Date Correction!! The Return of Opening Pages Wed 6th Feb 7.30pm

Oops! Sorry everyone, but our post went out yesterday with the incorrect day and date! Please note the correct date is Wednesday 6th of February for our first Opening Pages for 2019. We will be running these events on the first Wednesday of each month from February to November.

Happy New Year to the customers and friends of Fairfield Books. The year is getting off to a great start with the return of Opening Pages on Wednesday 6th Feb with two stellar Aussie authors joining us. The noted memoirist Louise Deasey is back with a wonderful book, A Letter from Paris. Several years ago she received an email from a Frenchwoman, Coralie, who had found a cache of letters in her attic that were written about Louisa’s father, who had died when she was six. A mystery that Louisa decides to follow and takes her from Melbourne to London and on to France discovering her father’s secret service in World War II and relationships with some of Europe’s most famous bohemian artists. A compelling read. Maryrose Cuskelly’s book, Wedderburn, is also non-fiction but this bloodier and closer to home. In October 2014 Ian Jamieson stabbed his neighbour Greg Holmes twenty five times and then shot Greg’s mother and her husband and then called the police. With true-crime back in the spotlight both in book form and podcast, this is a must read which starts with a murder and ends being an exploration of a small town and the people within it. So come join us for a glass of wine or something softer to listen to fantastic local authors talking about their amazing books.

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Happy New Year & The Return of Opening Pages Wed 6th Feb 7.30pm

Happy New Year to the customers and friends of Fairfield Books. The year is getting off to a great start with the return of Opening Pages on Wednesday 6th Feb with two stellar Aussie authors joining us. The noted memoirist Louise Deasey is back with a wonderful book, A Letter from Paris. Several years ago she received an email from a Frenchwoman, Coralie, who had found a cache of letters in her attic that were written about Louisa’s father, who had died when she was six. A mystery that Louisa decides to follow and takes her from Melbourne to London and on to France discovering her father’s secret service in World War II and relationships with some of Europe’s most famous bohemian artists. A compelling read. Maryrose Cuskelly’s book, Wedderburn, is also non-fiction but this bloodier and closer to home. In October 2014 Ian Jamieson stabbed his neighbour Greg Holmes twenty five times and then shot Greg’s mother and her husband and then called the police. With true-crime back in the spotlight both in book form and podcast, this is a must read which starts with a murder and ends being an exploration of a small town and the people within it. So come join us for a glass of wine or something softer to listen to fantastic local authors talking about their amazing books.

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The Answer to Christmas Stress is Here – The Return of Extended Hours Thursdays in December 6pm – 7pm

Feeling stressed about Christmas shopping? Why not come to the one shop that will have the perfect present for every member of the family. We are starting to get ready for Christmas ourselves with extended opening hours on Thursday nights. We’ve got the Christmas Elf in in the window and have got not just all the latest releases, beloved classics but each of our lovely booksellers has picked their favourite books of the year stretching across literary, commercial fiction, crime fiction, non-fiction, and the best for kids and teens. So why not come from a browse, enjoy a glass of bubbles with us and find the perfect present – it can even be for yourself – because there is nothing better than sitting down with a good book.

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The Perfect Book for Every Type of Cook

I don’t need to remind you that Christmas is fast approaching and cookbooks are always a good option for a lovely present (even for yourself). Cookbooks such as Ottelenghi Simple are a delight (just ask Heather – she’s cooked 12 dishes out of it and they’ve all been fabulous) and Jamie’s Friday Night Feasts just arrived in store last week. A few other titles that are worth having a look at is Cellar Bar by local foodie legend Guy Grossi. I’ve been cooking out of this one and can recommend the Paccheri Con Salsicce Di Maiala (for the non-Italians that’s a pork sausage pasta) and the Torta Caprese is the tastiest chocolate cake I’ve ever had. Even better it was simple enough for my 13 year old daughter to whip up. The book is beautifully presented and includes recipes to some of Grossi Florentino’s famous dishes. The always popular Annabel Crabb is back with Wendy Sharpe with Special Guest – Recipes for the Happily Imperfect Host. A very practical book that includes chapters such as Stay For Lunch and Crowded House, it is packed full of tasty, easy dishes and the afternoon tea section looks sensational! Now for the real foodies a very special treat is Lateral Cooking by Niki Segnit. It’s the companion novel to best selling The Flavour Thesaurus which we also have in stock. Niki Segnit is a cook’s cook with fans such as Yotam Ottelenghi singing her praises. This is the ultimate practical cooking book which is designed to help creative cooks develop their own recipes. It has a series of set recipes (bread, chocolate, custard etc) and then shows you how to adapt them again and again. This is the perfect foundation book for every instinctive cook. And finally, you might have heard local author Simone Kelly talking about her cookbook Family Harvest in which she shares tips on growing and cooking your own produce with recipes that your kids will happily eat (in short a miracle book!). 

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Opening Pages – Next Wednesday 21 Nov 7 – 8.30pm

This is the last Opening Pages for this year and it is a beauty. We have Mick McCoy talking about his historical fiction thriller What The Light Reveals. We are currently reading it in the shop and really enjoying it. It is one of those books with resonances to the divided political world that we find ourselves in today. Set in the Cold War, Conrad, an Australian engineer, is falsely accused of passing military secrets to the Russians, and in the subsequent scandal, his life and that of his family is turned upside down. It is a fascinating fictional retelling of an important part of our recent history. Chromatopia is another shop favourite and certainly one of the most beautiful books of the year. It’s an Illustrated History of Colour by one of the most acclaimed paint makers in the world, David Coles. Both authors are local and we are really looking forward to the event so join us in raising a glass to these talented authors and to the (almost) end of another bookish year.

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Opening Pages – The Trilogy 21 November 7pm- 8.30pm

Having had such a fabulous time at our first two events, we have decided to squeeze one in before the end of the year. A change of pace with our first non-fiction author joining a local fiction writer. David Coles has produced a stunning book Chromatopia which is an illustrated History of Colour. This is a book to be treasured and gazed at and dare I suggest it the perfect present for the artistic amongst us (and perhaps the unartistic as well to inspire). David has spent his whole life within the world of colour having grown up in an artistic family. Originally from the U.K. , David emigrated to Australia in 1992 and opened Langridge Artist Colours, twelve years later he began to make his own colours and now is one of the most respected paint makers in the world. He has developed unique colours that reflect the Australian environment – the first being Zinc Blue replicating the light-filled blue of the Australian sky. 

And joining him in the high-octane stakes is local author Mick McCoy. What The Light Reveals captures the sometimes devastating consequences of individual belief. Conrad is falsely accused of passing military secrets to the Russians. His life and that of his family is turned upside down by discrimination and fear. A book that straddles Russia and Australia, it is morally complex and psychologically intense. 

A fantastic night’s entertainment of conversation on November 21 awaits. Not to be missed. You can RSVP in the shop, by emailing us at books@fairfieldbooks.com.au or ringing on 90174748. See you there!

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Crime Writers Panel – This Wednesday 17 October 2018 7pm – Northcote Library

A few times every month, Fairfield Books hits the road and supports writers events at libraries and other venues around Melbourne. This Wednesday we are at Northcote Library to listen to three Australian crime writers, including our very own Aoife Clifford. You might have met Aoife in the shop on Mondays and Tuesdays. She will be talking about her bestseller All These Perfect Strangers and her new book Second Sight. Appearing along with her is Cath Ferla who won a Davitt Award for her novel Ghost Girls and Christian White, who’s debut The Nowhere Child won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Unfinished Manuscript has rushed onto bestselling lists all over the country. You can RSVP on Darebin Libraries  website or phone on 1300 655 355. It should be a great night – see you there!

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