Clunes gems from Booktown

Spent the weekend in Clunes at the 10th annual  Bookfair. Collectors from Melbourne and as far as Camperdown came to visit, the Bradman memorabilia being very popular as always. I had some Vanity Fair replica ‘Spy’ prints too which drew attention. Only 7 remain including the two Australians, Bonnor and Spofforth at $35 each posted.

Gideon Haigh came into our shoppe and signed a copy of Bowled Warnie, one of his very best selling books which took… wait for it… just four weeks to write. He has a very large cricket library and in particular, loves biographies and bought a copy of the Gary Bartlett story, Meteor over Marlborough.

1890sMurdochGrace453Gideon’s latest cricket book is a biography of Victor Trumper, due in October. There is also a Michael Clarke autobiography due for Christmas, written with Malcolm Knox.

Among the cricket books I picked up was a leather-bound version of Mark Taylor’s  1999 autobiography Time To Declare. It is nicely signed inside by Mark and is in good condition at $50 plus post.

There was also a nice run of Playfair Cricket  Monthly magazines from the 1960s and David Lord’s World of Cricket from the ’70s — let me know if you are missing any in your own run.

Many of the collectors also filled out my pre-publication offer for my forthcoming spring-time book A Pictorial History of Australian Test Cricket, a 248-page coffee-table sized hardback to be published by Echo-Five Mile Press in late September. The illustration of Murdoch and Grace is from Chapter 2 of the book.