The avid reader behind possibly New Zealand's smallest book shop in Twizel
Twizel Bookshop founder Renee Rowland with one of her favourite novels.
Renee Rowland came to Twizel as a cleaner and ended up opening one of the smallest bookshops in New Zealand.
The 12 square metre bookshop, located within the Hydro Cafe in Twizel's 'CBD', has 3000 titles, all ones Rowland would enjoy reading herself and now she, like so many others, has been impacted by Covid-19 alert levels and customers' loss of income.
Like all businesses, with social distancing she has been functioning by meeting online, email and phone orders for books.
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She is unsure what is next but plans to proceed with caution.
Ordering had taken longer than usual as books arrived by sea instead of air as cargo space was taken up with priority medical supplies. She anticipates the next 18 months will continue at the same the slow pace as publishers, and writers retrenched.
"We will survive stronger and differently shaped. We'll adapt watch this space."
Before falling in love with Twizel, Rowland had been overseas for 10 years living in the United Kingdom where she worked in corporate communications. Instead of catching a plane straight home she decided to cycle through Europe and Asia. It took 14 months. At first she was fearful as strange men followed her at times but soon learnt a swish of a switchblade in one hand and pepper spray in the ...
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