Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Stay In Melbourne + Book Hunting

My wife had her Christmas party in the City on Friday night.  It was a "booze cruise" on the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.  So we decided to stay in the City for the night instead of trying to catch a taxi home.  Here's some photos I took while we were there:
 View of the Yarra from our hotel room
Flinders Street Station at the corner of  Elizabeth Street
 Bourke Street Mall
Inside the historic Rialto building

As well as getting in some shopping we also visited the usual second hand book stores:
- City Basement Books - no Flemings but a couple of Gardners
- City Basement Books again, this time inside the store

- Kill City Books - no Bonds paperbacks but there were the same couple of ex-library Bond hardbacks

We also visited Reader's Feast, Embiggen Books and Dymocks searching for a new copy of "Hurricane Gold" in the Kev Walker Young Bond series. No luck, however I did notice that Reader's Feast and Dymocks are now both stocking the Vintage 007 series (see image below which was taken in Reader's Feast)

Also, on our way home we drove past Andrew's Bookshop in Ivanhoe.  I rarely visit this store, and I thought this visit was going to be fortuitus when I found a set of Kev Walker Young Bonds on the shelf.  Except on closer inspection of the copy of "Hurricane Gold" I noticed several pages had been slightly folded.  Unfortunately I had to let this copy go.  For some reason it is proving hard to find a great copy of this book !

Andrew's Bookshop also stocked the Vintage 007 series, here shown on a table of books outside the store.  It appears all stores here in Melbourne are finally stocking this series.

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