High fash­ion for Hed­ley’s Books

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - JACK BAR­LOW

One of the coun­try’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent book­stores is turn­ing 110, and it’s do­ing it in high fash­ion.

Hed­ley’s Book­sellers, from Master­ton, has teamed up with fash­ion de­signer Karen Walker to cre­ate a pop-up book­store in Auck­land.

Start­ing Satur­day, the store will run out of Walker’s New­mar­ket shop. Along­side the shop’s nor­mal fare it will sell 110 ti­tles se­lected by both Walker and Hed­ley’s owner, David Hed­ley.

Hed­ley said he met Walker through his son Alex, who is also in­volved with the book in­dus­try.

‘‘We met up, and we found we had this joint passion for read­ing and printed books,’’ he said.

‘‘De­spite the dif­fer­ences be­tween us – she’s a city per­son, I’m a coun­try boy – we found we had a lot in com­mon in read­ing.’’

The books at the New­mar­ket store span a wide range of gen­res, and in­clude lit­er­ary clas­sics, food, fash­ion and - a Hed­ley’s spe­cial­ity - mu­sic.

One of the stand­outs, Hed­ley said, was 2017 Man Booker prize win­ner Lin­coln in the Bardo.

’’It got us talk­ing. Karen had heard an in­ter­view with the au­thor on the ra­dio, and I’d been read­ing it so we both re­ally con­nected on it,’’ Hed­ley said.

‘‘It re­cently won the Man Booker, it’s one of those spe­cial books.’’

Hed­ley’s was founded in 1907 by Wil­liam Hed­ley, David’s grand­fa­ther, and stocks a wide se­lec­tion of both new and used books.

David Hed­ley said re­cent busi­ness in the book in­dus­try had been solid af­ter a slump ear­lier in the decade.

‘‘The busi­ness in printed books has been pretty strong again, we’ve seen growth for the first time in about 10 years.’’

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