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.
Alice Mabin’s book “The Drover” which describes in photographs the tough assignment that Bill Little undertook to bring the Brinkworth cattle south, is a marvelous collection.
We have sold many copies to people needing to describe wordlessly the life of a drover.
Alice’s book is a great present. It shows some of the tough conditions that outback Australians endure in this increasingly technologically assisted life. This is a true insight into some of the highs and lows of looking after stock in extreme drought conditions.
We salute Alice for taking on this challenging task. Bill Little was assisted along the way with a team of other drovers as mobs of cattle were split upon entering new south wales. Many characters of the bush and some enthusiastic amateurs as well as horses and dogs contribute to this wonderful book. Well-done Alice.
I have a number of similar books about working dogs farm buildings and other country themed picture books and I regard your book as the best I have ever had.
Just a quick note to compliment you on “The Drover”. A magnificent and unique publication.
We have The Drover on display at the main entry to our store with one book open out on display and we change the page on display every few days and notice the detail and quality of the photos stop people to look at the book ask the price and what it is about. Some purchase, some take it on board for as future purchase.
We have sold out our initial order and are selling through our second order and have found you to be a very professional person to deal with.
Good luck in the future, There may never be another cattle drive of this size but there will be another project for you.
What a beautiful book! we are a newsagent in rural NSW and the book has just walked out of the door and we have been taking orders for the second printing. “The Drover” has been purchased by a wide range of customers- county and city alike but it is especially popular with the old drovers as it brings back some many great memories.
I have to say I was skeptical when Al rocked up at our front door at 7.20 am one morning selling her book. I am glad that I didn’t go with my original order as we would have been sold out by the next day. The photographs are truly amazing and the character is so evident in the people and animals that were along for the ride. It makes you feel like you where there. Well done to Al for giving us a timeless piece of history in book form.
Awesome looking book and photography. Top job Al. I recommend EVERYONE buy a copy. Amazing.
Bought your book yesterday- absolutely fantastic!!! Amazing photos and would have been an amazing trip!!!