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Dear Annie,


Wasn't Easter fabulous???  The sun came out and the people came to town!  Peregian Beach park has never seen as many cricketers and picnickers.  I took advantage of my closed door on Good Friday, and rearranged the shop.  Friends Michael and Richard from Grain Furniture have given me a magnificent table, which now sits in the centre of the shop, showcasing the array of new release books.

BOOK CLUB:  Our book club book for May is FINDING THE FIELD by Michael Brown (copies available).  The meeting for discussion will be at "Shanghai Sally's" on Tuesday 17th May at 7.30pm. (Coffee, tea, cake etc. available for sale)  Remember, everyone is welcome to join in the discussion. The book for June will be CALEB'S CROSSING, the brand new one from Geraldine Brooks.

Last month we had a wonderful book club meeting with John Danalis, author of RIDING THE BLACK COCKATOO.  We all had a chance to try on the possum skin cloak.  John was an absolute delight!


Book Club

John with Sarah and the possum skin cloak
(John with Sarah & the possum skin cloak)                   

THE ROVING PARTY  by Rohan Wilson has taken out the Australian Vogel Literary Award for 2011.  The award is issued by Allen & Unwin to an unpublished Australian author under the age of 35.   Past winners include Tim Winton, Andrew McGahan, Mandy Sayer and Kate Grenville.

The shortlist for the Miles Franklin Award is BEREFT by Chris Womersley, WHEN COLTS RAN by Roger McDonald, and THAT DEADMAN DANCE by Kim Scott.  The winner will be announced in June.   The Miles Franklin Literary Award celebrates Australian character and creativity and nurtures the continuing life of literature about Australia. (Yahoo to that!) It is awarded for the novel of the year which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. 

You'll be happy to know that I am finally embracing the 21st Century, and am in the process of building a website (not actually ME, but another helpful and valuable friend!)  Details soon.

I recently found another excellent quote:  


"A dose of poison can do its work but once, but a bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations."  


Be careful! 


Happy reading,

from Annie & Lyn


MAP OF THE SOUL by Tricia Brennan
Tricia Brennan

What is your Soul's Purpose? Does your life have a higher purpose or is it merely a series of random events? Do unseen forces influence the course of your fate? Can you trust your intuition? THE MAP OF THE SOUL answers these and many other questions - allowing you to discover for yourself the answer to the most important question of all - Why are you here?

Set out in an easy to follow twelve level format, THE MAP OF THE SOUL combines Tricia Brennan's unique wisdom with practical, informative exercises and insights to help you discover your own true purpose. Whether you want to discover (or rediscover) your unique skills and talents, determine and remove the obstacles that hold you back from freedom and happiness, or simply understand the greater meaning of life; this book is an invaluable guide.

Tricia Brennan is an internationally acclaimed author and intuitive counsellor who has helped transform the lives of thousands of people.  Her client list includes Hollywood celebrities, therapists and prominent corporate leaders within Australia and the United States.  Tricia has authored three books and a series of best-selling CDs focused on creative visualization and personal development.

****Don't miss out - this event will be very popular and will book out quickly!****

Tricia Brennan

Saturday 28th May 4.00pm

Noosa Springs Sunset Bar

$20.00 per person

Glass of wine & nibbles

Bookings Essential - 5448 2053 or   

Biggest Morning Tea

Lyn has started to gather together some fantastic prizes for our raffle for THE BIGGEST MORNING TEA, the major annual fundraising event for the Cancer Council.  Last year we were happily overwhelmed by the generosity of publishers and local businesses with their gift donations for the raffle, and by the community, for the mountain of delicious cakes and snacks given with such enthusiasm.

This year, our BIGGEST MORNING TEA will be held on THURSDAY 26th MAY from 10.00am.  We want to make it an even bigger success than last year, so please put the date in your diary, and come to Peregian Beach Village to join in the fun.  You may win a fabulous prize, and you'll be helping a very worthwhile cause in the Australian Cancer Council.

If you have a product or service that you would like to donate to the Biggest Morning Tea Raffle, please email Lyn Hay  We will also call on all those wonderful bakers and makers of goodies to once again contribute to this very worthy cause. 

Raffle tickets are NOW Available.

Noosa Longweekend

It's nearly time for the 10th Noosa Longweekend Festival!  This year the Festival dates are 17th to 26th June

Download the contest attachment (PDF) to find out how you can win tickets to see some of the fourteen fantastic literary guests for 2011 which include Richard Flanagan (my literary pin-up boy), Peter Goldsworthy, Tom Keneally and William McInnes, just to name a few.  This is a great opportunity - register now!

Richard Flanagan
Richard Flanagan

Peter Howard

Peregian is full of fabulous, talented and lovely people!  Most of you will know Peter Howard, one of the original television chefs, and author of a string of fabulous cookbooks.  Pete has moved locally, and has promised to have a footpath party with me later in the year.  His latest book is HEALTHY LIVING & ENTERTAINING is a collection of low fat, low GI recipes suitable for everyone, including people with Type 2 diabetes.  It's a lovely hardback book from New Holland publishers.

Little People

(Scribe Publishing)

LITTLE PEOPLE by Jane Sullivan is both an intriguing look into the nineteenth century phenomenon of the travelling circus and a lively narrative. The characters are split into the little people and the full-sized, and through their interaction we learn of the highs and lows, so to speak, of being less than a metre tall.

 Based on the real life individuals of the famous midget, General Tom Thumb, his wife and other family members, the plot begins when Mary Ann, a destitute governess joins the troupe in Melbourne as a general dog's body for the pampered and often petulant stars. Under the leadership of Mr Barnum, the troupe has enjoyed wild success across Europe and America and is touring the colonial backwaters of 1870 Australia. The little people are feted in an early version of a celebrity cult, but their jealousies and insecurities are also exploited and manipulated by their full sized entourage and fans.  Mary Ann becomes more and more attached to her employers and fellow workers, but it becomes clear there was a sinister motive behind her employment.

 As the plot reaches its thrilling and quite gothic climax our sympathies are firmly aligned. The characters are colourful and engaging and the first-hand accounts by the little people poignant and eye-opening. Sullivan skilfully adopts the voice of each character and an overall Victorian quaintness of tone. Readers who enjoyed" Water for Elephants" will be equally fascinated by some of the more bizarre elements of the story.

(Gail Thoms)


OUT OF (or into) AFRICA
Annie and Friends

I know you've seen this photo before, but there's a reason for it this time!

At the risk of indulging myself with my obsession for Africa, I'd like to share an excellent opportunity to discover the Dark Continent in a unique and unforgettable way.  John Cooper from African Adventures Safari Company was the brave man who took my four friends and I to Africa last year.  So, here's the exciting bit ...... On 12th June he's heading off on tour through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia on a driving safari. 

Dates are 12th June - 4th July.  You'll visit 5 great rivers, 3 World Heritage sites, enjoy a houseboat on the Zambezi River, see the famous Presidential elephant herd of Zimbabwe and heaps more,  all with your own personal guide and vehicle.  All accommodation and African transfers will be arranged, and you have the opportunity to meet prior to the trip for information and advice.  John Cooper is a man with a vast knowledge and a great passion for Africa and everything about her. 

Have a look at the website - John is offering a terrific last minute deal for this trip, so if you can pack your bags by 12th June, why not take that trip you've always dreamed about - I did!

Caleb's Crossing

There are a lot of terrific books around at the moment - here are some new ones .....

CALEB'S CROSSING - Geraldine Brooks



MERCY - Jussi Adler-Olsen


TOO CLOSE TO HOME - Georgia Blain

THE PRECIPICE - Virginia Duigan

GREATS OF ORIGIN - Neil Cadigan (NRL Footy)

THE WRECKAGE - Michael Robotham

TOO CLOSE TO HOME - Georgia Blain

and many, many more......


Lots of people have commented that they enjoy the look of my newsletter as well as the information.  It's a fabulous tool for my business for many reasons;  mainly keeping me in touch with my customers even when they do not come into the shop, and also advising them of my events and other special news.  I like to think that it also creates a kind of "Annie's Books" community. 

If you are interested in incorporating a newsletter into your business, have a chat with my friend Regina (who is also building my website).  She has made this important aspect of my business very simple, and much less expensive than you may expect.


Have you read right down to the end???

You can win a copy of Peter Howard's cookbook, Healthy Living & Entertaining: the Peter Howard Collection.

Remember, I will only contact the winner; that is, the first email received with the correct answer.

Here's our question........

What kind of animal is this?       

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