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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!

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Opening Pages – First One for 2020 – March 4 7pm

As Heather has been away overseas on a bookish trip, we have delayed our start to Opening Pages but now she has returned, we are excited to bring you more wonderful authors in 2020. On March 4 at 7pm Heather will be talking to Kirsten Alexander and Kate Murdoch. Readers might know Kirsten from her first novel Half Moon Lake. She has followed that up with an absolute cracker. It is 1974 and Abby and Charlie are driving to their father’s farm when they are in a car accident that kills the pregnant driver. There are no witnesses to the accident so they make the decision to flee the scene. This is a gripping page turner. Joining Kirsten is Kate Murdoch, author of The Orange Grove. A historical drama set in France of the 1700s, this is a book simmering with rivalry and intrigue, involving dukes (or as the French would spell ducs), wives, mistresses, secrets and a tarot reader. Sounds like the perfect escapist read. Come and join us on March 4 for a glass of wine and bookish chat with these two wonderful authors.

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Last Opening Pages for the Year – 4 December 7pm

We were delighted to see a former speaker at Opening Pages, Ilka Tampke, win Most Underrated Book of the Year with her wonderful book, Songwoman so why not come along on 4 December and meet two wonderful authors because you never know what prize list they might turn up on next year. Favel Parrett who has already won the Dobbie Literary Award and been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin will be talking about her brand new book There Was Still Love, the beautiful story of her grandmother and her twin, one who lives in Australia and the other who lives behind the Iron Curtain. Poetic and full of heart, it will be lovely to hear Favel talk about what writing this book was like for her. Joining her is criminal lawyer and award winning author Sarah Hopkins, with her fascinating page turner, The Subjects. Daniel is sixteen and should be in jail instead he is diverted into a different program with other gifted delinquents. It’s not a jail, a school, or a psych unit. What is it exactly? This is a compelling novel and we are looking to welcoming both these authors to our last Opening Pages for the year. So, come join us on Wednesday 7 December 7pm, and lets raise a glass to 2019 and another great year of reading. RSVP on Facebook, email books@fairfieldbooks.com.au, ring on 90174748 or tell us in-store.

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For The Love of Books

We love being Fairfield Village’s local bookshop, but can’t help thinking that the only thing better than a community with a bookshop is a community with FIVE bookshops. This quaint little town in New York State, population 500, has just that.

It’s one of a number of book villages around the world, a trend that started with Hay-on-Wye in Wales and, delightfully, continues to grow. If you’re keen to visit a book town a little closer to home, you can’t go past Clunes which, as well as hosting a book festival every year, has a bottle museum, so you can really drink up the atmostphere. Har har har.

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I Think It Had a Boat On The Cover

“I think it had a tree on the cover” is one of those cliche questions booksellers get asked more often than you might think. This year, there seem to be an unusual number of books with boats on the cover, so we are looking forward to getting a bit of variation in our customer queries!

Here is a quick guide to some of the more popular ‘books-with-boat-on’ to help you (and us) out!

Saga Land, Richard Fidler & Karl Gislason,

The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman

Dampier, the Dutch and the Great South Land, Rob Mundle, $25

A Sea-Chase, Roger McDonald, $33


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Staff Favourites! Huzzah!

Hooray, huzzah and goody goody gumdrops for Fairfield Books 2017 Staff Favourites, because nobody loves books like a bookseller 🙂

Our Christmas elves have been busy redesigning much of our new release display space to show off our staff favourites for 2017. There are so many wonderful books published each year that it is hard – even for the professionals – to keep up. So we have hopefully made it a little easier for you to choose your favourites by curating what we loved this year.

They include gorgeous picture books, tween and tween delights, fascinating non-fiction and beautiful, arresting fiction. Keep following the blog for more detaisl on each staff member’s favourites list, or come into the shop and see them for yourself.

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What Have We Been Reading? A Little Taste…

We’ve been diving into the wellness industry in Australia. The Woman Who Fooled The World: Belle Gibson’s Cancer Con is a thorough, compelling investigation into the wellness industry, and it’s most notorious scammer. If you missed hearing about Belle, her bookdeal, award winning app and gigantic Instagram following (all of which grew off the back of her supposedly self curing of brain cancer by doing nothing more than eating well and taking lots of pictures of herself looking happy in the sun), then it’s your lucky day! You can catch up on all the nitty gritty details of Gibson’s outrageous claims, who was fooled, and how it unravelled, in Beau Donnelly and Nick Toscqano’s new book which was published earlier this month.

And if you have an interest in the wellness industry you may be drawn to another Australian book, Wellmania, by journalist, yoga enthusiast and gonzo fad dieter Brigid Delaney. Delaney takes a tour through the wellness industry, examining whether it’s possible to get clean, lean and/or serene via a series of health retreats, courses and classes, diets and fasts.

Both of these books are excellent, readable, thoughtful pieces of non-fiction. They might inspire you to go and make a coconut water and kale smoothie, but they might also make you feel totally ok with having that last piece of chocolate, and settling back on to the couch to continue reading.

The Woman Who Fooled The World: Belle Gibson’s Cancer Con  by Beau Donnelly and Nick Toscqano $33







Wellmania by Brigid Delaney, $33

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There’s No Such Thing As Too Many (Cook)Books

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.

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Rules Of The Book World (A Far from Definitive List)

  1. There is no such thing as too many books.
  2. If you are given a cookbook as a present you MUST cook at least one thing from it for the person who gave it to you.
  3. If you don’t have a bookmark, you are free to use a receipt, envelope or, in a pinch, another, thinner book as a bookmark.
  4. You CAN turn the pages down if none of the above are to hand, but EXPECT TO BE JUDGED HARSHLY.
  5. If you lend someone a book, you should never expect to see it again. Let it go with a free heart, and come and buy a replacement copy from us at Fairfield Books 🙂

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