Monthly Archives: August 2011

Booksellers’ passions!

One of the most common topics of conversation among Brays staff (apart from books of course) is food! Naturally, cookbooks are perfect conversational fodder and we love to talk about recipes and books we’ve discovered. Several of us own or covet Yotam Ottolengnghi’s Plenty, and almost every week … Continue reading

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The new Kate Grenville novel

SARAH THORNHILL by Kate Grenville, Text Publishing, $39.95 “Sarah Thornhill” takes up the story of the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landholder on theHawkesburyRiverwho was the central character of “The Secret River”. As Sarah journeys towards womanhood, dark secrets and … Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh This is an incredibly moving love story full of wrong turns, dead-ends and heartbreak but which is ultimately redemptive – I couldn’t put it down! After a childhood spent in the foster care … Continue reading

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Fathers’ Day Sunday Sept 4th

Just a quick reminder – don’t forget Fathers’ Day. (Posted by a Dad!) (And Fathers’ Day is the 4th  not the 3rd as originally posted. Oops!)

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Even more Popular Penguins

At $9.95 each the stylish Popular Penguins have been, well, very popular. Another 26 titles are about to be published and we will feature a special display of them. Of course they are easy to see because of their original  Penguin … Continue reading

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Good Food Guide, special release date

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide is eagerly awaited each year by both chefs and eaters. I’ll be attending the awards night on Monday, Sept. 5th. It is always a glittering but rather tense night as the awards can make … Continue reading

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We are about to be flooded!

We are feeling both excited and a little apprehensive because this week we will be flooded with around 150 cartons of fabulous new releases. We will review some of these great titles at the end of the week and by … Continue reading

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

 Reading the back cover was like reading a list of my favourite things – jazz, 1930’s, New York City and cocktails.   With shades of The Great Gatsby, Amor Towles smoothly leads us through a ‘rags to riches’ and back to … Continue reading

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Books and films

I watched that classic film ‘The African Queen’ with some friends recently and it got me thinking about the huge number and variety of books that have been the basis of films. Jane Eyre (of course), James Bond, Amadeus, Harry … Continue reading

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How I Became A Famous Novelist

How I Became A Famous Novelist. -Steve Hely.    This is one of the funniest books I have read in a very, very long time. I had to read so many passages aloud after fits of uncontrollable laughter that my … Continue reading

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