. The novel was adapted into a 6 part ABC TV series in 2017.
His most recent novel, the critically acclaimed national bestseller, The Street Sweeper, was described by The Times (UK) as ‘harrowing, humane and brilliant’. The novel was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Elliot Perlman is the recipient of the Queensland Premier’s award for Advancing Public Debate and has been described by Lire (France) as ‘the classic of tomorrow’, one of the ’50 most important writers in the world’.
About the Book…
Maybe the Horse Will Talk
Release date: 1 October 2019
‘I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate.’
Stephen Maserov has problems. A onetime teacher, married to fellow teacher Eleanor, he has retrained and is now a second-year lawyer working at mega-firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche. Despite toiling around the clock to make budget, he’s in imminent danger of being downsized. And to make things worse, Eleanor, sick of single-parenting their two young children thanks to Stephen’s relentless work schedule, has asked him to move out.
To keep the job he hates, pay the mortgage and salvage his marriage, he will have to do something strikingly daring, something he never thought himself capable of. But if he’s not careful, it might be the last job he ever has…
Warm, dramatic, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, with the narrative pull of a thriller, Maybe the Horse Will Talk is a love story, a reflection on contemporary marriage, and on friendship. It is also an unflinching examination of sexual harassment in the workplace and an exposé of corporate corruption that taps directly into the pulse of our times.
On a Wing and a Prayer
Tuesday 17 September
includes wine on arrival
Join us to hear local author, Di Websdale-Morrissey, discuss her new book, which recounts a remarkable but little known episode in Melbourne’s history. The 1934 MacRobertson Air Race, from London to Melbourne, was an audacious plan to celebrate Melbourne’s centennial and became a heart-stopping event watched avidly around the world.
About the book…
On a Wing and a Prayer
Release date: 3 September 2019
In 1934, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor announced a London-to-Melbourne air race to celebrate his city’s centenary.
The audacious plan captured imaginations across the globe- newspapers and magazines everywhere were filled with it; the world’s pilots scrambled to get sponsorship; and the organisers scrambled to get the rules straight and permission to fly in foreign air space. Sixty-four entrants from eleven countries signed up, but only twenty planes eventually took off on 20 October 1934. The winner arrived in Melbourne seventy-one hours later-but three planes crashed and two pilots died in the attempt.
The world followed the progress and applauded the winners, Britain’s Grovsenor House (outright) and The Netherlands’ Uiver (on handicap), but the real climax of the story is the astonishing efforts by the town of Albury in saving the Uiver as it battled through a fierce thunderstorm with no navigational aids, guiding the tiny plane to an emergency landing in the middle of the town with the most quick-thinking, imaginative response to its terrifying predicament.
This heroic race, considered the greatest single sporting event in the history of aviation, is a tale of eccentric characters, daring deeds and sublime courage. Di Websdale- Morrissey’s page-turning account will have readers holding their breaths, just as the world did eighty-five years ago.
Love Your Bookshop Day is about celebrating bookshops,
bookselling and the culture of books, reading and writing.
So whether you love us for our amazing staff and their awesome advice and friendly service,
our carefully curated range of gorgeous books,
our great events,
or just simply that wonderful sight and smell
when you step through the door,
we’d love to see you on
Saturday 10 August
to help us celebrate!!
Here’s some of the great stuff we’ve got planned for the day:
We know so many of you love our wonderful front window displays, now here’s a chance to ‘win the window’! – thanks to the support of our wonderful publishers, we’ll have a window full of amazing books that you could win, simply by making a purchase of $50 or more in store on Saturday 10 August! Ask staff for details on how to enter.
Children’s Illustrator Extraordinaire, James Hart, will be visiting between 11am and 1pm, drawing pictures on request! Come on down for your very own personalised piece of art!!
We’ll be donating 10% of sales for the day to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to support the fantastic work they do. You can find out more about the ILF here.
Get creative and sign our graffiti wall – add in your favourite book titles, have a go at illustrating your favourite book character or just tell us what you love most about Farrells!
Sausage Sizzle from 11am-1pm, thanks to the Rotary Club of Mornington – proceeds also to the ILF.
Face Painting for the kids! From 11am-1pm we’ll have free face painting for all our youngest bookshop lovers.
Colouring in Competition! For kids up to age 12, collect a copy of the picture in store or print a copy off here. Entries should be returned by 5pm Wednesday 14 August, with the winners announced and prizes awarded at our Children’s Book Week celebration on Saturday 17 August at 3pm.
Lucky book dip! Make a purchase and then take your chances with our lucky dip – you could score an advanced reading copy of a forthcoming book or perhaps something that might have taken a knock or two but is still just as wonderful on the inside.
Double Loyalty Points! – for one day only, if you’re a member of our Friends of Farrells (FOF) Loyalty Program, you’ll earn double points for any eligible transaction (usual FOF rules apply). Ask in store if you’d like to hear more about the Friends of Farrells Program – perhaps sign up on the day!