Monthly Archives: March 2012

Miles Franklin Longlist. Local authors star!

This year’s Miles Franklin Award (Australia’s premier literary prize) longlist has just been announced and includes books from no less than four local authors! Apart from the locals the list includes other books which we loved and have been recommending and, … Continue reading

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Philip Bray on ABC 702 Next Tuesday

I’ll be talking to Dom on ABC 702 next Tuesday night. The time is usually about 8.20 pm. We will be talking about ‘getting an education through crime/mystery novels’ and of course I will be reviewing some recent releases in … Continue reading

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Inner West Is The Best!

As promised, here are a few words on some more fabulous local authors… We were delighted to receive a visit from Ned Manning this week; a long time Balmain resident who now lives in Melbourne. Ned has just published his memoir: … Continue reading

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A Few Words From James

Having just woken from a nap, I discovered Brays Books Blog had been tagged by Brona’s Books.  This means we have to post the answers to ten questions she has asked us. I am only a one paw typer but since it’s … Continue reading

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Indie Shortlist Judges Comments

Although Anna Funder’s wonderful debut fiction title All That I Am has won the overall prize for the Indie’s book of the year, a quick glance at some of the judges comments will reveal how difficult it is to choose … Continue reading

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The Indies Book of the Year! And the winner is……….

Each year independent booksellers around Australia vote for and contribute the prize money towards The Indies Book of the Year, showing their strong committment to promoting Australian literature. Previous winners include Breath -Tim Winton, Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey and The Happiest Refugee – … Continue reading

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The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

One of the many advantages of working in a bookshop is the advance reading copies that the publishing houses often send us. This month I had the pleasure of reading Anne Tyler’s latest book. It’s due for April release through Random … Continue reading

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Video games or books? Are games harmful?

Well it doesn’t have to be one OR the other. Books are fantastic but let’s face it some video games are amazing! Nonetheless it was interesting to read the comments from Douglas Gentile, a researcher into gaming addiction in children around the … Continue reading

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Book prices are down or should that be down,down,down!

The downward trend on book prices which we noted last year is, happily, continuing apace. The popular trade format (they’re the big ones) in fiction and crime/mystery fiction has dropped by 10 to 25%! This time last year books in this format … Continue reading

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Mad March Book Sale at Brays

Yes, it is on. Heaps of books at vastly reduced prices and if you buy 3 or more SALE BOOKS we give you a further 25% off! Most titles are one-offs so it is first in best dressed! AND our … Continue reading

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