Book Club and Author Talk: SARAH WINMAN

To celebrate the release of Sarah Winman’s highly anticipated new novel, Still Life, we are excited to announce two special events…

BOOK CLUB: Wednesday 2 June

6.30 – 7.30pm 
Wednesday 2 June

Join us to discuss Sarah Winman’s first novel When God Was a Rabbit.

When God Was a Rabbit is a beautiful story spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards. It is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

Tickets $10, includes wine and nibbles.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be operating according to COVID-safe regulations. Attendees will be expected to check-in on arrival. In the interests of keeping everyone safe, we ask that you do not attend if you are unwell.

AUTHOR TALK: Wednesday 2 June

Wednesday 2 June

Sarah Winman will be live from London in-conversation with Barbara Horgan, discussing her new novel Still LifeThis event is hosted by Beaufort Street Books (WA) and will be live-streamed on Zoom. 

TICKETS $10 or pre-order the book through us by 31 May for a complementary ticket.

Still Life (RRP $33) will be available in-store after 2 June 2021. 
Pre-order online or call us on 03 5975 5034.

About the book…

Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster. We just need to know what the heart’s capable of, Evelyn. And do you know what it’s capable of? I do. Grace and fury.

1944, in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance and bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening together. Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the wreckage and relive memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view. These two unlikely people find kindred spirits in each other and Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses’ mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for the next four decades.

Moving from the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful, richly-peopled novel about beauty, love, family and fate.

About Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. She has written four novels, When God Was a Rabbit, A Year of Marvellous Ways, Tin Man, and Still Life.

DANIELLE BINKS: Tuesday 28 April


The Year the Maps Changed


YouTube Live

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Given Farrells enjoys a cameo mention in the book itself, we were delighted when local author Danielle Binks asked us to launch her wonderful middle-grade debut, The Year the Maps Changed

We are disappointed to have to postpone the in store launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but are VERY excited to announce the extremely clever and talented Danielle has come up with a VIRTUAL launch instead!

Taking place at the original time and date – 6.30pm on Tuesday 28 April – on YouTube Live via the link above. Oz Authors Online is an initiative invented for these surreal times and aims to afford creatives new opportunities and direct support towards indie-bookshop such as Farrells. So please check out all the other great virtual author events they have planned.

The digital launch will feature a Q&A with Danielle and #LoveOzYA superstar author, Jenna Guillaume of What I Like About Me fame. Danielle and Jenna will be chatting about The Year the Maps Changed, the writing process, some behind-the-curtain details on the publishing industry, what’s getting us through social isolation, and no doubt focus heavily on the 1999-setting and a debate about the truly superior LipSmacker flavour! It won’t be quite the same as an in-store launch, but Danielle and Jenna will be working to make it as special and unique as they can.

For anyone who would like to pre-order a signed copy of The Year the Maps Changed, please call or email us to make arrangements!

The Year the Maps Changed
Danielle Binks

Release date: 28 April 2020

I was eleven when everything started and twelve by the end. But that’s another way maps lie, because it felt like the distance travelled was a whole lot further than that.

Sorrento, Victoria – 1999

Fred’s family is a mess. Her mother died when she was six and she’s been raised by her Pop and adoptive father, Luca, ever since. But now Pop’s had to go away; Luca’s girlfriend, Anika, and her son have moved in; and Fred’s just found out that Anika and Luca are having a baby of their own. More and more it feels like a land-grab for family and Fred is the one being left off the map.

Even as the world feels like it’s spinning out of control, a crisis from the other side of it comes crashing in. When 400 Kosovar-Albanian refugees arrive in the middle of the night to be housed on an isolated headland not far from Sorrento, their fate becomes intertwined with the lives of Fred and her family, as she navigates one extraordinary year that will change them all.

A middle-grade coming-of-age story inspired by true events about the bonds of family, the weight of grief and the power of compassion for fans of The Bone Sparrow, Wolf Hollow and The Thing About Jellyfish.


This debut middle-grade novel, set on the Mornington Peninsula from local author Danielle Binks, is a beautiful read based on real events that tackles many difficult issues: from changing families and bodies, grief and community to friendship, geography and asylum seekers.  Given this book is packed full of rich topics I was worried it might be confusing and clunky – it’s not!  It’s a gorgeously authentic book.  You’ll fall in love with the prickly, sensitive, spunky protagonist, Fred (Winifred) – just make sure you have some tissues handy! 

GABBIE STROUD: Wednesday 25 March

Dear Parents

Wednesday 25 March


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Join us for an evening of conversation with author of the national bestseller, Teacher. Gabbie’s new book, Dear Parents, is a passionate call to arms for all parents to understand their role as their children’s lifelong teachers, showing how they can help their kids’ educators and schools achieve the best outcomes for the next generation.

Dear Parents
Gabbie Stroud

So many Australian parents are buying the government line about standardised testing of students through programs like NAPLAN and My School, which make them think they are getting results because of rankings and comparisons. But they don’t seem to realise that these new forms of assessment are actually negatively affecting our kids’ ability to gain the crucial life skills and appreciation for learning that have been, and should be, the main aim of teaching.

Dear Parents is a funny, heartfelt and impassioned series of letters to the mothers, fathers and caregivers of Australia, making a plea to all parents to understand the fundamental changes to the way their children are being taught, and the results of this process on the development of future generations. Written by Gabbie Stroud, author of the national bestseller Teacher, Stroud wants parents to recognise their responsibility as their children’s primary educators and to appreciate the lifelong benefits that committed and dedicated school teachers can bring to their kids.

Dear Parents is a passionate call to arms for all parents to understand their role as their children’s lifelong teachers, showing how they can help their kids’ educators and schools achieve the best outcomes for the next generation.


Modern Mending

Tuesday 17 March


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Australia sends millions of tonnes of clothing to landfill each year and our clothing consumption is among the highest in the world. But mending is trending and it’s never been easier to repair and reinvent your favourite clothes.
Come along to hear mending extraordinaire, Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald, speak about the value and joy of mending our clothes and even bring along your own mending dilemmas for some expert advice!

Modern Mending
Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Bring new life to your old clothes and fabrics with this fun, easy-to-follow guide to modern mending.

Australia sends millions of tonnes of clothing to landfill each year and our clothing consumption is among the highest in the world. But mending is trending and it’s never been easier to repair and reinvent your favourite clothes.

Inspired by the global slow fashion movement, Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald has created a comprehensive guide to mending your own clothes that combines creativity and sustainability. She demystifies mending and shares step-by-step instructions for a range of techniques, including stitching, darning, patching, needle felting and machine darning.

So next time you tear your favourite jeans or find a hole in your jumper, think twice before throwing it away. With Modern Mending, you’ll gain the skills and confidence needed to rebel against fast fashion and save the planet.

FAVEL PARRETT: Tuesday 25 February

There Was Still Love

Tuesday 25 February


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Our second author event in February will see the lovely Favel Parrett come to speak with us about her beautiful new book, There Was Still Love – a deeply emotional love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance.

Tickets $10, includes a glass of wine on arrival – bookings open tomorrow. The ticket cost may also be redeemed against the purchase of a copy of There Was Still Love  on the night.

There Was Still Love
Favell Parrett

Prague, 1938: Eva flies down the street from her sister. Suddenly a man steps out, a man wearing a hat. Eva runs into him, hits the pavement hard. His hat is in the gutter. His anger slaps Eva, but his hate will change everything, as war forces so many lives into small, brown suitcases.

Prague, 1980: No one sees Ludek. A young boy can slip right under the heavy blanket that covers this city – the fear cannot touch him. Ludek is free. And he sees everything. The world can do what it likes. The world can go to hell for all he cares because Babi is waiting for him in the warm flat. His whole world.

Melbourne, 1980: Mala Liska’s grandma holds her hand as they climb the stairs to their third floor flat. Inside, the smell of warm pipe tobacco and homemade cakes. Here, Mana and Bill have made a life for themselves and their granddaughter. A life imbued with the spirit of Prague and the loved ones left behind.

Favel Parrett’s deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shine through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. It is a tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love. No matter what.

J.P. POMARE: Tuesday 18 February 2020

In The Clearing

Tuesday 18 February


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Following the success of his debut novel, Call Me Evie, in 2019, J.P. Pomare returns with a new literary thriller, In The Clearing.

Join us to hear J.P. in conversation with fellow crime writer, Christian White, about the new novel and all things Australian crime writing.

Tickets $10, which includes a glass of wine on arrival. The ticket cost may also be redeemed against the purchase of a copy of In The Clearing on the night.

In The Clearing
J.P. Pomare

Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.

Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town.

As Amy and Freya’s story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town’s dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

ERIN RHOADS: Thursday 7 November

Towards a Waste-Free Christmas

Thursday 7 November

Tickets $5
includes wine on arrival

Erin Rhoads is the curious lady behind The Rogue Ginger, one of Australia’s popular eco lifestyle websites. She has been been writing about her own journey since 2013 sharing how she reduced plastic and her rubbish, leading to a happier and healthier life. Through Erin’s pursuit to live plastic-free and zero-waste, she learnt to eat real food, discovered new skills, cut down her exposure to harmful chemicals, found joy in moments over things and simplified her life, while saving money.

Join us as Erin opens the lid on ways to reduce waste during the holiday season from practical tips on food and shopping to choosing sustainable gifts, wrapping and decorating.

About the Author

Erin Rhoads has been writing about her zero-waste journey since 2013. Her blog, The Rogue Ginger, quickly became one of Australia’s most popular eco-lifestyle websites, and Erin is now a prominent commentator on zero-waste living. She divides her time consulting with businesses on waste reduction, sharing skills and ideas at workshops and talks for kids and adults around Australia, and participating in environmental action groups.

Erin was a consultant on Australia’s War on Waste and is a regular contributor on ABC Radio. She has been featured on BBC World, The Project, Sunrise, The Age, The Guardian, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Marie Claire, Peppermint magazine and many more.

Erin lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and son.

Waste Not Everyday: 365 to Reduce, Reuse and Reconnect
Erin Rhoads

Suited to those who are interested in taking their first steps towards a zero waste lifestyle, this book is a lighter, easier approach to Erin’s first and more in depth book, Waste Not. Also makes a great gift for friends and family looking for a simple introduction to the concept of zero waste.

Would you like to throw away less? Do something for the planet? But not ready to dive straight into composting or go totally plastic-free yet? Waste Not Everyday is your step-by-step guide with 365 easy changes that will not only influence what you throw out but also have a genuine impact on the future of our planet.

Split into four easy-to-follow parts, Waste Not Everyday features simple tips that will lead to a real shift in thinking and action and show you that a zero-waste lifestyle is actually achievable – for everyone, every budget and every schedule. With tips ranging from actions and inspiration to recipes and resources, Erin Rhoads, well-known zero-waste advocate and author of Waste Not, takes you on a gentle journey towards a life with less waste and more meaning.

TIM COSTELLO: Tuesday 15 October

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.

CHARLOTTE WOOD: Sunday 27 October

Charlotte Wood 1 - credit Chris ChenCHARLOTTE WOOD
The Weekend

Sunday 27 October


Tickets $5

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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…

THE WEEKEND coverThe Weekend
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.

ELLIOT PERLMAN: Tues 8 October

Elliot Perlman author picELLIOT PERLMAN
Maybe the Horse Will Talk

Tuesday 8 October 2019


Tickets $35
includes copy of the new book and wine on arrival

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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 smallMaybe 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.