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.


  1. Anonymous7:11 pm

    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.

  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.

  3. But it is over three mb.

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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.

  8. Anonymous7:51 pm

    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.

  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.

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

  11. Anonymous3:23 pm

    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.

  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.