farrell’s bookshop – mornington for friday photos

Friday Photos – Neighbourhood Books, Northcote

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I’ve been emailing bookshops requesting photos of their shops and their stock for inclusion in this column. Neighbourhood Books were very happy to let me use photos from their Instagram account. They have some...
paratalk? or torque

Paratalk? or Torque

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An old column where I present a paragraph from a book or magazine and talk about it however I want. It took a number of years for me to understand that craft is important women’s...
conzealand 2020

Closure of Footprint Books

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Following a discussion on the closure of Footprint Books I asked my friend Jennifer Jones to write us a few words about this. Footprint Books is an Australian book distribution company founded in 1999 by...
died in the wool by ngaio marsh

Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh

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Ngaio Marsh was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is one of the Queens of Crime along with other wonderful writers such as Agatha Christie. She was supposedly born in 1895 but as her...
farrell’s bookshop – mornington for friday photos

Dymocks Collins Street, Melbourne

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This is one of my favourite Dymocks. These photos were provided for me by a staff member who I know well. This shop has always been really good to the Discworld community in Melbourne....
paratalk? or torque

Paratalk? or Torque

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This week Paratalk? or Torque comes to you from The Big Issue. A weekly magazine with really fabulous articles or stories. This publication supports many people who may be homeless, marginalised or disadvantaged. When...
maigret hesitates and maigret takes the waters – georges simenon

Maigret Hesitates and Maigret Takes the Waters – Georges Simenon

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This is a two for the price of one book. At less than 300 pages for the two books they’re both fairly short, but Simenon was very good with words. He managed to make...
friday photos – bound words

Friday Photos – Bound Words

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I managed to take my own photos this week. I’d gone to the podiatrist. It was a rather interesting experience. I’d been told to wear a mask and that they could sell me one...
paratalk? or torque

Paratalk or Torque?

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Where I show you a paragraph and talk about it in whatever way I wish. Today’s paragraph is from What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge. This was one of my favourites when I was...
oath of fealty by larry niven and jerry pournelle

Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

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This book was problematic in a number of ways. It is the story of Todos Santos, a self-contained, self-governing community. It towers over the slums of Los Angeles and holds 250,000 people. Built on...