STUART KELLS

Author & bibliophile

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A LOVE LETTER TO LIBRARIES AND TO THEIR MAKERS AND PROTECTORS.

From libraries without books, like the songlines of the first Australians, to the library of Alexandria, the Bodleian, the Folger, and even the fabled libraries of Middle-earth and UImberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, Stuart Kells unlocks the bookish places that continue to capture our imaginations.

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a fascinating ride through the unexpected histories and secret treasures of these hallowed collections.

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Author: Stuart Kells

Imprint: Text Publishing

Publication date: 28/08/2017

Format: Paperback, 288 pages

Price: $32.99

ISBN: 9781925355994

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Relying on unprecedented access to Lane family sources, including Richard’s diaries, Penguin and the Lane Brothers sheds new light on the relationship of Allen, Richard and John, so crucial as a driver of Penguin’s spirit and success. By turns hilarious and tragic, moving and insightful, this is a groundbreaking counter-history of an unlikely publishing triumph.

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Author: Stuart Kells

Imprint: Black Inc.

Publication date: 26/08/2015

Format: Hardback, 320 pages

Price: $39.99

ISBN: 9781863957571

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With a foreword by eminent Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey, Richard Lane’s diaries are an important document for the history of rural Australia and global publishing.

After sailing to Adelaide in 1922, Richard began work as a boy migrant – a farm apprentice living in rural South Australia as part of the Barwell Boys scheme.

These diaries contain the honest and moving words of a teenager, so very far away from home. They capture vividly his life and loves; the characters he met; the land he worked; the families he depended on; and his coming of age in a new land.

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Edited by: Elizabeth Lane, Stuart Kells, Louise Lane & Fiona Kells

Imprint: Black Inc. & The Lane Press

Publication date: February, 2016

Format: Hardback, 448 pages

Price: $49.99

ISBN: 9781863958172

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