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Mini Penguins - 22nd Aug 2018

These little books are really called Penguin 60s (rather than mini-Penguins) but whatever you want to call them, they are a great idea.  

They're so small you can put them just about anywhere: stuff a couple in your handbag; put one in your pocket; cram several in your backpack; take a handful in your luggage; fit one into your document folder when travelling; keep one in your wallet; shove a few in your gym bag; be inventive.

You can whip one out and read it on the bus, on the train, on a plane, in a car, at morning teatime, during lunch break, at the doctor's or dentist's; while waiting for a tardy date; in a bar; before a rugby game; at the park; in the playground; again, be inventive.  

Come in and buy a few or a lot.  They're not only small, they are cheap.  How can you resist? 

Irvine Welsh - 17th Aug 2018

Irvine Welsh Sad news. Irvine Welsh has had to cancel his trip and will not be speaking in Dunedin. Very disappointing for his many fans.

However, there is some good news. You can still pop into the shop and get yourself copies of his books. We have available:
Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs
If You Like School, You'll Love Work
Marabou Stork Nightmares

and more....................................

To all job applicants - 1st Aug 2018

To all job applicants We tried to contact all unsuccessful applicants by email but for several of you, we did not have an email address (our fault - we completely forget to ask for it on the form). If you have heard nothing from us, then we are sorry to inform you that you have not been successful on this occasion.

However, we would like to thank you for the care, attention and effort you clearly put into your application. We will be keeping your details on file for the present in case the interviews do not result in our hiring anyone. In that unlikely event, we might contact you.

You are most welcome to re-apply if / when we advertise another position in the future.
Best of luck with your job search. And thanks again for your interest and your time.

Looking for a job? - 24th Jul 2018

Looking for a job? The Legendary HARD TO FIND (BUT WORTH THE EFFORT) QUALITY SECONDHAND BOOKSHOP Dunedin is hiring one part-time and one full-time worker. Hours are 9.45am to 6.15pm daily

Love books? Money much less important than job satisfaction? Always wanted to work with attractive intelligent interesting people? Then this is the job for you!
The successful applicant will be:
• honest, reliable, friendly, well spoken, with good teeth
• intelligent, organised, well read, with fast accurate keyboard skills (one essential job is data entry) and must know how to use apostrophe’s correctly.
• fit and healthy – books and bookcases are heavy and our shop is upstairs.
The job can be very physically demanding and obsessive so is possibly not suitable for anyone with a real life or sporting ambitions.

Applicants must come in to the Dunedin shop to get an application form (no online applications accepted) and must attach a recent photo. Applications close at 5.30pm on Monday 30 July 2018

Irvine Welsh - 23rd Jul 2018

Irvine Welsh Irvine Welsh is coming to Dunedin in September. His will be a popular session I should think so make sure you book your tickets early. In the meantime, reading some of his books is a good way to prepare yourself for the interview

Most famous for Trainspotting, he has actually written many other books. We will feature one of his each day. You can pop in and pick up a copy or wait until we've highlighted a week's worth. Today's book, as you can see, is Filth.

Noel Virtue - 20th Jul 2018

Our next suggestion to try (if you haven't already read all of his work, of course) is New Zealand author Noel Virtue. 

He is not one of our most prolific writers, but there is still plenty to choose from. I think we have previously recommended The Redemption of Elsdon Bird (and that recommendation stands) but we also like Losing Alice or Sandspit Crossing or maybe Once a Brethren Boy. You could consider reading Among the Animals which is Virtue's autobiographical account of working as a zookeeper.

Come into the shop and pick something out for the weekend - or order a couple of books on line.

CK Stead - 19th Jul 2018

CK Stead One of New Zealand's most famous writers is CK Stead who has written widely, including novels, poetry and short stories. His name is Christian Karlson Stead but he is always known as CK Stead.

If you haven't yet read any of his work, you have plenty of treats in store. You could try any one of the following and get yourself a really good book:
The Singing Whakapapa
The Secret History of Modernism
Sister Hollywood
All Visitors Ashore

Come on into the shop and buy yourself a copy or two - or have a look on line and order on the website.

Renee - 18th Jul 2018

Renee Over the next couple of days, we're going to recommend a few New Zealand authors in case you haven't heard of them and have missed out on the chance of a good read

Renee is a New Zealand author who is published only under her first name but her full name is Renee Taylor. She was born in Napier in 1929. She has written quite a number of plays and novels.

Why not try Kissing Shadows to start with? And then if you like her books, you could try The Skeleton Woman or Finding Ruth (must be good with that name in the title).

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