Melbourne Writers Festival on the Road comes to Aireys / Fairhaven- Tickets Open Now


MWF on the Road 2014 Celebrate Globe Trotting and Wanderlust in a weekend of talks and workshops with some of Australia’s very best travel writers.

Bought to Aireys and Fairhaven by the Melbourne Writers Festival on the Road.



WHERE: 6.30 pm @ Aireys Inlet Community Centre

BOOKINGS: or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0201

PRICE: $60.00 p.p

BOOKS: Authors will be signing books after the event at the Great Escape Books table or arrange a signing by prior arrangement of you can’t attend the event.

Bookshop: 52897052


TIM COPELone-adventurer Tim Cope travelled the entire length of the Eurasian steppe on horseback, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. This formidable 6,000-mile journey took three years to complete. It is a journey that has not been completed successfully since the days of Genghis Khan. Trekking through wolf-infested plateaus, down into deep forests and up over glaciers, across sub-zero barren landscapes, scorching deserts and through treacherous mountain passes, Cope travelled deep into the heart of the nomadic way of life that has dominated the Eurasian steppe for thousands of years. Alone, except for a trusted dog (and a succession of thirteen horses, many stolen along the way), he encountered incredible hospitality from those who welcomed him on his journey – a tradition that is the linchpin of human survival on the steppe. With WC the Kazakh aphorism ‘To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes’ playing constantly in his thoughts, Cope became immersed in the land and its people, moving through both space and time as witness to the rich past and to the often painful complexities of present-day life still recovering from Soviet rule.On the Trail of Genghis Khan is a tale of survival, adventure and discovery set in a fascinating and politically volatile.


Tracks‘I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.’ So begins Robyn Davidson’s perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.




WHERE: 10.30 am @ Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club

BOOKINGS: or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0308

PRICE: $20.00




WHERE: 1.30 pm @ Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club

BOOKINGS: or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0309

PRICE: $12.00

Susan Gough Henly is Australian photojournalist who writes for about 15 publications around the world including Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, The Sydney Sun Herald, Royal Auto, Vacations and Travel, News Ltd, Luxury Travel Magazine, The Wine Enthusiast, House and Garden, Nine msn,  Australia and New Zealand Magazine, Voyeur, Qantas Insider, OUTthere Magazine, Jetstar and several other airline magazines.

She has produced Australia’s Best Places,  the definitive and discerning App to the most authentic experiences and best places Down Under. Please check it out on iTunes at She is on the board of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and have contributed to their two anthologies of travel writing: Best Food Forward and Red Dust and Wanderlust. Also a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.


SINNING ACROSS SPAINWith these words Ailsa Piper’s journey begins. Less than a month later she finds herself hiking through olive groves and under translucent pink blossoms, making her way from the legendary city of Granada, towards the cliffs at Finisterre in the far north-west of Spain. On her back she carries an unusual cargo—a load of sins. In the tradition of medieval believers who paid others to carry their sins to holy places, and so buy forgiveness, Ailsa’s friends and colleagues donated sins in order to fund her quest. She’s received anger and envy, pride and lust, among many. Through glorious villages and inspiring landscapes, miracles find her. Matrons stuff gifts of homemade sausages into her pack. Angels in both name and nature ease her path. Sins find her too. Those in her pack and many others tempt her throughout her journey. And she falls in love: with kindness, with strangers, and with Spain. Sinning Across Spain celebrates the mysteries of faith, the possibilities for connection, and the simple act of setting down one foot after the other.


Lord ByronMad, bad and dangerous to know’, Lord Byron was not just one of England’s finest poets, he was also history’s first true rock star, living a life of abundant extravagance and shocking scandal that led eventually to self-imposed exile in Europe. Through his travels, Byron carved out a new life, remaining true to himself to the end. So when journalist Julietta Jameson is compelled by emotional crisis to embark on her own period of personal exile, whose footsteps better to follow in than those of her beloved Byron? Her suitcase filled with his verse, Julietta traces the path of this luminary poet through the Alps, across Italy and over the Mediterranean, and in doing so, learns to live her life in truth, just as he did. Me, Myself and Lord Byron is a story of parallel journeys – that of the infamous Lord Byron, and of a woman on a heartfelt mission to reclaim her life. Julietta explores the flipside of Byron’s celebrity – his insecurities, fears and regrets. And against the sumptuous backdrop of Switzerland, Italy and Greece, she reminds us that it’s never too late to rediscover yourself.



WHERE: 3.30 pm @ Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club

BOOKINGS: or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0310

PRICE: $12.00

BOOKS: Authors will be signing books after the event at the Great Escape Books table or arrange a signing by prior arrangement of you can’t attend the event

Bookshop: 52897052


ANDREW NETTEAndrew Nette is a writer, reviewer, film lover, pulp scholar and lover of all things noir.

His first novel, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties was published in 2012 by Snubnose Press.

Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 – 1980, a non-fiction book he jointly edited with Iain MacIntyre, will be published by Verse Chorus Press in late 2015.

He is one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications, a small Melbourne-based press specialising in crime fiction. He co-editors its magazine Crime Factory, and co-edited its publication Hard Labour, an anthology of Australian short crime fiction, and LEE, an anthology of fiction inspired by American cinema icon Lee Marvin.

His short fiction has appeared in a number of print and on-line publications, including Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 3, Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels, Blood and Tacos, The One That Got Away, Phnom Penh Noir and Crime Factory Hard Labour. 


UnknownBeyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor is Cambodia: a country with a genocidal past and a wide, open smile. A frontier land where anything is possible – at least for the tourists.

In Holiday in Cambodia Laura Jean McKay explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet.

Three backpackers board a train, ignoring the danger signs – and find themselves in the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

Elderly sisters are visited by their vampire niece from Australia and set out to cure her.

A singer creates a sensation in swinging 1969, on the eve of an American bombing campaign.

These are bold and haunting stories by a remarkable new talent.





Launch of The Croc and The Platypus by author Jackie Hosking – Friday 4th July at 11am


Your young children will be delighted to hear Jackie read her new children’s picture story book, ‘The Croc and The Platypus’ , which comes with a cuddly crocodile toy at Great Escape Books during the school holidays Friday 4th July at 11am. A very special event, australian author Claire Saxby wlll be launching the book. Signings following the event.

This is a free event, but we anticipate lots of children, so bookings are appreciated on p:5289 7052 or


Quota with Jock Serong – Saturday July 5th from 7pm

Join us with local author, lawyer and editor Jock Serong as he discusses his brilliant new thriller, Quota, set on the Great Ocean Rd. Quota is in store now.

A highly popular author, we anticipate this will be a booked out event, so don’t miss ou- even though it’s free event, please reserve your spot and a glass of wine at p:5289 7052 or

See more below…



Jock Serong
HIS HONOUR: Mr Jardim, withdraw that comment immediately.
MR JARDIM: Your Honour, I’m not withdrawing it because it’s got nothing to do with the merits of this case, just as your small-minded treatment of my client has got nothing to do with the merits of the case. I mean, could you have cocked this thing up any worse? Bloody helpless kid and you know she’s back out on the street now. You’re known throughout the state as a heartless old prick and a drunk, and seeing I’ve gone this far, your daughter-in-law’s appointment to the court is widely viewed as a grubby political payoff. Today’s pretty much the lowest I’ve seen you stoop but it’s been a rich field of excrem-
HIS HONOUR: Senior, will you have Mr Jardim removed?

Charlie Jardim has just trashed his legal career in a spectacular courtroom meltdown, and his girlfriend has finally left him. So when a charitable colleague slings him a prosecution brief that will take him to the remote coastal town of Dauphin, Charlie reluctantly agrees that the sea air might be good for him. The case is a murder. The victim was involved in the illegal abalone trade and the even more illegal drug trade. and the witnesses aren’t talking. And as Dauphin closes ranks around him, Charlie is about to find his interest in the law powerfully reignited.

Book of the Week

Book of the Week

The Collected Works A. J Fikrey by Gabrielle Zevin

A gorgeous quirky tale of a bookseller who down on his luck and heartedly disliked by his small island community finds redemption in the unexpected quarter of the love of a young girl, the admiration & friendship of the local policeman and wins the hearts of all. A light-hearted but utterly charming read. RRP: $26.999781408704622


Lighthouse Literary Fest Snapshot

Hannie Rayson with Najaf Mazari & Michelle Williams


Lighthouse Literary Fest Snapshot

Stella Shortlist
With three fiction and three non-fiction offerings on the Stella shortlist this year, can you pick the winner?
Our very big congratulations to all of the authors, with a special mention to Clare Wright, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, who appeared speaking about this book last November at Great Escape Books. Incredibly interesting and generous with her time, she is a brilliant speaker andThe Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a  must- have book.


Update…Lighthouse Literary Fest
 Marta Dusseldorp
Brilliant star of ABC drama ‘Janet King’, the very warm and lovely Marta Dusseldorp to now appear at our Writers Festival. Marta will speak about acting at the ‘An Intimate Lunch’ and appear throughout the festival performing scenes from books and plays.
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There are 10 more authors, actors and presenters in COAST on Saturday Evening of the festival, including Ben Winspear, David Tournier, John Lewis Clark and Peter Curtin.  Keep on eye on the festival for details.
Actress Sigrid Thornton is no longer appearing due to acting committments. We wish her all the very best.



Hannie Rayson Writers Workshops: In the Forest & In the Ocean


Hannie Rayson Writers Workshops: In the Forest & In the Ocean


New Tickets Released

Exciting News….
We are very pleased to announce that limited numbers of new tickets
have just been released for the Friday night – Wave Pass
and the Saturday and Sunday weekend pass- Swell Pass,
in which all authors, artists, actors and presenters appear.
Note: There are no concession on these tickets.
There are also limited spaces in all workshops. 
The Friday Intimate Lunch is sold out. 
 Visit for all the details.
All bookings must be made through Great Escape Books: 
Ph : 5289 7052
         No tickets can be placed on hold

Lighthouse Literary Fest Launch: Anzac Day Weekend, 24,25,26,27 April.

It is very exciting to present the 2014 Lighthouse Literary Fest official program. This year it is a much bigger festival again- over 4 days, with thanks to our sponsors who have made this event grow in breadth and scope.

Once again, we have a highly innovative muliti-media literary festival to present to the Surf Coast, with outstanding authors, screenwriters, playwrights, musicians, actors and great thinkers, who will delight, inspire and provoke you under the direction of Festival Director Hannie Rayson.

Staged in the beautiful setting of the Fairhaven Surf Club, with many meals included in the festival ticket price, this is a not to be missed event.

Lastly, your tickets are transferrable. On lanyards, you can share your ticket with a friend- if you do so, you will just have to make the very difficult decision of what to see first, all the sessions are fabulous.

Tickets go on sale 10am Thursday January 30th @ Great Escape Books. Ph: 5289 7052.

Click on this link for full Festival Program

Lighthouse Literary Fest program web



2014 Lighthouse Literary Fest- Anzac Day Weekend

We are very excited to announce that this years biennial Lighthouse Literary Fest will be held at the new Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club over the Anzac Day weekend of Friday 25th April – Sunday 27th April 2014.

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A stellar line up of authors, screenwriters, actors and performers is planned for this years festival, which is larger in breath and scope.

We can reveal that while the 2012 festival’s theme was Silence, the theme for this year is Coast. The Lifesaving Club will be a stunning venue to host such a theme.

Tickets go on sale at Great Escape Books from Thursday 30th January. Most meals, catered by Pia Maher & her team are included in the ticket price this year.

A full PDF program will be available from January 30th on-line at this website and at the official festival

Any ticket bookings can be made at Great Escape Books directly on 5289 7052 from January 30th.

Our thanks to our major sponsors that have made this festival possible:Regional Arts Victoria, Arts Victoria, The Wheeler Centre, RMIT Nonfiction Lab, The Bendigo Bank, Anglesea Branch, Alcoa, Surf Coast Shire & Surf Coast Arts, plus many more.


Chris Womersley appearing Saturday Nov 2nd from 7pm @ Great Escape Books

WITH the release of his new book, Cairo, one of Australia’s most celebrated authors Chris Womersley will be speaking at Great Escape Books on Saturday night of Melbourne Cup Weekend at 7pm.

Womersley’s debut novel, The Low Road, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and his second novel, Bereft, has won a host of Australian and international awards.

Chris Womersley’ s new novel Cairo will delight old and new fans alike. Set firmly in Melbourne (not Cairo, Egypt) in the very real Cairo apartments – you can go there- young Tom Button is swept up into the bohemian Melbourne art scene when he moves from the country after being frustrated by the suffocating small town rural life. Eager for adventure he is enveloped in the heady exotic world of eccentric Max Cheever, his beautiful wife Sally and their eclectic circle of artists and poets.  But there is a darker underbelly to their activities, as they wine and dine their evenings away at galleries and art openings and fabulous rooftop parties. Murder, deception and one of the greatest art heist mysteries of modern time, the infamous heist of Picasso’s “Weeping Woman” will leave you breathless.  A fabulous novel by one of Australia’s most accomplished authors, it is winning widespread praise.

To Book: Phone 5289 7052 or email

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Hannah Richell appearing Fri Sept 20@7pm at Great Escape Books


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Children’s Storytime- July 2013


Graeme Simsion at Great Escape Books with his classic romantic comedy and hit book of 2013- The Rosie Project

Great Escape Books
7pm Easter Saturday March 30th
Bookings Essential. Wine & Refreshments provided.

9781922079770-2About The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is a highly intelligent scientist, with a great job at the university, a fabulous set of friends,  a perfect life in fact except for one small fact- he’s a bit lonely. So being the scientist he is, he designs “ The Wife Project” using a sixteen page questionnaire to find the perfect partner. However, she definitely won’t be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or anyone chronically late to arrive. Rosie is all those things. She is also beautiful and intelligent and needs his help to find her biological father – which Don, as a Professor of Genetics, just might be able to help her at the University labs. So together they embark on an adventure to find Rosie’s father and which may lead Don to fall in love for the first time with someone all together entirely unsuitable. The results are unpredictable, and absolutely hilarious.

The Rosie Project was snapped up by Text Publishing in Australia last year and rights have been sold in more than thirty countries worldwide. To give everyone out writing a novel in their second drawer some hope, Graeme Simsion wrote The Rosie Project in just fifty days.  According to his blog, he spent nineteen days writing the first copy then thirty days re-writing, before winning the award for an unpublished manuscript at the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.  

Published by Text Publishing. RRP: $29.99

Review by Nicole Maher @ Great  Escape Books.


Graeme Simison at Great Escape Books with his classic romantic comedy and hit book of 2013- The Rosie Project

Great Escape Books
7pm Easter Saturday March 30th
Bookings Essential. Wine & Refreshments provided.

9781922079770-2About The Rosie Project: Our Review

Don Tillman is a highly intelligent scientist, with a great job at the university, a fabulous set of friends,  a perfect life in fact except for one small fact- he’s a bit lonely. So being the scientist he is, he designs “ The Wife Project” using a sixteen page questionnaire to find the perfect partner. However, she definitely won’t be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or anyone chronically late to arrive. Rosie is all those things. She is also beautiful and intelligent and needs his help to find her biological father – which Don, as a Professor of Genetics, just might be able to help her at the University labs. So together they embark on an adventure to find Rosie’s father and which may lead Don to fall in love for the first time with someone all together entirely unsuitable. The results are unpredictable, and absolutely hilarious.

The Rosie Project was snapped up by Text Publishing in Australia last year and rights have been sold in more than thirty countries worldwide. To give everyone out writing a novel in their second drawer some hope, Graeme Simsion wrote The Rosie Project in just fifty days.  According to his blog, he spent nineteen days writing the first copy then thirty days re-writing, before winning the award for an unpublished manuscript at the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.  

Published by Text Publishing. RRP: $29.99

Review by Nicole Maher @ Great Escape Books.


A very special event…The Coastal Launch of Seadog with author Claire Saxby

Not since Harry the Dirty Dog has there been such a lovable puppy with such an aversion to grooming. A beautiful picture book about a lovable, but scruffy pet.


Great Escape Books Children’s Section
DATE: Wednesday April 3rd from 11am- 12 noon
LOCATION: Great Escape Books
MORE: This is a pre-launch of Seadog which is officially released May 1st.
We are extremely privileged to have Claire launch her gorgeous book with us.
Seadog will only be available for the launch this day only, and then we have to hide it until May 1st! So make sure attend to the launch with your children for a fabulous reading by Claire Saxby on Wednesday at 11am.
Her other great sea based books, the ever popular, There Was An Old Sailor, and The Carrum Sailing Club, as seen on Play School in 2012, will also be read and available for signings and purchase.
Our Thanks to Random House Australia
Enquiries bookshop: 5289 7052 or
Bookings advisable. Suitable for children ages 3-8 years. 
Adults must be present. (Coffee & cake available for purchase!)

Launch Saturday March 9th from 7pm: Rough Diamond by Kathryn Ledson with host guest author Favel Parrett

Launch: Rough Diamond by Kathryn Ledson with host guest author Favel Parrett

Long Weekend: Saturday 9 March, 7pm
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Author Favel Parrett (Past the Shallows) will launch great new local writer Kathryn Ledson’s new romantic crime thriller, Rough Diamond – the funny, fast paced thriller of a feisty young woman, who after finding a man bleeding to death on her front lawn one stormy evening, finds herself plunged into the Melbourne underworld. Join us with a wine and listen to two of the most delightful women on the coast discuss exciting new voice in Australian fiction.

Free event. Wine and refreshments served.
Bookings essential. E:    P:(03) 5289 7052

Kathryn Ledson                                      Favel Parrett



2014 Lighthouse Literary Fest @ April 2014 in Aireys Inlet

The Lighthouse Literary Fest is now a biennial event. With an exciting 3 day festival already in planning stages, we can reveal that the Lighthouse Literary Fest will once again take over the Aireys Inlet Hotel in April 2014. Bought to you by Festival Director Hannie Rayson and Festival Producer Nicole Maher and the dynamic team that coordinated the 2012

Lighthouse Literary Fest and the Women on The Road Writers Festival. The 2014 Festival is going to be a very exciting event.

To register for event information:  To receive early bird news and ensure you receive ticketing information please email your name and contact phone number to:

Official Website:


Event: Saturday October 20 from 6pm – Robert Ingpen Launch of Around the World in Eighty Days Classic by Jules Verne

Join us for a marvellous evening with Robert Ingpen as we celebrate the Australian launch of Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, bought vividly to life with Robert’s magical illustrations.

Free event, but quickly booking out…so just call us to rsvp. All of Robert’s past classic works will also be available – they are just divine. So enjoy a good glass of wine and chat with Robert about his very beautiful books this coming Saturday evening.

This event is kindly sponsored by great team at Walker Books.


Keynote Holiday Event: An evening of wine and nibbles with Toni Jordan, author of Nine Days, Addition & Fall Girl


An evening with Toni Jordan from 6pm Sunday September 30th: One of the favourite guests at the Women on the Road Festival, Toni Jordan, returns to the coast as our keynote speaker for the September school holidays. Join us at 6pm on Sunday 30 September to celebrate the launch of Toni’s latest novel Nine Days, a genuinely funny and heartbreaking piece of Australian literature. In it she has harnessed all the spiky wit, compassion and lust for life that drew readers in droves to her hugely successful novels Addition and Fall Girl. Toni is not only a great writer but a highly entertaining speaker, so don’t miss your chance to hear her in conversation – and of course get her to sign your copy of her work.

Free Event: Please book for catering purposes on (03)5289 7052 or email

Toni appears with thanks to Text Publishing & Get Reading!


EVENT: Be the first to celebrate the new J.K.Rowling novel with a glass of champagne Thursday September 27th from 5pm at Great Escape Books

Event: The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling.

The official embargo on the new adult novel from J.K. Rowling lifts from 5pm Thursday September 27th this school holidays. No one has laid eyes on it yet! So be the first to grab your own copy and celebrate with all of us who have grown up loving her books with a complimentary glass of wine or champagne at Great Escape Books

British author J K Rowling needs no introduction. As the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books (which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films) there would be few people alive who haven’t heard her name. Now this master storyteller is set to release her first novel for adults and Great Escape Books is celebrating the highly anticipated worldwide launch in appropriate style.

Join us at 5pm on Thursday 27 September as The Casual Vacancy is unveiled at the exact same time around the world. Enjoy a drink and be the very first to obtain your copy of this big novel about a small town that has all the hallmarks of a real winner.


What we do know about this book!!!

The first adult novel by J.K Rowling.

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.



Free Children’s Storytime Events this Sept-Oct 2012 school holidays.

When the school holidays hit, then there’s only one place to bring the young ones on a Wednesday – and that’s to the popular Children’s Storytime. On both Wednesday 26 September and Wednesday 3 October kids from 3 to 8 are invited to come and listen to a story and get involved in an activity at this free family event.

11am Wednesday 26th September: Two hilarious books by much loved author Ian Falconer of the Olivia series.

In her newest hilarious endeavour, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity and individuality. It seems there are far too many pink and sparkly princesses around these days and Olivia has had quite enough! She needs to stand out. And so, in typical ‘Olivia’ style, she sets about creating a whole array of fantastically dressed princesses… and shows us that everyone can be individual and special.

Our favorite – Olivia learns to Surf and his new release Olivia, The Fairy Princesses. Perfect for children aged 3-8 years.

11am Wednesday 3rd October: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. Suitable older Reader aged 7-10years

The book that inspired the Academy Award–winning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.

Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets…
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day.
Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s the story that we truly celebrate ~ and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.


National Bookshop Day 2012

National Bookshop Day @ Great Escape Books
Saturday August 11th from 1.00pm-4.00pm

Saturday 11 August is National Bookshop Day and to celebrate Great Escape Books in Aireys Inlet is hosting a very special literary celebration for the whole community. Join us from 1pm for an afternoon of readings and discussions some of the surf coast area’s great writing talent.

Whether you’re a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist or any other writer in the Surf Coast, Great Escape Books is giving you the opportunity to read from your work and chat with booklovers – if you wish, you can also sell your work on the day.

Each writer to be allocated a 15-minute slot, in the style of an open mic music or poetry event. It’s a special event in honour of National Bookshop Day to celebrate the incredible writing talent we have the area. It doesn’t matter if you’re published, self-published or unpublished, this event offers you an opportunity to share your writing with an audience. It’s a great opportunity for readers to get to know some of the many great writers we have and a wonderful experience for up and coming writers to showcase their work in front of an appreciative audience.

Local success story Favel Parrett, whose debut novel Past the Shallows was shortlisted for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award this year, will be our guest ‘roving writer in residence’ throughout the day. She’ll be on hand to chat to readers about her work as well as to give budding writers some tips and advice as they embark on their own writing journeys. And she’ll definitely sign copies of her book too. There’ll also be plenty of fun for the whole family with spot prizes compliments of Hachette Publishing, lucky dips and a chance to write your favourite book up on the Great Escape Books window.

Not to be missed! At 2pm: Favel and Nicole will be in-conversation chatting about Favel’s amazing journey with her award winning debut novel Past The Shallows. Favel will reveal some great ‘hot tips’ for breaking into the world of writing and publishing.

So come and celebrate writing and reading this National Bookshop Day at Great Escape Books. This is a free event.

Writers interested in taking part in our wonderful afternoon should contact Nicole at Great Escape Books on 5289 7052 or email nicole@greatescapebooks. Limited spots are available, so be quick!


Keynote July Event: July 7th from 6pm Join Hilary McPhee AO with Amanda Smith (ABC RN) & Actors Peter Curtin & Ailsa Piper

Event: Saturday July 7th @greatescapebooks
We are very excited to welcome back four leading Lighthouse Literary Fest guests for a very special event on Saturday evening July 7th from 6pm at Great Escape Books.

Join us for a intimate evening with great Australian author Hilary McPhee speaking with Amanda Smith from ABC Radio National about her new book Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall. Actors Peter Curtin and Ailsa Piper join us, vividly bringing the life the bohemian feel of memoirs.
Tickets: $15.00, but a portion of this ticket is redeemable on a Memoir purchase. Wine and nibbles of course provided!


2012 Lighthouse Literary Fest Update

Welcome to the Lighthouse Literary Fest – April 2012 @ Aireys Inlet Pub

For next years Lighthouse Literary Fest event in 2013 – Ensure you receive program information by sending your email details to

The inaugural 2012 Lighthouse Literary Fest was a huge success with writers and readers alike having a wonderful time. Tickets had sold out well before the weekend began so it was a packed pub that became literary central.

The vibe around the venue and indeed the whole town was really one of a festival – you could really sense the air of energy and enthusiasm. Everyone loved the way that authors were involved in multiple sessions so that you really felt like you got to know them. The relaxed atmosphere of the event contributed to this, with authors making themselves available for one on one chats and book signings after their sessions. The program itself was a fantastic mix of serious literary discussion, performances, inspiring ideas and light hearted fun.

After a series of stimulating and thought provoking workshops the program kicked off with a lively discussion by six panelists about their favourite characters. It was fascinating to hear what these writers considered to be a great character and why, and it was especially entertaining to have the characters brought to life by readings from actors Ailsa Piper, Louise Siverson and Peter Curtain. For those who missed the characters and where they all came from here is the list:

Rodney Hall – Gulley Jimson, from The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Carey

Hilary McPhee – Edith Campbell Berry from Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse

Amanda Smith – David Meredith from My Brother Jack by George Johnston

Chris Womersley – Cora and Clarice from The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake

Robert Gott – Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen

Charlotte Wood – Paul Chowder from The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

Characters, this time of the more unlikable kind, were also a feature of a Sunday afternoon chat with Chris Womersley, Charlotte Wood and Bob Gott.

Over the weekend eager readers got to meet the women behind four recently released novels with Favel Parrett – shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, Charlotte Wood- longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, Paddy O’Reilly and Carrie Tiffany giving great insight into how they work. Audiences also enjoyed hilarious tales from Ailsa Piper of her sin carrying pilgrimage across Spain.

Australia was the focus for two very different sessions – one looking at whether Australianness is a positive or a negative in the world of writing and the other taking four urban writers out of the city and into our wild Aussie landscape.

The power of language and the power of the voice were the focus of two Sunday afternoon sessions. Julian Burnside QC and David Corlett gave many in the audience a sense of hope about the future. While voice artist Ros Oades lightened the mood with her intriguing vocal exploration.

For many the highlight of the weekend was the evocative Saturday night event that explored Silence. “Breathtaking”, “moving” “powerful and “the most innovative thing seen at a literary festival” were just some of the comments passed on. The combination of reading, passionate performance, improvised music from Paul Grabowksy and, of course, silence is something few people present will ever forget.

The feedback from everyone involved from organisers, authors, workshop participants and all Festival goers has been incredible. The word most often used to describe the weekend was ‘inspirational’ and guest author Charlotte Wood declared it “the most enjoyable literary event I’ve ever taken part in”.

Patron Feedback

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the event. The quality of all participants  –  authors, actors, presenters…was  outstanding.The breadth of the program gave me  the  challenge and stimulation I needed.  As  a  local,  it is wonderful to have such an  event/occasion  come to us.    –    Anonymous feedback  from Anglesea

“All of the panels I attended were very interesting and  engaging,however  the  keynote performance on “Silence” was truly breathtaking.
More stuff  like this”!    –    Anonymous  feedback  from  Aireys Inlet    

“Saturday  night  was  extraordinarily  good. I’ve never  seen  anything  as  innovative in  any other literary festivals. The  panel sessions have been first rate, as  I expected  after  ‘Women on  the Road’, and the size of  the festival  means  it’s possible to meet and talk to participants and other visitors. The  calibre of the writers and other artists is first rate–  astonishing  to  have access  to these  people at a regional venue.  I went to all the workshops and each writer  presented   an individual approach to the craft, which complemented  the techniques of  the  other writers. The calibre of participants was  impressively  high too. I’ve   loved every minute of  this festival. I  was  so excited  last  night  I  could hardly  sleep.  The whole thing has been run with great professionalism and    warmth,  typical  of  Nicole and her team.  Fabulous”!!     –    Anonymous feedback from Aireys Inlet


Easter Storytime Events

Easter School Holiday Events: Storytime and Drawing Workshops for Kids at Great Escape Books.

  • Wednesday 4th April @ 11am Easter Storytime and craft activity @Great Escape Books Free event.  Suitable ages 4-8yrs
  • Wed 11th April @ 11am. Could You? Would You? Drawing Workshop with Trudy White @ Great Escape Books

Join artist & author Trudy White to explore her book: Could You? Would You? Talk, laugh and draw your answers to questions such as:

  • Would you swap your arms for wings?
  • What will you do when you are very old?
  • Where do you like to walk from your house?
  • How would someone find you in a crowd?

Snuggled in the children’s section of the bookshop, we will use coloured pencils, pens and textas to make pages of imaginative drawings to take home. Trudy White teaches creative workshops to children and adults at various universities and schools, and at ArtPlay in Melbourne. Look up her work at  for more information.
Suitable 6-10 years.  Participation by gold coin donation.


Lighthouse Literary Fest, Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2012@Aireys Inlet Pub

We are delighted to once again host another literary event under the direction of the wonderful Hannie Rayson. We had so much fun last year with the 2011 Women on the Road event, a joy for both the audience and the guest speakers.
The Lighthouse Literary Fest will be held over the weekend of Friday 20th, Sat 21st, Sunday 22nd April, 2012 at the Aireys Inlet Pub, while writers workshop will be at the Lightkeepers Inn conference rooms.

The guest speakers include some of Australia’s most well known and talented broadcasters, novelists,  playwrights, non-fiction writers & actors. The festival program will include panels, in-conversations & workshops.

Guest Speakers: Guests appearing at the Lighthouse Literary Fest include Julian Burnside AO QC, Michael Cathcart, David Corlett, Peter Curtin, Robert Gott, Rodney Hall, Cate Kennedy, Hilary McPhee AO, Roslyn Oades, Paddy O’Reilly, Favel Parrett, Ailsa Piper, Louise Siversen, Amanda Smith, Carrie Tiffany, Chris Womersley and Charlotte Wood.

The full festival program is available online at

These events draw our community together and help us celebrate all that is great about life on the coast.  They are a very big undertaking and couldn’t be achieved without the dedication of my brilliant staff at Great Escape books. We also thank our team of skilled contributors of graphic designers, editors and event volunteers. We also thank our sponsors – who are always there to support these large events.

Bookings: Festival programs will be available on-line and at Great Escape Books in Aireys Inlet from Thursday 8th March 2012.   This is a ticketed, seated event and there are 220 seats only.You can drop in and book your festival ticket personally, we are open 7 days, or phone us at the bookshop between 10am-5pm any day on (03)5289 7052 and we can mail your festival program and tickets to you.

We look forward to seeing you down the coast for what will be a magnificent weekend at the Lighthouse Literary Fest.

Sponsors: Great Escape Books, Great Ocean Properties, Aireys Pub, Lightkeepers Inn Motel, Surfcoast Arts, Surfcoast Shire, Regional Arts Victoria

Artwork: Original Festival artwork by Susan Romyn @


Star Girl author Louise Park, Saturday January 14th 2012@11am at Great Escape Books

The Star Girl Universe has arrived Author Louise Park, delighted our young audience for an hour of fun, activities and readings from her hit series Star Girl.

When Addie Banks joins the space agent training program at SEAS, a space station boarding school in outer space, her ideas about school and school life are changed forever. Packed with adrenalin-rush missions, awesomely terrifying aliens, extraordinary planets, hi-tech gadgets, spacecraft and
more—Star Girl is where real life and space fantasy combine to make a truly outer-school experience for 7-10 year old readers.


Easiest Christmas Ever @ greatescapebooks

Easiest Christmas Ever @ greatescapebooks
Each year we select Xmas gift books for several corporate clients, this year we would like to extend the offer to all our wonderful Great Escape Books Loyalty Customers.






Tell us via return email who you have to buy for. Examples:

  • Man, aged 70, interested in bios, history / politics/ architecture. Would like a coffee table hardcover book.  (Amount I wish to spend:  up to $70.00)
  • Female, likes literary Australian Fiction. (Amount I wish to spend:  up to $32.95.)
  • Teen, boy aged 14 only likes realistic books. (Amount I wish to spend:  up to $20.00)
  • Teen girl aged 12, reluctant reader (Amount I wish to spend:  up to $20.00)
  • Toddler aged 4, mad about dinosaurs (Amount I wish to spend:  up to $25.00)
  • Toddler aged 1: Mum keen to read each night. (Amount I wish to spend:  up to $20.00)

2. Nicole will suggest great titles that they will love.
3. Once approved by you, pay by credit card over the phone to Great Escape Books Ph.(03)5289 7052.
4. We will post them to you.

Every order 3 books or more gets free shipping and free gift wrapping.
Easiest Xmas Ever Loyalty Points!

  • You are also supporting an independent book store, everything goes towards your loyalty points.
  • For every $200.00 spent you receive an $10.00 Gift Voucher which NEVER EXPIRES & that’s our Xmas present from you.

Xmas cheers all round!

Have a very Merry and relaxing Christmas from all the team, at Great Escape Books,

Nicole, Sue, Heather, Kaylene, Andi, Erin, Jo and Mel.



An Evening of Enchantment with Isobelle Carmody, Nan McNab and Amanda Smith, Saturday November 12th 2011

Join us in a glittering evening for a glass of champagne to celebrate

The Coastal Launch of Tales from the Tower, Volume 1 – The Wilful Eye & Volume 2 – The Wicked Wood.

Authors & Editors Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab will be in conversation with Amanda Smith from ABC Radio National.

This tantalising collection features dark, magical retellings of fairytales written by 12 of the world’s most exciting and best-loved writers (including Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab) all inspired by age-old themes of abandonment, desire and entrapment.
When: Saturday 12th November from 7pm.
Where:  Great Escape Books, Aireys Inlet.
Bookings: Free event, however please book on (03) 5289 7052.

Our thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishing for their support of this event.


Isobelle Carmody: Author and Editor

Isobelle Carmody has had over 30 books and many short stories published. She is now working on the last book of her award-winning fantasy series, The Obernewtyn Chronicles, and on a second collection of her own short stories, titled Metro Winds. On October 30th,  the much anticipated book The Sending: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Book 6 will be released. She lives between Prague in Central Europe and her home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, with her partner and daughter.

Nan McNab: Author & Editor

Nan McNab is a writer and editor whose books include Body Bizarre Body Beautiful and Victoria’s Market. She lives in Aireys Inlet, Victoria.

Amanda Smith: Presenter of Artworks

Amanda Smith trained as a ballet dancer, but eventually realised she was more suited to being a professional talker than a professional fairy.

Before joining the ABC in 1991, Amanda spent 10 years working as an arts administrator. During this time, she served on the board of Chamber Made Opera, and the Victorian Council of the Arts.

At the ABC, Amanda produced various arts programs for Radio National and Radio Australia before initiating The Sports Factor on RN. She presented The Sports Factor from its inception in 1995 until 2002, forging a whole new approach to sports broadcasting.

In 2003, she produced and presented the feature series Great Lovers and in 2006, presented Radio National’s Daily arts and culture program, the Deep End.

Praise for The Tales from the Tower:

‘If you like your fairy stories sunny-side up, this may not be the book for you. Six writers of modern fantasy each give a personal spin to a fairy tale, explaining separately their motivation and the reasons for their choice of story.

From Margo Lanagan’s visceral and unsettling prose to the deft and assured narrative of Isobelle Carmody’s Moth’s Tale, and the gripping story of Soldier in Martine Murray’s One Window, these stories offer varying perspectives of magic at work.

Their tones vary from ironic and gently humorous to tragic and horrific but for me the most powerful are the ones that leave you questioning your own responses.

Editors Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab offer a collection that touches on the dark and archetypal origins of fairy tales, stories designed to keep you awake at nights or at least make you thankful for a safe, warm bed.

Review by Andrea Mayes@greatescapebooks

‘The writers in The Wilful Eye imbue all of their characters, including the villains, with a deep sense of psychological realism, producing often tender, engaging, and insightful results. Unnamed soldiers and hideous beasts are given a voice, even if that voice is at times unsettling, and wolves are still wolves, however they disguise themselves.’

Australian Book Review
‘sublime, with each tale landing a punch squarely between the old and the new, bewitching and terrifying.’ Australian Bookseller & Publisher


Saturday October 8th from 7.30pm: The Launch of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Robert Ingpen & Melaleuca Galleries@Great Escape Books

 We are truly excited about this stunning event with Robert Ingpen. Privileged in the past to be able to launch The Secret Garden and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, for the first time ever, we are transforming the bookshop into a magnificent art gallery with the original paintings from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as the entire collection of Robert’s classic series of books.

EXCLUSIVE: On the evening of the launch
only, the stunning original artwork from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Robert Ingpen will be for sale. All editions of classic collections of books will also be available for purchase.

WHERE: Great Escape Books on Saturday October 8th 2011 (Last weekend of School holidays).
BOOKINGS: This is a free event, but bookings are essential for catering purposes. Our thanks to Walker Books for their sponsorship of this event.

Orginal Art Images from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz courtesy of Melaleuca Galleries

Response to the Launch from Western Australia...

Hi Nicole and friends,

I saw your promotion for the Wizard of OZ event in this week’s PIO online mag. I just wanted to congratulate you for putting on this grand event. To say this book is an inspirational classic would be selling it short. It’s a dream builder and a career starter for many of us children’s writers. I wish I could be there. I live in beautiful Perth and I’m unable to make it. However, I hope everybody there gets as much out of this occasion as I know I would.

Have fun and let your imagination soar.

Bryan Evans


Quickly Booking Out:Sunday Sept 25th from 12-2pm: A Long Lunch @ a la grecque with Chrissie Keighery, author of Whisper.

Join us for a fabulous Long Lunch with Chrissie Keighery, speaking about her new young adult novel, Whisper. You may have heard her interviewed with Richard Stubbs last week. Her book has won the hearts of us all at Great Escape Books. Much more than just a tale of a teenager who battles with losing her hearing, this is a great novel for all teenagers struggling with the highs and lows of adolescence.

WHERE: a la grecque on Sunday Sept 25th (First weekend of the school holidays). Limited places of 25 persons, so bookings are essential. A signed edition of Whisper is included in the Lunch.

Bookings: Phone Great Escape Books for bookings and payment : $69.95 on (03)5289 7052. Credit Cards and Eftpos accepted over the phone.

Whisper reviews…

‘Hi Nicole,

l am a Yr 7 teacher at SHC in Geelong & always looking for books with strong messages for girls.
I pre – read it before giving it to my 13yo niece for her birthday, recently.
It made me cry in the early hours one morning…
Can’t wait to talk to my niece about it.
Our library staff tell me they are going to use ‘whisper’ in Literacy circles next year.’ – Courtesy of Trish Morgan Great Escape Books Client

Though focused on disability, alienation and difference,

there’s nothing heavy-handed or condescending here—

rather, Keighery’ s gift for characterisation is immediately

engaging and the tone is bright, warm and layered with

self-deprecating humour.

–      Bookseller and Publisher magazine

Whisper will provide insights into both worlds that are equally daunting and rewarding. This is a must read for teenagers and adults, both deaf and hearing’

The Victorian College for the Deaf


National Bookshop Day Saturday August 20th & The Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base, sculpture in-store by Bill Jackman

Support your community by joining with your local bookshop to celebrate National Bookshop Day on Saturday 20th August, 2011.

  On Saturday 20th August 2011, in hundreds of locations across Australia, bookshops will be holding their very first National Bookshop Day

To celebrate National Bookshop Day at Great Escape Books, every child will receive a free gift of a book, when anyone of their family buy a book in support of independent bookshops.

Also delight & enchant your children and come in and see & gently touch the miraculous golden snail from Graeme Base’s iconic book The Legend of the Golden Snail, sculptured by Bill Jackman. Graeme Base is a guest speaker at the years festival. See website


Children’s Storytime Sessions: July 2011

We have just started Children’s Storytime & Craft sessions during school holidays.It has proven to be such a big hit and we have so much fun with the children, that we will continue to run sessions every Wednesday morning during holiday times.

So every Wednesday during the school break at 11am feel free to turn up with your children for a wonderful story and craft activity. Sessions are free and suitable for ages 3-8 years. We request that a parent stay present in store in case your child needs you.

Here is today’s snapshot of ‘Where is the Green Sheep?’by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek and craft mobile which of course included a “wave sheep” as we are by the beach.Last week was ‘Magic Beach‘ by Alison Lester read by Nicole

Images below of Storytime Session ‘Where is The Green Sheep?‘ read to the children by Heather of Great Escape Books. Please call Great Escape Books for more details of upcoming sessions: (03)5289 7052.


Great Escape Books News Flash Queen’s Birthday Weekend – Wintersong 2011

Over the Queen’s Birthday weekend on the Saturday evening we enjoyed four highly talented singer – songwriters entertain us with music, laughter and rare insight into their sometimes rocky musical journey. Playing to a standing ovation at the end of the night, these artists proved to be a rare combination of truly exceptional vocalists and songwriters.

Patron Feedback was strong from this event..

Hi  Nicole,

I just wanted to thank you and Marty for putting on such  a great line up of performers this weekend at the Wintersong 2011 event. We  thoroughly enjoyed the evening – I don’t think we will every forget it. Let’s  hope that you offer this event again next year – count us  in!

Best regards,

Moreen and Paul  Dainty



Hello Nicole,
My husband and I attended Wintersong 2011 and we just wanted to thank you for initiating and organising such an enjoyable night.
Cheers Janet and Lindsay Donahoo


The Coastal Launch of ‘The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems’ by Cate Kennedy: Sunday May 29th from 1pm at Great Escape Books.

Cate Kennedy, with her usual incredible generosity, disarmed the audience with her warmth and compassion while launching The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems at Great Escape Books.  I shed a quiet tear at ‘Eating Earth’, other  highlights were, ‘October 14th, 2010: The Chilean miners are lifted into the light’ ,  ‘8 x 10 colour enlargements $16.50‘ and an older poem from ‘Joyflight’ which always moves me, ‘ Picasso’s portrait of a young woman‘.  However the list goes on… it’s a fabulous volume to have by your bedside or over a glass of red wine by the fire. Every poem is disarming and incredibly moving in it’s beauty.

Cate is the author of of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. It was also shortlisted for The Age fiction prize 2010 and the ASA Barbara Jefferis Award 2010, among others. Cate is also an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Cate is also the author of the travel memoir Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. Her latest book is The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems. 

A Taste of River Water Information: This was a free event. Please phone the bookshop on (03)5289 7052 for more information or for editions of The Taste of River Water, Sing and Don’t Cry, Dark Roots or The World Beneath.


‘Bell’s’ Reading by Michael Gordon, Easter Sunday 3-4pm, April 24 at Great Escape Books

Michael Gordon is a Walkley Award winner and former Australian Journalist of the Year who covered the Bells contest for many years from when it turned pro in 1973. A keen surfer, Michael is the national editor of The Age newspaper and spoke to a keen audience at Great Escape Books about his passion for surfing and some of the amazing surfers he has interviewed over the years. Our thanks to Michael for such an inspiring event.

Bells: The Beach, The Contest, The Surfers by Michael Gordon.

The story of Bells Beach is much more than a powerful narrative about the world’s longest running board riding event, a contest that began as a rally half a century ago and became the Rip Curl Pro.

It is the story of a collection of fearless pioneers who discovered this iconic bigwave beach and made it their own. It is the story of Australian surfing, from its amateur roots, through the rebellious 1960s and the country soul era of the early 1970s to the professionalism of today.

It is the story of how a tiny cottage industry became a global empire. Most of all, it is the stories of the people who surf at Bells, especially those who make the annual Easter pilgrimage and compete for the most coveted trophy on the world tour.

Bells celebrates the 50-year history of the world’s longest-running surfing contest and the story of one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, and draws on interviews with surfers including Wayne Lynch, Midget Farrelly, Nat Young, Terry Fitzgerald, Michael Petersen, Gail Couper, Mark Richards, Simon Anderson, Cheyne Horan, Tom Curren, Tom Carroll, Sunny Garcia, Mark Occhiluppo, Andy Irons, Layne Beachley, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, Stephanie Gilmore and Kelly Slater.


Peter Troy ‘To the Four Corner’s of the World’ Event:From 6pm Good Friday evening, 22nd April 2011, at Sunny’s Pizza Restaurant, Aireys Inlet

Peter Troy Event Information

Free Event but please book for catering purposes at the Bookshop on (03)5289 7052.

As Bells Beach celebrates 50 years of competitive surfing, Great Escape Books will celebrate the man who started it all – Peter Troy. Peter, who passed away in 2008, was an original and influential figure in the early days at Bells Beach (he organised the first contest there in 1962) before setting off in 1963 on a surf/travel adventure of epic proportions, from Europe to Hawaii, South America to Africa, introducing surfing to Brazil and discovering untold perfect waves, including Nias off the coast of Sumatra.

Peter’s remarkable life story is documented in To the Four Corners of the World, which was published earlier this year. The evening will begin with a slideshow of iconic images by pioneering surf photographer Barrie Sutherland, who documented the early days of surfing in Torquay during the 1950s and 60s and whose beautifully composed black and white images of empty line-ups, dirt car parks and campfires defined the era.

Discussion of Peter’s amazing story will be led by local filmmaker and author Brendan McAloon, who edited To the Four Corners of the World. Joining Brendan will be two of Peter’s contemporaries, Terry Wall and Rod Brooks, both significant figures in the history of Bells Beach.Terry was one of the winners of the inaugural contest at Bells, while Rod was a six-time Victorian champion. Peter, Terry and Rod were all named in the top 10 Victorian surfers of the modern era in 2006.


Women on the Road Writers Weekend – Feb 19 & 20, 2011

The first Women on the Road Writers weekend proved to be a fabulous event and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. We had over 200 patrons each session with people traveling from as far away as Bendigo, Daylesford, Mansfield, the Mornington Peninsula and many from Melbourne as well as Aireys, Angelsea and surrounding townships .The feedback has been amazing, from both the attendees and the speakers and we thank everyone for their kind responses.

For those who missed it, the line up of speakers was truly superb and as hosts we really had to pinch ourselves at what was occurring in front of us. The brainchild of playwright Hannie Rayson, the first Women on the Road Guest Speakers were; MaryAnne Carroll -TV producer, Kate Holden- writer & columnist for The Age, Judy Horacek- cartoonist, Toni Jordan- novelist, Cate Kennedy – novelist & poet, Sue Maslin – Film and TV Producer, Alice Pung – writer, Hannie Rayson- playwright, screenwriter, Amanda Smith – broadcaster from ABC Radio National & Rachel Ward – actress, writer and director of film and TV.

Images and Patron Feedback from the Women on the Road Writers Weekend…

From Playwright Hannie Rayson: “This festival really did surpass all my expectations.”

From Author Kate Holden:”I had a total blast as both a guest of the festival and as an attendee, I thoroughly enjoyed every second.”

From Author Cate Kennedy: “Thank you, thank you, I loved being there, I loved participating, I loved hearing other people’s stories and perspectives.”

“It was truly entertaining, informative and very well organised. Well done, congratulations and a huge thanks.” Anonymous feedback from Fairhaven resident.

“What a line-up…priceless!!!Women are the bomb!’ Anonymous feedback from Bells Beach

“Loved the whole weekend and applaud the execution of the event” Anonymous feedback from Melbourne.

“I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was a great privilege to be part of such a great event. The women writers were intelligent, vibrant and very interseting. Your professional organisation was a credit to you.” Anonymous feedback from Aireys Inlet


Upcoming Booked Out Event: ‘Women on the Road’ Writers Weekend – Saturday February 19 & Sunday February 20, 2011


Upcoming Events…Women on the Road Writers Weekend
Our multi media event The Women on the Road Writers Weekend coming up this Saturday Feb 19th and Sunday 20th was very quickly booked out. We are looking forward to a truly fabulous weekend.

There have been some event time changes for the Sunday Panel sessions, so please see attached program guides for the Sunday sessions only, or drop by Great Escape Books for a hard copy. It’s just a few time changes, all events are still running in the original format, just at a slightly different time to fit in with guest speaker’s commitments.

  • Refreshments for the Women on the Road – Saturday Night Live Event: As we have a dedicated liquor licence for the event, there will be wine & champagne, tea & coffee and bottled water available for purchase at the event from 5.30-8.00pm.
  • Refreshments for the Women on the Road – Sunday Panel Events: There will be tea, coffee, bottled water & a delicious brunch/ lunch courtesy of great local restaurant Sunny’s Gourmet Pizzas for sale.

Waiting Lists: We have a significant waiting list for all events that weekend, so if you find you cannot make an event, please call us and we will refund your money and reallocate your ticket.

More Exciting Events: The good news for all who missed out,  is that there are more fabulous literary events planned for this coming year, both large and small, and you will be the very first to hear about it via our loyalty newsletter. The next event is timetabled for this Easter.  More information to follow.

For further information and media contact Nicole at  Great Escape Books Ph. (03)5289 7052  or mobile: 0419110097

Women on The Road Guest Speaker Biographies

(In alphabetical order)

MaryAnne Carroll

MaryAnne began her producing career in live comedy stage shows and comedy festivals. After crossing over into television, she produced Foxtel’s The Comedy Channel’s entire local slate for two years then worked on a variety of children’s shows for Disney, Nickelodeon and the Seven Network.

In 2004 she took over Channel Seven’s medical drama All Saints for three years after it moved into the ED, before returning to Melbourne to launch and produce the first three series of the police drama City Homicide.

Currently MaryAnne is the Series Producer on the new series Winners&Losers which will air in 2011 on Channel Seven

Kate Holden

Kate Holden was born in 1972 and went to progressive community schools and the University of Melbourne, where she studied classics and literature. She had various jobs before turning to an unexpected career in heroin addiction and, a little later, as a professional sex worker. She quit both by the time  she turned thirty and after living in Rome for a year, and teaching English in Shanghai for several months, got a diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT, where she  started working on a draft of a memoir.

In My Skin: A memoir (Text Publishing), was first published in 2005 to critical acclaim and sold to ten countries. Kate has also written a popular column for The Age for several years as well as widely published essays, short stories, and literary criticism. Her second book The Romantic was released in 2010.

Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek is a cartoonist, writer and artist who believed humour is a fantastic way of trying to change the world.  Her cartoons can be found on fridges and toilet doors throughout the world, and she has had seven collections of her cartoon work published, the most recent of which is If You Can’t Stand the Heat (Scribe 2010).

With Mem Fox she co-created the instant children’s classic Where is the Green Sheep? (Penguin) and has since created four other picture books on her own, including The Story of Growl (Penguin 2007) and Yellow is My Favourite Colour (Penguin 2010)

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan’s debut novel, the international best-seller Addition, was published in 2008 and shortlisted for both the Barbara Jefferis award and the ABIA best general fiction book, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won best debut fiction in the 2008 Indie awards. Addition was published in 16 countries.

Her second novel, Fall Girl, was published in November 2010 in Australia and will be published next year in the UK, Germany, France and Taiwan. Toni teaches Novel at RMIT University and writes a weekly column in The Age. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Herald Sun and The Monthly.

Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy is the author of the short story collection Dark Roots and the novel The World Beneath, as well as two poetry collections and a memoir Sing and Don’t Cry; a Mexican journal.

Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, everywhere from the Big Issue to the New Yorker and this year she edited Black Inc’s Best Australian Stories collection.  The World Beneath was the winner of the People’s Choice Award in the 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and The Age Book of the Year.

She is a popular tutor of writing workshops, especially in the short story form, and lives in north east Victoria.

Sue Maslin

Sue Maslin is an award winning screen producer working across many platforms – cinema, television, web and mobile phone.


She produced the feature films Road To Nhill (1995), Japanese Story (2003), winner of 26 international wards including the AFI Award for Best Feature Film and television documentaries, Hunt Angels (2006), winner of the AFI Award for Best Documentary Film and Michael Kirby – Don’t Forget The Justice Bit, nominated for Best Documentary Biography in the 2010 ATOM Awards.


Her latest project is Re-Enchantment, an interactive documentary about the hidden meanings of fairy tales, to be launched at the Adelaide Film Festival and on ABC On-Line and ABC TV in March 2011.See the trailer at

Alice Pung

Alice is a Melbourne writer, editor and lawyer. Her first novel, Unpolished Gem (Black Inc. 2006) became the bestselling book at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, won the Australian Book Industry Award’s Newcomer of the Year Award in 2007, and was short-listed for numerous other state and national awards. Alice is a frequent contributor to The MonthlyThe Age and The AustralianThe Good Weekend,  and has been published in Meanjin, Griffith Review, and The Best Australian Stories 2008.

Alice was the Asialink literature resident to Peking University in 2008, and the Australian representative at the Iowa International Writer’s Program in 2009. Alice has been the Writer in Residence at Ormond College and the Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall (2011). She was also a Walkley Awards Book of the Year Judge in 2010.

Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is the author of thirteen plays. She has an established reputation for topical, complex dramas, one of which was described warmly by columnist, Andrew Bolt as “a smug vomit of hate”. She is also quite funny. Her plays include Hotel Sorrento, Falling From Grace, Life After George, Scenes From A Separation (co-written with Andrew Bovell), Inheritance, Two Brothers, The Glass Soldier and The Swimming Club.

She has been performed throughout Australia at all the major theatre companies. Internationally her plays have been staged in London’s West End, The New National Theatre of Tokyo, The New Kobe Oriental Hall, Japan. Helsinki City Theatre, The Centaur in Montreal, The National Theatre of Slovenia and many theatres in the UK, Europe and New Zealand.

Over her extensive career she has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, as well as The Age Performing Arts Award and The Sidney Myer Award. She has been short-listed twice for the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature and she is the only playwright to be short-listed for The Miles Franklin Award for a play.

Hannie has also written for newspapers, radio, TV and film. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, historian and broadcaster, Michael Cathcart.

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is the presenter of Artworks on ABC Radio National. She trained as a ballet dancer, but eventually realised she was more suited to being a professional talker than a professional fairy.

Before joining the ABC in 1991, Amanda spent 10 years working as an arts administrator. During this time, she served on the board of Chamber Made Opera, and the Victorian Council of the Arts.

Amanda is a graduate of the Dance School of the Victorian College of the Arts. She has a degree in Classics and a graduate diploma in Australian Studies from the University of Melbourne.

At the ABC, Amanda produced various arts programs for Radio National and Radio Australia before initiating The Sports Factor on RN. She presented The Sports Factor from its inception in 1995 until 2002, forging a whole new approach to sports broadcasting.

In 2003, she produced and presented the feature series Great Lovers, and since then has produced and presented various feature and arts programs.

Rachel Ward

Rachel adapted and directed the feature film,  Beautiful Kate, which premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival and was nominated for 10 AFI Awards including Best Direction.

Rachel’s short films The Big House and Martha’s New Coat both won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award.

Her other directing credits include  Blindman’s Bluff , Heart Attack as part of Channel 9’s Twisted Tales and episodes of the ABC’s My Place & Rake.


Saturday October 23rd 2010: The Robert Ingpen Book Launch of The Secret Garden at Great Escape Books.

An inspiring evening was had in a booked out event with Robert Ingpen in conversation about the art of illustration. Recipient of the Hans Christian Award for Illustration, all of the audience was familiar with Robert’s work, with many people avid followers and collectors of his both his art and his books.

What was so unique about the event was the insight into preparation of the illustration from storyboards to the final pieces.  Robert’s books are prized for the fine detail that goes into every piece. If you own one of his books you will be sure to know that they are scientifically accurate right down to the clothes, tools and plants that would have appeared in the time period he is illustrating.

It was a magical evening and if you ahve not yet seen Roberts books or art, drop Great Escape Books as we are priviledged to have several pieces hanging on the walls of the bookshop and all of Roberts books are personally signed at Great Escape Books.

‘I totally enjoyed listing to Robert Ingpen with my friend Barbara I have attended many author talks but not illustrators.‘ Debra

This much loved 1911 classic, the unabridged version of The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett has been vividly bought to life by the magnificent hand-drawn illustrations of Robert Ingpen. Robert will appear in conversation discussing The Secret Garden at Great Escape Books from 6.00pm-7.30pm on Saturday October 23rd, 2010.  Join us for a special insight into the imagination of one of Australia’s most celebrated illustrators and storytellers.
Free event, but please book on (03) 5289 7052  or by email:


Sean Doherty in conversation with Jon Frank and Brendan McAloon on Good Friday April 2nd 2010

Great Escape Books was delighted to have one of Australia’s most well regarded surf writers, Sean Doherty, speak about his latest awesome surf biography Parko + Friends, highlighting the love of surf and life of Australian surf legend Joel Parkinson over the Easter weekend.

In an informal evening with lots of beers and a packed crowd, Sean Doherty and surf photographer Jon Frank were interviewed by writer Brendan McAloon about some of their more memorable adventures over the years while writing about and photographing great surf contests.

Dear Nicole, I wanted to thankyou for organizing a very enjoyable evening on the 2nd April. I talked my 16 years old son and husband into coming along with me and although my son as yet is not into surfing he is a reader and enjoyed Parko and friends which we purchased on the night.Keep up the good work and will look forward to another interested author presentation.”
Cheers,Janet Brady (Eastern View)

Sean’s surf books, MP the Life of Michael Peterson and My Brothers Keeper, The Official Bra Boys Story became national bestsellers, while his inspirational surf books,  The Moment and The Pilgrimage,  50 Places to Surf before You Die where great surfing photos and the classic surf story meet. Writing freelance today, he is a senior writer at both Tracks and Surfer magazine in the USA, contributes to several titles around the world, and has also written for the Sydney Morning Herald. He also moonlights as a pro surfing commentator, commentating recently for the Quiksilver Pro in Queensland and recently the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach ASP World Tour.  A keen surfer himself, between writing and commentating spreads his year largely between the tropical climes of Hawaii, Indonesia, Fiji and Tahiti.

Limited signed copies are currently available of all Sean Doherty’s great surf  books at Great Escape Books.

Call us to reserve a copy now. Ph. (03) 5289 7052


Hannie Rayson and Michael Cathcart in conversation: 13th February 2010

Great Escape Books was delighted to host Hannie Rayson and Michael Cathcart in conversationon the evening of Saturday February 13th 2010 at the bookshop.

Multi-award winning playwright Hannie Rayson and her husband, the historian and ABC broadcaster Michael Cathcart, were in conversation at Great Escape Books, discussing life and literature while living and writing under the same roof.

This was a very special event,  with the January 2010 opening of Hannie’s fabulous new play, The Swimming Club being performed by The Melbourne Theatre Company and the release of Michael’s latest book, The Water Dreamers, which has been met with great critical acclaim.

With a packed out crowd,  Hannie and Michael regaled the crowd with both humorous and in depth analysis of the very different ways in which they write and source their inspiration. It was a truly wonderful and illuminating evening.

One comment from the audience afterwards which summed up the vibe of evening perfectly was ‘ what a fab couple!’ Cath Peake.


Great Escape Books Summer Newsletter: Christmas 09 Edition

Our coast is the very best place to celebrate Christmas, the kids are happy playing on the beach or surfing, and you can lay down and unwind with a great read, and later maybe a wine or two at the surfclub. We have handpicked our favourite current reads. We hope you enjoy our selection, see you on the beach!

Great Escape Books Special Event: Feb 2010

Great Escape Books is delighted to be hosting Hannie Rayson and Michael Cathcart in conversation on Saturday February 13th 2010.
We anticipate this will quickly be a booked-out evening, so rsvp is essential.  Hardcopy invitations and further information is available at bookshop or on our events page at this website.

Top 10 Xmas Reads in a Nutshell…Nicole’s recommendations for all-time awesome Christmas reads.

1. Lovesong by Alex Miller...a breathtakingly beautiful novel of the bottomless depths of love.

2.Truth by Peter Temple...set in Melbourne, this is tough, gritty crime at it’s very best.

3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery … you will fall in love with this most wondrous collection of eclectic French characters.

4. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel...brilliant Booker prize-winning fiction that breathes new life into the brutal regime of King Henry VIII.

5. The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Steig utterly compulsive series with the most twisted heroine you will ever find in literature today.

6.Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson...gutsy, modern day hero teams up with the Mujahadeen, to change the face of the lives of children in Taliban’s afflicted Afghanistan and Pakistan.

7. Nine Lives by William writing at it’s very best, this time turning a fine eye on nine different lives in India.

8. Stoked by Bob McTavish...ripping memoir of a legend, for all surf fanatics like my husband!

9. Rain Gods by James Lee Burke…quality American crime fiction, from one of the masters of the genre.

10. A la grecque by Pam Talimanidis …a little bit of Aireys thrown in with a lot of Greece, produces a most enticing cookbook. Signed copies available.

Christmas Book Gift Vouchers

Our gift vouchers are great if you are truly stumped, pushed for time, or need a last minute gift. We have a beautiful range of vouchers and the best thing is you can nominate any amount and they never, ever expire.

Great New Christmas Releases

Lovesong by Alex Miller
You know when you open a book and it just envelops you in its beauty, that you have found a magical read. Set alternatively in contemporary Carlton and the Parisian café Chez Dom, this is a most beautiful ‘song’ of desire, desperation and bottomless love between the enigmatic exotic beauty Sabitha and her warmly faithful love Australian John Patterner.  Utterly enticing and tender, this is a truly glorious read. RRP: $39.95 Hardcover Edition

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
By the author of The Poisonwood Bible, you know The Lacuna is going to be a book of enormous scope and power. Based initially in Mexico and later in the U.S, a young Harrison Shepherd escapes his ‘social-climbing mother’ and through a series of misadventures winds up in the household of Diego Rivera and artist Frida Kahlo, who will become his life-long friend. Thrown into the circle of exiled Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky,  Shepherd is caught inextricably up in the upcoming whirlwind of American and Mexican social change and revolution. Vividly written, this is a compelling read of the power of art and politics. ‘Only a writer of exceptional skill and daring can hold together such an ambitious undertaking’. Dorothy Johnston, The Sydney Morning Herald. RRP: $35.00

Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke is a master at creating broken, desperate characters and this fine novel is no exception. Sheriff Hackberry Holland – former attorney and Korean prisoner of war is evading a blistering past to become sheriff of a border town in southern Texas. He soon find himself dealing with more than just his own personal ghosts after nine dead prostitutes are dug up in the desert. The search for justice – and revenge – pits Hack against criminals for hire, unsavoury ‘skin’ bar owners, drug dealers on both sides of the border and a psychopathic killer known as ‘The Preacher’. A rough, wild and compelling read. RRP: $32.99

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Julia and Valentina Poole are not-quite ‘normal’ American teenagers – for a start they are identical ‘mirror’ twins who have little little interest in things normal teens do- boys, college or socialising.   But when a mysterious aunt dies – oddly enough also their mothers twin,  and leaves them an apartment overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London, their life begins to take strange turns. As they quickly become involved in the eccentric lives of their aunt’s neighbours, they start to discover that there is much still alive in Highgate, including possibly their aunt, who while dead, can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind. A deliciously quirky ghost story, with all the mysterious twists that Niffenegger, author of The Time Travellers wife is famous for. RRP: $32.95

Meltdown by Ben Elton
I recently heard Ben Elton talking with Kerrie-Anne on one of those ghastly Good Morning shows and to his credit, he overcame the banal questions, and managed to convey with his trademark humour the biting satire of his newest novel.  After years of irresponsible spending, city trader Jimmy and his family are forced to their own version of the global confront financial meltdown and this results in this hilarious domestic drama that reverberates throughout their household. While this is a very English read, it is a lot of fun with a uncomfortable, yet darkly humorous twists. RRP: $32.95

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson
Following his first book, Three Cups of Tea, many people assumed that the schools that Greg Mortenson and his heroic team of ‘fixers’ – a motley group of fearless local Pakistani men who would lay down their life for ‘Dr Greg’,  in Pakistan had been bombed into oblivion by the Taliban. But Mortenson’s philosophies about quietly building relationships, empowering communities, and educating girls continued to  strike a powerful chord with the Mujahadeen leaders. All of his now 130 schools he and his team have built have survived and flourished in Pakistan and the most impassable and wildest areas of Afghanistan. The Mujahadeen refused to let their schools be destroyed, and while the costs have been high- girls have had acid thrown in their faces and elders threatened with death— the glory of this book is the triumphs of the young women who are now graduating from the schools and of the wild men who have helped them. An overwhelmingly positive book of immense power. RRP: $32.95

Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
An extraordinary debut novel based on the remarkable life of Jeannette Walls’ maternal grandmother – born in 1901 she is a ‘sassy, straight-talking heroine’ for whom taming wild horses and beating ranch hands at poker are all in a day’s work. Leaving home at the age of 15 to find work on her beloved horse Patch, she goes on to run a 180,000 acre ranch in Arizona and to raise a family. A remarkable adventurous woman in an age, who through her own courage and determination breaks all preconceived ideas of what women were capable of in that age and time. RRP: $32.95

The Heart of The Great Alone Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography by David Hempleman-Adams, Sophie Gordon and Emma Stuart
This is the stuff of legends. The photographers—Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley—transported bulky cameras and glass plate negatives across the forbidding polar landscape to record some of the earliest images of this dramatic environment. That the photographs survived to be presented on their return to King George V is miraculous. The Heart of the Great Alone reproduces the best of these marvellous images, some of which have never appeared in book form before—ships encased in ice floes, ice cliffs and ravines, campsites and dog sleds, and the incomparable beauty of Antarctic flora and fauna. I’ve grabbed a copy for myself, this is a magnificent book. RRP: $70.00 Hardcover Edition.

Great Christmas Ideas for Kids and Teens

Birdie’s Big Girl Shoes by Sujean Rim
She felt beautiful. She felt glamorous. She felt like a movie star…Birdie likes to cartwheel. She likes to dance. And she especially likes playing with her dog, Monster. But more than anything, Birdie loves her mother’s high-heeled shoes. Glorious for girls who love a bit of fun. (This is N0. 1 on my daughters Christmas wish list this year). Great ages 3-4 plus. RRP: 24.99 Hardcover

Running With The Horses by Alison Lester
Celebrating the turbulent history of the famous Spanish Riding School, Running With The Horses is a picture book for all ages. When the city is under attack, Nina and father are in charge of fleeing with the horses to a safe place across the border, but can they pass enemy soldiers, bombed out bridges and the fearsome cold of the Alps to get there? And can Nina save her beloved Zelda too? RRP: $29.95 This is a superb book for older Alison Lester fans – ages 8 plus.

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge 25th Edition by Mem Fox.
Wilfred is a small boy who lives next door to an old people’s home. He likes all the people who live there, but his favourite person of all is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, because she has four names just as he does. So when Wilfrid discovers that Miss Nancy has lost her memory, it is only natural that he should set off to help her find it. Lovely for ages 6 plus.

Snow White by Jane Ray
One of my favourite kids illustrators, the classic story of Snow White is retold and illustrated in six exquisite three-dimensional scenes by Jane Ray, returning to the original Grimm fairy tale for elements of the story.  Each scene is three layers deep so you can peer through the woods to the house of the seven dwarfs. Swathes of red curtain and a wooden stage complete the theatrical effect. Lovely for children with a great imagination. Suitable for children aged 6 plus.

Limited editions of Robert Ingpen Books
We are privileged to have signed editions of all of Roberts current works, as well as several rare, out of print editions. Drop by the bookshop to view his original artwork from Alice, as well as these extraordinary books.
A great keepsake for someone you hold very special this Christmas.

The Spook’s Stories: Witches by Joseph Delaney
A great new read based on many of the witches from Joseph Delaney’s Spooks books. Ever wondered why the Spook doesn’t trust girls who wear pointy shoes? Or why Grimalkin became the Assassin for the Malkin Witch clan? Find out all this and more in this a dark and eerie collection. RRP: 22.95 Hardcover. Good for ages 10 plus.

Crocodile Tears: Alex Rider: Book Eight by Anthony Horowitz
This series hardly needs explanation. A rip-roaring super spy series that must be read in order staring from Stormbreaker. Perfect for ages 10 plus.

Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity and  Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Want to move your girls away from vampires, but they just love fantasy..this is the series for you! Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous‚ they walk hidden in the mortal world‚ and would blind her if they knew of her Sight. Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them‚ Keenan‚ who is equal parts terrifying and alluring‚ is trying to talk to her‚ asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer. Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention. Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working any more‚ and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend‚ Seth; her life; everything. Great for ages: 12+

The Hunger Games Edition 1 & 2 by  Suzanne Collins
Winner of the 2009 Silver Inky Award for international teenage fiction.
I have had great feedback from teens who have read this book, their main comment is ‘it’s so realistic, the whole time I  I kept thinking: what would I do is this was me? Would I choke, or would I go on the attack? The story takes place in United States in the near future, where the nation Panem is divided into twelve districts. Each year a boy & girl from each district is picked by lottery to enter the Hunger Games – a reality TV fight to the death. Once the 24 contestants are in the games arena, anything goes. Fires, plagues, floods, scrambles for weapons and food, specially engineered predators…the entire nation watches and listens as the teenagers fight it out with every skill, weapon and trick they can summon. Sixteen-year-old Katniss volunteers to be a contestant when her little sister Primrose is picked in the lottery. But Katniss has been close to death before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Your teens will love this! Great for boys or girls ages 12 plus.

Wishing you and your family a very wonderful and joyous Christmas.
We look forward to seeing you on the beach at Fairhaven or in the bookshop over Summer. Merry Christmas!

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Nicole Maher
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