Monthly Archives: June 2019

Opening Pages – 3rd July 7pm – Little Gods and Democracy Sausages

Another wonderful night of bookish  chat is planned next week – Wednesday at 7pm. Joining us this month is Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin. This time her attention is on our Australian democracy as a whole with her fabulous book From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage. We are the only English-speaking democracy that has compulsory voting. Why do we have it and how has that affected our politics? All this and more will be revealed by Judith. Joining her is Jenny Ackland with her second novel, Little Gods, which was shortlisted for The Stella. Set in the Mallee in north-western Victoria, Olive Lovelock has just turned twelve, and her family. This is a book that echoes of great Australian novels like Seven Little Australians, Cloudstreet and Jasper Jones, and is funny and heartbreaking. So come and join us for a drink to meet these fabulous women and their wonderful books. RSVP in store, ring 90174748, email books@fairfieldbooks.com.au or on our Facebook page.

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The Women’s Prize – formerly known as the Baileys & the Orange

You might not have heard of the U.K.’s Women’s Prize. It has been around for 23 years but has gone through some name changes from the Orange Prize to the Bailey’s and now to the Women’s. What hasn’t changed is that it always has an outstanding shortlist and has picked some fabulous winners. Now established as one of the world’s most prestigious literary ficton prizes it is awarded annually to the best original full-length novel written by a woman and published in the U.K. The past two winners have become our personal favourites in the shop and is included in our go to bookclub recommendations – Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, Naomi Alderman The Power. This year’s winner is Tayari Jones with An American Marriage which is the explosive love story of a marriage interrupted. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy have their life planned out – he’s a young business executive and she’s an artist. While visiting Roy’s parents in a small Louisiana town, Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. This book explores their marriage under such a strain and what happens when Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned and he is free to resume married life. This has received wonderful reviews all around the world and we can’t wait to start reading ourselves. Come join us and read along!

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Opening Pages – July 3rd 7pm Little Gods and Democracy Sausages

After a couple of criminal types (well crime fiction writers) were the Opening Pages guests in June, we have got another fabulous duo for July. Judith Brett’s From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a fantastic book that has received critically acclaim from political commentators such as Waleed Aly, Antony Green and Annabel Crabb and has been a hit amongst our customers. Australia is one of the few places in the world where it is compulsory to vote and the only English speaking one. This book explains how this happened as well as how it has affected our politics. Judith is the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin and a professor of politics  at La Trobe. Jenny Ackland is a Melbourne writer and teacher. Little Gods is her second book and was shortlisted for this year’s Stella. Set in the Mallee, Olive Locklock has just turned twelve. She becomes obsessed with her dead baby sister, convinced that she was murdered. Her quest to discover what has happened will have seismic repercussions for her family and community where the truth might not set you free at all. Two wonderful authors who will warm us up with their insight and wit. Please come and join us on 3rd July at 7pm for some bookish chat and a drink. RSVP by email to books@fairfieldbooks. com.au, through our Facebook page, ring the shop on 90174748 or while you are in store.

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Elizabeth Gilbert – City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert is a publishing phenomenom. She has sold over 21 million books globally, mostly of her mega bestseller Eat Pray Love and then her sort of creative self-help guide Big Magic. Now, I know many people who loved both of these books but the subject matter was not my cup of tea so it is not until now that I’ve picked up an Elizabeth Gilbert book – but what a book it is. City of Girls is a beautifully written, frothy romp of a book. So many customers come in looking for a ‘happy’ book and now we have another absolute gem to add to the list. Gilbert said her aim was to write a book that would go down like a champagne cocktail and she has delivered. Set in the spring of 1940 Vivian Morris, is nineteen years old, and is escaping a boring constricted conventional homelife to run away to her eccentric Aunt Peg in New York. Peg owns a down-and out-theatre company and Viv immediately falls in with a crowd of showgirls, actors, playboys and has the time of her life. It’s early in the year to talk about favourite books for 2019 but this is one of mine (and I suspect many others). Perfect escapist fun to curl up with. Highly recommended.

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