A Life of Books: The Story of D.W. Thorpe Pty. Ltd., 1921-1987

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Stephen Digby, 2000 - Booksellers and bookselling - 326 pages
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Page 38 - Be sure you're right, then go ahead, Might well have added this, to wit, Be sure you're wrong before you quit.
Page 199 - Australian books in print, including educational books, listed thrice alphabetically by author, title and subject matter, with physical details against title and author entries.
Page 67 - STATICS. See MECHANICS. STATIONERS' HALL, the hall of the 'Master and Keepers or Wardens and Commonalty of the Mystery or Art of the Stationers of the City of London'.
Page 268 - ... are in the main ad hoc in nature, cumbersome to administer and of dubious effectiveness. More disturbing than the misdirection of public funds were the underlying assumptions behind the more prominent forms of assistance. For example, assistance such as grants from the Literature Board effectively denies individuals the right of access to an undistorted supply of publications and, to this extent, inhibits their ability freely to exercise their own choice — the values of a small elite group...
Page 265 - The major towns could be visited by ship, but inland journeys had to be made by train (with all the complications of transhipping sample trunks from one train to another as the gauge changed) or coach. And there were endless short trips between different forms of transport, or from ship or train or coach to hotels.
Page 218 - ... attitudes, when all my talents and preferences lay in another. There was no good reason why I, simply because I was female, should be suited to or enjoy the caring role of wife and mother. I no longer need feel guilty. I could even expect others in the home to share the cooking and cleaning. Secondly, I met literally hundreds of women who felt the same as I did. That was the outstanding feature of those early feminist meetings, the exhilaration we all felt at no longer being alone, finding other...
Page 193 - ... the Association say so. Anyway, you know you can do it, if you set your mind to it.' So, at the age of forty-nine, I found myself in the extraordinary position of being Managing Director of a small, run-down publishing business, situated in a seedy, equally run-down terrace house, a business which I had always believed was by its nature struggling, but which I gradually discovered had great potential for both profit and power. The other strange discovery was that when one occupies a certain position...
Page 240 - Government that (a) the publication of works of exceptional merit or of national importance and of works necessary to fulfil special needs should not necessarily be prevented by their not being commercially viable...
Page 240 - IAC was required to determine 'whether assistance should be accorded publishing in Australia, and if so what should be the nature and extent of such assistance.
Page 193 - ... either passive or negative. Now he said, 'Don't be bloody stupid. You have to be Managing Director. The Articles of the Association say so. Anyway, you know you can do it, if you set your mind to it.' So, at the age of forty-nine, I found myself in the extraordinary position of being Managing Director of a small, run-down publishing business, situated in a seedy, equally run-down terrace house, a business which I had always believed was by its nature struggling, but which I gradually discovered...

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