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2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
(03) 52897052 www.greatescapebooks.com.au

January 2019

Booked Out: Australia Day: Toni Jordan and Hannie Rayson with The Fragments (Free Event)

January 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for a sparkling evening with Toni Jordan and Hannie Rayson

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March 2019

The Rip with Mark Brandi in-conversation with Mark Smith

March 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Event: 7.30pm Saturday March 23 @ Great Escape Books We are very excited to be presenting an evening with authors Mark Brandi (Wimmera) and Mark Smith (The Road to Winter trilogy) as they explore The Rip- Mark Brandi's masterful new urban crime novel, set in inner Melbourne. Venue: Great Escape Books Free event with wine and champagne. RSVP essential on 52897052 or [email protected] More about... Mark Brandi Mark Brandi's bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut…

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April 2019

Children’s Storytime: Meet author Meredith Costain

April 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Meet the author of much-loved Ella Diaries and Olivia's Secret Scribbles at Great Escape Books this school holidays! Meredith will be talking about all things Ella and Olivia, there will be book signings and giveaways. When: 11am Thursday 11 at Great Escape Books Suitable ages 5-12. Free event but bookings required. RSVP with mobile ph number and number of children to: [email protected] or bookshop on 52897052

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Storytime Event- Sleep Tight Platypup with author Renee Treml

April 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for a very special story-time with Renee Treml who will read her beautiful new book, 'Sleep Tight, Platypup'. There will be songs, storytime, chocolate treats and much more. Suitable all ages from your very little ones to big people! Also... There will be lots of giggles as as a special treat, Renee will be showing us her very funny brand-new book for bigger kids... 'Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery' When the world's most valuable gemstone goes…

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Booked Out- Easter: Graeme Simsion and The Rosie Result

April 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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EASTER…. Champagne Evening with Graeme Simsion and The Rosie Result on Easter Sunday: 7.30pm Sunday April 21 Join bestselling author Graeme Simsion as he speaks on the hilarious and thought-provoking The Rosie Result, the triumphant final instalment of the much-loved Rosie trilogy. Free event with complimentary wine RSVP essential with mobile contact details E:[email protected] or bookshop 52897052

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Blood and Dust: Crime Literary Lunch with Maryrose Cuskelly, Chris Hammer and Michael Cathcart

April 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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THE SUNDAY LITERARY LUNCH SERIES presents... We are delighted to present our second Sunday Literary Lunch Series, now in its third year. Join us for a fascinating lunch with Maryrose Cuskelly and Chris Hammer as they each discuss the depths of the human psyche and all things crime with Michael Cathcart . A three course gourmet lunch and a copy of one of the books under discussion is included in your ticket price. (The other author's book will be available…

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June 2019

The Orchardist’s Daughter with Karen Viggers

June 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join bestselling author Karen Viggers at Great Escape Books with her stunning new novel The Orchardist’s Daughter. Karen Viggers is a wildlife veterinarian who has worked in many parts of Australia and Antarctica. Karen’s first three novels, The Stranding (2008), The Lightkeeper’s Wife (2011) and The Grass Castle (2014) have been translated into several languages and have sold over 800,000 copies. 7.30pm Saturday June 1 at Great Escape Books Complimentary wine and nibbles Free Event but RSVP essential : ph:52897052…

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Land of Fences Book Launch with Mark Smith and Jock Serong @ Little Feast, Aireys

June 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for the much anticipated coastal launch of Land of Fences by Mark Smith. Jock Serong (On the Java Ridge, Preservation & more) will be launching the Land of Fences, the magnificent final book in the bestselling The Road to Winter trilogy by Mark Smith. 7pm Sunday June 9: Little Feast restaurant - upstairs function room, 85 Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet Both Mark and Jock will be available to sign their books and chat with you personally. Free…

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Sherlock Bones Comic Strip Workshop with Renee Treml – Queens Birthday Weekend

June 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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11am June 10 Create great bad guys and other memorable characters! Based on Renee Treml’s exciting new book, Sherlock Bones and The Natural History Museum, learn how to tell your own story in pictures in this great hands-on Comic Strip Workshop. Perfect for ages 6 – 14 years. To book: $15/ticket+book incl and/or siblings get in free. RSVP: Bookshop 52897052 or email:[email protected] with mobile contact. Venue: Captain of Aireys Restaurant (Welcoming families to stay for lunch afterwards)

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June Sunday Literary Lunch with Monica Tan, Tony Birch & Hannie Rayson

June 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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THE SUNDAY LITERARY LUNCH SERIES presents... We are thrilled to present our June literary lunch series, now in its third year. Join us for an enthralling long lunch with Monica Tan, author of Stranger Country, and Tony Birch, who will be speaking on his new novel, The White Girl. Both will be in-conversation with author and playwright Hannie Rayson. A three-course gourmet lunch and a copy of one of the books under discussion is included in your ticket price. (The…

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July 2019

Children’s Storytime and Craft – 11am July 4 (Free event)

July 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for lots of fun reading the delightful new Kirsty Murray book, 'When Billy was a Dog. We will also be creating our very own 'doggie' puppets. RSVP- Free event but booking are essential - [email protected] or phone the bookshop on 52897052 Suitable all ages If you can't have a puppy, maybe the next best thing is to be a puppy. 'Can I please, please, please have a dog?' asked Billy. 'Would you walk it every day and wash…

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August 2019

Surfcoast Arts Trail- Our Featured Artists

August 10, 2019 - August 11, 2019
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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We are thrilled to be hosting 4 artists on the Surf Coast Arts Trail Weekend on Saturday August 10- Sunday August 11 from 10am -4pm View the wonderful works of: Paul Angeloni - Painter Oils Donna Davidson - Scratch Artist Jane Pittard- Painter Watercolour Susan Reddrop - Sculptor - Bronze and Glass Complimentary champagne while viewing the art all weekend. More about our artists Paul Angeloni Aireys Inlet artist, Paul Angeloni enjoys creating watercolours, oils and greeting cards of bush,…

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Booked Out:First They Erased Our Name Event – with Habiburahman & Gregory Day

August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Meet Habiburahman and hear him speak on the situation in Burma at our special combined bookshop- AIRAR event (Aireys Inlet Rural Australians for Refugees) Door Donation to AIRAR: $10.00 p.p. Wine and nibbles provided. All proceeds of book sales of First They Erased Our Name will be donated to AIRAR. Habiburahman was born in 1979 and raised in a small village in western Burma. When he was three years old, the country’s military leader declared that his people, the Rohingya,…

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September 2019

Children’s Storytime and Craft 11am Thursday September 26: Meet the author Stef Gemmill

September 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Children’s Storytime and Craft 11am Thursday September 26: Meet the author Stef Gemmill Joins us for our fun and interactive Storytime Event and Craft event with author Stef Gemmill with her new book 'A Home for Luna'. This is a beautiful story of hope with a lyrical text that explores the concept of lost and found. A free hands-on art/craft activity will follow the storybook reading with Stef Free event but bookings are essential. RSVP: [email protected] or Bookshop ph. 52897052…

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October 2019

Children’s Storytime and Craft 11am Wednesday October 2 Meet the author – illustrator Nicky Johnston

October 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Children’s Storytime and Craft 11am Wednesday October 2 Meet the author - illustrator Nicky Johnston Joins us for our magical Storytime Event and Craft event with author and illustrator Nicky Johnston with her new book Under the Same Sky. A free hands-on art/craft activity will follow the storybook reading with Nicky. Free event but bookings are essential. RSVP: [email protected] or Bookshop ph. 52897052 with mobile contact Suitable all ages. Two children on opposite sides of the world crave friendship. Is…

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7.30pm Saturday October 5 : Reading the Rocks of the Great Ocean Road Event- Written in Stone with Philomena Manifold

October 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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7.30pm Saturday October 5: Reading the Rocks of the Great Ocean Road Event- Written in Stone with Philomena Manifold Join us for a fascinating evening as Philomena Manifold explores our extraordinary coastline with a powerpoint presentation and talk based on her bestselling geology book, Written in Stone. Venue: Great Escape Books Free Event with complimentary wine and nibbles Book sale proceeds to FERMS (Friends of Eagle Rock Marine Park). RSVP Essential with mobile contact to [email protected] or ph. Bookshop 52897052…

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Oct 12: Nat Young and Jock Serong with Church of the Open Sky at Strapper Surf

October 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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7pm Saturday October 12: Nat Young & Jock Serong with Church of the Open Sky at Strapper Surf We are really thrilled to be hosting an event with legendary surfer Nat Young at Strapper Surf Aireys. Nat will be in-conversation with author Jock Serong about true stories of Nat’s surfing life – and the friends, foes and heroes he’s met along the way with his new memoir Church of the Open Sky. Surfing for Nat Young – and so many…

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An Afternoon with Elliot Perlman and Amanda Smith – Maybe the Horse will Talk

October 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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1.30pm Saturday October 26 An Afternoon with Elliot Perlman Join Elliot Perlman and Amanda Smith (ABC Radio National) as they discuss Elliot’s highly anticipated new novel, Maybe the Horse will Talk. Venue: Little Feast Function Room Tickets: $36.00 p.p. includes Maybe the Horse will Talk, a glass of lovely wine and a reserved seat. To Book: [email protected] or ph. 52897052 More about Maybe the Horse will Talk What if the only way to keep your job was to antagonise your…

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November 2019

Champagne Book Event- There Was Still Love with Favel Parrett & Mark Smith

November 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for a most magical evening with Favel Parret's highly anticipated new novel, 'There Was Still Love'. Favel will be in-conversation with with great local author Mark Smith (Road to Winter series). This special champagne evening is our keynote Melbourne Cup weekend event. Favel's previous books are the award-winning 'Past the Shallows' and 'When the Night Comes'. RSVP: This is a free event but bookings are essential. To book- E:[email protected] or ph. 52897052 Complimentary champagne, wine and nibbles.

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Literary Lunch with Garry Linnell and Michael Veitch with Michael Cathcart @ Little Feast

November 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for the final in our Literary Lunch Series for 2019. Now in its third year, hosted at Little Feast restaurant, the long lunch series is always a highly sought after event. This coming Sunday November 17 we will be having a long lunch with a historical emphasis, with authors Garry Linnell and Michael Veitch speaking with ABC RN Michael Cathcart, who is also a historian. More about our authors... Garry Linnell Garry Linnell is one of Australia’s most…

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January 2020

BOOKED OUT: Join Christian White and Mark Smith with Christian’s spellbinding novel, The Wife and the Widow @ Great Escape Books

January 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join Christian White and interviewer Mark Smith (author of The Road to Winter trilogy) as they discuss Christian's spellbinding new mystery novel, The Wife and the Widow. This is a free event with complimentary wine and champagne. RSVP essential for a place. There are three easy ways to book... Book at: E: [email protected].au PH: Bookshop 52897052. Web: Eventbrite Venue: Great Escape Books, Aireys Inlet. About Christian... Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child,…

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March 2020

Children’s Storytime: Izzy and Frank with author Katrina Lehman

March 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for Children's Storytime this coming Long Weekend. Izzy loved her island. But most of all, she loved Frank the seagull. Katrina Lehman will be reading from her stunning new picture storybook Izzy and Frank, with a hands-on children's activity following the reading. 11am Sunday March 8, 2020 at Great Escape Books Free event, but bookings essential to manage numbers. Book at: EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childrens-storytime-izzy-and-frank-with-katrina-lehman-tickets-97971484347 Or Email: [email protected] with names of the children (for name tags) and a mobile contact-…

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Event Update at Great Escape Books

March 14, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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All events are postponed until future notice - we will still be open 7 days and would love to see you, but large scale events and lunches will not be scheduled until the virus situation settles down.

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April 2020

Postponed: Children’s Storytime with Renee Treml and ‘Roo Knows Blue’.

April 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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We are super excited to be welcoming back author - illustrator Renee Treml with her wonderful new book Roo Knows Blue. Featuring all your favorite Australian animals, Roo knows the colour blue… but does she know other colours too? A book for kids to sing along with and help a silly kangaroo learn her colours. Venue: Great Escape Books, Aireys Inlet Date: 11am April 2, 2020 - Week 1 School Holidays This is a free event with a drawing activity…

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MY COUNTRY ALL GONE – POSTPONED: The White Men have Stolen it, with Dr Fred Cahir & Gregory Day

April 11, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join Dr Fred Cahir, Associate Professor in Aboriginal History, Federation University Australia, and author Gregory Day (A Sand Archive), for a fascinating and enlightening afternoon as they delve into the little known history of the invasion of Wadawurrung by the Ngamadjidj – the white strangers from the sea. My Country All Gone is a culmination of 30 years archival research that chronicles the three waves of invasion in the region from 1800 to1870 by the Ngamadjidj. – the white strangers…

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April 2021

Children’s Storytime & Art with Jackie Hosking

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Children’s Storytime and Art with Renee Treml

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Children’s Storytime & Art with Kaye Baillie

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join author Kaye Baillie for a great fun Storytime session as she reads from When the Waterhole Dries Up. and Boo Loves Books. Afterwards we will create something special to take home. Booking fee to secure you place: $5.00 per child. (Fully redeemable on book purchases) Book at Great Escape Books - 5289 7052 or Eventbrite.

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May 2021

BOOKED OUT: Join Kirsty Manning for a Sparkling Champagne Evening with The French Gift

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Join us for our fabulous Mother's Day Weekend Event! A forgotten manuscript threatens to unravel the past … The French Gift is a spellbinding story of female friendship, longing and sacrifice through war and loss, bringing together the present and the past. Inspired by a true story of iconic French Resistance fighter, Agnes Humbert, whose secret journal shed light on a little-known aspect of World War II, The French Gift will captivate readers from beginning to unforgettable end. Kirsty's first…

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July 2021

Launch of The Velvet City with Isobelle Carmody – Bookshop Event

July 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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Mark Brandi & Favel Parrett with The Others – Bookshop Event

July 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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October 2021

Love Your Bookshop Day – Saturday October 11, 2021

October 11
Great Escape Books, 2/ 75 Great Ocean Rd
Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231 Australia
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What's Happening.... There is something for everyone, from young to the young at heart. Meet the Author... From 2pm we will be joined by author Mark Smith -Road to Winter Trilogy and his new novel, If Not Us). Mark will be chatting informally with you one-on-one about the Winter trilogy and his new novel If Not Us. He is will also be around to help you choose you next great new read! Giveaways... for every book purchased - see our…

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