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HOMES with History apparently makes the bookseller’s task very easy. It “just sells itself,” says Andrea Clifford at Mary Ryan’s bookshop in New Farm. No wonder the book—both in soft back and hard back—has been the shop’s top-seller for the eighth week in a row.

Homes with HIstory seems to appeal to a broad demographic,” says Andrea, “including those visiting from overseas.”

HwH is also clearly popular at the State Library of Queensland Shop, where it appears among the ten “Best sellers this week”.

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ABC Radio Field Interview Terri Begley with Gerard at Wynberg.

ABC Radio Field Interviewer Terri Begley chats with Gerard at Wynberg (Photo: Chris Derrick).

THE elegant “blue” sitting room at Wynberg provided the perfect setting when Gerard was interviewed about Homes with History for Radio ABC 612’s Steven Austin show on Friday, 1 May 2015.

Terri Begley deftly elicited all sorts of interesting facts about Wynberg’s four owners, along with a brief biographical sketch of early local property mogul James Gibbon.

Of the portions which Gerard read from one of Gibbon’s letters (to his sister Emma in January 1852), the interviewer thought that this personal aside would inspire a smile from listeners:

I am sorry to hear that you consider William [their brother] “too fat and as a natural consequence too lazy to get married”. I am afraid you would think me much in the same position as I weigh very nearly 14 stone [89kg]…

The 33-year-old writer was clearly wondering if he needed to present a more winning profile before returning to England to secure a bride—which he did four years later!

Click here for more about the interview, including the sound file. Many thanks to Terri Begley, ABC Radio 612, and Leanne at Wynberg.

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