Charmaine has a lifelong passion for books and reading. In 2010 she converted her thirty-year dream of owning a bookshop into a reality, following a career as an academic. She loves literary fiction, gardening books and cookbooks, and memoirs and travel books and children’s picture books and— well, all books really. They are objects of beauty that tantalise our senses and enrich our homes.
Charmaine has her best days when discussing books and reading with others, and finding just the right book for each person and/or occasion. Mostly Books is a central part of our local community of book lovers and readers, and may it continue to be so for many years to come.
Annie has been getting in trouble from an early age for reading in the dark. She is a bit better at controlling herself these days, but is still sometimes known for reading past sundown. She has degrees in English, Psychology, French and Professional Communications and was Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in 2016 and 2017.
Annie has worked with Adelaide Writers’ Week, regularly contributes to a bookish podcast, Books on the Go and reviews children’s books for Books+Publishing. As of May 2023, she is becoming the mother of an incredibly well-read baby, and is taking some time to enjoy all the pleasures of raising such an advanced child. She likes good books and soft textiles, little dogs and bright colours, writing that makes you double take and art of all kinds.
Rachel loves to hear recommendations about books, and reads literary fiction, biography, crime, and anything that is thought-provoking or that has the capacity to transport her to other times and places. When she gets too many books, she builds more shelves!
Before landing this dream job, Rachel was a lawyer and academic for quite a few decades. Over that time she developed an interest in Law and Literature, which she taught (as well as many other law subjects). She has a PhD in creative writing and has published a range of articles in scholarly journals, most recently about true crime writing. Rachel writes true crime, memoir and is now having a go at fiction. .
Jane has been working in the magical world of bookstores for the last ten years. Prior to this, her career encompassed the fields of interior architecture, graphic design, textiles and the arts and crafts. Jane’s personal library reflects her career, as well as books on the beauty, harmony and simplicity of nature, meditation and personal growth.
Sharing with people, especially little children, (and oh! if dogs were allowed), brings joy and fulfilment to Jane’s days at Mostly Books. This re-affirms her belief that the world of books is a powerful avenue to knowledge, discovery and enduring satisfaction and perhaps most importantly, a soft place to rest.
Faith has succeeded Elizabeth as the world’s best book keeper. The transition was so seamless that you are probably still unaware that either of them exist.