Category Archives: Biography

Growing Up in Balmain

John Thomson, known as Jack to his friends, was born in Balmain in 1927. Over the years Jack’s family have been continually asking him to write down his stories and memories about growing up in Balmain during the Depression and … Continue reading

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Peacock and Vine by A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book has been a staff favourite for quite some time now. So we were delighted to hear that she has a new (non-fiction) book due out in July that covers some of the areas explored … 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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Two great sailors – Flinders and Pellew

It’s a great month for sailors, real or wannabee, with these two fantastic biographies now available. You might not be familiar with Edward Pellew but he is thought to be the inspiration for Jack Aubrey in Patrick O’Brians wonderful ‘Commander’ … Continue reading

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Rod Stewart, Pete Townshend, Prince, Neil Young and John Lennon

What do these 5 people have in common? Obviously they are all musos but they also all have books recently written by them or about them. ‘The John Lennon Letters’ is edited and introduced by Hunter Davies, a well known journalist … Continue reading

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Two new non-fiction books – great gifts, Christmas fast approaches!

You might not know his name but Francis Birtles should be an Australian legend. He was a bushman, cyclist, motorist, soldier, sailor, photographer, author, movie-make and an unmitigated rogue. ‘The Scientists: An Epic of Discovery’ is beautiful hardcover book full of wonderful … Continue reading

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Anne’s Holiday Reading: Auster and Stegner

There’s nothing like a break away from the humdrum of daily life to be able to really lose yourself in a book – or two. Just 3 nights by the sea recently gave me this opportunity. I began reading Paul … Continue reading

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It has long been our policy at Brays to offer a great selection of top new releases at 20% off the recommended retail price – we believe in service and value! As we add newer arrivals older titles revert to … Continue reading

Posted in Australian, Australian Books, Biography, Crime and mystery fiction, Fiction, Gabrielle Lord, Gough Whitlam, Ian McEwan, J K Rowling, Jenny Hocking, Marian Keyes, Philip Bray, Sebastian Faulks, Stella Rimington, Val McDermid | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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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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