‘didn’t ex­pect to find this in Wangaratta’

North East Living Magazine - - Contents - Ev­ery town needs a great li­brary (and we have one) and a unique book­shop.

17 years ago Mark & Jude Rosenow and Reg & Chris Whin­ray took over own­er­ship of Edgars Newsagency which is now known as Edgars Books & News. We sat down with Mark to find out how the busi­ness has evolved over time and what you can ex­pect when vis­it­ing Edgars today.

What made you de­cide to take over own­er­ship of a book shop?

Even as a young boy I had a pas­sion for read­ing and books. The high­light of the week, grow­ing up in Moama (pop­u­la­tion of 500 at that time) was a visit to the Echuca li­brary and the op­por­tu­nity to select new books. From Trea­sure Is­land, Rob­bery Un­der Arms or Reach for the Sky, th­ese were ad­ven­tures lead­ing to new peo­ple and places. Hav­ing spent over 20 years work­ing for a bank and mov­ing reg­u­larly, tran­si­tion­ing to a newsagency and book­store seemed a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

What makes Edgars Books & News dif­fer­ent to other book shops in North East Vic­to­ria?

Our team of staff at Edgars pro­vide great cus­tomer ser­vice and knowl­edge with a sense of hu­mour. We have reg­u­lars who come into the shop weekly and vis­i­tors from Mel­bourne and Syd­ney re­mark­ing on how they found books at Edgars that they can’t find in the city! ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ is how one ex­cited cus­tomer de­scribed Edgars. Since the clo­sure of ABC shops in most ar­eas we feel that an ABC cen­tre gives lo­cals and vis­i­tors 7 days a week ac­cess to books, DVD’S, mu­sic and au­dio books. As an in­de­pen­dent book­shop we can in­dulge our own ‘ar­eas of in­ter­est’ such as Bar­ring­ton Stoke (books that are dyslexic friendly and reluc­tant reader ori­ented). We like cus­tomers to browse there­fore we limit cat­e­goris­ing and like noth­ing bet­ter than to hear the ex­pres­sion ‘didn’t ex­pect to find this in Wangaratta’.

What is your favourite book of all time and what are you read­ing now?

Power With­out Glory is an all time favourite novel writ­ten by Aus­tralian writer Frank Hardy in 1950. I am never read­ing just one book at a time. Cur­rently I have 3 on the go in­clud­ing Run­yon on Broad­way by Da­mon Run­yon, Saga Land by Richard Fi­dler & Kari Gis­la­son and the il­lus­trated ver­sion of The Ad­ven­tures of Tom Sawyer writ­ten by Mark Twain. Books to me are about sto­ries, history and ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

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