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 Womenís Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her fatherís 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 Australiaóuntil he meets Rosie. Her easy-going nature and positive outlook help him forget the life heís 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 Tomasís 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 sheís 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 Ė 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 itís 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 islandís darkness before it is too late?
Wrought with sensuousness and lyricism, D.M. Cameronís 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!!
THE DOGS THAT MADE AUSTRALIA
Hunter. Worker. Legend. The untold story of the dog's role in building our nation.
The Dogs That Made Australia pays tribute to the dogs that gave their all for our prosperity: the fearless hounds that saved fledgling colonies from famine; the courageous heelers and tireless collies that powered the rise of beef and wool; the tough little home-grown terriers that protected the homestead and garden; and the extraordinary police dogs, ahead of their time, loved by the nation. The selfless exploits of our heroic dogs are writ indelibly in our nation's heritage and identity. The Dogs That Made Australia is a vivid and meticulously researched history of Australia told from the perspectives of the dingo and of the dogs that were imported and developed here, as well as the humans who loved, feared and worked them. Guy Hull is a great speaker - we'll have great fun. And he is bringing his gorgeous Pharaoh Hound Peppie.
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH
LIMITED SEATING - YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING A FOLDING CHAIR
YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO BRING YOUR (WELL-BEHAVED) FURRY FRIENDS
A promise for the future. A threat from the past?
Can Bel find happiness?
Another wonderful work of fiction for mature aged adults, from our friend Maggie Christensen. This is her eighth novel - if you haven't read Maggie's books yet, this is the time!
MEET & CHAT WITH MAGGIE
SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
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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