‘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 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.