Fremantle – Second Hand Books

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.

Second Hand Books Fremantle

Perth – Historical Society

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.

RWAHS Book Sale

London – Stanfords Bookshop

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.


London – Bloomsbury 1


While in London recently we stayed in Cartwright Gardens in Bloomsbury. Cartwright Gardens just happens to be at the northern end of Marchmont Street which is the setting for the last part of Liz Byrski’s novel “Family Secrets”. This family drama features Connie, who travels to London after her husband dies to meet up with her husbands’ sister Flora. Connected to the story are the staff and owner of Judd’s bookshop in Marchmont Street. The current bookshop, while not quite as atmospheric as the one depicted in the novel, has a good selection of new and second hand books covering fiction and non-fiction.



State Library of Western Australia – Cow Parade

In the foyer of the State Library, opposite the bookshop, is a painted cow which is part of Cow Parade Perth 2016. Originally painted in 2010 for the Margaret River Cow Parade, this cow is titled “Books Moove Me”, and is the work of eight artists, all of whom are members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. There are a lot of details painted on this cow, all relating to children’s stories published by WA authors.

Cow Parade Perth is a public art event not to be missed and runs until 11 December 2016.


Sydney – State Library of NSW

A few months ago we enjoyed exploring the State Library of NSW in Macquarie Street, Sydney. Australia’s oldest library is now more than a place to read, study or do research. It has an interesting calendar of exhibitions and a bookshop and cafe. Current exhibitions have a garden theme and are free. Also free, are the guided tours of the building which are held Monday to Friday at 10.30am, and tours of the current exhibitions at 11.45am.