On a cold wet winter’s day, there is nothing better to do than spend some time browsing in a cosy bookshop. A few months ago we spent some time in Megalong Books in Leura in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Lot of nooks and crannies to investigate in this well-stocked shop.
The Lane Bookshop is hidden away in Old Theatre Lane off Bayview Terrace in Claremont. It has an excellent selection of books and you could spend hours browsing.
Hayley Welsh is another Perth-based artist whose work is closely associated with books. Recently we spotted one of her little creatures on the wall of the Lane Bookshop in Claremont.
Visited Diabolik Books, in Mt Hawthorn, for the first time on the weekend. Great selection of books including new releases of titles by now not so popular Australian authors such as Randolph Stow and Christina Stead.
Across the road from Second Hand Books (see previous post) is the New Edition bookshop – probably Perth’s best independent bookstore. It is in a beautiful building from 1895 and in a great location in the centre of Fremantle’s historic High St.
The Second Hand Books store in the High St in Fremantle is worth stopping by just to admire the window display. A few weeks ago there was a terrific display of books by Virginia Woolf and other Bloomsbury group authors such as Lytton Strachey.
This week, perhaps because it is school holidays, there is an amazing collection of folktales from around the world.
The Royal Western Australian Historical Society had a book sale on the weekend at the society’s headquarters in Broadway, Nedlands, where we purchased a biography by Daphne du Maurier called “Golden Lads”. Published in 1975, this book describes the life of Anthony Bacon, the less famous brother of Elizabethan era philosopher and courtier, Francis Bacon.
Anthony Bacon was secretary to Robert Devereux, the 2nd Earl of Essex, and sometime favourite of Elizabeth 1. The book has interesting insights into life and politics in the Tudor period and the cultural life of London at that time, including the theatrical world of William Shakespeare.
Waterstones Bookshop in Gower Street, Bloomsbury has an extensive travel section. We were looking for books about walks in and around London and we chose from a large selection, “Walks for all Ages in Greater London” by Ardella Jones, to use when we next visit London.
Very close to the Agatha Christie memorial (see previous blog), in Long Acre is Stanfords Bookshop which specialises in travel and maps. The founder, Edward Stanford, began producing maps in 1853. In the late 19th century, Stanfords became the sole agents for Ordnance Survey maps and the store still stocks an amazing collection of maps. A huge vinyl map of the World covers the floor on the ground floor.
The two protagonists, Connie and her sister-in-law Flora, in Liz Byrski’s “Family Secrets” (see previous blog), stay in a hotel overlooking Russell Square. The view from their hotel window takes in the fountain in the centre of the Russell Square garden.