‘didn’t ex­pect to find this in Wan­garatta’

North East Living Magazine - - North East Calendar -

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 Jamie-lee to find out what it’s like work­ing at Edgars Books and News sur­rounded by an end­less sup­ply of read­ing ma­te­rial.

Why do you en­joy work­ing in a book­shop such as Edgars?

I love the en­joy­ment I get from help­ing cus­tomers find the right book, DVD or CD for them­selves. Even more so, I es­pe­cially love help­ing cus­tomers find the right gift for fam­ily or friends. As a pas­sion­ate reader, see­ing the ex­cite­ment and joy from chil­dren after be­ing in­tro­duced to a new book or se­ries of books, that ig­nites their imag­i­na­tion, is a high­light of my day!

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 are your favourite books of all time and what have you read re­cently?

Be­ing a child of the nineties, the Harry Pot­ter se­ries were the books that in­trigued my in­ter­est. Cur­rently, I en­joy read­ing a wide cross sec­tion of au­thors such as Bernard Corn­well’s his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, Sarah J Maas for fan­tasy, Stephen Fry (Mythos/he­roes - Tongue in Cheek Mythol­ogy) Chris Ham­mer for his Aus­tralian thriller such as Scrub­lands, and Sy Mont­gomery who cre­ated an ex­cel­lent non-fic­tion read with The Soul of an Oc­to­pus.

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