Category Archives: Philip

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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What are We Reading?

It’s official! Reading books is Australia’s most enjoyable leisure activity. A recent survey showed that ‘reading books’ rated well ahead of ‘browsing the internet’, ‘watching tv’ and ‘creative craft’. The top 4 reasons given for reading were: For relaxation To … Continue reading

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Our Best of 2016

It’s December, which means it must be time for our ‘best books of the year’ post! It’s often hard for us to keep our list of favourites to just two or three books. We all enjoy an eclectic range of genres each year, … Continue reading

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Lovely freebies/prizes for our blog subscribers

We’ve been talking to our publisher friends and have lined up lots of lovely freebies/prizes for our blog subscribers this year. It costs nothing to be a subscriber and you can unsubscribe at any time should you wish to do … Continue reading

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Gentle crime – old and new

Crime/mystery is a deceptively simple label we use but within it lies a multitude of sub-genres. Among them are ‘spy’, ‘courtroom’, ‘gory’ and what I call ‘gentle crime’. Of course there has to a crime to solve but in ‘gentle crime’ … Continue reading

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John Le Carre I recently saw the film ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ and loved it – really worth seeing. But good as the film was I would rate it at about 25% compared to John Le Carre’s  wonderful books on … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Ross Gittins

I have long admired the thinking and writing of Sydney Morning Herald Economics Editor Ross Gittins. Even more so after his column this weekend in which he made the point that ‘What creates jobs is the spending of income’. I take … Continue reading

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Andre Brink

SBS2 recently ran a documentary on Andre Brink, a very fine writer and a very brave man. I had the pleasure of talking with Andre some time ago. He was a strong opponent of apartheid and hence was the target of … Continue reading

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Netballers, country musicians and books

How wonderful it is that so many people from all walks of life enjoy the delights of books. And how sad it is that others don’t. Those of us who know the the joys and rewards of reading are the … Continue reading

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Books, tennis and calendars

My initally reluctant return to work this year has now been transformed to great enthusiasm as I have looked at the wonderful books which are in the pipeline. March brings a great array of established and exciting new fiction writers, … Continue reading

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