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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Author Event at Meg's Bookshop

Meet and Hear

Olwyn Parker

Author of

"The Railway Dog"

The true story of an Australian Outback dog.

7 pm Thursday July 7th 2011
at Meg's Bookshop

90 Ellen Street, Port Pirie, SA

RSVP by 6/7/2011

Hope to see you there!!

Contact Meg's Bookshop for more information:

Ph: (08) 8632 1590            Fax: (08) 8632 1580

Celebrating 20 Years in 2011!!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

March Newsletter 2011

The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children Book #6
by Jean M. Auel
The triumphant finale of the hugely successful Earth's Children series.
THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers.
Once again, Jean Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived thousands of years ago, rendering the terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity and daily lives of Ice Age Europeans as real to the reader as today's news.

DUMMIES 20th Anniversary Promotion
When you buy any of the DUMMIES range, you could win a share in $20,000 in cash and prizes.

Come in and inspect our great range now.


You are invited to
the launch of
"A mirage in the desert?
The discovery, evaluation and development of the Olympic Dam ore body at Roxby Downs, South Australia, 1975-88".

Geoff Brock, the Member for Frome, will officially launch the book.

The Publication:
This publication will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history and development of South Australia. The book expertly covers all the issues which the developers of this famous ore body had to contend with, including politics, geology, Aboriginal rights, and access to the Woomera Prohibited Area.

The Author:
R. Keith Johns was the Deputy Director of the SA Department of Mines and Energy during the development of the Olympic Dam ore body, and was the Director General from 1983 until retirement in 1992.
A geologist by profession, Keith Johns was mentored by Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ben Dickinson, and his many publications include "Uranium Exploration in South Australia" (1990) and "Uranium in South Australia - Politics and Reality" (2005).

7pm, 23rd March, 2011

Meg's Bookshop
90 Ellen Street
Port Pirie

RSVP: by 5pm, 22nd March, to Meg's Bookshop
Phone: (08) 8632 1590 or Email;

If you can't attend the book launch but would like a copy of this book, please phone or email Meg's Bookshop.
Price is $25 plus $6 postage.

Fiona McCallum
author of

will be speaking at the following locations:

6th April: at Cleve Hotel, 1pm.
                 Ring Cleve Library for details on (08) 8628 2607

7th April: at Kimba Library, 4pm for Afternoon Tea.
                 Ring (08) 8627 2221 for details.

13th April: at Port Augusta Public Library, 7pm.
                 Ring (08) 8641 9151 for details.

14th April: at Meg's Bookshop, 7pm.
                 Ring (08) 8632 1590 for more details.

Promising Aussie author Fiona McCallum takes a leaf out of Rachael Treasure’s book with this Australian outback drama.Claire had almost forgotten her country roots. She is a city girl with an adoring husband, a chic townhouse and a high-flying corporate career. But when the police knock on her door one night with tragic news, her world is thrown into turmoil and she heads back to her family's farm.
There, in the rugged beauty of the Adelaide Hills, Claire starts to rebuild her life with her friends, her father and his beloved racehorses, including a promising colt called Paycheque. But just as she starts to find happiness, and perhaps even love, she is faced with a life-changing decision …
RRP $32.99


A Kingdom Besieged: Chaoswar Saga Book #1
Raymond E. Fiest
Discover the fate of the original black Magician, Pug, and his motley crew of agents who safeguard the world of Trigia, as prophecy becomes truth in the first book of the last ever Midkemian trilogy. The Kingdom Besieged The Darkness is coming! The Kingdom is plagued by rumour and instability. Kingdom spies in Kesh have been disappearing - either murdered, or turned to the enemy side. Information has become scant and unreliable; but one thing appears clear. Dark forces are on the move! Since Pug and the Conclave of Shadows enforced peace after the last Keshian invasion, the Empire has offered no threat. But now factions are rising and Jim Dasher reports mobilizations of large forces in the Keshian Confederacy. As the men of the West answer the King's call to muster, Martin conDoin - left as caretaker of Crydee Keep - will suddenly be confronted with the vanguard of an invading army. He reminds himself that he is a year older than his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha, was when he stood firm against the Tsurani invasion, but Arutha had an army to command, and Martin is left with old men and young boys. Massive events are about to unfold, events which threaten the future of all human life in Midkemia!
RRP $49.99

Peter FitzSimons
The shipwreck of the Batavia combines in just the one tale the birth of the world's first corporation, the brutality of colonisation, the battle of good versus evil, the derring-do of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, love, lust, blood-lust, petty fascist dictatorship, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples and so much more. The story is set in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the long-boat across 2000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over, quickly deciding that 250 people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have. Quietly, he puts forward a plan to 40-odd mutineers how they could save themselves, kill most of the rest and spare only a half-dozen or so women, including his personal fancy, Lucretia Jansz - one of the noted beauties of Holland - to service their sexual needs. A reign of terror begins, countered only by a previously anonymous soldier Wiebbe Hayes, who begins to gather to him those are prepared to do what it takes to survive...hoping against hope that the Commandeur will soon be coming back to them with the rescue yacht. It all happened, long ago, and it is for a very good reason that Peter FitzSimons has long maintained that this is "far and away the greatest story in Australia's history, if not the world's."
RRP $49.95

Lost: The Floods Book #10
Colin Thompson
The Floods are back in their rightful place as rulers of Transylvania Waters and there is an enormous amount to do to bring the country out of the Dark Ages and into the twenty-first century. What does a country need more than anything to become part of the modern world? Well, it needs tons of things, including socks, PlayStations, genetically modified food and 73 varieties of sausage, but above all else it needs maps. Winchflat's new wife, Maldegarde Ankle, has been appointed Transylvania Waters's first ever Official Map Maker. What she discovers during her cartographic travels will astound, terrify, amuse and intrigue you. In remote caves she will find ancient fossils with enough DNA for Winchflat to re-create long-dead creatures. And in even more remote caves she will find the original inhabitants of Transylvania Waters - a long-lost race of Neolithic Accountants...
RRP $14.95

The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicle Book #2
Patrick Rothfuss
Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ...and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as The Name of the Wind, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must-read for all fantasy fans. Readable, engaging and gripping The Wise Man's Fear is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.
RRP $32.99

Kevin Paulsen
How one hacker took over the billion dollar cyber crime underground.
The word spread through the hacking underground like some unstoppable new virus: an audacious crook had staged a hostile takeover of an online criminal network that siphoned billions of dollars from the US economy.
The culprit was a brilliant programmer with a hippie ethic and a supervillain s double identity. Max Vision Butler was a white-hat hacker and a celebrity throughout the programming world, even serving as a consultant to the FBI. But there was another side to Max. As the black-hat Iceman , he d seen the fraudsters around him squabble, their ranks riddled with infiltrators, their methods inefficient, and in their dysfunction was the ultimate challenge: he would stage a coup and steal their ill-gotten gains from right under their noses.
Through the story of Max Butler s remarkable rise, Kingpin lays bare the workings of a silent crime wave affecting millions worldwide. It exposes vast online-fraud supermarkets stocked with credit card numbers, counterfeit cheques, hacked bank accounts and fake passports. Thanks to Kevin Poulsen s remarkable access to both cops and criminals, we step inside the quiet,desperate battle that law enforcement fights against these scammers. And learn that the boy next door may not be all he seems.
RRP $32.99

Michele Jaffe
Jane is found, near death, in a rosebush - a victim of hit and run. But as she's convalescing she realizes that her friends' stories and her memories of what happened that night aren't adding up. And now the only thing she does know is that one of her friends isn't so friendly. One of them tried to kill her. Sometimes the truth is a very thorny thing...
RRP $18.99

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Alexander McCall Smith
As the countdown to Mma Makutsi's wedding begins, all is not as it should be at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the weak against the strong, has reason to reflect on Rule No.3 of The Principles of Private Detection: never lie to the client. Apprentice mechanic Charlie seems to be avoiding certain important responsibilities. And as Mma Makutsi's big day approaches, her nemesis Violet Sephotho is casting her net wider: by standing for election which could spell trouble for the entire nation. But as friends and family gather under starry African night skies, it turns out that even the most perplexing of apparitions - and the most shocking of crimes - may yield to rational explanation. And, of course, to Mma Ramotswe's inimitable way with love, intuition and redbush tea.
RRP $34.99

The Little Dragon
Mem Fox & Roland Harvey
"Here is the church and here is the steeple. Here is the market and here are the people are the flames rising higher and higher!" A tiny sneeze, a puff of smoke, a washing line, and a major disaster! From internationally acclaimed picture book creators Mem Fox and Roland Harvey comes the enchanting tale of a little dragon's small mistake that sets his whole wide world on fire.
RRP $24.95

Specky Magee and the Best of Oz: Specky Magee Book #8
Felice Arena & Garry Lyon
The crowd roared as the ball rocketed into the back of the net. Specky collapsed on the ground, feeling useless and humiliated. He had never felt so out of his depth on a sporting field ...Specky has been selected to represent Australia in International Rules, taking on the Irish in a two-test competition. They're the best of the best that Australia has to offer, but can the boys learn to play with a new set of rules and perfect their skills with the round ball before the Irish team wipes the field with them? And is someone trying to sabotage the Aussie team's chances of winning? The pressure is on and Specky has some serious decisions to make about his future before he returns home. This trip to Ireland is definitely no holiday!
RRP $16.95

The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs
Christina Hopkinson
Mary Gilmour feels as though her life is going down a plug hole clogged with cornflakes and Play-Doh. Her job is part time but housework is full time, and she has no time at all for her two young sons. Mary is convinced that there is only one thing standing between her and organised contentment: his name is Joel and she's married to him. Since star charts have worked on improving the behaviour of their children, she designs an equivalent for her husband: a spreadsheet detailing every balled-up tissue, every sock on the floor, every wet towel on the bed. Although he has no idea of it, Joel has six months to prove that his credits outweigh his debits. Or else ...
RRP $32.99

Blood and Ashes: Joe Hunter Book #5
Matt Hilton
"Some may call me a vigilante. I think i've just got problems to fix."
Brooke Reynolds died in a car crash. Tragic accident, the police say. But her father knows otherwise. And he wants Joe Hunter to find the men responsible.
Trouble is, they find Joe first. The ensuing blood bath is only the beginning of a trial of death that leads right to the heart of a racist conspiracy.
Joe is on countdown: can he stop the plotters before they reduce the free world to ashes?
RRP $29.99

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales
Tamora Pierce
Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters and old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories will lead Tamora's fans, and new readers, into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.
RRP $22.99

One of Our Thursdays is Missing
Jasper Fforde
It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister? All is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, eager to prove herself worth of her illustrious namesake. The written Thursday is soon hot on the trail of her factual alter-ego, and quickly stumbles upon a plot so fiendish that it threatens the very BookWorld itself.
RRP $32.99

Dinosaurs in Action: Geronimo Stilton Book #7
Geronimo Stilton
The Pirate Cats have had their plans foiled by Geronimo Stilton time and time again, due to the help from Geronimo's friend Professor Volt. The Pirate Cats decide to better their odds by getting rid of Professor Volt; kidnapping him and leaving him in the Cretaceous Period - a time when the earth was occupied by dinosaurs! Geronimo and his friends must travel back in time 140 million years to save Professor Volt from literally becoming a part of history.
RRP $14.99