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143 Storey Treehouse

Now Released!!!

The latest in the famous and popular Treehouse series from Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

Paper Back $14.99 Hard Back $18.99

Before next week, order on line or by contacting the shop.

Next week we’ll have pavement trading as well!!

In Conversation with Mark Brandi, best selling author of Wimmera and The Rip

Mark Brandi

Join us on Sunday July 11th at 4.00pm to meet Mark and hear about his new book, The Others.

Bookings at trybooking.com – https://www.trybooking.com/BRQAB. $10 per person incl. a glass of wine and a cheese selection.

I heard voices talking last night. I’ve never heard my father talk to someone else. Not that I can remember. I was in bed, and I heard my father’s voice first. He was talking to someone, and then I heard another man with a deep voice. The man got angry, I could tell, even though I couldn’t hear exactly what he was saying. Then my father said, ‘I’d kill you first.’

On his eleventh birthday, Jacob’s father gives him a diary. To write about things that happen. About what he and his father do on their farm. About the sheep, the crop, the fox and the dam. But Jacob knows some things should not be written down. Some things should not be remembered.

The only things he knows for sure are what his father has taught him. Sheltered, protected, isolated. But who is his father protecting him from? And how far will his father go to keep the world at bay?

All too soon, Jacob will learn that, sometimes, people do the most terrible things.

From the bestselling author of WIMMERA and THE RIP comes an unforgettable novel that explores the darkness in our world with the light only a child can find.

Happy Easter

We hope you have a good Easter break, whatever your religious affiliation.
We’re closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Open Saturday 09.30-5pm

Open Monday 10-3pm

The Walter Scott Prize [Historical Fiction]

Australians comprise majority of Walter Scott Prize shortlist

24 March 2021

Three out of the five books shortlisted for the £25,000 (A$44,900) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction are by Australian authors.

The five shortlisted novels are:

  • The Tolstoy Estate (Steven Conte, Fourth Estate)
  • A Room Made of Leaves (Kate Grenville, Text)
  • The Mirror and the Light (Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate)
  • Hamnet (Maggie O’Farrell, Tinder Press)
  • The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams, Affirm).

Each shortlisted writer receives £1500 ($2700) and, according to the judges, ‘For the first time in the history of the Walter Scott Prize, Australian authors comprise the majority of our shortlist.’ The 2021 shortlist was chosen from a longlist announced in February that also included Australian writer K M Kruimink’s A Treacherous Country (A&U)

Australian Books & Publishing March 21

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Winner!

Laura Jean McKay’s extraordinary novel The Animals in That Country has won the 2021 Vic Premier’s Prize – one of the richest awards in the country. I’ve been a fan of this novel ever since I read it to discuss with ABC’s Kate Evans on The Book Shelf last year. Oddly prescient, it concerns a pandemic but that’s where similarities to our current world end so don’t worry no COVID misery memoir here. Instead, we follow Jean, one of life’s battlers who works in an animal park and lives in fear of being displaced by technology. A strange flu is appearing which gives people the ability to understand animals – all from Bruce the enormous saltwater crocodile to the tiniest mouse. Mayhem follows and Jean finds herself on a journey to save her family with Sue the Dingo riding shotgun. The author has a doctorate in literary animal studies and is the ‘animal expert’ on ABC’s Listen Animal Sound Safari and that expertise is evident here. I found her insight into animals fascinating. This book is compelling, at times deeply strange, and sometimes hilarious, and is one that will stay with you long after reading.

2021 Stella Prize Longlist

Looking for some good reads? Check out the 2021 Stella Prize Longlist, featuring books by great Australian women writers!

Fathoms: the world in the whale

By Rebecca Giggs

A non-fiction book containing a mix of natural history, philosophy, and science that explores the impact whales have had; our changing relationship with them, and what the future will bring them and us.

In stock $35

Revenge: Murder in Three Parts

By S. L. Lim

A new novel from the author of Real Differences, a story of the frustrations of a talented daughter and vengeful sister. Yannie’s brother was able to succeed due to the favouritism he received from their parents while she could not. She chooses to use her neglected talents to use by entering and undermining her psychopathic brother’s new life.

Currently out of stock, available to order $29.99

The Animals in That Country

By Laura Jean McKay

Jean, a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed grandmother sets of to find her son and granddaughter. A journey through the animal apocalypse, caused by a virus that’s primary symptom is that the infected can understand the language of animals.

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award

In stock $29.99

Witness

By Louise Milligan

 The culmination of five years of work by award-winning investigative journalist Louise Milligan exposes the treatment of witnesses that were brave enough to come forward and face their abusers in high-profile child-abuse and sexual assault cases. Drawing from her own experiences as a witness in the trial of R v George Pell, interviews with other witnesses, judges, prosecutors, and previously unpublished court transcripts, Milligan reveals the injustice in the Australian legal system and calls for a change to a system that can harm victims more than help.

Currently out of stock, available to order $34.99

Metal Fish, Falling Snow

By Cath Moore

After her mother dies, Dylan finds herself on an unexpected road trip across Australia with her mother’s grieving boyfriend. They form an unlikely bond that is broken when he leaves Dylan with the family she never knew. A tale of searching for an identity while struggling to cope with grief, a great read for both adults and older teens.

In stock $19.99

The Wandering

By Intan Paramaditha

The most unusual novel you will read all year, where you create your own story – A novel about the high and lows of global nomadism and the politics and privilege of travel and desire. Both an ingenious and unusual novel where you choose your own story. You may be a tourist, undocumented immigrant, a mother or a murderer, based on what page you choose to turn.

Currently out of stock, available to order $32.99

Stone Sky Gold Mountain

By Mirandi Riwoe

A story of two siblings who emigrated to Australia from China to seek their fortunes during the gold rush. A novel rife with unforgettable characters that deals with questions of identity and belonging, and the suspicion that falls to outsiders when something terrible happens.

In stock $29.99

Blueberries

By Ellena Savage

A book that resists classification, Blueberries is an amalgamation of personal essay, polemic prose poetry, true-crime journalism and confession that reflects on a fragmented life, and what it means to be a woman, a body, and an artist.

In stock $32.99

Song of the Crocodile

By Nardi Simpson

In the gateway town of Darnmoor race relations between Indigenous and settler families are fraught, with a strict status quo now upheld through threats and soft power and not the overt violence of the past. The ancestral sprits Billymil family look out for, and try to guide, their descendants. But when the town’s secrets begin to be unveiled a violent act that rocks Darnmoor shatters a century of silence. Song of the Crocodile is full of both music and the Yuwaalaraay language and is a lament to choice and change.

In stock $32.99

Smart Ovens for Lonely People

By Elizabeth Tan

A cat-shaped oven tells a depressed woman she doesn’t have to be sorry anymore. A Yourtopia Bespoke Terraria employee becomes paranoid about the mounting coincidences in her life.

A collection of funny and insightful short stories, filled with Elizabeth Tan’s wit and slicing social commentary.

In stock $29.99

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

By Jessie Tu

The story of the struggles of an former child prodigy who believes herself to be washed-up at the age of 22. Jena Lin balances her professional life of rehearsals, concerts, auditions, and practice; her personal life is spent managing the demands of her family and hooking up to fill the void left by fame. Even after she is awarded an internship with the New York Philharmonic, the start of her dreams are irrevocably changed when Trump is elected.

A story that explores female desire and the consequences of wanting too much and never getting it.

In stock $29.99

The Bass Rock

By Evie Wyld

The lives of three women weave together across four centuries in the dazzling new book from Evie Wyld, winner of the Miles Franklin Award.

In the early 1700s Sarah is accused of being a witch and flees for her life.
During the aftermath of the Second World War Ruth navigates a new life in a new house and strange new community. And six decades later the house stands empty and Viv, while mourning the death of her father, catalogues Ruth’s belongings and unravels her past.

In stock $32.99

Klara and the Sun – Book of the Year?

Seems very early to be claiming Book of the Year and yet the three people who have read it in store are arguing over who gets to have it in their 2021 List at the end of the year. If we do get to read five books better than this one then it will be an exceptional year for reading. This is Kazuo Ishiguoro’s first book after winning the Nobel Prize and it is a stunner. With themes that evoke his other books, such as Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro explores what exactly makes us human. Klara is an Artificial Friend who waits in a store to be taken home to be a special friend. Observing a relatable world through eyes that carefully sees everything but computes it in terms that are at times child-like and at others profound and wise, this is truly unforgettable novel and we loved it!

End of Summer – back to normal hours

What a summer it was but now we bid farewell to it and hopefully things like lockdown (lets be optimistic!). We have returned to normal operating hours which are 9.30am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday. We are delighted to be able to see everyone in store again. Masks are optional. 2021 is shaping up for a brilliant year for books (hot tip – Ishiguro is a stunner). Remember you can sign up to our newsletter for all our shop news – just give us your email address!

Food for Thought

While we count down the days to Christmas here are some cookbooks that are delighting us at the moment.

Hetty McKinnon is back with a great new cookbook – To Asia With Love. We love Hetty and chances are you do to. She is our go-to pick when people ask for recommendations for vegetarian cookbooks. This one looks like another crowd pleaser with more of her fabulous salads alongside noodle and dumpling dishes that will have you begging for more! Finally, at last we have more of Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s fab A Year of Simple Family Food back in stock. The perfect title for this year. Heather has cooked the Tomato-Poached Fish with Saffron and Chickpeas, the lentil and honey roasted salad and the dark choc walnut cookies and highly recommends them all! All of these would be perfect picks for Christmas and I recommend buying when you see them! Covid19 has played havoc with printing around the world and once books sell out, it might be hard to reorder.

Open for Business

Since the last change to Covid19 restrictions in Melbourne, we are almost fully open for business leading up to Christmas.
The doors are open…
9.30 to 5.30 during the week,
9.30 to 5 on Saturdays
10 til 4 on Sundays

You can come in and browse. You are NOT REQUIRED to wear a mask in small retail like ours but you may choose to do so. The health authorities recommend that you do if you can’t stay one and a half metres away from other people.

If you stay longer than 15 minutes you can scan the Victorian government QR code that we have displayed around the shop to enable track and tracing in the event of any positive virus tests in our neighbourhood. We have a limit of 20 people in the store and with that many in, it’ll be very crowded! Most people would come back later anyway.

With less than two weeks to Christmas day, we hope to see you soon.

The Perfect Present for Christmas – A Fairfield Book Subscription

Even though March only feels like five minutes ago, it is Christmas in a month. Though we would all like to have 2020 finished as soon as possible, it is a slightly daunting thought of how much needs to be organised before then. This is the year not to leave things to the last minute as Christmas shopping will require a bit more patience than normal so that we continue to operate in a Covid safe manner with restrictions on numbers in store.

We are here to make your life easier with our Fairfield Books Subscription Service. We pride ourselves on matching the book to the reader and have decided to expand our ability to do that by offering four subscription services – Babies, Middle Fiction (primary school aged children), Adult Fiction and Adult Non-fiction. The gift recipient will recieve a beautifully wrapped book per month via the mail. Subscriptions can last anywhere between 3-12 months. It can even be a gift to yourself because after the year we’ve had everyone deserves a treat. We are still putting the finishing touches on this new initiative but if you are interested ask in store or send us an email books@fairfieldbooks.com.au (not in comments below because we don’t check that regularly!)

WE’RE OPEN (almost!)

Happy Days Melbourne. Tomorrow Fairfield Books is opening up again to the public and we are so excited to welcome you back inside. Our shelves are bursting with new books for you. Because we want to keep everyone safe we will be following the Covid-safe rules and ask that you do as well. Only five customers or two family groups are allowed in the shop at any one time. All adults and those over 12 to be in masks. Please hand sanitise on entering the store. Sadly, browsing still must be minimised (maximum of 15 minutes in store) and please keep stock handling limited.

We will back to normal hours 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5pm Saturday, Sunday 10am – 4pm and Cup Day will be 11am – 3pm.

For those who are not comfortable to come visit us, please check out our new website www.fairfieldbooks.com.au (still a bit basic at this stage but it’s working!) and we are more than happy to keep ordering over the phone, email etc and delivering free to the neighbourhood.

It’s been a hard few months for everyone. Here’s hoping to more positive times and more negative tests. Thanks for all your support. We wouldn’t be here without you.

Food for Thought

It is almost time for Melbourne to celebrate our mighty achievement of stopping the second wave of infections (of course with masks and appropriately socially distanced!) and it won’t be long before we are able to welcome you all back in store. While we count down those days here are some cookbooks that are delighting us at the moment. Bill Granger is back with a beauty simply called Australian Food. It is chock-full of his classics that you would expect if you were eating at his cafe as well as new delights. They all look family friendly and plenty in here to delight even the fussiest of tastebuds. Hetty McKinnon is back with a great new cookbook – To Asia With Love. We love Hetty and chances are you do to. She is our go-to pick when people ask for recommendations for vegetarian cookbooks. This one looks like another crowd pleaser with more of her fabulous salads alongside noodle and dumpling dishes that will have you begging for more! Finally, at last we have more of Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s fab A Year of Simple Family Food back in stock. The perfect title for this year. Heather has cooked the Tomato-Poached Fish with Saffron and Chickpeas, the lentil and honey roasted salad and the dark choc walnut cookies and highly recommends them all! All of these would be perfect picks for Christmas and I recommend buying/ordering early this year! Covid has played havoc with printing around the world and once books sell out, it might be hard to reorder.

School’s Back – Hurray!!

To the sound of cheering parents, school is back for most of our kids. It has been quite interesting to see different books resonate for kids and their parents at different times in the lockdown. At the moment SERIES are where it is at! So I thought I’d let you know about some new additions to middle fiction series in store. Chris Colfer’s Land of Magic series has been a hit with so many kids in the 9-12 age range and he is back with his second of a brand new series – A Tale of Witchcraft! It began last year with a Tale of Magic and is set in the same world but is a brand new adventure. The always fabulous Rick Riordan is back with the next in the Trials of Apollothe Tower of Nero. As it says on the cover Epic Heroes and Legendary Adventures. Apollo is having to spend six months as a teenager where he must defeat the terrifying Nero or risk never becoming a god again. Cressida Cowell, author of How To Train Your Dragon, has many devoted fans for her alternate series – The Wizards of Once. The final book of that series has just arrived in store – Never and Forever. Will Xar and Wish be able to break the Curse of the Wildwoods or will the witches reign forever? And finally not a series (yet) but such a lovely book – The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor – set in Melbourne in 1893 in the Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne, Pearl and Vally must save their beloved bookshop from the mysterious Obscurosmith. My daughter loved this book and your kids will as well.

An Avalanche of Books

Here at Fairfield Books we are currently BURSTING at the seams with new releases as October 2020 is proving to be a bonanza of great reading. In between the heavy hitters (with new books from Trent Dalton, Craig Silvey, Jane Harper, Robert Gailbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) and Richard Flanagan) and an eclectic Booker shortlist chockful of new authors, there are lots of other books coming out that you should know about. I have just finished reading English Pastoral by James Rebanks. I loved his first book The Shepherd’s Life, and this is a follow up of sorts. Rebanks’s family have farmed in the area of the Lake District for over 600 years. This book is an explanation of that life and the dual threats facing him (and us) climate change and modern mass farming. It is a call to arms, an exploration of nature, a discussion about farming and food and an all too human story written in such beautiful prose it could be poetry. It’s my favourite non-fiction read of the year and highly recommended. Currently I am reading The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy. An Australian author, this is a novel about Franny Stone, a young woman, haunted by love and violence, who has decided to go on a quest and follow the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antartica. There are also new books out from Alex Miller – the non-fiction Max which follows the extraordinary life of Max Blatt and also, Nardi Simpson’s debut novel – Song of the Crocodile -set in the ‘gateway town’ of Darnmoor, home to three generations of the Billymil family. I was recently on Radio National with the author Emily Maguire who raved about this book so it is on my must read pile.

As always we love taking orders from you remotely any way we can but if you are able to email them to us on books@fairfieldbooks.com.au that does make it easier for us to process them. Keep safe, keep reading!

A book about a new addition

Welcome Baby by Jess Racklyeft

Jess Racklyeft has been very busy producing lovely picture books for young children over the past few years. Her latest is about a new baby coming into the house. The gentle text and soft colour palette beautifully capture the feelings a family have with the beginning of a new life.

Jess has kindly given us a number of prints to go with the purchase of the book. Numbers are limited, so don’t tarry if you are interested!

The book is a hardback and $19.99

Great Reading for September

September is already one of the busiest book times of the year but 2020s is a treasure trove of great reads. There are so many that we would be telling you about in store, pressing into your hands to say you MUST read this book but alas we cannot do that this year, so instead we will blog! If 2020 isn’t dystopian enough for you, why not grab Kate Mildenhall’s The Mother Fault. For fans of 1984 and Handsmaid Tale, this is set in Australia. In a world where everyone has a universal tracking chip inserted, Mim’s husband, Ben, is missing and the Department want to find him. Mim knows she can’t trust the Department with their threats of looking after her in the BestLife facilities and must undertake a desperate search to save her family and herself. A white-knuckled read! For those looking for a laugh (just about all of us right now) Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club is a hoot. The detectives are pushing eighty but that’s not going to stop them investigating a brutal killing that occurs on their doorstep. A recommended read! I was chatting on Radio National’s The Bookshelf a couple of weeks ago about the stunning new book by Sarah Moss. An English author often overlooked in Australia. Her book The Ghost Wall from a couple of years ago was fabulous and this new one, Summerwater, is a stunner. Beautifully written, it is set on a Scottish summer’s day (so pouring with rain!), six different families are holidaying next to a gloomy loch. At times hilarious, at others, foreboding, she is just a fabulous writer. And finally for all those people waiting for Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments to be out in paperback! It’s arrived. A brilliantly imagined sequel to a wonderful classic, I was hooked from page three.

Food For Thought – Jamie, Julia and Yotam

Melbourne – more lockdown – what can we say? Let’s look on the bright side – we are still here, there are fabulous books to read and we can still travel through our food. Which brings me to three fabulous new cookbooks. First is local cook Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s A Year of Simple Family Food. Julia’s first book Ostro is one of our favourites in the shop and this book looks just as good. Heather has already cooked a few dishes from it, including the most delicious sweet potato and spinach curry. Sensational. Julia’s recipes are divided into season so you are cooking with ingredients when they are at their freshest (and cheapest). My family have been trying recipes from the new Jamie Oliver. Titled 7 Ways it is focuses on new recipes for ingredients that you will already find in your shopping trolley – avocado, chicken, sausages, mushrooms etc. It’s minimum fuss, maximum taste cooking. So far we have tried the cauliflower remoulade and the mushroom & beef stir fry. Both winners and being added to the weekly repetoire. Finally, the last heavy hitter is Yotam Ollolenghi back with a cookbook simply called Flavour. It is the third in his vegetarian trilogy – Plenty,  and Plenty More. We put it in the window and people started knocking to buy it straight away.

Remember we remain open to sell over the phone, click and collect and we still deliver. Give us a call on 90174748, email books@fairfieldbooks.com.au or Facebook or Instagram. So many different ways to contact us. Let’s get through this (hopefully) last lockdown in true Melbourne style with great eating and reading escapes while sitting in our armchairs!

Games and Activities to Occupy Bored Children!

While we mainly sell books we also do have a variety of games and activities great to entertain children who are bouncing off the walls due to lockdown! Here is a selection of what we currently have in store, all availbe for ‘click and collect’ or local delivery.

First up is Snap! A classic card game that is great to play with kids, and is quick and easy to teach. We have lots of differented themed packs including:

Mermaid Snap

Unicorn Snap

Diggers & Trucks Snap

Fairy Snap

Cars Snap

Animal Snap

and Travel Snap which shows illustrations of different places across the globe

$9.99 each

 

We also have some things kids can do alone!

  1. Dartboard Game, a magnetic dart board and darts, recommended for ages 3+ $19.95 each
  2. My Finger Maze Puzzle, a puzzle with 12 pieces that when assembled creates a maze, recommended for ages 2+  $23.95 each
  3. Magnetic Art Case, includes 70 magnets, board, and wipe clean marker, recommended for ages 3+ $22.95 each
  4. Magnetic Drawing Board, includes a board, magnets shapes and pen, recommended ages 3+ $19.95 each
  5. Magnetic Puzzle Box, includes figure and 30+ pieces for clothing and other items, recommended  ages 3+ $14.95 each
  6. My Very Big Puzzle Box, includes 52 puzzle pieces that assemble to maket the alphabet, recommended ages 4+ $27.95 each

 

 

 

 

We also have lots of fun science kits for kids!

8. Atomic Slime Lab, including the ingredients for Metalic Galaxy Slime, Neaon Blue Slime with Glitter, and Glow in the Dark Slime, recommended ages 8+ $22.95 each

9. Bunsen Burner, includes LED Bunsen Burner, Flask, Tripod, Test Tube Clamps, Goggles, Dropper, and Activity Book, recommended ages 3+ $49.95

10. Green Power Kit, includes two experiments converting solar and chemical energy into electricity (needs 2x fruit or vegtable not included) recommended 8+ $24.95

11. Crystal Creation, includes Instructions and ingerdiets to create 3 different types of crystal $9.99 each

12.Make Your Own Solar System, includes planet and sun molds, paint, paint brush, and glow in the dark stars and moon, recommended ages 8+ $22.95 each

13. Sand Timer, includes in structions and pieces to assemble a sand timer, Activity Book, Shovel, Net Filter, and Test Tubes, recommended ages 3+ $42.95 each

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also lots of different versions of Bingo availble!

14. Poo Bingo, bingo but with animal poo $29.99 each

15. Dog Bingo $35 each

16. Australia’s Deadly Animal Bingo $34 each

17. Cat Bingo $35 each

Also avaible in the same style and price at 15-17 is Dinosaur Bingo, Bird Bingo, Ocean Bingo, and Bug Bingo.

 

We also have some classic games avaible!

18. Snakes & Ladders, includes die and shaker $34.95 each

19. Playing Card Game Set, including two decks of playing cards, card games book, and 5 dice $19.99 each

20. Chess $29.95 each

21. Large Pick-Up Sticks $24.95 each

 

 

 

 

Please email us at books@fairfieldbook.com.au or call us at 9017 4748 if you would like any of these, or have any other orders and enquiries!

Current hours are 10-4 Monday-Saturday

 

 

 

Reading during Lockdown – open for business (just not browsing)

Thanks to the lovely Fairfield Books community we are still open and busy answering the telephone, responding to email, Facebook and Instagram enquiries. We are open from 10 – 4pm Monday through to Saturday and lots of customers have discovered the magic of holding their card up through our glass door and having our EFTPOS machine still read it while others have taken advantage of our home delivery service. We are pivoting like ballerinas here while talking to customers on the phone or through the glass as we keep on delivering books to happy readers. Please understand that if you end up talking to our answering machine, it probably means we are on the line talking to another customer. We miss chatting to you all in person and can’t wait until we can go back to welcoming browsing again in the shop. If you want a book to read but just don’t know which one, email us on books@fairfieldbooks.com.au with some of your current favourites and we will do our best to find you something suitable. We are gearing up for Father’s Day here – pro tip order early! ( and what looks to be one of the biggest release months ever in September – so there will lots of fabulous books for you to choose.) Keep safe, stay well and keep in touch!

Shop Online

From 17 October, 2020, you can shop our stock online at fairfieldbooks.com.au !
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