Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Archibald Prize and Balmain

Did you see the lovely Sydney Morning Herald article about artist Mirra Whale, her mother Vara and Tom Uren? I felt quite emotional reading it because each of those people have a strong connection to Balmain and to Brays Books. … Continue reading

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Womankind – a new advertisement free magazine for Australian women

Just arrived is a new Australian magazine for women which is a stimulating mix of journalism, commentary, creativity, nature and ways to live a more fulfilling life. It is really quite beautiful and is substantial in content while still being … Continue reading

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I’ve BeenTravelling the World Through Books

               In  recent weeks I’ve been travelling across the world and through time and I’ve done it without leaving my lounge room – except for the occasional cup of coffee. I’ve travelled through books. Not travel guides or tales of … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Authors, Australian Books, Ben Ferguson, Crime and mystery fiction, Favel Parrett, Fiction, Michael Robotham, Miles Franklin Award, Philip Bray | 3 Comments

Books and their films

A few years ago I wrote an article for The Independent Book Guide about the high percentage of films which are based on books. I was reminded of this when visiting The Dendy cinema last weekend and discovered that two … Continue reading

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James Lee Burke, Tony Windsor and Fredrik Backman

Just a quick note about three great new books; one fiction, one crime fiction and one non-fiction.  Ove is a curmudgeonly old man but behind his gruff exterior lies a story and sadness. Things change when a young family move … Continue reading

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