Dom Knight mourns the closure of one of Australia’s independent bookshops:
Great neighbourhood bookshops have an essential quality which cannot be replicated by any other means of book purchasing: taste. Looking across the impeccably neat piles of books arranged just inside the door of an excellent bookshop, and you will see dozens of utterly enticing books, with delightful covers and intriguing premises. You mightn’t have heard of the authors before, but in many cases, you soon will.
This is because good booksellers not only know what weare reading, and what wemight want to read, but what we should be reading. They put their favourite books out in prime positions, because they believe in them and hope somebody will discover them. More often than not, this is because they’ve actually read them themselves, and fallen in love with them.