Wow, what a week! I’ve just returned to Melbourne after a whirlwind trip around Sydney’s bookshops. I was lucky enough to meet dozens of readers and booksellers, all brimming with enthusiasm for books and reading.

I’d like to thank the amazing team at Random House — especially Dot Tonkin (who organised everything and picked me up from the airport) and Zoe Bechara (who looked after me so well and whisked me off to so many fantastic locations). I had a fantastic time and really appreciate all your hard work!

At The Children’s Bookshop, I participated in a wonderful event with publisher Zoe Walton, author Belinda Murrell and illustrator Tony Flowers. We spoke about our books to a huge crowd (approx. 80 people!) of young readers and their parents, followed by cupcakes, juice and pizza.

Speaking at The Children's Bookshop

Speaking at The Children’s Bookshop

Thanks so much to all who attended — it was a thrill to meet so many passionate readers.

I was also allowed a sneak peek at the Booktopia warehouse! It was fascinating to see how all the online orders are organised and prepared for delivery. Here I am in the warehouse (with bonus yellow safety vest):

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Exploring the Booktopia Warehouse

Throughout the trip, I signed plenty of copies of Chasing the Valley 1 and 2. If you’re after a signed copy, you can grab one from the following bookshops:

  • Lindfield Children’s Bookshop
  • Booktopia
  • The Children’s Bookshop (Beecroft)
  • Dymocks George St
  • Galaxy Bookstore
  • Kinokuniya
  • Better Read than Dead
  • Berkelouw Balgowlah
  • Berkelouw Mona Vale

I met so many lovely booksellers at these locations — thanks so much for having me!

To cap off a brilliant couple of days, I hopped aboard a ferry back to my hotel — only for the awesome ferry crew to invite me up to the cabin and give me a turn at steering the boat!

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Steering the ferry

What an amazing end to my adventure!