Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John Le Carre I recently saw the film ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ and loved it – really worth seeing. But good as the film was I would rate it at about 25% compared to John Le Carre’s  wonderful books on … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Ross Gittins

I have long admired the thinking and writing of Sydney Morning Herald Economics Editor Ross Gittins. Even more so after his column this weekend in which he made the point that ‘What creates jobs is the spending of income’. I take … Continue reading

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Andre Brink

SBS2 recently ran a documentary on Andre Brink, a very fine writer and a very brave man. I had the pleasure of talking with Andre some time ago. He was a strong opponent of apartheid and hence was the target of … Continue reading

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Netballers, country musicians and books

How wonderful it is that so many people from all walks of life enjoy the delights of books. And how sad it is that others don’t. Those of us who know the the joys and rewards of reading are the … Continue reading

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We Love Local Authors!

Here in Balmain we are lucky to have lots and lots of wonderful and talented local authors. There are far too many to list in one blog post but here are a few who have recently released books we love: … Continue reading

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Books, tennis and calendars

My initally reluctant return to work this year has now been transformed to great enthusiasm as I have looked at the wonderful books which are in the pipeline. March brings a great array of established and exciting new fiction writers, … Continue reading

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The Hare With the Amber Eyes

Although many of our customers have been full of praise for The Hare With the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, I still approached it with some trepidation. I had read a couple of negative comments to do with ‘coldness’ … Continue reading

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