Photographer's Note

"It is clear that the books owned the shop, rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down" - Agatha Christie, The Clocks

"Usually when I enter a bookstore, I immediately feel calm. Bookstores are, for me, what churches are for other people...I believe that books contain messages I am meant to receive. I'm not normally superstitious , but I've even had books fall from shelves and land at my feet. Books are my missives from the universe"- Laurie Horowitz, The Family Fortune

"When is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?" - Henry Ward Beecher

This is the iconic Gould's Bookshop in the inner city suburb of Newtown. It has been the largest second hand bookshop in Australia for the last 30 years, and is one of my Happy Places. Despite the onslaught of online bookshops like Amazon and Book Depository, Gould's keeps on keeping on. You could easily lose a day in this place and it is virtually impossible for a booklover - or photographer - to walk out empty handed.

I once found a 2nd edition of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and a 1st edition set of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward in this place, hallowed ground.

The treasure I found yesterday? A 1970s edition of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (RIP).

Kindle? You've got to be kidding me! Viva la book!

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5631 W: 351 N: 12427] (60236)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-07-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-07-14 7:05
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