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EventBook Signing Session: Jimmy Barnes
Date & Time      Friday 1st December @ 3:30pm - 5:00pm
VenueThe 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Peter Fitzsimons
Date & Time      Tuesday 14th 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


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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EventLiterary Event: Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Date & Time      Thursday 2nd November @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial 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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EventLiterary Event: Noelene Brown
Date & Time      Wednesday 25th October @ 6:00pm
VenueThe 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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EventLiterary Event: Morning Tea with Sofie Laguna
Date & Time      Friday 13th October @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Jane Harper
Date & Time      Wednesday 27th September @ 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

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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Petrea King
Date & Time      Thursday 14th September @ 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


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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Tony Jones
Date & Time      Wednesday 16th 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

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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Gail Kelly
Date & Time      Sunday 13th August @ 12:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
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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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EventLiterary Event: Ailsa Piper & Tony Doherty
Date & Time      Wednesday 12 July @ 11:00am
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Rebecca Huntley
Date & Time      Thursday 20th July 2017 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Mia Freedman
Date & Time      Thursday 15th June 2017 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with David Marr
Date & Time      Wednesday 10th May 2017 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventMeet The Author: Stephanie Darling
Date & Time      Friday 28th April @ 6:00pm
VenueThe 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Dame Quentin Bryce
Date & Time      Thursday 27th April 2017 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Huw Kingston
Date & Time      Thursday 30th March 2017 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventMeet The Author: Tina Allen
Date & Time      Wednesday 15th March @ 6:00pm
VenueThe 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Caroline Baum
Date & Time      Thursday 9th March 2017 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Mark Colvin
Date & Time      Thursday 2nd February 2017 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Adam Liaw
Date & Time      Thursday 8th December @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventMorning Tea with Fiona McIntosh
Date & Time      Wednesday 23rd November @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with William McInnes
Date & Time      Wednesday 16th November @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventMorning Tea with Holly Throsby
Date & Time      Thursday 13th October @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Hannah Kent
Date & Time      Thursday 6th October @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Sulari Gentill
Date & Time      Thursday 15th September @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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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EventMorning Tea with Liane Moriarty
Date & Time      Wednesday 17th August @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial 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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EventBook Launch: The Falls by B. Michael Radburn
Date & Time      Sunday 24th July @ 3:30pm - 5:30pm
VenueThe 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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EventCentennial Supper Club with Richard Fidler
Date & Time      Wednesday 27th July @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial 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 Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars, which played to audiences all over the world. 

In 2014, Richard and his son made a journey to Istanbul. Ghost Empire is the book of that journey. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred on the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son.


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EventMeet The Author: Belinda Grundy
Date & Time      Wednesday 20th July @ 6:00pm
VenueThe Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$12
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Are you an empty nester looking to downsize the family home? Sick and tired of maintaining it but feeling guilty about leaving?  Daunted by the mere thought of downsizing with no idea of just where to start?

Property stylist Belinda Grundy provides a roadmap on how to overcome the challenges in her book Rightsize Your Home. Her experience and qualifications in the niche property market  make her  uniquely placed to provide readers with very personal, well informed  advice on how  to survive a downsize from the family home.

Join us in store for a glass of wine and to hear Belinda talk about her book and some great case studies.


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Lucy Palmer
Date & Time      Thursday 14th July @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Over a decade ago, Lucy Palmer's beloved husband Julian died of cancer, leaving her alone to manage a farm south of Sydney and to raise their three young children. Her memoir A Bird on My Shoulder explores her experiences of love, death, loss, single parenting and growing older. This is a startlingly moving book and offers new and surprising ways to think about the worst that can happen to us and what it can mean. It is a way of making sense of the momentous experiences that Lucy says she has been privileged to live through, and an honest and inspiring account of putting the pieces back together and finding hope out of a seemingly hopeless set of circumstances.

Lucy Palmer is an award-winning journalist and documentary maker, writer and editor. She lives in the Southern Highlands with her children.



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EventEdible Pages with Somer Sivrioglu
Date & Time      Sunday 5th June @ 12:30pm
VenueBiota  
18 Kangaloon Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$70pp (incl two courses, bread + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

'Turkish people have a passion for eating well. While they are enjoying breakfast, they are planning dinner...' 

So plan a Sunday lunch Turkish style with Istanbul-born chef Somer Sivrioglu.

Somer runs the popular Efendy restaurant in Balmain. His cookbook Anatolia  explains the traditions and diversity of Turkish cooking from the great banquets of the Ottoman Empire to the spicy snacks of Istanbul?s street stalls, from epic breakfasts on the eastern border to seafood mezes on the Aegean coastline. 

For travellers itching to get a firsthand taste of Turkey, Somer also delves into the best places to eat and stay.



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Hugh Mackay
Date & Time      Thursday 2nd June @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Hugh Mackay is one of Australia's most respected authors and social researchers, with a career in social research spanning sixty years. His most recent book, Beyond Belief, takes on one of the biggest topics of our time: the declining role of religion in our society.

What Mackay uncoversis the waning attachment to a traditional idea of God but an enduring desire for a life of meaning. Through interviews with dozens of Australians who represent many different points on the spectrum of faith, Beyond Belief provides an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Sarah Ferguson
Date & Time      Thursday 5th May @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Sarah Ferguson is an ABC journalist. She is a reporter and presenter with Four Corners, has hosted 7.30 and won the Gold Walkley in 2011. Her book, The Killing Season Uncut, written with Patricia Drum, is based on the award-winning documentary series which aired in June last year.

Australians came to the ABC's The Killing Season in their droves, their fascination with the Rudd/Gillard struggle as unfinished as the saga itself. The Killing Season Uncut takes readers behind the scenes with new on-the-record material and telling insights into the key players of this dramatic period in Australian politics. It is a damning portrait of a party at war with itself: the personal rivalries and the bitter defeats that have come to define the Rudd/Gillard era.

In the same year that she worked on The Killing Season, Sarah Ferguson also wrote and presented Hitting Home, the landmark series on domestic violence.


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EventMorning Tea with Alexandra Joel
Date & Time      Wednesday 4th May @ 10:00am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Rd Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$25
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Join Alexandra Joel, editor, social historian and feature writer , as she talks about the story behind her scandalous great-grandmother, Rosetta.

Headstrong and beautiful, in 1905 Rosetta escaped her safe Melbourne life, deserting her respectable husband and five-year-old daughter to run away with Zeno the Magnificent, a half - Chinese fortune teller and seducer of souls.

The pair reinvented themselves in London, where they beguiled European society and risked everything for a life of glamour and desire. Rosetta said she was American; Zeno claimed to be a brilliant Japanese professor. Together they attracted the patronage of famous writers, inventors and scientists, lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses. Empress Eugenie, the widow of Napoleon III, and Princess Charlotte, sister of Germany's last Kaiser, were among their greatest devotees.

Rosetta revelled in a life few women of her time would have dared to embrace, yet all the while she hid her secret shame: the daughter she had left behind.


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EventMeet The Author: David Dyer
Date & Time      Wednesday 6th April @ 6:00pm
VenueThe Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$12
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Just after midnight on 15 April 1912 the SS Californian saw eight distress rockets fired from the sinking Titanic, but unfathomably did nothing. What went wrong? One of the most famous catastrophes of the 20th century, the sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate to this day. Much less well known is the story of the ship that could have gone to her aid but didn?t. The Midnight Watch is a dramatic novel that brings to life what happened on this mysterious ship during those fateful hours. Why didn't the Californian's Captain Lord come out of his cabin? Why didn't Second Officer Herbert Stone wake the wireless operator? How could two such experienced men fail to act? And why did no one save the Sage family?

Starting with this historical incident, David Dyer has created an unforgettable character in John Steadman, a reporter for the Boston American. Steadman knows there's another story lurking behind the official one being touted by Captain Lord and Herbert Stone and is determined to uncover it.

The Midnight Watch is at once a heart-stopping mystery about the frailty of men, the strength of women, the capriciousness of fate and the price of loyalty.


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Tim Fischer
Date & Time      Thursday 7th April @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Tim Fischer is a retired politician who served as deputy prime minister of Australia for three years and as leader of the Australian National Party for 10. He entered Politics in 1971 and became Deputy Prime Minister in 1996, Ambassador to the Holy See in 2008 and is now a successful book author.

Tim has diverse interests, from bushwalking in Bhutan and around Tumbarumba,  also bike riding the Great Descent from Beechworth, to drinking white wine and reading second hand railway books, in between swimming, writing, family and charity work.

Pre Anzac 101 Tim will talk about his latest book Maestro John Monash Australia's Greatest Citizen General.


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EventEdible Pages with Doug Purdie
Date & Time      Sunday 10th April @ 12:30pm
VenueBiota Dining 
18 Kangaloon Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets

$70 pp incl. of two courses, bread & a glass of wine

Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

There's no doubt about it, bees have a bad rap. But many people don't realise that bees pollinate our food and without them we have a major problem. Self-described 'beevangelist' Doug Purdie shows us how easy it is to keep healthy and happy bees in our backyard or rooftop, how and when to harvest the liquid gold, and tempts the tastebuds with delicious recipes for all that honey. 

Join Doug at Biota Dining as he brings us the taste of golden riches.


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Meg & Tom Keneally
Date & Time      Thursday 10th March @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$45 (incl one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Tom Keneally, one of our most loved writers over a career spanning 50 years, and his daughter Meg, a journalist and writer, have collaborated and plotted brilliantly together to create a most memorable sleuthing duo. One of Australia's first novelists, a well-educated convict named James Tucker, inspired the title character of Tom Keneally's new crime fiction, The Monsarrat Series.

Tom enlisted the help of his daughter to bring the first novel in the series to fruition. Tom explains "I knew Meg had tried her hand at novel writing in secret,  and temperamentally she's very like me - except she has extraordinary industry....So while I didn't want to exploit my own child, I did offer it to her as a possibility."

Meg took up the challenge and the result is The Soldier's Curse - intriguing and entertaining crime fiction at its best.