Category Archives: Philip Bray

Author Visits at Brays

Exciting news! We are now able to host author evenings in our shop. We will have a range of authors – someone to interest everyone. Michael Brissenden First off the rank, on Tuesday August 8th, is Michael Brissenden – who … Continue reading

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Holly Throsby in Conversation with Philip

Last week, Holly Throsby returned to Brays to discuss the release of her debut novel, Goodwood. In front of an intimate crowd, Philip and Holly reminisced about Holly’s earliest visits to the bookshop in the arms of her mother, Margaret. … Continue reading

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Benjamin Law on pointless selfies vs books

I loved Benjamin Law’s recent column in The Good Weekend magazine. In part he wrote, ‘Social media is great – it’s how I get to see my friends’ babies, incredible architecture and photos from North Korea – but on some … Continue reading

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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

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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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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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