Monthly Archives: April 2012

Watching the footy with a Miles Franklin listed author

‘Past The Shallows’ by Favel Parrett has been deservedly long-listed for this year’s Miles Franklin Award and I would expect it to make the short-list too! I had the pleasure of meeting Favel over dinner prior to her book being … Continue reading

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The joy of writing?

Writers often have a love/hate relationship with their work. One writer once said that the longest journey in the world is from the armchair to the typewriter. I recently came across this quote from Gloria Steinem. “I do not like … Continue reading

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Philip Bray chats with Dom Knight on ABC 702

When I chatted with Dom about crime/mystery novels I suggested that such writing is often underestimated. I’m not proposing that a Nobel Prize for Literature is imminent but unquestionably writers such as John Le Carre, James Lee Burke and Alan Furst, … Continue reading

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It’s our birthday! 43 years young!

Just before Easter 43 years ago we moved into 268 Darling St Balmain. We spent Easter slaving away to convert a dusty, dirty shoe repair shop and dry cleaning agency into a sparkling bookshop and we’ve been here ever since. … Continue reading

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Philip Bray farewells Margaret Whitlam

I first met Margaret and Gough Whitlam in the early 1970’s when Gough was Prime Minister and I was Deputy Mayor of Leichhardt. Over the years Margaret’s and my paths intersected, only occasionally, mainly at functions to do with books. Despite … Continue reading

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