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EventLiterary Event: Stephanie Alexander
Date & Time      Tuesday 16th October @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$30. Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Stephanie Alexander is a national treasure whose indefatigable determination and uncompromising dedication has forever influenced the eating habits of Australia. Everything she has achieved and worked towards has been driven by her desire to break down anxieties about cooking, to emphasise the beauty of produce fresh from the garden and to promote the pleasures of sharing around a table. The Cook’s Companion is regarded as an Australian classic. In 2014 Stephanie became an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. 

Her newest book The Cook’s Apprentice is the essential teaching cookbook for the younger cook (or the not-so confident older cook) who’s just starting out. This wonderful book is full to the brim with everything new foodies need to know to become relaxed and confident in the kitchen. The Cook’s Apprentice gives those new to cooking the inspiration needed for a lifetime of enjoyment in the kitchen.


Join Stephanie for Morning Tea to hear her chat about food, how it grows, and the pleasure cooking and sharing food can bring. 

Tuesday 16th October - 10:30am at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Tickets $30  Bookings Essential.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634



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EventLiterary Event: Rosalie Ham
Date & Time      Wednesday 3rd October @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$30. Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Best-selling Australian author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham is back with a brand new darkly satirical novel The Year of the Farmer, about the residents of a small country town battling the elements and one another.

The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it?s all Neralie Mackintosh's fault. If she?d never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who now lords it over everyone as if she owns the place. Meanwhile the head of the local water board - Glenys 'Gravedigger' Dingle - is looking for a way to line her pockets at the expense of hardworking farmers already up to their eyes in debt.

Join us for Morning tea to hear Rosalie talk about her new novel on Wednesday 3 October - 10:30am at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Tickets $30  Bookings Essential.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Gillian Triggs 
Date & Time      Tuesday 9th October @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for five tumultuous years. How did this aspiring ballet dancer, dignified daughter of a tank commander and eminent law academic respond when appreciative passengers on a full airplane departing Canberra greeted her with a round of applause? Her passionate memoir Speaking Up is an irresistible call to everyone who yearns for a fairer world. She dares women to be a little vulgar and men to move beyond their comfort zones to achieve equity for all. And she will not rest until Australia has a Bill of Rights.

Tickets: $50 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine. 
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Ben Quilty
Date & Time      Sunday 23 September @ 12:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$120pp (2 courses + glass of wine + a copy of
Home: Drawings By Syrian Children)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


(Please Note: Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634)

Join Archibald Prize winning artist Ben Quilty as he sits down with  interviewer  and media host Andrew Denton to discuss his new book, Home. Drawings by Syrian Children.

Ben has assembled this heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of drawings by Syrian children. These drawings form an extraordinary testament to the resilience of a generation of survivors whose childhood has been shaped by the worst war of our century. Their art speaks directly to us all as human beings, and we have an obligation to listen closely and seriously.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision's Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Markus Zusak
Date & Time      Monday 19th November @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

(Please Note: Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634)

Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and is translated into more than forty languages establishing him  as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. In 2013, The Book Thief was adapted to film.

Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with Bridge of Clay, a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

Tickets: $50 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine. 
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Sarah Ferguson
Date & Time      Thursday 9th August @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Sarah Ferguson is an award winning journalist at the ABC who has presented 7.30 and is currently the anchor of Four Corners. In 2016 she presented the acclaimed three-part ABC documentary The Killing Season on the Rudd/Gillard government, and the companion book The Killing Season Uncut. Sarah has been awarded won five Walkleys and also won five Logies for most outstanding public affairs reporting.

Sarah's most recent book On Mother was written following the sudden and inexplicable death of her mother and her need  to understand the truth behind her mother's tragic death and to come to terms with it. On Mother  is a deeply personal and intimate reflection on their relationship, and on the complex bonds of mothers and daughters, and life.

Tickets: $50 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


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EventLiterary Event: Jaqui Cameron
Date & Time      Thursday 26th July @ 6:00pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$30. Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


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The Southern Highlands of New South Wales is an area renowned for its seasonal beauty and magnificent gardens. Behind tall green hedges and beyond sprawling drystone rock walls are an amazing variety of garden designs featuring grand tree-lined avenues and wide lawns, crisply manicured sculpture and potager gardens, elegant stables, vast lakes and perfectly proportioned water-lily ponds.

Emerging from early morning mist and set amongst rolling green hills it could be a touch of English countryside but these are the most beautiful Australian gardens, created with love, vision, determination and within the unique embrace of a charming sense of local community. 

This divine book reveals not just hidden private gems but also the very personal story behind each garden.

'Beyond the Garden Gate: Private Gardens of the Southern Highlands' will be launched by designer and local garden owner, Collette Dinnigan.

Join us at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant 
Thursday 26 July 6pm-7:30pm
Tickets $30 - Champagne and canapes. Bookings Essential.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Michael Robotham
Date & Time      Thursday 5th July @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Michael Robotham is one of Australia's most successful crime writers, whose psychological thrillers have been published to international acclaim. 

Before becoming a novelist, Michael was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer, Michael investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes. Michael has won multiple awards for his work, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold dagger Award, the Ned Kelly Award and the ABIA General Fiction of the Year for The Secrets She Keeps.

Michael Robotham returns with a new brand-new thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its shocking climax. With The Other Wife , he writes his final Joe O'Loughlin novel.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Dr Michael Mosley
Date & Time      Thursday 14 June @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Michael Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London and went on to work as a science journalist, executive producer and well-known television presenter with the BBC. He is one of the world's foremost health experts,  at the frontier in science, health and diet. Michael is the author of the internationally bestselling 5:2 Fast Diet , The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet and The Clever Guts Diet and presenter of several television documentaries including Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, and The Search for Modern Medicines, The Truth about Exercise and Meet the Humans.

He has a game-changing and practical approach to dealing with the silent epidemics of our time - raised blood sugar levels or type 2 diabetes, strokes, dementia, and cancer.


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EventLiterary Event: Prof. Ken Hillman
Date & Time      Monday 21st May @ 6:00pm
VenueThe Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$15. Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


National Palliative Care Week (20-26 May) is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. The theme for this year's National Palliative Care Week is 'What matters most' and addresses the need for Australians to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals. 

In South Western Sydney we are very fortunate to have an innovative team of researchers and practitioners motivated to offer palliative services to our community.  Liverpool Hospital intensivist Professor Ken Hillman, is part of this team.  

Ken Hillman has worked in intensive care since its inception. But he is appalled by the way the ICU has become a place where the frail, soon-to-die and dying are given unnecessary operations and life-prolonging treatments without their wishes being taken into account.

His book A Good Life to the End will embolden and equip us to ask about the options that doctors in hospital should offer us but mostly don?t. It lets us know that there are other, gentler options for patients and their loved ones that can be much more sympathetic to the final wishes of most people facing the end of their lives.

Recently, Bowral & District Hospital has secured a full time palliative care specialist nurse position who works with the multi-disciplinary team within the hospital for symptom management and end of life care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and conditions. 



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EventLiterary Event: Alison Booth
Date & Time      Thursday 31st May @ 6:00pm
VenueThe Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$15. Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


'This is a love story - of the love between a man and a woman, and between a mother and a daughter. The themes are contemporary - female friendship, single parenthood, the nature of memory, and above all middle-class domestic violence.  

The story is also a tale of redemption, of new hopes and fresh beginnings.' 

A Perfect Marriage is an enthralling new book by Alison Booth, author of the critically acclaimed  Stillwater Creek , The Indigo Sky , and A Distant Land

Nicole Alexander says of A Perfect Marriage

'Alison Booth captures the magnificence of female friendships and the tragedy of a disastrous marriage in a narrative that has the most satisfying of conclusions, hope.'



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Hugh Mackay
Date & Time      Wednesday 2nd May @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Australia's most respected and experienced social researcher, Hugh Mackay, believes something is wrong with the state of the nation and in the lives of its citizens.  An unprecedented run of economic growth has failed 

to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted.

Yet Hugh Mackay remains optimistic and determined to be part of the solution. He offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate society and a call to action to everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all. 



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Event Literary Event: Debra Oswald
Date & Time       Thursday 26th April @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $30. Bookings Essential
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

The Whole Bright Year is an intense, seductive new novel from the creator of Offspring, and master Australian storyteller, Debra Oswald. 

Debra is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the creator/head writer of the first five seasons of the TV series Offspring. Her other television credits include Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour, Bananas in Pyjamas and award-winning episodes of Police Rescue. Debra?s stage plays have been produced around Australia and she also writes for a younger audience. Her first adult novel, Useful , was published in 2015.

How do we protect the people we love? 

The Whole Bright Year is underpinned by the Greek mythology of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. It's a story about the urge to safeguard the people we love but still allow them to go out into the perilous world. A mother protecting her daughter, children shielding their parents from pain, a sister trying to rescue her brother, young lovers yearning to save each.



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Event Centennial Supper Club with Michael Pembroke
Date & Time       Wednesday 4th April @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Michael Pembroke is a writer, historian, and naturalist. He has been a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales since 2010.

Michael is the author of the acclaimed historical biography Arthur Phillip - Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and runner-up in the National Maritime Museum history award. 

His most recent book is Korea - Where the American Century Began.

'A brilliant and topical book - No book could be more timely or with warnings more necessary to heed, if history is not to be repeated. North Korea is an impossible country to understand, unless you start by reading a book like this.' 

Geoffrey Robertson QC, author of Crimes Against Humanity



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Event Literary Event: Sally Hepworth
Date & Time       Friday 2nd March @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $30. Bookings Essential
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Sally Hepworth has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the U.K. and Canada, where she worked in event management and Human Resources. While on maternity leave, with her second child, Sally wrote the best-selling novel The Secrets of Midwives

Her new novel The Family Next Door is a novel brimming with power and intrigue. The safest suburbs often hold the deepest secrets. Such is the case for Essie, a mother of two. In a moment of maternal despair she once made a terrible mistake, one she will always regret. Her neighbours in Pleasant Court have their own issues. Driven and organised, Ange appears to have everything under control, except perhaps her husband. Practical, intellectual Fran can't stop running. For exercise, or something else?  One day in February during an unprecedented Melbourne heatwave, someone new arrives. Isabelle is single and childless, when everyone else is married with kids. She is renting, when everyone else owns. Isabell's job is mysteriously vague. Strangest of all, Isabelle is very curious about her neighbours. Too curious, some might say. It soon becomes clear that Isabelle's choice of neighbourhood was no accident. And that her presence might bring even more secrets to light.



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Event Centennial Supper Club with Jacqui Lambie
Date & Time       Tuesday 27th February @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest, Jacqui Lambie has always stood out from the mainstream of Australian politicians. During her time in Parliament she was perhaps the most authentic, heartfelt and unscripted voice in the Senate. She's been a tireless and highly effective campaigner for the things she passionately believes in, such as a better deal for our military veterans and a better system of care for those afflicted by the scourge of ice addiction. These are real issues for her, things she?s lived through and not just hot-button issues raised by focus groups. So, for anyone who knows Jacqui, her resignation from the Senate is just an interruption in her unique career representing Australians who've previously had little access to the corridors of power: the veterans, the single mums, the welfare recipients, the families of ice addicts.


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Event Literary Event: Christopher Lawrence
Date & Time       Wednesday 14th February @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $30. Bookings Essential
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Christopher Lawrence presents
A Symphony of Seduction
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Christopher is one of Australia's favourite radio personalities, best known for presenting ABC Classic FM's Breakfast and Drive programs and ABC Classic FM's Mornings show. 

"Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love." Romantic composer Hector Berlioz should know. He didn't just hear the symphony when he fell in love with an Irish actress back in 1827, he wrote it. What was love like for the people who could really feel that song coming on? Symphony of Seduction tells of the romantic misadventures, tragedies and occasional triumphs of some of classical music's great composers, and traces the music that emerged as a result.

For the eccentric Erik Satie, love came just once - and even then, not for long. Robert Schumann had to take his future father-in-law to court to win the right to marry. Hector Berlioz planned to murder a two-timing fiancée while dressed in drag, and Richard Wagner turned the temptation of adultery into a stage work that changed the course of music while rupturing his own marriage. Debussy's love triangle, Brahms? love for the wife of his insane mentor - all find expression in works we now consider to be some of the summits of creative achievement.

Christopher Lawrence takes what we know about these love-crazed geniuses and adds a garnish of imagined pillow talk to recreate stories that are ultimately stranger than fiction - and come with a great soundtrack.


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Event Book Signing Session: Jimmy Barnes
Date & Time       Friday 1st December @ 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Venue The Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576


It's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book. Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives - from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan. In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel. A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction; this self-penned memoir reveals how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia's greatest rock'n'roll story. But beyond the combustible merry-go-round of fame, drugs and rehab, across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years - this is a story about how it's never too late to try and put things right.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Peter Fitzsimons
Date & Time       Tuesday 14th November @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $50 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Peter Fitzsimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 30 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun Herald. He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including Kokoda, Ned Kelly and Gallipoli, as well as biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history. His latest book is Burke & Wills The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's most famous Explorers.


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Event Literary Event: Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Date & Time       Thursday 2nd November @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $30. Bookings Essential
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Kerri-Anne Kennerley is Australia's queen of television. But behind the glamour of a public life is a private woman. Her memoir A Bold Life is the tale of a Sandgate girl who chased her dream of being a cabaret star to New York, only to find herself stranded in a violent marriage to a dangerous drug addict. It's the journey of a unique and driven woman who built a remarkable 50-year career in one of the most fickle and male dominated industries of all and instigated some of the most iconic moments in Australian TV history along the way.

Yet away from the spotlight Kerri-Anne has stared down a series of personal crises with grace and dignity, the latest in 2016 when a freak fall left John, her devoted husband of 33 years, a quadriplegic. On their long road to recovery, Kerri-Anne found herself reflecting on a lifetime's memories, good and bad.


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Event Literary Event: Noelene Brown
Date & Time       Wednesday 25th October @ 6:00pm
Venue The Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $15 Bookings Essential
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Noeline Brown in-conversation with Simon Marnie

The sixties was a decade of safari suits, shift dresses, capri pants and droopy moustaches. Of French onion soup, junket, tripe and Bloody Marys. Of success on the world's sporting stage and of social and political stirrings at home, as Baby Boomers and their parents began to see the world differently.

In the new book Living the 1960s award-winning and much loved actor Noeline Brown provides a colourful social history on what life was really like in 1960s Australia. Told with her trademark dry sense of humour and storyteller's gift, Noeline explores the politics, sport, arts, social tribes, music, fashion, women and family, and city life that defined the era. 

Living the 1960s paints a picture of a decade that didn't just swing - it twisted, stomped and screamed. For Noeline, as for a generation of Australians, it was the most important decade of her life.

Living the 1960s is a trip down memory lane for Australians who experienced the sixties and an entertaining social history for those who want to know what it was like to live it.


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Event Literary Event: Morning Tea with Sofie Laguna
Date & Time       Friday 13th October @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $30 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


We invite you to join Sofie Laguna, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award for her book Eye of the Sheep ,  as she discusses her gripping new book The Choke .

Set in early 1970s Australia, The Choke is a brilliant and haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power, guns and violence. Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow it seems they might touch - a place of staggering natural beauty.

But the river can't protect Justine from danger. Her father is a criminal, and the world he exposes her to can be lethal. Justine has to make sense of it on her own - and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do.

The Choke is a compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in trouble. Sofie Laguna once again shows that she is a writer of originality and blazing talent.

Join us for Morning Tea at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant on Friday 13 October at 10:30am. Tickets $30. Bookings Essential.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Jane Harper
Date & Time       Wednesday 27th September @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $50 (incl one course + glass of wine) 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Jane Harper is the multi award winning author of the best-selling crime novel The Dry. Jane won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for The Dry in 2015. The debut novel went on to win the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and General Fiction Book of the Year, and the Indie Book of the Year and Indie Debut of the Year.  Rights to The Dry have been sold to over twenty-five countries with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.

Jane's new novel Force of Nature sees the return of Federal Police officer Aaron Falk, this time facing a fresh mystery in the wilds of the Australian bushland.



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Event Centennial Supper Club with Petrea King
Date & Time       Thursday 14th September @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $50 (incl one course + glass of wine) 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Petrea King is the CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation. Petrea came to the forefront of wellness education after overcoming acute myeloid leukaemia in her early thirties. Motivated by her own experiences, she founded the Quest for Life Foundation to support people suffering devastating physical and mental illnesses. She sees crisis as a catalyst for personal growth, understanding, healing and peace. Up Until Now is her inspirational tale of how she overcame her own challenges to dedicate her life to others. 

" The wisdom Petrea imparts, and her compassion and sensitivity, have helped hundreds of thousands of people, providing them with hope in troubled times." - Tony Delroy



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Event Centennial Supper Club with Tony Jones
Date & Time       Wednesday 16th August @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $50 (incl one course + glass of wine) 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Tony Jones is one of Australia's most respected journalists. After an ABC cadetship, he joined the television program Four Corners as a reporter in 1985, and then went to Dateline at SBS in 1986. He subsequently was an ABC foreign correspondent, for a time in London and later Washington, and for many years presented the ABC TV current affairs program Lateline. Today he hosts the ABC's public affairs program Q&A.

Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in The Twentieth Man, his first novel.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Gail Kelly
Date & Time       Sunday 13th August @ 12:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets See description below 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Join us for this very special event with Gail Kelly, the first female CEO of one of Australia's big four banks, and one of our finest, most innovative thinkers on leadership and workplace culture. Gail will share the inspiring personal story of how she started as a Latin teacher and mother of four (including triplets) to become one of the world's most prominent business people, as well as give a practical insight into the valuable lessons she's learned about the importance of leading with courage, putting people first, backing yourself, and placing your family above all things.

LUNCH ~ 2 COURSES & GLASS OF WINE

TICKETS - $95PP - Lunch + copy of Gail's book  Live: Lead: Learn. My Stories of Life and Leadership.

or $70PP LUNCH ONLY


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Event Literary Event: Ailsa Piper & Tony Doherty
Date & Time       Wednesday 12 July @ 11:00am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $30 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


"Dear Ailsa, Sometimes I wonder whether the friendship that has caught us both-a most unlikely friendship I must confess-might find an echo in a far off Irish village somewhere in the wild, windy hills of old Donegal. Or am I allowing that uncontrollable imagination of mine too much slack"

When priest and Sydneysider Tony Doherty emailed Melbourne-based writer, actress and intrepid traveller  Ailsa Piper to say how much he had enjoyed her memoir Sinning Across Spain , he was met with a swift reply from a similarly enquiring mind. Soon emails were flying back and forth and back again. They exchanged stories of their experiences as sweaty pilgrims, dissected dinner party menus, discussed family and faith and friendship, and wrestled with what it means to love and to grieve. 

The correspondence of these most unlikely of friends has been collected in The Attachment , their letters, an entertaining and moving conversation and celebration about the big and the little things of life.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Rebecca Huntley
Date & Time       Thursday 20th July 2017 @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher, writer and broadcaster. Her recent book is Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People

For more than ten years, Rebecca has travelled the country from small country towns to big metropolitan cities gathering insight into how we feel about this country's past, present and future.

She has been in a uniquely privileged position inside our homes, workplaces, clubs, local cafes, men's sheds and community centres listening to thousands of Australian friends talk about their thoughts, concerns and anxieties on everything from interest rates to childcare, from FOMO to queue-jumping, and from hip surgery to Tinder dates. And after a decade of asking questions, listening to, and analysing the answers, Rebecca Huntley knows what Australians are really thinking. Are Australians still lucky is the question.



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Event Centennial Supper Club with Mia Freedman
Date & Time       Thursday 15th June 2017 @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Mia Freedman is a writer, broadcaster, author and co-founder and creative director of the Mamamia Media Company, Australia's largest women's digital media and podcast company. Mia hosts two podcasts, makes regular appearances on TV and radio, and is the author of four books. In her newest book Work Strife Balance Mia shares with refreshing honesty personal stories of her career, successes, setbacks and lessons learned.

" At Mamamia we call it FLEARNING - failing and learning. Learning through failing. In my teens, 20s, 30s and 40s, I've done a lot of both."


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Event Centennial Supper Club with David Marr
Date & Time       Wednesday 10th May 2017 @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who has written for the Guardian Australia, The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and the National Times. He was a presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch and appears on Insiders and Q&A. David is the author of numerous biographies and books on Australian politics. 

In the new Quarterly Essay, The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race, David looks at Australia?s politics of fear, resentment and race and prejudice.

David Marr will be joined in conversation by journalist William Verity.



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Event Meet The Author: Stephanie Darling
Date & Time       Friday 28th April @ 6:00pm
Venue The Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $15 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634
Former Vogue Australia Beauty Director Stephanie Darling reveals her Secrets Of A Beauty Queen in-store at The Bookshop Bowral.

Tickets: $15 includes wine and canapes. 
Bookings Essential.

Call The Bookshop Bowral on 4862 1634
or email books@thebookshopbowral.com.au


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Dame Quentin Bryce
Date & Time       Thursday 27th April 2017 @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland and Australia.

As Australia's first female Governor-General, Quentin Bryce handwrote fifty or so letters each week. They were to people she had met and connected with as her role took her from palaces to outback schools, from war zones to memorials, from intimate audiences to lavish ceremonies.

Generous, witty and always heartfelt, Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General is a rich collection of the letters Quentin Bryce wrote and received during her term.

Quentin Bryce will be in-conversation with Hugh Mackay.

All royalties are being donated to support the life-changing research at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Huw Kingston
Date & Time       Thursday 30th March 2017 @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Adventurer and environmentalist Huw Kingston entertains with stories from his book Mediterranean - a year around a charmed and troubled sea .

In 2014-2015 Huw circumnavigated the Mediterranean by kayak, foot, rowboat and bike from Gallipoli back to Gallipoli - a 12 month, 17 country journey of 13,000km. A fascinating story of adventure travel, endurance and above all the power of human kindness at a time of turmoil around that sea.

Huw is an ambassador for Save the Children and has numerous awards including the Australian Geographic Spirit of Adventure Award and was named one of Time Magazine's 25 Worldwide Responsibility Pioneers.



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Event Meet The Author: Tina Allen
Date & Time       Wednesday 15th March @ 6:00pm
Venue The Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $12 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Bill Gibson: Pioneering Bionic Ear Surgeon is the biography of a distinguished ear, nose and throat surgeon, who is world expert in Menière's disease and cochlear implant surgery.  In 1984, he restored the hearing of two young women who were some of the first to receive the commercialised bionic ear, pioneered by Professor Graeme Clark and his team in Melbourne in 1978. Three years later, in 1987 Professor Gibson operated on the first paediatric recipient in the world of the bionic ear. 

Tina Allen worked as a medical scientist for ten years before becoming a medical writer and editor. Over the past twenty years she has written feature stories for GP magazines, edited a peer-reviewed medical journal and most recently worked as the consultant medical writer for a division of Ramsay Health Care. Tina lives with her family on a farm near Berrima and this is her first book. 

Join us in-store for a glass of wine and canapes to hear Tina talk about the inspirational subject of her biography. 



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Event Centennial Supper Club with Caroline Baum
Date & Time       Thursday 9th March 2017 @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Caroline Baum is a respected journalist and presenter. She has worked for the BBC, ABC, Time Life Books, Vogue magazine (UK and Australia), and was the founding editor of Good Reading magazine. Much in demand as a presenter at writers' festivals across Australia and Caroline has  interviewed many of the world's top international authors. 

Caroline is a regular contributor to national media and her writing has appeared in two anthologies: My Mother My Father and Rebellious Daughters. She is the recipient of the Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2015. Her new book is Only A Singular Memoir.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Mark Colvin
Date & Time       Thursday 2nd February 2017 @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Mark Colvin is the voice of ABC Radio's leading current affairs program PM. He has been covering local and global events for more than four decades, reporting on wars, royal weddings and everything in between. Mark was witness to some of the most world-changing events but when he contracted a life-threatening illness while working in the field, his life changed forever and he returned to Australia as presenter of PM in 1997, a job he has continued to do despite three years on dialysis and a successful kidney transplant.

In the midst of all this he discovered that his father was an MI6 spy.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Adam Liaw
Date & Time       Thursday 8th December @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Adam Liaw is one of Australia?s favourite foodie celebrities and former winner of Masterchef. A former lawyer, Adam worked in the corporate world for more than a decade before a career change to the culinary world. He hosts the popular SBS television food and travel series Destination Flavour, Destination Flavour: Japan, and Destination Flavour: Scandinavia, is the author of numerous  cookbooks and regularly contributes to the Sydney Morning Herald  and various magazines.

His new cookbook THE ZEN KITCHEN shows the family cook how easy it is to create healthy, delicious Japanese meals at home.


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Event Morning Tea with Fiona McIntosh
Date & Time       Wednesday 23rd November @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $25 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

In England's northern capital of York, birthplace of some of the most famous chocolate brands in the world, passionate, forward-thinking Alexandra Frobisher longingly dreams of a career in a time when women of her status were expected to simply marry into a wealthy family and bear children.

While the men of York are fighting in France during the Great War, at home the women are busy supporting the war effort. Alex finds herself volunteering in the heart of the Rowntree chocolate factory packing tins to be sent to the soldiers fighting for their lives, and their country, on the front line.

At the end of the war Captain Henry Blake discovers a chocolate tin on a dead soldier in the trenches in France and inside a note that his sweetheart has lovingly sent him. He feels compelled to return the chocolate tin and its love letter to its sender. His search to find the sender takes him to York.

The Chocolate Tin is a sensuous novel about family duty, honour and the intoxication of forbidden love; and chocolate.

Fiona McIntosh enjoyed a long career in the travel industry before becoming an author, and continues to travel the world for inspiration. The Chocolate Tin took her all over Europe to the famous chocolate destinations of Belgium, Bruges, Switzerland and Austria, as well as the battlefields of Northern France. It was when she visited York Chocolate Museum and discovered a chocolate tin from the front line, and learnt of its origin, that her story really took its hold.



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Event Centennial Supper Club with William McInnes
Date & Time       Wednesday 16th November @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

William McInnes, entertainer and author, takes a look at the Aussie obsession with sports and pop culture in his latest book Full Bore.

A chance encounter in an auction house is the jumping-off point for William's inimitable take on our sport-obsessed nation, Australian popular culture and the artefacts and memorabilia that both make us cringe with recognition and laugh with warm affection. His trademark humour and anecdotes litter this collection of truly Aussie stories: about us, and about the things - and the people - in our lives.



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Event Morning Tea with Holly Throsby
Date & Time       Thursday 13th October @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $25 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

"It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped."

Goodwood (a fictional town set very close to Bowral) is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It's a place where it's impossible to keep a secret.

In 1992 when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood's most popular resident, Bart MacDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes back. In Goodwood, people don't just disappear...

Holly Throsby is a Sydney-based songwriter and musician. She  has a distinctive lyric and a distinctive voice and has brought both to GOODWOOD, her first novel, to create something truly special.

Bookings essential.


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Hannah Kent
Date & Time       Thursday 6th October @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

Hannah Kent is the author of the best- selling novel Burial Rites, the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last person to be executed in Iceland. Hannah won the inaugural Writer Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award and since its publication in 2013, Burial Rites has been translated into nearly thirty languages and has received numerous awards and nominations. Hannah is also the co-founder of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings.

Her new novel is The Good People, a  story of three women brought together by strange and troubling events in Ireland in 1825.




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Event Centennial Supper Club with Sulari Gentill
Date & Time       Thursday 15th September @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Not so long ago, award winning author Sulari Gentill was a corporate lawyer serving as a director on public boards, with only a vague disquiet that there was something else she was meant to do?other than turning off the iron. That feeling did not go away until she began to write. And so Sulari became the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, historical crime novels set in the politically tumultuous 1930s, and the Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world. Sulari won the 2012 Davitt Award for Crime Fiction and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Fiction.


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Event Morning Tea with Liane Moriarty
Date & Time       Wednesday 17th August @ 10:30am
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $25 
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634

What if they hadn't gone? That's the question Clementine can't stop asking herself. It was just an ordinary backyard barbeque. They didn't know their hosts that well. They could easily have said no.

But she and her husband Sam said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn't do that beautiful winter's day.

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It's a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

Liane Moriarty is the author of six bestselling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

Join us for morning tea at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant to hear Liane Moriarty talk about her new book Truly Madly Guilty .

Bookings Essential


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Event Book Launch: The Falls by B. Michael Radburn
Date & Time       Sunday 24th July @ 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue The Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $12 // RSVP by Thursday 21st July.
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634
Join Southern Highlands author B. Michael Radburn for an afternoon of wine, cheese and great storytelling.


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Event Literary Event: Tim Winton
Date & Time       Sunday 9th October @ 12:00pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $90 [includes glass of wine, main meal
& copy of 'The Boy Behind The Curtain
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Join us for a very special event with Tim Winton as he talks about boyhood adventures, movies and road-trips, family and faith, art and writing and reveals the real characters and events behind his novels.

Sunday 9th October - 12pm for 12:30pm

Tickets $90 includes a glass of wine, main meal and a copy of 'The Boy Behind the Curtain'

Bookings Essential.  Call The Bookshop Bowral on 4862 1634 or email thebookshop@iprimus.com.au


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Event Centennial Supper Club with Richard Fidler
Date & Time       Wednesday 27th July @ 6:30pm
Venue Centennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets $45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings        Please phone 02 4862 1634


Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler, an in-depth, up close and personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. He's interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world. In another life Richard was a member of Austra