Good Reading : October 2007
lives in an apartment above his shop. New Edition, Fremantle’s largest bookstore, has recently relocated to a heritage building in High Street.This store adds greatly to the cultural life of the city by being open seven days a week until 10.30 pm. The conservation of very old books is the province of Doug and Martine Firth at Biblio Folio in High Street.Their unique store is a combination of workshop and museum, using 19th- century printing equipment to restore and rebind books ranging from cherished children’s keepsakes to priceless treasures. The Fremantle Press (formerly called the Fremantle Arts Centre Press) was established in 1976. Kim Scott is an indig- enous writer whose novel Benang was published by the press in 1999. Scott’s writing is concerned with the Aboriginal sense of place, and he wrote a special piece that refers to the Round House at the end of High Street for his marker on the walk. Away from High Street, Fremantle has plenty more to interest booklovers. Sccondhand books can be found at Elizabeth’s Bookshop opposite the Town Hall. Another Elizabeth’s is on South Terrace, in the centre of the ‘cappuccino strip’ – the place to go for coffee and pizza. And to start reading some of the books you have acquired while exploring Fremantle, of course. For those who love to... Available from ABC Shops, ABC Centres and all good bookstores. Home delivery ph 1300 360 111 or abcshop.com.au cook up a storm... lounge about... potter around the garden... or explore the great outdoors. Fremantle Prison was ‘home’ for John Boyle O’Reilly during his stay in Fremantle. Fremantle’s New Edition bookshop recently relocated to this dramatic building. High Street with the Round House, built as a gaol in 1831. The Round House is Western Australia’s oldest public building. Bill Campbell’s secondhand bookshop in an historic building on High Street specialises in Australian and military his - tory, art, gardening and cookery books.