You may (or may not!) have noticed that I was making sporadic comments about conferences and food last week on Twitter. That’s because I went to Melbourne for work purposes. Fortunately I am a fast walker/free tram traveller, so I managed to slip in a few bookstore visits as well.
First stop was Reader’s Feast, to look at their new store in Collins St (not that new anymore, it opened the week after I left Melbourne last year).
This book is you guessed it, all about chickens. The pictures are gorgeous!
I had been looking for The Beauty Chorus for some time, and was pleased to find it here. Crippen
was another book on my wishlist (and the book I’m currently reading references it). Up and Down Stairs
is a non-fiction book looking at the life of English servants (yes, very Downton Abbey). Running the Show
was on display and looked interesting. It covers those who governed the outposts of the British Empire in its heyday and how they were chosen, not to mention how they ran their corner of the world.
Finally, who could resist such a gorgeous version of Valley of the Dolls? I love these hardcover Virago Modern Classics.
As always, I had a lovely time at Reader’s Feast browsing and discussing with the helpful staff. A must if you’re in Melbourne!
I also had a Dymocks voucher, so went to the huge store in Collins St to spend it. I had a fun time browsing and eavesdropping on a conversation where it seemed that the caller could not locate Collins St…eventually it turned out they were in the wrong suburb!
Another one from the wishlist, The Sparrows of Edward Street
is an Australian book, set in post WWII-Sydney. (Australian readers, why is it that so many books are set in Sydney?)
My last stop was the $5 bookstore (proper title: Allbooks4less), where I managed to score some good finds after careful browsing. (The key to the huge store at South Wharf is, I believe, to go through every aisle slowly, because the covers are generally different to those commonly seen in Australia).
I managed to find two of the Orange Prize shortlist (good as I haven’t been very accurate in my previous shortlist predictions), The Forgotten Waltz and Foreign Bodies. I remember that The Violets of March
had positive reviews when some bloggers reviewed it last year. I enjoyed Kate Kerrigan’s Ellis Island, so The Miracle of Grace will tide me over until City of Hope becomes available (haven’t seen it anywhere in the two states of Australia I have checked!)
Yet another two from the wishlist – The Colour of Tea (complete with beautiful macaron cover) and The Love and Death of Caterina.
And yes, my case made it to 30kg again – winter clothes, boots and books/reading material from the conference made it difficult to lug home!
If you’ve enjoyed my Mailbox Monday, please do check out the other participants this week by visiting Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf (our host for May). Be warned though, that you’ll leave with a long wishlist and may be forced to have a big splurge!
Have a great week J