A Pale View of Hills 

Dulwich Hill branch manager, radio personality, and book selling superstar, Morgan Smith tells us how it is.

A Round-Up

 - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

This year has whipped by so fast, it’s hard to believe Christmas is so close and it’s time to wrap up for the last Gleaner. 2014 has been good to Gleebooks on D’Hill. We are going from strength to strength with hardly a day going by without someone saying they didn’t know there was a bookshop at Dulwich Hill and how fantastic it is. It really is a joy to feel so much a part of this wonderful and growing community—a community that likes books and reading.
A round-up of my  favourite books this year: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (written about elsewhere in this magnificent tome), Joan London’s The Golden Age, Sonya Hartnett’s Golden Boys, and I also enjoyed Amnesia by Peter Carey, which is a strange but captivating book. Last month I mentioned Lucky Us by Amy Bloom, which I continue to urge people to read. I’m currently reading Philip Hensher’s The Emperor’s Waltz, which is hugely enjoyable. From the  crime shelves, Barry Maitland’s Crucifixion Creek is a must read – set in a very noir Sydney with a new character—a cop and his wife who are sailing very close to the wind.
In the kids department, I recommend again the gorgeous A Lion In Paris, which is finally back in stock. Also, Libby Gleeson’s wonderful Banjo and Ruby Red; Gaston—Kelly DiPucchio's tale about some very mixed up dogs; and Aaron Blabey’s hilarious Pig the Pug. These are all picture books, but of course we have a heap of kids' books to suit young readers from newborn to teen to help fill those christmas stockings—so come in for a browse!
I and the other Dulwich Hill staff, Tim Gaunt and Jodie Hartman, look forward to seeing you over the next few months as you buy books for your nearest and dearest for Christmas. And don’t forget that Gleebooks in Glebe sends out bags and bags of Summer Reading Guide-inspired post every day, so if you need to send presents overseas or interstate, you can buy at Dulwich Hill and we’ll send them for you.
See you on D’Hill (drinking coffee from Campos!).