Meet the Bookseller posts

Meet the Bookseller with Miles Allinson

by Miles Allinson

We chat with bookseller Miles Allinson about the value of well-made objects and his desire to develop a rare skin disease (so he can find the time to read Proust, naturally).

Why do you work in books?

Basically, I’m unqualified to do much else. After studying for 25 years (or what feels like it), the only other thing I’m really qualified to do is throw leaves around and prank-call people. Als…

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Meet the Bookseller with Kushla Egan

by Kushla Egan

We chat with bookseller Kushla Egan about Laini Taylor’s haunting fairytales, dreams of being Eloise and refreshing feminist perspectives on Australia.

Why do you work in books?

I have always loved a) books and b) telling people what to do/read. As I grew older, working with what I love just made sense. There is rarely a time where I see myself doing anything else – I get to work with new tit…

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Meet the bookseller with Samuel Zifchak

by Samuel Zifchak

We chat with Samuel Zifchak about the magic of books, and exactly what makes a striking cover.

Why do you work in books?

Books have always been an instrumental part of my life. My grandfather was heavily involved in bookselling and both my parents are voracious readers. We used bookshelves for wallpaper. I would rarely raise my head from a book as a child. Books inspire me, entertain me and…

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Meet the Bookseller with Stella Charls

by Stella Charls

We chat with Stella Charls about beautiful book covers and her current obsession for short stories.

Why do you work in books?

I started reading books when my parents threw out our TV. I was three years old, and I think I remember them destroying it (maybe even burning it in the backyard) because I’d developed a dangerous TV obsession. Luckily, reading proved equally addictive. It’s said we’re…

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Meet the Bookseller with Ed Moreno

by Ed Moreno

We chat with Ed Moreno about Margaret Atwood’s talent for mythmaking and how Pablo Neruda’s writing prompted him to move to Central America.

Why do you work in books?

As soon as I was able to read, Dad made a chart which involved a specific reward for each book on the chart; I’d receive the reward once I’d read the book and told Dad what I thought of it. The reward usually involved more books…

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Meet the Bookseller with Deborah Crabtree

We chat with Deborah Crabtree about being haunted by Murakami and her favourite book covers.

Why do you work in books?

I’m told I’m a machine when it comes to reading: working in books allows me to feed the machine. Books are my addiction, and while I’d ideally love to be spending my days writing and reading books, bookselling keeps me plugged into the literary world and allows me to talk abo…

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Meet the Bookseller with Annie Condon

We chat with bookseller Annie Condon about her politically-charged doppelganger and Enid Blyton’s boarding school series.

Why do you work in books?

I have always loved books, and was desperate to go to school and learn to read. My parents were journalists and I grew up in a house filled with books, newspapers and magazines. If I didn’t work in a bookshop, I would still spend a lot of tim…

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Meet the Bookseller with Steve Bidwell-Brown

We chat with Steve Bidwell-Brown, our new Online Fulfilment Manager, about Polish poetry, mimes and reading Ulysses.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve had in a bookshop?

I once helped a budding Charlie Chaplin impersonator find books about his hero. He was a young method actor looking to audition for a mime school in France. Our exchange generally consisted of me communicating with w…

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Meet the Bookseller with Amy Vuleta

by Amy Vuleta

Amy Vuleta shares some of her favourite new releases from Australian authors, and tells us which Michael Chabon book inspired her to invest in a beehive!

Why do you work in books?

I’ve always loved to read, and when I was a teenager I realised that most of what I knew about the world – of history, geography, biology and human relationships – I had learned from reading stories. I’ve always…

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Meet the Bookseller with Marie Matteson

Marie Matteson chats about Virginia Woolf, gothic fiction in a contemporary setting, and the joy to be found in reading The Gruffalo out loud to a group of young fans.

Why do you work in books?

I feel I’ve been surrounded by books my whole life and it seems entirely natural to me that I would end up working among them. There’s a photo I have of the Christmas when I was five and I’m sittin…

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