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August 2010 Annie's News
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Dear Annie,
(Please disregard the previous version of this newsletter, our apologies)

Much has happened over the past couple of months.....

We had a lovely footpath party to celebrate the release of 75 new Popular Penguin titles, and also Penguin Books' 75th birthday.  Lots of prizes were won, wine was drunk, cheese was eaten, and it was almost warm!  There are now 174 Popular Penguin titles available for only $9.95 each. They're great for book clubs to keep costs down, or just to try something new (or old).  I'm packing 4 for my big trip.

Two Popular Penguin fans (Sharon & Gail)
Two Popular Penguin fans (Sharon & Gail)

We had "An Evening in Africa" at Trio's on the River, celebrating the launch of Tony Park's new novel, "The Delta".  Africaphiles came out of the woodwork, enjoyed African fare, African music and African photography.  We're hoping to do it all again next year!

Yahoo!  I have a neighbour!!  "Shanghai Sally's Furniture and Tea Emporium" is soon to open next door.  Owner Ryan tells me that he will be offering delicious organic teas, coffee and some yummy things to eat, along with fabulous, unusual Asian furniture and wares.  It will be something a little different for Peregian Village.  Ryan tells me that he enjoys a footpath party as well, so it looks like fun times ahead!

This week I'm off to the Dark Continent for my dream African safari.  Lyn will be holding the fort (beautifully and efficiently!) for the four weeks I'm away.  Without Lyn, I couldn't possibly do it!  You'll also find Portuguese Princess Palmira and Bruce Hamilton workingin the shop.  What a team!  I have dreamed of going to Africa for around 50 years, probably since "Born Free" (which coincidentally comes out this month in a 50th anniversary edition).  I encourage everyone to live their dreams now!

Don't forget Dad!  Father's Day is Sunday 5th September.  We have lots of books for all kinds of Dads;  or there's always a gift voucher.  Spoil the man in your life!

Happy reading,
from Annie & Lyn

Get Reading!

"Get Reading!" ( is an Australian government campaign created to encourage people to read that extra book (previously called "Books Alive").  50 fabulous books are listed in a booklet which will be widely distributed at the end of August, and if you buy a book from the list of 50, you will receive a free book.  This is a month-long campaign, and you'll see plenty of advertising from the end of August.  We will certainly have the booklets in the shop.  As part of the campaign, authors featured in the booklet will be on tour around the country, and I'm pleased to have scored two of the best!
Michael and MallMICHAEL ROBOTHAM  I have wanted to host an event with Michael Robotham since I read "Lost" about 5 years ago.  He is a crime writer of note - all his books have been bestsellers, he has been awarded the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in 2008 for "Shatter", and I believe he is an excellent speaker. Michael will be promoting his latest stunning psychological thriller, "Bleed For Me".

MALLA NUNN - Malla was born in Swaziland, and is the author of two crime novels, both of which have been critically acclaimed.  She is a force in new crime writing today, tackling race relations, sexual tension and the harsh realities of life within the divided society of Apartheid-era South Africa.

We will be holding an event to welcome these two fabulous guests, also featuring ABC Coast FM broadcaster Karyn Wood as moderator....

MONDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 6.00pm - 8.00pm

NOOSA WATERFRONT RESTAURANT (next to the Yacht Club on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville)


$35.00 PER PERSON - Bookings Essential - 5448 2053 or

Kate MortonYou'll have to wait a while, but I'm thrilled to announce a very exciting event.  KATE MORTONwill be returning to Noosa on 3rd November, to promote her eagerly awaited third book, "The Distant Hours".

We had a fantastic lunch with Kate last year, and we know this will be an entertaining and excellent event. Get a group together and have an early Christmas Party!  Bookings will open in early October with more details.

LionBud Higgins

Everyone knows Bud Higgins (Noosa Catering).  Most of us have enjoyed her wonderful food over the years, but not everyone knows her alter ego, the author.  Bud has penned a novel titled "African Eulogy", based on the life of her late son, Bok, who was a safari pilot in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.  Bud has spent many years in Africa, and has a deep love and understanding of the continent, its people and animals. We are making arrangements for an African celebration for the release of "African Eulogy".  Stand by for details of an October party!

Stephen Dale

Stephen DaleEvery now and again you run into someone who genuinely impresses you.  One day, in the bookshop, I met a man named Stephen Dale. He looked like a normal 40ish guy - very pleasant, but  I found Stephen far from ordinary!  Stephen was 21 when he fell 30 metres from a cliff onto a rocky beach, sustaining horrific injuries - a shattered skull, a dislocated and fractured spine, ruptured internal organs, multiple lacerations and critical blood loss. He spent five days in a coma and seven months in hospital.  He survived, but life became incredibly difficult.  Simple things like dressing himself and making breakfast became excruciatingly difficult and his ability to read, write or speak was gone. "Bouncing Back When You Hit Rock Bottom" is Stephen's story.  It's about overcoming obstacles both physical and emotional, and about changing your life to find peace and fulfilment. 

Stephen is now the owner of a successful speaking, training and coaching business.  He speaks to large corporations and sporting teams, and much more.  His is an incredible story which can and will benefit every single one of us.  "Bouncing Back When You Hit Rock Bottom" is now available at Annie's Books for $30.00.  Watch this space for news of an exciting event with Stephen.

Sam Naudin

Please note that Sam's book has been withdrawn from sale, our apologies for the error.

Roddy ParrRODDY PARR - Peter Rose.  This is an entertaining novel set in the world of Australian publishing.  I found it both easy and compelling

THE DELTA - Tony Park.  I admit to being obsessed by all things African at present, and found this rollicking thriller interesting and fun.  Think Lara Croft with an AK-47 and lions!

TRUE SPIRIT - Jessica Watson.  Whether you approve or disapprove, the voyage of Jessica Watson was an event to go down in history.  She has written the story of her 210 days alone at sea.

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
"Shiver" is a truly enjoyable story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy. "Shiver" offers a unique and different take on the sometimes clichéd topic of werewolves. I loved the characters and the plot, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. (Reviewed by Jessie Moore - aged 16) - "Linger", the second book, is now available.


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