In my job my greatest hope is to spark people’s interest in books, reading, buying books and talking about them. Here’s a cute story about why it pays to get reading. ..
This week I decided we needed a new feature image on the homepage. I often use Digital New Zealand so did a quick search on ‘reading’ (with the modify/commercial use filters to cover all bases) and came up with the image that’s now on our homepage of a man reading in bed.
Hamish Wright from Wright’s Bookshop in Cambridge emailed me this afternoon to give me the back story on our image. Here’s what he said,
“The “Man reading in bed” that is on the Booksellers website front page is George “Putty” Marston who was on Shackleton’s trip to the South Pole in 1907. Putty was an Art Teacher and was the resident artist on the trip. He turned 26 whilst in the South Pole. They actually produced a book about the trip and Putty designed and illustrated it. It was called Aurora Australis. They produced about 100 of which there are 70 that can be accounted for today.
“They had boxes of books with them on the trip. Dickens, Shakespeare, Browning were amongst the reading material available. Not sure what he was reading [in the photo] but I am sure it was “worthy”…
“With thanks to Neville Peat’s new book Shackleton’s Whiskey where that photo is reproduced and the material came from. I read the book and loved it!”
by Emma McCleary, web editor at Booksellers NZ
I read an article online recently that said that in years to come a personal library will be as outdated as a house with a stables. Seems a bit extreme … but also a chance to revel in some wonderful personal libraries.
A couple of years ago we ran a ‘New Zealand’s Next Top Bookshelf’ competition – see those amazing shelves here.
Today is the one-year anniversary of Christchurch’s devastating earthquake; if you live outside the region and have spent the last year intending to secure your bookshelves then there’s no time like the present.
From the Sorted Books Project.