Well, as I foreshadowed earlier, today was National Bookshop Day and that merits a little spending spree at my favourite indie bookshop, Benn’s Books in Bentleigh.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2011 for the kids at school. They love this kind of nonsense and despite my best efforts believe every word of it.
Kerryn Goldsworthy’s Adelaide (because I’ve got another in the same series, which is Melbourne by Sophie Cunningham, because I love Adelaide, and because I’ve never read anything by Kerryn Goldsworthy except articles and reviews).
True North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack a biography by Brenda Niall because I love everything she’s written and it’s just been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and I want to encourage her to write more books.
Watching the Climbers on the Mountain which is a reissued very early novel by the wonderful Alex Miller. I always find it fascinating to get to know an author’s mature style and then discover earlier work that shows how right the publisher was to give the author a start.
I also bought a book voucher for my hairdresser because it’s her birthday this week and she shops at the same bookshop!
I love Benn’s Bookshop because they have my kind of books. History, art, biographies, travel, languages. Someone who loves books chooses them, displays them so that I can find them and I don’t have to sort through a lot of dross to find them. They sell pretty cards to go straight into the book-as-a-present parcel, they have a great children’s section, and they also have shelves and shelves of unusual cookery books. There’s also a generous set of bargain shelves and they’re not peculiar obscure books about arcane subjects, they’re nice books.
Benn’s Books is in Centre Road Bentleigh conveniently close to Cafe Venetto where you will often find me enjoying coffee while I read my new book!