My Favourite Bookshops and Book-related places – Farrells Bookshop

On a weekend get-away to the Mornington Peninsula last month, I dropped into Farrells Bookshop, Main Street, Mornington to see if they’d like me to sign copies of A Cat Called Trim.

It’s such a lovely bookshop with a great kid’s section and although it’s nowhere near where I live, over the years I’ve attended launches there and always try and call in when I’m traveling down to the Mornington Peninsula.

The staff greeted me warmly, asked me to sign several copies of Trim and also took some photos of me in store signing the books.

The following is from the Farrells website – congratulations Farrells and staff on being selected as Regional Bookstore of the Year for 2019. So well deserved.

An unexpected but wonderful surprise…

…2019 Regional Bookstore of the Year

At the annual independent booksellers conference in Adelaide last month, we were delighted to discover we had been voted by Australian publishers as the 2019 Regional Bookstore of the Year…in the whole of Australia!

The Leading Edge Group, who coordinates the conference, asks all publishers to nominate their top 3 metro and regional stores according to the following criteria:  

  • Successful and committed book retailing;

  • Excellence in in-store and online environment;

  • Community engagement such as book clubs/author events;

  • Operational expertise in areas such as buying, returns, and range management;

  • Creative marketing campaigns;

  • Engagement in LEB and publisher marketing initiatives and group events; and

  • Contributing to the viability of the entire book trade.

Our friends at Matilda’s Bookshop in Adelaide took out the prize for the Metro category, with runners up Readings and The Avenue Bookstore, while the other finalists in the Regional category were BooksPlus in Bathurst and The Bookshop Bowral.  We were humbled to be nominated with such high quality businesses and passionate booksellers.

We would like to extend our thanks to our amazing staff and our gratitude to our wonderful community, who continue to support us by shopping local and making Farrells the Mornington institution it is.   

Store of the Year award 2019

A Cat Called Trim

A Cat Called Trim is listed below as one of seven picture books show-cased by Farrells as being new releases for April. Thank you Farrells.




Hip Hip HoorayHip Hip Hooray
Tanya McCartney & Jess Racklyeft

The big day is almost here. The invitations are sent, the presents made pretty… there’s some fun to prepare!

Peek inside the homes of these adorable animals as they celebrate charming birthday traditions – from party hats and pinatas to blowing out the candles… and making a wish. Hip hip hooray!

This picture book, by an award-winning duo, features echidnas in Australia, goats in Canada, sloths in Costa Rica, narwhals in the nippy Barents sea, orangutans in the depths of Borneo, and an entire menagerie of creatures from around the world-sending invitations, wrapping presents, playing party games and of course, prepping the birthday cake for the ultimate annual wish.

Starting on birthday eve and ending as the party hits full swing, this vibrant romp will delight little ones as their very special day comes around… and highlights the importance of family, friends and the heart-warming traditions of childhood.


There's Only One Mum Like YouThere’s Only One Mum Like You
Jess Racklyeft

I love your quiet stories, songs sung loud in the rain.
No one can hug like you, Mum or makes me feel the same.

Brave mums, playful mums, cuddly mums, quiet mums – every mum is special in her own way. Charming, heartfelt and delightful, There’s Only One Mum Like You is a tribute to the unique magic of mums.


Happy Birthday WombatHappy Birthday Wombat
Jackie French & Bruce Whatley

Bestselling mothball is back – with birthday cake! (carrot, of course.)

She eats, she sleeps, she scratches. But today it’s Mothball’s birthday and it’s time to celebrate!

Created by author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Happy Birthday Wombat is a very funny picture book about enjoying a special day – as seen through the eyes of the world’s most famous wombat.


WilamWilam: Birrarung Story
Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy

As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home. 

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne’s beautiful Yarra river, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.

An ode to Australian rivers, the flora and fauna that live on them, and the function they perform as a part of modern day life.  Wilam brings Aboriginal life, culture and language right in to the heart of the city.ountry, and Yarra Riverkeeper and award-winning author Andrew Kelly.


My Tree and MeMy Tree and Me
Jo Witek

One little girl has a very special friend, the tall ancient tree in her backyard. Through the seasons, she grows along with the tree, playing in its branches and basking in its shade. She can swing and have a picnic, draw the tree and play hide and go seek. Through her time with her tree, the girl learns to appreciate the natural world as something to be savored and protected and acknowledges her place within it.

The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.


Ruby Roo Mummy's SuitcaseRuby Roo: Mummy’s Suitcase
Pip Jones

Mummy’s going away for three whole days!

She’s bound to miss home very much, so Ruby Roo decides to pack a suitcase with all the things she knows Mummy loves best.

Uh-oh. Mummy’s in for a wicked surprise!

Join Ruby Roo and Barney Boo in the latest picture book sensation from Pip Jones – the funniest voice in young fiction today – and rising star illustrator, Laura Hughes.


Cat Called TrimA Cat Called Trim
Corinne Fenton & Craig Smith

Trim was a cat born for adventure …

This is the true story of a courageous, mischievous and fearless cat called Trim, who sailed with Matthew Flinders on his voyages to map the coastline of Australia and beyond.

From best-selling creators Corinne Fenton and Craig Smith, this charming picture book brings Trim’s story to life.

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  1. Farrells Bookshop Thanks for dropping by, Corinne! We just love your books and look forward to seeing you any time you're down our way. :)
    May 9, 2019 at 9:59 am · Reply

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