Friday, November 09, 2007

The book nerd

I am feeling like a right nerd now. LiD was close. It is kind of a history book. The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, weighing in at 3.7 kg or just over 8 pounds with 800 and something pages.

After paying that much for a book, I would have thought Angus and Robertson would have given me one of the reusable bags to carry it in, but no. They wanted another dollar for the bag, so I made them double plastic bag it.

The last entry I read was for Allan's Music, so I have a long way to go yet.

I have wanted it since it was published two years ago and actually asked R to get it for my birthday, but then I could not find it anywhere, so I thought it would be too much trouble for him. And then yesterday, there it was, right in front of me. I still hesitated a while though.

Now the next time I complain about spending money, he has some good ammunition up his sleeve.

12 comments:

  1. Oh boy, that's my sort of book! My brother in law gave me a history of Collins St for Christmas a couple of years back and I noticed 'Melbourne, Then and Now' was on special at K-mart yesterday. I should have bought it on the spot.

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  2. Collins Street by Judith Buckrich Tony? She was a significant contributor to my book. I know of her from her St Kilda Road book.

    I saw Then and Now too, but I had previously heard that it wasn't very good. I do have a pps of some of it if you would like me to email it to you. To me, it looks interesting.

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  3. But it is over three mb.

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  4. Speaking of ammunition, you could use a book like that to bludgeon someone if they tried to break in.

    I can't believe they didn't give you the bag for free with a purchase of that amount.

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  5. Sounds like a gorgeous book and money well spent!

    Amazing about the bag though?

    My 12 yo can buy a $5 T-shirt at Supre and come away with a cloth bag!

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  6. Me either Daisy Jo and Who Me. The lass was apologetic. I could have called the manager and insisted, but better that when someone does an Angus and Robertson search, they find my post.

    Daisy Jo, a heavy object in the shape of a book is quite unwieldy. Better to give them a tap with my twelve inch adjustable spanner.

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  7. Oh my goodness Andrew - 3.7kg. That is a small child! Congratulations on your new toy. I remember, for Christmas, I desperately wanted the Audrey Hepburn biography in hard cover. It clocked over at $120 something, but it was worth it.

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  8. Would love a copy of the pps Andrew, have I left my email address before? If not tony@ my web site will get it to me.

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  9. That is funny Rosanna, because I was lying in bed last night thinking of the same thing. So you could go on The Einstein Factor with Audrey as your special subject then?

    I have sent you stuff before Tony. Still have your address. It is on its way.

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  10. Tony, you did not answer if your Collins Street book is by Judith Buckridge?

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  11. That is in no way nerdish. Sounds like a magnificent book.

    A & R aren't too popular in the book world either. They now charge a hefty price to stock another publisher's book.

    I seem to remember that Henry Lawson found them difficult a long time ago. Interesting company.

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  12. I do recall some fuss about them and their restrictive practices not long ago LiD. I much prefer to patronise somewhere like Readings or any of the small places, not that there are many left now. Even Hill of Content is owned by a big co.

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