These books are helping to keep the profile of Agriculture alive. Currently we have just about everything working against us so it is entirely up to us to put ourselves back in the public eye. Al Mabin has spent a year of her life producing The Grower which is a huge step in this direction. Use this resource, make sure it is your local schools, libraries and homes. Encourage business to use it for Christmas corporate gifts, stock up with them for event trophies. Her book about freight and transportation throughout Australia is also very educational and well researched. No other country in the world has produced an agricultural photography and info book as extensive as The Grower series. We have one put in our laps and it seems it is not going to be utilised unless we all make a decision to buy them now. The cost of one of these books is equivalent to one dinner and a bottle of wine, or one shirt, or a pair of cheap shoes. The benefits of spreading this information through the public domain will last for many many years. I leave these thoughts with you all.
I was very excited to hear that Al had released another series of books. The Driver and The Drover were wonderful.
The Grower arrived and I placed it on a table waiting for time to have a good read. I stopped at it yesterday and thought “I’ll just have a peek” 65 pages and 20 odd minutes later I realised I was going to be late for a meeting. The pictures and the stories are fantastic. So much information about an industry most of us would take for granted – we just go to the shop and buy it. I’ve never really thought about how our food is grown and farmed.
Thanks Al, this truly is a gift and an eye opener about an industry that is so important to our Country.
Just wanted to say a big thank you for our in store book signing last Saturday, we had a fantastic morning with sales and my customers loved meeting and chatting with you.
How nice to see a local guy bring his much loved copy of The Driver in to be signed by you and then purchase both your new books!
As we had great sales with both The Drover and The Driver books I figured The Grower books would have to be a hit, and with Fathers Day and Christmas coming these will sell well for the next few months.
The timing was perfect with drought relief fundraising currently in overdrive.
It was interesting that the sales were to guys purchasing for themselves, apart from magazines and lotto, guys don’t spend much in my store.
$99 sale in a newsagency is amazing, but when a customer purchases 2 or 3 of your books together you know price isn’t the only factor, they love the product so they buy it!
I so much believe in your positive philosophy and agree with everything you say. You are so right.
We shall get behind the book and give it the exposure it deserves, particularly for Father’s Day. We already have them in three locations around the store.
If my staff can do a half decent display, we’ll send you a photo.
You know, after 33 years in the book trade and having worked for Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Leading Edge Books and owning this Collins store for 21 years, I have a general rule that I never buy anything FIRM SALE because I just don’t need too. However, I’m so glad I made an exception in the case of your books. They have proven to be a great success with sales of The Drover now standing at 48 copies and The Driver at 32 copies. This is quite considerable! I think you are GOLD and your books are GEMS.
Congratulations on the success of your books.
There’s nothing like sitting on the veranda on a hot winters day, with a copy of ‘The Driver’, and an ice cold beer, which was delivered on the back of a truck. It’s amazing what these men and women do day in and day out to ensure that every load is delivered in one piece. As they say ‘Without trucks, Australia Stops’. This is so true. I respect what these guys do. Thanks again for a great read.
Received our copy of “The Driver” – thank you. Hubby barely put it down all weekend.
I received the book in today’s mail. A brilliant montage of photographs and write ups on those featured. The wait was certainly worth it. Thank you so much.
Package arrived on the door step on Tuesday evening thank you. Great illustrations, WELL DONE. Wanted to read them cover to cover in the first 5 minutes, BUT will enjoy over time with reflection. Cheers.
Dear Al! I am so happy! The Driver Books have arrived – Everything perfect. Congratulations: superb job. Cheers!
Our copy of “The Driver” arrived today, perfect for hubby’s birthday. It is a magnificent book, and he will be absolutely delighted. I love the size of the book, the quality of the paper and the printing. I am so happy that I have just gone in and ordered a copy of “The Drover”.Great Work Al!