Now that November is here, we are calling it open season on cookbooks, as they flood the shop in time for Christmas. Here at Fairfield Books, we currently have a cookbook section that is almost literally bursting at the seams with absolute beauties (the shop does not have seams, per se, but it it did they would certainly be close to bursting). A cookbook is the perfect gift for:
- Someone else, because they are duty bound to cook you something from it if you have given it to them. (This is probably the most important Rule of the Book World)
- Yourself, because it really is the gift that keeps on giving. If you think about it, you are being selfless by giving yourself a cookbook, because you will be cooking for others: nourishing body and soul, spreading joy and moving one step closer to martyrdom with every pan fry, bake and steam.
Some of our favourites this week are…
Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura, $45.
Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s How It Is At Home by Matt Wilkinson & Sharlee Gibb, $50.
The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones, $50.
One of our shyer staff members, who can usually be found hiding in the front corner of the shop among the soft toys has gathered the courage to share her favourite book with us! Melanie Meerkat shares her thoughts on Nicki Greengerg’s Meerkat Choir:
I loved this book because it was about Meerkats, and also about singing and joining in with people to make friends. I like to make the LA LA LAAAA sounds myself when a grown up is reading this to me.
Here is Melanie with her staff pick, which you can take home to share with your own little singing Meerkats 🙂
Meerkat Choir, $24.99
Meerkat Toy $36.95
We are so excited to be stocking the debut Australian author Jessica Townsend’s fabulous frolic Nevermoor. It’s the gripping tale of Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, who is whisked away on the eve of her immiment death to an exciting yet uncertain future in the magical realm of Nevermoor.
Nevermoor was launched with a worldwide release, and is garnering plenty of attention from overseas. With shades of Lemony Snickett, Harry Potter and Narnia, this is a book that actually lives up to the hype. It’s for ages 8 plus, and it’s our new favourite!
Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow $16.99
Another international prize is in the offing: The Man Booker International Prize, which is now awarded annually for a single title. The shortlist for the 2017 prize has been announced, with two authors from Israel, and one each from Argentina, Denmark, France and Norway.
The full list, showing Author (nationality), Translator, Title, is:
- Mathias Enard (France), Charlotte Mandell (US), Compass
- David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen (US), A Horse Walks Into a Bar
- Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett (UK), Don Shaw (UK), The Unseen
- Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra (US), Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
- Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange (UK), Judas
- Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell (US), Fever Dream
Not all titles are issued in Australia, but we do have copies of Fever Dream (HB, $20), and we’re very to hunt out any others for fans of great fiction in translation. Stand by for the announcement of the winner on 14 June (UK time).
It is an excellent week for readers aged 8 to 11. Not only is there a brand-new Timmy Failure, there is a brand-new Truly Tan. Our favourites shelf is a happy place, indeed.
The sixth Truly Tan mystery, Trapped, sees our heroine plant-sitting for her neighbour Mrs Topple, but what is that strange car? And who are the people on the verandah? We’re certain that Tan can work it out.
And our our favourite detective, Timmy Failure, is dealing with the serious issue of the cat stealing his pants. And we all know how bad that can be. Find out if Timmy succeeds in finding treasure on Key West, Florida.
Truly Tan: Trapped! – Jen Storer – ABC Books – PB – $17
Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants – Stephan Pastis – Walker – HB – $18
So it’s been announced, and one of us was lucky enough to be there on the big night: this year’s winner of the Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing is Heather Rose’s novel The Museum of Modern Love.
The novel is based on Marina Abramovic’s performance-art piece entitled The Artist is Present, in which Abramovic sat opposite MOMA visitors and gazed into their eyes, six days a week for the almost 3 months of the exhibition. (A film was made about the artwork, and you can watch its trailer online.)
In Rose’s novel, which has Abramovic’s blessing, film composer Arky Levin stumbles into MOMA’s Atrium to witness the art piece, and continues to visit over the course of the next 75 days of the artist sitting. The novel meditates on the nature of art, life and love and the boundaries between them.
Congratulations to Heather Rose on her win, and come buy her book to help her celebrate!
The Museum of Modern Love – Heather Rose – A&U – TP – $28