Meet the Bookseller posts

Meet the bookseller with Angela Crocombe

by Angela Crocombe

Angela Crocombe has worked at Readings for more than seven years, and is now the manager of our Kids shop. We chat with her about the bookselling trends she’s noticed in recent years, and her favourite part of a working day. Why did you decide to work in books?

Books have always been my passion. Despite this, I never really believed it was possible to work with them every day. But after doing…

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Meet the bookseller with Bernard Vella

by Bernard Vella

Bernard Vella has worked at Readings for close to 15 years, and managed our Malvern shop for six of those years. We chat with him about the singular pleasures of physical books, and what he likes to read – everything from the classics to books about dinosaurs. What is your favourite part of your job?

That’s easy – looking after our customers. I’d like to think that each of the Readings shops …

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Meet the bookseller with Kara Liddell

by Kara Liddell

Kara Liddell recently stepped into the role of shop manager at Readings Doncaster. Here, she shares the authors she’d invite to a dinner party, and explains why customer queries make her nervous. Why did you decide to work in books?

I don’t think I ever consciously decided to work in books – books chose me. I’ve always been an avid reader and one of my very first jobs was bookselling. When I …

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Meet the bookseller with Sharon Peterson

by Sharon Peterson

After working as the assistant manager at Readings Carlton for almost 10 years, Sharon Peterson has recently moved into the role of shop manager at Readings St Kilda. We chat with her about bookshop proposals, her love of the classics, and what exciting reads she has on her TBR pile. Why did you decide to work in books?

I can’t say that I actually ‘decided’ to work in books (I vaguely remembe…

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Meet the bookseller with Joe Rubbo

by Joe Rubbo

Joe Rubbo has worked on and off at Readings over the past 13 years, and is the son of our managing director, Mark Rubbo. The former manager at Readings Doncaster, he now manages our Carlton shop. Here, we chat with Joe about his favourite recent reads, and what happens in bookshops between 9pm and 11pm. Why did you decide to work in books?

I started out at the Hawthorn shop, a part-time job w…

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Meet the bookseller with Pia Spreadborough

by Pia Spreadborough

We chat with Pia Spreadborough about her work as a bookseller, and why Annihilation is the best book she’s read lately.

Why do you work in books?

Social capital. Furthermore, this job yields a great deal of approval and respect from individuals whom I’d be unable to impress otherwise. The Readings lanyard around my neck gives me an immense feeling of power and responsibility.

Also for the i…

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Meet the bookseller with Tara Kaye Judah

by Tara Kaye Judah

We chat with Tara Kaye Judah about her fondness for feminist film theory and capitalist critique, and why she loves the cover of David Vann’s Goat Mountain.

Why do you work in books?

If I were to build a fort with walls of knowledge, the final result would be a bookstore. I want to live peacefully in a fort of knowledge. At Readings, the fort is also friendly.

What book would you happily spe

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Meet the bookseller with Alexandra Mathew

by Alexandra Mathew

We chat with Alexandra Mathew about her love for immersive books and classical music.

Why do you work in books and music?

My primary area of interest and knowledge is in classical music, but I also happen to love reading, so the two go together nicely. It’s a privilege to share my love of books and music with like-minded people.

What book or music would you happily spend a weekend indoors

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Meet the bookseller with Tate Jerrems

by Tate Jerrems

We chat with Tate Jerrems about his mysterious taste in books and Germaine Greer.

Why do you work in books?

So many times has the book tucked snug under my arm or banging around in my backpack been the catalyst for a decision to move, meander, imagine and explore. Through reading, we live out someone else’s creative explorations as if they were our own, eventually altering the way we tell our…

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Meet the bookseller with Kate Campbell

by Kate Campbell

We chat with bookseller Kate Campbell about her penchant for organising bookshelves and the parallels Frankenstein draws with cosmetic use in the twenty-first century.

Why do you work in books?

I love my job at Readings for so many reasons. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by beautiful books at work; oh, and it’s always exciting, albeit a little overwhelming, to see the new releases come thro…

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