Good Reading : July 2008
JULY 2008 ı goodreading 15 Wendouree Books, Mill Markets, Daylesford. WESTERNHIGHWAYFROMBALLARATTOMELBOURNE T OTR ENTHAMTOKYNETON TOWOODEND FROMBENDIGOTOCASTLEMAINETODAYLES FORDTOTRENTHAM CALDERHIGHWAY TOKYNETONTOWOODENDTOM ELBOURNE TOBUNINYONG BALLARATTODAYL ESFORDTOMALMS BURY TOD AYLESFORD TOCASTLEMAINE BALLARAT BUNINYONG BALLAN GREENDALE EXIT TRENTHAM KYNETON DAYLESFORD MALMSBURY HARCOURT CASTLEMAINE CAMPBELLS CREEK WOODEND fully booked The bookshops Woodend Secondhand Bookshop 104 High Street, Woodend 03 5427 2151 Kyneton Provender 30 Piper Street, Kyneton 03 5422 3745 Book Now 1 Farmers Lane, Bendigo 03 5443 8587 Soldier & Scholar 215 Barker Street, Castlemaine 03 5470 6298 Book Heaven (Country Bazaar) 47 Main Road (Midland Highway), Campbells Creek 03 5472 4555 Paradise Bookshop 46 Vincent Street, Daylesford (03) 5348 1288 Book Barn @ Daylesford 1 Leggatt Street, Daylesford 03 5348 3048 Mill Markets 105 Central Springs Road 03 5348 4332 The Known World 14 Sturt Street, Ballarat 0438 412 670 Book Heaven at the Country Bazaar in Campbells Creek crams an amazing 90 000 titles into room after room in an old de-licensed hotel. Set up 13 years ago by Melburnians Ann and Paul Smith, Book Heaven initially comprised stock from seven other bookshops. ‘We have lots of space so we can stock lots of books on every subject,’ says Ann Smith. The Book Barn @ Daylesford makes the most of its perfect lakeside location by offering coffee and snacks on the deck. Its current owner Andrew Green bought it in 2005, after the previous long-time owner retired. Green cheerfully admits that ‘we’ve gone downmarket’. ‘I looked at the customers who came into the shop and started supplying the books they wanted to buy,’ he says. Noting that many customers were women away on a girls’ weekend, Green reversed the previous owner’s policy of not providing chick lit. New on the Daylesford scene is Mill Markets, which boasts five booksellers among its 100+ antique stalls. ‘I’m trying to create a book precinct,’ says Mill manager David Wellings. ‘There are people who come here specifically for books.’ One high-profile bookseller to have relocated to Mill Markets is Ian Mason, owner of Wendouree Books, formerly of Ballarat. Another is Michelle Coxall, who until recently owned the cosy Buninyong Books near Ballarat, specialising in children’s books, modern first editions and art and history. Her market stall is, like her shop, full of character, set off by an ancient typewriter! Coxall is currently relocating the rest of her stock to Ballarat. Her new shop, The Known World, should open in June and, in addition to selling a ‘wonderful selection of quality fiction, non-fiction and antiquarian books’, it will have a café. Good hunting! While Clunes is being promoted as a future book town, that position seems to be currently occupied by Daylesford, home of two iconic bookshops – Paradise Bookshop and the Book Barn. Paradise Bookshop, in the main street, was until recently known as Avant Garden.When I visited it was in a state of flux – owner Trefor John was in the process of rearranging the interior to attract more light and to ensure that books were no longer stocked right up to the (very high) ceilings. Book Heaven (Country Bazaar), Campbells Creek. Paradise Bookshop, Daylesford. Michelle Coxall’s stall, Mill Markets, Daylesford.