Sunday, February 27, 2022
Saturday, February 26, 2022
My wife and I have just returned from Warragul in Gippsland. Warragul, located 100km from Melbourne on the Princes Highway, is primarily known for its dairy produce. However today we visited for the annual book fair held by the Lions Club.
Entry was gold coin donation with all money going to the local hospital and the Lions Club. Walking into the hall was a strange feeling due to the lockdowns over the last two years cancelling these type of events. So it was great to finally have an event like this back and be amongst people and books again.
The Warragul Book Fair continues tomorrow (Sunday). And in two weeks time (April 9 and 10) the next town along, Yarragon, will also be holding their own book fair to raise money for the local country fire brigade. We'll be going to that one too and hopefully we'll see you there.
Friday, February 18, 2022
John Gardner's first James Bond adventure "Licence Renewed" had it's 40th anniversary last year and Orion Books celebrated the event by republishing the novel in paperback form. It also included a new introduction by M. J. Arlidge. Here in Australia the paperback was said to be available last year in late November however due to the global pandemic and international freight issues I have only just managed to acquire a copy two months, and a new year, later.
I ordered the book through my closest Dymocks Bookstore. This store shut its doors a few years ago but has since re-opened in a new location near the Rivoli Cinema in Camberwell and I was very happy to spend my money there. I hope this new store does well.
Something I've never noticed before is how much thicker "Licence Renewed" is compared to the previously re-published Gardner novel "For Special Services" two years ago by Orion. Here's some photos:
I'm hoping Orion Books continue this John Gardner series of Bond adventures with "Icebreaker" later this year. No news yet but fingers crossed.