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R.I.P. Peter Milne

Posted January 06, 2016



R. I. P. Peter Milne
8 April 1940 ~ 23 December 2015

We have some very sad news. Peter Milne died just before Christmas. Our indispensable, seemingly everlasting Peter Milne. Readers of Abbey’s Crime Chronicle will feel bereft. Abbey’s and the book trade generally owe a great deal to him. Peter worked for Abbey’s from 1971 to 2011. That’s forty years of hard work, suggestions, insight and infallible memory and invigorating, cheerful company. I can’t count the hours that Peter devoted to ensuring Abbey’s is a great bookshop.

In addition he has been President of the NSW Booksellers Association (1976 – 1978; 1980), Junior Vice President of the Australian Booksellers Association in 1979, a co-writer of the first National Constitution for the Association and was made a Life Member in 1994. In 1997 he was awarded the Lloyd O’Neill Award for Services to the Book Trade.

His enthusiasm for crime writing led him to create the Crime Chronicle, a monthly list of new titles that now goes out to over 2,000 subscribers. He was a co-founder of the Crime Writers Association of Australia and led the booksellers case at the NSW Prices Commission hearing into book prices in 1978.

Peter retired in 2011 but was still on the end of the phone for me whenever I couldn’t remember some name or event. He was 75 years old. I shall miss him.

Eve Abbey


Abbey’s will hold a wake for Peter on

Wednesday 27 January 2016
6pm – 8pm


(The shop will be closed for trading at this time)
Abbey’s Bookshop, 131 York Street, Sydney

Attendance is by RSVP only to David Hall
davidh@abbeys.com.au  |  02 9264 3111


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