Monthly Archives: September 2011

No 1 Ladies’ Detective

Loved the first episode of Alexander McCall Smith’s No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series on ABCTV last night. True to the book, great casting, great cinephotography. Terrific Sunday night viewing – or reading!

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Neat books for commuters and travellers

Have you heard the one about the Dutch printer who had way too much bible paper? His big problem lead to a really neat idea for commuters and travellers. The thing about bible paper is that is good quality but … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s zipper?

Some years ago an unassuming elderly man regularly shopped at Brays for crime/mystery books. It took many months before we learnt that this ordinary man was actually someone quite extraordinary. Richard Goldner, a professional viola player, fled Nazi Germany and arrived … Continue reading

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Congrats to our winners

Congratulations to the winners of our ‘tell us about a book you love’ competition! # Deanna takes out the $100 Brays Books Voucher for her rave about The Perks of Being a Wallflower.. # rebelwithoutahorse takes a $20 Brays books Voucher … Continue reading

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The Cat’s Table (not James’)

The cat’s table on board a ship is where all the ‘undesirables’ are seated – as far away from the captain as possible. This is the table where Ondaatje’s 11 year old narrator, Michael, is seated along with an eccentric … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s NOT a hard life

 Being a bookseller presents many challenges and, happily, even more delights.I shared one of the delights with some fellow independent booksellers last weekend. There we were in beautiful sunshine enjoying an al fresco lunch with birdlife all around us in … Continue reading

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Our Newest Member Of Staff

All of us at Brays would like to introduce you to our newest, furriest member of staff. His name is Sir James and he can usually be found wandering through the shop just before his tea time.  He was quite … Continue reading

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Once bitten…

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris Our Hachette rep, Debbie has been asking me to read one of the Sookie Stackhouse books for quite some time. But vampire-lit is not my usual reading matter so I have been resistant. At … Continue reading

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Loving Australian Writing

                     Reflecting recently on new books I’ve really enjoyed, I realized a number of them were by Australian authors and all very “Australian” in quite different ways…. I was really moved and utterly engaged by winner of the PM’s … Continue reading

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Chatting with Robbie Buck on ABC 702

Last Tuesday night week I chatted with Robbie Buck on ABC 702. , about books of course! Robbie is great to talk with as he has a very quick mind and he reads a lot. I was reviewing three books which have been or … Continue reading

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