Category Archives: Musings

Marilyn and Kylie and Michael Jackson and Fashion

Have you ever thought about how much music and film personalities influence fashion? Three new books brought this to my mind; ‘Marilyn in Fashion” ($27.95), ‘Kylie Fashion’ ($49.95) and ‘Dressing Michael Jackson’ ($49.99). From earlier on Audrey Hepburn a la … Continue reading

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Michael Palin, Philip Bray and travel talk

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Palin on Monday night. He is in Australia to promote his wonderful book and BBC TV series, both titled ‘Brazil’. I am delighted to report that the warm, witty, observant, thoughtful, interested Michael … Continue reading

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The 3 Davids; Hill, Malouf and Marr

I was a guest at a glittering party given by Random House Publishers last Friday night. It was to farewell Margie Seale who is stepping down from the role of MD to become a non-executive Director. I have known Margie … 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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Darling Street Balmain renewed buzz

Some weeks ago I was interviewed by a reporter from The Sydney Morning Herald who was researching an article about strip shopping centres. I told her that I thought Darling Street was entering an exciting time of revitalisation so it … Continue reading

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The first blowfly and the first pallet

We had our first blowfly of Spring last week and this week the first palette of ‘Christmas’ books. Not keen on the blowfly but delighted with the fantastic books which are now flooding into the shop. My current favourite is ‘The … Continue reading

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Books good for children’s health

I came across a fascinating bit of information this week. The doctors in the emergency room of an English hospital noticed that they were having an unusually quiet weekend. They suggested that one of their number take some time off … Continue reading

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Michael Brissenden and his book ‘American Stories’

In July 2009, Michael Brissenden traded political reporting in Canberra for a job in Washington as US current affairs reporter for the ABC. Some years earlier he had traded working for Brays Books to go to the ABC, a fact … Continue reading

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Life lessons from Margaret Olley and Robert Klippel

I have recently had the pleasure of visiting both the NSW and the Queensland Art galleries. I always feel better for such visits, they are good for the soul and Brisbane’s warmth was also good for the body! The Prado exhibition … Continue reading

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Michael Robotham’s new Mystery and a great story

I attended the launch of Michael Robotham’s fantastic new crime/mystery novel, ‘Say You’re Sorry’, last night. It is due in store today. Michael told a very touching story. As a boy growing up in Gundagai he was a great fan … Continue reading

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