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Queenscliffe Literary Festival 2016

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Each weekend throughout May 2016 .

Program & Ticket sales available April 1st

Saturday 7th May, 5.30pm–7pm: Opening Festival Keynote Event (including local wines and cheeses), with special guests Don Watson and Robert Drewe, in conversation with Michael Williams, Director of the Wheeler Centre.  Queenscliff Town Hall, 50 Learmonth St. Tickets $35.

Sunday 8th May, 11am–12.30-2pm: A light lunch with Keynotes Robert Drewe and Don Watson, discussing “The Bush and The Beach”. Point Lonsdale Bowling Club. Tickets $30 (drinks at bar prices).

Further program announcements will be published as confirmed…Full program available March 1st 2016




The Online Book Porter Launch

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Its Spring!..and ‘the bookshop at queenscliff” is very excited to announce the introduction of a new bespoke initiative….The Book Porter.. for new and established lovers of books, both near and far.


The Book Porter is a carefully-curated book subscription service that delivers a customised gift or builds a personal library. Every month for a year a select book is posted to you, or your gift recipient.

The Book Porter offers the reader a wide and exciting range of the latest books, as well as the much-loved classics – whether it’s for those just starting out on their literary adventures, or for the avid reader.

Once you receive your Book Porter voucher, email us for a specialised one-on-one consultation to establish your particular book interests, tastes and preferences, allowing us to deliver a very personal collection.

As well as the 12-month subscription (one book delivered every month), The Book Porter also offers the option of a one-off book box containing a specific collection – such as award shortlists or a compilation of classics for adult and children.

The Book Porter offers a unique gift for a new baby, a child buiding their library,adults of all literary tastes, and is a Christmas gift that lasts all year.

Each gift is wrapped in classic brown craft paper bound with silk twine and is delivered in a sturdy book box or a padded bag.

Subscriptions maybe purchased online

from November 8th, and at the bookshop at queenscliff.

Postage within Australia is included in the subscription, however there is a one-off charge for international deliveries.

Ph. 52584496 30 Hesse St Queenscliff




Once upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

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The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out…

Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet.

An adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of, Once Upon an Alphabet is a work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers, the creator of much-loved modern classics such as Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

RRP $28.00


THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi, Illustrations by Robert Ingpen

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The astonishing tale of how the old wood carver Geppetto made a disobedient puppet boy from an unusual piece of wood, who could talk, dance and turn somersaults, has been a much-loved story since it was first written more than 130 years ago.

In this handsome new edition, award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen has captured the rascally Pinocchio and his extraordinary escapades as never before, breathing new excitement into this enchanting classic. RRP $40.00


The Children Act by Ian McEwan

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A brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam.
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

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A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara

Man Booker Shortlist 2015

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.


SWEET CARESS by William Boyd

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William Boyd tracks Amory Clay, his compeeling fictional character, journey from conventional English gentility to celebrated war photographer with an absolute mastery of tone. He has an ability to convey the immediacy of a situation with fluid, precise prose. Here he is describing the sights as Amory is in a helicopter over Vietnam: “Only the scars, the bulldozed brick-coloured scabs on hilltops and ridge-ends of abandoned firebases and observation posts mar the abundant, lush greenery. Looking closer, I see areas of felled or flattened trees, and occasional clusters of rimey, water-filled bomb or shell craters, like pustulant ulcers. The green landscape seems primordial, untouched – but of course it isn’t.”

Amory’s fictional voice never wavers. She can be tricky, contradictory and impulsive, but this only serves to emphasise her realness. She emerges from this novel as a rounded, complex, infernally beguiling human being.(guardian)

Forthcoming Event  Tuesday January 5th  2016

Magda Szubanski with her memoir “Reckoning” in conversation with Fiona Wood.

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Join us for the first author event of 2016, Tuesday January 5th  6pm @ The Point Lonsdale Bowling Club. Magda Szubanski, highly accalimed comedian and now author..with her critically acclaimed memoir “Reckoning”. Magda will be “in conversation” with highly successful screen writer and YA novelist Fiona Wood.

Cost $10.00 Drinks at bar prices

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