Saturday, 21 January 2017

Tennis Time!

It's an exciting week of sport in Melbourne with the Australian Open already in full swing! The weather is somewhat milder than in previous years and some big upsets already is going to liven up the finals when they roll around next week! I really do want to go for a day but it is as equally addicting to watch game after game on TV... Check out the schedule of play here

Who's your favourite player?  

Well, funny we're talking about tennis because we also have tennis books! One of my favourites is the Roger Federer Infographic book is pretty awesome. 

As is the Margaret Court Autobiography. She is phenomenal! She won 64 major grand slam titles of which 24 were individual singles titles. Will Serena surpass her that is another question. This one only came out last year so plenty of life left in it still! Much like Ms Court herself

And of course because we love Federer, another one about him (but a little newer this time) FEDERER AND ME by William Skidelsky. A poignant look into a fan's obsession with the tennis great.  


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Hey Hockney!

If you've got some spare time lying about - or even if you don't you should check out the DAVID HOCKNEY CURRENT exhibition that's currently on at the NGV. It's a lovely celebration of colour and life. I didn't realise until I went myself but a large number of works on display were actually created using an iPhone or iPad. When you see photographs of Hockney who is approaching (or already) his eighties, there's something wonderfully fun about his artistic methods. It also allows him to become about a billion times more prolific. As I was looking at the works, it increasingly felt like a new kind of impressionism as he builds up lines dabbing with his virtual brush. Even more so because the iPad is so mobile, quick and mess free, a sunset through the trees can be captured in an instant. Quite amazing was watching the video replays of his paintings coming to life as each stroke can be captured on the device. It may seem that it's easy to 'paint' on a tablet but the animations show the complexities involved and the buildup of layers. I'm still astounded!

If you'd like to expand your knowledge, we have books on Hockney! Such as 


Or perhaps you aren't quite so keen to head into the city, we can also stock the official NGV record book of the exhibition!

And let's not forget Hockney's book with Martin Gayford - A HISTORY OF PICTURES an excellent look at the history of pictures (as one would expect)!


Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Resolution You Can Keep!

And here we are having arrived at a new year once again! It comes around so quickly, as if every 365 days like clockwork! Joking! Unless it's a leap year. 

So it seems that everyone makes resolutions for the new year that don't seem to last past the end of the week. Maybe it's because they aren't fully prepared for the task ahead. And what better way to prepare (and procrastinate if we're honest) for the task than with a book! 

For example - always said that you wanted to begin writing one of these days? Perhaps to find yourself in our shop! Then why not try

HOW WRITING WORKS by Roslyn Petelin aims to help you write appropriately no matter the situation! Excellent, no longer will I write so formally to my friends. 

Maybe you wanted to grow your own fruit and veggies this year?  SMALL SPACE BIG HARVEST will help you maximise your space, time and skill to grow something delicious! 

And finally, if you freak out often (like me and sometimes merited sometimes not) then FRAZZLED by Ruby Wax who also wrote Sane New World is sure to keep you somewhat calm. And a little cheeky humour on the side never hurts either!

"I know what you're thinking - what if I don't want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a wind chime? My definition of mindfulness isn't about sitting erect on a hillock, legs in a knot, humming a mantra that's probably the phone book sung backwards, it's something that can help us all: learning to notice your thoughts and feelings so you can truly experience life."

Best wishes from the Andrew's team for 2017 and may your resolutions be fulfilled! See you in the new year. We reopen on the 3rd January

Saturday, 17 December 2016

The Science of Customer Queries

We love helping customers with their requests but there are some ways that you can help us help you! 

There are two types of customer requests (it is very scientific I know): the first is if they can't find a particular title that they have in mind and the second is if they need a recommendation. Within these two categories there are a myriad of different scenarios that can occur.

1. Not being able to locate a specific title
-  Having the exact title is a great start (and or author)
- I am always very impressed when customers bring the catalogue with circled items to check off!
- If you can't remember the specific title, perhaps try to remember who the author was, the front cover, the plot line or where you heard it being discussed (sometimes we get very vague requests and although we try our best it can sometimes be nearly impossible to find!)  or a mix of these features are always helpful too 

2. Seeking Recommendations  
- I do love to do this and my self proclaimed specialty is the young adult section stretching to kids and picture books (maybe because I can't stop reading them no matter how old I get) 
- Often I ask (for a child) how old they are, their reading level such as average or above, books they may have read before and liked which also help gauge what they may like, if they don't read then perhaps what hobbies they might have outside of reading 
- If you don't have any clue about what they would like (that's okay too) then let us, and by us I mean me what sort of book you'd like to give them. What do I mean by that? Well, something light and funny or perhaps something about growing up. It helps us to narrow down the possible choices! 

We haven't read every book in the shop - although we wish we had! - but we are often familiar with what's popular and the prize winners so rest assured that we'll do our best to find that something special! Not to mention rave about our personal favourites that always get a shout out! We love to help you so see you soon!


Saturday, 10 December 2016

It's Christmas Time (mayhem!)

Christmas is upon us once again (I think that it was before but it doesn't truly set in until December)! I always forget what Christmas in retail is like until it rolls around again and there's that mayhem that comes about with a lot of people in the shop! (And we're glad for it!) Thanks for choosing to shop local and support your local booksellers this holiday season!

We do complementary gift wrapping and can also help you if you need recommendations for gifts (or for yourself!). Thanks for being patient if we're serving customers or we're looking a little frazzled! Do feel free though to have a bit of a caroling session inside the store though if you so wish! 

Have a great Christmas season and don't go too crazy! 

Have you considered telling your kids about the truth about Santa - or you have already, get into the discussion here!


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

200+ Likes! We Like You A Lot Too

This week we reached 200 likers on Facebook! Thank you to everyone who has supported us through our social media accounts like Facebook but also Instagram and this blog of course! (A bit of an inception blog experience happening). 

This is how we feel whenever we see you in the shop and interacting online! It's been a long journey where we've seen what works and what doesn't as well as learning how to schedule posts.

This year has also seen our new website go live which is very cool because well, now we have a website! For those of you who have keen eyes you may have spotted the typo saying that gift vouchers were available in any demonimation... whoops that is clearly not what we want!

Check it out!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

What Do You Know?

Woah. So this week has been pretty crazy hey? Then again what week isn't crazy but with the election of the new President of the United States, that's a pretty big shakeup. Perhaps I just wasn't as politically aware during all of the other elections but I have never read as many articles covering the election as I have in the past three months. So I guess it's official, whether you're celebrating or crying inside (or outside, that's okay too) Donald Trump is the new POTUS for the next four years. So you may be asking yourself - who is this man? Behind the news and videos and articles and interviews, what does he stand for? What policies will he implement and how>? (Although no one really knows this. Sorry personal bias getting in the way). Sadly we can't tell you exactly how but we may have some books that will shed some light on who he may be in private.

One of these is the TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP by Michael D'Antonio that tries to look more closely at how his beginnings shaped his current persona.

If you're looking for a more light hearted approach there's Oslo Davis' WORLD ACCORDING TO TRUMP filled with many Trumpisms. 

In all honesty I will miss the Obamas, OBAMA IS SO FUNNY and if you need to be convinced look up the videos of him welcoming kids into the White House for Halloween! 

We also awoke with the news that Leonard Cohen passed yesterday too. And the wars rage on -  I guess time is always moving.