1. Buy a Mother's Day gift and card. We've featured some of our favourites here.
2. Hear from two local authors at our 'In Conversation' event (10 May - read on for details)
3. Save 20% off all Dummies titles for the month of May - Check out the children's range that we've introduced.
And I'm sure you can come up with lots of other good reasons to drop in!
Linda and all the team at Jeffreys Books
Backlist Book of the Month: The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
Beth's quote: "This is a really beautiful book. The prose is truly magnificent and the story is heart-breaking. Ondaatje is a poet."
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal. The only clue Hana has to his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire - a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair.
Being a published author is a huge accomplishment and we like to support our local talent. Come and hear presentations from two local authors.
Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 6:30 pm
Pauline Schokman will be presenting 'The Other Side of Silence'
A gripping, emotionally charged drama unfolding over a tumultuous week for Anna Mason, a Melbourne doctor: her newborn nephew's life hangs in the balance, her parents meet after years of rage and silence, and Anna's own heartbreak can no longer be denied.
Rosemary Gillan - Knocked Up Abroad Again
Rosemary Gillan is one of the authors contributing to Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns around the globe is told by 26 mothers in 25 different countries.
Light refreshments on arrival
In-store at Jeffreys Books, 140 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. This is a free event and we hope to see you there.
Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction)
A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
In 1922 Count Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. He is sentenced to house arrest in The Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humour, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the Count's endeavour to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
Tuesday 30 May at 7pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.
The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau - Graeme Macrae Burnet
Manfred Baumann is a loner. He has always lived in the nondescript French town of Saint-Louis. Shy and awkward, a man of habit, he spends his days working in the local bank and his evenings in the drab Restaurant de la Cloche where he can surreptitiously observe Adele Bedeau, its sullen but alluring waitress. Until, one day, Adele vanishes. Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate. Manfred is rattled, and the careful routine of his life starts to crumble around him. And that's when he meets Alice Tarrou. Graeme Macrae Burnet's spellbinding debut novel The Disappearance of Adole Bedeau is an intimate portrayal of an outsider in a small community, of a man who cannot shake the feeling he is always being watched, whose every moment is determined by the catastrophic secrets of his past.
Tuesday 30 May at 10.30am. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.
Dear Uncle Jeffrey,
I'm needing some drama. I know that sounds crazy but you know when life is just cruising along and you lack that buzz you have when everything's full-steam ahead. I've got the usual things to look forward to - a mid-year holiday, weekly tennis and monthly bookclub but otherwise work is good, relationship stable and kids are behaving. I'm feeling ho-hum and it's not even Winter.
Yours in apathy,
I'm pretty sure a whole lot of people just wished they were you! I daren't ask what drama you're after - your partner having an affair, your best friend talking behind your back, a major birthday milestone that you're just not ready to face? Have you been reading too much Liane Moriarty? (Strange question from me, I know!) Maybe it's time for crime - a good 'whodunnit' will make you appreciate your ho-hum life.
Otherwise enjoy this lull in excitement - soon you'll wish life was more dull.
Midnight Blue - Simone van der Vlugt
A gripping story of ambition and heartbreak set in the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam, 1654: following the sudden death of her husband, twenty-five year old Catrin leaves her small village and takes a job as housekeeper to the successful Van Nulandt merchant family. Her new life is vibrant and exciting in a city at the peak of its powers: commerce, science and art are flourishing and the ships leaving Amsterdam bring back exotic riches from the Far East. When an unwelcome figure from her past threatens her new life, Catrin flees to Delft. There, her painting talent earns her a chance to try out as a pottery painter. Slowly, the workshop begins to develop a new type of pottery to rival the coveted Chinese porcelain - and Delft Blue is born. But when tragedy strikes, Catrin has a hard choice to make. Rich and engrossing, Midnight Blue is perfect for fans of Tulip Fever and Girl with a Pearl Earring.
I'd Die for You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the iconic author of The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night. It comprises sixteen finished stories and one partial short fiction, which provides an intimate look at his creative process and shows the promise in a surviving draft. Some were submitted to major magazines and accepted for publication, but the vagaries of magazine life meant they ultimately did not appear in print. Others did not fit with the public perception of Fitzgerald's style in the 1930s. These dazzling uncut gems, the very last of his completed fictions as yet unpublished, demonstrate Fitzgerald's precision and imaginative power as a writer at the forefront of modern literature, and offer a fascinating insight into his artistry.
If you loved My Name is Lucy Barton as much as we did you'll want to read this. Years ago, Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer, spent time in hospital, with her mother at the foot of her bed to keep her company. Avoiding the distance between them, they spoke at length about people from their home town, the rural, dusty town of Amgash, Illinois. Writing these stories, Lucy imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers. And the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn't it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way - even fleetingly - that we have been important to someone?
The settlement of Wahrheit, founded in exile to await the return of the Messiah, has been waiting longer than expected. Pastor Helfgott has begun to feel the subtle fraying of the community's faith. Then Matthias Orion shoots his wife and himself, on the very day their son Benedict returns home from boarding school. Benedict is unmoored by shock, severed from his past and his future. Unable to be inside the house, unable to speak, he moves into the barn with the horses and chooks, relying on the animals' strength and the rhythm of the working day to hold his shattered self together. The pastor watches over Benedict through the year of his crazy grief: man and boy growing, each according to his own capacity, as they come to terms with the unknowable past and the frailties of being human.
A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family's favoured circle. Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici's glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence - most notably the rakish Giuliano de' Medici - become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalisation in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.
Those Pleasant Girls - Lia Weston
Evie Pleasant, nee Bouvier, is back in town. In a figure-hugging skirt, high heels and a pin-up hairdo, she's unrecognisable from the wild child who waged war on Sweet Meadow in her youth. She's made a promise to herself: 'No swearing. No drinking. No stealing. No fires.' Trailing a reluctant 16-year-old daughter and armed with cake making equipment, Evie's divorce and impending poverty has made her desperate enough to return to Sweet Meadow to seduce her former partner-in-crime and start again. But the townsfolk have long memories and the renegade ex-boyfriend is now the highly-respected pastor. Evie's cakes have a job to do.
Innocent or guilty, her time is running out... The air is hazy and grey with gunpowder smoke. Everyone has been shot but me. I haven't got so much as a bruise... Maja Norberg has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial for a shooting in her school. Among those killed were her boyfriend and her best friend. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom... But is Maja a demonised victim - or cold-blooded killer?
With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town. Once again in Into The Water Hawkins demonstrates her powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict.
Harry Hole is back! A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. He's in your house... He's in your room. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case. When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he's to finally catch the one who got away.
Avedon's France - Old World, New Look - Richard Avedon, Robert Rubin (ed.)
Exploring Richard Avedon's fascination with France, Avedon's France, brings together a collection of spectacular photographs; selected interviews, letters, publications, and writings (including new material from the Avedon Foundation archives); and substantive essays by the authors. In addition to five portfolios of French sitters spanning a lifetime of portraiture, it looks at Avedon's apprenticeship to his mentor, Alexei Brodovitch; his encounters with French fashion... Avedon's France offers a full account of Avedon's restless pursuit of new ways of looking at the world, and it reveals a master image maker, a true artist for his time.
The Genius of Jane Austen - Paula Byrne
A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Jane's World celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time. Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation in amateur theatricals. Her juvenilia, then Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma were shaped by the arts of theatrical comedy. Her admiration for drama's dialogue, characterisation, plotting, exits and entrances is why she has been dramatised so successfully on screen in the last twenty years - and these versions are at the centre of her continuing fame. Austen expert and author of The Real Jane Austen, Paula Byrne looks at stage adaptations of Austen's novels.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy - Sheryl Sandberg
From the Facebook COO and Wharton's top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks. In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg's husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of forty-eight. Sandberg and her two young children were devastated, and she was certain that their lives would never have real joy or meaning again. Just weeks later, Sandberg was talking with a friend about the first father-child activity without a father. They came up with a plan for someone to fill in. "But I want Dave," she cried. Her friend put his arm around her and said, "Option A is not available. So let's just kick the shit out of Option B." Everyone experiences some form of Option B. We all deal with loss: jobs lost, loves lost, lives lost. The question is not whether these things will happen but how we face them when they do. Thoughtful, honest, revealing and warm, Option B weaves Sandberg's experiences coping with adversity with new findings from Adam Grant and other social scientists.
It's Beautiful Here - Megan Morton
Beautiful homes (and the people who make them) from the unrivalled queen of interiors. With her trademark wit and enthusiasm Megan Morton let's us peak into the abodes of people who have by luck, chance or determination nailed that ever elusive interiors je ne sais quoi. Features a variety of covetable homes from a modest rental in suburban Adelaide to a chateau in France and award-winning author’s, Hanya Yanagihara’s (A Little Life), apartment in New York. Includes decorating tips from experts on how be the perfect host to how to do a gallery hang like a pro.
A Slow Childhood: Notes on Thoughtful Parenting - Helen Hayward
‘Helen Hayward’s family have been blessed to have her as a wife and mother; now we as her readers are blessed to have her as our guide, confidante and explorer through the tumultuous, intensely familiar and yet entirely uncharted lands of children and parenting. Her achievement is to have written a book about the most ordinary things and to have located therein the most extraordinary insights and ideas.’ So writes Alain de Botton in his foreword to A Slow Childhood.
If you’ve ever struggled to balance a desire for personal fulfilment with a yearning to be the best parent you can be, Helen Hayward’s journey will resonate with you. Part-memoir, part-existential musings, part-guidebook, A Slow Childhood is based on the former academic and psychotherapist’s personal experience of transitioning from a life focused on career to a life focused on family.
Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled it. In desperation, its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. Together with the Osage he and his undercover team began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
China Baby Love - Jane Hutcheon
In 1997 Linda McCarthy Shum had a stable teaching career and a happy marriage with beloved partner Greg. Living in regional Queensland, Linda was a woman of deep faith with a family of grown children and grand-children on the way. She was 49 and her life was fine. But Linda's life had not always been so settled. Throughout her childhood she had been made to feel unwanted by a mother battling her own troubles. This cold beginning to Linda's life journey, and the sad cruelty she had just read about in a newsletter, would soon bring her life undone. The article spoke of Chinese babies being abandoned and dying because of a lack of human contact. The unwanted children were seen as 'throwaway kids' and armies of them were filling up the orphanages of China. For almost two decades, while China busily developed into a wealthy economy, Linda has travelled back and forth from her home, raising money to better care for the orphans. Battling distrusting government officials and a constant lack of funds, Linda has saved countless little lives, while also establishing a school in the orphanage and a foster-care program. During her twenty-year sojourn against sorrow, Linda has had to overcome her own tragedies, surviving breast cancer... and later the loss of her husband Greg.
Guilt Trip: My Quest to Leave the Baggage Behind - Kasey Edwards
'Life is not a measuring stick,' a school guidance counsellor told Kasey Edwards thirty years ago. Well, that turned out to be a lie. Now in her forties, Kasey reflects on how being a woman often feels like a test. One she flunks. From her body, to her mothering skills, relationships and career, Kasey has managed to feel guilty about just about everything. And let's not even mention the epidural, elective caesarean and baby formula. Like most of us, she used to think that her 'failures' were all her fault - that she just sucked at everything. But then she realised that this whole business of being a woman has been rigged from the start. No woman ever measures up. Men have to do something really bad to be crippled by guilt. All women have to do is eat a piece of cake, raise their voice or allow their kids to play with an iPad. In this collection of articles, Kasey explores the guilt she shouldn't have to feel, and says out loud - 'I am not the problem here. And neither are you.'
Eclairs: Easy, Elegant & Modern Recipes - Christophe Adam
Move over macarons, we now have eclairs. Making this classic at home is much easier than you think. And it is made easy by the fact that this book is written by one of Europe's top pastry chefs, Christophe Adam. With its straightforward approach, full colour pages and hundreds of step-by-step photographs, it is as though Christophe were by your side giving you a lesson in your home kitchen. Over the last dozen years, Christophe has perfected the eclair and has turned it into a gourmet delight which marries unconventional and imaginative fruits, flavours, colours and textures, resulting in deluxe eclairs that will have you reaching for seconds and thirds.
Lonely Planet's Global Beer Tour - Lonely Planet
Explore the vibrant new world of craft beer with Lonely Planet's ale experts. We've selected the finest tap rooms, bars and breweries that thirsty travellers can visit in 40 countries across five continents, including the USA, Australia, Belgium and Britain. Readers will meet the brewers and sample authentic beers - with details of how to get there and what to try. And we've included local places of interest to create complete itineraries. Contributors include published beer authors. (Note: Melbourne's Good Beer Week, yes it's an official event, starts 12 May)
Featured Young Adult
Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology - Amie Kaufman
The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA. Ages 14+
The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake... This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.
Finding Nevo - Nevo Zisin
Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is. Personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.
Nevo identifies as queer, transmasculine and non-binary. Nevo works with children as a youth leader, and runs programs and workshops in schools about gender and sexuality.
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare
Sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel. Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again? And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters' demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear-before it's too late.
Featured Middle and Junior Readers
The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) - Rick Riordan
The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing (and hilarious) trials. He and his companions seek the ancient oracles - restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus - but this is easier said than done. Somewhere in the American Midwest is a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again... if it doesn't kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo's way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate - a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of a now-mortal goddess, a bronze dragon, and some familiar demigod faces from Camp Half-Blood. With them by his side, can Apollo face down the greatest challenge of his four thousand years of existence?
Welcome to Willowvale (Vet Cadets #1) - Rebecca Johnson
Willowvale is an Australian country boarding school that runs a special animal husbandry program for talented students. New vet cadets Hannah, Abbey and Tabina find themselves sharing a room - and before long the new friends find themselves using their scientific skills, knowledge of animals and friendship to solve mysteries and get themselves into - and out of - tights spots and hilarious situations!
OCDaniel - Wesley King
Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he's the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups-and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits - he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. He hopes no one notices that he's crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesn't just notice him: she seems to peer through him. Then Daniel gets a note: "I need your help," it says, signed, Fellow Star Child - whatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him. With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand.
A Different Dog - Paul Jennings
The forest is dense and dark. And the trail full of unexpected perils. The dog can't move. The boy can't talk. And you won't know why. Or where you are going. You will put this story down not wanting the journey to end. But it's from Paul Jennings so watch out for the ambush. One of the best. From one of the best.
Intergalactic Gas (The Bad Guys #5) - Aaron Blabey
The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it! Sure, they might have to borrow a rocket ...And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits... And Mr Piranha might have eaten too many bean burritos... But seriously, how BAD can it be? How bad?! SUPER BAD. It's one small step for the Sort-Of-International-League-Of-Good-Guys-Guys. It's one giant leap for The Bad Guys.
Featured Children's Picture Books
Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero - Deborah Abela
"I, The Wolf, am sick of being the bad guy. I'm taking over this book. Dear Readers, Fairy tales are nonsense. They're full of wolves pestering pigs and picking on sweet little girls in red hoods. But I would never do those things. I knit! I bake blueberry pie! You know what I really want to do? I WANT TO RESCUE A PRINCESS! And if I can't? I QUIT! Yours sincerely, Wolfie". Wolfie may want to be a hero, but he's about to discover that arguing with this book's narrator is not the best way to improve his image!
If I Had a LIttle Dream - Nina Laden
Nina Laden's lyrical picture book sees and appreciates through a child's eyes how fortunate we are to live in the world we do. Celebrate the wonder of the world in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty that is part of each and every day. Our world is full of possibilities if you look for them.
Heads and Tails - John Canty
Age range 3 to 8. Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children's picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page, that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered. Young readers are engaged in the process of deduction by drawing on visual prompts and clues such as where an animal may live, what the animal may look like and sounds the animal makes. The effect is that each page presents an engaging yet accessible mini mystery for the child to solve. Accordingly, the young reader's inevitable participation in the process of discovery is ensures the book's enjoyment.
The Cat Wants Cuddles - P Crumble
Kevin doesn't want a pat. He doesn't want a tickle. And he definitely does NOT want a cuddle. There's absolutely no way this hilarious cat is going to change his mind about that. Or will he?
Do Not Lick This Book - Idan Ben-barak
Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before - like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt. The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.
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