‘didn’t expect to find this in Wangaratta’
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.