Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tasting India

A few weeks ago I wrote about chatting with Christine Manfield at the SMH Good Food Guide Awards night and I mentioned then how fantastic her forthcoming book was. Well, now it is here on the shelves and it is … Continue reading

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Books we wouldn’t ‘normally’ read but are glad we did!

Perhaps we could dub this ‘the bookclub member’s syndrome’ or ‘the bookseller’s bonus’. It is when we start reading a book because we feel obliged to and then find ourselves immersed in a wonderful discovery. My recent ‘bookseller’s bonus’ is … Continue reading

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Do you know this man?

You might think “That’s Steve Martin, the actor” and you would be correct. But he is also Steve Martin the extremely talented writer and author of the novel ‘An Object of Beauty’! Steve the writer first came to my notice … Continue reading

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Paris To The Past: French history by train

I love this book. Ina Caro and her husband base themselves in a Paris apartment  and travel by train within and out of that great city. They visit and sometimes revisit Chartres, Reims, Versailles, Chantilly, Fountainbleu, Orleans and more – all day … Continue reading

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Indulge yourself

So you thought gluten free was another way of saying bland. Let me introduce Rowie Dillon and her new book ‘Indulge’. ‘Indulge’ has 100 flavour full gluten free recipes which will leave you licking your lips AND full of energy! Rowie … Continue reading

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What a week it’s been

It’s been a busy and exciting week at Brays. I’ve met up with authors Kate Grenville and Alexander McCall Smith. We’ve received over 150 cartons of great new release books, and expecting about the same next week! I’ve started ordering … Continue reading

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Catching up with Alexander McCall Smith

It was good to catch up again with Alexander McCall Smith today at a small reception for him in the boardroom of the Opera House overlooking a sparkling Sydney Harbour –  the shone today! Alexander is the author of the very popular … Continue reading

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Children’s Play in Balmain next Sunday

Next Sunday ( Oct 9th from 2pm ) ‘Bobby Joe King of the Sea’, a brand new piece of children’s theatre aimed at 4-8 year olds, will be performed at the Balmain Town Hall. Afterwards there will be workshops for … Continue reading

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My current favourite book

Get ready for a big rave! I love Spain, I love Spanish food and I especially like SIMPLE Spanish food. ‘Gourmet Pilgrim Spain’ has it all. Wonderful food you can prepare easily at home, more complex dishes that require some time … Continue reading

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Bricks or clicks?

Bricks or clicks? Is it better to buy through the internet or through local shops? I don’t think there is a ‘one size fits all’ answer to that question. Whatever and whenever we buy there are lots of factors to … Continue reading

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