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The Joys of Cookbooks

Technology has brought us useful tools for a whole range of aspects in our lives. From personal fitness to education, our phones, laptops, and devices can make life a lot easier. Our activities in the kitchen are no different. Blogs, channels, apps, and podcasts abound – all with helpful tips to follow and interesting meals Read more about The Joys of Cookbooks[…]

Charles Kingsford Smith at the The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, MC, AFC, is a looming, almost mythic figure on the landscape of Australia’s cultural history. A decorated veteran in WWI – who served in Egypt, in France, and at Gallipoli before he was awarded the military cross – Kingsford Smith became arguably the most recognised pilot in Australian aviation. He embarked Read more about Charles Kingsford Smith at the The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction[…]

How a Cheap Paperback Can Change Your Life

The UQ Alumni Book Fair® is only weeks away (starting the 3rd of May) and there are so many reasons to come and check it out. The UQ Centre will become home to thousands of books of every kind, ready to be picked up on the cheap. It will be a weekend full of easy Read more about How a Cheap Paperback Can Change Your Life[…]

Carl Friedrich Gauss, Recherches Arithmetique

It appeared just another day of book-sorting when one of our dedicated volunteers came across a rare treasure. At the bottom of a cardboard box, cast aside and forgotten, was a first edition copy of Carl Friedrich Gauss’ Recherches Arithmetiques. For those of us less mathematically minded, this name may mean nothing. Any keen mathematician, Read more about Carl Friedrich Gauss, Recherches Arithmetique[…]

The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction is approaching fast…

The Rare Book Auction will take place on the 3rd of May at the Fryer Library, UQ St Lucia, kicking off at 6pm. It will be an exciting evening where guests can bid for over 140 lots of exceptional books, including six lots of especially rare and prized pieces. The UQ Alumni Book Fair® begins Read more about The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction is approaching fast…[…]

Nostalgia Through the Pages of a Book

Amongst the dusty books and volatile tape dispensers that seem to have a mind of their own, there is more than meets the eye at the UQ Alumni Friends Bookhouse. At the heart of the not-for-profit organisation is the diverse and generous community of volunteers, who not only work tirelessly towards every Fair, but are also willing to Read more about Nostalgia Through the Pages of a Book[…]

Looking Forward to the 2019 Rare Book Auction

It’s great to be on a countdown to the 2019 Rare Book Auction, to be held on the opening day of the UQ Alumni Book Fair® on 3rd May 2019. The 2017 Rare Book Auction was the first book auction I have ever attended. And it certainly won’t be the last. I can’t wait until Read more about Looking Forward to the 2019 Rare Book Auction[…]

The Great Alone Review by Eva Turek-Jewkes

The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah, St Martin’s Press, $29.99pb, ISBN 9781447286004, January 2018) Hannah Kent is master in depicting heroines who withstand incredible adversity to become ultimately victorious in the game of life – the happy ever after. It is unfortunate that Hannah’s flair falters as she smothers her story line with questionable circumstances and Read more about The Great Alone Review by Eva Turek-Jewkes[…]