THE BEAR IN OUR BACKYARD - Emma Middleton
‘Does she sleep? Shall we peek?
Is it really Bear?
Shall we sneak outside and see if Bear is really there?’
There’s a bear sleeping in Tom and Tilly’s backyard – what will happen when they wake her up?
With whimsical illustrations and sweet rhyming text, The Bear in our Backyard is a delightful tribute to the small and magical moments that mums create every day. The story cleverly weaves in multi-layered themes as it encourages creative playfulness and introduces a new baby to the family. A warm celebration of mummy bears everywhere!
(Comes with a card for mum.)
‘Witty, clever and oozing with big-hearted affection.’ Dimity Powell Boomerang Books Blog.
STORYTELLING WITH EMMA MIDDLETON & HER PUPPETS
SUNDAY 1st JULY - 10.00am
IN PEREGIAN BEACH VILLAGE SQUARE
THE LONG GOODBYE - Pam Parker
We are thrilled to welcome Pam back to the shop for a chance to meet her readers.
"On 13th October my father killed my mother". And so begins this extraordinarily, moving and powerful memoir of an Australian family. Spanning three generations of a rural Queensland farming family,
The Long Goodbye is an unforgettable story of love and loss by an outstanding new writer of originality and remarkable skill.
When Pamela's ageing mother succumbs to advanced dementia and the family attempts to care as best they can for her, it is her father who takes matters into his own hands and ends her mother's life before taking his own life several weeks later. The Long Goodbye takes you into the life of this family, revealing the grit and resilience which has always driven them, as well as the love that binds them together through the years. At times hilariously funny, at times tragic and shocking, The Long Goodbye is ultimately a grand story of love and the unbreakable bonds of marriage and family set against the harsh and unforgiving realities of life on the land.
Disastrous floods, drought, and farming accidents mean that life and death are never far apart. The Australian landscape is evoked in all its beauty, but its danger is inescapable. Pamela writes with incredible honesty and warmth about her own parents, grandparents and extended family, their celebrations, their wit and great humour while never shying from the dark truths and difficult struggles that plague them too. The Long Goodbye illustrates the devastation of dementia and its terrible consequences for an entire family, as well as her father's controversial and unspeakable solution in euthanasia.
The Long Goodbye is a true story of impossible beauty and sadness, and the story of a remarkable love that could be no other way.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - PAM PARKER
SUNDAY 15th JULY- 10.00am - 12.00 midday
BURNING FIELDS - Alli Sinclair
War II, and the sugar cane-growing community of Piri River in northern Queensland is no exception.
As returned servicemen endeavour to adjust to their pre-war lives, women who had worked for the war effort are expected to embrace traditional roles once more.
Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women’s Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her father’s contempt for Italians, especially the Conti family next door. When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail.
Desperate to leave his turbulent history behind, Tomas Conti has left Italy to join his family in Piri River. Tomas struggles to adapt in Australia—until he meets Rosie. Her easy-going nature and positive outlook help him forget the life he’s escaped. But as their relationship grows, so do tensions between the two families until the situation becomes explosive.
When a long-hidden family secret is discovered and Tomas’s mysterious past is revealed, everything Rosie believes in is shattered. Will she risk all to rebuild her family or will she lose the only man she’s ever loved?
Advance praise for Burning Fields:
With an engaging, gutsy heroine and a lush North Queenlsand setting, I found so much to love about Burning Fields – Barbara Hannay, author
BOOK SIGNING - MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR
SUNDAY 29th JULY - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
BENEATH THE MOTHER TREE - D.M. Cameron
A spine-chilling mystery and contemporary love story, Beneath the Mother Tree plays out in a unique and wild Australian setting, interweaving Indigenous history and Irish mythology.
On a small island, something sinister is at play. Resident alcoholic Grappa believes it’s the Far Dorocha, dark servant of the Faery queen, whose seductive music lures you into their abyss. His granddaughter Ayla has other ideas, especially once she meets the mysterious flute player she heard on the beach.
Riley and his mother have moved to the island to escape their grief. But when the tight-knit community is beset by a series of strange deaths, the enigmatic newcomers quickly garner the ire of the locals. Can Ayla uncover the mystery at the heart of the island’s darkness before it is too late?
Wrought with sensuousness and lyricism, D.M. Cameron’s debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree is a thrilling journey, rhythmically fierce and eagerly awaited.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR
WEDNESDAY 15th AUGUST 10-12 - PUBLIC HOLIDAY!!
FUNKY CHICKEN MISSION INCROCIBLE
We are so excited about the forthcoming new book featuring our favourite chook! Join us for funky fun & games in the Village Square.
The books The Funky Chicken, Funky Chicken in Space and A Bug Called Doug have all been vigorous sellers over the past few years. This new adventure will be the best yet!! Chris Collin, author and presenter is just crazy enough to make this a fantastic show!
It's a free event lasting around an hour.
STORYTELLING, PUPPET SHOW, SONGS & GENERAL CRAZY FUNKY CHICKEN THINGS!
MONDAY 1st OCTOBER 10-.00am
PEREGIAN BEACH VILLAGE SQUARE
FREE OF CHARGE
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